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Joseph Motheral
Written 1815; Proved 1816

TSL&A Microfilm - Roll #91
Probate Records (County or Chancery Court)
Wills Vol. 1 - 5; July 1789 - July 1904

Transcribed by Jan J. Barnes

County Court Clerk's Office
Will Book - Vol. I
July 1789 - Aug 1822

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I, Joseph Motherel of Sumner County and State of Tennessee being of sound mind memory but knowing the uncertainty of my time in this world have thought proper to make the following distribution of such worldly goods as a gracious God has given me, between my beloved wife and four children.

First        It is my will that all my lawful debts and funeral expenses be paid and of the whole of my estate.

Second    It is my will that my beloved wife have one half of the house wherein we now live and half of the Kitchen Furniture, and half of the barn and half of the farm wherein we now live, to possess during her natural life, and at her decease to go to my daughter Polly - also that my beloved wife have one hundred dollars and one negro man named Henry and one negro woman named Pheby and her child named Rose and their increase - and a good horse saddle and bridle two cows and calves a

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good bed and furniture, her cupboard & furniture and one case of Drawers to be at her disposal forever.

Third       It is my will that my daughter Jane have the tract of land that I bought of the heirs of Robert Caruthers and one negro girl named Lucinda.

Fourth     It is my will that my daughter Polly have the tract of land whereon we now live with its appurtenances all but that part I have willed to my wife and that she have a negro Girl named Seleh?, and one good horse, saddle and bridle, two cows & calves two beds and furniture, one Bureau and all other things necessary for housekeeping that her other sisters got from me to possess them her and her heirs forever.

Fifth        It is my will that all my other lands be divided amongst my four children as follows:  Anney Robb, to have one hundred dollars worth more than one fourth.  Jane Sloss to have five hundred dollars worth more than one fourth - Betsy Glover to have one fourth  Polly Motheral to have six hundred dollars worth less than one fourth, to possess them and their heirs forever.

Sixth        It is my will that all my other property be equally divided amongst my four daughters.

I do hereby constitute and appoint my friends Joseph Robb, and William Glover as Executors of this my last will and testament - In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty third day of October One thousand eight hundred and fifteen.

Joseph Motheral {Seal} 

Signed sealed in presence of
Adlai Donnell, Thomas Donnell
William Bennett, Robert Hodge.

State of Tennessee
Sumner County Court  February Term 1816
The last Will and Testament of Joseph Motheral dec'd was exhibited in Court for probate and thereupon said will was duly proved in open court by the oath of William Bennett and Robert Hodge Subscribing witnesses

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thereto and ordered to be recorded - at the same time Joseph Robb and William Glover Executors named in said will appeared in Court and qualified as such by taking the oath of an Executor prescribed by Law and together with William Trigg Jr. and Richard King, their securities entered into and acknowledged their bond to the Governor in the penalty of twenty thousand dollars conditioned as the law directs.

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