TSL&A Microfilm - Roll #91
Probate Records (County or Chancery Court)
Wills Vol. 1 - 5; July 1789 - July 1904
Linda Carpenter & Courtney
County Court Clerk's Office
Will Book - Vol. II
May 1823 - June 1842
In the name of God Amen: I, Hardy Hunt, being on a low state of health but (thank God) of perfect mind and memory calling to mind the mortality of my body, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament, disallowing and disannulling all former wills by me made, first and principally I recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God, who gave it, and my body I recommend to the earth, to be buried in a decent Christian burial at the discretion of my Executors, and touching my worldly estate I dispose of in the following manner and form, for the purpose of paying any debt which I may owe. I wish paid out of the monies left on hand, or from sales of other property, as the case at that time may require.
Item: I wish to remain as lent to my wife Sarah Hunt during her natural life, my negro boy Ben, a feather bed, and furniture, and such other property as she or my Executors may think necessary for her support.
Item: I give and bequeath to Hardy H. Seawell Fifty dollars taking into consideration Thirty already advanced.
Item: I give and bequeath to Martha Jane Allen, and Walker Allen Twenty five dollars each.
Item: I give and bequeath unto Benjamin Page Seawell, Fifty dollars, taking into consideration Thirty already advanced.
Item: I give and bequeath unto Sally Rawlings, Fifty dollars.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth Mitchell, Two hundred dollars, taking into consideration, one hundred and fifty advanced.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my daughter Cloe Hobbs, two hundred dollars, taking into consideration one hundred and fifty dollars advanced.
Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Lucretia Stroud, two hundred dollars, my bay mare, a cow and calf, ewe, and lambs, feather bed and furniture.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my daughter Penalope Grimsley two hundred dollars, taking into consideration, one hundred and four dollars advanced.
Item: My daughter Sabrina White dec'd, hath had two hundred dollars in advance.
Item: I give and bequeath unto Patsy Linky of North Carolina, one hundred dollars, as soon as may be practicable after my decease.
Item: The whole of my property of every kind except that, loaned my wife, to be sold at public sale, on customary credit by my Executors, and the amount of proceeds, to be together with any other monies remaining on hand, applied to the bequeaths, heretofore stated, and any surplus that may remain to be equally divided amongst all my daughters that may be living, or the heirs of those dec'd, to draw their mother's distributive shares, in equal proportion, as also the property loaned my wife to be sold, in like manner, after her death and the proceeds divided as aforesaid.
I nominate and appoint my sons Sion Hunt and Thomas Hunt Executors to this my last Will and Testament. In testimony whereof I have set my hand and affixed my seal. This 23rd March A. D. 1821. Hardy Hunt (Seal)
Signed, sealed, acknowledged and pronounced his last Will and Testament in presence of:
Lucretia (her mark) Stroud
State of Tennessee, Sumner County - Be it remembered that on the 19th day of March A. D. 1829, at the residence of Hardy Hunt Sr. in said County, we the undersigned were called on by said Hardy Hunt to be as witness to his then request, as being his last will or disposal of the following property (to-wit:) His negro man Matt and his wife Silvia, which said negroes, he then had called in, and also calling in his daughter Lucretia Stroud, stating, that he gave those negroes as her part or portion of his estate directed the negroes to give their hands to her ( as we inferred) in taken of a delivery, and an acceptance on her part; further stating that he did it, in part that the negroes should not be sold or other wise harassed. He then also called on Fielding Grimsley, and told him he gave him a note, or the amount of a note held by Thomas Hunt against him, and which may be there farther explained, Hardy Hunt held Grimsly's note, for something the rise of one hundred dollars and which by his transfer was now in Thomas Hunt's hands, as Guardian of Thomas Stroud the amount of this note, he wishes, as often before expressed to be paid to Thomas Hunt by his Executors, and for Grimsley to have the amount as a gift and as his wife's part of his estate.
Given under our hands March 20th 1829.
Attest: Thos. H. Harris
Sion A. Hunt
State of Tennessee, Sumner County Court May Term 1829.
The last Will and Testament of Hardy Hunt dec'd together with a codicil thereto annexed was exhibited in Court for probate and the will duly proved by the oath of James Douglass, one of the subscribing witness thereto, and the codicil or verbal bequest above referred to, which was reduced to writing, after the death of the Testator, was duly proven by the oath of Thomas H. Harris, and Sion Hunt, two of the subscribing witnesses thereto both of which are ordered to be recorded, and thereupon Sion Hunt and Thomas Hunt the Executors named in said will and Testament appeared in Court, and together with Isaac C. Douglass their security entered into and acknowledged their bond to the Governor and his successors in office, in the sum of two thousand dollars conditioned as the law directs.
A Copy Test - A. H. Douglass, Clerk