Page 201 ~ Jonathon Cooper
14 Aug 1863
Being about to enter the service of my country
My beloved wife Nancy E. Cooper to
have my entire estate during her natural life or widowhood, and that she have full power
to sell or change my estate any portion of my estate as she may think best for herself and
my children. My wife to give to my children as they become of age or marry any property
that she is willing to spare. All the property given off by her to any of my children, to
wit, Henry M. Cooper, Matilda F. Cooper, Nancy A. E. Cooper, William B. Cooper, Eliza J.
Cooper, and John S. Cooper, together with such child or children as may hereafter be born,
to be valued by three disinterested men. Should my wife marry, then she is to have only a
childs share of my estate. My negroes to be divided without sale if it can be done.
Signed: Jonathon Cooper. Witness: John B. Moon, W. D. Gholston, Richd B. Gholston.
Recd 15 Jan 1865.
Page 202 ~ Benjamin Brown
24 Jan 1865
To my beloved wife Catherine all the interest I have in the negroes she had and brought
with her at the time of our marriage and their increase to dispose of at hear pleasure. To
my wife for and during her natural life only a tract of land whereon Benjamin F. Mercer
now lives to include 100 acres, also one black mule named Beck, one sow & pigs, one
cow & calf, one bed & furniture of her own choice, 20 bushels of corn, 5 bushels
of wheat, and 300 pounds of pork; all of the above property to be sold at the death of my
wife and equally divided among my heirs hereinafter named. All my negroes to be appraised
and equally divided between my heirs (to wit) Avaline Sorrells, Sarah Nunn and the heirs
of Robert G. Brown, Neoma A. McGinnis, Destimonia Williams, Elizabeth Strickland, Milita
J. Strickland, Zemily Payne, and Susan Mercier. The land where I now live to be sold with
the following exception, one half acre of land including the grove in center of said half
acre; my executor will sell said lot so that my heirs which have no land may have a chance
to buy. Executors: my friends and sons in law Joseph Williams, David Payne, James Nunn,
Matthew Strickland. Signed: Benjamin (x) Brown. Witness: John A. Burroughs, Edward G.
Riley, Elbu Collins. Recd 10 Feb 1865.
Page 204 ~ Oliver P. Griffith
19 Oct 1863
Fulton County, Georgia: I, Oliver P. Griffith of the county of Madison
property to my wife and children, the property to be kept together and managed by my wife
for the common benefit of herself and my children, and when any child marries or comes of
age, such child is to receive an equal share of the property. In the event of my
wifes marrying again, there shall be an immediate division of the property between
her and such of my children as shall not have received their shares, and my wifes
share shall be hers during her natural life and at her death to be equally divided between
my children. If she does not marry, her share of my property is to be hers absolutely.
Executrix: My wife Margarett Griffeth. Signed: Oliver P. Griffith. Witness: Wm. Scott,
Charles S. Sorrells, Jas. W. Daniel. Recd 10 Feb 1865.
Page 205 ~ Joel Echols
15 Feb 1864
To my wife Martha H. Echols, the tract of land on which I now live with all the stock of
all kinds and household furniture of all description for and during her natural life. My
daughter to have what articles of wearing apparel and bed, bedding and such things as she
now claims, now in my possession. At the death of my wife, what property is left be sold
and divided equally, giving to my daughter Elizabeth C. Echols one half and the other to
be equally divided between my four grandchildren, James R., John C., William J. and Martha
C. Echols, children of my deceased son Seaborn F. Eckles. Executors: My wife Martha H.
Echols and my worthy friend Robert K. Caruth. Signed: Joel Echols. Witness: W. N. McCurdy,
G. N. Bond, J. M. Skinner. Recd 10 Apr 1865.
Page 207 ~ John R. Beard
30 Aug 1862
Being yet young but having to go to the war that now exists between the Southern
Confederacy and the Federal Government
declare this my last will and testament.
After my death my wife Sarah E. and the child that she is now bearing, not yet born,
provided it should be born alive, shall have all the land I now own jointly until said
child becomes of age or marries. In the event my wife should marry before said child
should marry or become of age, in that event my wife shall not have any interest in the
land but to have $100 of my personal estate. But in the event she does not marry, she is
to have one half of all my estate. In the event said child not be born alive, my wife
shall have one half of my estate and the other half to be equally divided between my
brother William W. Beard and my four sisters, Prudence Deen, Catherine Powell, Amanda
Sartain and Martha A. Sertain. Executor: my father Samuel F. Beard. Signed: John R. Beard.
Witness: Martha Nash, Mary Nash, Gabriel Nash. Recd 9 Dec 1865.
Page 209 ~ Eli Wood
17 Sept 1865
To my wife Mary Wood, my land whereon I now live containing about 150 acres during her
natural life or widowhood. At the death or marriage of my wife, my two youngest daughters,
Mary and Indianna Wood, to have all my land. I also give my wife one cow & calf. To my
daughter Mary Wood, one grey mare and cow & calf. To my daughter Indianna Wood, one
bay mare and one cow & calf. To my said two daughters, Mary and Indianna Wood, my yoke
of oxen and my flock of sheep. To my son John N. Wood, all of my Carpenters tools.
The remainder of my property (except my household) to my daughters Mary and Indianna, the
household to be divided among my family. My desire is that my executors not be required to
make inventory and return on my estate. Executrix: my wife Mary Wood. Signed: Eli (x)
Wood. Witness: R. M. Mirony, J. L. Bond, Joel T. Miller. Recd 9 Dec 1865.
Page 211 ~ Robert W. Pruitt
4 Nov 1865
I have no children now in life, but have one grandchild, Robert Pruitt Blackwell, the son
of my deceased daughter Zibiah, former wife of Thomas P. Blackwell. I therefore give and
bequeath to my grandson Robert Pruitt Blackwell all my estate both real and personal in
this state or elsewhere to take effect at my death. In the event my said grandchild dies
before he arrives at 21 year of age, and without any lawful children, then George
Washington Pruitt, son of my nephew Joseph Jackson Pruitt, to have all my estate.
Executors: My friends John N. Montgomery and Rufus M. Mironey. Signed: R. W. Pruitt.
Witness: W. P. Alexander, Wm. Montgomery. Recd 15 Jan 1866
Page 212 ~ David Evans
17 Dec 1863
To my son Henry T. Evans, the tract of land on which I now live containing 184 acres
(provided he shall give me and my wife Polly Evans a home and comfortable support as long
as we or either of us do live). To my wife Polly Evans, for the love and affection I have
for her, all my household & kitchen furniture including beds & bed clothing,
cooking utensils, etc. I also give to my son Henry T. Evans all my farming utensils, all
my stock of cattle and hogs. My daughter-in-law Susan Evans to have the use of the house
she now lives in together with 5 acres of land around said house as long as she may wish.
My son William S. Evans to have the privilege of getting firewood of my said tract of land
as long as he may need it. Executor: My son Henry T. Evans. Witness: William R. Russel,
Stephen C. Groves, Robert Henderson, J.P. Recd 13 Apr 1866.
Page 214 ~ George N. Russell
27 Jul 1864
To my brother Robert S. Russel and my five sisters, Margaret E. Russel, Mary Ann Russel,
Nancy Hannah Russel, Sarah S. Russel and Elizabeth T. Russel, all my estate to be equally
divided among them. Executor: George Russel. Signed: George N. Russel. Witness: George N.
Russel, Martin Nash, Stephen Bond. Recd 19 Jun 1866.
Page 215 ~ Larkin G. Hardman
2 Apr 1866
To my beloved wife Martha with whom I have lived for thirty years, all of my estate both
real and personal. At her death, all of my children to have a good horse a piece or the
worth of a horse in something else (viz) George Lumpkin, Samuel Lumpkin, Louisa Jane,
Joseph Henry, Lucy Ann and Pope Hardman. Those six children has never had no horse and I
desire that these six children above named have a horse a piece, and I desire that Martha
Ann Hardman, my granddaughter, have an equal share with the balance of my own children.
All my children to have an equal share if there be any more left I desire it be sold and
equally divided among all of my children and my granddaughter also, viz, Martha Ann, my
son Hilkiah T. Hardmans daughter. Executors: my wife Martha and my son Hilkiah T.
Hardman. Signed: Larkin G. Hardaman. Witness: Alfred Segraves, Z. J. Hardaman, William
Sailors, Mary A. Segraves. Recd 19 Jun 1866.
Page 217 ~ James Pinson
23 Dec 1857
My beloved wife Edney shall have all of my estate both real and personal during her
natural life or widowhood; in the event she should marry, my estate to be equally divided
among my wife Edney Pinson and eight children, to wit, Jesey Pinson, Mary Tuck, formerly
Mary Pinson, William Pinson, Robert Pinson, Jane Pinson, Sarah Pinson, Susan Pinson and
Elizabeth Pinson. I have given off to my four oldest children, to wit, Jessey Pinson, Mary
Tuck, William Pinson and Robert Pinson, property to the amount of $80 a piece, and I wish
my wife to give off to my other four children, to wit, Jane Pinson, Sarah Pinson, Susan
Pinson and Elizabeth Pinson an equal amount of property as they marry or become of age. At
my wifes death, my estate to be equally divided among my children, taking into
consideration what each one has had. Executors: my wife Edney Pinson and my son William
Pinson. Signed: James Pinson. Witness: Josiah Cheatham, Jr., Charley B. Sims, John I.
Cheatham. Recd 25 Sept 1866.
Page 219 ~ John Simmons
15 Dec 1866
My estate to remain in the hands of my beloved wife Milley W. Simmons during her natural
life. My two single daughters, to wit, Sidney C. Simmons and Milley J. Simmons, to be made
equal with my other daughters who are married off when they marry or at the death of my
wife. At the death of my wife, all my estate should be divided equally between my 4
children, to wit, Sidney C. Simmons, Mary R. Brown, Sarah E. Dudley and Milley J. Simmons.
Executor: Isaac V. Moore. Signed: John (x) Simmons. Witness: James G. Eberhart, Joseph A.
Gloer, Daniel Wynn, J. P. Recd 12 Jan 1867.
Page 220 ~ Ebenezer S. Crawford
12 Nov 1866
I desire that J. B. Crawford have entire control as executor of my estate. The household
and kitchen furniture to be reserved for the use of the family, also one buggy & mare,
cow & calf, one sow and as many stock hogs as my executor may think best, it being my
desire that my executor sell the place whereon I now live and buy another place at such
time as he may think best, and if my wife should marry again, the whole of my estate both
real and personal to be sold and equally divided between my wife and my three children,
viz, Thomas B. Crawford, Mary E. Crawford, Ebenezer S. Crawford. Also my son John B.
Crawford to have five dollars in cash and my wife Nancy Ann Crawford have our bed quilts
and one work box extra of all other things. Executor: J. B. Crawford. Signed: Ebenezer S.
Crawford. Witness: Z. F. Stephens, M. C. Crawford, P. R. Bell. Recd 12 Jan 1867
Page 222 ~ Mary Bridges
27 Nov 1850
Having no legal bodily heirs, I will and bequeath unto Ora Akins, a young lady that I
raised from her infancy, all my estate both real and personal (to wit), all my stock of
horses, hogs, sheep and cattle, all my ready money and notes and other papers of value,
all my household and kitchen furniture and farming tools of every description, oxen and
cart, also my Negro man Claiborn and every other thing of value. But it being my will that
said Negro Claiborn, as he has been a good and faithful servant, shall be well treated and
taken care of. Executrix: Ora Akins. Signed: Mary (x) Bridges. Witness: James Cunningham,
Ranford E. Hitchcock, Bennet Sims. Recd: 4 Jun 1867.
Page 224 ~ Martin Deadwyler
23 Dec 1866
My will is at & after my death, my remains be buried as near the grave of my son
Martin V. as is convenient & both my grave and my son Martin V.s grave be closed
with a stone foundation with suitable palings. To my wife Lucy, the land & dwelling I
now live on, including all my land except the tract that John R. Stovall lives on
containing 180 acres; the Caruth tract 380 acres, all the land on the south side of the
South river, the tract adjoining G. Nash and John Bray 187 acres, during the life of my
said wife Lucy and at her death the land I will her be sold and divided as hereinafter
directed. Also to my wife Lucy my horse, saddle & bridle, buggy & harness, four
cows & calves of her choice, all the stock hogs, two beds, beadsteads & furniture
of her choice, twelve sitting chairs, three tables, 3 chests, one spinning wheel, one
loom, one bureau, one sideboard, one half of the cooking utensils, one half of the farming
tools, one half of the crockery ware, one years provision; all this, except the
land, my wife shall have to do as she pleases with. My daughter Letty E. Payne to have two
cows & calves and $50 worth of provision above, an equal share. At my death, my
executors to sell the tract of land on which John R. Stovall lives containing 180 acres,
the Caruth tract containing 380 acres, all my land on the south side of the south river,
the tract adjoining G. Nash & John Bray, and all my other property not willed to my
wife and daughter Letty, the proceeds of the sale to be equally divided between my
children (to wit) My daughter Susan M. Webb, my daughter Ann B. Webb, my son Joseph P., my
son Philip W., my son Milton P. Deadwyler, my daughter Rebecca S. Marks, my son Valentine
H. Deadwyler, my daughter Letty E. Payne, my granddaughter Lucy H. Willhite, and my
granddaughter Sarah R. Willhite. The property willed to my daughter Letty E. Payne shall
be given to my son Valentine H. Deadwyler in trust for my said daughter Letty E. Payne,
free from the control of her present husband Frances Payne. Executors: my sons Joseph P.
and Valentine H. Deadwyler. Signed: Martin (x) Deadwyler. Witness: H. T. Sanders, J. R.
Stovall, William (x) Carrington, Gabriel Nash. Recd 8 Oct 1867.
Page 228 ~ Richardson Hancock
29 Oct 1869
All my property to my beloved wife, except as hereinafter provided. At the death of my
wife Ella R. Hancock, all my property to go to my child or children by my present wife
Ella R. Hancock. In the event of my child or children dying before the death of my wife,
all my property to be equally divided between all of my brothers children at the
death of my wife. To my son John W. Hancock three cover lids as he may select or quilts
and one folding table. Executors: my wife Ella R. Hancock and my friend Augustus C. Neal.
Signed: Richardson Hancock. Witness: H. T. Sanders, Robt. Yerby, G. C. Daniel, J. M.
Skinner. Recd 10 Sept 1868.
Page 230 ~ Robert Henderson
13 Jun 1868
To my beloved wife Mary Ann Henderson one half of the tract of land on which I now live
containing 220 acres and adjoining Paoli, one half of my house and lot in Paoli containing
1 ½ acres, one half of all my personal estate (except as hereinafter excepted), including
one half of my stock, household & kitchen furniture, plantation tools, waggons,
carriage, money, notes & accounts debts, except one note of hand given by James S.
