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Probate Records (County or Chancery Court)
Wills Vol. 1 - 5; July 1789 - July 1904
County Court Clerk's Office
Will Book - Vol. III
Aug 1842 - Aug 1870
Last Will and Testament of Carson Dobbins.
In the name of God, Amen.
I, Carson Dobbins, Farmer, at present, a resident of Sumner County, Tennessee, being of sound body and mind, do make and publish this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me at anytime made previously.
First Item. As regards my worldly estate it has pleased God to entrust me with, I dispose of the same as follows. I direct that all my debts and funeral expenses be paid as soon as possible out of any money I may die possessed of, or may first come into the hands of my Executrix.
Second Item. I direct that all my property, both real and personal, be placed in the hands of my beloved wife Minerva E. Dobbins, to be used at her discretion for her own maintenance, and for the educating and raising of my children until they all arrive at age, as would have been done were I living. I furthermore direct that as my children arrive at age, the Executrix herein after named, may give to such children such part or parts of my estate as she in her judgment may think best, and that a strict and just account must be kept of such gifts: and also, that at the time such gifts are made, they are to be valued by two or three disinterested persons. I furthermore direct that beloved wife always retains enough of my property, (except such part or parts as may have been given to the children when they arrive at age) for her own maintenance during her life: and that at her decease, the property be divided among all my children, share and share alike, deducting from each what may have been given by valuation. In the event of my wife again marrying, I direct, that at such time she receive a child's part according to valuation by disinterested persons: and that in case of such event, the remaining property is to be equally divided among the children when the youngest comes of age: but that in all other respects, she carries out my intentions mentioned above in this Second Item.
And I do hereby ordain and appoint the aforesaid Minerva E. Dobbins my beloved wife the sole Executrix of my estate: and this my last Will and Testament.
In witness thereof, I Carson Dobbins, have to this my last Will and Testament, set my hand and seal, this Sixth day of September, in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and fifty two. Carson Dobbins (Seal)
R. M. Boyers
C. Foster Williams
State of Tennessee, Sumner County Court, October Term, 1865.
The last Will and Testament of Carson Dobbins dec'd was this day produced in Open Court for probate and was duly proved by the oath of R. M. Boyers, subscribing witness thereto and ordered to be recorded. Minerva E. Dobbins, the Executrix named in said will, appeared in Open Court and accepted the execution of the same and, together with her securities G. B. Dobbins and R. T. Bush, entered into and acknowledged her bond to the State of Tennessee in the penalty of Four thousand dollars, conditioned as the law directs and was duly qualified.
John L. Bugg, Clerk
by J. A. Trousdale, D. C.
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