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
I, James Rankin of the County of Sumner and State of Tennessee, being in a weak state of health, but perfect mind and memory, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament.
I give and bequeath to my wife Hannah Rankin one third of the tract of land whereon I now live and as many farming tools which shall be left to her choice, her third of the land shall take the dwelling house and spring, also the wheat which I have just now sown, when it comes to perfection, also as much of my house furniture as she may choose to keep with two feather beds and furniture and the kitchen furniture as much as she may want, two good work horses at her choice, four cows and calves and a beef at her choice, six head of sheep, twelve head of hogs, at her choice, with all the property and geese, with the stands of bees, also one years provisions to be laid off by two good men. I give and bequeath to my wife Hannah, three negro slaves, Jacob, Cherrot and Eliza; also a bond on Major Morehead of the State of Kentucky, drawn for five hundred dollars, principal, the one half of the said bond principal and interest when collected shall be at her disposal, the other half to the use of my estate.
Whereas I have before given to my daughter Ann Badget a negro girl named Silvy, worth two hundred and fifty dollars. To John Rankin one boy named Peter, worth two hundred and fifty and cash to one hundred and fifty dollars. To William Rankin cash one hundred and ten dollars. To John Blakemore one negro girl named Riney, two hundred and fifty dollars. To James Rankin one girl named Edney, two hundred and fifty dollars. To Cage Hale, one girl named Delphy worth two hundred and fifty dollars. To Jesse Rankin one negro girl named Mary worth two hundred and fifty dollars, my other children are Caty Roark, Elizabeth Green, Mary Rowton, Sarah Palmer, Susanna Long. I wish for those five last mentioned heirs to which there is no charge against, to be made equal with these, that are charged then after the payment
of my just debts, then all shall draw an equal part of my estate.
The property which I have give to my wife Susanna Rankin at her decease shall be equally divided among my children, before named. My wife Susanna shall keep possession of her own side saddle and her loom. I give and bequeath the tract of land where on I now live consisting of one hundred and eighty acres to James Williams and Jesse Rankin. It is also my will that Hannah a negro slave shall have her freedom at my decease. I do appoint my wife Hannah Rankin Executrix and my son John Rankin Executor to this my last Will and Testament. I do hereby disallow of all other wills, legacies, ratifying this to be my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal. This the twenty fifth day of October, and in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and twenty seven. James Rankin (Seal)
Signed sealed and declared to be the last Will and Testament in presence of :
Lee C. Blakemore
Isaac (his mark) Cooper
State of Tennessee, Sumner County Court February Term 1828.
The last Will and Testament of James Rankin dec'd was exhibited in Court for probate and was duly proved in open Court agreeable to law by the oath of Henry McAden, Lea C. Blakemore, and Jesse Cooper, subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded, and thereupon the Executor and Executrix named therein appeared in Court and refused to qualify as such.
Whereupon Jonathan Badget and John D. Blakemore are appointed administrators with the will annexed of the said James Rankin dec'd, and together with James Rankin, Thos. Blakemore, Cage Hale, and Elijah Rutledge, their securities entered into and acknowledged their bond to the Governor in the sum of Twelve Thousand dollars, conditioned as the law directs, and took the oath of Administrators prescribed by law.
Test - A. H. Douglass, Clerk
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