Cunningham for $200 dated Apr 28, 1868 and due on demand, which said note I give to my
daughter Elizabeth Cunningham, also one note of hand given by James Richardson payable to
Robert Henderson for $200 dated January 1868 due on demand, which I give to my son James
Eliab Henderson, also one note of hand given by Neal Johnson and William Bowers (security)
for $100 with a credit March 20, 1861 for $20 dated Jan 27, 1859 and due one day after
date, which note I give to my daughter Martha Duncan (provided said note is not collected
before), if it is collected, then that much money instead of the note. The other half of
my estate I give to my son William Marion Henderson (that is to say) to my wife Mary Ann
and my son William Marion Henderson I give all of my estate during their natural lives. At
the death of my wife, one half of what she may have be equally divided between my oldest
children, Elizabeth Cunningham, James Eliab Henderson, and Martha Duncan, the other half
to be disposed of as she desires. So also of what my son William Marion receives of my
estate and has at the time of his death, I desire it be divided as aforesaid, that is, one
half to be equally divided between my three oldest children, and the other half to be
disposed of as he desires. Executors: My wife, and my son William Marion Henderson.
Signed: Robert Henderson. Witness: John McCurdy, Willis J. Dudley, James A. Pearce.
Recd 6 Jul 1868
Page 234 ~ William Sailors
22 Aug 1868
To my beloved wife Elizabeth B. Sailors all my effects both real and personal, except one
bed & bedstead and chest, one sheet, one counterpane and three quilts. To my daughter
Minerva Sailors one bed & bedstead one sheet and one counterpane and three quilts and
one bedskirt and one chest. At the death of my wife, my land to be sold and equally
divided among my seven children, viz, James M. Sailors, William J. Sailors, David F.
Sailors, Margaret now Margaret Wright, Minerva Elizabeth Sailors now Elizabeth
Williams, Rachel Ann Sailors now Rachel Ann Floyd, Crawford Sailors. Executrix: my wife
Elizabeth B. Sailors. Signed: William (x) Sailors. Witness: Alfred Segraves, Mary A.
Segraves, J. G. Segraves, P. C. Williams. Recd 3 Dec 1868
Page 236 ~ Spillsby Trible
9 Aug 1860
All my estate both real and personal to be sold, except my household & kitchen
furniture, two cows and calves. To my daughter Alavine A. Trible one featherbed &
furniture, one cow & calf whenever she may marry but not until then, and the money
raised from the sale of my estate to be loaned out yearly and disposed of in the follow
manner: to my wife Martha Tible the yearly interest of the money raised from the above
named property during her natural life or widowhood. If she marries, she shall have one
featherbed and furniture, one cow & calf only for part of my estate. To my daughter
Alavine A. Trible $5 in money after my death. To my daughter Alavine, the interest of the
money raised from the sale of my estate yearly during her natural life only and then I
will and bequeath both principal and interest of my estate to James Cicero Trible, her son
now about seven years old but unnamed as yet only by me, and her lawful heirs if she
should have any of her own body. Executor: James S. Tribble. Signed: Spillsby Tribble.
Witness: Jeptha B. Meadors, Sherman J. Sims, R. H. Bullock. Recd: 18 Jul 1868
Page 239 ~ Chapman Windham
To my stepdaughter Elizabeth Mercer my land, a part of the tract whereon she now lives, 25
acres, to do as she pleases with. To my daughter Aisly Carter my bed and bedstead, bed
clothing, and two pots, wash pot and dinner fork. To Mary Elizabeth Mercer one speckled
cow and calf. Executrix: my stepdaughter Elizabeth Mercer. Signed: Chapman (x) Windham.
Witness: James H. Bullock, William Kirk, Alisha (x) Herring. Recd 10 Feb 1870
Page 239 ~ Peter David
23 Aug 1867
To my son John M. David, one third of a tract of land known as the Moon tract, also an
equal distributive share of my estate after certain grandchildren have been paid off. To
my daughter Sarah Ann Eades, an equal distributive share of my estate after certain
grandchildren have been paid off. To the children of my son William W. David, deceased, an
equal distributive share of my estate after certain grandchildren receive the specified
amount hereinafter bequeathed to them. To the children of my daughter Rachael C. Vaughn,
deceased, an equal share of my estate after certain grandchildren have been paid off. To
the children of my daughter Mary W. Meadows, deceased, an equal distributive share of my
estate extra to what I have heretofore given Mary J. Matthews and Elizabeth Meadows, my
grandchildren, after the hereinafter specified amounts have been received by my
grandchildren. To the children of my daughter Elizabeth E. Vaughn, an equal distributive
share of my estate. To the children of my son James M. David, $100 in gold when he becomes
of age, to be taken out of my estate before an equal division takes place. To the children
of my son Henry H. David, viz, Henry C. David be paid $5, Georgia Ann V. Power $5, John M.
David $50, and Mary E. Hendon $50, to be paid out of my estate before an equal division
takes place. Executors: my son John M. David and Rainy Eades. Signed: Peter (x) David.
Witness: Ambrose Witcher, W. H. Jarrell, Gabriel Watson, W. W. Everett. Recd 8 Jul
Page 242 ~ John Hopkins
27 Apr 1868
It is my will that after my death
a marble monument be erected over my grave and
enclosed with good and substantial iron railing. To my sister Martha White, the whole of
my estate both real and personal including everything I own and possess, this will to take
place immediately after my death. Executrix: my sister Martha White. Signed: John (x)
Hopkins. Witness: Robert P. Griffith, Benet Simmons, R. M. Mironey, Moraset(?) David. No
Page 244 ~ Birdy Williams
17 Dec 1870
To my beloved wife Nancy with whom I have lived for 62 years, the lot of land whereon we
now reside containing 250 acres, all the stock belonging on said plantation, all the
household and kitchen furniture during her natural life or widowhood, and after her death
or intermarriage I want all my estate both real and personal sold and an equal division
made with the heirs of my body. To my daughter Anna J. Baxter, a cow by the name of Sleet
and a featherbed, pillows and bolster such as my beloved wife shall point out. Executor:
my son James C. Williams. Signed: Birdy (x) Williams. Witness: Henry Smith, William A.
Tolbert. Recd 7 Jan 1872
Page 246 ~ Peter B. Winfrey
3 Mar 1870
To my beloved wife Milly, all my property both real and personal for her own proper use
and benefit during her natural lifetime or widowhood. At her death or marriage I want all
my property sold and divided among my children hereinafter named, and if Milly marries,
she to draw a childs part, same as my children, to wit, John R. Winfrey, George W.
Winfrey, Martha E. Cunningham, Mary F. Patterson, Judith H. Kirk, Nicy A. Wade. Executors:
my two sons John R. Winfrey and George W. Winfrey, and my son in law James W. Kirk.
Signed: Peter B. Winfrey. Witness: John C. Kirk, Wm. L. Kirk, John F. Kirk. Recd 10
Page 248 ~ David P. Freeman
31 Dec 1866
During the widowhood of my wife, Elizabeth Freeman, I direct that my family and the bulk
of my property be kept together for the maintenance and education of the children until my
youngest child becomes 21. I have given to my son Walton Freeman one horse, bridle and
saddle, one cow & calf, one sow & pigs, one bed & bedding, one colt, one
plowstock, one plow and plow gear, and one years provision, and I direct that each
of my children, as they become 21 or marry, receive from my estate an equal portion with
my son Walton Freeman. If my wife marries again or my youngest child becomes 21 years old,
my estate both real and personal be sold and the proceeds be equally divided between all
of my children and my wife Elizabeth Freeman. The provision made above for my wife is
intended to be in lieu of all dower, but if she should continue for her right of dower,
then she to receive only her dower, one bed, bedstead and bedding, one cow & calf, one
sow & pigs, and one years provision for herself alone. If my wife should marry
before my youngest child becomes 21, my executors to use their discretion as to whether to
sell out and ---- up my estate, or keep my minor children and my property together for the
support of the family until all my children have been reared and educated. But if
circumstances permit, I would prefer the latter. If my wife should wish to keep her
children by her former husband with her, I wish her to have the liberty to do so provided
their board be paid and that they do not mistreat or abuse any of my children, but if they
should abuse any of my children, then I direct that they be removed out of the family
forthwith. If my family should wish to move to a new county before my youngest child is 21
years old, my executors may sell out my property and invest the proceeds in land or other
property for the good of the family. Executors: my pastor Rev. Groves H. Cartledge, and my
son Zachary Taylor Freeman. Signed: David P. Freeman. Witness: W. P. Alexander, Francis
Sewell, E. P. David, Samuel M. White. Recd 6 Sept 1872
Page 251 ~ Henry Patterson
22 Feb 1870
To my beloved wife Elizabeth all that I possess to have and use for her maintenance and to
dispose of as she pleases, free from the control of any person or persons whatever except
herself. Executors: my two sons William H. Patterson and John R. Patterson. Signed: Henry
(x) Patterson. Witness: John F. Kirk, John C. Kirk, Jas. W. Kirk. Recd 10 Jan 1873
Page 253 ~ Aaron Smith
31 Mar 1873
To my beloved wife during her natural life, all my entire estate both real and personal,
lands and tenements, stock of all kinds, household and kitchen furniture for her own
proper use and benefit so long as she may live. At the death of my beloved wife, whatever
is left of my estate be divided between my daughter Celia Ginn, formerly Celia Smith, and
Louisa J. Duncan, formerly Louisa J. Smith, and my three grandchildren, to wit, Henry S.
McDuff, Narcissa J. Strickland [Strickland crossed out] formerly Narcissa J. Strickland
[Strickland crossed out] McDuff, and Mary E. Scarborough, formerly Mary E. McDuff. My two
daughters to draw equal shares, and my above named grandchildren to have one share equally
divided between them. Executors: my beloved wife Lucy, and my worthy son in law Moses H.
Duncan. Signed: Aaron (x) Smith. Witness: Frederick B. Scarborough, John T. Smith, Charles
T. Berryman, Nathan Williams. Recd 8 May 1873
Page 255 ~ Nancy Murray
Recorded 6 Sept 1873
My desire and request is that Mary F., Melita A, and Ally A. M. Murray remain here on the
place now owned by me so long as they see proper to do so and if they or any one of them
should see fit and proper to leave, the balance things must remain just as it now is. If
any one of the three above named persons, my daughters, choose to remain on the place,
they are to have the privilege of so doing and have as much land as they are able to
cultivate, and the remainder to be rented out and the proceeds to be equally divided among
the lawful heirs of my body. And after the marriage of my three above named daughters, or
they should think proper to break up and leave the place, I want all of my estate equally
divided among the heirs of my body. Executors: my beloved sons, James M. and Stephen T.
Murray. Executors to be trustee of my daughter Sarah C. Gunnells, her share free from the
control of her husband. Signed: Nancy Murray. Witness: Henry Smith, Jas. S. Trible, Jas.
H. Bullock. Recd 6 Sept 1873
Page 257 ~ Jeptha R. Meaders
23 Feb 1864
My beloved wife Nancy Meaders to have all my estate, both real and personal, for her
natural life or widowhood for her own use & support and to support and raise and
educate my children. In the event she should marry again, or at her death, my estate to be
equally divided between my wife and my seven children. The Methodist Church at Diamond
Hill to have the boundary of land laid off by me out of my tract of land, as long as the
place is used as a place of worship, but when said place shall cease to be used as a place
of worship by said Methodist Church, then the land to revert back to my estate. I am
justly indebted and owe to my two [sons] Samuel C. and William P. Meaders, $53 each, to be
paid out of my estate over and above a distributive share. My wife Nancy to have full
power to sell any surplus of my estate at any time. Executrix: my wife Nancy Meaders.
Signed: Jeptha R. Meaders. Witness: F. W. Smith, Leonard (x) Hardman, Mary (x) B. Smith.
Recd 4 Nov 1874
Page 259 ~ Archelaus P. Moon
6 Aug 1870
To my beloved wife Nancy L. Moon all my house and lands lying in this county containing
321 acres, also all my stray lands, stock of all kinds, household & kitchen furniture,
without limitation or reserve. If my wife have heir or heirs by me, then it or they come
in and share equal with my wife. Executrix: my wife Nancy L. Moon. Signed: A. P. Moon.
Witness: George Eberhart, Robert Woods, George Eberhart, Jr., Oliver Threlkeld. Recd
4 Nov 1874
Page 261 ~ Nathaniel Hix
9 Jun 1855
My wife Joanna Hix to have and hold all of my property as she shall make choice of for the
use of herself and my children as remain with her during her life or widowhood. In case
she should marry, then all the property remaining to be equally divided among them, my
wife receiving an equal portion with each of my children. In case she never marries, at
her death I wish all equally divided among my children. If any of them should die leaving
a child or children, that child or children to inherit the portion of its or their
deceased father or mother. I wish my four youngest children each to have a horse, saddle
and bridle worth $61 and my daughter Mary to have a saddle worth $10, and each of my
children who have not had of me a cow & calf, bed, bedstead & clothing for one
bed, to make them equal with such as have already had those things. If William Williams
remains with my wife until he is 21 years of age or till she shall marry or die, I wish
him to have a horse, saddle & bridle worth $61 and $10 in money. Executors: my wife
Joanna Hix, and my youngest son Absolem Cristly Hix. Signed: Nathaniel Hix. Witness:
Robert (x) Williams, Sr., Dudly J. Chandler, David W. Pattman. Recd 10 Dec 1874
Page 263 ~ Robert Williams
2 Oct 1873
To my daughter Nancy Harris 300 acres of land as run by William J. Pittman on the 4th
of February last. To my grandson Birdy J. Williams, 100 acres of land where I now live, as
laid off to him on the 4th February last by William J. Pittman. To my four
grandchildren, the children of my son Robert Williams, deceased, a certain tract of land
containing 198 ¼ acres that was granted to me 24 Feb 1853. To my beloved wife Nancy
Williams all the remainder of my land I live upon except 100 acres as hereafter described,
also all personal property, to do and dispose of at her death as she may see proper. The
land willed to my four grandchildren, to wit, Nancy Ann, Margaret, Robert and Elinder
Williams to be kept by my executors until the youngest becomes of age or marries, then the
land to be sold and the proceeds divided equally between them. At my death, the one
hundred acres excepted in item 4 be sold and the proceeds shall pay the debt and personal
expenses, and if any is left over, to be equally divided among my children, that is, my
four children now living. Executors: my sons Sanders, William and Perry O. Williams, and
my son in law Hindly Harris. Signed: Robert (x) Williams. Witness: David (x) P. Bradly,
Gabriel Nash, Wellborn S. Williams. Recd 5 Nov 1875
Page 266 ~ Mary Wood
27 Mar 1876
To my daughter Sarah F. Porterfield, $75. The remainder of my property both real and
personal I give and bequeath to my two minor sons, William S. Wood and George C. Wood in
fee simple to be equally divided between them. Executor: my friend Richard B. Gholston.
