MARCUS L. ABERNATHY, clerk of Barry County, Mo., was born in Giles County, Tenn., in 1830, and is the son of John Y. and Matilda (ALEXANDER) Abernathy. John Y. Abernathy was born in North Carolina in 1806, of Scotch parentage. When a small boy he was taken by his father, David Abernathy, to Maury County, Tenn. It was here that he grew to manhood and married. He chose farming for his life vocation and soon after his marriage he removed to Giles County, Tenn., where he resided until his death in 1849. He served in the Seminole war. His wife was born in Maury County, Tenn., and died in 1854. They were the parents of nine children, six of whom are living. They are Ann (wife of Jacob YOKLEY, who resided on the old Abernathy homestead in Giles County), Marcus L., Miles T. (a real estate agent, of Barnum, Texas), Louise J., (wife of John W. STORY, of Williamson County, Tenn,.) Sarah C., (Mrs. G. DUPREE) and Milton S. (a saddler of Rocky Comfort, Mo.) Marcus L. was educated in a pioneer log schoolhouse in Tennessee. He grew to manhood on a farm, making his home with his parents until he was past twenty-one years of age. In 1851 he left his native state for Greene County, Mo., where he purchased land and resumed farming. In 1854 he married Nancy J. SIMS, a native of Greene County, Mo., born in 1836. She became the mother of eight children, viz: Mary, wife of Archibald HESSEE, a hardware merchant of Cassville,) Ophelia M., (deceased wife of W. T. MCCLURE), William A., (a farmer), Ida (wife of J. B. HESSEE, a farmer), Fannie, Frank, Minnie and Walter. In August, 1861, Mr. Abernathy enlisted in the Confederate army, joining Company A, Third Regiment of Missouri Cavalry. During the battle of Pea Ridge on March 7, 1862, he was severely wounded by the bursting of a shell. It was necessary on account of the wound to amputate his left leg near the hip. After the war he clerked in a store at Ebenezer, Mo., until 1871, when he removed to Cassville. Soon after he became deputy clerk of Barry county and in 1874 was elected clerk. He has served his constituents so faithfully and well that he has been re-elected at each succeeding election, being the present encumbent. He is a man of the people, universally respected by all parties, and is an adherent to Democratic principles. He is a consistent member of the Cumberland Presbyterian church, and is a member of I.O.O.F., and A. F. & A. M. His wife died in 1879. (Excerpted by Giles County, TNGenWeb Researcher Abbie Thompson from The History Of Newton, Lawrence, Barry And McDonald Counties, Missouri, Barry County, The Goodspeed Publishing Co., Chicago, 1888)
Recorded Sept. 3 1827
In the name of God Amen. I, Anne Whitson of the State of Tennessee and Maury County being weak in body but of sound mind and memory, thanks be to God, I do make and Publish this my last will and Testament in the manner and form as following Viz.
