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Thomas Hullett
Vs.
J. H. McLaren, et als

Source:  TSL&A Microfilm #A5161
Sumner County Probate Records (County or Chancery)
Loose Records Vol:  12056 - 12114

Transcribed by Jan J. Barnes
© 2002


Lawsuit #12110
Thomas Hullett, et al Petition - Sell land for Partition vs. J. H. McLaren & wife et als
Filed Jany 12, 1897

State of Tennessee
To the Sheriff of Sumner County:
We command you to summon J. H. McLaren & wife Docia McLaren, Robert Downs and Oma Downs if to be found in your County, to appear before the Chairman of the County Court, to be held at the Court House in Gallatin on the First Monday in March next, then and there to answer the Bill of Complaint of Thomas Hullett et al vs. J. H. McLaren & wife et al and further to do and receive what our said Court shall consider in that behalf, and this you shall in nowise omit, under the penalty by Law.  Herein fail not, and have you then and there this Writ.
Witness, Harris Brown, Clerk of the County Court, at office in the Court House in the Town of Gallatin, this First Monday in January 1897 and 121st year of American Independence.
Harris Brown Clerk

To the Sheriff of Davidson County:
We command you to summon Lila Hullett and George Hullett if to be found in your County, to appear before the Chairman of the County Court, to be held at the Court House in Gallatin on the First Monday in March next, then and there to answer the Bill of Complaint of Thos. Hullett et al vs. J. H. McLaren & wife et al. and further to do and receive what our said Court shall consider in that behalf, and this you shall in nowise omit, under the penalty prescribed by Law.  Herein fail not, and have you then and there this Writ.
Witness, Harris Brown, Clerk of the County Court, at office in the Court House in the Town of Gallatin, this First Monday in January 1897 and 121st year of American Independence.
Harris Brown, Clerk

Subpoena for Witness to Sumner County Sheriff for Mrs. Jack Patton, Mary Hullett, Thos. Hullett for 6th May 1897 on behalf of Complainants. Issued 4th May 1897.

Thos. Hullett being first duly sworn deposed as follows:

Quest 1:    What relation are you to Littleton Hullet Sr. deceased?

Ans 1:        I am a son.

Quest 2:     Please give the names of all of your brothers and sisters that were living when your
                    father died?

Ans 2:         William Hullett (1), John W. Hullett (2), Kate Patton (3), Sally Patton (4), Bettie
                    Swift (5), Littleton Hullett (6) Andrew Hullett (7) Delila Hullett (8), Jessie
                    Hullett (9).

Quest 3:      Did he have any children that were dead that left heirs?

Ans 3:          Yes, James Hullett died, leaving one son James Hullett.

Quest 4:       Have any of these children died since your fathers death and if so who and when
                     and what heirs did each one leave?

Ans 4:          Yes, John W. Hullett is dead, leaving  the following children, William Hullett,
                     Mary Hullett, Jas. L. Hullett or Cap Hullett who is also dead, leaving one child
                     ______ Hullett, Amanda who married Turner Downs & she is dead leaving two
                    children viz Robt. Downs; Oma Downs; Littleton Hullett is dead, leaving the
                    following children, Ollie C. Hullett, Margie Hullett; Andrew Hullett is dead leaving
                    no heirs, he died Jany 1897 & Jesse Hullett who died some 4 or 5 or 6 years ago
                    leaving no heirs, James Hullett my brother is dead leaving a son Jas. Hullett who is
                    also dead leaving a son whose name I do not know.

Quest 5:      Did Littleton Hullett your father leave a widow and if so is she living or dead and if
                    dead when did she die?

Ans 5:         Yes, she is dead, she died in Dec. 1896.

(The remaining questions by the deft. attorney to Thomas Hullett refer to the tracts of land left by Littleton Hullett, which are described in detail below)  

Cross Examination:

Quest 1:        I will get you to state if these are not the children of Littleton Hullet Sr. as
                      follows: Thos. Hullett, Kate Patton, Elizabeth Swift, Sallie Patton, J. W. Hullett,
                      Littleton Hullett, Jr., James Hullett, W. O. Hullett and Andrew Hullett & Jesse
                      & Delila Hullett, and if the last are not the  children by his last wife.

Ans. 1:          Yes, Andrew & Jesse are dead leaving Delila as his only child living by his last
                      wife.

