TSL&A Microfilm - Roll #91
Probate Records (County or Chancery Court)
Wills Vol. 1 - 5; July 1789 - July 1904
Transcribed by Linda Carpenter
County Court Clerk's Office
Will Book - Vol. I
July 1789 - Aug 1822
I John Seawell of Sumner County, and state of Tennessee, being weak of body but of perfect mind and memory by the permission of God, do make this my last will and testament in manor and form following.
It is my will and desire that as the discretion of my executors they sell so much of my perishable property as will be sufficient to pay my just debts and such other of my property as may or shall be left to remain in the possession of my wife Alsa Seawell together with the use of my land and plantation during her widowhood or until my eldest children come of age or marry, for the purpose of raising and educating my three children, Hardy, Polly, and Benjamin Seawell and that such of my property as my executors may think proper shall or may from time to time be sold for the above mentioned purposes and whenever my wife marrys or my children come of age or marry my property of every kind to be equally divided between them.
My wife to have a child's part and as there may be some of my property that cannot be divided other ways it is my will that it be sold by my Executors for twelve months credit and the moneys arising from the sale thereof
to be divided as above mentioned. It is my will and desire that whenever my two sons Hardy and Benjamin arrive to sufficient age they be bound, or put by my Executors to such trade profession as they shall think proper.
I also wish that my Negro man George, for his encouragement to the faithful performance of his duty be allowed of what he earns such pittance as my Executors may think his service merits.
I hereby constitute and appoint my wife, Alsa Seawell and my brothers William, Benjamin, and Joseph Seawell my Executrix and Executors to this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal 6th day of May, 1801
John Seawell (Seal)
Jno. Z. Tinlock?