First, I devise and dispose of my worldly Estate in the Following manner, I allow my just debts to be adjusted and ____ agreeable to ____. My will is and I give and bequeath unto my son, John Whitson, one dollar out of my Estate, he has received ____ house and other Property to the amount of what he was to have had out of his fathers Estate. My will is and I give and bequeath unto my son, Thomas Whitson, one dollar out of my Estate, he has Received his share in lands and other property in full out of his Fathers Estate. My will is and I give and bequeath unto my son, Joseph Whitson, one dollar out of my Estate, he has received the amount of his Part in money and other Property out of the Estate of his Father. My will is and I give and bequeath unto my son, James Whitson, one dollar our of my Estate, he has received to the amount of his part in money, lands and a negro boy of the Estate of his Father. My son, George Whitson, deceased, did and has in his life time received to the full amount of his full share and part in money lands and Negroes and other Property out of the Estate of his Father. My will is and I give and bequeath unto my son, William Whitson, one dollar out of my Estate, he has received to the full amount of his share, in money and property out of his Father’s Estate. My will is and I give and bequeath unto my daughter, Mary Hardin, one Negro boy named Alfred, and my will is that my son, Samuel Whitson, pay in a reasonable time two hundred dollars on my account to my daughter Mary. I also give my daughter, Mary, one bay mare called the post bay mare and one feather bed and bed clothes. It is my will and I give and bequeath unto my son, Samuel Whitson, my land and plantation where I now live including all lying South of a line to be extended to my East and West boundary lines which line in its intention is to be _______ and now the course of a new fence lately made between Edmund L .Williams and myself and one Negro man named Daniel and on negro woman named Hannah Daniels wife also one little negro boy named Sam also a negro child named Lucina Hannah’s children. My will is and I give and bequeath unto my daughter Sally Witherspoon one negro girl named Sarah also one named Mary also the one half of my household and kitchen furniture the cupboard excepted which I allow for my daughter Rebecca. I give by daughter Sally the one half o my beds and bedding except the bed and clothing as above named given to my daughter Mary. My will is and I give and bequeath unto my daughter Rebecca Williams the land and plantation whereon she now lives including what lye north of a new fence lately made between myself and Edmund L. Williams the line is to be extended the course of the said fence to my East and West boundaries the said land is to lye North of the course of the said fence ___ the ___ more or less. Also one negro girl named Matilda. Also a negro girl named Patsy. Also the one half of my house hold and kitchen furniture also I give my daughter Rebecca my cupboard also the one half o my beds and bedding the one bed and bed clothes as before excepted which I have given my daughter Mary. After this distribution of the above items leaving some negroes not disposed of, it is my will and I give and bequeath my son, Thomas Whitson a negro boy named Stan and it is my will and I give my son, James Whitson, a negro boy named David also one other one named Dave. It is my will also and I give my son, Samuel Whitson, all my silver table and tea spoons. It is my will and I give and bequeath one negro girl named Margaret Jane to my daughters, Sally Witherspoon and Rebecca Williams with an Equal interest in the said negro girl. It is my will that the balance of my Estate not ____ or given away to be equally divided on disposed of between the following of my children (to wit) my son, James; my daughter, Mary; my son, Samuel; my daughters Sally and Rebecca. I do hereby nominate and appoint my sons James Whitson, Samuel Whitson and Edmond L. Williams my executors to carry this my will unto hereby revoking all former wills by me made. In witness to this, I have hereunto set my hand and seal the 24th day of April in the Year of our Lord 1827.
Signed, sealed, published and declared by the above named Anne Whitson to be her last will and testament in the presence of Elijah Hanks Matthew Harkins J. Williams Asa Dodson William Whitson (Husband of Anne McDowell Whitson) Know all men by t_______ ____ents that I, Wm. Whitson of_________ county being in my ________do make and consti________ last Will and Testam_______ __ner and form follo_____ is to say first I m____ appoint my wife Ann my whole and _______ and guardian of my children except she should marry again or be insane or by any other misfortune be rendered incapable of fulfilling said appointment and ___ _____ allow my estate to be equally divided among my children except my three eldest sons, John, Thomas, and Joseph Whitson who have already received their share of my Estate and as I have sold my Lands in the County except one tract on Trecy? and one other on Rosses Creek of 100 Acres which I allow her to sell and make conveyances for the same and the money arising from such sales with the price of my other land I allow her my s’d wife to purchase land with for the use of my children except what she shall think will be necessary for purchasing Negroes for her use an other purposes which will be of use in educating my children or any other purpose for the benefit of them which she shall think necessary but in case should mary or any of the above misfortunes should happen I allow my estate after debts are paid real and personal to be divided as above ______ but if she should marry again I give ____ th to her one thousand Dollars of my ________ tow Negroes will all my household _______ and three hundred Dollars worth _____ck of horses, but if she should not ____ and become disabled by age or ________ I allow her to have as much of my property laid off by two good sufficient freeholders as shall maintain her in a decent and comfortable manner during her lifetime bit if she should not marry or become unable to do the business of Executrix or Guardian I allow her to hole as much of my estate in her hands as will maintain her during her life in a manner she shall think convenient and right and to dispose of my estate to my children in a manner she s____ think equitable and right between them. revoking every other will or wills by me heretofore make ratifying and confirming this as my last will and testament and in testimony hereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 6th day of November 1806. (signed) Wm Whitson seal witnesses Wm. Smith William Young Interlined before signed by Wm. Whitson of 100 Acres & (with all my household furniture and three hundred dollars worth of my stock of horses) The above words enclosed within parenthesis were inter___d in the above will. Note: one corner of the original will book page is torn and represents the _____ in the above will.