Quest 2:       Did or not the widow of your father apply to the County Court to have her
                     Homestead and Dower set to her & if this was not done?

Ans 2:           Yes

Quest 3:        Then after the Homestead & Dower was set apart to the widow was not the
                       remainder of the  land sold for partition?

Ans 3:            Only the land that was sold to J. H. McLaren that was the 14 acre tract, the 1
                       acre lot was not sold.

Quest 4:        At the time the Homestead & Dower was set apart to the widow, was there a
                      street running from the Douglass Pike to the creek & was not this street laid
                      out after the Homestead & Dower was laid off and was not all the land outside
                      of the Homestead & Dower sold by the County Court for partition?

Ans 4:           There was a street there but it was close up & opened up by Joseph Miller after
                      the Homestead & Dower was laid off.  All the land I understood was sold North
                      of that Street & nothing South of that Street.

Handwritten Letter:
Madison, Ind. 6/6/98
County Clerk,
Gallatin Tenn.
Dear Sir:
Will you kindly advise me why I have not rec'd any money from the Estate of Jno. Hullett?  I am guardian for Flora Hullett (an heir of above estate) and have only rec'd one payment which was sent to me Feb 6-97 and if there is anything now paid in so I can get same I would be very glad to get same as the child is needing the money badly.
Trusting to have the pleasure of receiving your early and favorable reply and thanking you in advance for your favor
I am,
Yours very Respty.
Mrs. Mary Rehl
221 Fillmore St.
Madison, Ind.

Handwritten letter:
Mattoon, Ills. 8-15-1906
County Clerk
Will you please let me know whether there is any money left for Maud Hullet from her Grandfathers estate.  I heard there was, and I wish you would please look the matter up and let me know.  Her father's name was Littleton Hullett, and I am her mother but have married again. Maudes father is dead & therefore I think she should come in just the same as his son.  Enclose stamp for answer.
Thanking you very kindly.
Yours truly,
Mrs. J. A. Rapp
Mattoon, Ills.
1700 Shelby Ave.

Thomas Hullett et al vs. J. H McLaren et al
In this cause I have taken the depositions of J. H. McLaren, J. B. Holliman, John Youree, Albert Wallace, Charles Coles, J. A. Motzenbocker?, Jacob Hoffman, Thos. J. Hullett, Sally Patton, & Mary Hullett, all of which are filed and from which I find, and report as follows:

1st The heirs of Littleton Hullett dec'd, are as follows:
(1) William Hullett a son, (2) Kate Patton a daughter, (3) Sally Patton a daughter; (4) Elizabeth Swift a daughter; (5) Thomas Hullett a son; (6) William Hullet Jr., Mary Hullett, grandchildren, children of J. W Hullett dec'd, a son and, _____ (left blank) Hullett child of Cap Hullett a dec'd son of J. W. Hullett dec'd, Robert Downs and Oma Downs children of Amanda Downs dec'd, who was a daughter of J. W. Hullett dec'd; (7) Ollie C. Hullett and Margie Hullett, children of Littleton Hullett Jr. dec'd, a son; (8) ______ (left blank) Hullett a son of James Hullett Jr., a son of Jas Hullett Sr & a son; & Lila Hullett making nine whole shares or interests.
Mrs. D. A. McLaren bought the following shares upon the following dates by deed which are filed, Lizzie Swifts interest Dec. 3rd 1894, Mrs. Kate Pattons interest Nov. 5th 1894, W. O. Hullett's interest Feby 11th 1895, W. C. Hullett's interest Nov. 19th 1894, Mary H. Hulletts interest Nov. 17th 1894 & the widow Elizabeth Hullett's homestead Dower interest Aug 8th 1895.
Andrew Hullett was living when Mrs. McLaren bought, making at that time ten shares.

2nd  The premises, or real estate is so situated that they can not be partitioned in kind without injury, and hence it would be manifestly to the interest of all parties to sell the lands for partition or division.

3rd  The lands belonging to the said heirs is in three pieces or parcels, viz first the 4 acre lot on Blythe Street on which the dwelling is located.  The 1 acre lot described in the bill and the 14 1/4 acre tract described in the bill.  There is a family grave yard on the 4 acre lot, that has been used as such but I find no record of its being dedicated or reserved as such by Littleton Hullett dec'd, nor is it reserved in the deeds by the heirs selling to Mrs. D. A. McLaren.

