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Peter Townsend

TSL&A Microfilm - Roll #91
Probate Records (County or Chancery Court)
Wills Vol. 1 - 5; July 1789 - July 1904

Transcribed by Jan J. Barnes
©2002

County Court Clerk's Office
Will Book - Vol. III
Aug. 1842 - Aug 1870

In the name of God Amen.  I Peter Townsend of the County of Sumner being sick of body but of sound mind and memory do make and ordain this my last will and Testament hereby revoking all other wills whatsoever by me heretofore made.  Item It is my will and desire and I do order for all my just debts to be paid then I give and bequeath to my son George W. W. Townsend, Henry, Stephen, Miles, Dinah, Lewis, Dick and their future increase forever.  Also two featherbeds & furniture, two good horses, two cows and calves one choice young yoke of oxen four ewes and lambs, two sows and pigs.  Item I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Lucrecy Townsend all the rest of my property during her natural life or widowhood.  Item it is my wish and desire that my wife should lend to my son Joseph W. H. Townsend when he becomes of age one negro boy and girl also one Horse, Bridle & Saddle, one feather bed and furniture and likewise my daughter Elizabeth H. Townsend.  I wish my wife to lend her a negro boy & girl, one Horse, Bridle and Saddle one featherbed and furniture and Peter Townsend Junr. the land is to remain unsold until Peter Townsend arrives to the age of twenty one then sold & money equally divided amongst all four of my children.  My son George W. W. Townsend is at liberty to build on any part of the land that he thinks properly, and act and transact all the business for his mother in law and her children and is my wish and desire that my son George W. W. Townsend and my wife Lucrecy Townsend to keep all the property on the premises except what may loaned to the children or that which may be surplus property.  Item last I do hereby appoint my wife and George W. W. Townsend Executor and Executrix to this my last will and Testament whereof I have hereunto set my hand.  Item it is my Will and desire that neither my Executrix or my Executor shall give security for their performance, this 12th March 1825.
Peter (his mark) Townsend

Witness
Thomas Stone
Mary & J. Stoler

State of Tennessee
Sumner County Court December Term 1858
The last Will and Testament of Peter Townsend dec'd was this day produced in open Court for probate and was duly proved by the oath of Thomas Stone one of the subscribing witnesses thereto and is therefore ordered by the Court to be recorded.

From the County Court Minutes
TSL&A Microfilm # 51
Jan. 1853 - Apr 1866
Page 14
State of Tennessee
Sumner County Court December Term 1858
The last Will and Testament of Peter Townsend dec'd was this day produced in open court for probate and was duly proved by the oath of Thos. Stone one of the subscribing witnesses thereto and is therefore ordered by the Court to be recorded.

Ordered by the Court that Peter Townsend, Jr. be appointed Administrator with the will annexed, the Executor named duly? dec'd and the Executrix refusing to act, of all and singular the goods and chattels  rights and credits that are of the Estate of Peter Townsend, dec'd and thereupon the said Peter Townsend together with Thos. Stone and J. W. Head his security appeared in open Court and entered into and acknowledged their bond to the State of Tennessee in the sum of four thousand dollars conditioned as the law directs and was duly qualified.


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