Signed sealed and published in our presence and we have subscribed hereto in the presence of the testator this
20th day of August 1853
John A. Fuson
This instrument of writing enterlined between the Eleventh and twelfth lives with the following words (to wit):
taking in consideration one negar girl valued at two hundred and fifty dollars.
State of Tennessee
County Court for DeKalb County October Term 1854
On motion the paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of James Groom deceased late
of the County of DeKalb which will or paper writing was presented for probate in open court and was duly proven
by the oaths of Thomas Givan, Horace A. Overall, two of the subscribing witness to said will or paper writing,
who being first duly sworn in open court depose and said that they were personally acquainted with James Groom
the testator and that he signed said will or paper writing in their presence at his late dwelling house in said
county on the day the same purports to bear date and that he acknowledged the same to be his last will and testament
and that he the said testator requested the said witness to subscrib their name and a such witness in his presence
ordered that said will or paper writing admited to record there being no objections to the same and it appearing
further to the court that there had been no Executor appointed by said will or paper writing wereupon Lucritia
Groom widow of the said deceased together with William Groom came into open court and moved the court
to appointed administrator and administratrix with the will annexed of all and Singular the goods and chattles
rights and credits of the said James Groom and William Groom was duly appointed administrator and
administratrix with the will said Lucritia Groom and William Groom entered into bond in the sum of
twelve thousand dollars condition as the law directs with Joseph Turney, William Bratton and Gipson R.
West their securities approved by the court which bond was duly acknowledged in open court an ordered to be
filed whereupon the said Lucretia Groom and William Groom was duly sworn in open court and ordered
that letters of administration with the will annexed, be issued to them which is done the same having been done
in open court the 2nd day October 1854.
W.J. Isbell clk of DeKalb
State of Tennessee DeKalb County
Where as on this the 2nd day October 1854 the death of James Groom late of the County of DeKalb deceased
was suggested in open court and that he departed this life leaving a will which will have been duly proven in open
court and that there being no executor or executrix appointed by said will whereupon Lueritia Groom and
William Groom have been appointed and qualified administrator and administratrix.
These are therefore to empower the administrator and administratrix to enter into and upon credits of the said
testator according to said will and the law in such cases made and provided and the same into their possession
take where so ever the same way be found in this state and inventory to return to this court within the time limited
by law and according to the will hereunto annexed and all the just debts of the said deceased to pay so fore as
the said estate will extend or amount to.
Witness W.J. Isbell cleark of our said court at office the 1st Monday in October A.D. 1854 and in the
seventy ninth year of American Independence.
W.J. Isbell clerk of DeKalb
James M. Malone
MY LINE OF DESCENT
James Groom and Lucretia Strickland
403 Highland Avenue
Wadsworth, Ohio 44281
Thomas Groom and Mary Truitt
Claude Caesar Groom and Mary Ellen (Mollie) Hays
Roberta Hays Groom and William Thomas Hardcastle
Mary Sue Hardcastle and John LaFayette Malone
James Michael Malone
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