Transcribed by Jan J. Barnes
Pages 241 - 242
I, Rettie Bracken of Portland, Sumner County, Tennessee being of sound mind and disposing memory do hereby make, publish and declare this as and for my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking and making void any and all other Wills heretofore by me made.
Item 1: I devise and direct that all my debts and funeral expenses be first paid by my Executrix out of any funds coming into her hands as such Executrix.
Item 2: I will, bequeath and devise to my son, Dewey Bracken or his heirs one electric cook stove, a special old straight chair, one-third of sheets and quilts.
Item 3: I will, bequeath and devise to my granddaughter, Gloria Bracken Mason one Coldspot refrigerator.
Item 4: I will, bequeath and devise to Billy Bracken three pair of large pillow cases and Fifty Dollars in cash.
Item 5: I will, bequeath and devise to Bruce Bracken one old Seth-Thomas clock and Fifty Dollars in cash.
Item 6: I will, bequeath and devise to Zelma Bracken Klein one dining table, devenette, big white blanket and one-third quilts and sheets, a set of dishes which she desires and glass fruit saucers. If the said Zelma Bracken Klein precedes me to death, I bequeath whatever is bequeathed to her to be equally divided between Dewey Bracken and Eva Nell Bracken Cummings.
Item 7: I will, bequeath and devise to Eva Nell Bracken Cummings or her heirs all beds, springs and mattresses, set of dishes with white dogwood blossoms, dresser with marble slab, two rockers given me by Maudie Wright and Eunice Smart, and one-third of my quilts and sheets.
Item 8: I will, bequeath and devise to Jean Cummings Palmer one General Electric deep freezer and contents, lounge, mattress and springs, Singer Sewing Machine, trunk and little chair.
Item 9: It is my will and desire that my Executrix hereinafter named divide the remainder of my personal property equally between my heirs as near as can be done.
Item 10: It is my will and desire that my Executrix hereinafter named sell any and all real estate that I possess at my death and convert same into cash and divide it equally between my bodily heirs.
Item 11: I hereby nominate and appoint Eva Nell Bracken Cummings as Executrix of this my last will and Testament, and hereby authorize and fully empower my said Executrix, at her discretion, to sell any and all real estate which I may possess at my death, for the purpose of paying my debts, funeral expenses and to carry out the provisions of this my last Will and Testament, and hereby fully empower her to make title to the purchaser or purchasers as fully and completely as I myself could do. Subscribed my name this 7th day of June 1954.
Mrs. Rettie Bracken
We the undersigned, at the request of the above named testator, Mrs. Rettie
Bracken known to us, saw Her sign the above and foregoing instrument of writing
which was declared to be her last Will and Testament, and we subscribed the
same in her presence and in the presence of each other as, attesting witnesses
thereto, on the day and date above written.
J. L. Smart
E. D. Brooks
PROBATE OF LAST WILL TESTAMENT OF MRS. RETTIE BRACKEN, DECEASED.
BE IT REMEMBERED, that on this 18th day of June, 1959, before the Honorable S. W. Dismukes, Chairman of the County Court of Sumner County, Tennessee, Eva Nell Bracken Cummings produced in open court a typewritten paper purporting to be the last will and testament of Mrs. Rettie Bracken lately deceased, bearing date June 7, 1954, having the name of Mrs. Rettie Bracken signed thereto and being subscribed by J. L. Smart and E. D. Brooks as attesting witnesses, and moved the court that the same is admitted to probate and record as the lst will and testament of the said Mrs. Rettie Bracken and signed by her, and subscribed in her presence and at her request and in the presence of each other by the said J. L. Smart and E. D. Brooks and in the presence of each other as attesting witnesses and that said instrument was executed by Mrs. Rettie Bracken, 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 further appearing that the said Mrs. Rettie Bracken 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 further adjudged and declared by the court that said instrument is the true, whole and last will and testament of the said Mrs. Rettie Bracken 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 Eva Nell Bracken Cummings named as Executrix of said will appeared in open court and accepted said appointment and entering into a proper bond as such in the sum of Two Thousand Dollars ($2,000.00) and letters testamentary order issued to her by the Clerk of the Court.