Source: TSL&A Microfilm # 91
Will Book 5, Pages 311-312
Transcribed by: Jan Barnes
I, Henry McDowel do this day make this my last will and testament hereby annulling and revoking all others made by me.
At my death I want all my just debts paid out of the money that I may be possessed of or may come into the hands of my Executor.
Its my desire and I so will and direct that my entire property both real and personal go to my wife Georgie Ann McDowel during her natural life or widowhood.
I desire and so will that at the death of my wife or end of her widowhood that the property of my estate there remaining on hand both real & personal go to my son John Henry McDowel and his heirs.
I desire and so will that as building and rail timber is running short on my farm and should I die before a purchase of some timber is made,
I desire that my Executor buy a sufficiency of timber land out of the moneys on hand or may come into the hands of my Executor as may be necessary to keep up the repairs of the farm and at the death of my wife said timber land go to my son John Henry McDowel and his heirs as herein before stated. As there are several mortgages due me on several different parties and should I die before they are wound up I will and so direct that these parties be not unduly pressed to pay these mortgages off, but that leniency and due indulgence and time be given them to pay off the same by my executor.
It is my desire and I so direct and appoint and empower my wife Georgie Ann McDowell to be my Executrix to carry out the provisions of this my will and not require her to give bond for executing said duty.
Signed and sealed in the presence of the subscribing witness on this the 25th of May A.D. 1900.
Henry McDowel (his mark)
John D. Johnson
We the subscribing witnesses do under oath certify that we were requested to witness the signature of the Testator of this will, that he signed and acknowledged this instrument to be his will in our presence and we as subscribing witnesses by his request did sign it as such in his presence and in the presence of each other.Witness our hands respectively on this 25th day of May 1900.
John D. Johnson
State of Tennessee Sumner County Court Sept. Term Sept. 26th 1904
A paper writing purporting to be the last Will and Testament of Henry McDowell decd was this day produced in open court for probate where the same was duly proven by the oaths of W.T. McGlothlin & John D. Johnson subscribing witnesses thereto where same was ordered recorded as said last Will and Testament of Henry McDowell decd.
A true copy.
Harris Brown, Clerk