Will Books 3 & 4

The first four books of wills date from the earliest in 1777 up to 1875. These books list the name of the deceased in alphabetical order rather than chronological order according to date. Book 1 contains the names A-D, Book 2 E-I, Book 3 J-N, and Book 4 O-Z. See Wills from Books 1-2

All of the early wills are photocopies of the originals (which are specially stored to preserve them). Some of the copies are very light, others have been folded and much of the writing in the crease is difficult to read. The wills were extracted and submitted by Kim Livaditis unless indicated.


















Book 3, Section “K”

 Page 1     Peter Kuykendahl      17 Feb 1783
State of North Carolina, County of Washington

Son Jesse: one tract of land where I live and one negro boy named Harry.
Daughter Jean [Jane]: one negro named Dick.
Son Adam: 5 shillings.
Daughter Elizabeth Young: 1 shilling.
Son Matthew: 1 shillings.
Son Peter: 1 shilling

After the debts are paid the rest of the estate to be equally divided among my children: Eliza, Mary, Ruthy, Rebecca, Abby, Jesse, and Jean Kuykendahl.

Executors: Brother Abraham Kuykendahl.
Witnesses: Andrew Thompson, John Kuykendahl, Robert Irvine [Irwin]

Page 2     Samuel Kelsey      23 Feb 1795
Washington County, Territory south of the Ohio River.

Sister Anna and son Samuel Kelsey Nelson and Henry Nelson: 2 tracts of land adjoining each other in Washington County in Boones Creek together with all appurtinances, to be equally divided between them.

Sister Anna’s son Samuel Kelsey Nelson: 25 pounds Virginai currency, to be laid out in horse and saddle.

3 brothers William, Moses and John and sister Margaret Peoples: the 2 last tons of iron due from Henry Harkleroad of Sullivan County.

Brother David Kelsey: all that he may be due me.

2 neices Elizabeth and Mary Peoples: 16 pounds Virginia currency due from their father Nathan Peoples to me, to be divided between them.

Brother Moses son John Kelsey: all that may be due me on a bond in my possession, to be equally divided between him and his brother Samuel Kelsey.

Sister Anna Nelson: all the remains of my estate to be disposed of between her children.

Executors: brother William, and brother-in-law Henry Nelson.
Witnesses: Adam Lowery, Lewis Jordany, William Whitson.

Page 3     George Kindall      18 Nov 1795

Wife Barbary and living children: receive lands and moveable property, to be equally divided.

No executors.
Witnesses: Samuel Wood, Martin Sidner, Michael Harmon


Book 3, Section “L”

Page 1     Thomas Little      [No date]
[one half of the page of the document is missing]

Wife Mary: to receive the plantation and improvements where I now live. To bring up my children. The house, household furniture, the stock and horses.
[Missing section]

Witnesses: Grissal Wraidon, Barbara Siller, Margaret Parret.

Pages 2 – 5     Thomas Lackey      [No date]
County of Washington, Town of Jonesborough.

Son Joseph: 100 acre tract of land now in ________ in the Chancery Court in Rogersville, to be laid off in the east end including improvements.

Thomas Felts, son of William and Peggy Felts: 50 acre tract of land beside my son Joseph’s land.

Daughter Elizabeth Hundley and her heirs:

Christian Groves and Jane his wife: the house in which I live with the kitchen and two thirds of the lot on which the house stands. The Hundleys to have the upper rooms and the Groves to have the lower rooms.

Grandson William, son of John: the house now occupied as a hatter shop by his father, together with the remaining one third of the whole estate.

Wife Elizabeth: the household and kitchen furniture, and personal property except my mare. At her death all will go to my daughter Elilzabeth Hudley. The mare is to be sold to pay my debts.

Daughter Nancy Walldron: one dollar which is all I will allow John Walldron.

Executors: Joseph Lackey, Christian Groves
Witnesses: John Blair, John Cosson, Thomas Lackey

Book 3, Section “M”

Page 1     Joab Mitchel      27 Oct. 1779
State of North Carolina, Washington County

Wife: Mary Mitchel- sole heir of all that is my property.