Signed: Mary Wood. Witness: John N. Moore, James L. Dudley, H--- D. Pullen, James P. Hall,
J. P. Recd 14 Jun 1876
Page 268 ~ Hugh H. Wiley
10 Jun 1876
We, James S. Dudley, John F. Barnett, and Josiah Drake were present at the residence of
Hugh H. Wiley of said county on the tenth day of June in the year of our Lord Eighteen
Hundred and Seventy Six before the death of the said Hugh H. Wiley. He, the said Hugh H.
Wiley, was taken sick some time previous to that time. The said Hugh H. Wiley called upon
us to take notice of what he was about to say and the disposition he was about to make of
his property. He, the said Hugh H. Wiley, then said to us that he gave to Willis J. Dudley
all of his property consisting of land and personal property to be his after the said Hugh
H. Wileys death. The said Hugh H. Wiley then said he appointed the said Willis J.
Dudley as the person to attend to and carry out his will after his death. The said Hugh H.
Wiley continued to languish in his said last sickness from the said tenth day of June
Eighteen Hundred and Seventy Six until the nineteenth day of June Eighteen Hundred and
Seventy Six when he at his residence in said county died. Signed: James S. (x) Dudley,
John F. Barnett, Josiah (x) Drake. Recd 8 Jul 1876
Page 270 ~ Henry P. White
16 Nov 1876
My wife Mary White shall have all of my estate both real and personal that I now possess
or that may be coming to me by will or otherwise, during her natural life or widowhood,
except as hereinafter directed. In the event my wife should marry, all my property (except
my bedstead and bed furniture generally which is to be reserved for the purpose of making
the children which yet are with me equal to those who have left me) be sold. Each child
yet remaining with me, as they come of age or leave, shall have property as near equal in
value as possible as those who have left me. My son Stephen B. White to have $400 worth of
land or its equivalent in money or other property. Each of my daughters are to have
all the quilts or other bed furniture of their own make, independent of what they receive
out of my estate, also any other property they may purchase by their own labor or the
proceeds of their own labor. In the event my wife should marry, she is to have an equal
share with my children. If my wife does not marry, at her death my children to be made
equal, then the remainder of my estate to be equally divided among all of my children.
Executors: my beloved wife Mary White, my son Henry W. White and my son in law James E.
Sanders. Signed: Henry P. White. Witness: R. M. Mironey, Elba Collins, James L. Patton.
Recd 10 Feb 1877
Page 273 ~ F. E. Power
21 Aug 1877
My just debts to be paid in a way to secure a home for my beloved wife and children. All
my estate both real and personal to remain in the hands of my beloved wife Elizabeth P.
Power during her life or widowhood, that is the remainder after my just debts have been
paid. My four single children, to wit, Mary J. Power, James B. Power, Sarah C. Power,
Francis E. Power, to be made equal with my other children who are married off whenever
they marry off or at the death of my wife. At the death of my wife (or marriage) all my
estate should be equally divided between my beloved wife Elizabeth Power, if she should
marry, and my seven children, to wit, Mary J. Power, Martha H. Vaughan, Wm. W. Power,
Elizabeth F. Power, James B. Power, Sarah C. Power, and Francis E. Power. Executor: Isaac
V. Moore. Signed: F. E. Power. Witness: J. B. Power, J. T. Sims, I. V. Moore. Recd 5
Page 275 ~ Bennett Simmons
24 Sept 1863
My beloved wife Bethany Simmons to have at my death my entire estate both real and
personal during her natural life or widowhood. Should my wife marry again, she to have a
childs part of my estate. As my children marry or become of age, my wife to give off
to them such property as she may think she can spare, at valuation, the child receiving
the property to choose one disinterested man and my executrix to choose another, and those
two men to choose another to value said property. My wife to have full and general power
to sell any portion of my estate that she may think necessary for the support and
education of my children. At the death of my wife, all my estate to be equally divided
among my children. If my wife should marry, then after her share is taken out, the
remainder of my estate to be equally divided among my children. Executrix: my wife Bethany
Simmons. Signed: Bennett Simmons. Witness: Richard B. Gholston, Robert P. Griffith, Walton
H. Griffith. Recd 8 May 1878
Page 277 ~ Ranford E. Hitchcock
20 Mar 1878
To my beloved wife Martha Hitchcock, the place or tract of land whereon I now live. Except
what I may dispose of hereafter in this will, I also give my wife all or so much of my
stock of all kinds & household and kitchen furniture that she may choose. All of said
property I give my wife during her natural life. To my grandson Walter C. Hitchcock, 100
acres of land known as the White Hall place. It is also my will that my said grandson be
raised, clothed and schooled with a good English education out of my estate. Also, upon
his arriving at age, a good horse, bridle and saddle, one bed, bedstead & furniture.
To my daughter Emma R. A. Carithers, 100 acres of land adjoining the tract given my
grandson Walter C. Hitchcock. To my daughter Georgia A. Griffith, 102 ½ acres adjoining
lands given to my grandson E. H. R. Carithers. The property I give to my daughters to go
to them and the heirs of their body, free from the debts or liabilities of their present
or future husbands. The property I have heretofore given off to any of my children, they
shall not be required to account on final distribution of my estate. The heirs of my son
John W. Hitchcock should have no further share in my estate, as I have given him and paid
off for him debts more than a distributive share of my estate. The property I give in this
will to my daughter Martha Jane Thornton I give to her and her heirs, free from the
control of her present or any future husband. My grandson Walter C. to have one share with
my children of the remainder of my estate after the death of my wife. At the death of my
wife, the home place to be run off into lots and divided between my heirs, also the
household and kitchen furniture. To Sarah Martin, formerly S. E. Hitchcock, the sum of
$50, also to Robert R. Hitchcock, the sum of $50, both children of my son John W.
Hitchcock. At the death of my wife, all my real estate and personal property be sold and
equally divided between my children as named below, to wit, Melita C. Glenn, the heirs of
my daughter Julia A. Griffith, deceased, my son W. C. Hitchcock, the heirs of my son
Murray S. Hitchcock, my daughter Sarah E. Glenn, my daughter Elizabeth Carithers, my
daughter Martha J. P. Thornton, my daughter Emma A. R. Carithers, my daughter Georgia A.
Griffith, my son Charles E. R. Hitchcock, and my grandson Walter C. Hitchcock. The
property I have given my daughter Emma A. R. Carithers to be equally divided between
Walter C. Hitchcock, and other heir or heirs she may have, after her death. Executors: My
wife Martha Hitchcock and my sons W. C. and C. R. E. Hitchcock, and my son in law O. P.
Griffith. Signed: Ranford E. Hitchcock. G. Daniel, J. A. Greene, J. M. Skinner. Recd
10 Oct 1878.
Page 281 ~ James Bradley
Recorded 17 Oct 1878
To my beloved wife Anne all my estate both real and personal during her natural life, to
keep and not dispose of by selling to others, etc. At the death of my wife, or at my
death, should I survive her, my two daughters Frances Anne and Sarah E., and my grandson
Marion I., the son of my daughter Sarah E. Hall, have forever all of my estate to be
equally divided between them, because they have stayed with me in my old age and comforted
and waited on me, with this exception: at my death I give to my said grandson Marion I. my
set of carpenters tools, except the cross cut saw, and at the death of my beloved wife
Anne, my daughter is to have a good feather bed and furniture, I mean my married daughter
Nancy E. Seagraves, the blue pine chest, the red pine foress(?) that I now possess. Having
given my sons John Walton and William Monroe, and my daughter Nancy Seagraves, when they
left, one such outfit as I was able, that is to say, I gave John Walton, my son, a horse
and saddle worth $90, I think, I cow & calf, bed & furniture, oxen, hogs, etc.
Also, when my son William Monroe left, I gave him a horse & saddle, more valuable than
the one I gave John Walton, also a bed & furniture, cow & calf, hogs, etc. Also
when my daughter Nancy Seagraves left, I gave her a young mare worth I think $50, a cow
& calf, a bed & furniture, hogs, etc. Consequently, I now give them, my sons or
their heirs and my daughter Nancy Seagraves, nothing more except what I give Nancy
Seagraves in the fourth item of this will. Executor: my friend and neighbor James A.
Crawford. Signed: James Bradley. Witness: Gabriel Nash, John Brooks, W. W. Brooks.
Recd 17 Oct 1878
Page 283 ~ James C. Freeman
14 May 1878
I have bargained and sold to James Y. Door 50 acres of land, a portion of the place I now
live on, and it is my will that my executors make said Door a deed to said 50 acres
whenever Door finishes paying for the same. My brother Matthew S. Freeman and his wife
Lulia to have 50 acres of unimproved land for and during their natural lives, provided
they will come and live on same and be paying the tax on the same for the time, but he is
not to sell or to rent or dispose of the same, and at their death, said 50 acres of land
to revert to my estate. In the event my said brother declines to come and remain on said
land, it also reverts to my estate. And in case my brother should come on said land and
then abandon it, it likewise reverts to my estate. In case my brother dies before his wife
Lulia, she is allowed to remain on the same during her life. To my wife Malissa E. Freeman
and my three daughters (to wit) Laura E., Cornelia R., Kizziah I., all of the remainder of
my land, 100 acres more or less, and all the balance of my property, and the 50 acres
given to Matthew S. Freeman when it reverts to my estate. My wife to have full control of
all the property. At her death, my property to be equally divided between my three
daughters. Executors: my wife Malissa E. Freeman and my brother Matthew S. Freeman.
Signed: James C. Freeman. Witness: J. J. Moore, J. Y. Door, R. M. Mironey. Recd
Page 285 ~ Mary Ann Henderson
4 Nov 1876
I, Mary Ann Henderson of Paoli, Madison County
One half of my property and real
estate to be disposed of according to the provisions made in the last will of my husband
Robert Henderson, deceased. The other half I wish to be disposed of in the manner
following; if my son William Marion Henderson survives me, it is my will that $200 be set
apart for furnishing my husbands grave and mine with suitable tombstones, provided
this $200 is not necessary to supply the comforts of life to my son William Marion
Henderson during his natural life. The remainder of this half of my property I give to my
son William Marion Henderson to be used and disposed of as he may think proper during his
natural life. This property consists of one half of a tract of land in Paoli, Madison
County, one half of the dwelling on it with all the appurtenance, one half of all the
stock hogs, cows, horses, etc, also one half of all the moneys, bonds & notes.
Executor: my son William Marion Henderson. Signed: Mary Ann (x) Henderson. Witness: Thomas
W. Long, Thomas A. Long, Young H. Daniel, all of Paoli. [No recording date]
Page 287 ~ Cato Ware
25 Feb 1871
I give my two grandsons, Charles Ware and Thomas Ware, all of my estate. Executor: my son
in law, Tyson(?) Matthews. Signed: Cato (x) Ware. Witness: B. S. Ware, Tyrom (x) Matthews,
Cato (x) Ware. [No recording date]
Page 288 ~ Elijah Williams
5 Feb 1872
I desire and request that my seven daughters, viz, Permelia Tolbert, Sally Landers, Nancy
Lane, Elizabeth Cheatham, Anna C. Strickland, Martha A. Thomas, Mary A. Power, have $90
each to make them equal with my four sons, viz, William B., John Z., Britton S. and Birdy
O. Williams. And also the sum of $25 each to all my daughters to make them equal to my
four sons, as my four sons has had that advantage in the horses that I gave them. To my
beloved wife Elizabeth, all that she brought here when she became my wife and one half of
what she makes while she remains with me and $100 to be paid to her in ready money to
dispose of as she pleases. The residue of my property to be sold and equally divided
between the lawful heirs of my body. Executors: my beloved sons John Z. and Birdy O.
Williams. Signed: Elijah Williams. Witness: J. W. Gunnells, Henry Smith, Gabriel Nash.
Recd Jan 1880.
Page 292 ~ Bennett Sims
26 Dec 1878
To my wife Margaret A., all my tract of land I now live on, except as hereinafter named,
during her natural life or widowhood. In case of her death or marriage, the right and
tittle to rest in James H. Bullock in trust for my daughter Naomi B. Sims if she be
living, or if she shall depart this life having no heirs of her body, then the said to
revert back to my estate. Also to my wife, without reserve, my young mare Jinnett, one
choice cow and calf, one sow & pigs, and pork hogs enough to make meat enough for one
year, the featherbed and bed stead and two thirds of all the bedding clothes, one
sideboard, one bureau, two chests, one set chairs, one set of plates, cups & saucers,
knives & forks, dishes and all my cooking utensils. To my son William W. Sims, the
tract of land he now lives on containing 200 acres, free frm any debts now existing
against him or any that he may hereafter contract, and after his death to be divided
between his children. Having done more for him than any of the rest of my children, I give
him no other part or interest in my estate. To my son Charles M. Sims, 200 acres of land
to be run off the upper end of my land by running a line from Kirks line to
Colberts line, including the house and plantation whereon he now live. To my
daughter Naomi B., $100 to educate her and $100 in lieu of a horse, to go into the hands
of James H. Bullock as trustee, cow & calf and other articles the rest of my children
have had, one featherbed and bedstead, and one third of all the bed clothes, and one chest
and wardrobe. The balance of my property to my wife and children, to wit, Margaret A.
Sims, James J. Sims, John M. Sims, Mildred B. Bullock, Charles M. Sims, Naomi B. Sims, to
be equally divided. I appoint James H. Bullock as trustee for my daughter Naomi B. Sims.
Executor: my son John M. Sims and James H. Bullock. Signed: Bennett Sims. Witness: W. J.
Meaders, C. W. Morris, R. H. Bullock. Recd 10 Jun 1880.
Page 295 ~ Benjamin J. Brewer
23 Feb 1880
To my wife Martha Victoria, the tract of land on which I now live containing 184 acres
with all the rights, members and appurtenances thereon belonging, also a tract of land in
said county and the county of Heart containing 71 acres adjoining Dickerson, Tucker and
others, during her natural life or widowhood, that she may be enabled to live and raise my
little children and also her little daughter Fannie Rebecca, and at her death or marriage,
the lands to be equally divided between my little children, Georgia Victoria, Benjamin I.,
Wiley Randle, Susanna, and Amanda Catherine. The tract of land on which I live to remain
subject to a lease which I have given heretofore to my son Jacob L. on a part of the same.
Also to my wife Martha Victoria, all my household and kitchen furniture, my farming and
other tools, all of my cattle and hogs, my mare, and what money, notes and accounts I may
die possessed of, and other personal property. The bequests made to my wife are in full of
her dower. The bequests and gifts to my wife shall all be forfeited upon her marriage or a
course of life which would be inconsistent with the welfare of my children, in which case
the said property shall go immediately to the children above named as tenants in remainder
of said lands provided, notwithstanding that if my wife should forfeit her claim as above
provided, she shall be entitled to her dower, or a childs part, except by marriage,
in that event she shall not be entitled dower or a childs part. To my son Jacob L.
and my daughters Sarah Elizabeth and Nancy Mildred, $5 each. To Fannie Rebecca, one cow
& calf, and featherbed & bedstead. Executors: my wife Martha Victoria Brewer and
my son Jacob L. Brewer. Signed: Benjamin Brewer. Witness: A. C. Daniel, R. G. Chambers, W.
