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: John M. Carter of the County of Sumner and State of Tennessee, being very weak of body, but of sound mind and disposing memory do make this my last Will and Testament, in manner and form as follows.
Item 1st. I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Sally all the perishable property that I may die seized and possessed of consisting of three head of horses, one yoke and oxen, and eight head of other cattle, and about one hundred and fifty head of (* torn page) all the house hold and kitchen furniture
the plantation tools, and also fifteen acres of land lying adjoining the lands of John S. Tucker, to her for her proper use during her natural life.
Item Second. My sons Eaton and Walter, and daughters Nancy, Maria, Gincy, and Emily I have heretofore provide for to the extent of my means, and I now give them nothing more.
Item the Third. It is my will and desire that my daughters Louisa, Martha, Polley, Rebecca and Elizabeth and my sons Joseph and John shall continue to live with my wife Sally their mother, so long as she lives, unless some of them shall marry, and if it so happens that any of my daughters or all of them shall think proper to marry during the lifetime of their mother, that then, or any of them shall have a feather bed, one cow and calf and a sow and pigs, as soon as they marry.
Item the Fourth. It is my will and desire that at the death of my wife Sally, all the property she may then have in her possession shall be equally divided between my two sons Joseph and John.
Item the Fifth. My son Francis I have already provided for, and I hereby nominate and appoint him the Executor of this my last Will and Testament.
Item the Sixth. Now having disposed of my earthly goods, I recommend my soul to the care of my God who gave it and it is my last desire that when I am dead my body shall be decently buried in my own grave yard. John M. (his mark) Carter (Seal)
Signed sealed and delivered, this 1st day of April 1848 in presence of:
P. W. Key
State of Tennessee, Sumner County Court May Term 1848.
The last Will and Testament of John M. Carter dec'd, was this day produced in open Court for probate and was duly proved by the oaths of Jesse Meador and P. W. Key subscribing witnesses thereto which is ordered by the Court to be recorded.