SCRIBNER, Lewis S. (1836)

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 


Guideon Johnson
Bulter Noles
Lewis S Scribner (his mark)

Transcribed by Stephanie Carson Feldman

Lewis is my direct ancestor by way of Solomon.

RAGAN, Nancy (1905)

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?

HILL, John L. (2004)

Submitted by 

Thursday, February 19, 2004
10:00 AM
Oakes & Nichols Chapel
320 West 7th Street
Columbia, TN 38401


Mr. John L. ?Peanut? Hill

Mr. John Leon ?Peanut? Hill, 57, retired truck driver for Sequatchie Concrete Company, former Columbia fireman and resident of Centerville, died Monday, February 16, 2004 at Baptist Hospital in Nashville.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at Oakes & Nichols with Sister Inez Jones and Meredith Westmoreland officiating. Burial will be in the Hilltown Cemetery. The family will visit with friends Wednesday from 4-8 PM at the funeral home. Notes of sympathy may be sent to

A native of the Santa Fe Community, he was the son of the late William Hill and Ruthie Lar Warren Hill and a member of the Emmanuel Church of Christ.

Survivors include two daughters, Sheila Hill of Centerville and Meredith (Steven) Westmoreland of Columbia; a son, Greg (Annette) Hill of Galvaston, Texas; a step daaughter Brenda (Terry) kincaid; a sister, Rachel (Howard) Foster of Hampshire; two brothers, Leroy (Candy) Hill of Columbia and Thomas ?Bill? (Brenda) Hill of Winchester; seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Walter Hill.

Active pallbearers are Steven Westmoreland, Tony Foster, Jeff Foster, Steven Hill, Craig Pedrick, Blake Davis. Honorary pallbearers are Donald Staggs, Kim Johnson, Clairce Wales, Roy Lee Hill and the staff and members of the Place of Hope.

LAYNE, William Thomas (1919)

This is the actual newspaper obituary for: WILLIAM THOMAS LAYNE (born: 1852) Micro Film #68, the Nashville Tennessean

Deceased: May 7, 1919

W. T. Layne, a farmer who lived 8 mi. from the city on the Nolensville Turnpike, died Wednesday morning at an early hour. Mr. Layne was 67 yrs. old & had been twice married.
He was the father of 18 children. The following are the only names we have of the 12 children he had by his first wife, Mary Elizabeth (Chambers) Layne:
H. G. Layne, Columbia, TN
A. B. Layne, Franklin, TN
Mrs. Nannie (Layne) Osborne, Gravel Switch, KY
Albert Layne, Lupton, CO
Mrs. Louis (Layne) Potts, Columbia, TN
Mrs. Beulah Francis (Layne) Mangrum, Hillsboro, TN

Surviving children of his 2nd marriage to Nora (Potts) Layne are:
Brown James Layne, I, Nashville, TN (this is my grandfather, he lived in W. Nashville and passed away in 1938)
Arthur Layne, Nolensville area (married “Evetine”, no maiden name known)
Myrtle (Layne) Layne, Nolensville area (married “Thomas Layne”, she passed away in the 1920’s)
Hattie May Layne (who later married Paul Johnson, they lived in Goodlettsville, TN, she passed away in the 1990’s)
Elmore Layne (born 1909), Nolensville area (later married and lived in Antioch, TN when he passed away)
Frank Layne (at the time of this obituary, he lived w/his mother Nora (Potts) Layne, he never married, he was living in W. Nashville, TN, when he passed away)

Submitted by: Trish Smith

Biography: FLEMING, William Stuart

WILLIAM STUART FLEMING, chancellor of the Eighth Chancery Division of Tennessee, was born in Maury County, April 23, 1816, eldest son of Thomas P. and Margaret E. (Armstrong) Fleming, who were members of a colony that came from South Carolina to Tennessee in 1805. They were of Scotch-Irish descent, and strict Presbyterians. William S. Fleming was taught the English branches by his father, and his preparatory Greek and Latin was expounded to him by John Barland, a teacher of New York City who visited him two years. He entered the Sophomore class of Yale College, and graduated in 1838. He taught school in Maury County a short time, and then began his legal studies, being admitted to practice in 1842. He immediately opened a law office in Columbia and soon commanded a large practice, which he retained as long as he remained in the practice of his profession. In 1860 he removed lo his elegant country seat, which was destroyed by fire, during Hood’s raid in Tennessee, by the Federal commander as a military necessity, entailing a loss of $22,000. He also had fifty slaves emancipated, and thirty head of horses and mules impressed. In 1870 he was elected chancellor, and has held the position by re-election to the present time. He is quite an eloquent orator, and for a period was editor of a literary paper, and later of a political paper, but at the same time continued his practice. He was a Whig, and although a Southern sympathizer, was not a participant in the war. He is now a Democrat. and had been a ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church for twenty-three years. He has been thrice married, having lost two wives by death. September 5, 1839, he wedded Frances M. Stephenson, who died in 1849, having borne six children, three of whom died in infancy, and only two now living: Thomas F. Fleming and Mrs. A. N. Dobbins. January 12, 1854, he married Mary Witherspoon Frierson, who died in 1858. having borne three children, all of whom died in infancy. February 8, 1860, he took for his third and present wife Ruth A. (Johnson) Booker. To them were born three children, one now living, William Stuart, also a member of the legal profession.

Source: History of Tennessee: From the Earliest Time to the Present; Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of Maury, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson, Bedford and Marshall Counties. Nashville, Tenn: Goodspeed Pub. Co, 1886.