4th  The 4 acre tract is reasonably worth about $300.00 and the 14 1/4 acre tract about $25.00 per acre & the 1 acre lot about $25.00 or $30.00 on the terms of one third cash balance at one & two years with interest.

5th  The taxes for 1896 are unpaid on this land, and in August, 1895 Mrs. J. H. McLaren bought the Homestead & Dower right of the widow and hence should pay the taxes for 1896.

6th  Mrs. J. H. McLaren has been in possession since Aug. 1895.  The widow Hullett died in Dec. 1896.  Mrs. McLaren has been in possession since & hence the heirs should share in the rents of said property since Jany 1st 1897.

7th  I find that an old log room used as a kitchen on the 4 acre lot has been removed, but another as good rebuilt.
There was also an old piece of a barn & an old cabin torn away, but I find neither worth any thing & were  not used on the place any way, so far as the proof shows.
Respectfully submitted
May 27, 1897
Harris Brown Clerk

Whereas at the November Term of the County Court of Sumner County, Tennessee, Commiissoners were appointed by said Court to lay off and set apart to Mrs. Elizabeth Hullett widow of Littleton Hullett dec'd and to allot and set apart to her Homestead and Dower out of the real estate of said Littleton Hullett dec'd, which actions and report of said Commissioners will be found in the records in Minute book from 1882 to 1886, pages 387 to 389 of the County Court of Sumner County Tennessee, and are here referred to,
Now therefore I Elizabeth Hullett widow of Littleton Hullett dec'd for and consideration of the sum of two hundred dollars to me in hand paid the receipt of which is here by acknowledged, I have this day bargained and sold and do hereby transfer and convey to Docia A. McLaren her heirs and assigns for ever my homestead and Dower interest in the following tacts of land situated in the County of Sumner State of Tennessee and in Civil District Number 9, and bounded as follows; First tract - Begins at the corner of Blythe street and the Douglas turnpike, running with said street - South 29 poles to Wallace's corner, thence with his line West 23 5/10 poles to a stake, thence North 1 degree East - 28 5/10 poles to a street, thence with said street and the Douglass Pike North 89 1/2 East 23 6/10 poles to the Beginning; containing Four acres and twenty nine perches.  This tract embraces the Dwelling house and improvements.  One other tract bounded as follows.  Beginning in the middle of East station Camp Creek, running South 78 1/2, East with the middle of Center street - 39 5/10 poles to a stake, thence North 11 1/2 degrees East with the middle of Center street - 39 5/10 poles to a stake, thence North 11 1/2 degrees East with Green's line 21 poles to a pile of rock, thence North 78 1/2 West 51 4/10 poles to the middle of said creek, thence down the said creek with its meanderings to the Beginning, containing six acres.  These two tracts were set apart as homestead to the said Elizabeth Hullett widow of said Littleton Hullett, dec'd.  Also another tract Beginning in the middle of East Station Camp Creek the North West corner of Homestead Tract running with the line of the same South 78 1/2 degrees East 51 4/10 poles to a pile of rocks, another corner of Homestead thence North 11 1/2 East 28 poles to the south edge of North street - thence with said street & North 78 1/2 degrees West 43 4/10 poles to the middle of said creek thence down the same with its meanders to the Beginning containing Eight acres one quarter acres, this last tract was set apart to Elizabeth Hullett widow of said Littleton Hullett dec'd as her Dower interest.
To have and to hold to the said Docia A. McLaren her heirs and assigns forever.  I covenant with the said Docia A. McLaren that I am lawfully seized and possessed of a Homestead and Dower interest in said tracts of land, have a good right to convey the same and that said interest herein conveyed are unencumbered; I further covenant and bind myself my heirs and representatives to warrant and forever defend the title to said interest in said 2 tracts of land to the said Docia A. McLauren her heirs and assigns against the lawful claims of all persons whomsoever.
I also sell & transfer to said Docia A. McLaren my one half interest in the growing crop upon said tracts for the year 1895 and also one half of all the fruits on ___ tracts for the year 1895.
This 8th day of August 1895.
Elizabeth (her mark) Hullett
Witness
T. C. Mulligan