F. Phillips, J. T. Smith. Recd 10 Jun 1880.
Page 298 ~ M. E. Cunningham
2 Apr 1880
I, M. Cunningham, wife of Benjamin F. Cunningham
give to my daughter Minta the
featherbed my mother gave her. The remainder of my separate property to be valued at a
fair valuation and that my husband Benjamin F. Cunningham hold the same until my youngest
child becomes of age. I desire that there shall be an equal division of my property
between all my children and husband, including my granddaughter Elizabeth Thomas, provided
she remains as one of the family till that time. Executor: my husband Benjamin F.
Cunningham. Signed: M. E. (x) Cunningham. Witness: Emma J. Moon, F. A. White, J. H. White.
Recd 10 Jul 1880.
Page 300 ~ Samuel F. Beard
13 Mar 1873
To my wife during her natural life or widowhood, the plantation upon which I now live for
her sole use and benefit, and at her death I will and bequeath said plantation to my
daughter Cintha Ellen Beard. Such personal property as my executor cannot take care of to
be sold and the proceeds equally divided amongst all my children. All of my household
& kitchen furniture to my wife during her lifetime, and at her death to be sold and
the proceeds equally divided amongst all my children. My horse & buggy I will to my
wife during her life, and at her death to be sold and equally divided amongst all my
children. Should my daughter Cintha Ellen die without leaving a living child, the
plantation to be sold and the proceeds equally divided amongst all my children. Executrix:
my wife. Signed: Samuel F. Beard. Witness: John M. Matthews, P. E. Matthews, Jas. M.
Matthews. Recd 7 Sept 1880.
Page 302 ~ John L. Lester
23 Oct 1880
My son J. A. L. Lester shall have 50 acres of my land to be surveyed off so as to include
the place whereon he now resides. My son Rufus E. Lester shall have 50 acres of land to be
surveyed next to and adjoining the land surveyed off for L. A. J. Lester. It is also my
will that Rufus E. Lester shall have my gray mule and a saddle worth $10. My daughter Mary
J. Lester shall have 50 acres of land to be surveyed off adjoining the lands of Rufus E.
Lester, said tract to be surveyed off square across the western end of my land. The
balance of my land to be equally divided between my two youngest daughters, Cornelia and
Susan Lester, after the payment of my doctor bill and burial expenses. My wife Sarah L.
Lester shall have the use and control of all that part of my property bequeathed to
Cornelia and Susan so long as she shall remain my widow. [No executor named] Signed: John
(x) L. Lester. Witness: J. M. Cheatham, Joel B. Thompson, Jeremiah M. Sewell. Recd 4
Page 304 ~ Lewis Scarborough
13 May 1877
Indenture: Lewis Scarborough, to Frances M. Scarborough, his wife, for the sum of $5 cash
in hand, and for the natural love and affection he has and bears to his dear wife, does by
these presents give, grant and convey to her, at my death, 260 acres in the 59th
District of Madison County, also my sorrel horse, and all the other stock, cows, hogs and
sheep, farming tools and wagons and household and kitchen furniture and everything that
pertains to my estate, together with all the singular rights, members and appurtenances,
for her own proper use and benefit in fee simple during her natural life, and at her death
to be equally divided between my heirs Elizabeth O. Smith, Trecey A. Hall, Sarah J.
Duncan, Mary A. Bowers, Caroline E. Strickland and my grandchildren, I bequeath to them
the children of my son Allen W. Scarborough, to wit, Theodosia Scarborough, Duly
Scarborough, Allen F. Scarborough, Walker Scarborough, to have a childs part of my
estate at the death of my wife Frances M. Scarborough, Henry Scarborough children Lucy H.
Scarborough $1, Docia Scarborough $1, Henrietta Scarborough $1. I also give to the
children of my son Thomas Scarborough, Crawford Scarborough, $1 out of my estate for his
part, to Willis Scarborough $1, and to Aley M. Crider $1, Amey Scarborough $1 as their
portion of my estate. Signed: Lewis (x) Scarborough. Witness: Singleton S. Gin, Charles T.
Berryman, F. B. Scarborough. [No recording date]
Page 306 ~ Boley Wilson
23 Mar 1880
To my beloved wife Clarisa all of my estate both real and personal during her natural life
or widowhood, and at her death or marriage to be sold and equally divided between my
children Pyrena Chandler, Margaret Strickland, Nancy Williams, Jane Chandler, Martha
Wilson, Samuel B. Wilson. To my granddaughter Ophelia Wilson, $50 cash. To my son Samuel
B. Wilson, my chest of tools. Executors: my wife Clarisa and my son Samuel B. Wilson.
Signed: Boley Wilson. Witness: Reuben P. McGinnis, A. H. Hix, J. B. Hix. Codicil: Since
writing the seven first items, my daughter Nancy Williams has died, leaving three
children, Lula, Mattie and James Williams. It is my will that the said children shall have
the legacy that their mother was to have, equally divided between them. And should any of
the legatees die before the division, their children, should there be any, shall have the
legacy that their mother or father was to get. Recd March 1881.
Page 309 ~ Asa Deadwyler
26 Feb 1881
To my beloved wife Mary Ann D. one bed and bed clothing in addition to her share in my
estate. All the rest and residue of my estate, both real and personal, to be equally
divided between my wife and all my children. The share of my estate given to my daughter
Martha Comer to be held by George E. Deadwyler and A. P. Deadwyler as trustees for her.
Executors: George E. Deadwyler and A. P. Deadwyler. Signed: Asa Deadwyler. Witness: W. H.
Power, John Johnson, J. B. Eberhart, J. P. Recd 8 Apr 1881
Page 311 ~ John Manry
14 Aug 1879
My entire estate be equally divided between my stepdaughter Nancy E. Cooper, Henry M.
Cooper, William B. Cooper, Eliza J. Cooper, and John S. Cooper, children of the said Nancy
E. Cooper. If any portion of my estate should not be desired by the legatees or any one of
them, said property to be sold as the legatees may think best. Whereas I have given a bond
to John I. Landers to execute tittle to a certain tract of land known as the Henry Manning
place, whenever the purchase money is paid, I will and devise that Henry M. Cooper and
William B. Cooper execute tittle in accordance with said bond. None of the acts or
proceedings of my legatees be necessarily made matter of record in any court in the shape
of yearly returns or otherwise except the probate and record of this my last will and
testament. Signed: John (x) Manry. Witness: Richard B. Gholston, K. D. Strickland, Joseph
Elbert Martin, Thomas Lumpkin Martin. Recd 4 Apr 1881.
Page 313 ~ Amanda E. Morris
26 Apr 1881
To my beloved daughter Elizabeth Morris the tract of land whereon Henry Morris now lives
containing 130 acres with all rights, members and appurtenances, to her own proper use and
benefit, with full power to dispose of same by will or otherwise. Also to my daughter
Elizabeth all of the property which I now possess, consisting of two beds & furniture,
chairs, cupboard, chest, one cow & calf, and all other property of which I may die
possessed. Executor: my beloved brother Wyatt Hawkins [Bullock]. Signed: Amanda E. (x)
Morris. Witness: Jesse W. Griffith, H. C. Mann, Thos. W. Mabry. Recd 1 Aug 1881.
Page 315 ~ Sanders W. Colbert
26 May 1880
To my son James F. Colbert, two tracts of land in Banks County, the two tracts containing
about 1800 acres. Also one half interest in two other tracts of land in Madison County on
the waters of Blue Stone Creek, one of them known as the Scott Mill Tract with the mill
thereon, containing 600 acres, the other of said tracts known as the McKin place adjoining
the mill tract, containing about 390 acres. The other half of the said two tracts I sold
to my said son for the sum of $2,750, the receipt of which I hereby acknowledge. To my
grandson Sanders Hite Colbert, my gold watch and my ivory headed walking cane. To my
beloved wife Margaret Mc. Colbert, and my daughter Sarah A. Colbert, the balance of my
estate both real and personal during their natural lives and at the death of either of
them, the whole of said property to remain together for the benefit of the other,
whichever may survive the other, so long as she may live. Said property consisting of my
home place with the mills thereon containing about twenty four or five hundred acres on
the waters of Brushy Creek, all my Georgia Railroad and Banking Company stock now
numbering 101 shares, 25 shares in the Atlanta and West Point Railroad Company, 10 shares
in the Bank of the University Athens Georgia, all dividends arising therefrom all
monies, bonds, notes, executives, accounts and other evidence of accounts due me,
household and kitchen furniture, buggies, wagons, carts, stock, tools, and every other
article of property I may die possessed of. My wife to have power to sell surplus as suits
her convenience. It is my will and earnest desire that, owing to the unfortunate condition
of my said daughter, it is my will and request that my wife shall at all times keep some
good and suitable white woman employed for the purpose of attending to the wants and needs
in every respect of my said daughter Sarah A. Colbert, and feeling myself able to amply
provide for her comfort so far as the question of money is concerned, it is my solemn
request it shall be done to the fullest extent so long as my said daughter shall live, and
in case my wife should die before her, it is my will and request that my son James F.
Colbert faithfully execute and carry out the above request in every particular for the
benefit of my said daughter. In case my daughter should survive my wife and son both, it
is my request that the Ordinary of this county shall appoint a good and suitable person as
the guardian of the person and property of my said daughter during her natural life. My
executors to invest any surplus money arising from the income of my property in some good
stock for the use and benefit of my wife and daughter. At the death of my wife and
daughter both, the property bequeathed them to be equally divided between all the begotten
children by any or all lawful wife or wives present, past or future, with this exception
and distinct understanding and reservation; my son James F. Colbert to have my Home Place
and mills thereon containing twenty four or five hundred acres of land on Brushy Creek and
farming implements during his natural life and at his death to be equally divided among
all his lawful children. This provision is made in consideration of the service I expect
my son James F. Colbert to render my wife and daughter, and other natural considerations
between father and son; but in no event is my son to sell said land or property . I
appoint my son James F. Colbert trustee for all his lawful children and request him to
continue the investments after the death of my wife and daughter for the benefit of his
children. Executors: my beloved wife Margaret Mc. Colbert and my son James F. Colbert.
Signed: Sanders W. Colbert. Witness: John F. Kirk, J. W. Griffith, W. H. Bullock, R. J.
Sorrells. [No recording date]
Page 321 ~ Jacob P. Patton
16 Feb 1882
To the children of my brother Matthew R. Patton, deceased, the sum of $500 out of my
estate, provided said children should call for said sum within five years from my death,
and if not called for by said children within five years from my death, then I will and
bequeath said sum to my sister N. G. Benton. To my sister Narcissa G. Benton, 150 acres of
land off of the place I now live on according to platt made by W. J. Pittman and dated 9th
December 1854, and 15 acres that I bought from the Millican girls. $200 in money to my
sister Narcissa G. Benton, and the further sum of $75 in money in lieu of twelve months
support after my death. The balance of my estate to Susan L. Bray, Dolly Bray, Ann Bray,
Gussie Bray, and Alice Aaron and W. E. Nash, share and share alike, free from the control
of any other person. Executor: my friend J. H. Goss. Signed: J. P. Patton. Witness: A. C.
Campbell, W. R. Benton, L. E. Daniel, G. W. Daniel. Recd 4 Sept 1882.
Page 324 ~ Elbu Collins
To my beloved wife Malinda Collins, the companion of my bosom and the partner of my joy
and of my sorrows, for and during her natural life, the tract of land on which I now live
known as my home place, with all the improvements and appurtenances, together with the
tract or little parcel which I purchased from W. J. Burgess and the little parcel I
purchased from H. F. Davis, also the town tract and the Burroughs tract, all lying
adjacent to my home tract. I also give my wife for and during her natural life all my
household and kitchen furniture, four mules to be selected by herself, also two cows and
calves, and ten head of hogs. All the property real and personal mentioned I give to my
wife for life, it being understood that my son Joab T. shall live with my wife, --- the
farm, take care of the property, kindly and affectionately treat his mother, support and
maintain both my self and my wife so long as we both shall live, and in all particulars
continue as he has been a dutiful, kind and affectionate son. And in consideration that my
son Joab T. is to live with, support, maintain and kindly treat both myself and my wife
during our lives, it is my will and desire that all the property herein before bequeathed
to my wife for life shall at her death become the property of my beloved son Joab T.
Collins. To my daughter Harriett F. Thornton, in addition to what I have heretofore given
her, the sum of $500 in cash. To my daughter Margaret M. Hawks, in addition to what I have
heretofore given her, the sum of $500 in cash. To my son Joab T. Collins in trust for the
use and enjoyment of my daughter in law Ellen Collins and my grandchild Minnie Collins,
the wife and child of my son James Willis Collins, and any future wife and child or
children of my son James Willis Collins, the following property, to wit, a tract of land
known as my Rice tract, and that part of Christian tract which I yet own, and also that
part of the Shoemaker tract which I yet own, said property to be held in trust for the use
and benefit of the wife and children of J. W. Collins until his youngest child becomes 21,
and then the title to this property shall rest absolutely in the children of J. W. Collins
if J. W. Collins is not in life, but if in life then title to rest with in J. W. Collins
jointly. To my son Joab T. Collins, the tract of land known as my Bill Place or Mill
tract, also my Wilhite tract and my Deadwyler tract. To my beloved daughter Huldah P.
Langford, for and during her natural life, the following property, to wit, my Roland Brown
tract, my Griffith tract, and my Miller tract, to remain her property during her life and
at her death to become the property of her children. The children of those deceased shall
stand instead of the deceased parent. If there be in my will apparent differences made
between my children, my reason for the differences is their difference in treatment which
I have received from them. I have given to my daughter Harriett F. 200 acres of land
heretofore and to Margaret M. $800 in money heretofore. My property not herein before
specifically mentioned and disposed of to be sold and applied to the payment of any debts
and expenses that may arise from my death and burial, and to the payment of the two cash
legacies bequeathed to my daughters. Executor: my son Joab T. Collins. Signed: Elbu
Collins. Witness: Isaac Strickland, J. T. Adams, Henry David, J. B. Estes. Recd Nov
Page 329 ~ Isham Cheatham
Recorded 6 Nov 1882
To my beloved wife Delilah Cheatham, two beds and two bedsteads, together with the
furniture belonging to the same, and such other furniture as she had at the time of our
marriage; one blue chest, one side saddle, one set knives and forks, one set cups and
saucers, one set plates, one trunk, one pepper box, and one pair waffle irons, all which
she had at the time of our marriage. Also one share of the Capital Stock of the Georgia
Railroad and Banking Company. All the above property I will and bequeath to her in her own
right, in that she may control and dispose of it as she pleases. In addition, I give and
bequeath to my wife, for her own use and benefit during her natural life, 80 acres on the
south side of my plantation, to include within its boundaries my residence and all other
buildings, to be a home for as long as she may live. Also one cupboard, one chest, two
tables, six chairs, one spinning wheel, one pair cotton cards, one set cups and saucers,
six plates, one dish, two pitchers, two jugs, two water buckets, one cooking stove and the
utensils belonging to it, and such other cooking utensils as she may need, one wash tub
and wash pot, one horse and buggy and harness, one cow and calf, one sow and pigs; all the
property specified in this item to be used by her for her benefit and support during her
natural life, and at her death to revert back to my estate and be equally divided among my
children. My wife to have the option of taking a childs part or portion of my estate
instead of a life estate in property bequeathed to her if she so elects. The whole of my
estate, after complying with the forgoing provision, be impartially and equally divided
and distributed among my nine children, to wit, Adaline Lesters children, Parmelia
Sims now deceased, Josiah Cheatham, Mary Burroughs, Nancy Busbin, Catherine Landers, John
J. Cheatham, Elizabeth Collins, and Prudence Graham. Executor: Josiah Cheatham. Signed:
Isham Cheatham. Witness: H. O. Johnson, J. H. Pittard, Aquilla Pittard. Recd 6 Nov
Page 333 ~ Lindsey G. Colbert
29 Mar 1875
To my beloved wife Parthena Colbert, for and during her natural life, all my estate real
and personal and of whatever kind, and at her death to go to my daughter in law Ella C.