Executor: Mary Mitchel
Witnesses: John Coulter, Richard Mitchel, Jane Coulter

Page 2     Thomas Mitchel      14 June 1784
State of North Carolina, Washington County

Beloved Daughter: Margaret McAdom- 5 shillings sterling.
Son: James Mitchel- 5 shillings sterling.
Daughter: Elizabeth Thompson- 5 shilling sterling
Son: Thomas Mitchel and
Daughter: Sarah Mitchel- to divide remaining estate equally.

Executors: friend John Morreson and wife Agness Mitchel.
Witnesses: Harry Ravine, Robert Irwin, Mary Irwin

Page 3     Ann Miller      23 Mar 1795
Washington County, Territory South of the Ohio River

Ann Hunter-2/3 of my remaining estate.
Margaret Leach- the remaining third of my estate.

Executors: James Carmichael, Robert Macklin
Witnesses: William Montgomery, Abraham Campbell, Mary Campbell

Pages 4 – 5     David Matlock      15 Mar 1790

Daughters: Sarah, Elizabeth,Catherine-1 feather bed, side saddles.
Wife: Margaret- my plantation with all stock, household furniture, implements of her __________ during her life or widowhood. At her death or marriage the plantation goes to my son George, with a horse to the value of 20 pounds.
Sons: David and Gideon- equally divide the rest of my estate.

Executors: David Matlock, Joseph Greer
Witnesses: Moses Humphrey, G. Madison, Andrew Spaulding

Page 6     John Moore      20 Oct. 1797
Washington County, State of Tennessee

Wife: Ann- all tracts and parcels of land I now live, lying in Washington County with all its appurtinances to belong to her during her natural life.
Son: Samuel Moore- after my wife deceases all land and appurtenances will go to him.
Wife Ann: all moveable estate.

Executor: Samuel Moore
Witnesses: Zachariah McCubbins, Samuel Hill, Antipas Thomas

Page 7     William Mead      [No date]
Washington County, State of Tennessee

Wife: Rebecca – household and kitchen furniture, one sorel mare, 1 horse colt, two cows and calves, 1 beef stear, 12 hogs, 12 sheaps, her choyce one windmill [plow?], one pattern plow and doubletrees, shovel plow, 2 pair gears, wheat and corn and oats what will do her 12 months. To have and to hold during her remaining widowhood. If she remarries all is to be divided between my five children.

Children: Elender, Elizabeth, John, Benjamin, Polly Ann Mead. They will inherit when they become 21 except Elizabeth, she is to have 12 dollars.

Executors: Benjamin L. Yoakley of Sullivan County and John Bowman _______ of John?
Witnesses: James Hodges, Isaac Boring

Book 3, Section “Mc”

Pages 1 – 2     Alexander McEwen      [No date]
County of Washington, Territory South of the Ohio River.

Son: John McEwen – land where I now live with improvements, 180 acres.

Wife: Margaet McEwen – she shall have use and enjoy 1/3 part of said land including the house and improvements during her widowhood.

Son: Ebenezer McEwen – 195 acres of land held by two deeds adjoining the above mentioned lands.

Son: John – will pay from his part 110 pounds which shall be divided between my two sons Samuel and Robert.

Son: Ebenezer- to pay 75 pounds equally divided between sons Samuel and Robert. My personal estate shall stay intact and not be sold to be used by my family.

Daughter: Sarah McEwen- shall receive her part when she is of age.

In order to provide for a child that is unborn my will is that if it should be a boy that it shall be made equal in part to my other boys that have no land and each of the four paying a proportional part out of their share. And if it shall be a girl to stand upon a level with my above mentioned daughter Sarah. As to my personal estate my will is it be divided among my children when they come of age and at the discretion of my executors

Executors: Alex. Matters[Matthews], Andrew Hannah, Marget McEwen.
Witnesses: James Montgomery, John Wilkens.

Pages 3 – 4     Baptist McNabb      4 Jan 1784
County of Washington, State of North Carolina

Daughter: Isabella McNabb – 2 mares, cotts and a bed and furniture, one cow and calf that she has now got. Two mares of her choice of my stock at my decease. Every part of my household furniture.

Son: John – my executors make a [right?] to the _________ of land that I gave to my son.

Son: David- likewise to ___________ track I gave my son David.

Son: James- I give the other part of the land that I now live with improvements.

If they choose to sell the land then it be valued by 3 indifferent persons one year after my decease.

