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Probate Records (County or Chancery Court)
Wills Vol. 1 - 5; July 1789 - July 1904
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Will Book - Vol. II
May 1823 - June 1842
The last Will and Testament of William H. Douglass of the County of Sumner and State of Tennessee. I will and bequeath my mother an ample support out of my estate so long as she may live, warm comfortable clothing & etc., not taxing my estate with board while she remains with either of her other children.
Item: I will and bequeath my wife the tract of land given her by her father or each part thereof as she may think proper to retain and one third part of all the personal property during her life time and after her death to be equally divided between all my children.
Item: I will and bequeath the balance of my estate of whatever kind to be equally divided between all my children or what said estate may sell for as hereafter directed & etc.
Item: I appoint my wife Sally Douglass Executrix and my brother Doctor Elmore Douglass and son Henry L. Douglass Executors of this my last Will, and that no security be required of either of them for their faithful performance as Executrix and Executor.
Item: It is my will and desire that my son Henry, with the consent of his mother, or Uncle Elmore (or either of them) sell such part of my estate as they, or a majority of them may think proper either real or personal or both at public or private sale as they may think best, he the said Henry L. Douglass accounting to the balance of my children for their respective parts of such sale. When my said children arrive at 21 years of age or may need it.
As witness my hand and seal, this 2nd June 1833. Wm. H. Douglass (Seal)
State of Tennessee - Sumner County Court November Term 1834. A paper writing purporting to be the last Will and Testament of William H. Douglass dec'd found among the valuable papers of the dec'd was exhibited in open court for probate and there being no subscribing witnesses to said Will, It is ordered by the court that the hand writing of the dec'd may be proved and thereupon Robert M. Boyers, Charles G. Saunders and Isaac C. Douglass who are credible witnesses came into Court and after being duly sworn and having inspected said will, say that they are well acquainted with the hand writing of the said William H. Douglass dec'd and that they believe said will and every part thereof is in the handwriting of the said William H. Douglass as also the signature thereto which is ordered to be recorded and thereupon Sally Douglass an Executrix therein named appeared in Court and agreed to take upon herself the execution of said will and took the oath of Executor prescribed by law, thereupon it is ordered that letters Testamentary issued to said Executrix without requiring bond and security of her, it being directed by said will that none should be required of said Executrix.
A Copy Test.
A. H. Douglass, Clerk of Said Court
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