Colbert and her five daughters, Martha L. Colbert, Susie A. Colbert, Ella M. Colbert,
Alice I. Colbert and Augusta L. Colbert, my grandchildren and only decendants, in fee
simple, share and share alike. And in the event of the death of any of said grandchildren
childless, her interest to be merged in the general estate as though she had never been a
legatee. In the event of the marriage of my daughter in law Ella C. Colbert, the share
given to her shall go to and belong to my said grandchildren thereafter. Executor: my
young friend Judge Albert L. Mitchell of the county of Clark. Signed: Lindsey G. Colbert.
Witness: Frank Lumpkin, A. H. McDuff, James White, James A. Carlton. Recd 1 Dec
Page 336 ~ Wm T. Moon
19 Dec 1881
To my children Susan and Emma and A. P. Moon, each the same amount of personal property
and household stuff that Elizabeth A. Daniel has already received, so they may be equal.
The balance of my property to be divided into four equal lots, and all my children shall
draw one lot. I have already given Elizabeth A. Daniel her share of land by deed and $300
worth of Geo. Railroad Stock and will therefore give her no further interest in my estate
except for as appears above. Of the cash on hand, I give to Susan and Emma and A. P. Moon
each $300. All my land I give to my three children, Susan and Emma and A. P. Moon, as
tenants in common so long as they are all unmarried. But if Emma should marry then 68
acres of said land shall be cut off to her so as to leave the homestead and out buildings
on the remaining. The remaining 136 acres I give in like manner to my daughter Emma and my
son A. P. Moon. To my daughter Emma, my organ. To residue of my property to my four
children. Executor: my son in law and my daughter Emma Moon. Signed: W. T. (x) Moon.
Witness: John J. Strickland, L. J. McElhannon, M. L. Christian. Recd 5 Feb 1883.
Page 340 ~ Gabriel Nash
4 Feb 1883
After my death, my executor to sell the land on which Abram Scott now lives, and out of
the proceeds pay all my debts, and the remainder to become part of my personal property.
The rest of my property of every description, except the tract of land which I now live, I
give and bequeath to my three daughters, Mary Nash, Letty J. Nash and Martha Nash as
tenants in common of equal share, and they shall have authority to do with said property
as they please. The tract of land on which I now live, together with all the
appurtenances, to my three daughters, Mary Nash, Lettie J. Nash and Martha Nash as tenants
in common so long as they all three remain on the land. So soon as one of the said
daughters shall leave said land, either by marriage, death or otherwise, she shall then
have no further interest in the land and the remaining two daughters shall own and
preserve it as tenants in common. When one of the remaining daughters leaves said land by
marriage, death or otherwise, then the remaining daughter shall have and possess it alone.
And when she shall leave said land either by marriage, death or otherwise, then I give and
bequeath the same to the children born and to be born and their heirs forever of the
following of my children, to wit, Mary Nash, Nancy Skinner, and Henry C. Nash, that is to
say, the children of each of my children last named shall represent one share together in
same. Since I devise no property sold except the tract on which Abram Scott now lives,
which contains something over 500 acres, my executor to sell said land without an order
from the court, that he make no inventory of my estate, but that he turn in immediately on
my death all property I have willed to my said daughters Mary Nash, Lettie J. Nash and
Martha Nash. Executor: my friend John J. Strickland. Signed: Gabriel Nash. Witness: Chas.
B. Hering, W. R. Benton, James F. Payne. Recd 5 Mar 1883
Page 344 ~ William Webster
18 Jul 1882
To my beloved wife Emily Webster, to have and dispose of in any manner she pleases, all of
my property which I may own at the time of my death. Executrix: my wife Emily Webster.
Signed: William (x) Webster. Witness: F. M. McCombs, J. C. Deadwyler, John M. Matthews.
[No recording date]
Page 346 ~ John Scott
24 Oct 1881
My body to be buried in the cemetery at Danielsville and my resting place marked as my
executor thinks befitting my estate. All my property both real and personal be sold and my
debts be paid. To my brother Wm. W. Scott and my sister Elizabeth McKie each $5. The
remainder of my estate to be divided into equal parts, one of which I give to the bodily
heirs of my sister Harriett McKie, another part to the bodily heirs of my brother Charles
Scott, the other part I give to my beloved sister Letty Brannon during her natural life
and at her death to her daughter Jane Brannon, but should Jane Brannon die without issue
before Letty Brannon, the part of my estate willed to her shall be divided into two parts,
one of which shall be equally divided among the heirs of my sister Harriett McKie and the
other equally divided among all the bodily heirs of my brother Charles Scott. Executor: my
friend and neighbor W. A. Stone. Signed: John (x) Scott. Witness: R. H. Kinnebrew, T. P.
Davis, W. B. Hosey. Recd 7 Jan 1884
Page 348 ~ Susan W. Simson
24 Jan 1884
To my niece Susan W. Bobo, my home place tract of land whereon I now reside with the
understanding that she is to take care of, support my idiotic sister Frances Simson her
lifetime, the tract containing 100 acres, which to be the right legal property of the said
Susan after my death. To Willey O. B. Bobo, my little relative whom I have raised, my
tract of land of 50 acres known as the John Busby place, he is also to help Susan take
care of Frances. Also to Willey O. B., my featherbed and clothing. Susan W. Bobo and
Willie O. B. jointly see to the taking care of my sister Joanna Elizabeth, provided she
falls into circumstances that she needs their assistance, and the balance of my household
and kitchen furniture I give to the same parties equally. I appoint my niece Susan W. Bobo
trustee to look after care for Willey O.B. till such time as he arrive at sufficient age
and culpability to take care of himself. Signed: Susan W. (x) Simson. Witness: John F.
Kirk, B. J. (x) Tyryen, David (x) L. Gordon. Recd 5 Dec 1884.
Page 348 ~ John R. Bond
16 Aug 1882
To my son John H. Bond, the place he now lives containing 150 acres at $150. To my son
William H. Bond, the place he now lives containing 150 acres at $150. To my son Joseph E.
Bond, all the 95 acres of land adjoining the Shiloh Church lot and other lands of my
estate, also the place I now live on as a remuneration for taking care of me in my
declining days, as it is my intention to keep my said son Joseph E. Bond with me during my
lifetime; said place containing 60 or 70 acres. To my daughter Malinda H. McEwen, wife of
Alexander McEwen, 95 acres free from control or debts of her husband, it being the place
they now live. To my daughter Emily E. Saxton, wife of Miles Saxton, 95 acres, it being
the place thy now live on, free from the control of her husband. I have given my daughter
Eliza J. Whitworth $50 in cash heretofore; I give her the further sum of $100 in cash for
her use, and at her death to go to her children. I have given my daughter Isabel Fitts $50
in cash heretofore; I give her the further sum of $100 in cash. To my two grandsons, John
R. Bond and James M. Bond, sons of my deceased son Livingston Bond, $150 to be equally
divided between them. To my four grandchildren and children of my deceased daughter Mary
M. Guest (to wit) Nealy Guest, Fannie Guest, Olly Guest and John Guest, $150 share and
share alike, to wit, $37.50 to each grandchild. To my deaf and dumb grandson John F.
Fitts, $75 in consideration of his misfortune. It is my desire that where I have given
land to any of my children, they receive it at the value of $150. At my death, that which
is known as my old place containing 133 1/3 acres and all other property of every kind, to
be sold and after paying all debts and the legacies named in this will, the remainder to
be equally divided among all of my children. Executors: my two sons, John H. Bond and
Joseph E. Bond. Signed: John R. Bond. Witness: J. P. Looney, G. W. McGarity, W. W. Beard.
Recd 7 Apr 1884
Page 354 ~ William M. Smith
22 Apr 1884
To my beloved wife Patsy Smith, my bosom companion, all my property both real and personal
for her benefit and use during her natural life, to use and control as she deems for her
own benefit. To my granddaughter Lucy White, the daughter of my daughter Nancy E. White,
$150 cash to be paid after the death of my wife, having advanced to Nancy E. White in her
lifetime about or near her distributive share of my estate. All my property given to my
beloved wife, I give and bequeath to my beloved son William L. Smith and my daughter Mary
P. Rogers, the wife of Robert T. Rogers, to be equally divided between them after the
death of my wife. Executor: my son William L. Smith. Signed: William M. (x) Smith.
Witness: Thomas D. Hawks, Warren T. Hawks, Jonah E. Hawks. Recd 6 Oct 1884
Page 356 ~ Mary O. Chandler
26 Dec 1884
My household property of every kind to be equally divided between my children, Cornelia
and Obediah, when they are 21 years old or marry. My principal consideration now is the
welfare of my children Cornelia Catherine Chandler who was born September 22 1873, and
Obediah Greene Chandler who was born June 6 1875, my will is that my uncle T. G.
Strickland take said children and raise and keep them until they are respectively 21 years
old, and that he have the same power over them as I have. In short, I appoint said T. G.
Strickland guardian of the person and property of both said children, with power to name
his successor. All the remainder of my property including cash claims, classes in action,
inheritable rights, etc, I give to T. G. Strickland and his heirs absolutely. I dont
make this disposition of my property to cut out my own children in favor of a stranger,
but because all I have will in no wise compensate said T. G. Strickland for the attention
of himself and family to me and my child Cornelia since we have been sick at his house,
much less do so after paying my debts. I desire that my executor make no returns to the
Ordinary nor have any inventory of my property. Executor: my friend and uncle T. G.
Strickland. Signed: Mary O. (x) Chandler. Witness: C. B. Strickland, B. C. Chandler, Jane
Freeman, Jno. F. Strickland. Recd 2 Feb 1885
Page 359 ~ Martin Rowe
25 Aug 1884
To my wife Jincey Rowe, the tract of land on which I now reside containing 133 acres
adjoining lands of J. H. White, Robert Russell and W. H. McCurdys estate, he being
deceased, and all of my personal property of every kind, including my notes and accounts,
for and during her natural life and at her death to be equally divided between my two sons
Stephen Rowe and James P. Rowe, they being deceased, I desire that one half go to the
children of Stephen Rowe and one half to the children of James P. Rowe. Executrix: my wife
Jincey Rowe. Signed: Martin Rowe. Witness: Josiah H. White, William L. White, Emma W. (x)
White. Recd 6 Jul 1885.
Page 362 ~ Isaac David
13 Jul 1880
If my beloved wife shall be in life at my death, she have one bed and furniture such as
she may choose. After my death, all the property that I may die possessed of be sold and
equally divided between my nephews Morastat David, Isaac David, William G. David and
Jonathon David, and Jno. M. Bruce, share and share alike, with this exception; if Jonathon
David receives the $800 willed to him by his father, then he is to receive nothing from me
by this will. Executor: my nephew William G. David. Signed: Isaac (x) David. Witness: J.
M. Skinner, J. E. Lorkon, J. McElhannon. [No recording date]
Page 364 ~ Jacob L. Brewer
25 Jan 1886
To my wife Sarah E. Brewer, 113 acres of land in Madison and Franklin Counties adjoining
the land of Sarah C. Berryman on the east, John Osborn on the south, and others; and also
60 acres in Madison County adjoining lands of John G. Fouler on the west, Garner Dorr on
the north and others; for her natural life, except she should marry then the above
described property to be given to my oldest son Silas J. Brewer and his heirs. 38 acres of
land off of the 113 acre tract then I give to my son Thomas T. Brewer and to his heirs; 38
acres of land off of the 113 acre tract I give to my daughter Esther D. Brewer and her
heirs; 38 acres of land of off the 113 acre tract to my daughter Mary J. Brewer and her
heirs; 30 acres of land off of the 60 acre tract I give to my heir yet to be born, and to
its heirs 30 acres off of the 60 acre tract. Executrix: my wife Sarah E. Brewer. Signed:
Jacob L. Brewer. Witness: James W. (x) Fouler, Silas M. Scarborough, Jno. A. Berryman.
Recd 8 May 1886
Page 368 ~ Barthena C. Chandler
7 Apr 1886
I will and bequeath the guardianship of my seven minor children to Lewis M. Chandler, my
brother in law, and I appoint him guardian as aforesaid. All my property to my seven minor
children, Martha A. M. R. D. Chandler, Thomas A. Chandler, Stephen L. Chandler, Allen C.
Chandler, Bethina T. C. Chandler, John F. Chandler and Samuel W. Chandler, and to the said
L. M. Chandler in trust for the benefit of my said children. It is my will that
immediately after my death, the said L. M. Chandler take charge of my children and
property, manage the same as he thinks best, give my children such education as my means
and their labor will authorize, and if there is any property left when my youngest child
becomes 21 years of age, it is my will that such remainder be equally divided between my
children. Executor: Lewis M. Chandler, my brother in law and by occupation a farmer.
Signed: at my home near Planter, Bethena C. Chandler. Witness: Dawson Williams, J. Young
Williams, Mary E. Hardman. Recd 8 May 1886
Page 372 ~ Letty Brannon
14 Jul 1881
To my beloved daughter Jane Brannon (who is afflicted and unable to support herself), for
and during her natural life, and at her death to her child or children, should she have
any, if not, to dispose of as she thinks proper, all my property both real and personal,
also all the claims, legacies, interest and ----- in action belonging to me. Executrix: my
daughter Jane Brannon. Signed: Letty Brannon. Witness: W. H. Stone, Hubbard H. Hampton,
Edmund E. Stone. Recd 10 Jun 1886
Page 376 ~ Robert Williams
13 Mar 1884
To my children, to wit, E. H. Davis, R. G. Williams, Z. T. Williams, Wm. M. Williams, L.
