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Persis Donnell, 1835

TSL&A Microfilm - Roll #91
Probate Records (County or Chancery Court)
Wills Vol. 1 - 5; July 1789 - July 1904

Transcribed by Linda Carpenter

County Court Clerk's Office
Will Book - Vol. II
May 1823 - June 1842

 (Page 185)

Know all men by these presents, That I Persis Donnell of the County of Sumner and State of Tennessee being at present of sound mind and memory have thought proper to make the following distribution of worldly property, which God in his providence has given me charge over this 5th Oct 1832.

1st. I give my dearly beloved wife my negro man named Howard and Denice to be hers and at her disposal forever, also I give her all my house hold and kitchen furniture being one half of all of that description of property now in my father's possession. I also give to my beloved wife one fourth of one half of all the profits arising from the distribution

(Page 186)

of my father's farm together with one fourth of the increase of all and every description of stock on my father's farm for her own individual use, the other three fourths of the one half of the profits of the farm and stock as above described to go to the support and education of my beloved children..

2. I give my son John H. Donnell my negro man George to be his forever.

3. I give my son Thomas W. Donnell my negro boy Jerry to be his forever.

4th. I give to my son William Donnell my negro girl Ally to be his forever.

This I declare to being my last Will and Testament. Leaving it with my father to make such distribution of his land and other property between my beloved wife and my children as he may think proper. In testamony whereof I have set to my hand and seal the day and year above written. Persis Donnell (Seal)


Joseph Robb

R. Donnell

Codicil: I also appoint my brother Levi Donnell and Wm. Barr my Executors. P. Donnell (Seal)


Joseph Robb

Robert Donnell

State of Tennessee - Sumner County Court Feby Term 1835.

The last Will and Testament of Persis Donnell dec'd was exhibited in open Court and duly proved by the oath of Joseph Robb one of the subscribing witnesses there to as also the codicil thereto annexed and ordered to be recorded and thereupon William Barr one of the Executors named in the codicil appeared in Court and agreed to take upon himself the execution thereof and together with Wm. McCall and Levi Donnell his securities entered into and acknowledged their bond to the Governor in the sum of five Thousand dollars conditioned as the law directs and Levi Donnell the other Executor therein named appeared in Court and renounced and the said Barr took the oath prescribed by Law.

A Copy Test.

A. H. Douglass, Clerk of said Court.     

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