TSL&A Microfilm - Roll #92
Probate Records (County or Chancery Court)
Wills Vol. 6-9; Nov. 1905 - Oct. 1942
Transcribed by Jan J. Barnes
Mary I. Chenault, also known as Polly Chenault of Sumner County, Tennessee do make and publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me at any time made.
Item 1; I direct that my funeral expenses and my just debts if any be paid.
Item 2; I give, devise and bequeath to my son Will Chenault the following property to wit; My tract of land known as the Hibbett place situated lying and being in the first Civil district of Sumner County, Tennessee, and bounded on the north by McKee; on the east by road known as the Greenfield road; on south by McMurtry and on West by McComas - formerly by Duffy, and containing one hundred and sixty five (165) acres more or less; also all my household and kitchen furniture, table ware china and silver, in fact all my household furnishings. Also all farming implements and stock on said farm and tools.
Item 3; I want my son Will to pay Harry Chenault two thousand Dollars ($2,000.00) and the one thousand dollars on savings account to go to Harry if I do not have to use it before my death.
Item 4; I give to my niece Jean Pond, my Great Grandmothers side board, and my son Will to have the use of it until Jean becomes of age.
Item 5; I give to my sister Anna my amethyst pin and she to give it to my niece, Ann Pond at her death. I want Will to have the four post cherry bed room suit of my mothers, never to be sold, but kept in the family, if he has no heirs of his own it is to go to Ann Pond when he is through with it.
Item 6; I hereby nominate and appoint my son Will Chenault as sole executor of this my last will and testament. He is excused from giving bond as such executor, and will act as such without giving bond.
Item 7; I will and direct that in event either of my sons seek or undertake to break or contest my will the one who seeks or undertakes to break or contest my will shall forfeit the devises and bequest made to him and such devises and bequest shall go to and belong to my son who does not seek or contest my will.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this the Feb. 12,
Mary I. Chenault
Signed by the said Mary I. Chenault as and for her last will and testament,
in the presence of us, the undersigned, who, at her request and in her sight
and presence, have subscribed our names hereto as attesting witnesses.
This the Feb. 12, 1938.
Homer A. Reese, M. D.
Will of Mary I. Chenault, Deceased.
Be it remembered, that on this the 20th day of April, 1938, before the Honorable J. W. McCormack, Chairman of the County Court of Sumner County, Tennessee, Will Chenault the Executor named therein, produced in open Court a paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Mary I. Chenault, deceased, bearing date of February 12th, 1938, having the name of Mary I. Chenault signed thereto, and being subscribed by Perry Lassister and Homer A. Reese as attesting witnesses, and moved the court that the same be admitted to probate and record as the last will and testament of the said Mary I. Chenault, deceased.
And it appearing from the testimony of the said Perry Lassister and Homer A. Reese, the attesting witnesses thereto, that said paper writing was written in the life time of the said Mary I. Chenault and signed by her, and subscribed in her presence and at her request, by the said Perry Lassister and Homer A. Reese as attesting witnesses, and that said instrument was executed by the said Mary I. Chenault on the day it bears date as and for her last will and testament, and that she was at the time of sound mind and disposing memory and was more than twenty one years of age.
And it further appearing to the court that the said Mary I. Chenault lately died in Sumner County, Tennessee, and that her usual place of residence at the time of her death was in said County, it is so adjudged.
And it is adjudged and declared by the Court that said instrument is the true, whole and last will and testament of the said Mary I. Chenault, deceased, and the same is hereby admitted to probate as such, and the Clerk is directed to file and record the same.
And the said Will Chenault being named in said will as the Executor thereof and being excused from executing bond under said will appeared in open court and accepted said trust, when he was duly qualified and letters testamentary ordered issued to him.