MARY SMITH WARD
b. ca 1754 VA – d. 1816 TN
Maury County Tennessee – Will Book B-1, page 26-27
16 January 1816
In the name of god, Amen, I, MARY WARD of the State of Tennessee and County of Maury being sound in mind and memory do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament as follows to wit:
First – I give and bequeath to my brother JAMES SMITH one Negro man named ASA, one feather bed, and one bay horse.
Second – I give and bequeath unto my brother, CHARLES SMITH, one Negro man, TOM, also half my stock of cattle and hogs and half my silver and half my kitchen furniture. I give and bequeath to my brother, BENJAMIN SMITH, one feather bed, half my silver, also two Negro men, one named STEPHEN and one named NED whom he now has possession.
Third – It is also my will that MARY I. NAPIER, my niece, and SAMUEL I. NAPIER, my nephew be under the government and direction of my brother, BENJAMIN SMITH until they become of full age.
Fourth – My sister, SARAH M. NAPIER, being now separated from her husband, JOHN M. NAPIER, and seeking to obtain a divorce, from him and never hereafter if therefore she should obtain a divorce from him that in that case and on that condition, I give and bequeath to her the following property (viz) one Negro woman named, MILLY with her children NED, STEPHEN, AMY, ARON, and MOSES, also three feather beds, and furniture, two sorrel mares, also half my stock of cattle and hogs and half my kitchen furniture but if she, the said SARAH M. NAPIER should not obtain a divorce from the said JOHN M. NAPIER, then and in that case it is my will that the above named property in this case shall be placed or deposited in the hands of my brother, JAMES SMITH, and BENJAMIN SMITH for the use and benefit of her, the said SARA M. NAPIER during her life and after her death. The said property to be equally divided between all her children that may then be living but if she should then have no child living at her death, in that case the above named property to be equally divided between my brothers JAMES, CHARLES, and BENJAMIN [SMITH].
Fifth – I give and bequeath to my friend SILVESTOR CHUNN one Negro boy named LITTLE CAESAR during the lifetime of the said SILVESTER and also the said SILVESTOR is to take charge of and support one Negro man named OLD CAESAR. It is also my will that the said LITTLE CAESAR shall not be sold or hired during the lifetime of the said SILVESTOR but after her death the said LITTLE CAESAR shall be the property of my brother JAMES [SMITH].
Lastly – I do appoint and constitute my brother, JAMES SMITH [P.27] and BENJAMIN SMITH also my trusty friend JAMES T. SANFORD and DUNCAN BROWN, executors of this my last Will and Testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this Sixteenth day of January, Eighteen Hundred and Sixteen. Signed: Mary Ward In presence of; DUNCAN BROWN, WILLIAM CHUNN, ELIZABETH STRATTON. [From typed transcript, see original.]
[Additional information on Mary Ward’s family including her brother, James Smith (d. 1818 Anson CoNC) may be found in Elise Greenup Jourdan’s Early Families of Southern Maryland, Vols. VII and VIII (1998-99).]
Source: Bennie Lou Hook Altom Bennie Lou Hook Altom
Cumberland County Court House, Virginia
9 March, 1805; 22 July 1805
I Jesse Thomas of Cumberland County do make and publish this my last will and testament hereby ordaining all other and former wills void and of no effect.
