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, John Kirkpatrick of the County of Sumner and State of Tennessee, being sick but of sound mind and memory, and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, and being anxious to settle my temporal affairs. I do now make my last Will and Testament in the following manner and form.
Item 1st: I will my soul to God, and my body to be buried at the discretion of my Executors.
Item 2nd: It is my will that my just debts be paid.
Item 3rd: It is my will that my Executors sell my horses, that will not be absolutely necessary for my family, and any other surplus property, that he may think unnecessary for them to keep.
Item 4th: It is my will that my beloved wife Sarah and my two children Isabella Martha Jane, and John Rufus enjoy all my land and negroes, with all my other property, to live and support until my wife may marry, then I wish my perishable property to be equally divided with my wife and children giving to each one an equal share of my negroes perishable property.
Item 5th: I will that my wife have the one third of all my land during
her natural life, and then it is to go to my two children, but I wish it to be clearly understood that my land is to be divided, to give my wife and children an equal interest in the improved land, that my children may have an equal share to live on when they come of age.
Item 6th: It is my will that my Executors after my wife may marry take possession of my children's negroes and contract for them, without hiring them out publicly as I do not wish them abused.
Item 7th: It is my will that Peter Ketring be my sole Executor.
Witness my hand and seal, this 18th day of October 1828. John Kirkpatrick (Seal)
State of Tennessee, Sumner County Court November Term 1828.
A paper writing purporting to be the last Will and Testament of John Kirkpatrick dec'd was exhibited in Court for probate and was duly proved by the oath of James Kirkpatrick and Hugh Kirkpatrick, subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded, thereupon Peter Ketring, the Executor named in the said will appeared in Court together with James Kirkpatrick and Hugh Kirkpatrick his securities entered into and acknowledged their bond to the Governor in the sum of Six Thousand Dollars, conditioned as the law directs and took the oath of Executor prescribed by law.
A Copy Test - A. H. Douglass, Clerk
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