TSL&A Microfilm - Roll #92
Probate Records (County or Chancery Court)
Wills Vol. 6-9; Nov. 1905 - Oct. 1942
Transcribed by Jan J. Barnes
I, Mrs. Bettie Escue, do make and publish this as my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking and making void all others by me at any time made. I give and bequeath all my property, both real and personal, wherever situated as hereinafter set forth, to wit;
First; I direct that my undivided one-half interest in the house and lot that is owned jointly and equally by me and my husband Daniel D. Escue (it being the house and lot on which we not reside) situate in the town of White House, and in the 15th Civil District of Sumner County, Tennessee.
As soon after my death as possible, be sold and the proceeds of the sale be divided equally between my sister Miss Laura Jones, Mrs. Eva Grambling and Mrs. Katie Yates, being my nieces.
Secondly, I give and bequeath to my sister Miss Laura Jones all my carpets, druggets and Rugs, one wood bed stead, one dresser, one wash stand, one folding iron bed stead, one kitchen cabinet, all my silver ware, all rocker chairs, all table linens, napkins etc.
Thirdly, I give and bequeath equally between my Sister Miss Laura Jones and my nieces Mrs. Eva Grambling any money in banks or elsewhere, or any notes that I may die possessed of.
Fourthly, I give and bequeath to my niece, Miss Eva Grambling my Red Fox fur, all my fancy work, including my pillow slips.
Fifthly, I give and bequeath to my niece Mrs. Gossie Brannum one-half of my bed quilts, one wash bowl set, all my dishes and all my aluminum ware.
Sixthly, I give and bequeath to my sister, Mrs. Laura Jones and my nieces Mrs. Gossie Brannum, Katie Yates and Mrs. Eva Grambling equally all my wearing apparel.
Seventhly, I give and bequeath to my niece Mrs. Katie Yates my feather bed, one bolster, two pillows, and one-half of my quilts.
Eightly, I give and bequeath to my great niece Mrs. Mildred Yates my Piano, my band bracelet, and my breastpin made of a one dollar gold piece, with stick pin in it.
Ninethly, I give and bequeath to my great niece Miss Asyle Lane all my finger rings.
Tenthly, I give and bequeath to my great niece Miss Agnes Lane, my Gold Watch.
Eleventhly, I furthur direct that any property, real or personal that may hereafter be owned by me, be equally divided between my sister Miss Laura Jones and my nieces Mrs. Eva Grambling, Mrs. Gossie Brannum and Mrs. Katie Yates, aforesaid legatees.
Twelvethly, I furthur direct that if any Legatee herein mentioned should die between the date of my death and the probation of this my will, then the dead legatee's share of my property herein bequeathed by me shall
equally divided between my sister Miss Laura Jones and my nieces Mrs. Eva Grambling, Mrs. Gossie Brannum and Mrs. Katie Yates.
Lastly, I do hereby nominate and appoint C. M. Brannum (husband of my niece Mrs. Gossie Brannum) and wife my niece Mrs. Gossie Brannum, my executor and Executrix, and are by me required to make a good and solvent bond.
In witness whereof, I do to this, my will set my hand, this the Fifth
day of December, One Thousand Nine Hundred Twenty Five (1925).
Mrs. Bettie Escue
Signed and published in our presence by the Testatrix, and at the request
of and in the presence of the Testatrix, and in the presence of each other.
We have subscribed our names hereto as witnesses.
This the 5th day of December, 1925.
Mrs. Brant Baggett
WILL OF MRS. BETTIE ESCUE, DECEASED.
BE IT REMEMBERED that on this the 3rd day of May, 1938, before the Honorable J. W. McCormack, Chairman of the County Court of Sumner County, Tennessee, C. M. Brannum and Mrs. Gossie Brannum, the Executors named therein, produced in open Court a type-written paper purporting to be the last will and testament of Mrs. Bettie Escue, deceased, bearing date of December 5th, 1925, having the name of Mrs. Bettie Escue signed thereto, and being subscribed by Brant Baggett and Mrs. Brant Baggett as attesting witnesses, and moved the court that the same be admitted to probate and record as the last will and testament of the said Mrs. Bettie Escue, deceased.
And it appearing to the Court from the testimony of the said Mrs. Brant Baggett one of the subscribing witnesses thereto, that said paper writing was written in the life time of the said Mrs. Bettie Escue and signed by her and subscribed in her presence and at her request by the said Brant Baggett and Mrs. Brant Baggett as attesting witnesses and that said instrument was executed by the said Mrs. Bettie Escue on the day it bears date as and for her last will and testament, and that she was at the time of sound mind and disposing memory and was more than twenty one years of age; and it furthur appearing to the court that the said Mrs. Bettie Escue has lately died, and that her usual place of residence at the time of her death was in said Sumner County, it is so adjudged.
And it is adjudged and declared by the Court that said instrument is the true, whole and last will and testament of the said Mrs. Bettie Escue, deceased, and the same is hereby admitted to probate as such and the clerk is directed to file and record the same.
And the said C. M. Brannum and Mrs. Gossie Brannum being named in said will as the Executors thereof and they having in writing renounced their right to qualify and act as such Executors; and it appearing to the Court that R. B. Pond would be a fit and proper person to administer upon the estate cum testamento annexo of the deceased Mrs. Bettie Escue, it is therefore ordered that the said R. B. Pond be qualified as Administrator cum testamento annexo of the estate of Mrs. Bettie Escue, deceased, upon his executing a good and solvent bond in the sum of One Thousand Dollars conditioned as the law directs.
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