TSL&A Microfilm - Roll #91
Probate Records (County or Chancery Court)
Wills Vol. 1 - 5; July 1789 - July 1904
County Court Clerk's Office
Will Book - Vol. II
May 1823 - June 1842
In the name of God Amen. I Jane Howdeshelt being in perfect health & perfect mind & memory but calling to mind the mortality of my body, & that it is appointed for all women to die, do make & ordain this my last Will & Testament in writing. First I recommend & give my soul to God who gave it & my body I recommend to the dust to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my Executors. And as to my worldly goods I give & divide in the following manner.
First. I give & bequeath to my daughter Jane Howdeshelt, one bed & furniture & bed stead, one cow & calf, one horse & saddle & bridle, with fifteen dollars and one half of my cupboard furniture, one half of my cooking utensils, one bureau.
I give and bequeath to my daughter Amanda Howdeshelt, one bed & bedstead & furniture, one cow & calf, one gray filly & my saddle, one half of my cupboard furniture & one half of my cooking utensils, one bureau, one looking glass
& one dollar for each of the girls above mentioned
I give and bequeath to my son Jeremiah Howdeshelt seventy five dollars.
I give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah Howdeshelt one cupboard.
Also I give and bequeath to my four daughters & one son namely, Margaret Gray, Sarah Brown, Jane Howdeshelt, Amanda Howdeshelt, and Jeremiah Howdeshelt all the interest I have in & to four negroes namely, Sharott, Ben, Hamy, & Lucy, also bequeath to my four daughters & one son as above named fourteen acres of land purchased of Joseph Howdeshelt adjoining Stephen Wilson my desire is for Jeremiah to have two years schooling out of my estate all not my stock & everything else not herein named, I want sold & the money equally divided among my four daughters and one son after my just debts being paid.
I nominate John Gourley & William Gray my sole Executors to this my last Will & Testament. In testimony whereof I have hereto set my hand & affixed my seal this 16th day of April 1838. Jane (her mark) Howdeshelt (Seal)
Signed sealed & published her last Will & Testament in presence of:
John S. Darnall
State of Tennessee, Sumner Court June Term 1838.
The last Will & Testament of Jane Howdeshelt was produced in open Court for probate & was duly proved by the oaths of John S. Darnall and James Vinson subscribing witnesses thereto, and thereupon James Gourley & William Gray the Executors therein named, together with John S. Darnall & Josiah A. Alexander their securities entered into & acknowledged their bond to Newton Cannon Governor & in the penal sum of five hundred dollars conditioned as the law directs, & took the oath of Executor prescribed by law. Thomas Donoho, Clerk of Sumner County Court