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Joseph Townsend,  1821

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

Transcribed by Jan J. Barnes
©2002

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

Pages 343 - 345

In the name of God Amen:  I Joseph Townsend of the county of Sumner and State of Tennessee being weak in body, but of sound and perfect mind & memory, and in considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and knowing the certainty of death do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following, this is to say first I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Mary Townsend the whole of the tract of land and plantation that I now live on also all my stock of every description whatever my household and kitchen furniture farming tools and my negrou man Phil my negrou man Hally my negrou woman Molly, my negrou woman Lucy, my negrou boy John, my negrou woman Lilah, my negrou boy Dempsey and my negrou boy Booker until my youngest child arrives at twenty one years of age.  And at that time I allow the said negrous with their increase the stock house hold and kitchen furniture and farming tools to be equally divided between my said wife Mary Townsend and all my children except my son John Townsend and him I allow to

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have no part of said property.  I also allow my wife Mary Townsend to keep all the above named negrous, stock, furniture, and farming utensils on the farm until the time above named that my youngest child arrives to lawful age.  And I allow the said negrous to work, to work on said farm to raise,, support and educate my children and the overplus of money each year if any there should be arising from the work of the negrous on the farm after supporting and schooling my children I allow to be equally divided between my said wife and children share and share alike and my wife may make use of her part of said money as she may think proper and my childrens part of said money shall be put to interest for their benefit by my executors until they arrive at lawful age.  It is my will that all my children shall live with my wife, Mary Townsend on the farm until they arrive to lawful age or marries then and in either case they shall have the negrous that shall be hereafter named to them.  I do also give and bequeath unto my son Henry Townsend my negrou boy Randal, also give and bequeath unto my son Joseph Townsend my negrou boy Peter.  I also give and bequeath unto my son Peter Townsend my negrou boy Pleasent.  I also give and bequeath unto my son Washington Townsend my negrou boy Jeffrey.  I also give and bequeath unto my daughter Sarah Townsend, my negrou girl Ganny.  I also give and bequeath unto my daughter Jane Townsend my negrou girl Hester.  I also give and bequeath unto my daughter Lucy Townsend my negrou girl Sinda and I also give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary Ann Townsend my negro girl Melissa.  And the said negrous and their increase that I have given unto my said daughters I give to them and the heirs of their body but if they or either of them should die without issue then the negrous and their increase shall return to my heirs equally.  It is my will that when my

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youngest children arrives to the lawful age, and my personal property is divided, that my said wife Mary Townsend shall have my dwelling house plantation and one third part of the tract of land that I now live on during her natural life.  And at her death the said land and plantation together with the personal property that my said wife shall receive when my youngest child arrives at lawful age shall return to my heirs equally except my son John Townsend and he shall have no part thereof.  It is my will that my wife Mary Townsend and my executors shall give my daughter Jane, my son Joseph, my daughter Lucy, my son Peter, my son Washington and my daughter Mary Ann each a good coalt out of my estate three years before my said children shall arrive to a lawful age which coalts shall be raised on the farm until they are three years old it is my will that if either of the negrous that I have given to my children should die before the child arrives to lawful age then and in that case all the balance of my children shall make that childs part equal to theirs out of their part of my estate when said unfortunate child arrives to lawful age. I also give and bequeath unto my son John Townsend one dollar to be paid him when my youngest child arrives to lawful age.  I do hereby appoint my son John Townsend sole executor of this last will and testament revoking all former will or wills by me made.  In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 12th day of September 1821.
Joseph (his mark) Townsend (Seal)

Signed sealed and acknowledged in
the presence of us H. Hall
John (his mark) Sneed


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