1st I will and direct my Executrix and Executor or either of them sell as they may see fit the land of the plantation whereon I now live and the proceeds of the same with a further sum not exceeding L400 be in a tract or tracts of land laid within the state of Tennessee which said land so purchased shall be to the use of my wife Mary Thomas during her natural life with the privilege of making? such labourers as I shall provide for her by this will or the same and at her death that the said land be equally divided between my sons John Thomas, Anthony Hoggett Thomas and Nathaniel Hoggett Thomas to them and their heirs forever. It is my will that each of my said sons John, Anthony and Nathaniel as they arrive of age they be allowed to the benefit of sitting on one hundred acres each of the said land during the lifetime of their mother Mary Thomas and make such improvements as they shall see fit which is not to be considered as in the state they receive the same which improvements so made shall be on that part which will include his equal third part at the death of my wife.
2nd I give my tract of land whereon Job Howell Thomas now lives which is that remaining part of a tract I purchased of Willis Wilson’s to be equally divided between my sons Job Howell Thomas and Phinehas Thomas to them and their heirs forever.
3rd I give to my daughter Betsy Wilkerson two negroes Cuff and Judy which they have in their possession to her and her heirs forever.
4th I give to my daughter Nancy Scruggs two negroes Keziah and Ned which she has in her possession to her and her heirs forever.
5th I give to Job Howell Thomas old negro Charles and 200 dollars to him and his heirs forever.
6th I lend to my daughter NELLY GLOVER Joe, Sall, Reuben, Agg, Charles and Davy during her life and at death I give said negroes Joe, Sall, reuben, Agg, Charles and Davy with their increase to be equally divided between her children to them and their heirs forever.
7th I give to my son Jesse Wood Thomas one negro Ned which he has in his possession to him and his heirs forever.
8th I give to my son Phinehas Thomas two negroes York and Joice to him and his heirs forever.
9th I give to my daughter Jenny Thomas two negroes Charity and Franky and to her and her heirs forever.
10th I give to my daughter Polly Thomas two negroes achel and Agga daughter of Gill to her and her heirs forever.
11th I give to my son John Thomas two negroes John and Manuel to him and his heirs forever.
12th I give to my daughter Porcia Thomas two negroes Nancy and Sall to her and her heirs forever.
13th I give to my son Anthony Hoggett Thomas three negroes Johnson, Sophia and Corsia to him and his heirs forever.
14th I give to my son Nathaniel Hoggett Thomas three negroes Pleasant, Henry and Clara to him and his heirs forever.
Lastly I lend to my wife Mary Thomas during her natural life the following slaves to wit Johnson, the older, Frank, Dick, Bob, Walt, Jim, Sam, George, Sampson, Jacob, Gill, Dinah, Jude, Alse, Molly and Betty and all the rest and residue of my estate of whatever it may consist subject to the payment of my just debts and the support of my aged mother in the most comfortable way to her with such of the aforesaid children as are single and unmarried who choose to remain and enjoy the comforts of her house in common so long as they are single or my wife Mary Thomas shall live and at her death I will and direct that the estate lent to my wife Mary Thomas except the land be equally divided among my following children to them and their heirs forever Nancy Scruggs, Job Howell Thomas, Phinehas Thomas, Jenny Thomas, Polly Thomas, John Thomas, Porcia Thomas, Anthony Hoggett Thomas, Nathaniel Hoggett Thomas.
It is my last will and desire that my wife Mary do remove the said property to the state of Tennessee where it is directed for the proceeds of land I now live on to be laid out for her use and benefit set forth in the first clause of this will. I do nominate and appoint my said wife Mary Thomas executrix my son Phinehas Thomas and my son in law Finch Scruggs executors to my last will and testament request and requiring that the court will not hold them or either of them to bond or security for the discharge of their duty. In testimony whereof I have this 9th day of March, 1805 set my hand and affixed my seal in the presence of Willis Wilson, James Matthews, Elijah Glover.