Children: William McNabb, John McNabb, David McNabb, Isabella McNabb, – all stock and moveable items not otherwise divided be sold and equally divided.

Daughters: Mary McNabb, Margaret McNabb, Katrin McNabb- to be paid 5 shillings after my decease.

Executors: sons John and David
Witnesses: William McNabb, Agness Campbell, John Campbell.

Book 3, Section “N”

Page 1     John Noding      6 Nov 1782
In the name of God amen.

I being sound in Judgement and properly in my sences [sic] altho weak in body and knowing that I must shortly depart this life and stand before Almighty God I leave this as my last will and testament which is as follows viz and first I leave my soul to Almighty God through Jesus Christ and secondly my body to the ground to return to dust from whence it came and thirdly that all my lawfull [sic] debts be paid – and fourthly that my beloved wife Priscilla should have at hir [sic] disposal all my living lands and tenements goods and chattles and negro slaves and their increase – except negro Prue which is the mother of the rest and my will is that the above Prue should have her freedom at the death of my beloved wife Priscilla and if my widow should marry again the above negroe [sic] Prue to have her freedom at that time. In witness whereof I do set my hand this 6th day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred & eighty-two.

John [X his mark] Nodding (seal)

Signed in the presence of
Samuel Wood }
James Scott }
No executors.

The foregoing will was proven in court by the Oathes of Samuel Wood and James Scott – the subscribing witnesses thereof at February Session 1783 and ordered to be recorded –

Microfilm Roll No. 169, Washington Co. County Clerk Wills, Washington County, Tennessee, Volumes 1-2, Aug 1779-Feb 1857, Sep 1858-Oct 1889

Submitted by Sherry Cook  

Page 2     Henry Nelson      2 Apr 1785
Washington County, State of Franklin

Wife: Jane – land lying in Sinking Creek of said county, 308 acres.
Sons: Henry and John – to divide among them the part of the land that each of them now lives.
Son: Charles – to live with wife Jane while she lives and he will inherit at her decease.
Negroes: Enoch, Dinah and Moody go to my wife. After her decease Moody goes to my son John. Enoch goes to my son Charles. Negroe boy Frank goes to my wife and to my grandson Joel Nelson at her decease. Negroe girl Venus to my granddaughter Nancy Nelson after my wife’s decease.
Sons: William, Henry, John, Charles
Daughter: Jememah – all to equally divide my moveable estate after my wife’s decease.
Son: William – 5 shillings sterling to cut him off from having any further claim on my estate.
Son: Charles – to have any other money.
Grandson: John – 20 pounds.

Executors: son John and Charles
Witness: William Wood

Page 3 – 4     William Noding Junior      15 Sep 1792
[This will is cut down the middle- left half is on page 3, the right half is on page 4.]
Nephew: Charles McCray – is my lawful heir to receive 8 pounds sterling paid in property.
Sister: Elizabeth Calvert – 1 negroe named Adam.
Nephews: Charles McCray and John Calvert 200 acres at Camp Creek equally divided if my father William Noding attains the deed.
Sisters: Sarah McCray, Mary Bayles, Ellenor Hill, Alis Brown (deceased) her children to inherit all the rest of my lands and moveables except the mill lot on the land where my brother John formerly lived, to be divided into 4 equal parts for my sisters and Alis’s children.

Executors: Daniel McCray, William Calvert
Witnesses: Samuel Wood Sr., Sam. Wood Jr.

Page 5     Jane Nelson      4 Nov.1799
Deceased husband: William Nelson

Daughter: Jememah Tyler – all wearing apparel, negroes Jack Yelveton, Isaac, Humphrey, Rebekah and William together with any children my negroe slave Dinah may have to be divided between my _____________ sons: William, Henry and Charles Nelson. Each may have a portion of the real value of them. All estate that is left be divided between my four sons.

Executors: John Nelson
Witnesses: Adam Lowery, Zachariah Willot, Jesse Payne

Book 4, Section “P”

Page 1 – 4     John Pavlee (Paveley)      12 Apr 1781
In Chuckey, County of Washington

Wife: Elizabeth- sole executor, I give lands to her freely.
Son: Lewis- 100 acres of land
Son: William- one red cow called Cherry and all her increase.
Son: Elijah- 100 acres off the upper part of the land.
Son: James- the lower part of the 150 acres, the home tract.

