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. III
Aug, 1842 - Aug, 1870
In the name of God Amen, I John Patterson being sound in mind and memory make this as my last will and testament.
1st: I give my soul to God who gave it and my body to be buried in a Christian manner at the discretion of my wife and relations. I leave my Executrix and my executors Five Thousand dollars to be expended in building a suitable monument and in beautifying one half acre of ground around my grave. My grave being the center of the circle around my grave. I wish to be buried near what is called the Buffalo Spring in my grass lot. My wife knows the place.
2nd: I give to my wife the following property, the home place containing about four hundred acres, more or less, Beginning in Frank Rogan's line north of the mouth of the lane running from Davie Chenault's gate South through the center of said lane to Chenault's line, thence East to a Boxelder Chenault's and my corner,
thence South to Chenault's corner walnut stump and Oak, thence East to Chenault's corner, thence South to a planted rock Chenault's corner and mine, thence East to Mrs. Weathered line a coffenut, thence North to Mrs. McMurry line, thence West to Mrs. McMurry's corner and mine, thence North with her line passing her corner to the center of a branch running in to the East fork of Bledsoe Creek to Frank Rogan's line, thence with his line to the beginning to have to do with as she may think proper forever. All the property I give to my wife is hers to do with as she may think proper at her death. I also give my wife E. G. Patterson as much of my household furniture as she may think proper, to take as many of my hogs, cows, sheep, and horses as she may want, all of my farming tools and buggy, she is to have as many of my books as she may want. I also give her Ten of my gold paying bonds of one thousand dollars each, all the corn and other property on hand is to be hers. The remainder of my property real and personal and mixed I give to my brother Lawson Patterson, John M. Mading, John C. Patterson, Dr. Patterson, and the doctor's son John Patterson equally to be divided as they may think proper. My debts are but few they are first to be paid.
I leave my wife E. G. Patterson Executrix and my three nephews John M. Mading, John C. Patterson, and Dr. John Patterson Executors, to this my last will and testament and do not require them to give security as such. I leave Dr. John Patterson as guardian to his son John Patterson and do not require security of him as guardian in witness of which I here set my hand and seal this 26th of May 1869.
W. H. Hall
B. B. M. L. Barr
State of Tennessee, Sumner County - The last will and testament of John Patterson dec'd was this day produced in open court for probate and was duly proved by the oaths of W. H. Hall and B. B. M. L. Barr the subscribing witnesses thereto and was ordered to be recorded. This 1st Nov 1869 - Copy Test: Jesse Cage, D. C. C.