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 Thurmond of the County of Sumner and State of Tennessee, being sick in body, but of sound mind and of disposing memory, therefore, calling to mind the mortality of my body and yet it's appointed for all men once to die, and considering the uncertainty of the time, therefore I do make, this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following: That is to say:
First and principally: I commit my soul to Almighty God who gave it and my body to be buried decently after the discretion of my Executors hereafter named, and as touching such worldly property and estate as has pleased God to bless me with, in the world. I give, bequeath, devise and dispose of in the following manner to wit:
First: I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Nancy Thurmond all my tract and parcel of land whereon I am now living containing one hundred and seventy six acres be the same more or less. Also I give and bequeath unto her any negroes, Moses, Jude, Kate, Little Moses, Lee, Eady, Pharoah, and Lucinda, and their future increase. I also give and bequeath unto her all the balance of my estate, both real and personal, that I may die possessed of, except such part thereof I may be disposed of by this will to others, and it is my will and desire, that my wife Nancy Thurmond may receive, have hold and enjoy for and during her natural life, all the above property, willed or intended to be willed, on the following terms, that is to say; I will bequeath and give unto my daughter by my said wife named Mary Jane Thurmond, the one half of the estate, willed above to my wife, to be received by my daughter Mary Jane Thurmond, when she comes to lawful age or marrys, and it is further my will and desire that at the death of my wife the other half of my property which my wife is to retain during her life, shall be the property of my said daughter Mary Jane Thurmond, all the property herein willed to my aforesaid daughter I give and bequeath unto her, and her heirs forever, and also the future increase of said property.
Item: I give and bequeath unto Mrs. Mary Gregory, for and during her natural life as loan, for me, all the tract or parcel of land whereon she now lives, and after her death, I give and bequeath the aforesaid tract or parcel of land to my daughter Mary Jane Thurmond, to her and her heirs forever. Now considering that I have made liberal donations and advancements to each of my children, by my first wife, I give and bequeath unto them, after my decease as follows: Viz: To my daughter Polly Bailey, to my grandchildren the children of Francis Mills, dec'd, and former wife of John Mills, to my son Flemming G. Thurmond and to my son John G. Thurmond, I give the sum of ten dollars to be equally divided between, share and share alike
and also the former donations and advancements which I may have made to and for them. And further: I do hereby constitute and appoint, my friends Thomas Meadors and Thomas White, and Moses H. Henry, to be my Executors to this my last Will and Testament, all and singular my estate by these, and I do utterly disannul, revoke and disallow, all and every other former wills, legacies, bequeaths, and executions in any ways by me made before.
Hereby ratifying and confirming this, and no other to be my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal. This the Twenty seventh day of July, Eighteen Hundred and Twenty Four. John Thurmond (Seal)
Signed sealed and declared by John Thurmond to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us.
State of Tennessee, Sumner County Court May Term 1828.
The last Will and Testament of John Thurmond dec'd was exhibited in Court for probate and was duly proved by the oath of William Smith, a subscribing witness thereto, and ordered to be recorded. Thomas White one of the Executors of John Thurmond dec'd appeared in Court and agreed to take upon himself the execution of the last Will and Testament of said deceasest and together with Ricely Defrees, and Willis Crews his securities entered into and acknowledged their bond to the Governor, in the sum of Five Thousand dollars conditioned as the law directs and took the oath of executor prescribed by law, and at the same time entered into Court an inventory of said decedent. Which is ordered to be recorded.
A Copy Test - A. H. Douglass, Clerk of said Court
* John Thurmond's 1st marriage was to Sarah Goolsby.
John Thurmond's 2nd marriage was to Nancy Gregory (daughter of William A. Gregory and Mary " Polly " Epperson) on 5 Feb 1816 in Sumner Co., TN. John and Nancy Gregory Thurmond had two daughters: Mary Jane Thurmond and Nancy Ann Thurmond . (Nancy Ann Thurmond was born after John Thurmond wrote his will.) The "Mrs. Mary Gregory" mentioned in this will was the mother-in-law of John Thurmond, Nancy's mother. Nancy Gregory's 2nd marriage was to Willis Crews on 2 Sep 1828 in Sumner County, TN. Nancy Gregory died about 1832 in Sumner Co., TN.
There are numerous loose record lawsuits pertaining to this will and the estate of John Thurmond.