State of Tennessee
Sumner County
Register's Office August 9th 1895
I, J. F. Gardner Register of said County, do certify that the foregoing Deed and Certificate are registered in said office, in Book No. 44 of Deeds, page 6; that they were received at 8:20 o'clock A. M. and entered in Note Book No. 1 Page 305.
J. F. Gardner Register.
Personally appeared before me, P. A. Shelton, Clerk of the County Court of said County the within named Elizabeth Hullett the bargainor with whom I am personally acquainted, and who acknowledged that she executed the annexed instrument for the purpose therein contained.
Witness my hand at office this 8th Aug 1895.
P. A. Shelton Clerk

For in consideration of the sum of ten Dollars in hand paid, the receipt of which is hereby acknowledge, I Mary H. Hullett have bargained and sold and by these presents do transfer and convey unto Mrs Docia A. McLaren her heirs and assigns, a certain undivided interest in the Estate of Littleton Hullett deceased situated in the county of Sumner and State of Tennessee in Civil District No. 9, my said undivided interest consist of my one fourth interest in the Homestead and Dower interest of Elizabeth Hullett the widow of Littleton Hullett Sr. dec'd I being a grand daughter of said Littleton Hullett and being a daughter of John Hullett dec'd. and my interest is a one fourth interest of one interest in the following described property to wit:
Beginning at the corner of Blythe Street and the Douglas Turnpike running with said street South 29 poles to Wallace's corner, thence with his line West 23 5/10 poles to a stake, thence North 1 degree E 28 5/10 poles to a street, thence with said street and the Douglas Pike N 89 1/2 degrees E 23 6/10 poles to the Beginning containing four acres & 39 perches.  This tract embraces the Dwelling house and improvements, also a tract bounded as follows Beginning in the middle of East Station Camp Creek running S 78 1/2 E with the middle of Center street 39 5/10 poles to a stake, thence N 11 2/3 degrees E with Greens line 21 poles to a pile of rock, thence N 78 1/2 W 51 4/10 poles to the middle of said creek, thence down the same with its meanderings to the Beginning containing Six acres, these two tracts are set apart to the widow of Littleton Hullett dec'd as Homestead, also one other tract; Beginning in the middle of East Station Camp Creek the N. W. corner of the Homestead running with the line of the same S 78 1/2 E 57 4/10 poles to a pile of rock another corner of Homestead, thence N 11 1/2 E 28 poles to the South edge of North Street thence with said street N 78 1/2 W 43 4/10 poles to the middle of the said creek, thence down the same with its meanders to the Beginning containing 8 1/4 acres to the same more or less.  All this land is situated in Civil District No. 9, all of which will be found in the County Court of Sumner County in Minute Book from 1882 - 1886 pages 387, 388, & 389.
Warranty Deed from Mary H. Hullett to Docia A. McLaren
Registered 17th Nov 1894.

For and in consideration of the sum of Ten Dollars to me in hand paid the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged.  W. C. Hullett
this day have bargained and sold, and by these presents do transfer and convey unto the said Docia A. McLaren her heirs and assigns, a certain tract or parcel of land in Sumner County State of Tennessee, as follows: (Same land description as above)
This tract is set apart to the widow of L. Hullett  Sr. and as Dower.  These tracts of land is situated in the 9th civil District of said county and the interest sold herein as my one fourth interest in and share of the Littleton Hulletts Sr dec'd  I being a son of said John Hullett who was a son of said Littleton Hullett Sr. dec'd and this sale is made subject to the life estate of Elizabeth Hullett widow of said L. Hullett Sr. decd, the proceedings setting apart of Homestead & Dower to said Elizabeth Hullett is found in Minute Book Page 387-8-9 of County Clerks Office in the years 1882 - 1886.
To have and to hold with the appurtenances, estates, title, and interest thereto belonging, to the said Docia A. McLaren her heirs and assigns, forever.  And I do covenant with the said Docia A. McLaren that I am lawfully seized and possessed of said land in fee simple after the life estate of Elizabeth Hullett and have a good right to convey it and the same is unencumbered.  And I do further covenant and bind my heirs and representatives to warrant and forever defend the title to my said interest to said land to the said Docia A. McLaren her heirs and assigns against the lawful claims of all persons whomsoever and I Norah Hullett wife of said W. C. Hullett join him in this conveyance waiving all my rights as to Homestead & Dower.
Witness our hands this 19th day of November 1894.
W. C. Hullett
Norah Hullett

