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, Malissa Douglass of the County of Sumner and State of Tennessee being in a low state of health and knowing the uncertainty of life do make ordain publish and declare the following as my last Will and Testament, as touching a disposition of the worldly estate or property, with which I am possessed.
In the first place, it is my will and desire that all my just debts be punctually paid out of the money on hand.
Secondly: I give and bequeath to my nephew William Green a negro boy named Charles also my Napoleon mare.
Thirdly: I give and bequeath to my Mother Elizabeth Douglass the residue of my estate consisting of three negroes Ned, Polly, and child together with what furniture, beds and bedding, also the balance of one hundred and fifty dollars left me by my Father's will.
Lastly: I do nominate constitute and appoint my two brothers Willie J. Douglass and Bennett E. Douglass Executors of this my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this eighteenth day of June in the year of Our Lord, One Thousand Eight Hundred and Thirty Three. Malissa (her mark) Douglass (Seal)
Signed Sealed published ad declared by the Testatrix as her last Will and Testament in our presents and witnessed by us in her presents and at her request.
William S. F. Clark
State of Tennessee, Sumner County Court August Term 1833.
The last Will and Testament of Malissa Douglass dec'd was exhibited in open Court for probate and duly proved agreeable to Law by the oath of Charles Watkins and Wm. S. F. Clark the subscribing witnesses and ordered to be recorded; and thereupon William J. Douglass and Bennett E. Douglass the Executors therein named appeared in Court and agreed to take upon themselves the execution of the will, and together with Charles Watkins and Wm. S. F. Clark their securities entered into and acknowledged their bond to the Governor in the sum of Three Thousand Dollars conditioned as the Law directs and took the oath of Executor prescribed by Law.
A Copy Test - A. H. Douglass, Clerk of said Court