I, C. S. Knott, do hereby make and publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all wills by me at any other time made.
First I direct that all my debts be paid in order to this end I direct that 3 hundred acres of land be sold. Beginning on a walnut tree adjoining Z.T. Shemwells tract of land running up Cumberland River South, thence East to the original line of the old survey so as to make said number of acres.
Second I direct that all my stock be sold and applied to the payment of my debts except such as my wife Mary F. Knott may think necessary to keep for the support of herself and children.
Third I direct that all the pork hogs on the place be fattened out of the present growing crop on the place and enough retained for the support of my wife and my mother in laws family for one year and the balance sold and equally divided between my wife Mary and Mrs. L. Lassiter my mother in law.
Fourth I direct that all the stock hogs remain on the place for the use of my wife and mother in laws family .
Article 5th I direct that the wheat and oats remain on the place for the use of my wife and mother in law and the corn be gathered and enough retained for the use of my wife and Mrs. Lassiters family for 1 year and the balance be sold and the proceeds equally divided between my wife and Mrs. Lassiter.
Article 6 I give and bequeath to my wife Mary F. Knott all my servants and unsold land that I may die seized and possessed of together with all other moneys or money bills or estate of any kind that I may now have or hold during her continueance in widowhood or until the youngest child becomes of age the object of this bequeath is that she may be prepared to raise and educate the family that may be left in her care further that she shall have the power to sell or convey either land or servants and move the effects to any part of TN the better to accomplish this bequeath. Further upon any of the children becoming of age or marrying my wife Mary F. Knott may have the power to give them any assistance she may deserve or think necessary and when the youngest child becomes of age then I direct that an equal division be made between all my hun [could not decipher--may be keep]. Each child to be charged with what they may received before.
Article 9 I hereby nominate and appoint G.W. Gatlin my administrator having full confidence in him I request that he enter upon the discharge of the duties of the same. In witness whereof I have unto set my hand and seal to this my last will and testament this the 8th day of August 1861.
Signed and sealed
in the presence of
Recorded September term 1861
W. Cook, Clk.
From Record Book, Volume 5
Executor, Administrators,& Misc.
Contributed by Kristi Morgan