For and in consideration of the sum of Forty Dollars to us in hand paid the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged
We William O. Hullett and wife Mary Jane Hullett have bargained and sold, and by these presents do transfer and convey unto the said Docia A. McLaren her heirs and assigns our one undivided interest in a certain tract or parcel of land in Sumner County, State of Tennessee, as follows:

(Same description of tracts)  

Docia A. McLaren also purchased the undivided interest from the following heirs:
Andrew Patton and wife Kate Patton for Forty Dollars, Kate Patton being a daughter of Littleton Hullett - 5th November 1894.
Lizzie Swift, maiden name Lizzie Hullett for Forty Dollars, daughter of Littleton Hullett - 3rd December, 1894.  Signed by husband E. S. Swift in Milwaukee County Wisconsin.

John H. McLauren being first duly sworn states-
Quest 1:   State - How long you have you been acquainted with the place where Littleton Hullett
                 lived and died on Blythe Street & how many acres are there on his home place?

Ans. 1:     I have known it since 1880, there are 4 acres & a fraction I think.

Quest 2:   Are you acquainted with the land set apart by the commissioners appointed by the
                 County Court  of Sumner to the widow of Littleton Hullett & as Homestead &
                 Dower, if so how many acres are there and is this land separate from the Homeplace?

Ans. 2:      I am, there are 14 1/4 acres & is separate from the homeplace.

Quest 3:   What is this 14 1/4 acres reasonably worth sold upon the terms usually sold by the
                  courts?

Ans. 3:     That is 1/3 cash & the balance in one & two years, upon those terms I think $20.00
                  or $25.00 per acre, there are 6 or 8 acres of land very poor but upon an average I
                  think it worth $20.00 or $25.00 per acre.  The fencing is very bad, & there are no
                  improvements on this tract.

Quest 4:    Have you not been in possession of the homeplace and this 14 1/4 acres if so how
                  did you get possession of the same and how long have you been in possession?

Ans. 4:      Yes, I have been in possession of the same since Aug 8th 1895.  I bought the widow's
                  life estate that date & she had it rented to Chas. Coles for 1895, & I in my tracts got
                  one half of the corn crop, which was the only crop on it that year.  I have been in
                  possession since that time, using it myself since Jany 1st 1896.

Quest 5:   When did you first learn that the widow was dead and had you rented the property out
                  for the year 1897 before you heard of the death of the widow?

Ans. 5:     I heard the widow was dead only a few days before the process in this case was served
                 on me.  I had rented the 4 acres & house for the year 1897 some time before I heard
                 the widow was dead.   I did not know for certain that the widow was dead until process
                 was served on me.

Quest  6:  Something has been said about you removing some of the buildings from the home
                 place. State what buildings you did remove if you removed any, state all about this
                 point.

Ans. 6:    There was an old barn frame about 6 or 8 feet high, mostly rotten & had not had a
                roof on it for about 8 years, I had that torn down & the soundest logs I had sawed
                up made fence post & fenced the bottom field with it, & the balance left on the ground.
                There was an old log kitchen to the house, the first of this year when I rented it to Mr.
                Holliman, the West side of this kitchen was taken out for about 6 or 8 feet high & was
                that way when I got in possession of it, it was propped up with pieces to prevent it
                falling & Mr. Holliman said he was afraid it would fall on his children & that it was
                dangerous & if I had no objection, he would tare it down & build a shed-room in its
                place, & I had no objection so he tore it down & builded a better room in its place
                & uses it as a kitchen & he said he would take care of the old logs, some of which
                have been used in repairing the fencing.

Quest 7:   What do you think the 4 acres and the house is reasonably worth sold upon the usual
                  terms?

Ans. 7:      Well I think $300.00 a fair valuation of it, the old house is very bad & not worth much,
                  the sills of the house is rotten, the portico is rotted down & the house is coming apart.

Quest 8:    Do you remember when the street that has been spoken of was opened, and how you
                  purchased the land sold by order of court before said street was opened and do you
                  remember an old house that was removed by Mr. Joe Miller when he opened up the
                  street, where did the house stand & where was it removed and what was said house
                  worth?