If wife Elizabeth should die her part will go into the estate to be equally divided. If James should die without heirs his land to be divided between my son Jeremiah and Elijah. None of the estate shall be disposed of without the consent of their mother.

If John should die without heirs or any of the children die without heirs their part of the estate shall be equally divided among my daughters, Mary, Francis, Lucia, Elizabeth, Ezsa, and Margaret.

Executors: wife Elizabeth and eldest son Lewis.
Witnesses: George Mooney, Charles P. Darton, John Powers, Jonathan Carrier.

Page 5 – 6     John Potter      18 Nov 1789

County of Washington and State of North Carolina.

Wife: Hannah- the plantation, 120 pounds in money, stock and household furniture. After her decease land on the side of the creek I give go to my sons John and Johnson- equally divided.

Son-in-law: Adam Rainbolt- all land laying on east side of Rones Creek in my survey including the place where George Miller now lives.

Son: Abraham- one cow, remainder part of my estate which consists of cattle, horses, hoggs, sheep, household furniture, tools, book debts, bonds, notes, negros. When collected from the persons where is due to go unto my children: Nancy Potter, John Potter, Elizabeth Potter, Johnson Potter, Sarah Potter, and last my son-in-law Adam Rainbolt shall have his equal part.

Executors: wife Hannah and Cornelius Bowman and Thomas Whitson
Witnesses: William Moulans, John Grindstaff, Jack Grindstaff

Book 4, Section “R”

Page 1 – 2      Catherine Robinson      27 Jul 1796

Only son: Jacob Robinson- All of my real and personal estate- my executor.

Witnesses: Daniel Duffy, John Chester

Page 3 – 4     Charles Robertson  Senior    31 Aug 1798
Washington County, Tennessee, Will Book 1, page 44.

Know all whom these presents may concern. I the Charles Robertson, Sr. of the County of Washington & State of Tennessee on the thirty first day of August in the year of our Lord one Thousand Seven hundred and ninety eight have my last will and testament, as I think myself perfectly in my senses and capable of disposing of my estate as I think best. In the first place I think best to appoint Charles Robinson Jr. & James Gordon & Jacob Brown my executors to act and settle my business & after all my just & lawfull debts is paid & settled the ballance to be disposed of as follows. – I do and bequeath unto my wife Susannah Robertson Negro Peter and Poll her bed and furniture sufficient for the same until the said Susannahs death then they to be equally between my sons all my real estate to be divided equally amongst my sons and all my personal estate to be divided amongst my Sons and daughters except these exceptions that is that William Robertson to have Negro Kate deducted or the price thereof out of his part. Rosamond Beane to have the price of Negro Rhoud deducted out of her part Kesiah Sevier to have a likely Smart Negro girl which is to be the full amount of her share Sarah Cox to have ten dollar which is also to be the full amount of her part there is also excepted out of my real estate two thousand acres of land lying at the Muscel Shoals which is to be taken out of eight thousand acre tract one thousand to be given to Gordon and the other thousand to be given to Charles Sevier. In testimony whereof I have set my hand the day & year first above written

Charles Robinson Snr.

Signed in presenes of

Henry Taylor             The foregoing will was proven in Court by
Abraham Hartsell      the oaths of Henry Taylor & Era Witt two
Era Witt                       of the subscribing witnesses thereto at November Sessions 1798 &  ordered to be recorded. Charles Robertson Jr. & James Gordon quallified as the executor of the foregoing will

Submitted by Dessie Little Simmons.

Book 4, Section “S”

Page 1     William Shields      10 Feb 1791

Wife: [not named] to receive the dwelling place and household goods, 10 bushels of wheat, 15 bushels Indian corn to be paid her yearly and 100 weight of pork per year to be paid by my Son Joseph.
Son: Joseph- all lands and tenements, iron utensils,that belong to the farm.
Remainder of estate to be divided among rest of my sons and daughters after my wife’s decease.

Executors: Joseph and Andrew Thompson
Witnesses: John Campbell, David Brown, Robert Blakely

Page 2 – 3     Samuel Shaw       29 Jul 1794
County of Washington, Territory South of the Ohio River.

