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. III
Aug 1842 - Aug 1870
I, Littleberry Edwards a citizen of the county of Sumner and State of Tennessee do hereby revoke and annul all previous Testamentary papers, and declare this to be my last Will and Testament.
1st. I wish all my just debts paid out of any moneys I may die seized or possessed of or out of any moneys that my come into the hands of my Executrix.
2nd. I give to my son Cullen Edwards my Negro boy Sam aged about fourteen years, to my son Benj. F. Edwards I give my Negro boy Scott aged about twelve years, to my son William Edwards I give my Negro boy Henry aged about twelve years, to my daughter Paulina Edwards I give my Negro girl Almira, and the increase of her body, and my daughter Paulina hereafter marry then it is my wish and intention that the said Negro girl Almira shall be hers, during her natural life, free from the control of her husband, and not to be subject to his control or his debts, and at her death to go to the children of her body.
3rd. I give my wife Gincy Edwards during her life or widowhood the tract of land on which I now live, which was bought by me in several small tracts, amounting to some two hundred & forty acres, bounded by the lands of Josiah Barrett, Noah Cotton, G. Gillespie, & others. I also give her a similar Estate in another tract of land called the Andrew McCormick tract of land containing some eighty acres and bounded by the lands of Elizabeth Stone, Solomon Love, & others, and in another tract of seventy acres of land called Ridge land bounded by the lands of Jo Pitt, Tyree H. Bell, and others, I give her a similar Estate. I also give her a like Estate in my stock in the Red River Turnpike Road, in my two buggies, in all stock of horses, mules, cattle, hogs, corn, fodder, & bacon and pork that may be on hand at my death, also in my household and kitchen furniture, in all my farming tools of every description, in all my moneys, cash notes, and accounts that may be on hand at my death.
I also give my wife Gincy Edwards during her life or widowhood my Negro woman Ginny aged about fifty years, my Negro man Allen aged about fifty years, my Negro woman Zilpha aged about thirty two years, Dina aged about ten years, Robert aged about eight years, Eliza Jane aged about five years, Moses aged about three years, Annie aged about thirty two years, Rachael aged about ten years, John son of Annie aged about eight years, Jonas aged about eleven years, Robert, aged about thirty seven years, John aged about eight years, Sallie aged about six years, Mandy aged four years, the three last being children of Mary a mulatto woman given by Deed of gift to my daughter Elizabeth Love, Harriet, aged about sixteen years, and all the increase of the aforesaid Negroes.
It is my will and desire that my wife Gincy Edwards shall have the power to raise out of any and all of said property twenty hundred dollars to give away or dispose of for any and all such purposes as she may desire, to be hers absolutely. It is further my will and intention that my wife Gincy Edwards shall have the power to use any of the property hereby given for her own necessary support and maintenance during her life. And should I sell or dispose of any of the Negroes or property hereby given to my wife Gincy, or should any of the said property last mentioned die or be lost, it is my will and intention that any such change shall not affect this my last will and testament. It is further my will and intention that my debts shall be paid out of the property hereby given to my wife Gincy.
4th. The property hereby given to Cullen, William, Benj. F., and Paulina intended to make them equal with my other children, Elizabeth Love, to whom I have given by Deed a yellow woman Mary and Lutitia the youngest child of said Mary, Louisa Love to whom I have given by Deed, Martha Ann a girl of the age of fifteen years, and Patience Cotton to whom I have also given by Deed, a Negro girl Sarah Thomas aged about fourteen years.
5th. At the death or marriage of my wife Gincy Edwards, I wish and will that such property as I have settled on her for her life or widowhood, to be then equally divided between my children or their representatives.
Lastly, I appoint my wife Gincy Edwards my Executrix, and wish that she shall not be compelled to give security for the performance of this my will and testament. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal on the 18th day of Nov. 1858. L. B. Edwards (Seal)
Attesting witnesses, signed, sealed & acknowledged,
in our presence this 18th Nov. 1858.
Benjamin B. Edwards of Dresdon Tennessee
H. W. Bugg
State of Tennessee, Sumner County Court October Term 1859 - The last Will and Testament of L. B. Edwards dec'd, was this day produced in open Court for probate and was duly proved by the oath of H. W. Bugg a subscribing witness thereto and ordered to be recorded.
Test - John L. Bugg, Clerk