Ans. 8:     I do not remember the exact time but it was about the time I bought the Hullett land
                 sold me by Court.  I remember the house before it was moved and afterwards, it stood
                 a portion on the land I bought & a portion in the Street that was opened, & was moved
                 across the street into the lot they now claim, the house, when I tore it down was not
                 worth over $2.50, I used it in repairing the fences.

Quest 9:   State whether or not you purchased all the land that belonged to Littleton Hulletts
                 estate except that portion that was set apart to the widow as Homestead & Dower.

Ans 9:        I did as I understood it.

Quest 10:  How many interest did you buy of the heirs of Littleton Hullett and in the life estate
                  state whose interest you bought, and was there any reserve made for a graveyard?

Ans 10:    I bought 3 1/2 interests, as follows Kate Patton, Lizzie Swift, W. O. Hullett and Mary
                 Hullett & William Hullett who were two of John Hulletts heirs, he having four heirs
                 & there was no reserve of any kind whatever, see my deeds which are made a part
                  hereof if necessary.

Cross Examined by B. D. Bell Atty for plaintiffs - waived.
J. A. McLaren
Sworn to and subscribed before me May 12th 1897.
Harris Brown Clk.

Albert Wallace being first duly sworn deposed the following (abstracted)
Albert Wallace lived about 400 yards from the home place and had done so for 25 years.  He was one of the Commissioners chosen by the Court to set aside the Dower for the widow, Elizabeth.  He stated that no report had been given regarding the the family graveyard; he estimated the value of the house and  4 acres of land between $250.00 and $300.00, the remaining 14 1/4 acres to be valued at about $20.00 to $25.00 per acre.

Charles Coles next sworn (abstracted)
Charles Coles rented the Homestead & Dower land from Elizabeth Hullett for 6 years, paying $50.00 & work during one year, and the next he gave one half the balance of the time his father had it rented it for $65.00 per year.

J. A. Motsenbocker - duly sworn.
Testifies that the land is worth $350.00 and the 14 1/4 acres about the same.  He has lived across the street from the property for 12 years.

Testimony of Jacob Hoffman.
Lived west of the Hullett land for nine years.  He testified that the Dower house was in better shape now, since McLaren had taken possession but was worth only about $240.00.  He states there was a piece of a barn without a roof or weastherboarding, an old log cabin that was in a dilapidated condition, and that the removal of these out houses was a benefit to the place.

Handbill describing the sale of the land
Handbill:
Land Sale
Thos. Hullett et al vs. J. H. McLaren & wife et al.
Pursuant to a decree of the county court of Sumner County, Tenn., rendered in the above cause at its May term 1897, I will on
Saturday, July 3rd, 1897 at 12 oclock m. at the Courthouse door in Gallatin, Tenn., expose for sale to the highest bidder the following described real estate viz.
Lot No. 1  Containing 4 acres more or less situated in Sumner County, Tenn., civil district No. 9, and bounded north by Douglass pike and a street, east by Blythe's street, south by Wallace, and west by Bob Parker, on which is a dwelling.
Lot No. 2  Containing 1 acre in same state, county and district and bounded north by a street, east by Mary Halsey's heirs, south by ----------- and west by lot No. 3.
Lot No. 3  Containing some 14 1/2 acres more or less and situated in said county and district and bounded as follows North by a street, east by Henry Green, south by street and west by creek, sold for partition and free from the equity of redemptions.
Terms of Sale:  One third cash, balance at one and two years with interest, notes for which will be required with approved personal security and lien retained.
Harris Brown, C & M
B. D. Bell, Sol.

August 31st 1899
Mrs. Harris Brown, County Court Clerk
Dear Sir,
This will authorize you to make the title to the Hullett land bought by me in your court to B. D. Bell or to any one upon his written order upon the balance of the purchase money being paid to you.
Ethel S. Miller
E. C. Miller

Sept. 5, 1899
Report of the Clerk regarding the land sales:
Sarah Patton bought the 4 acres (Lot No. 1) for $500.00.
Ethel S. Miller (Mrs. E. C. Miller) bought Lots 2 & 3 (containing 16 acres) but a written order was filed with the Court directing the title to said land be made to B. D. Bell or any one upon his written order upon the balance of the purchase money being paid, and that all of the purchase money had been paid into the Court and that the title to the land was made to Adeline Hall.

