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 John Dickerson of Sumner County & State of Tennessee being of sound mind & memory considering the certainty of death & uncertainty of life do make this my last Will & Testament in manner & form following viz:
It is my will that my beloved wife Mary shall have at my decease seven Negroes viz: Virgil, Dinah, Albert, Louisa, Patsy, Maria & Catharine also one roam horse & two cows & calves together with all her household & kitchen furniture. I give to my son William Dickerson all the property he had at the first division of my estate which I made in the year 1816 to him & his heirs forever. I give to my
daughter Sarah Hanes all the property she at the first division of my estate in the year 1816 also four hundred dollars to be paid un twelve months after my decease to her & her heirs forever.
I give to my daughter Nancy P. Stovall, all the property she had at the first division of my estate in the year 1816 also four hundred dollars to be paid in twelve months after my decease to her and her heirs forever.
I give to my son John H. Dickerson one hundred and thirty acres of land whereupon he now lives with all the property he had at the first division of my estate in the year 1816 including a Negro boy named Billy also my Blacksmith tools which he now has in possession to him and his heirs forever.
I give to my daughter Elizabeth Tinall all the property she had at the first division of my estate in the year 1816 together with twelve hundred and sixty dollars, I give to her to purchase the land she now lives on, to her and her heirs forever.
I give to my daughter Rebecca L. Shelton all the property she had in possession at the first division of my estate in the year 1816 also one bed and furniture which she now has in possession and one Negro girl named Malinda to be delivered her at my decease to her and her heirs forever.
I give to my son Ellis A. Dickerson two thousand dollars to be held in trust for his benefit by my Executors John H. Dickerson and Hartwell S. Dickerson the said money is to be put out to interest by my Executors and I allow them to give my son Ellis A. Dickerson the interest of said money each year during his natural life or the time he lives single, but should he marry I then allow my Executors to lay out said money for his benefit to the best advantage and should my son Ellis after marriage die without issue, it is my will that the two thousand dollars or the proceeds there of shall resort back equally to all my children except Elizabeth Tindall and her heirs and they are to have no part there of and should my son Ellis die without marrying I allow the two thousand dollars in the hands of my Executors to be equally divided among al my children except Elizabeth Tindall and her heirs and they are to have no part there of.
I give to my son Hartwell S. Dickerson four Negroes (viz) Rachel and child, Isaac and Moses, also two hundred and sixteen acres of land lying in Maury County on the waters of Gruiseslick Creek also one hundred and fifty acres of land, more or less, whereupon I now live and also ninety four acres of land which I purchased of Pleasant Tyree joining the tract that I now live on together with all my personal property consisting of stock, household and kitchen furniture that I may have in possession at my decease. This bequest to my son Hartwell S. Dickerson is made on this condition that shall support comfortably my beloved wife Mary so long as she shall think proper to live with him and does not intimidate or make way with her property.
I do hereby appoint my sons John H. Dickerson
and Hartwell S. Dickerson to be Executors of this my last will and Testament hereby revoking all former will or wills by me made. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal. This fourth day of March in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight hundred and Twenty Three. John Dickerson (Seal)
Signed sealed & acknowledged in the presence of
State of Tennessee - Sumner County Court, November Term 1823 - The last Will & Testament of John Dickerson dec'd was produced in Court for probate and thereupon duly proved by the oath of John Carr as subscribing witness thereto and ordered to be recorded.
A Copy Test - A. H. Douglass, Clerk