Be it further remembered that in my will that each of the aforesaid unmarried children shall be furnished with a bed and furniture at their marriage or when they shall see fit to leave their mother. Reuse as witness my hand and seal this day above written W. Wilson, James Matthews, Elijah Glover. Jesse Thomas – seal
Memorandum – This 4th day of May 1805 by way of codicil to this within last will and testament which is to be taken and considered as a part of the written will that is to say it is my will and desire that Jesse Wood Thomas, Betsy Wilkerson and Nelly Glover shall be entitled to and receive an equal proporation with the rest of my within named children of that part of my personal estate but my wife Mary which is directed to be divided at her death and that part which shall be allotted to Nelly Glover I lend to her during her natural life and at her death to be equally divided among her children in testimony whereof I have this day affixed my hand and seal in the presence of N.B. the word *personal interlined before signed and signed by W. Wilson, Elijah Glover and Jesse Thomas – seal –
Cumberland July Court 1805 – 22nd – This last will and testament of Jesse Thomas was exhibited in court and proved by the witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of Phinehas Thomas one of the executors therein named, certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate thereof in due form he having taken the oath according to law. Liberty is reserved the other executrix and executor to qualify when they think fit. Sam Hobson, clerk. * The word personal as contained in the phrase “receive an equal proportion with the rest of my within named children of that part of my PERSONAL estate” had a line marked through it.
Maury, Tennessee Probate Records p. 392-3
I Lewis S Scribner of the county of Maury and state of Tennessee this day the 30th July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty-six proceed in the following manner in the distribution and will of my property and money. I do hereby in conformity of my own will and _______[blessing?] bequeath unto my beloved wife Susan all my ready money all my household and kitchen furniture with all the appertinances belonging thereto during her life time at which time the sd [s with superscript underlined d–said] property to be for the whole use of my son Reddin [or Redden] Scribner. I also bequeath to my son Redden my bay mare and two yearly colts and waggon now in my own possessions. I bequeath to my daughter Susan Shipman‘s two daughters _____ [smeared, looks like Ampey, above in another hand is written ANNA] and Rebecca, one chestnut sorrel [?] mare now in my possessions. I bequeath to my sons nine in number John [might be an initial here, can’t tell], Lewis, Pleasant, Sam [or Sams, which could be Samson], Jesse, Edward, Saloman, Thomas & Westley. Two hundred and twelve dollars to be equally divided among them. I also bequeath to my wife Susan and son Redden ninety dollars in the hands of Butler Noles for their whole was [not sure on those two words, whole use?] and benefit.
In testimony whereof I subscribe my name in presences of
Lewis S Scribner (his mark)
Transcribed by Stephanie Carson Feldman
Lewis is my direct ancestor by way of Solomon.
Maury County, Tennessee
I William Renfro Senr do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form of order following.
First I give and bequeath unto my wife Jinny Renfro as much of the farm whereon I now live as she may choose to cultivate. All my negros to wit Gham and Edy with all her offspring and all my household and kitchen furniture all my cows hogs and one-half of my sheep. I likewise five to my said wife my wagon and gears, my gray horse called Jack and my black horse the above named property and singular to her and during her life or widowhood.
Secondly I give to my sons John Renfro, Jesse Renfro and Moses Renfro one dollar each. I also give to my Daughters Lidde Harris, Nancy Kenedy and Jinny Simians one dollar each.
Thirdly I give to my son—William Renfro the tract of land whereon I now live to be his after the death of my wife Jinny. All the above negros (except a girl called Lucinda) and haft my sheep to him and his heirs forever.
Forthly I give unto my grandson James Shelburne Renfro one negro girl called Lucinda at my wife’s death to him and his heirs forever.
And Fifthly I nominate my wife Jinny Renfro executress to execute my last will and testament. In witness whereof this ninth day of August in the year of our Lord 1825.
Signed: William X Renfro
Done in Presence of
William Renfro Will Recorded 30th November 1830
Source: Joan Renfrow
Nancy Ragan’s Will , admitted to Probate Oct 9, 1905
I Nancy Ragan being of mature years, of sound mind , and considering the frailty of life and the certainty of death, do make and publish this as my last will and testament which is as follows to wit.
That my burial expenses shall be paid and my doctors bill if there be any.