To the Honorable County Court of Sumner County; holding Court at Gallatin, Tennessee and the Hon. James Anderson sitting,
Thomas Hullett et als vs. J. H. McLaren et als.
The answer of W. F. Albright Guardian ad Litem of the minors Lila Hullett, Robt. Downs, Oma Downs, and Florence Hullett, George Hullett and ______ (left blank) Hullett, Ollie C. Hullett, _____ (left blank) Hulet, and all the other minor heirs, Respondents for answer to the petition filed against them and others, Says that they admit that Littleton Hullet died intestate.  It is true that Littleton Hullett left eleven heirs originally and it is also true that some are dead.  We ask that proof be taken as to the shares owned by Mrs. Docia McLaren.  Respondents further ask that the family grave yard containing about 1/4 of acre set out by Complainant and in lot No. 1 be reserved as a family burying ground and not sold.
Respondents further asks the court to take proof as to whether it would be better to sell this property separate or as a whole.  Respondents ask that proof be taken on all matters in which their interests are involved in this cause and therefore submit these rights and interests in matters in question in this cause to the protection of the court.
W. F. Albright
sworn to and subscribed before me Mch 27th 1897.

Division as follows:
W. O. Hullett 1/10
Kate Patton 1/10
Sally Patton 1/10
Elizabeth Swift 1/10
T. J. Hullett 1/10
W. C. Hullett Jr. 1/4 of 1/10
Mary Hullett 1/4 of 1/10
Flora Hullett 1/4 of 1/10
Robt. Downs 1/2 of 1/4 of 1/10
Oma Downs 1/2 of 1/4 of 1/10
Ollie C. Hullett 1/2 of 1/10
Margie Hullett 1/2 of 1/10
_____ Hullett 1/10
Lila Hullett 1/10
Jas. Hullett 1/10

Union Bank and Trust Company
Nashville, Tenn.
Jan. 23rd 1899
Mr. Harris Brown, Clerk of the County Court
Sumner County, Gallatin, Tenn.
Dear Sir:
At the request of Miss Lila Hullett we have qualified as Guardian, and enclose herein Certified Letters of Guardianship.  As Miss Hullett is desirous that we collect the money due her, and now in your Court, we will be pleased to receive the amount, and receipt you for the same.
Yours truly,
Edgar Jones, President

Wiles & Karsch
Funeral Directors and Embalmers
218 North Summer Street
Nashville, Tenn.  Nov. 21 1902
County Court Clerk
Sumner Co., Tenn.
Dear Sir,
In 1899 we buried a Miss Lillie Hullett, who as we're informed had an estate in your County & when we wrote the Clerk of your county shortly after her death, he informed us that she did have an interest in a small estate there, but could not at the time be disposed of.
If there is any part of her estate unsettled kindly inform us the particulars etc. & oblige
Yours Resply.
Wiles & Karsch

Dec. 9, 1902
Mr. Harris Brown Clk
Gallatin, Tenn.
Dear Sir
Referring to your letter of 8th inst. to Wiles & Karsch, I write to say that I was the guardian for Lila Hullett, and as there is a debt due from her estate to Wiles & Karsch, a balance on her burial expenses I can collect the amt. coming from you and disperse it properly.  I therefore enclose my receipt for the amount in your hand $65.41.  You can send me your check.
Very Truly
Edgar Jones, Gdu
Lila Hullett

Columbus O July 3 1900
Mr. Harris Brown
Gallatin Tenn.
I enclose you the Letters Testamentary this day issued to Mrs. Mary A. Rehl Guardian of Flora C. Hullett & also her receipt for the money in your hands amounting to $16.37.   To save expense please send P. O. Money order for the same, return the Letters & tell me if any more money is due or to become due the Ward.  Send to me & oblige
Your Reply
____ A. Paste
# 331 S. High St.

*Littleton Hullett was married first to Sarah.  On Thomas Josiah Hulletts death certificate (April 16, 1914) his mother's maiden name is recorded as Jones, born in North Carolina.  His father's name was listed as L. Hullette, born in S. Carolina.  Littleton Hullett married second to Eliza Bennett in Sumner Co., Tn. on 18 October 1877.   


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