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Robert P. Estes, 1923

TSL&A Microfilm - Roll #91
Probate Records (County or Chancery Court)
Wills Vol. 6 - 9; Nov 1905 - Oct 1942

Transcribed by Linda Carpenter
©2002

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

(Page 298)

Last Will & Testament of Robert P. Estes, Deceased

I, Robert P. Estes, of Sumner County, Tennessee, do make and publish this as my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me at any time made.

Item 1. I direct that all my debts, including funeral and burial expenses be paid by my Executrix out of the first moneys that may come into her hands.

Item 2. That my daughter Annie E. Lanier shall have the $2000.00 note as deferred payment on the place sold to her, and I direct that she shall have this said $2000.00 note if my other donations have to be prorated as I have made my home with her and she has waited upon me.

Item 3. That my daughter, Maggie D. Hassell, shall have the three notes aggregating $1700.00 which J. C. Baker owes on place bought from J. J. Lanier and enough of any other moneys or securities to make her the sum of $2000.00.

Item 4. That my son Sam B. Estes have $2000.00 out of bonds or other assets.

Item 5. That my three grand-children, the children of Marvis Estes, are to have the note I hold against J. J. & Annie E. Lanier for the sum of $1500.00 divided evenly among them, VIZ: Lelah H. Estes, A. W. Estes, & Margaret P. Estes. I further direct that if there is enough left of the estate that each of the boys have $100.00 apiece and the girls $200.00 more than the prorata of said note of $1500.00.

Further that the boys not be paid until the youngest one is 25 years of age but the girl be paid as she may need it, bond and sufficient security will be required.

I nominate my daughter, Maggie B. Hassell, Executrix without bond. R. P. Estes, May 5th, 1921

Subscribing Witnesses:

R. W. Caldwell

Effie Lassiter

Gallatin, Tenn. - Jan. 20th, 1923.

The undersigned has this day determined to write the foregoing as an codicil to a will he has already made and is in the keeping of R. W. Caldwell, of Gallatin, for safe keeping.

Item 1. Should my Extrx. find after my death that there is not assets enough in my estate to pay all the bequeaths set fourthe in my will that it is my request that she shall withhold payments to all the legatees until the interest on the bonds and notes I hold shall accumulate enough to pay all the bequeaths.

Item 2. No interest shall be collected on the Two Thousand Dollar Note I hold against J. J. Lanier and his wife Annie E. Lanier.

Item 3. I have told my daughter and J. J. Lanier the foregoing was my will and desire, which I think will male this paper valid in law, but I don't think that any of my heirs would dispute writing by my hand and signed this the 20th, day of January, 1923. R. P. Estes.

(Page 299)

State of Tennessee, Sumner County Court, April Term, April 14th, 1923.

A type written paper purporting to be the last will and testament of R. P. Estes, was this day produced in open Court for probate, when the type-written paper dated May 5th, 1923, and signed by R. P. Estes, being the original will or type-written paper was duly and legally proven by the oaths of R. W, Caldwell and Mrs. Effie Lassiter Dickerson, subscribing witnesses thereto, who being duly sworn deposed and said that the signature to said type-written paper was the genuine signature of R. P. Estes, deceased, and that they subscribed their names thereto as attesting witnesses, at the request of and in the presence of the said testator R. P. Estes, and in the presence of each other and that the said R. P. Estes declared to them that said type-written paper was his last will and testament. A codicil to said will was duly and legally proven by the oaths of Mrs. Annie E. Lanier and Mrs. Maggie D. Hassell who being duly sworn deposed and said that said codicil was found among the valuable papers of R. P. Estes, deceased, and that the codicil was in the handwriting of R. P. Estes every word and part thereof and that his signature was the genuine signature of the said R. P. Estes now deceased. Thereupon the said type-written paper and the paper writing being a codicil thereto were adjudged to be and ordered recorded as the last will and testament of R. P. Estes, deceased, and Mrs. Maggie D. Hassell being named in said will as the Executrix thereof and being excused from giving bond appeared in open Court and accepted the trust and was duly qualified and letters testamentary ordered issued to her.

A True Copy.

Harvey L. Brown, Clerk.

* Note by Calbake (Bert)
Item 5, I think it should be:

THE CHILDREN OF MARVIN ESTES, (my grandfather, Enoch Marvin)
VIZ: LELAND C. (Caldwell) ESTES, (my uncle)
A. W. ESTES (my father)
Aunt Margaret's name is correct.


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