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. IV
Oct. 1870 - April 1891
I John Wilkes do make and publish this as my last Will and Testament. It being the last and only will by me at any time made. It is my will and desire: First that my funeral expenses and all my debts be paid as soon after my death as possible out of any moneys that I may die possessed of or may first come into the hands of my Executors.
Secondly: It is my will and desire that my wife Nancey T. Wilkes have an equal portion of all my perishable property having the privilege of choosing such negroes at valuation as I may die in possession of.
Thirdly: It is my will and desire that my wife Nancey T. Wilkes have as much land as she may desire around my family residence not exceeding one third of my land estate during her natural life and at her death it is my desire
that it should return to all my children equally. Viz: Madison Y. Wilkes, Frances A. Lewis, Richard S. Wilkes, Mary Resby Youree daughter of Martha Youree dec'd formerly Martha Wilkes, Malvina Scott, Lucinda Wiseman, John T. Wilkes, Ann Elizabeth Wilkes, and William M. S. Wilkes.
Fourthly: It is my will and desire that my son Madison Y. Wilkes have an equal portion of all my remaining property after deducting five hundred dollars which he has received.
Fifthly: That Frances A. Lewis my daughter have an equal portion after deducting four hundred dollars which she has received and a negro boy Wesley which I now give her worth eight hundred dollars.
Sixthly: That my son Richard S. Wilkes have an equal portion after deducting four hundred dollars which he has received and a negro boy William which I now give him worth twelve hundred dollars.
Seventhly: That my grand daughter Mary Respy Youree daughter of my daughter Martha Youree dec'd have an equal portion after deducting four hundred dollars received by her Mother Martha Youree and a negro boy named Henry worth nine hundred dollars which I now give her.
Eighthly: That my daughter Malvina Scott have an equal portion after deducting four hundred dollars which she has received and a negro girl named Priscilla which I now give her worth seven hundred dollars.
Ninthly: That my daughter Lucinda Wiseman have an equal portion after deducting four hundred dollars which she has received and a negro girl named Jane which I now give her worth eight hundred dollars.
Tenthly: That my son John T. Wilkes' daughter Ann Elizabeth Wilkes and son William M. S. Wilkes have an equal portion with any above mentioned chil-
dren including all that they have received with what is hereafter to be divided.
Eleventhly: It is my will and desire that all the property given to my daughters Frances A. Lewis, Malvina Scott and Lucinda Wiseman except the four hundred dollars in cash above mentioned descend to their bodily heirs at their death with increase.
Twelfth: It is my will and desire that should my grand daughter Mary Respy Youree die without bodily heirs that her portion of property as above mentioned be divided equally with my remaining children except the four hundred dollars given to her Mother.
Thirteenth: It is my will and desire that should my daughter Ann Elizabeth Wilkes marry and have bodily heirs that her portion of the mentioned property descend to them at her death and if not to be equally divided with my above named children.
Fourteenth: It is my will and desire that my son Richard S. Wilkes execute this will.
This 24th day of October 1860. John Wilkes (Seal)
A. B. C. Dickenson
Joseph A. Jones
State of Tennessee, Sumner County Court November Term 1871.
The last will and testament of John Wilkes dec'd was this day produced in open court for probate and was duly proven by the oaths of A. B. C. Dickenson and Joseph A. Jones subscribing witnesses thereto which is received by the court and ordered to be recorded. Thereupon Richard S. Wilkes the Executor named in the will appeared in open court and accepted the execution of the same. It is therefore ordered by the court that
Richard S. Wilkes be appointed Executor of all and singular the goods and chattels rights and credits of John Wilkes dec'd and thereupon said Richard S. Wilkes together with his securities John T. Wilkes, William M. S. Wilkes, Frank P. Scott, John W.Jones and ----------- appeared in open court and entered into and acknowledged their bond to the State of Tennessee in the penal sum of Ten Thousand Dollars conditioned according to law and said Richard S. Wilkes was duly qualified.
Copy - Attest - Jesse Cage, Clerk
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