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
I Edward Douglass late of the County of Sumner, now of the County of Wilson in the State of Tennessee being desirous of disposing of the little worldly estate I possess and of making such a settlement of my affairs as is necessary, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made.
In the first place: I wish that my just debts if any be paid though I believe they are small.
Item: I give to my wife Elizabeth Douglass all my estate whether real and personal during her natural life.
Item: I give to Elmore Douglass my son at the death of his mother my negro man Polydore to him and his heirs forever.
Item: I give to my son Norville Douglass a tract of land conveyed to me by William Dobbins adjoining the land on which I formerly resided containing eighty acres to him and his heirs forever.
Item: I have heretofore intended the tract of land on which I formerly resided, for my two youngest sons Elmore and Norville equally, but I have sold it and given one half the purchase money to my son William A. Douglass, amounting to sixteen hundred and forty five dollars, to him and his heirs forever, he paying to me during my life time, and to my wife Elizabeth, after my death and during her life One Hundred dollars annually, this bequest is in consideration of money heretofore advanced by my son William A., to my son Elmore Douglass.
Item: The other monies of said purchase money amounting to the sum of sixteen hundred and forty five dollars, I give to my son Norville Douglass, to him and his heirs forever, he paying to me during my life, and to his mother during her, one hundred dollars annually.
Item: The residue of my property real and personal I give to Harry L. Douglass, in trust, and for the sole use and benefit of my daughter Patsy Hall, during her life to be used in such manner as he shall think best calculated to promote her interest and at her death, I give the remainder, if any to her children then living, to them and their heirs forever.
Item: I have given by deed bearing the same date of this Instrument to my son-in-law Charles G. Sanders and his wife Eliza a tract of land containing two hundred and forty acres in lien of a negro woman; now if the said land should be sold by better title or other wise; It is my will and my Executor is hereby directed to raise as much money out of the property herein given in trust for the use of my daughter Patsy Hall as will percure for my said daughter Eliza G. Sanders a likely young negro woman.
Item: My Executor is authorized to sell my real estate I may die seized, of which, has not been herein willed.
Lastly: I appoint my son Harry L. Douglass Executor of this my last Will. Signed sealed and published the sixteenth day of January 1825. Edward Douglass (Seal)
In Presence of:
State of Tennessee, Sumner County Court May Term 1825.
The within last Will and Testament of Edward Douglass deceased was produced in open Court and duly proved by the oath of Reuben Douglass one of the subscribing witnesses thereto which is ordered to be certified.
A Copy Test - A. H. Douglass, Clerk of said Court