TSL&A Microfilm - Roll #91
Probate Records (County or Chancery Court)
Wills Vol. 1 - 5; July 1789 - July 1904
Jan J. Barnes
County Court Clerk's Office
Will Book - Vol. IV
Oct. 1870 - April 1891
I John Matthews being in sound mind do make and publish this as my last will and Testament hereby revoking and making void all others by me at any time made.
First: I direct that my funeral expenses and all my debts be paid as soon after my death as possible out of any moneys that I may die possessed of or first come into the hands of my Executor.
Second: I give and bequeath to Sarah my wife all my real and personal estate of every kind whatever for her use and benefit during her natural life at her death I hereby bequeath and give to my daughter Angeline my hundred? (page cut off in film) and twenty acres of land immediately surrounding the house I now live in during her natural life and at her death to her nearest bodily heirs.
Thirdly: I hereby give and bequeath to my two sons John D. and James A. Matthews the remain portion of the tract of land I now live upon at the death of my wife Sarah to be equally divided between.
Forthly: At the death of my wife Sarah I hereby
give and bequeath to my daughter Angeline and sons John D. and James A. Matthews my piece or tract of land situated on the head waters of Dry Fork Creek said to contain 14 acres 2 Roads? 31 Poles to equally divided among the three.
Fifth: I direct that at the death of my wife Sarah that all my personal property shall equally divided between my three children Angeline, John D. and James R. Matthews.
Lastly: I do hereby nominate and appoint my wife Sarah my Executrix.
In witness whereof I do this my will set my hand this June 23rd
Signed and published in our presence and we have subscribed our names hereto in the presence of the testator this the 23rd day of June 1871.
W. H. Bennett
W. R. Tomkins
State of Tennessee
Sumner County Court April Term 1877
The last Will and testament of John Matthews having been produced in open court at a former term and duly proven by the oath of W. R. Tomkins one of the subscribing witnesses thereto which is received by the court and ordered to be recorded. Thereupon this day came into court Sarah Matthews the Executrix named in the Will and accepted the execution of the same and said Sarah Matthews to-
gether with her securities Angeline Matthews, John D. Matthews, and James
A. Matthews appeared in open court and entered into and acknowledged their
bond to the State of Tennessee in the penal sum of five hundred dollars
conditioned as the law directs and said Sarah Matthews was duly qualified
as said Executrix.
Jesse Cage Clerk