Wife: Margaret- her living on my plantation and bed and clothes, mare Dearing[name].
Son: Francis- plantation on which I live and negro girl, still with utensils.
Son: Samuel- plantation I bought from Robert Dimmit and my negro boy named Harry. The remainder of my moveable estate divided between Francis and Samuel.
I leave my daughters which are married five shillings each.

Executors: Francis and Samuel
Witness: Margaret Spear, Samuel Brison, William Purcelly

Page 4 – 9     William Stephenson      15 Jun 1796
County of Washington, Territory South of the Ohio River

Wife: Alice- 1 bed, bedstead, furniture, 1/3 part of all personal estate, 1/3 part of plantation we now live on which is in 3 deeds, dwelling house and other out houses.

Attorney Ralph Loftes of Rockingham County commonwealth of Virginia empowering him to sell a tract of land in said county. After the sale give to wife 50 pounds to be paid in Virginia currency dollars and shillings.

Son: Matthew- all land on which I now live to give possession of 2/3 part at the time he becomes 21 and the other 1/3 at the time of my wife’s decease.

Daughter: Elizabeth – has the right to live with Matthew on the plantation which she lives a single life. Matthew to provide a comfortable diet and lodgings.

Son: John- land and appurtenances which I purchased of William Houston, joining land of Robert Allison and others.

Daughter: Elizabeth- 1/2 whole amount of land lying in Rockingham County VA which may be sold. A good bed, bedstead and furniture.

Son: John 2/3 of residue of the sale of land in Rockingham County VA.

The remaing 1/3 to son Matthew. Each shall have a right to claim when they shall arrive to full age.

Son: Matthew and John and daughter Elizabeth will have the remaining 2/3 of my personal estate equally divided when of full age- Matthew and John age 21 and Elizabeth 18.

Phillip Hooper- if he should continue to be dutiful and obediant during the time of his service 10 pounds Virginia currency to be given to him in property which may be useful to him. Also a rifle gun.

The articles of indenture are a debt upon my estate.

Executors: Alice, Brother David Stephenson of Augusta County, VA
Witnesses: James Aiken, George Crookshanks, Patrick Shields

Page 10     Roseanah Stevenson      15 Mar 1776
Formerly Roseanah Duncan.
County of Washington, State of Tennessee

John Duncan- her first husband died July 17, 1776. The real estate which second husband is in possession of, be equally divided between Joseph Duncan Jr., Rice Duncan , Rice Duncan Jr. Marvel Duncan sons of Joseph Duncan Senior which is brother to John Duncan.

Stacy Melvin, formerly Stacy Duncan, daughter of Charles Duncan who was brother of John Duncan. Stacy is to have all of my personables or the personal estate, six negroes, Bob, Harry, Jim, Jeff, and Abraham.

Executor: I. Jones Melvin
Witnesses: William Grimsley, John English, Joseph Crouch

Book 4, Section “T” 

Page 1 – 2     Joseph Trotter      8 Jan 1784
County of Washington,Territory South of the Ohio River.

Wife: Jinny [Jenny] a gray horse, 1/2 all of my estate.
Brother: Alexander Trotter- all of my clothes divided with James Trotter.
My wife to have my chest that is down at Colonel Roddies and any of my clothes that she can wear. The other half of my estate equally divided between my brothers and sisters.

Executors: wife Jinny [Jenny]
Witnesses: John Carmichael, Isabella Trotter, Margaret Carmichael

Page 4 – 9     Andrew Taylor      22 May 1787
[Note attached to copy of will: Andrew Taylor grandfather of A.A. Taylor and Robert Taylor, Governors of Tennessee]
Washington County, State of North Carolina

Wife: Ann- all my household furniture, 3 milk cows, the young ball[?] mare to be at her disposal, negro wench named Poll during her natural life. Also the dwelling house, appurtenances, sufficient maintenence and support.

Son: Isaac- 5 shillings sterling

Son: David McNabb- 5 shillings sterling

Son: Andrew- 1/2 tract of land that I dwell now be equally divided between Andrew and Nathaniel. The land to be divided by a line so Andrew can have the upper half adjoining Cunningham’s line.

Son: Matthew- 640 acres purchased from Isaac Taylor, likewise a horse, the mare known as Talbot filly.

Son: Nathaniel- half of the tract of land, also 1 wagon with utensils, half my stock of horses, creatures and cattle.

