TSL&A Microfilm - Roll #91
Probate Records (County or Chancery Court)
Wills Vol. 1 - 5; July 1789 - July 1904
Transcribed by Jan J. Barnes
County Court Clerk's Office
Will Book - Vol. III
Aug 1842 - Aug 1870
Know all men who shall see these presents Greeting, that I James N. Bell
of sound mind knowing the uncertainty of life and wishing to leave my real
and personal property of which I may be possessed at my death in such a
manner that those having the duties of winding up and settling my estate
shall have as little trouble as the nature of such business shall require,
do publish and by these presents declare this to be my last will and testament
in the words following "to wit"
First: After paying my funeral and burial expenses and all my just debts which I may be indebted, I wish the balance of said property real and personal to be applied in the following manner. To my wife Nancy Ann Bell all my real and personal property during her natural life she to support clothe and school my children out of the same and at her death what property there may be left shall be equally divided between my children namely Mattie V. A., W. Z and Nancy R. Bell.
Witness my hand and seal this 25th day of June one thousand eight hundred and seventy.
Signed and sealed in James N. Bell
Alex M. Bradley
J. F. Bell
I appoint William Massy and Richard W. Bradley as my Executors to this my last will & testament.
State of Tennessee
Sumner County Court August Term 1870
The last will and testament of James N. Bell dec'd was this day produced in open court for probate and was duly proven by the oaths of A. M. Bradley and J. F. Bell subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded. Thereupon Richard W. Bradley one of the Executors nominated in the will, the others; to wit, William Massy having renounced, appeared in open court together with J. F. Bell and A. M. Bradley his securities, and entered into and acknowledged their bond to the State of Tennessee in the penalty of one thousand dollars, conditioned according to law and said R. W. Bradley was qualified. This 1 day of August 1870.
Attest Jesse age D. C.
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