The Will of Benjamin Davis is recorded in Will Book D, p. 299, Gibson County, TN, probated March Term, 1851 and reads as follows:
I Benjamin Davis being weak in body but of sound mind and memory though calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing it is appointed for all men to die I do therefore make this as my last will and testament in manner and form as follows:
First of all I recommend my soul to God who gave it and body to be decently buried and all my just debts to be paid.
2nd: I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Polly Davis three Negroes viz Mary, Letty and Jane, two beds and furniture, one China press, one foulding table, one sugar chest, eight chairs, one big chest, three head horses, two cows, one carryall and gear, one yoke oxen and waggon.
3rd: I give and bequeath unto my beloved daughter, Sally Ann H. Davis, two Negroes viz Toney and John, two beds and furniture, one secretary, one small table, one candle stand, seven chairs, one grey mare, (bridle and saddle) called the Nancy Pigeon Filly-- Now my wife and daughter have heretofore been dissatisfied to live on the place whereon I now live, it is my wish and desire that my executor have the liberty at my wife's and daughter's request to sell my land and the proceeds thereof to be equally divided between Polly Davis and Sally Ann H. Davis. It is my wish and desire that all my property of every kind not herein before given away be left on the place for the benefit of my wife and daughter equally. I do on hereby nominate Nathan D. Sanderford my soul executor, to this my last will and testament.
Signed, sealed and acknowledged in the presence of as this 17th day of Feb., 1851. /s BENJAMIN DAVIS
Wm. R. Thomas
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