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. III
Aug 1842 - Aug 1870
I am this morning a going to Start to Springfield Illinois and if I should
not return I leave all of my property both real and personal to my wife Jane
during her natural life or widowhood to dispose of as she may think best
for the purpose of supporting of our children.
State of Tennessee
Sumner County Court, October Term 1865
A paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Josephus Williams dec'd was this day produced in open Court for probate. And it appearing to the Satisfaction of the Court from proof adduced that the said paper writing being without subscribing witnesses was found after the death of the Said Josephus Williams among his valuable papers; and thereupon came into Court James E. Reddick, James A. Brizendine and Ewell M. Brooks, three credible witnesses, who after being Sworn State that they were well acquainted with Josephus Williams in his life time, as well also with his handwriting, having seen him write frequently and which is generally known by his acquaintances and that they verily believe the paper writing now to them Shown and every part thereof is in his own handwriting: It is therefore considered by the Court that said will is well proven, and will therefore be recorded.
John L. Bugg Clerk
by J. A. Trousdale D. C.