L. Williams and N. G. Tillman, and my two grandchildren Robert Chandler and Elizabeth
Chandler, children of my deceased daughter N. G. Chandler, my entire estate both real and
personal, share and share alike. To my daughter, E. H. Davis, her part of the estate for
and during her natural life, then to her three children, to wit, R. M. Davis, J. M. Davis
and Fannie Pittman. To my grandchildren Robert Chandler and Elizabeth Chandler, the part
devised to them to my son L. L. Williams in trust until they arrive at majority. Executor:
my son L. L. Chandler. Signed: Robert (X) Williams. Signed: M. D. L. Pittman, W. M.
Brooks, S. M. Chandler. Recd 2 May 1887
Page 378 ~ James Jenkins
13 May 1882
To my beloved wife Harriett Jenkins, for and during her natural life or widowhood, my home
place containing 169 acres on the waters of the double branches known as the Lewis G.
Smith place, adjoining John Lane, Robert J. Sorrells and others. I also give my wife
during her lifetime or widowhood all of my other property, to wit, stock of all kinds,
household and kitchen furniture, and all provision of every kind, and if a crop be on
hand, to have the whole of it for the use of my said wife and three minor children. At the
death or marriage of my wife, all my property to go to my three last children by my
present wife Harriett Jenkins, to wit, Adam V. Jenkins, James M. Jenkins, Thelitia W.
Jenkins. To my six children by my first wife, the remainder of my estate, to wit, Elias P.
Jenkins, Elizabeth Davis, Susan Cunningham, Mary Ann Burden, Jane Ginn and Cornelia Owen
share and share alike the remainder of my estate, which consists of money matters.
Executors: my sons Elias P. Jenkins and Adam V. Jenkins. Signed: James Jenkins. Witness:
Rufus M. Mironey, James P. Hall, Easton L. Hulme. Recd 2 May 1887
Page 381 ~ John N. Montgomery
27 Mar 1885
Clarke County, GA: I desire that my body be buried by the side of my first wife and
that my executors erect a tombstone over my grave worth $200. All my estate, real,
personal and mixed shall be sold after advertising same in the newspaper published at
Danielsville and one of the newspapers published in Athens, and reduce my entire estate to
cash. To each of my daughters, Cornelia Caroline Deadwyler and Martha Evalula Goss, the
sum of $2000, to be paid to each of them before any division of my estate should take
place, to make them equal with what I have heretofore given my other children. J. P.
Deadwyler and his wife Cornelia are running my farm and business and I am giving them one
third of the net profit of my farm, I paying the taxes, furnishing the land, mules, wagons
and funding the stock, which is too much, as I did give my son only one fourth part of the
net profits but I have done that for the reason that I have not given my daughter
Cornelia C. $2000 during my life, and I have given her and her husband that advantage to
compensate them for the loss of the interest on said legacy during my lifetime. I have
heretofore given to my children property and money to the amount and value of the sums as
follows, to wit, James H. Montgomery the sum of $2412, to Calvin L. Montgomery the sum of
$3000, William W. Montgomery the sum of $3000, to John L. Montgomery the sum of $2022, to
Edward W. Montgomery the sum of $1500, Cornelia Caroline Deadwyler the sum of $200 and by
this will the additional sum of $2000, and to Martha Evalula Goss the sum of $200 and by
this will the additional sum of $2000; and I desire that all of my children be made equal,
share and share alike. After paying the legacies specified, the balance of money and
estate shall be equally divided between Isham H. Goss as trustee of John L. Montgomery and
his children, and Isham H. Goss as the trustee of the children of my son James H.
Montgomery, to wit, Addie Ora, Wortie H. Montgomery and his infant daughter three weeks
old, and all of the balance of my children who may be living at the time of my death and
the representatives of those who may be dead. The interest, profits and income alone of
all the property which has been given to my children (except the shares of John L.
Montgomery and the children of James H. Montgomery, which is hereinafter provided for)
shall go to them to be held and enjoyed by them during their natural lives only, and the
corpus of said property shall not be spent by any children, and after their deaths the
corpus of said property shall be equally divided between their children. The part of my
estate which shall fall to Isham H. Goss as trustee for my son John L. Montgomery and his
children shall be vested in and held by Isham H. Goss in trust for the following purposes,
to wit to purchase or invest in property, the rents, issues and profits of said
property to be paid over annually to my son John L. Montgomery during his life, and at his
death the corpus of said property shall be turned over to the children of John L.
Montgmoery. The part of my estate which shall fall to Isham H. Goss as trustee of the
children of my son James H. Montgomery, to wit, Addie Ora, Wortie, Maud and his infant
daughter, shall be invested in property and not spent; and at their arrival at 21 years of
age or marriage, he shall pay them their share. Executors: Joseph P. Deadwyler, William W.
Montgomery, Isham H. Goss and C. L. Montgomery. Signed: J. N. Montgomery. Witness: S. C.
Dobbs, G. W. Mason, C. B. Burch.
Codicil: Madison County, 10 Nov 1886: Said will makes Isham H. Goss alone trustee for John
L. Montgomery and children; owing to the uncertainty of life, I nominate and appoint
Calvin L. Montgomery of Floyd County co-executor with full and equal power to act in
conformity as set forth in item 8. Since writing the above will, debts to a large amount
against the said John L. Montgomery and wife, unknown to me at the time, have been
presented. Seeing the land I gave him could be -----, I assumed the payment of such
claims, amounting to $2120, took the said John L. Montgomerys note for the above
amount, drawing out interest, took a deed on land, deeded it to his children at the death
of the said John L. Montgomery, giving him a life interest in same. The above note to be
counted and accepted, including interest, as an advance in a final division of my estate.
At my death, in conformity of item 5 in my will, and after each one has received the
amount, share and share alike, each and every legatee, should there be any left remaining
of my estate, after the said John L. Montgomery accounts for said note and other advances
that may be charged him, said amount to be held in trust by Isham H. Goss and Calvin L.
Montgomery in trust for the said J. L. Montgomery and children now living and hereafter
born. Item 8 of my will makes Isham H. Goss alone trustee for the children of James H.
Montgmoery, Addie Ora Williams, Cora, Wortie Lu, Maud and Paulina. Owing to the
uncertainty of life I hereby appoint Lu J. Williams as co-executor to act with Isham H.
Goss, each equally empowered to carry out item 9 of my will, except that part that says
Isham H. Goss shall pay each legatee as they marry or become of age, without any
restriction. I will that item 7 of my will be carried out and applied to the children of
James H. Montgomery was clearly an oversight not including them in item 7, saying the body
or corpus or principal must not be spent, only the interest or income can be used, and as
each one becomes of age or marries, Isham H. Goss and L. J. Williams must assist the
husband of each one, including Addie Ora, in selecting real estate or some permanent
valuable investment. Signed: J. N. Mountgomery. Witness: C. A. Wilder, Jos. McWhorter, R.
L. Wilder, J. P. Parker. Recd 12 Aug 1887
Page 390 ~ Rufus M. Mironey
6 May 1887
To my beloved wife Martha M. Mironey during her life, one half of the household and
kitchen furniture I am possessed of. To my son James M. Mironey, the remainder of my
estate both real and personal. My said son to support myself and my wife during our
natural lives in a cheap and plain manner from this time and he is to have all the
proceeds of the former, provided he performs the above request in good faith. Executor: my
son James M. Mironey. Signed: Rufus M. Mironey. Witness: F. M. Skinner, H. C. Skinner,
John M. Skinner, W. P. Skinner. Recd 8 Sept 1887
Page 392 ~ Malinda Moore
10 Sept 1886
To my daughter Sarah M. Rice and her children, 50 of land off my place that I now live on,
containing 200 acres, for the express purpose of paying for the support of myself up to
the present time and for my future support, or so much as will be necessary for that
purpose. To my daughter Harriet Moore, the remainder of my land during her natural life.
At the death of my daughter Harriet, said land to be the property of my two daughters
Sarah M. Rice and her children, and Mary L. Patton and her children. All my household and
kitchen furniture go to my daughter Harriet, with the exception of Mary L. Patton to have
one double wove counterpane and one set of pillow slips. Also my daughter Sarah M. Rice to
have one doublewove counterpane and one set of pillow slips. My children to make
arrangements to pay my doctor. Executor: my son in law, George L. Rice. Signed: Malinda
(x) Moore. Witness: R. T. McGinnis, J. C. Campbell, A. C. Campbell. Recd 6 Apr 1888.
Page 394 ~ Charles L. Sorrells
24 Aug 1888
My wife Mary E. Sorrells shall have dower or a childs portion of my property in lieu
thereof. I will and desire that Richard H. Sorrells, William C. Sorrells and Robert P.
Sorrells, to whom I have already given property as follows, to wit, to Richard H.
Sorrells, $1000, being land of that value; to William C. Sorrells, $800, being land to the
amount of $550 and the balance money with which to pay his expenses while attending a
commercial school at Baltimore; to Robert P. Sorrells, $500 with which to pay his expenses
while preparing himself for the practice of medicine; shall receive nothing of my executor
until each and all of my beloved children, to wit, James M. Sorrells, Samuel H. Sorrells,
Harriet P. Sorrells, Britton S. Sorrells, Charles L. Sorrells Jr., Susan C. Matthews,
formerly Susan C. Sorrells, and Mary B. L. Sorrells shall have received as much of my
property as I have already advanced Richard, William and Robert P. Sorrells. After which
the remainder of my property shall be equally divided between all my children. Executor:
the person whomsoever may be the qualified clerk of the Superior Court of Madison County,
Georgia at the time of my death. Signed: Charles L. Sorrells. Witness: Stephen C.
OKelly, J. E. Gordon, R. H. Kinnebrew. Recd 10 Nov 1888.
Page 397 ~ Samuel David
8 Dec 1887
Mine and my wifes grave to be fixed up in a decent and creditable manner. To my son
Isaac David and wife, for their valuable services and kindness shown and rendered unto my
wife during her last illness, and unto myself, and to be rendered by the said David and
wife during the balance of my life, all my property both real and personal, the Realty
consisting of 100 acres of land where I now live adjoining J. P. Gholston, T. W. Bruce,
Coil, the peronalty consisting of 2 horses and cattle and household and kitchen furniture
and any and all debts owing to me by anyone. Executor: my son Isaac David. Signed: Samuel
(x) David. Witness: John E. Gordon, W. H. Bruce, Thomas W. Bruce. Recd 10 Nov 1888.
Page 399 ~ James M. Sailors, Sr.
3 Sept 1887
To my wife Selina L. Sailors, $200 in cash and all she brought here at the time of
intermarriage to me, and half the bed clothing that she has made since our marriage. All
my property to be sold and all my children to whom I have not made advancements first be
made equal as near as possible to whom I have made advancements as marked in Exhibit A
hereunto annexed. After my children are made equal in advancements, the remainder to be
equally divided between all my children. Executor: William L. Smith. Signed: James M.
Sailors, Sr. Witness: Stephen P. Hawks, Jonah E. Hawks, W. M. Patton.
Exhibit Marked A: James M. Sailors Advancements made his children:
Elizabeth A. Smith one cow and calf ($20), one bed & furniture and house
furnishing goods ($50), cash ($100). Wm. S. Sailors one horse, bridle & saddle
($100), one cow & calf ($20), one bed & furniture and house furnishing goods
($30), cash ($100). Ava A. Sailors one bed & furniture ($20), cash in lieu of
cow & calf ($50). Susan A. Sailors one cow & calf ($20), one bed &
furniture and house furnishing goods ($30). C. C. Sailors one horse, bridle and
saddle ($100), one cow & calf ($20), one bed, furniture and house furnishing goods
($30). S. E. M. A. C. Williams one cow & calf ($20), one bed & furniture
and house furnishing goods ($30). M. L. C. Chandler one cow & calf ($20), one
bed & furniture and house furnishing goods ($30). J. A. Smith one cow &
calf ($20), one bed, furniture and house furnishing goods ($30). J. M. Sailors Jr.
one horse, bridle and saddle ($100), one bed & furniture & house furnishing goods
($30), cow & calf ($20). B. H. Sailors one cow & calf ($20), horse,
bridle,saddle ($100), bed, furniture, house furnishing goods ($30). Recd 13 Jan
Page 402 ~ Celia Ginn
24 Apr 1888
To my daughter Artimissa Ginn, all my household and kitchen furniture except one bed and a
proper amount of bedding herefore. To my granddaughter Susan Ophelia Ginn, daughter of
Artimissa Ginn, the bed and bedding excepted above. To my children by my first marriage,
viz, Henry McDuff, Narcissa Strickland, wife of Allen Strickland, Mary Johnson, wife of
David A. Johnson, and to my granddaughter Mary McDuff, daughter of my son John McDuff who
is now deceased, the sum of one dollar each. My land, the place whereon I now and have
lived for years, said land having been purchased with my money or exchanged for a tract of
land I owned, to be sold, the proceeds thereof be equally divided, share and share alike,
unto my daughter Letty Ellen Phillips, wife of William Phillips, my daughter Pop Berryman,
wife of Marion Berryman, and my son Stephen A. Ginn and my daughter Artimissa Ginn.
Executor: my son Stephen A. Ginn. Signed: Celia Ginn. Witness: Jas. J. Bond, Patrick H.
Bowen, Bolin E. Bryant, J. B. Cunningham. Recd 8 Feb 1889.
Page 405 ~ Bida Sims
15 Jan 1873
To my nephew Wiley I. Meadows all the tract of land that I now live on. To sister Julia
Cochran and Martha E. Bolton, all my wearing apparel, table cloths and towels to be
equally divided between them. To Mary Bolton, daughter of James L. Bolton, one feather
bed, bedstead and furniture. All the balance of my estate to be divided into four equal
shares, one share to sister Julia Cochran, one share to Martha E. Bolton to her and the
heirs of her body, one share to brother Bennet Sims, one share to my nephew Wiley I.
Meadows. Executors: Bennett Sims and Wiley I. Meadows. Signed: Bida Sims. Witness: John M.
Sims, Jacob Eberhart, Wm. Cannis (x) Bridges. Recd 10 Oct 1889
Page 408 ~ Cynthia Sanders
3 Sept 1889
I want my great niece and nephew, M. S. Glenn and R. E. Glenn, who have agreed to take
care of me during the balance of my natural life, to be paid for their trouble out of what
I have, and then if there is anything left, I want it divided among Martha Glenn, wife of
John E. Glenn, deceased, Lizzie Bolton, Tishsa Key, Cynthia Landers, as follows: to Martha
Glenn, one feather bed, bolster and pillows. To Lizzie Bolton, Tishia Key and Cynthia
Landers I want to have five dollars and two quilts a piece, and if there is anything left
after the above division, I want M. S. Glenn and R. E. Glenn to have it. Executors: M. S.
Glenn and R. E. Glenn. Signed: Cynthia Sanders. Witness: O. P. Griffith, C. R. E.
