TSL&A Microfilm - Roll #92
Probate Records (County or Chancery Court)
Wills Vol. 6 - 9; Nov. 1905 - Oct. 1942
County Court Clerk's Office
Will Book - Vol. VI
Nov. 1905 - Nov. 1915
I Elizabeth M. Saunders, do make & publish this as my last will & testament hereby revoking and annulling any and all wills by me heretofore at any time made.
I give to my son William B. Saunders the place which he now has in possession, but the graveyard and enclosure is reserved and is to remain a graveyard for my children and grandchildren & not to be sold. I also give him the sorrel mare Mat, one large feather bed, three pillows, one half of my bed clothes, one half of my silver ware, the large bedstead, the large wash stand, the ward robe and dresser that are in my room, three parlor chairs & one rocking chair, also the portraits of my Father & Mother.
I give to my Jacob T. Saunders the portraits of his grandfather & grandmother Saunders, and my dinning table: I have already given him land, furniture & bedding.
I give to my son R. E. Saunders the set of furniture in the parlor, one large feather bed, three pillows, one half of my bed clothes, one half of my silver ware, three parlor chairs & one rocking chair.
My carpets & mattings & table ware shall be equally divided between my sons W. B. Saunders & R. E. Saunders.
I give to my son Joseph E. Saunders one of the large pictures painted by his sister, also the picture of the family group. I have already given him land, bedding & furniture. The lean on his land has been paid.
I give to my grandson Hubbir T. Saunders my lounge and the picture called Sewing Lessons.
I give to my granddaughters, Chloe, Maggie, and Mary Saunders my trunk & clothes.
All of my pictures not named hereintofore, I give to my son R. E. Saunders.
I direct that my piano be sold and the proceeds used to pay my expenses.
I give to my son R. E. Saunders the following described piece of land: beginning on the Gallatin & Nashville Turnpike East of the front gate & just opposite where the division line Dr. J. A. Franklin & Col Joseph Edwards reaches the said turnpike; thence North or nearly so to an old lane & road at the North of the orchard, crossing this old road; thence West or nearly so to the line of W. B. Saunders above the Spring; thence with said W. B. Saunders line to said turnpike; thence with said turnpike to the beginning & containing thirty or thirty five acres, more or less & on it is situated the residence & out building.
All of my lands not heretofore disposed of or given in this will shall be sold and the proceeds divided equally, share and share alike, between my sons; William B., Jacob T. & Joseph E. Saunders.
Whatever notes, due bills or accounts that I may have at death I direct shall be collected & the proceeds equally divided, share and share alike, between my children. I desire & especially direct that should my son R. E. Saunders be cultivating crops on any of the lands mentioned & deposed of under this will that he have one year from the date of my death to raise & dispose of the same and adjust his affairs with regard thereto.
Witness my hand this the 24th day of January 1898. E. M. Saunders
C. S. Douglas
W. H. Edwards
W. L. Pierce
We the undersigned have at the request of the Testatrix signed as witnesses of the foregoing which she acknowledged to us in her last will and testament. She signed her name to the same in our presence, we signed our names as witnesses in her presence & in the presence of one another.
Witness our hands this 24th day of January 1898. W. L. Pierce, W. H. Edwards
State of Tennessee, Sumner County Court November Term 1906, November 21st 1906.
A paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Elizabeth M. Saunders dec'd, was this day produced in open Court for probate when the same was duly proven by the oath of W. L. Pierce one of the subscribing witnesses to the same, being a non resident of the State of Tennessee and a citizen of the State of California, and there being no contest, said paper writing was ordered by the Court recorded as the last will and testament of Elizabeth M. Saunders dec'd.
A true copy - Harris Brown, Clerk, by W. L. Oldham, A. C.
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