Till my youngest child Rhoda comes of age to live with her mother.

Nathaniel to have my flock of sheep.

One negro slave to each child.

Executor: wife Ann
Witnesses: John Hyder, William English

Page 8     Alexander Trotter      24 Apr 1795
Washington County, Territory South of the Ohio River

Wife: Isabella – her clothes, saddle, all furniture of the house, cows of her choice, 70 sheep, all my clothes to my sons David and Joseph to be equally divided.
Divide between my wife Isabella and my three children Susanna, David and Joseph all of my property that I have not bequeathed.

Executors: wife Isabella and James Carmichael Senior
Witnesses: Abigail Carmichael, Alexander Stewart.

Book 4, Section “V”

Page 1     Rebekah Vanderpool      12 May 1779
[no place named]

To Peter Nave- husband of my daughter Ann, six head of meat cattle of different marks, the hock marks being a swollen fork, all the rest of my estate consisting of one mare of a mouse color branded with a vw on the shoulder, 2 pots, pans, five tongs, 2 sets of plow irons, 2 puter[pewter] dishes, three plates, one basin of the same, six stone or chiney plates, some small books, with a quantity of money in the hands of Abraham Vanderpool, my son, further I appoint Jeter [Peter] my executor.

 Witnesses: Thomas Houghton, James Grayson, Elizabeth Grayson

Book 4, Section “W”

Page 1     John Wood      11 Jun 1773

[no place stated]

Wife: Agness- all my plantation land and appurtenances where I now live. All of my stock, horses, cow __________ and hogs during her natural life.
To each of my children now living five shillings.
Son: John- after my wife’s decease the land and plantation where she lives.
Daughter: Winifred Wood- 5 shillings current money.
Daughter: Milay Wood- 5 shilling current money.
Daughter: Rachael Wood- 5 shilling current money.
Daughter: Agness Wood- 5 shillings current money.
Son: Richard- 5 shilling current money.
Son: Elijah- 5 shillings current money.
It is my pleasure that all my moveable estate that remains be at my wife’s disposal and pleasure and at her discretion amongst my children. One tract of land containing 189 acres lying on the ________ __________ Creek in Bedford be sold for the best price and the money be used to pay my debts. Also all of my entrys of land be sold to pay my debts. I appoint Robert Donald and William Armstrong to sell the land.
Son: Henry- 5 shillings current money

Executors: Robert Donald [Conrad] and William Armstrong.
Witnesses: Robert Ewing, Robert Irwin, Marbry [Barbary] Maybry.

Page 2     William Whitson      16 Oct 1783
County of Washington, State of North Carolina

Son: Jesse- all my estate, real and personal but with this exception should my negro women hereafter have children.
Daughter: Susannah Eagan- the first born of either said negro women’s children that shall live to be 2 years old.
Daughter: Lydda McKay- the second that shall live to be the same age.

Executors- Joseph Whitson, Jesse Whitson- sons
Witnesses: Henry Nelson Jr. William Wood

Page 3     Joseph Whitson      1 Nov. 1790
County of Washington, Territory South of the Ohio River.

Sister’s son: Joseph Peyton- the plantation where I live with all appurtenances, with my negro boy named John.
Brother: Thomas L. Whitson- my negro man slave named Nedd.
Brother: Willi Whitson- my negro woman slave named Hannah.
Brother: Jonathan Whitson- a negro woman slave named Esther.
Brother: Jesse Whitson- my negro man slave named Bobb.
My negro man slave Dick may be left with my brother Willi but not as a slave but as it were at liberty. The remainder of my estate to be equally divided between my four brothers above mentioned, and my three sisters: Sarah Nelson, Susannah Eagan and Lydela McKay.

Executors: Thomas and Jesse Whitson
Witnesses: William Hall, Thomas Gourley, Henry Nelson

Page 4     Johnston [Johnson] Whitteker [Whitaker]      24 Oct. 1799
County of Washington, State of Tennessee

Wife: Sarah- all of my estate, goods and chattels to convert to her own use to raise her children so long as she remains my widow. When she remarries or deceases the estate is to be equally divided among all of my children [not named].