Hitchcock, T. G. Hitchcock. Recd 5 May 1890
Page 410 ~ Bennett W. Brown
21 May 1886
My son Benjamin T. Brown, for the kindness and favors rendered to myself and family since
he became of age, to have extra and above the rest of my children at the time of my death
one mule worth $150 or the equivalent in money. To my wife Susan A., the home whereon I
live containing 157 acres during her natural life for the purpose of her support and
comfort in life, also in like manner all of my personal property. At the death of my wife,
the property to be sold and equally divided between all of my children with this proviso
included, that my daughter Elizabeth Short, for reasons not necessary here to mention, has
become unfriendly to myself and family. Now should she remain with the same feeling toward
me and family, which bad and unchildlike feeling I hope and feel that she will not retain,
but if the said daughter remains stubborn and unyielding in her manner and treatment
toward us, then I direct that the said Elizabeth have no part of my estate whatever
otherwise to inherit equal with the rest regretting very much having this
distinction to make with any of my children, loving them all alike. Executrix: my wife
Susan A. Signed: Bennett W. Brown. Witness: Neal Chandler, G. D. McGinnis, R. T. McGinnis.
Recd 5 May 1890
Page 412 ~ Thomas W. Dean, Sr. .
Page 416 ~ Joshua Hutchenson
9 Sept 1889
To my two sons, Willis H. Dean and Charles W. Dean all of my stock of horses, cows, and
stock of all kinds, also all plantation tools and mechanical tools. They are to pay all my
debts. My said sons should support and take care of my minor children after my death until
they become of age. To my wife Sarah A. Dean, all of my household and kitchen furniture of
every kind for and during her natural life, and after her death what is left to be equally
divided between my children as follows, to wit, Anna A. Bond, Adeline K. McGarity, Nancy
J. Dean, Arminta L. L. James and Robert L. Dean, Susan F. Dean, Cora E. Dean, Bessie
Williams, Babe Dean, Evie Dean. Executor: my sons Willis H. Dean and Francis G. McGarity.
Signed: Thomas W. Dean Sr. Witness: John H. Bond, M. L. Shewer, Jos. H. Bond, John M.
Skinner. Recd 2 Jun 1890
3 May 1884
To my beloved wife Florah Hutchenson, for her natural life, the whole of my estate; and
after her death, to be sold and the proceeds distributed in the following manner (viz),
each of my living daughters to have $100, and the children of my daughter Sarah M. Wilder,
decd, to have $100, and the remainder to be equally divided between each of my
children. The $100 given to the children of Sarah M. Wilder shall be paid by my executor
to the legal representative of said children. Executors: my two sons, J. M. and D. M.
Hutchenson. Signed: J. Hutchenson. Witness: C. N. Andrew, L. E. Brooks, J. B. McWhorter.
Recd 1 Sept 1890.
Page 418 ~ J. D. Power
30 Apr 1887
My beloved wife Mary E. Power to have my entire estate, real and personal, in her own hand
and continue to sell and trade any surplus the same as I have done during my life, during
her life or widowhood. If my wife should marry, then for her to have 300 acres of land so
as to include my dwelling house and improvements, for her life, and after her death be
equally divided between my heirs. Also if my wife should marry, for her to have $500 in
money or property for her to dispose of as she sees proper. My unmarried children to be
made equal as they marry or become 21 years of age with my two daughters that is already
married. I will and desire that my wife Mary E. Power give to my eight children $500 in
money to each child as they become 21 years of age, and if my wife should fail to have the
sum of $500 on hand she is required to give them a due note against my estate for the said
sum. After the death of my wife or marriage, all my entire land be laid off in eight lots,
if my wife Mary should die my widow, and each lot valued and numbered, so as each one of
my eight children will get a lot of land commencing at the oldest in rotation to the
youngest drawing. And [if] my wife Mary E. Power should marry, then the remainder of my
land outside of what I have given her be laid off to my eight children as aforesaid for
their own property. And as the lots of land may differ in value, each one to be made equal
in money out of my estate. All of my property not disposed of in this will be equally
divided between my eight children after the death of my wife or marriage. My three
youngest children, namely, Charley, Clara and Allen, be sent to school and educated.
Executors: my wife Mary E. Power and my friend S. P. Power. Signed: J. D. Power. Witness:
M. F. Arnold, F. E. Power, J. V. Moore, J. P. Recd 3 Nov 1890.
Page 422 ~ Pleasant Moon
27 Mar 1889
Over my grave I wish a decent house of good material, well painted, to be erected; I
direct that my beloved wife Susan E. Moon be buried in like decent manner and her grave to
be covered in with a house in the same manner, provided she dies my widow. To my daughter
Olivia M. B. David, 6 ½ shares of Georgia RR Stock valued at $1000. If she wishes, she
may have the right to pay my wife $75 and have 7 shares of Georgia RR Stock, for which she
shall pay to my wife during her life or widowhood between 1% - 3% per annum. Said shares
to remain in my wifes possession for one year after my death; if my wife sees
proper, she may give up said property earlier. To my son Johnathan D. Moon, 163 acres of
the Jarrett land valued at $1000, being all of the Jarrett land except 55 acres near the
cross roads deeded to the A&C RR should road be built, for which my son shall pay my
wife 1% per annum. To my daughter Susan E. Mitchell, a part of the Peyton tract of land
supposed to be 65 acres valued at $380; also 74 acres known as the Cooper tract, where she
now resides, valued at $350; also $270 of her indebtedness to me, making a total of $1000.
The said land to remain in my wifes care, and after her death my executor to make
title to my daughter, but my daughter is to have said land for a home during my
wifes lifetime, my daughter to pay her 1% - 3% annum. To my two granddaughters Susan
Hester Cooper and Elizabeth Lillian David, a part of the home place where I now live,
embracing my present residence and out buildings, supposing to contain 200 acres; also a
portion of the Peyton tract, supposed to contain 200 acres, valued at $1000. I direct that
they take possession of said lands after the death of my wife, or at any time before her
death she sees proper. If in my wifes lifetime, they shall pay to her 1% - 3% per
annum. The aforesaid bequest is made to my granddaughters with the restriction distinctly
and positively understood and embraced that they nor either of them shall not permit Henry
C. David to live with them at any time on said lands in any capacity, neither as a
laborer, boarder, nor as a visitor not exceeding 48 hours, nor shall either of them employ
Henry C. David in any way on said lands nor allow him to handle any of the proceeds
arising from the land, nor shall they ever allow him to any friends property that I may
and if they do allow the said Henry David to live with them, or wash,
starch, or iron or sew shirts or any restriction named above while living on the land,
then my executors to sell off a corner of the land to pay $5.00 every time either of my
granddaughters disobeys the restrictions and that my executors have the said sum $5.00 for
their own use and in case my executors should fail to see after the same, then any person
may see after the same and receive the said sum for their trouble, and neither shall the
said Henry C. David live on the lands I give to my wife
The land I give to my
granddaughters Susan Hester Cooper and Elizabeth Lillian David I hereby will to them for a
permanent home during their lifetime and then to their children, if any. If either should
die, then half of the land to go to their husband if living and the other half to revert
back to my estate. Neither of them shall have the right to sell or trade said lands except
to purchase other real estate
they shall not have the right to sell or trade a part
of the land under five years after the death of my wife Susan E. Moon and only then to
reinvest in real estate with the same restrictions concerning Henry C. David. I hereby
reserve for my wife full control and access to my room and bedroom adjoining and dining
room and stove room and also wheat room upstairs and any of the outbuildings and well and
garden during her lifetime or widowhood and my granddaughters shall not have the right to
rent out the dwelling houses to any other person
either one has the right to rent or
sell or rent their portion of the plantation to one another if they see proper
neither one wishes not to live in said house, then they have the right to rent out to any
other person and divide the proceeds. To my wife Susan E. Moon, all of the money notes and
accounts, all of my household & kitchen furniture, buggy, wagon and stock of all kinds
and all the land not herein before described consisting of the same tract and some other
lands lying next to the land of Mary Moon and my wild lands
my sack corn wheat and
all other property not otherwise disposed of in this will including the proceeds of fifty
five acres of the Jarrell land and six and one half shares of Ga. R.R. stock, and I give
her full power to sell or dispose of any or all of the property
likewise bequeath to
my wife not less than one nor more than three per cent per annum as described on all the
property bequeathed to my heirs
at her discretion. I give my wife Susan E. Moon
power and privilege to sell one half of Ga. R.R. stock to my daughter Olivia M. B. David
at any time after my death. All my money, whether it be in Athens or elsewhere, be turned
over to my wife during her lifetime. If my wife should die or marry, all money to be
turned over to my executor and make an equal distribution between legal heirs, Viz, Olivia
M. B. David, Jonathan D. Moon, Susan E. Mitchell, Susan Hester Cooper and Elizabeth
Lillian David, the last two shall have one fourth divided between them. To my wife Susan
E. Moon six shares of Ga. R.R. stock and also the one half share provided she dont
sell it, the proceeds of the dividends to her own proper use during her lifetime married
or single. My wife shall not give or loan any money during any year to exceed ten dollars
without the consent of my executors stating that the debtor is perfectly solvent. If at
the time of my death or the death of my wife Susan E. Mitchell should be indebted to me or
my wife the same shall stand against her as cash and shall account for the same in final
and if any of my legal heirs should owe me or my wife any amount at the
time of our deaths the property herein named that I gave to each of them shall stand good
for the amount, and if they should owe me any debt at my death if they will renew their
notes with my wife the interest may run at 4% per annum and must pay part of debt yearly
or as my wife demands. There shall be no appraisement of my estate until after the death
of my wife, and my executors help my wife manage the property I leave her. My legatees pay
their own expenses that may accrue in receiving such property as I give them, and there
shall be no commission paid to my executors in settling up my estate. At the death of my
wife, provided she dies my widow, my executors to see that my beloved wife is buried in a
metallic coffin and a good house placed over her grave and well painted and if there is
not sufficient means then my executors to sell enough of the Ga. R.R. stock to pay for the
same. Executors: My wife Susan E. Moon, my son Jonathon D. Moon, and my friends John M.
David and Isac V. Moore. Signed Pleasant Moon. Witnesses: J. I. Parham, J. L. Moon, S. P.
Power, I. V. Moore, J.P.
P.S. I will and desire if after the death of my wife Susan E. Moon if any thing be left
after the burial expenses paid for James P. Moon to have $10 son of Jonathon D. Moon also
Geo. P. David the son of Olivia M. B. David and after this an equal division be made with
my heirs above named and this P.S. not to the above. Recd 2 Mar 1891
Page 439 ~ George L. Rice
14 May 1890
To my son John H. Rice, the 100 acres of land he now lives on and 80 acres additional to
be cut off on the east end next to Burroughs mill of a lot of land containing 113
acres recently on the 15th day of January 1890 surveyed and featured by Dawson
Williams free from all charge or limitation whatever to his own proper use, benefit and
behoof. To my daughter Nancy E. Mercier now the wife of Henry F. Mercier, the 100 acres
more or less of land she now lives on free from all charge or limitation whatever to her
own proper use benefit and behoof. To my daughter Martha E. Burroughs, now the wife of T.
S. Burroughs, the 100 acres more or less of land she now lives on free from all charge or
limitations whatever to her own proper use benefit and behoof. To my daughter Amanda J.
Hardman now the wife of Jospeh H. Hardman, in addition to $240 she has already received,
43 acres of land more or less on Powder Mill Creek and known as Powder Mill tract, free
from all charge or limitations whatever to her own proper use benefit and behoof. To my
daughter Sarah F. Roggers now the wife of T. W. S. Roggers, $500 free from all charge and
limitations whatever to her own proper use benefit and behoof. My remaining property to my
beloved wife Sarah M. Rice and my four youngest minor sons, to wit, Allen P. Rice, Joseph
L. Rice, George F. Rice and William B. Rice, equally. The bequest to my wife is in lieu of
her whole dower
the property shall remain as it is until my youngest son shall
attain the age of 21 years, then to be equally divided between my wife and four youngest
sons. Executors: My sons Jno. H. and Allen P. Rice and my wife Sarah M. Rice. Signed: Geo.
L. Rice. Witness: Henry W. White, Wm. L. Smith, Dawson Williams. Recd 4 May 1891.
Page 442 ~ Willis Gunnells
13 Apr 1891
To my wife Elinor Gunnells during her natural life or widowhood one third of the tract of
land where on I now live including the dwelling and out buildings and at her death said
land to revert to my estate. The remainder of my estate be equally divided, share and
share alike, between my wife Elinor and my five daughters, to wit, Virginia A. Saylors,
Octavia Decker, Elizabeth Decker, Mary Tolbert, Francis Bruce, and my son W. W. Gunnells.
The land given my wife in the 2nd item I desire to revert back to my estate at
the death of said wife and then to be sold and equally divided among my said children
above named. Executor: S. C. OKelley. Signed: Willis (x) Gunnells. Witness: W.
Brewery, W. H. Long, J. Long. Recd 4 May 1891.
Page 444 ~ Rufus M. Mironey
9 May 1887
To my beloved wife Martha M. Meroney during her life one half of the household and kitchen
furniture I am possessed of. To my son James M. Mironey the remainder of my estate both
real and personal. After paying of my debts, my son James M. Meroney is to support myself
and wife during our natural lives in a cheap and plain manner from this time and he is to
have all the proceeds of the farm provided he performs the above request in good faith.
Executor: my son James M. Mironey. Signed: Rufus M. Mironey. Witness: John M. Skinner, W.
P. Skinner, F. M. Skinner, H. C. Skinner. Recd 1 June 1891.
Page 446 ~ Rhoda Shields
12 Dec 1890
I make the following disposition of the one half of the estate left by husband Little B.
Shields to dispose of as I saw proper. I give to W. G. Shields children one 5th
of the one half of the said estate consisting in real estate and personal property. I give
to Archer Shorts children one 5th of the one half of said estate. I give
to Mary Thomas children one 5th of the one half of said estate. I give to
Eliza Ann Busbins children one 5th of the one half of said estate. I give
to John M. Shorts children W. B. Short, Mary E. Perry, and also the son of the wife
of W. B. Short, L. E. Short, one 5th of the said estate, the said L. E. Short
to share equal in the one 5th of the estate with the said W. B. Short and Mary
E. Perry. Executor: W. L. B. Shields. Signed: Roda Shields. Witness: L. E. Shields, J. E.
Shields, J. F. Payne. Recd 4 Par 1892.
Page 448 ~ Robert P. Griffeth
1 Apr 1885
To my beloved wife Mary A. Griffeth the one half of my estate both real and personal that
I may died possessed of. To my daughter Susan E. Henry the remaining half of my estate
both real and personal at my death and at the death of my daughter Susan E. Henry, the
property bequeathed to her by me be equally divided among all my said daughters
children. I appoint Charles B. Henry, husband of my said daughter Susan E. Henry, trustee
to manage said property for the benefit of my said daughter and her children. Executors:
My wife Mary A. Griffeth and my brother in law Albert L. Mitchell. Signed: Robert P.
Griffeth. Witness: G. T. Johnson, E. P. Eberhart, R. J. Johnson. Recd 6 Apr 1892.
