Know all men by these presents that I, Mahala Dawson (relict of the late Pleasant A. Dawson, deceased and before marriage Mahala Dawson (See Thomas Gilmore's Will below.) of the county of Albemarle and State of Virginia have made, constituted and appointed, and by these presents do make, constitute, and appoint George W. Dawson of the aforesaid county of Albemarle and State of Virginia, my true and lawful attorney for me, and in my name and for my use, to ask, demand, sue for recovery and receive, all such sum or sums of money, debts, goods, wans, slaves, real estate, and all other demands whatsoever which are, or shall be due owing payable and belonging to me, or to which I am entitled as the legatee of the estate of Thomas Gilmore, deceased of the county of Sumner in the State of Tennessee and whose last will and testament was admitted to probate in said county of Sumner and said State of Tennessee, and I hereby also give to the aforesaid George W. Dawson my attorney hereby appointed, full power to sell any or all of said slaves, but for me and my uses to which I may be entitled under the will of the said Thomas Gilmore and to receive the purchase money for the same and to execute bills of sale for me and in my name to said purchaser or purchasers or at his discretion to hire out such slaves in the State of Tennessee, or bring said slaves and deliver them to me at his discretion. I also authorize and appoint my said attorney George W. Dawson for me, and in my name to sell and convey to any person or persons their heirs and assigns forever who will purchase the same by general warranty deed, all the real estate that I am entitled as legatee under the will of the said Thomas Gilmore, including at tract of land described in said will as lying on the ridge containing fifty acres, including Alexander's Lick, and also the tract whereon the said Thomas Gilmore lives, containing two hundred and sixteen acres, but for more particular description of said real estate reference is hereby made to the will of the said Thomas Gilmore which is upon record in said county of Sumner and said State of Tennessee, and I hereby authorize my said attorney to take and receive the consideration money or take notes for the sums, at his discretion. I also authorize my said attorney at his discretion in the event of a sale to give for me, and in my name a bond for a title to said real estate upon the payment of the purchase money. I likewise authorize my said attorney at his discretion to rent out said real estate or authorize manage it as he may think best for my advantage and account to me for the same. He may also bring and present in my name any suit that may be necessary to gain possession of or establish my title to the same employ such counsel or other aid as he may need at my expense, and charge. I also authorize my said attorney to execute for me and in my name all necessary receipts, bonds, and acquaintances either in regard to said personal or real estate of the said Thomas Gilmore. And I do hereby give my said attorney full power to make any compromise agreement or arrangements with the Executor or Executors Administrator, or Administrators of said estate of the said Thomas Gilmore or with any agent whomsoever appointed or voluntarily assuming to settle said estate or with any other person or persons with whom the said George W. Dawson may think it proper to do so and in fact I do hereby give full power to said George W. Dawson to make any compromise agreement or arrangement legitimately connected with or contingent upon the aforesaid estate or interest therein or in any way act in this or any other matter in which I am interested in the said State of Tennessee as I could myself do and I do hereby ratify and confirm all this lawful acting's and doing of my said attorney in the premises as fully as if I were present and doing the same myself. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal in the county of Albemarle and State of Virginia, this the third day of May in the year of our Lord one Thousand eight hundred and fifty two.
Mahala Dawson (Seal)
I. T. Forbes
John S. Dawson
At a Court held for the County of Albemarle 3rd May 1852, An instrument of writing purporting to be Power of Attorney from Mahala Dawson to George W. Dawson for certain purposes therein mentioned, was this day produced into open Court and being proved by the oaths of I. J. Forbes and John S. Dawson, subscribing witnesses thereto, was ordered to be certified to the County of Sumner and State of Tennessee for record. In Testimony whereof I Ira Garrett, Clerk of said Court have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of said Court this 5th day of May 1852 and in the 76 Year of the Commonwealth. Ira Garrett (CC)
State of Virginia - Albemarle County to wit: I John R. Jones, the forceeding Magistrates in and for the County aforesaid, do hereby certify that Ira Garrett whose name appears inscribed to the foregoing certificate, is now and was at the time of subscribing the same, was duly qualified and that his signature aforesaid is genuine. Witnessed my hand this 4th day of May 1852. John R. Jones.
State of Tennessee, Sumner County
I John Bruce, Register of said County, do hereby certify that the within Power of Attorney Probate and Certificate are duly registered in my Office in Book bb, page 451. This the 30th day of October 1852.
* Will of Thomas Gilmore, Book 3, page 135
In the name of God Amen, I Thomas Gilmore of Sumner County State of Tennessee being sound of mind but unsound in body and knowing the uncertainty of human life, do make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form as follows to wit:
First that all my just debts shall be paid.
Secondly: I give and bequeath unto my natural daughter Mahala Dawson all that I may die seized and possessed of consisting of a tract of land lying on the ridge containing 50 acres including Alexander's Lick the tract whereon I now live containing 216 acres and my two Negro men George and Stephen and everything else that I possess. I give unto her and her heirs forever.
And I do hereby constitute John Weathered the Executor of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all other wills by me made.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 25th day of February 1841.
Thomas Gilmore (Seal)
State of Tennessee, Sumner County Court April Term 1850 - A paper writing purporting to be the last Will and Testament of Thomas Gilmore deceased was this day produced in open court and stated by witnesses to have been found amongst the papers of the said Thomas Gilmore at his late residence in Sumner County, the same being without subscribing witnesses, the hand writing of the Testator is proved in conformity with the statute in such pose made and provided by the oaths of James Carter, Jesse Meador, and William C. Meador, who after first being sworn state that they are well acquainted with the hand writing of the Testator Thomas Gilmore having often seen write in his lifetime and after examining the said paper writing purporting to be the last Will and Testament of Thomas Gilmore they state that they verily believe the same and every part thereof to be in the proper hand writing of the said Thomas Gilmore and a claim being considered as with proving is ordered to be recorded.
Test - John L. Bugg, Clerk