TSL&A Microfilm - Roll #92
Probate Records (County or Chancery Court)
Wills Vol. 6-9; Nov. 1905 - Oct. 1942
Transcribed by Jan J. Barnes
I, M. F. Crafton, of Sumner County, Tennessee, being of sound mind and disposing memory do hereby make and declare this to be my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void any and all other wills by me at anytime heretofore made.
ITEM 1; I will and direct that all my just debts be paid by my Executor hereinafter named, including my funeral expenses, as soon after my death as can conveniently be done.
ITEM 2; I will and bequeath the sum of One Hundred ($100.00) Dollars, each to Ella May Crafton, Louise Crafton, Rufe Crafton, Sarah Crafton and Earl Crafton, to be paid each of them in cash by my Executor hereinafter named.
ITEM 3; I will, devise and bequeath all the remainder of my estate after the payment of my debts and the bequests mentioned in Item 2, hereof, including my farm of 140 acres in the 16th, Civil District of Sumner County, on which I now reside, any and all other real estate that I may own at the time of my death, including all personal property, to my brother Jeff Crafton, his heirs and assigns, in fee simple forever.
ITEM 4; I hereby nominate and appoint my said brother, Jeff Crafton Executor of this my last will and testament and request that he be qualified as such Executor without being required to execute bond to any Court for the performance of his duties.
Witness my hand, this 29th day of August, 1931.
Wit; Harvey L. Brown M. F. (his mark) Crafton
Signed by the testator, M. F. Crafton, in our presence, who, at his request
and in his presence, and in the presence of each other have subscribed our
names hereto as attesting witnesses, this 29th, day of August, 1931.
W. M. Glover
C. T. McGlothlin
WILL OF M. F. CRAFTON, DECEASED.
BE IT REMEMBERED that on this the 8th day of May, 1937, before the Hon. J. W. McCormack, Chairman of the County Court of Sumner County, Tennessee, Jeff Crafton the person named Executor therein, produced in open court a type-written paper purporting to be the last will and testament of M. F. Crafton, lately deceased, bearing date of August 29th, 1931, having the name of M. F. Crafton signed thereto, the signature being my mark with Harvey L. Brown as witness to said mark, and being subscribed by W. M. Glover and C. T. McGlothlin as attesting witnesses, and moved the court that the same be admitted to probate and record as the last will of the said M. F. Crafton, deceased.
Thereupon came into open court, M. F. Johnson, who being first duly sworn
deposes and says, that W. M. Glover one of the witnesses to said will is now dead, and that he was personally and intimately acquainted with the said W. M. Glover and knew his handwriting as his handwriting was generally known among his acquaintances, and after carefully examining said paper writing says that the signature of W. M. Glover as attesting witness thereto is the genuine signature of the said W. M. Glover, now deceased.
And furthur came into open court J. R. Meguiar, who being first duly sworn deposes and says, that C. T. McGlothin one of the witnesses to said will is now dead, and that he was personally and intimately acquainted with the said C. T. McGlothlin and knew his handwriting as his handwriting was generally known among his acquaintances, and after carefully examining said paper writing says that the signature of C. T. McGlothlin as attesting witness thereto is the genuine signature of the said C. T. McGlothlin, now deceased.
And Harvey L. Brown, the witness to the mark of the said M. F. Crafton appeared in open Court and says that he was present and witnesses the mark of the said M. F. Crafton at the time of signing said will.
And it further appearing to the court from the testimony of Jeff Crafton the Executor named therein that said typewritten paper was found at the home of the said M. F. Crafton in a trunk with other valuable papers belonging to the deceased, and that the said M. F. Crafton lately died in Sumner County, Tennessee.
It is therefore appearing to the Court that said paper writing was written in the life time of the said M. F. Crafton and signed by him and subscribed in his presence by the said W. M. Glover and C. T. McGlothlin as attesting witnesses at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other, and that said instrument was executed on the day it bears date as and for his last will and testament, and that he was at the time of sound mind and disposing memory and was more than twenty one years of age; and it further appearing that the said M. C. (clerk error) Crafton lately died in Sumner County, Tennessee, and that his home and place of residence at the time of his 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 M. F. Crafton, deceased, and the same is hereby admitted to probate and the Clerk is directed to file and record the same.
And Jeff Crafton being named in said will as the Executor thereof and being excused under the terms of the will from executing bond therefor, appeared in open Court and accepted the trust and was duly qualified as the law directs and letters testamentary ordered issued to him.