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Mary Seawell, 1831

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. II
May 1823 - June 1842

(Page 151)

In the name of God Amen! I, Mary Seawell of the County of Sumner and State of Tennessee, being frail in body but of sound mind and disposing judgment and memory on this the twenty first day of July, in the year of our Lord Eighteen Hundred and Thirty One, do make and constitute, the following instrument my last Will and Testament revoking all others whatsoever to wit:

To my son Jeremiah Page Seawell, I will and bequeath a negro woman named Nancy and her youngest child named Chancy. To my son Robert Hicks Seawell, I will and bequeath two negro girls, one named Aley and the other Mary, both of them are children of Nancy. To my daughter Martha Thomas Seawell and the heirs of her body forever, I will and bequeath to my daughter Eliza Freer Seawell and the heirs of her body forever. I will and bequeath a negro boy named James and a negro girl child named Rachel, both of them are children of Matilda. It is my will that the above named property shall be divided at my death under the following regulations, that is to say: each and every lot of negroes as before named whose lot or lots of negroes amounts to greater value than other or others then and in that case he she or they shall pay over to each of them whose lots are of less value so that each and every one as above named shall receive an equal division of the whole, share and share alike. To each of my two daughters as above named, I will and bequeath a good feather bed and furniture and bed stead. All of the balance of my chattles & property of every description shall be sold for the payment of my just debts and should there remain a balance, shall be equally divided between my four children as above named. I have two old negroe women for whom I am anxious to provide, they having been faithful servants; it is my will therefore that the said two servants or negro women, one named Peggy and the other Ailsey shall be supported by and between my two sons Jeremiah Page Seawell and Robert Hicks Seawell for and in consideration of their devise. I reserve will and bequeath to each of my sons aforesaid one feather bed and furniture and bedstead out of my chattled property which I have directed to be sold as aforesaid. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal on the day and date above written. Mary Seawell (Seal)


James Frazer

Wm. Seawell

State of Tennessee, Sumner County Court November Term 1832.

The last Will and Testament of Mary Seawell dec'd was exhibited in open court for probate and was duly proved agreeable to Law by the oath of William Seawell one of the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded and there being no Executor therein named, it is ordered by the court that Robert Seawell be appointed Administrator with the Will annexed of all and singular to the goods and chattles, rights and credits of said decedent and with Benjamin C. Seawell and John Mills his securities entered into and acknowledged their bond to the Governor in the sum of Two Thousand dollars conditioned as the Law directs and to the oath of Administrator prescribed by Law.

A Copy Test - A. H. Douglass, Clerk of said Court.


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