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
Last Will and Testament of J. M. Smart of the County of Sumner and State
In the name of God Amen!
Know all men that I J. M. Smart of the County and state aforesaid feeling that I cannot live a great while longer do make and publish this my last will and testament.
I give devise and bequeath.
Item 1st I devise to my beloved wife Mary J. Smart all my real estate also my personal property and choose in action to my beloved wife Mary J. Smart after paying all my just debts,
during her lifetime or widowhood.
Item 2nd One request and requirement that I make of my wife Mary J. Smart is that she provides for my minor children as I have done for my older children.
The above mentioned minors are Charles A. Smart, Mary A. Smart, Virgil E. Smart, To wit to give them a common school education and to furnish each one horse and saddle and bridle. And one trunk each and my boys an overcoat each in case my wife should not die until said minors become of age I want the land rented for the benefit of said minors.
When said minors become of age I want my effects sold and the proceeds divided equal between my beloved children to wit John M. Smart, James W. Smart, Charles A. Smart, Mary A. Smart, Virgil E. Smart.
The said J. M. Smart signed and sealed this instrument and published and declared the same as and for his last will and we at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto written our names as subscribing witnesses.
It is my request that my sons John W. Smart and James M. Smart be my Executors.
J. M. Smart
G. L. Belcher
J. W. Smart
G. E. Alderson
State of Tennessee
Sumner County Court October Term 1887
The last Will and Testament of J. M. Smart Decd was this day produced
in open Court for probate and duly proven by the oaths of J. W. Smart Sr.
and G. L. Belcher two of the subscribing witnesses thereto where it is received
by the Court and ordered recorded, J. W. Smart Jr. and J. M. Smart Jr. having
been named in said will as the executions thereof this day together with
their securities J. W. Smart Sr. and G. L. Belcher appeared in open Court
and accepted the same and entered into, and acknowledged their bond to the
State of Tennessee in the penal sum of Five Hundred Dollars conditioned as
the laws directs and the said J. W. Smart Jr. and J. M. Smart Jr. as Executors
aforesaid were duly qualified and the Clerk ordered to issue them Letters
Copy Test Harris Brown Clerk