Sumner County Loose Records, original will #685
In the name of God Amen.
Know all men by these presents that George Dempsey of the County of Sumner and State of Tennessee, knowing the certainty of life and the certainty of death have thought proper to make and publish my last Will and Testament and by these presents do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following (To Wit)
First: I will my soul to God who gave it and my body to a decent Christian burial.
Secondly: I wish all my just debts & funeral expenses paid.
Thirdly: I loan to my wife Polley Dempsey during her natural life all my land and premises.
Fourthly: At my decease I wish all my perishable property sold on a credit & when the money is collected I wish it equally divided between my wife Polley, Sally Looney, Delana Byram and the children of Anna Brigance, that each have one fourth, and should my wife die before the said money is expended, then what ever may remain, I wish divided so that Sally Looney have one third, Delana Byram one third, and the children of Anna Brigance one third.
Fifthly: At the death of my wife, I wish my land equally divided between my two youngest sons Melvin Dempsey and George Larkin Dempsey.
Sixthly: I wish the sum of one dollar paid to my oldest son William Dempsey having already given him as much land as there will be for each of my other sons. My will is that the said sum of one dollar is all that he have of my estate.
Seventh: I appoint Meredith Hodges my Executor of this my last Will and Testament.
Eightly: I hereby revoke all former wills by me heretofore made ratifying and confirming this my last Will.
In witness where of I here unto set my hand and seal the 23rd day of March 1846. George (his mark) Dempsey (Seal)
Signed & acknowledged in our presence and Tested
by us at the request of the Testator:
John M. Brigance
Peter L. Looney
Codicil: It is my will that the dividing line between my sons Melvin Dempsey and George Larkin Dempsey is to begin on the South boundary line of my tract & run North so as to make each tract of equal value, and that Melvin is to have the East end and George L. the West end, and it is fully understood that this is to be a part of my will in witness whereof I hereunto set my hand & seal the day & date above. George (his mark) Dempsey (Seal)
Tested by us:
State of Tennessee - Sumner County Court - November Term 1852
The last Will and Testament of George Dempsey was this day produced in open court for probate as well also the codicil thereto attached and it having been made satisfactory to appear to the court that Benjamin Thomas and Wiley Brigance are non residents of the state of Tennessee, therefore came into open court John W. Brigance and Peter L. Looney, who being first sworn depose and say, that they are well acquainted with the hand writing of the said Benjamin Thomas and Wiley Brigance, that they have frequently seen both of them write, and from inspecting the signatures signed, to said will and codicil purporting to be the hand writing of the said Thomas & Brigance, they verily believe the same to be in the signing of the said Benjamin Thomas and Wiley Brigance signed by themselves, said will is therefore ordered by the court to be admitted to record, the same being will proven.
Test - John L. Bugg, Clerk