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. III
Aug 1842 - Aug 1870
In the name of God Amen.
Know all men by these presents that John Hobdy of the county of Sumner and State of Tennessee knowing the uncertainty of life, and the certainty of death, have thought proper to make and publish my last Will and Testament, and by these presents do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following.
1st. I wish all my just debts and funeral expenses paid.
2nd. I loan my whole estate to my wife Betsy C. Hobdy, during her natural life or widowhood or until my youngest child comes of age, for the purpose of raising and educating the children which I have by my present wife.
3rd. At the death, or second marriage of my wife, or when the youngest child becomes of age, then it is my will that my land be equally divided between my four sons, (Viz) Thomas C. Hobdy, John Hobdy, Lycugus M. Hobdy, and William L. Hobdy.
4th. Also it is my will that the other property all be sold and the money for which it is sold equally divided between my children, Thomas C. Hobdy, John W. Hobdy, Tabitha Martin, Martha P. C. Hobdy, Licurgus M. Hobdy, William L. Hobdy, Mary E. T. E. Hobdy, Elvira Ann V. Hobdy, Frances J. W. Hobdy, and Catharine E. V. L. Hobdy, at the same time, when my wife dies or intermarries with another man, or if my wife should still be a widow when the youngest child comes of lawful age, then she is to retain her dower in the whole of the land & other property during her life or widowhood, and the remainder to be divided as above mentioned, and at her death or marriage her dower to be divided agreeable to section 3 and 4 in this instrument.
5th. I do not wish my grandson John Elmore Butler to have anything more of my estate, having given or loaned to his mother her lifetime 63 lb. of feathers, 4 quilts, 2 blankets, one coverlid, 2 counterpins, one sheet, one bedsted, one candlestand, one chest & looking glass and all of which was retained by William Butler, after the death of my daughter, (his wife) Margaret M. Butler. Therefore I give him no more.
6th. I wish Oliver P. Butler to execute this my last Will and Testament.
7th. I revoke all wills written or verbally made by me heretofore. Ratifying and confirming this my last Will and Testament.
In witness where of I have here unto set my hand and affixed my seal this the 30th day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty two. John Hobday (Seal)
Signed, Sealed, and acknowledged by the Testator to be his act & deed for the purposes therein mentioned in our presents, and at the request of the Testator, witnessed by us.
O. H. P. Duval
State of Tennessee, Sumner County Court January Term 1853.
The last Will and Testament of John Hobdy dec'd was this day produced in open court for probate and was duly proved by the oath of Meredith Hodges one of the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered by the court to be recorded.
Copy Test - John L. Bugg, Clerk
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