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, Jesse Skeen, do make and publish this my Last Will and Testament. First, I recommend my soul to God who gave it. Secondly, I wish that my funeral expenses be paid as soon after my death as possible out of any moneys that I may be possessed of or may first come into the hands of my Executors. Thirdly, I give and bequeath unto my daughter Nancy McGlothlin, wife of William, a certain Negro girl named Susan with an addition of my old mill tract of land lying in Simpson County, State of Kentucky, if not sold previous to my death, to her and her heirs forever. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Sarah Groves, wife of John Groves, one dollar for reasons known to myself, to her heirs forever I give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth Skeen all the land which I possess on the east side of Drake's Creek including the mansion house together with all other improvements except for one hundred acres of land called the Barrowfield Tract and my Negro man Ned and Negro woman Sylvia, to her and her heirs forever. I also give and bequeath unto my son Kinion Taylor Skeen all the land I am seized of lying north of the one hundred acre Barrowfield Trace with the addition of said hundred acre Barrowfield survey at my death with my Negro man Jim, to him and his heirs forever. I also give and bequeath unto my daughter Parolie Butler, wife of John Butler, for reasons known only to myself (will did not state bequest), to her and her heirs forever. I also give and bequeath unto my daughter Rachel Meador, wife of Anderson A. Meador, my Negro man Sam, to her and her heirs forever. I also give and bequeath unto my son Alexander David Skeen my Negro man Anthony, to him and his heirs forever. I also give and bequeath unto my daughter Charity Skeen a certain tract of land lying on the west side of Drake's Creek beginning at a Spanish Oak bearing north and west with the meanders of said creek to the north bordering to the Manasah Taylor tract, thence west so far by running south as will include the Sproull Spring continuing south to Rachel Caldwell's line thence within lines east and south to Gribler's west boundry line to said creek thence down said creek's meander to the beginning with my Negro woman Mary and her child James, unto her and her heirs forever. I also give and bequeath unto my son John Gilbert Skeen my McKinney tract of land if not sold previous to my death with my Negro Pracilla, to him and his heirs forever. I also give and bequeath unto my daughter Polly a certain tract of land lying west of my daughter Charity's land beginning at Charity's north west corner west to Charles W. Williams line thence south and west to said Williams line to my west boundry of fifty acre tract thence south to that line to the north boundry of the Benjamin Mabry tract thence east with said line passing the perimeter opposite the blacksmith shop where it now stands thence due south to Baskerville line then east to Charity's west boundry, with my Negro girl Fanny, to her and her heirs forever. The beforementioned property shall remain in my possession during my lifetime and after my death to be divided as specified in this my Will. It is also my wish and desire that all my household and kitchen furniture at my death to be divided between my three dumb daughters, to wit: Elizabeth, Charity and Polly, and it is further my wish and desire that all the balance of my chattel property be sold agreeable to each and the proceeds to be equally divided between each of the Legatees after my just debts and other necessary expenses be paid.
It is my will that the Benjamin Mabry tract of land be sold after my death if not previously sold and the proceeds equally divided between the Legatees. Lastly, my will is that I leave the conduct of my Negro man Ned to the discretion of my Executors, that is to say, if he behaves well he is to remain in the possession of my daughter Elizabeth, and if to the contrary, he is to be sold and the proceeds of said boy Ned to be paid to my said daughter. And I in conclusion do hereby constitute and appoint Kinion T. Skeen and John G. Skeen Executors to this my Last Will and Testament, and it is my desire that out of the proceeds of my chattel property the said Kinion T. and John G. Skeen shall have a reasonable compensation for their services. In Witness Whereof I hereby set my hand and seal this the twenty-fourth day of March, One Thousand Eight Hundred and Forty. Jesse Skeen Seal
Signed and Sealed in our presence and we have subscribed our names hereto in the presence of the Testator this twenty-fourth day of March 1840.
I, Jesse Skeen, having heretofore made and published my Last Will and Testament do make and declare this Codicil hereunto, to wit: First, I desire that my three deaf and dumb daughters have one year's support out of my estate after my death. Secondly, it is my will and desire that each of my deaf and dumb daughters have a horse beast worth fifty dollars. Thirdly, it is my will and desire that my daughters have the exclusive privilege at any time to prevent any Negroes willed to my deaf and dumb daughters from being taken out of the State of Tennessee and Fourthly, it is my desire that my Negro girl Lavinia aged about six be free at the age of sixteen years and lastly, it is my desire that this Codicil be attended to and constitute a part of my Will to all intents and purposes. This 4th day of December 1841. Jesse Skeen. Seal
John C. McCreary
State of Tennessee, Sumner County Court March 1842 - The Last Will and Testament of Jesse Skeen dec'd was produced in open court for probate and was duly proven by the oaths of Hezkiah Tribble and Andrew McGlothlin subscribing witnesses thereto which is duly recorded.
William S. Munday, Clerk