Codicil: (Change of Executors) I hereby constitute & appoint my beloved wife Mary A.
Griffeth and my friend and nephew Geo. O. Griffeth my executors. 20 Oct 1885.
Page 451 ~ Robert T. Russell
7 Apr 1892
To my brother in law David Wynn $50 in money. To my nephew John Russell $50 in money. To
my four beloved sisters, to wit, Margaret E., Mary A., Nancy H. and Sarah S. Russel the
remainder of my entire estate both real and personal for them to namely dispose of in any
way that they deem proper without making any yearly returns or expenses of the same.
Signed: Robt. T. Russell. Witness: I. V. Moore, J. G. Deadwyler, J. B. Eberhart.
Recd 1 Aug 1892
Page 453 ~ J. B. Threlkeld
20 May 1891
Having previously disposed of my real estate by deed in which I gave my beloved wife no
part, now therefore in order to provide for my beloved wife Louisa E. I make this my last
will and testament as follows. I desire that my body be buried at Lystra Church. To my
wife Louisa E. all the property of every description that I may die possessed of, the same
to be used by her for a support during her natural life with privilege to sell any or all
of it a she may need it in supplying provisions, nursing or medical attention during her
natural life. After the death of my wife, that what is left be sold and burial expenses of
my beloved wife, physician bills, &c be paid then a note that I have this day signed
and given to my son Oliver B. Threlkeld be paid, after which if any remains that my son
James G. be given $25 and Tully M. be paid a like sum of $25 then the remainder if any to
go to my beloved daughter Louisa E. Moore. Executor: my beloved son Oliver B. Threlkeld.
Signed: J. B. (x) Threlkeld. Witness: Stephen C. OKelly, G. W. David, J. F. L. Bond.
Recd 3 Oct 1892.
Page 455 ~ Samuel H. Ware
17 Dec 1884
To my beloved wife Sarah F. Ware whatever of personal property of every description,
money, notes due, accounts that I may die possessed of, charged first with paying the
debts due by me
to be the property of my wife to dispose of and enjoy as she may
like. To my wife Sarah F. Ware all of my real estate to have and hold during her natural
life. After the death of my wife, to my three children, to wit, Mary H. White wife of
William W. White, Susan Ellen White wife of Jacob B. White, and my son Robert Lee Ware,
all of the real estate if they are in life, if not in life, then to their children.
Executors: My beloved wife Sarah F. Ware and my son Robert Lee Ware. Signed: Samuel H.
Ware. Witness: E. P. Eberhart, J. W. Williams, H. T. Thompson, S. C. OKelly, CSC.
Recd 5 Apr 1893.
Page 458 ~ Augustus G. Carrington
25 Sept 1890
To my beloved wife Martha A. Carrington during her natural life the control of my estate,
personal and real, that I die possessed of and at her death all my estate be sold and
equally divided between all of my children, to wit, Wallace(?) A. Carrington, Amanda King,
Mary Simmons, Elizabeth Bridges, Sarah Compton, Martha Ridgway. Whatever interest my
daughter Martha Ridgway receives from my estate shall never be subject to the control of
her husband James L. Ridgway and shall be the property of the said Martha Ridgway and her
children. Executors: My son W. A. Carrington. Signed: A. G. Carrington. Witness: John E.
Gorden, Stephen C. OKelly, G. H. Daniel. Recd 9 Jun 1893.
Page 460 ~ Margaret E. Russell
31 Oct 1892
All my property at my death to go to my sisters Mary A. Russell, Nancy H. Russell and
Sarah C. Russell if they should be in life. If either of these should not be in life, then
to such of them as should be living. I desire that there shall be no administration on my
estate. Signed: Margaret E. (x) Russell. Witness: L. P. Eberhart, E. P. Eberhart, L. B.
Eberhart, J.P. Recd 8 Jul 1894.
Page 461 ~ Henry T. Evans
28 Mar 1894
To my wife Elizabeth A. Evans all the real and personal property that I may own at the
time of my death to have and control as she thinks is to the best interest of herself and
children during her natural life and at her death the property divided equally between my
children. Should any of my children marry, they should receive enough from my estate to
make them [equal] with the amount given to my son James N. Evans, provided my wife
Elizabeth A. Evans feels able to give said amount without injury to herself but in any
event that all be made equal after the death of their mother before the property is
divided. Executors: my sons James D. and Henry S. Evans. Signed: Henry T. Evans. Witness:
W. S. Evans, C. W. Huff, W. D. Booth, D. P. Moon. Recd 10 May 1894.
Page 463 ~ Mary Johnson
21 Oct 1894
I desire that my contract for the rent of the land from Wm. Nowell be strictly carried
out, that Juston Howard keep my mules and 1 waggon to cultivate said land for the
remainder of this year, and that my portion of the present crop of 1895 be placed to the
payment of my just debts. I desire that if I am not living that my house and lot in the
town of Comer be rented to the best advantage by me executor for the year 1895 and the
proceeds be placed to my just debts. To my faithful friend Elizabeth Jarrell, wife of
Jacob Jarrell, my house and lot in the town of Comer for services rendered in waiting on
me during my illness up to the present time, and upon the condition that she continues to
see after me and wait on me the remainder of my life, she to take possession of said house
and lot on the first day of January 1896. Executor: my friend Dr. C. C. Nillid (?).
Signed: Mary (x) Johnson. Witness: D. P. Moon, K. D. Strickland, J. M. Jones. Recd
25 Nov 1894.
Page 465 ~ James E. Sanders
12 Sept 1894
To my beloved wife Lucy Emaline my home place, that is the place whereon we now reside
containing about 127 acres, for and during her natural life, also the insurance policy I
hold in the New York Trust(?) life for $1000.00, the same to be at the absolute disposal
of my beloved wife Lucy Emaline. I will and bequeath to the custody and control of my wife
the following, to wit, my household and kitchen furniture, stock, horses, cattle, hogs
& goats, &c, also all my plantation tools consisting of buggies, wagons, ploughs,
hoes, rakes, &c, with the following instructions, to wit, that each of my children, to
wit, Willis S., Lou O., Myrtie P., James M., Lucy M. and Carl have set apart to them when
each one marries or becomes of age, one bed and bedding complete, one cow & calf, or
if either of the above named children desire cash in lieu thereof, the equivalent of said
articles in money. My executor to sell the following property, to wit, the 100 acres given
to me by my father when I married; 72 acres I bought, the Johnson land; 90 acres bought
from my father H. T. Sanders; 40 acres bought of the Whitworth land; also my machinery
consisting of Engine & boiler, belts, pullies, gin feeder
&c, all to be sold
for the purpose of giving my children hereinafter named a good practical education such as
is standard in the colleges of our country, the same to be obtained as cheaply as
possible, Lou O., Myrtie P., James W., Lucy M. and Carl. To my youngest son Carl, my
silver watch to be delivered to him at my death. At the death of my wife Lucy Emaline, all
property not disposed of be sold by the other executor, to wit Willie S., and equally
divided amongst all my children, except the value of the watch willed to Carl for which he
is not to account. Executors: my wife Lucy Emaline and my son Willis S. Sanders. Signed:
James E. Sanders. Witness: R. H. Kinnebrew, L. B. Brooks, Stephen C. OKelly.
Recd 7 Jan 1895.
Page 468 ~ Angeline Strickland
5 Aug 1882
Jackson County: My will is at and after my death that I be buried by the side of my
husband Henry Strickland. Magness A. Brooks, a son of my brother Loyd Brooks, have $200 to
be kept at lawful interest until he is 21 years old, he is only to use the interest up to
that time. I further will him my feather bed and under bed, one large double wove ----
counterpane, one fine ---- Island shirt, one fine bed quilt with brown stripes &
lining, 2 pillows, one bolster. I will Loyd Brookes wife Sally Brooks one feather
bed. I will my brother John Brooks the balance of my estate. Executor: Volentine H.
Deadwyler. Signed: Angeline (x) Strickland. Witness: W. S. Rogers, Jison (x) Adams, Josiah
(x) Segraves. Recd 6 May 1895.
Page 470 ~ Thomas Jefferson Adams
26 May 1888
Being 41 years of age and of sound mind and memory
my body to be buried at Loar
United Congregational Church. My land, stock, notes, money and all other property be
allowed to remain in the hands of my wife Eliza Catherine Adams until my youngest child
becomes of age, at which time my whole estate must be sold and the proceeds divided
between my wife and body heirs, my wife receiving a childs portion. But should my
wife die before my youngest child becomes of legal age, my whole estate be sold and the
proceeds equally divided among my body heirs immediately upon each of them becoming of
age. Executrix: My wife Eliza Catherine Adams, but in case of her death, my brother Alfred
Hopkins Adams, my nephew John F. Davis, and if of legal age, my son Early Wilbur Adams.
Signed: Thomas J. Adams. Witness: R. H. Kinnebrew, J. T. Johnson, J. C. Sanders.
Recd 3 Jun 1895.
Page 472 ~ James H. McEuen
10 Nov 1894
To my wife Nancy J. McEuen, all that tract of land where I now reside adjoining lands of
John Caruth, Sarah Caruth, Milton Caney and James M. Fouler, containing 178 ½ acres,
during her natural life. When my wife shall have departed this life, said tract shall be
sold and the proceeds equally and impartially divided between my bodily heirs. Executor:
my son Harvey H. McEuen. Signed: J. H. McEuen. Witness: J. C. Tyner, Jonah Hill.
Recd 5 Aug 1895.
Page 474 ~ Emily E. Sexton
14 Apr 1896
To my husband Miles A. Sexton all my real estate, consisting of 109 acres of land, until
my youngest daughter becomes 21 years of age. When my youngest daughter becomes 21 years
of age, said tract of land to be equally divided between my said husband and my children,
my said husband to take a childs part with the improvement. At the death of my
husband, his part of the land to go to my children. Executor: my brother Joseph E. Bond.
Signed: E. E. Sexton. Witness: T. R. Fitts, H. A. McEwen, J. E. Bond. Recd 6 Jul
Page 475 ~ Lou Disa Adams
17 Jun 1893
To my unmarried daughter Martha Amanda Adams, 20 acre of land to be run off from the south
west corner of my land, one cow and calf, one bed and bedstead. To my eight children, to
wit, John T. Adams, Mary Lucinda Freeman, Sarah Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, Jessee White Adams,
Martha Amanda Adams, Kisi Catherine Burroughs, Emri Keller Adams, Susie Porter Thomas, and
the children of my dead daughter Louisa Francis Segraves, to wit, William Calloway
Segraves, Emri David Segraves, Samantha Elizabeth Segraves all the remainder of my
land consisting of 80 acres. At the death of my husband John Adams the 80 acres of land to
be sold and enough of the proceeds of the land be appropriated to build a medium size box
house on the 20 acres of land named in the first item for the use of my daughter Martha
Amanda Adams and the balance to be equally divided between my 8 children and the children
of my daughter Louisa Francis Segraves to receive one share. The 20 acres shall be an
extra bequest; my daughter Martha Amanda Adams share equally with my other children in the
division of the 80 acres of land. All my land to remain just as it is until the death of
my husband. Executor: my son John T. Adams. Signed: Lou Disa (x) Adams. Witness: Obediah
W. T. Rogers, J. C. Segraves, Davison Williams. Recd 7 Sep 1896.
Page 477 ~ John M. David
16 Dec 1895
My executors to sell or divide my perishable property not needed in the cultivation of
their different farms which I leave in their charge. One half acres be reserved on my
father Peter Davids old place including his family grave yard forever from sale or
transfer, likewise that one fourth acre at the west end of the dwelling I now reside in
shall be reserved forever for my family grave yard. Six hundred dollars be reserved for
the purpose of educating my son George P. David provided he has not received an education
before my death. Then after my burial expenses if any more on hand I want it equally
divided among my wife Olivia M. B. David and my three sons Otho David, William H. David
and George P. David & Susie David, Mary David. For love and affection I have for my
beloved wife Olivia M. B. David, one lot of land known as my home at Paoli, GA containing
304 acres, all the houses and dwellings connected with it or being upon it, also one lot
known a the White place containing 234 ½ acres, also 25 shares of Georgia Rail Road
Stock, during her natural life for the support of herself. If she should have any to
dispose of I want it equally divided among my five children. At the death of my wife, to
land which I have given to her be returned over to my three sons and not to be sold unless
one or the other to buy. The above named Rail Road Stock I want equally divided among all
five of my children at the death of my wife. Also to my wife, all that I have in my
dwelling house of beds, bedding & furniture, also kitchen furniture. Should she see
proper she can give to each child at my death as they become of age a bed and furniture
provided they have not received such before my death. The piano is Marys, Susan can
have the organ. For love and affection I bequeath to my three sons Otho David, William H.
David and George P. David one land known as the Mill place containing 63 acres & the
mill included, also one lot known as the Black place containing 147 ½ acres, also one lot
known as the J. O. David place containing 337 acres, also one lot known as the Newtown lot
containing 14 acres, also one lot known as the T. A. Long place containing 24 acres, also
one lot known as the J. T. Gholston lot containing 23 acres, also one lot known as the
Kimble lot containing 25 acres, also three lots known as the Zemily Woods place containing
76 acres; all the above named lands amounts to 906 acres, hoping they will manage it to a
good purpose. To my five children Otho David, William H. David, George P. David, Susan E.
David and Mary David a lot of land known as my lower plantation containing 1984 acres,
which is to be lotted off and drawn for as near equal as possible. They can have that
which is in Carlton cut in lots to suit themselves & draw for so each one may have a
lot or lots in Carlton. Also one lot of land known as the Brookline place containing 772
acres. Also to my five children a certain lot of land known as the McElroy land now known
as the Frank Brown place containing 49 acres which is to be put in with plantation lot
Brookline. Executors: my beloved wife Olivia M. B. David and Otho David my son. Should
either one of them die, my son William H. David to take their place. Signed: John M.
David. Witness: J. W. Power, Thomas W. Long, C. C. Mitchell, T. F. Christian. Recd 2
Page 482 ~ William R. Adams
8 Dec 1888
To my beloved wife Elizabeth Ann with whom I have lived so happily for so many years, all
my estate both real and personal. To my beloved daughter Emma Elizabeth, $200 if she
remain unmarried until the death of my wife. To my son James William one mule to be valued
at $100 to be delivered to him at the time of his reaching 21 years, unless I should live
until his majority and deliver the mule myself. My daughter Emma Elizabeth and my son
James William to be made equal with my other children in regards to bedding, cow &
c[alf] by my wife. After the death of my wife, my executors to sell all the property then
and divided equally among my beloved children, to wit, Alfred M., Fannie
L., Emma E., Mary A., Allen J., Cornelia Eliza James W. share and share alike. Executors:
my sons Alford M. and James W. Signed: William R. Adams. Witness: Stephen C.
OKelley, R. H. Kinnebrew, M. C. Stevens. Recd 11 Nov 1896.