Sumner County Will Book 5, Pages 302, 303
Submitted By: Linda Carpenter
I, W. A. Gregory of the 12th Civil District of Sumner County, Tennessee being of sound mind and capable of disposing of my property do make and publish this my last will and testament and hereby revoke any former will I may have made.
1) It is my will at my death that before there is any distribution of my effects that my burial expenses and all just debts be paid of my estate.
2) I will and bequeath to my son James my real estate, which he and I own jointly, provided that I shall outlive my present wife Nancy Gregory, but should she survive me, then this bequeath will not go into effect until her death, as I make James the only heir to my real estate - because he has and agree to continue to take care of support and provide myself and his mother so long as either or both of us live.
3) I will and bequeath whatever personal property remains after the first claim of this will has been carried out, equally to all of my other living children or their heirs share and share alike, if they can satisfactorily to themselves agree upon such a division, and if they can not, then let my executor appoint a day and sell such remainder to the highest bidder upon such terms as he may decide is to the best interest of all concerned and divide the proceeds of the sole equally or above set out.
4) It is my will and desire that my son James shall be the executor of this will, and that he shall discharge this trust without being required to give bond or security.
5) It is further my will that should my wife survive me that there shall be no division of my personal effects as long as she shall live. All interlineations and erasures made before signing. In witness here of I hereunto affix my hand on this April 4th 1902.
W. A. (his mark) Gregory
We affix our signatures to this instrument at this request of the testator and in his presence and in the presence of each other.
Robert R. Durham
State of Tennessee
Sumner County Court Aug. Term Sept. 1, 1904.
A paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Wm. A. Gregory deceased, was this day presented in open Court for probate, when the same was duly proven by the oath of Wm. Hall one of the subscribing witnesses thereto, when the same was ordered recorded as said last will and testament of said Wm. A. Gregory deceased.
A true copy.
Harris Brown, Clerk