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Oma Durham
Written May 10th, 1917

TSL&A Microfilm - Roll #92
Probate Records (County or Chancery Court)
Wills Vol. 6-9 ; Nov. 1905 - Oct 1942

Transcribed by Jan J. Barnes
©2002

County Court Clerk's Office
Will Book - Vol. VII
Aug 1915 - March 1924

Page 263

Bethpage Tenn. May 10th 1917
Last Will and Testament of Mrs. Oma Durham
And there are no other instruments of any kind that will or can in anyway conflict with this, my last will which is made at Bethpage Tenn. on the day and date above written.  In disposing of my property both personalty and real estate it is my desire to remember all my heirs.  First however I set apart Three Hundred and Fifty Dollars ($350.00) which my executrix herein after named shall use to defray my burial expenses and in the erection of a monument to myself and my husband Dec'd. John W. Durham should it be that I had not placed a monument at the grave of my dec'd husband - however if such monument had been erected to my said husband then the amount above mentioned shall be used for my burial and monument.  Next I bequeath to my brother W. Morgan White ($100.00) One Hundred Dollars in cash, which shall be all that he shall have all that he shall ever receive from my said Estate.  Next I give to my niece Mary Elizabeth Roark my Diamonds which are to be delivered to her by my executrix on her Eighteenth Birthday and not until she has reached this age.
Next I will and bequeath to my Sister Mrs. Bettie Roark all of the remainder of my property both personalty and real estate to have and to hold so long as she the said Mrs. Bettie Roark may live and at her death the said property shall become the sole property of my niece (heretofore mentioned) the said Mary Elizabeth Roark to dispose of as she may see fit. To my Executrix) This I say This instrument is my last and all former instruments of any kind should any be brought to light or presented by

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any owe the same are herein revoked and are null and void and shall be so declared by the Courts of Sumner County.  I further state that I am of sound mind and that I make this will without being influenced by any one.
I appoint as Executrix of my will my sister Mrs. Bettie Roark who shall perform these duties without being required to execute any bond for its faithful performance or in any way be handicapped interfered with in the winding up of my affairs or the execution of this my last will.
(Signed. . .Mrs. Oma Durham. . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Witnesses:  Ed A. Woodson. . . . . . .Sam L. Yates Sr. . . . . . . . . . . . . .
State of Tennessee. . . . . . . .
Sumner County Court. . . . . . A paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Mrs. Oma Durham, deceased, was this day produced in open Court for probate, when the said paperwriting dated May 10th, 1917, and signed by Mrs. Oma Durham was duly and legally proven by the oaths of Ed A. Woodson and Sam L. Yates, subscribing witnesses thereto, who being first duly sworn deposed and said that the signature to said paper writing is the genuine signature of Mrs. Oma Durham, and that they subscribed their names as witnesses, at the request of and in the presence of the said testator Mrs. Oma Durham, and in the presence of each other and that the said Mrs. Oma Durham, declared to them that said paper writing was her last will and testament, after which said paper writing was admitted to probate and was adjudged to be and ordered recorded as the last will and testament of said Mrs. Oma Durham, deceased, and Mrs. Bettie Roark being appointed in said will as the executor thereof and being excused from giving bond, appeared in open Court and accepted said appointment and was duly qualified and letters Testamentary ordered issued to her.
. . . . . . . .A True Copy. . . . . . . . . .
     . . . . . . . . Harvey L. Brown. . . . . . . .Clerk. . . . .

No probate date was given for this will.  The preceding will was probated December 9th, 1917 and the will after it was probated on January 4th, 1922.  The Sumner County Cemetery Book by Snider and Yorgason lists Oma B. Durham:  22 Sep 1875 - 19 Dec 1921.


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