TSL&A Microfilm - Roll #93
Probate Records (County or Chancery Court)
Wills Vol. 11 - 12 ; January, 1943 - June, 1961
Transcribed by Jan J. Barnes
County Court Clerk's Office
Will Book - Vol. XII
In the name of God amen.
I Minnie Durham Mason being of sound mind and memory, but knowing the uncertainty of human life do make and publish my last Will and Testament. That is to say I will that after a reasonable length of time that my Home be sold to the best advantage anhd the amount of money it brings to be divided equally between Mrs. Ethleen Gillespie, Mrs. Bertha Wright, Mrs. Mildred Kennedy and I will that my grandson D. W. Wilks has the suit of Furniture in my room the marble top Table in the living room and the folding table in there that was my Grandmothers.
I will Bertha Wright the small table that has 2 drawers it was her Grandmothers. I will that David Mason has the two jugs that sit on mantel in living room his grand fathers clothes brush and the small silver pitcher that was Carys.
I will Ethleen Gillespie the bed clothes box in the light house. I will that each of them take the Gifts that they have given me thru these years they will know them. The China in cabinet be divided between them. I will that D. W. has the 2 pictures over the mantel in my room. I will that all quilts sheets pillow cases be divided between my girls also all table linens I will that David Mason has his grandfathers clock I will that Mildred has the new clock in my room I will that after the House is sold that Ethleen Gillespie & Bertha Wright pay Mildred Kennedy one hundred dollars cash for things that Mildred has done for me I will that Bertha has whatnot in corner & sewing cabinet that she gave me years ago. I will that Ethleen has the pictures of she & Lula when they were small. Also Carys picture on the mantel I will that Bertha has David Masons baby pictures in my room I will that Ethleen has picture of Lula & her School as Jack is in it.
I will that if anyone offers to contest this will that it will bar them from having any part in it.
This Jan 29 1951
Minnie Durham Mason
PROBATE OF LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF MINNIE DURHAM MASON, DECEASED
BE IT REMEMBERED, that on June 9, 1958, before the Honorable S. W. Dismukes, Judge of the County Court of Sumner County, Tennessee, Ethleen M. Gillespie produced in open court a paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Minnie Durham Mason, lately deceased bearing date of January 29, 1951, having the name of Minnie Durham Mason signed thereto and moved the court that the same be admitted to probate and recorded as the last will and testament of the said Minnie Durham Mason, deceased, and it appearing to the court that said paper writing is a holographic instrument; and it further appearing to the court from the testimony of Mrs. Mildred Kennedy as to the finding of said will, who being first sworn, deposed as follows: that the said paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Minnie Durham Mason, deceased, bearing date of January 29, 1951, and signed by Minnie Durham Mason, was found by Mrs. Mildred Kennedy, in a drawer, at her home, among her valuable papers, and it further appearing to the court from the testimony of W. H. Hitchcock and A. C. Earls, two credible witnesses and citizens of Sumner County, Tennessee, who being first duly sworn, deposed as follows: that they were personally and well acquainted with Minnie Durham Mason during her life time that she died May 31, 1958, in Sumner County, Tennessee, that her usual place of residence and home at the time of her death was Sumner County, Tennessee, that her hand writing was generally known among her acquaintances; that they are well acquainted with the same and that they verily believe the paper writing bearing date the 29 day of January, 1951, and signed Minnie Durham Mason, purporting to be the last will and testament every word and figure therein, including the signature thereto, is all in the own proper and genuine hand writing of the said Minnie Durham Mason, now deceased, and that they know of no reason why said instrument should not be probated as her last will and testament.
And it is adjudged and declared by the court that the said instrument is the true, whole and last will and testament of the said Minnie Durham Mason, deceased, and the same is admitted to probate as such; and the Clerk is directed to file and record the same.
It appearing to the court that Ethleen M. Gillespie is a fit and proper person to administer on said estate C. T. A. and the said Ethleen M. Gillespie having appeared in open court accepted said trust, and entered into a proper bond with Mildred Kennedy and Brown Braly, as sureties thereon, in the sum of Three thousand ($3000.00) Dollars, conditioned according to law, having been sworn faithfully to perform the duties of administratrix c. t. a. on said estate according to law. It is, therefore, ordered by the court that the said Ethleen M. Gillespie be clothed with all the powers and charged with all duties of administratrix cum testamento annexo of the estate of Minnie Durham Mason, deceased, and that letters of administration issued to her accordingly.