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. I
July 1789 - Aug 1822
In the name of God Amen, having taken into consideration that it is appointed for all men once to die and being in a low state of health at this time but of sound mind.
I first will and bequeath my body to the dust from whence it come and my soul to God who gave it.
2ndly. It is my will and desire that my wife Franky Rickman shall keep the plantation whereon I now live and everything that is belonging to it during her widowhood and to divide the property among my children as they stand in need giving each one of them a good horse saddle and bridle and other things that she my wife Franky thinks proper. Should either one of my sons or daughters marry or leave their Mother satisfactory I will that they have such property as my wife can spare without any inpose? to herself and those that remain with her, it being valued to them and recorded. The land and plantation containing one hundred and fifty acres to be
divided equally among my five youngest sons. (Viz) David H., James, Joshua, John S., Mark Rickman, at such times as she thinks proper.
3rdly. I will that my son Thomas have fifty acres of land where on he now lives and if he has more land than each one of the other five will have when they come of age he Thomas shall pay to them the over plus equally and lastly I appoint my son Thomas Rickman and my wife Franky Rickman my Executor and Executrix to this my last Will and Testament in witness whereof I have set my hand this twentieth of April 1816. Nathan (his mark) Rickman
State of Tennessee, Sumner County Court May Term 1816.
The last Will and Testament of Nathan Rickman dec'd was exhibited in Court for probate and the same was thereupon duly proved by the oaths of Isaac Leath and Samuel Henry subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded at the same time Thomas Rickman and Franky Rickman Executor and Executrix of said last Will and Testament appeared in Court and qualified as such by taking the oath of an executor as prescribed by law.