Executor: Sarah Whitaker
Witnesses: Mark Whitaker, Jonathan Tullis

Page 5 – 10     Edmund Williams      16 Sep 1795
United States of America, Territory South of the Ohio River In Washington County

Wife: Lucretia – 1 negro woman Dinah, 1 horse bridle and saddle, 1 feather bed and furniture, cord and bedstead, one chest, one table, all the pewter, table, furniture, 2 cows and calves or yearlings, two steers, 10 head of hogs, 5 head of sheep, also to lend her 5 negroes, Sandy and Davice with half the plantation during her lifetime.

Sons: Joshua and Samuel- 1 negro called Will jointly, also the property that Matthew Bass owes me to be divided equally.

Son: George- the turner tools and joiner tools and 1 negro named Sailor after my wife’s decease.

Son: Samuel-my land, 600 acres being in three two hundred acre surveys.

Son: Archibald- 1 cow and calf or yearling, 1 negro named Willaby after his wife’s death.

Daughter: Lavinia Tipton- or her heirs- 1 negro woman named Delilah.

Daughter: Triphena or her heirs -1 negro girl named Chain, 1 horse or mare, bridle and saddle of the value of 83 dollars, 1 cow and calf or yearling after his wife’s death.

Daughter: Sarah Adams Williams, 1 negro girl named Melisa, 1 cow and calf or yearling, 1 horse or mare, bridle and saddle to the value of 83 dollars.

Don: John Linsey Williams- 338 acres of land. It being the lower part of a tract containing 500 acres on Buffaloe Creek granted to Edmund Williams by North Carolina by deed bearing the date 27 Oct. 1782. Also give 400 acres at his mother’s decease. The 400 acres on Buffaloe Creek adjoining the other land surveyed six 40 acres grants given to me by the State of North Carolina dated 3 Oct. 1782, with 6 acres being on the north side of Buffaloe Creek and if he should decease before his 21st birthday without an heir then the whole of John’s land goes to Archibald.

The money due me by Samuel Duck, William Graham and John McNary to be divided amongst the children.

Son: John L. Williams is not to have possession of the land until he turns 21. Also give John 2 negroes named Sanday and Davie after his mother’s decease. If he dies before with no heirs the 2 negroes be sold and money divided between my children.

Son: Samuel- 30 pounds of feathers for a bed. Also 30 pounds of feathers for Archibald, Triphena, Sarah and John.

 Also, the farming utensils for the use of the plantation, the cross cut saw and rifle gun. Carpenters tools and the crop tools for the use of the family. No horses, nor cattle nor hogs to be sold. They are to be divided among the children.

Executors: my son Joshua Williams of Bomcom County State of North Carolina and son Archibald.
Witnesses: William Davis, Charles Whitson, William Whitson.

Page 11 – 12     John White      14 May 1796
Washington County, Territory South of the Ohio River, alias the State of Tennessee

Wife: Ann- 1/3 part of my household furniture and stock during her remaining widowhood and the use of my dwelling plantation until my youngest becomes of lawful age then my will is that land be sold and money equally divided amongst the boys and remaining 2/3 of my household furniture and stock be divided between my daughters when they are of lawful age. At my wife’s decease the 1/3 be divided between my daughters.

Executor: my wife Ann
Witnesses: Joseph Britten, John Hill, Ellener Hill

Page 13     Johathan Watson      15 Oct. 1796
State of Tennessee, Washington County

Wife: Martha- my land and stock, good and chattles, whats left to be sold and the money be equally divided amongst my children except two _________ hockles which is to be at my wife’s disposal.

Executors: wife Martha and Major John Sevier
Witnesses: Samuel Wool, David Smith, William Wood

Book 4, Section “Y”

Page 1 – 3     Charles Young      28 Mar [1794, 1790, 1796 – all three are mentioned]
Washington County, Territory South of the Ohio River

Wife: Rebecky-all my house furniture 1 mare, saddle and bridle and a negro girl named Dise which I allow to my wife till my two sons Wilkins and Evan Young and the land that I now live on with daid negro to be divided between my two sons above mentioned, All the rest of my estate I allow sold after my wife and George Gillespie [my trusted friend] reserve a tract part for my daughter Jenny as they think fit and the remainder be for the use of raising and schooling my family.

Executors: wife Rebecky and George Gillespie
Witnesses : John Gilliland, Elisha Rhody

Contributed to the Washington County TNGen Web site by Kim Livaditis. 1 November 2010