TSL&A Microfilm - Roll #91
Probate Records (County or Chancery Court)
Wills Vol. 1 - 5; July 1789 - July 1904
County Court Clerk's Office
Will Book - Vol. IV
Oct. 1870 - April 1891
I Asa W. Hodges of sound mind tho low in health do make and publish this as my last will & testament hereby revoking & making void all other wills by me at any time made.
First. I direct that my funeral expenses and all my just debts be paid as soon after my death as possible out of any moneys that I may die possessed of or may first come into the hands of my Executrix.
2nd. I give and bequeath to my wife Mary Hodges all of the property I may die possessed of both real and personal during her natural life or widowhood, for her support and the support of those of my children that she may keep with her unmarried.
3rd. At the death or second marriage of my wife Mary Hodges, I want an equal division of which property may remain in possession in the hands of my wife after making those un-advanced equal with those that have been advanced. I want my wife to give to those of my children that are with her as I have given to those that left me as they leave her if she has it to spare, if not to be made up at her death or second marriage. After all are made equal, I then want an equal division between them all if any thing left, to wit: Susannah E. Hodges, Jeremiah H. Hodges, Marian R. Hodges, C. F. Hodges, Martha C. Hill.
4th. I appoint my wife Mary Hodges my Executrix during her natural life or widowhood. Hereunto I subscribe my name to this my last Will & Testament this 3rd day of July 1855. Asa W. (his mark) Hodges
John B. Brizendine
Jeremiah (his mark) Brown
State of Tennessee, Sumner County Court Oct Term 1871.
The last Will & Testament of Asa W. Hodges dec'd was this day produced in open court for probate and duly proven by the oath of Jeremiah Brown one of the subscribing witnesses thereto, who further states that he saw the other subscribing witness sign his name and that he is now dead, which was received by the court and ordered to be recorded, and upon the petition of the widow Mary A. Hodges, she dissents from and renounces the execution of said will she being named as Executrix in same. And thereupon R. A. Hill is appointed Administrator with the will annexed of all and singular the goods and chattels rights and credits of Asa W. Hodges dec'd and thereupon said R. A. Hill together with his securities M. R. Hodges and Mary Hodges appeared in open court and entered into and acknowledged their bond to the State of Tennessee in the sum of Five Hundred Dollars conditioned according to law and said R. A. Hill was duly qualified.
Copy - Attest - Jesse Cage, Clerk