That my personal property shall be distributed as follows ;
To my son John one dollar, to my daughter Martha Robason one dollar, to my son James one dollar, to the children of my daughter Lemiza Brown one dollar equally devided between them, to my son Andrew one dollar, to my daughter Mary Robason one dollar, to the children of my daughter Elizabeth Brown one dollar equally devided between them, to my daughter Susan Robason one dollar, and to my youngest son Neely Ragan I give and bequeath all the remainder of the property that I possess both personal and real, of every character and description to have, hold and control as he may see cause to do with , any and all such property as I may be possessed of at my death.
I have let my son Andrew Ragan have fifty dollars in cash which I relinquish in consideration of his having built two chimneys , one to my dwelling house , the other to my kitchen. I would further state there is a judgement on W. A. Glenn’s docket in my favor and against Allen Adcock, which with the above mentioned property shall also go into the hands of my son Neely in order to assist in the payment of my burial expenses , and further compensate him for the support he has given me , and the care he has taken of me for the last twenty five years. I also desire that my grandson John T. Robason shall not be allowed a house on the above mentioned realty. I hereby appoint my son Neely Ragan as my executor and that he shall not be required to give hand as such.
I declare this to be my last will and testimony whereunto I set my hand calling on W. M. Andrew and D. A. Johnson for witnesses and signing in their presence, this the eighth day of August , Eighteen Hundred and Ninety Nine.
Nancy (her x mark) Ragan
W. M. Andrew , Juror?
D. A. Johnson , Juror?
Paid – Entered
Recorded in Book Z page 128
Maury Co., TN
In the name of God Amen, I Thomas Neely being in a weak state of health, but in my proper mind do make this my last will and testament invoking all others, ~
Firstly after all my just debts are paid I will and bequeath to my beloved wife Sally Neely all my household and kitchen furniture, during her life and at her death to be equally divided between my son William Neely and daughters Jane Galloway.
Secondly I will and bequeath to my beloved daughter Jane Galloway Formerily the wife of John _ Galloway Deceased a Negro man named Nathan a spinning machine my stock of cattle & ___ & at her own disposal _ behoof and that she Jane Galloway must pay my debts and live with her mother during her life & the Negro man Nathan work and support them as though I was still with them and she is to take care of her mother so long as her mother lives ~
Thirdly as my son William & Isaac Neely and daughter Elizabeth McDaniel have had their portion of property I will and bequeath to William Isaac and my two granddaughters Daughters of Elizabeth McDaniel _ Catherine & Nancy my Negro woman Amy & my horse to be equally divided between them at their disposal and behoof and if there is any property has not been mentioned must be sold and equally divided between them all, I appoint & nominate my Daughter Jane Galloway my
Executrix on this my last will and testament, This June 1st 1840.
Assigned & sealed
In presents of us
Thomas M. Mcrong(?) Jurat
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Will of John Lindsey who died July 1, 1848
This will is recorded in the Maury County, Tennessee Court House in Columbia, Tenn.
It is found in Vol. 2-B 1847-50
I John Lindsey of this County of Maury and State of Tennessee do make and publish this as my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all other wills by me made at any other time.
First I desire that my funeral expences and all of my debts be paid as soon after my death as possible out of any monies that I may die possessed of or may first come into the hands of my executors.
Secondly, I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Elizabeth, my plantation and all of my houses which I own, all of my negros Viz, Dice, Hida, Amanda, Maria and her sons, all of my horses, wagons,cattle and hogs, farming untensils, all of corn, fodder, hay and oats, all of my household and kitchen furniture during her natural life. The plantation of which my son William now lives. It is my will that he remain on it during the life time of my wife Elizabeth and that she bind him to clear two or three acres on the east of the Plantation and put it in good repair and not to sell or use my timber only what may be necessary in keeping good fences and fire wood and if my son William fails to keep this place in good repair he is to pay annually to my wife Elizabeth ten dollars.
Third, it is my will and desire that on the death of my wife that all my land, negroes, and horses, cattle and sheep, house hold and kitchen furniture and property of every kind be sold on a credit of twelve months to the highest bidder and this proceeds to be divided in the following manner.
Fourth after the sale of my property I give and bequeath to my son William one seventh part of my estate.
