TSL&A Microfilm - Roll #91
Probate Records (County or Chancery Court)
Wills Vol. 1 - 5; July 1789 - July 1904
Transcribed by Jan J. Barnes
County Court Clerk's Office
Will Book - Vol. I
July 1789 - Aug 1822
In the name of God Amen: I Joseph Barnes of Sumner County and Territory
South the Ohio, being weak in body but of sound perfect mind and memory do
make and ordain this to be my last will and Testament - making this and no
other to remain my last will and Testament and as for my worldly Estate which
it hath pleased God to bless me with; I give and dispose of the same in the
In primus: I give and bequeath unto my daughter Molly Clay my Negro boy named Jim now in her possession to she and her heirs forever.
I lend unto my loving wife Lelah Barnes all the remainder of my estate, stock of all kind and household goods and furniture - This I lend unto her during her life ____(torn page) will and desire is that the Negroes, stock of ___(taped) (torn corner) and household goods and furnitures be (taped)
together to raise maintain and support my wife and children, and also
I lend unto my loving wife the plantation where I now live until my son William
Barnes arrives to the age of twenty one years.
Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Polly and son John Barnes and daughter Susan? and my daughter Lelah and son Kirtchen? and my son William and daughter Milly all my estate that is not singular mentioned in Legacies, Negroes Stock of all kind house hold goods and furniture to be equally divided them and their increase at my wife's decease or when my daughter Milly comes of age - this I give and bequeath to be equally divided among my seven children at my wife's decease; or when my daughter Milly comes of age.
Item I give and bequeath unto my son William Barnes one hundred acres of land, together with its plantation where I now live and him to be possessed of the land when he arrives to the age of twenty one.
Item And Lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my wife Lelah Barnes and son John Barnes Executors to this my last will and Testament utterly revoking all other wills by me made.
Joseph Barnes (Seal)
Signed, sealed and acknowledged to be my Last will and Testament this seventeenth day of December 1794.
_________ before assigned in the ______ ______ or _____ my daughter Milly comes of age.
Test. John Deloach
Wm. (his mark) Cartwright
Recorded & Examined April 15th 179?