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
In the name of God Amen: I, Caleb Willis late of the County of Overton and State of Tennessee at present, frail in body but of sound mind and memory do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following viz:
First. My will is that all my just debts and funeral charges be first paid out of my personal estate.
Secondly. I bequeath to my wife Sarah Willis the whole of my real and personal estate to use occupy and enjoy during her natural life, that is to say all my property in Sumner County.
Thirdly. I give and bequeath to my son Richard Harvey Willis his heirs forever, after the decease of his Mother, one hundred and fifty dollars in property to be valued by persons disinterested in addition to what I have hereto given him.
Fourthly. It is my will and pleasure that at the decease of my wife the whole of the property except the part given my son Richard H. as above mentioned be equally divided between my sons Caleb, Daniel, Malichi and my daughters Nancy, Sarah and Sina, and the heirs of my son Moses deceased, their heirs forever, but in the aforesaid division it is my will that the part of the land that may fall to my son Daniel shall include his, the said Daniels improvement, also the part that may fall to the heirs of my son Moses, shall be laid off to adjoin the said Moses heirs land.
Lastly. I nominate my sons Caleb and Daniel Willis Executors of this my last Will and Testament, resigning no other security for the performance than their own integrity, hereby revoking all other and former will or wills. In Testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal. This 1st day of October in the year of our Lord 1827. Caleb Willis (Seal)
Signed sealed and acknowledged in the presence of:
State of Tennessee, Sumner County Court November Term 1827.
The last Will and Testament of Caleb Willis dec'd was exhibited in Court for probate and was duly proved agreeable to law by the oaths of Eisha Gibson and Harvey Shannon two of the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded, and thereupon Caleb Willis and Daniel Willis the Executors named in said Will appeared in Court and took the oath of Executors prescribed by law it being required in said Will that said Executors should not give security for the execution thereof.
A Copy Test - A. H. Douglass, Clerk.
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