Fifth I give and bequeath to my son Caleb one seventh part of my estate on the following conditions provided if he should die without Issue, that he gives a refunding for his part of the estate which shall return back to be divided among my children equally.
Sixth I give and bequeath one seventh part of my estate to the children of my daughter Lucinda which she now has and may have hereafter.
Seventh, I give and bequeath to my son James one seventh part of my estate.
I give and bequeath to my daughter Polly one seventh of my estate.
I give and bequeath to my son David one seventh part of my estate.
I give and bequeath to my daughter Betsy one seventh part of my estate.
Lastly I do hereby nominate my sons William and David Lindsey my Executors.
In witness whereof I do this my will set my hand and seal this 08th day of February A.D. 1848.
Signed Sealed and published in our John Lindsey presence and we have subscribed our names here in the presence of the Testator:
I. M. Gordon
Found in the County Court House, Maury Co TN
Will of Elijah Hunter, Maury County Tennessee, circa 1836
In the name of God Amen. I Elijah Hunter of the County of Maury of State of Tennessee being of sound mind and disposing memory do make and ordain
this my last Will and Testament.
After my death my body to be buried at the discretion of my executor.
First – I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Elizabeth Hunter during her natural life or widowhood all of the tract of land where on I now
live with all the improvements and profits there of also my negro woman Lucy about nineteen years old also my negro woman named Dolly and child
about twenty nine years of age. To dispose of at her discretion during her natural life or widowhood. After her, Elizabeth Hunter death or in the event that she may marry again after my death, then the said tract of land with its improvement and profits afore said I give and bequeath to my two sons James and Gideon with this provision that neither shall to any other person, except the other both may sell jointly to any other person. The said Lucy and her increase, in the event of the aforesaid I give and bequeath to my step-daughter Mariah Briggs and my own daughter Celine and my son George jointly. And Dolly child and her increase in the above instance I give and bequeath to my two daughters Elizabeth Foster and Celine and son George jointly.
2nd I confirm unto my son Isaac the tract of land and other property of which I have already given him and which he is now in possession of in and also on hundreds in money to be paid out of the sale of such property as I shall herin after direct to be sold.
3rd I Confirm unto my son Perkins the tract of land and other property which I have already given him and which he has been in possession of and also five dollars in money to be paid out of the sale of such property as I shall herin after direct to be sold.
4th I confirm unto my son David the property which I have already given him in addition to which I give and bequeath unto him one hundred in
money which is to be paid out of the sale of such property as I shall herein direct to be sold.
5th I give and bequeath to my daughter Rebecca Tarkinton in addition to what I have already given her one hundred dollars in money to be paid out of the sale of such property as I shall herein direct to be sold.
(There is no mention of 6th as I can see)
7th I give and bequeath unto my son Jesse (or Jefen ) my negro boy Jacob together with a saddle and bridle and the horse that I have already given him.
8th I give and bequeath unto my son James my negro boy Bob.
9th I give and bequeath unto my son Gideon my negro boy named Esau.
10th I give and bequeath unto my daughter Margaret Fields all of my interest in the estate of Mother Mary Brooks at her death reserving one hundred and thirty dollars which is to be paid to my brother Elisha Hunter living in the state of Missouri. This donation is to be divided between the heirs of Margaret Fields decd. equally.
It is my last will and request that my negro man —- together with all my perishable property not heretofore disposed of shall be sold to pay my just debts and and satisfy the bequest in money heretofore mentioned and whatever remains — f it sale of its above mentioned are satisfied then the surplus if any to be equally divided between my lawful heirs.
Lastly I hereby nominate and appoint my son Gideon my lawful executor in case he arrives at lawful age before this my last will and testament
shall be acted on and in hte event of my death before he arrive at full and lawful age I hereby nominate and appoint my friend Harmon (Wramon or
Norman) Smith my executor to carry into effect this my last will and testament.
In Witness whereof I have herewith let my hand and seal this 6th day of August A. D. 1836.
Elijah Hunter (Seal)
R. W. Morris
Aaron H. Brooks