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, James B. King being weak in body of sound and perfect mind and memory. Knowing that it is appointed for all men to die, and being desirous to express my will concerning the disposition of the worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me, in this life, do make the following disposition and will. (viz)
First: It is my will and desire that the plantation whereon I now live and which I purchased of Samuel Blythe, Esq., be sold by my Executors on a credit of one, two, three, and four years & at public or private sale as they my Executors hereafter mentioned may think best but are hereby required to take bond and security for the purchase money, from the purchaser thereof and also to retain a lien upon the plantation as further security for the purchase money. It is my further will and desire that my negroes, Wesley, Mary, Delia, and Enos be also sold by my Executors at private sale, they having particular regard to whom they are sold as that said negroes slaves may be purchased by persons who will treat them humanely; further it is my will and desire that the lands deeded to me in Wilson County by Barthoemew Figures which deed is in possession of Samuel Calhoun be received by my father Richard King and hereby give devise and bequeath the same to him my said father.
Further: It is my will and desire that all my household and kitchen furniture (except one bed stead, bed and furniture, six windsor chairs and one table given to my wife by her father) my farming utensils of every kind and description, with all my stock of horses, hogs, cattle, and stock of every description be sold by my Executors on a credit of twelve months. My wife's saddle and bridle is also excepted, and is not to be sold, and is to be retained her. The negro girl Harriett given to my wife Elizabeth by her father, It is my will and desire that she be retained by my wife and I hereby give and bequeath all my right and title to said negro to her.
Further: It is my will and desire that all the proceeds of the sale of the plantation
herein before directed to be sold together with the amount of the sales of my stock, household and kitchen furniture with all other things sold by my said Executors be and shall be divided as follows: It is my will and desire that the amount thereof shall be equally divided between my wife Elizabeth and my child or children yet unborn so that each one shall have share and share alike. (viz) If two children my wife to have one third of the whole, if one, then to have half, and it is further my will and desire that my wife shall receive her portion out of the first notes which becomes due first to allow interest in favor of the balance until they become due to make them equal to the part that received by her before they become due. And it is further my will and desire that if my child or children yet unborn should die before they arrive at the age of twenty one years or marriages in that event the legacy thus bequeathed shall descend to my brother Robert A. King, or his heirs. And should my wife die within twelve months after my death, and before she receives her portion of my estate, in that event her portion thus bequeathed shall go to my child or children, if living, if not then to my brother Robert A. King and his heirs. It is further my will and desire that all my just debts be paid, out of the cash notes I have on hand, if so much be collected, of them as will be sufficient for that purpose if not the balance to be paid out of the proceeds of the sales of the property herein directed to be sold.
I hereby appoint and constitute my father Richard King and my brother Robert A. King Executors of this my last Will and Testament. In testimony of all which I hereunto set my hand and seal, this 27th day of May 1831. Jas. B. King (Seal)
Acknowledged in presence of us this 28th day of May 1831:
J. W. Baldridge
State of Tennessee, Sumner County Court August Term 1831.
The last Will and Testament of James B. King dec'd was exhibited in Court for probate and duly proved agreeable to Law by the oath of Josiah W. Baldridge and Richard Graham, the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded and therefore Richard and Robert A. King the Executors therein named appeared in Court and agreed to take upon themselves the execution thereof and with Thomas Anderson, Josiah W. Baldridge and A. B. Joyner, their securities entered into and acknowledged their bond to the Governor in the sum of Ten Thousand dollars conditioned as the Law directs, and took the oath of Executors prescribed by Law.
A Copy Test - A. H. Douglass, Clerk of said Court