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, Mrs. Prudence Simpson Dresser, of Gallatin, Sumner County, Tennessee, do make and publish this as my last will and testament, hereby revoking and making void any and all other wills heretofore at any time made by me.
1; I will and direct that all of my just debts be first paid, including my funeral expenses, out of any estate I may leave.
2; I give my family portraits and family photographs, including those of my mother, my brother S. H. Simpson and myself, to my cousin, Mrs. U. G. Walker, of McAllen, Texas. Also to the same beneficiary my certificates of membership in the U. D. C. and the D. A. R.
3; I give my table silver and silverware to my niece, Mrs. Kate Simpson Baker.
4; I give my bedding, bed linen and table linen to the State of Tennessee, for the use of the Tennessee Vocational School for Girls, at Tullahoma, Tennessee.
5; I give my garden tools and implements and all fuel to Jim Scott, colored, Trigg St., Gallatin, Tennessee.
6; I give all my wearing apparel to DeAllie Hanna, colored, 33 Bledsoe St., Gallatin, Tennessee.
7; I give my books on musical subjects, my sheet music, my bound books of music, and my two diplomas (New England Conservatory of Music, and Art Publication Society) to my niece, Mrs. Cloyd Nee, Gallatin, Tennessee.
8; I give all books not herein otherwise disposed of to the State of Tennessee, for the Library of the State Penitentiary, at Nashville, Tennessee.
9; I give the sepia portrait of my father, Capt. Samuel Robert Simpson, to the State of Tennessee, to hang upon the wall of the Office of the State Penitentiary, at Nashville, Tennessee; which institution he built during the administration of Gov. Peter Turney.
10; I give the inlaid tool chest made by and belonging to my father, Capt. Samuel Robert Simpson, and the plain wooden chest carried by him throughout the war of 1861-65, to the Tennessee Historical Society, Nashville, Tennessee.
11; I give my dishes and glass ware, sewing machine, and all carpenter tools to the State of Tennessee, for the Tennessee Industrial School, at Nashville, Tennessee.
12; I give my Hopf violin, case and bow, to my niece, Elizabeth Neel, Gallatin, Tennessee.
13; I give the sepia portrait of my husband, Harry Knight Dresser, to his sister, Mrs. Lawrence Davis, 73 Washington Park, Newtonville, Massachusetts, if she survives me; otherwise to my husband's nephew, Harry Dresser, son of Phillip Dresser, address unknown.
14; All other property, real and personal, not herein above disposed of, shall be sold by my Executor at public or private sale in its discretion. The proceeds of such sales I give and bequeath as follows;
(a); The sum of $300.00 to the Municipal Corporation of Gallatin, Tennessee, in trust, to be safely invested and the income therefrom to be used for the repair and upkeep of the cemetery lot in Gallatin, Tennessee, in which are buried my father, my mother, my two brothers, my sister, my husband, and my daughter, and in which my own burial will be made.
(b); The sum of $500.00 each to my cousin, Miss Adele Sawyer, 1919 North 17 St., Philadelphia, Pa., and to De Allie Hanna, colored, 33 Bledsoe St., Gallatin, Tennessee, if they survive me; otherwise these bequests to revert to my estate.
(c); All the rest and residue of the said proceeds unto the following beneficiaries, equally;
(1) The Salvation Army, Inc., Dixie Division, a religious and charitable corporation, to be used in carrying on its work in Tennessee. This fund as a memorial to my father, Capt. Samuel Robert Simpson, my mother Catherine Cressman Simpson, and my brother Samuel Howard Simpson.
(2) The Tennessee Tuberculosis Association, Inc., Chamber of Commerce Bldg., Nashville, Tennessee, to be used, preferably, in Sumner County, Tennessee. This fund as a memorial to my husband, Harry Knight Dresser, my daughter, Catherine Simpson Dresser, and myself.
15; I hereby nominate and appoint the Sumner County Bank & Trust Co., of Gallatin, Tennessee, to be the Executor of this my last will and testament; which is typewritten on two pages of paper, upon the margin of each page of which I have written my name and the number of the page, for the purpose of identifying the same as my will.
Given under my hand at Gallatin, Tennessee, on this the 26 day of November,
Prudence Simpson Dresser
Signed by the said Prudence Simpson Dresser as and for her last will and
testament in the presence of us, the undersigned, who at her request and
in her sight and presence, and in the presence of each other, have signed
our names hereto as attesting witnesses, on the day and date above
A. L. Sloan
WILL OF PRUDENCE SIMPSON DRESSER,
BE IT REMEMBERED, that on this 30th day of March, 1938, before the Honorable J. W. McCormack, Chairman of the County Court of Sumner County, Tennessee, the Sumner County Bank & Trust Company, of Gallatin, Tennessee, the Executor named therein, produced in open court a typewritten paper purporting to be the last will and testament of Prudence Simpson Dresser, deceased, bearing date of November 26, 1937, having the name of Prudence Simpson Dresser signed thereto, and being subscribed by A. L. Sloan and King Lassister as attesting witnesses, and moved the court that same be
admitted to probate and record as the last will and testament of the said Prudence Simpson Dresser, deceased.
And it appearing from the testimony of the said A. L. Sloan and King Lassister, the attesting witnesses thereto, that said paper writing was written in the life time of the said Prudence Simpson Dresser, and signed by her, and subscribed in her presence and at her request, by the said A. L. Sloan and King Lassister as attesting witnesses, and that said instrument was executed by the said Prudence Simpson Dresser on the day it bears date as and for her last will and testament, and that she was at the time of sound mind and disposing memory and was more than twenty-one years of age.
And it furthur appearing to the court that the said Prudence Simpson Dresser lately died in Sumner County, Tennessee, and that her usual place of residence at the time of her 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 Prudence Simpson Dresser, deceased, and the same is hereby admitted to probate as such, and the clerk is directed to file and record the same.
And the said Sumner County Bank & Trust Company, of Gallatin, Tennessee, being named in said will as the executor thereof, appeared in open court and accepted the appointment, and together with its surety, Aetna Casualty and Surety Company, of Hartford, Connecticut, by A. J. Swaney, attorney in fact, in open court entered into and acknowledged their bond payable to the State of Tennessee in the sum of Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00), conditioned as the law directs, when it was duly qualified as such executor and letters testamentary ordered issued to said Sumner county Bank & Trust Company.