TSL&A Microfilm - Roll #91
Probate Records (County or Chancery Court)
Wills Vol. 1 - 5; July 1789 - July 1904
Transcribed by Jan Barnes and Marie Johnson
County Court Clerk's Office
Will Book - Vol. IV
Oct. 1870 - April 1891
I John Bursby do make and publish this my last will and testament hereby
revoking and making void all other wills by me at anytime made.
First: I direct that my funeral expenses and all of my just debts be paid as soon after my death as possible out of any money that I may die possessed of or that may first come into the hands of my Executor.
Secondly: I give and bequeath to my son John W. Bursby ninety acres of land including the homestead where I now reside known as the Henry Pitt tract and also to the said John W. Bursby I give and bequeath sixteen acres and some odd polls of land in the South West part of my premises known as the Brigance tract.
Thirdly: I give and bequeath to my son James H. Bursby one hundred and twenty five acres of land including the homestead where the said James H. Bursby now resides and the remainder of my land of the home tract whatever it may be on the North boundary line I give and bequeath to my son in law Joseph Moor and my daughter Martha E. Moor.
Fourthly: I direct and bequeath to my daughters Sarah J. Bursby and Mary C. P. Bursby one bed, bedclothing and furniture to each of them and one cow or calf to each of them , one saddle to each of them and also one hundred dollars in money or good notes to each of them equal with what I have heretofore given to my daughters Martha E. Moor and Nancy A. Lawrence.
Fifthly: I direct that the remainder of my personal property be sold as soon after my death as convenient except so much as will be sufficient for provisions for boarding
Sarah J. Bursby and Mary C. P. Bursby twelve months.
Sixth: I direct that the proceeds of sale of my property together with the interest that I have in a tract or parcel of land in civil Dist. No. 11 known as the Garrett tract and also all of my notes or dues not otherwise bequeath is to be equally distributed to my four daughters namely Martha E. Moor, Nancy A. Lawrence, Sarah J. Bursby and Mary C. P. Bursby the said distribution to my four daughters to take place as soon as the interest in the said Garrett tract of land can be sold by my Executors for something near its value.
Seventh: I direct that my sons James H. Bursby and John W. Bursby shall have the care of my two daughters Sarah J. Bursby and Mary C. P. Bursby to procure them good boarding and lodging for twelve months next after my death.
Eighth & Lastly: I nominate and appoint my two sons John W. Bursby and James H. Bursby my Executors in witness whereof I do to this my will set my hand and seal this the 10th day of August A. D. 1872.
(his mark) Bursby (Seal)
Signed sealed and published in our presence and we have subscribed our names hereto in the presence of the Testator this 10th day of Aug 1872.
A. G. Brigance
F. B. Cunningham
State of Tennessee
Sumner County Court Aug Term 1872
The last will and testament of John Bursby dec'd was this day produced in open court for probate and was duly proved by the oaths of A. G. Briggance and T. (F.) B. Cunningham subscribing witnesses thereto which is received by the court and ordered to be recorded. John W. Bursby and James H. Bursby the Executors named in the will appeared in open court and accepted the execution of the same. Thereupon said John W. and James H. Bursby together with their securities John Lawrence and Joseph Moore appeared in open court and entered into and acknowledged their bond to the state of Tennessee in the penal sum of three thousand dollars conditioned according to law and said John W. and James H. Bursby was duly qualified.
Copy - Test Jesse Cage Clerk