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, George W. Rawlings weak of body but of sound and disposing mind and memory, and being fully convinced of the certainty of death and uncertainty of life do hereby make and publish the following as my last Will and Testament.
1st: I give my soul to God who gave it and my body to its mother dust from whence it came to be buried in a Christian like manner.
2nd: I wish my Executor and Executrix herein after named to pay all my just debts.
3rdly: I give and bequeath unto my dearly beloved
and affectionate Mother Mary Rawlings fifty dollars.
4thly: I give and bequeath to my much beloved and esteemed friend Bartholomew Watkins five hundred dollars.
5thly: I give and bequeath unto my beloved nephew Benjamin R. Howard my gold watch and Rigging.
6thly: I give and bequeath unto my dearly beloved sister Bennetta E. Rawlings my tract of land lying on Station Camp Creek willed or deeded to me by my father Benjamin Rawlings dec'd my negro girl Juliet and my negro man Daniel and all the monies to which I am entitled from any and every source whatever and also the whole of my distribution portion of my deceased brother Rufus K. Rawlings's estate and I do hereby bequeath to her all the balance of my property of every description whatever except what is willed above.
7thly: I do hereby appoint my friend Bartholomew Watkins Executor and my sister Bennetta E. Rawlings Executrix of this my last Will and Testament. I do hereby revoke and cancel all former wills made by me and publish this as my last Will and Testament.
In witness whereof I have here unto signed my name and affixed my seal this 4th November 1833. G. W. Rawlings (Seal)
John H. Turner
J. A. Blackmore
State of Tennessee, Sumner County Court February Term 1834.
A paper writing purporting to be the last Will and Testament of George W. Rawlings dec'd was exhibited in open Court for probate and was duly proved as his last Will and Testament by the oath of John H. Turner and James A. Blackmore the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded and there upon Bartholomew Watkins the Executor and Bennetta E. Rawlings the Executrix named in said last Will and Testament appeared in open Court and renounced as such whereupon Young A. Douglass was appointed Administrator with the will annexed of the estate of said decedant and with James Stratton Sr. and Isaac C. Douglass his securities interred into and acknowledged their bond to the Governor in the sum of Ten Thousand Dollars conditioned as the Law directs and took the oath prescribed by Law.