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.