TSL&A Microfilm - Roll #91
Probate Records (County or Chancery Court)
Wills Vol. 1 - 5; July 1789 - July 1904
Transcribed by Marie Johnson
& Jan Johnson
County Court Clerk's Office
Will Book - Vol. I
July 1789 - Aug 1822
In the name of God amen: I James Clendening being in perfect health of body, and sound in mind and memory thank God for the same, and calling to mind, the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, I do make and ordain this my last will and testament; that is to say principally, and first of all, I give and recommend my soul to Almighty God who gave and I recommend my body to the earth to be buried in a decent Christian burial, at the discretion of my children and friends; and as touching such worldly estate as it has pleased God to bless me with in this life I give and devise and dispose of in the following form and manner.
First I give and bequeath to my three well beloved sons Anthony, Thomas & James one third part more of my lands than I give to my daughters. I desire my executors to have my land valued with their improvements equable to situation and divided between my sons, and my well beloved daughters, Rachel, Patsey, Eliza and Sally so that an equal dividend may be made amongst my children of my lands equable to appraisement except one third more to my sons than my daughters - My Negroes to be appraised
and to be equally divided amongst my children. I give and bequeath to my sons Anthony and Thomas one horse creature of their own choosing out of my stock of horses more than to any of the rest of my children. The rest of my stock of horse creatures to be valued and to be equally divided between my sons and daughters. My stock of cattle to be equally divided amongst my children, unless my executors thinks fit to sell a part of them. My stock of hogs for the consumption of the family if they live together. My iron tools of every description to be valued and each child to have a share in them. My household furniture of every description to be valued and to be equally divided between my sons and daughters, the younger children to have schooling equal to the older ones agreeable to their sayth, schooling and providing books paper & to be paid out of the moneys include one from sandory persons, as will be found amongst my papers in notes or otherwise. The rest to be equally divided amongst my children. If any of my children should die before arriving at age or getting married, their land and other property to be equally divided between the living. I leave David Shelby and Henry Bledsoe Executors of this my last will and testament as witness my hand and seal, the third of March one thousand eight hundred and eleven.
James Clendening (SEAL)
This will of James Clendening was contested and issue to try the validity thereof submitted to a jury who established the same - the proceedings whereof will be found in the minutes of May Term 1820.