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