TSL&A Microfilm - Roll #91
Probate Records (County or Chancery Court)
Wills Vol. 1 - 5; July 1789 - July 1904
Jan J. Barnes
County Court Clerk's Office
Will Book - Vol. II
May 1823- June 1842
I Elizabeth Mansker of the County of Sumner and State of Tennessee, of
sound mind and memory, but considering the certainity of life and the certainity
of approaching death do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in
manner and form following, To wit: It is first my will and desire that
my just debts and funeral (expense crossed out) charges be paid out
of my estate. "Secondly" that all my negroes and their increase be
emanicipated by my Executors, but and if said Executors shall fail to have
them freed or emancipated agreable to the laws of this State then and in
that case my will and desire is that my neighbor Charles S. Byrd shall take
charge of the said negroes and remove each to the state of Indiana, Illinois,
or Ohio and leave them in the full enjoyument of freedom and that the said
Charles S. Byron shall receive for his services for the performance thereof
one hundred fifty dollars from my exeuctors out of my Estate. "Thirdly"
my will is that my said Negroes shall have all my stock of horse and wagon
and Gear, also as much of my bed clothing as will make them comfortable.
"Fourthly" my will and desire that all my property not before mentioned
shall be sold on secred of twelve months, and the money arising from sale
after paying all necessary Expenses, be divided among my Negores as follows,
viz, To my negro Frank two hundred dollars, To my negro man Jack, two hundred
dollars, To my negro Jess one hundred dollars, To my negro woman two hundred
and fifty dollars that is to say for her use and her children to my negro
woman, Susy three hundred dollars, that is to say for her and her own children
But and if my property Shall sell for more that the forsaid calculation,
then and in that case the residue be divided among the said negroes in all
equal proportion and "Lastly" I nominate Isaac Walton Esq. and Charles L.
Bryon executors of the last will and Testament hereby revoking all other
and former Wills, in testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal
this 20th of September AD 1825.
Signed Sealed and acknowledged in presence of Elizabeth (her mark) Mansker (Seal)
Codicil to this my Will it is further my will that my negroes Frank and Jack have each their riding horse which they at present use, and paid out of the other property allowed them.
Elizabeth (her mark) Mansker (Seal)
State of Tennessee Sumner County Court May Term 1846
The last will and Testament of Elizabeth Mansker was produced in open court for probate, and was duly proved by the oath of Shadrach Nye, one of the subscribing witnesses thereto and it appearing to the Court that John Davis the other subscribing witness, was dead the handwriting of said John Davis was duly proved by the oath of Shadrach Nye, and Charles L. Byron, and that they saw said witness attest said will upon which evidence the Court ordered said will to be admitted to record.
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