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. II
May 1823 - June 1842
In the name of God Amen! I, John Peyton Senr. of Sumner County and State of Tennessee, being old and frail in body but of sound mind and perfect memory, knowing that all men must die do make and declare this to be my last Will and Testament.
Item 1st: I wish all my just and lawful debts to be paid as long as I have a dollar left in the world.
Secondly: As to my property I have none worth divided except the remainder of my land and my negro man Arthur, and this and it's proceeds after paying off all my debts as aforesaid, I wish to be equally divided between my three youngest children, Rebecca H. Parker, Joseph H. Peyton and Sally H. Peyton, my other children requesting it to be done. But the little piece of land near Thomas Keefe I have sold unto my son Balie Peyton at eight dollars per acre to be applied to the payment of my debts in the first place, that is before any other part of my estate is appropriated to the payment of debts and especially all the cost whether to lawyers, witnesses or otherwise in the cases of McKoin against me which has been lately tried at Nashville and also the like cost of the suit myself against McKoin and others in the Chancery Court at Franklin and which my son Balie has or may have advanced money for the purposes aforesaid, he is to retain it out of the land aforesaid and he is to pay a debt of near Three Thousand dollars which I am owing the Administrators of Elmore Douglass out of said land.
Thirdly: As to the land whereon I live, there is nearly enough for one settlement and I wish it to remain in the family, my will therefore is that my son Balie Peyton have that tract also at ten dollars per acre and take it into his possession and improve it to live on liking the money to be due at the time my Executors would be required by law to make distributions provided said suits are determined the money to be equally divided between my said three children, Rebecca, Joseph and Sally.
Fourthly: As to my negro man Arthur my will is that he shall be exposed to public (Sale) by my Executor within twelve months after he qualifies, on a twelve months credit the money to be divided as aforesaid the said negro to remain on the farm till sold.
Fifthly: As to my stock farming utensils furniture & etc. they are so inconsiderable that I do not either sold or divided but kept for the use of the family except one cow, one bed stead and furniture I wish my daughter Sally to have when she marries.
Sixthly: I do hereby appoint my son Balie Peyton Executor to this my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal, this twenty first day of September in the year of Our Lord Eighteen hundred and thirty. John Peyton, Sr. (Seal)
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