Source: Sumner County Microfilm
Roll #5175 Will #326
In the name of God Amen.
Know all men by these presents that I John Reddick of the county of Sumner and State of Tennessee, being weak in body, but of sound & disposing mind & memory (blessed be almighty God for the same) have thought proper to make & publish this my last Will & Testament, and by these presents do make & publish this my last Will & Testament in manner & form following (to wit)
First, I recommend my soul to God who gave & my body to be decently buried in a Christian burial.
Secondly, I wish all my just debts paid.
Thirdly, I give & bequeath my son Newton B. Reddick, the one third of the tract of land on which he now lives to be taken off of the north end of said tract of three hundred acres, more or less, and also one cow & calf that is now in his possession, together with one ox & lamb & one bed & furniture with the exception herein after made to him & his heirs forever.
Fourthly, I give & bequeath to my son John A. Reddick one other third part of said tract of land, in the middle of said tract as also one cow & calf one ox & lamb & one bed & furniture, to him & his heirs forever, with the exception herein after made.
Fifthly, I give and bequeath the balance of my Estate to my children viz: Christina, Patsy, Eli, Dosia, Emily Melinda, Sintha & Elijah Reddick to have in common among them, wishing them to stay together as long as practicable & the four last mentioned to be schooled, also I wish my still sold & two side saddles purchased for Christina & Patsy, as any one of them comes of age & leaves the family, I wish them to have their part housing regard to an equal division.
I wish my son Eli Reddick to have the other third part of said Tract of land on the South end, also one cow & calf one oxe & lamb & one bed & furniture, when he comes of lawful age to act for himself & leaves the family, and I wish my son Elijah to have the Tract of land on which I now live, and when he comes of age to act for himself as also one cow & calf one bed & furniture & one ox & lamb, and after said division should my said Estate not be sufficient to make all my children equal, it is my will that my four sons to wit: Newton B., John A., Eli & Elijah pay back to my daughters in proportions to the value of their several legacies until they are all made equal in value.
I further appoint Newton B. Reddick and John A. Reddick my Executors of this my last Will & Testament and I do hereby revoke all former wills by me here to fore made ratifying & confirming this my last Will & Testament this 12th day of January 1835. In testimony where of I have here unto set my hand & affixed my seal. John (his mark) Reddick (Seal)
Signed, sealed & acknowledged in presents of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses in the presents of the Testator.
William W. Ausbrooks
Codicil to the fore going Will. Know all men by these presents that I John Reddick being this day of sound & disposing mind & memory have thought properly to make this codicil or supplement to Will. (Viz) Where as since the making & publishing the foregoing my daughter Christina has departed this life, I therefore (illegible, very dim) I give all that was intended & bequeath to the following children to wit: Patsy, Eli, Dosia, Emily Melinda, Sintha & Elijah Reddick, to be equally divided among them with the exception, I wish Sintha & Elijah educated to read and write, & Emily Melinda & Sintha to have each a new saddle, and further should either of my said children, Patsy, Eli, Dosia, Emily Melinda & Elijah die leaving no issue, I (Tear on copy.) their part of said Estate to the survivors to (Tear on copy.) be equally divided among provided always it is my wish that if my sons Eli or Elijah one or both should die leaving no issue, then I give their part to their surviving brothers, Newton B., John A., Eli & Elijah being my four sons. In witness where of I have here unto set my hand & affixed my seal this 12th day of April AD 1838. John (his mark) (Seal)
Witness by us in the presents of the Testator at his request on the day that this codicil bears date in the presents of the Testator.
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