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. II
May 1823 - June 1842
I William Bennett of Sumner County & State of Tennessee being of sound mind & Memory but knowing the uncertainty of my time in this world have thought proper to make the following distribution of such worldly goods as a graticious God has given me between my beloved wife & ten children.
1st: It is my will that all my just debts & funeral expenses be paid out of the whole of my estate.
2nd: It is my will that my wife have the house and plantation with its appurtenances, one Negro woman by the name of Sucking and a boy by the name of Bob, one good gentle horse, one cow & calf, one cupboard & one desk to possess during her natural life.
3rd: It is also my will that my wife have one curtain bed bedstead & furniture & twenty five dollars in silver o dispose of as she thinks proper.
4th: It is my will that my three sons have the tract of land where on we now live containing two hundred acres to be divided as follows: Elisha to have at his Mothers death the house and eighty acres of land to be laid off so as to include the house & the north west corner of said tract the balance to be equally divided between Richard & William agreeable to their situation.
5th: It is my will that the value of the above land be fixed at ten dollars per acre and the Negroes which I gave my seven daughters at the time of their marriage be fixed at three hundred twenty five dollars each and that each of my daughters receive as much of my other property as well make their portions equal to that of my sons & the balance if any to be equally divided between my ten children. I do hereby constitute & appoint my three sons Elisha Bennett, Richard Bennett & William Bennett my Executors of this my last will & testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty fourth of March One thousand eight hundred & twenty three. William Bennett (Seal)
Signed sealed in presence of:
Wm. Wherry, Sr.
State of Tennessee - Sumner County Court May Term 1823 - The last Will & Testament of William Bennett dec'd was exhibited in open Court for probate & was thereupon duly proved by the oath of Joel Parrish one of the subscribing witnesses thereto & ordered to be recorded whereupon Elisha Bennett, Richard Bennett & William Bennett the executors therein named in said last will appeared in Court & took the oath of Executors prescribed by law & together with Philip Chapman, Wilie Vinson & William McElrath their securities entered into & acknowledged their bond to the Governor in the penalty of four thousand dollars conditioned as the law directs.
A Copy Test - A. H. Douglass, Clerk
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