TSL&A Microfilm - Roll #91
Probate Records (County or Chancery Court)
Wills Vol. 1 - 5; July 1789 - July 1904
Transcribed by Marie D. Johnson and Jan J.
County Court Clerk's Office
Will Book - Vol. II
May 1823- June 1842
Know all men by these presents: That I Thomas Stubblefield of the
County of Sumner and State of Tennessee, being weak in body but of perfect
memory and recollection and knowing the mortality of my body, that it is
appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last Will and
1st My Will is that all my Just debts be paid as soon after my death as may be.
2nd I lend to my beloved wife Nancy Stubblefield for her use and comfort during her natural life the following property (to wit) all the part of the tract of land on which I now live lying on the North side of the road leading from Bledsoe's Lick to Hartsville with its improvements and appurtenances together with the free and unmolested use of the spring which we now use and which is on the South side of said road and also all the furniture belonging by long habit to the room in which my wife and self have been in the habit of lodging for many years with one other bed and furniture all the kitchen furniture such of the farming utensils as she may choose to take my negro woman Mourning and my negro man Charles my bay mare called Sloop and my grey mare Don Ivan? now and one hundred and fifty dollars worth of cattle, hogs and sheep, in such proportions as she may choose to take and at her death for said property except the negro Mourning and Charles aforesaid to be sold to the best advantage by my Executors hereafter named and the proceeds thereof to be equally divided amongst my children (viz) Armstreet Stubblefield George Stubblefield, Woodruff Stubblefield, Fanny Bradley, Tilman Stubblefield Elizabeth Bradshaw, Nancy Walton, and Garrison
3rd I give to my son Garrison Stubblefield all the part of the tract of land on which I now live, lying in the south side of the road before named containing acres by estimation, be the same more or less meaning all that I now own on the South side of said road except a small tract of about Seventy or Eighty acres on Second Creek servicing at the same time forever the free and unmolested use of the spring which we now use to the benefit of the part of the said tract lying on the north side of said road, my meaning is the use of water only. This property I give to my son Garrison in consideration of services he has rendered my said Estate and for the care and attention he has paid to his mother and myself in our declining years.
4th My intention is to divide my Estate equally among my said children or as nearly so as may be Except my son Garrison as above renumerated for extra services etc. and having already given to my son Woodruff Land to the value of Two hundred and five dollars to my son Tilman Land and a still to the value of one hundred and Sixty five dollars and to my daughter Fanny Bradley Land to the value of One hundred and sixty five dollars they are therefore to be charged respectively with the above sums in the general dividend (viz) these divisions? to be estimated in the common stock and those who have rec'd those respective amounts are in the division of my said estate to receive respective by the amount less or in other words be considered as having received that much out of it.
5th My Will further is that as soon after my death as may be convenient my small tract of land of seventy or Eighty acres or thereabouts lying on Seccond Creek together with all my stock of every kind house hold furniture farming utensils etc. etc. not otherwise secifically disposed of by this will be sold to the best advantage by my Executors hereafter named and the proceeds thereof to be equally divided among my children above named observing at the same time to add to the amount total of said sales the amt. rec'd by my sons Woodruff and Tilman and my daughter Fanny as above stated & that in said division they are to be considered as having rec'd the sums with which they are respectively charged.
6th As I do not wish my negroes to go out of my family and without selling they cannot be equally divided therefore to insure equality among my children and at the same time retain the negroes amongst them, my will is that they (the negroes) be valued by disinterested respectable men that those of my children to whom I name said negroes respectively to take them at said valuation (viz) I give to my son Armstreet my negro boy Robin at his valuation. To my son George my negro man Natt at his valuation. To my son Woodruff my negro man Charles at the death of my said wife at his valuation, with the encumbrance of the life time estate in him by my said wife. To my daughter Fanny my negro boy Glass at his valuation. To my son Tilman my negro boy Lewis at his valuation. To my daughter Elizabeth my negro girl Lucinda at her valuation. To my daughter Nancy my negro woman Mourning at the death of my said wife at her valuation.
with the encumbrance of the life-time estate of my said wife in her as
well as her increase from this time and to my son Garrison my negro boy Timothy
and my negro girl Kizza at their valuation and as some of the lots will
unavoidably be higher than others therefore those of the higher are to pay
to those of the lower so as to make all equal I make this arrangement for
the purpose of accommodating my children and also the negroes my old negro
woman Cloah to go to any one of my children who she may choose and who if
they thinks proper may take her at her valuation, and I do hereby nominate
and appoint my worthy friends Genl William Hall and Major William Alexander
and my beloved son George Stubblefield to Execute this my last Will and Testament
hereby revoking all others.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal
This 18th day of July 1819.
In presence of Thomas Stubblefield (Seal)
Be it remembered to all whom it may concern that I Thomas Stubblefield of Sumner County and State of Tennessee for certain reasons moving me thereto do make and ordain the following as a codicil to the within Will making certain alterations, therein which alterations are to be as binding as any part of said Will and which alterations are as follows (to wit) that in the foregoing will I have divised to my son Garrison Stubblefield the part of the tract of land on which I now live being on the south side of the road leading from Bledsoe's Lick to Hartsville for reasons therein Set forth (viz) for services rendered my estate etc. and as he has continued these services several years since that time at considerable sacrifice of his own interest, I do therefore for this continued care and particular service rendered my said estate and attention to his mother and myself in our declining years now more understandably felt than ever in lieu of that part of said tract lying on the south side of the road and above given and bequeathed unto my said son Garrison Stubblefield his heirs and assigns forever all that part of said tract on the North side of said road with all the improvements and appurtinences as thereunto belonging with the free and unmolested use of the spring we now use lying on the south side of said road all of which (viz) the part on the north side of the road aforesaid he is to take entire possession of at the death of my wife Nancy Stubblefield and until that event takes place it is my will that he use and enjoy one half of the same as well the land and premises as the building and improvements of every kind and the other half thereof I hereby lend and assign to my said wife Nancy as well as the other articles mentioned in the said will for her use and
comfort during her natural life and I also give to my said son Garrison
the part of the before mentioned tract of land lying on the South side of
the above described road with the following proviso and condition (to wit)
that the said part on the South side of the road at my death be valued by
discreet and disinterested men, and that if the said Garrison think proper
to take it at such valuation being allowed a reasonable credit on the payment
as my Executors may think right, he may do so at his option and the said
valuation paid over to my said Executors to be equally divided among all
my children the said Garrison included but if the said Garrison decline taking
the said land in the way proposed, my will is that my said Executors sell
the same to the best advantage and the proceeds thereof be divided as above.
And whereas I have in my foregoing Will devised certain property to
my daughter Fanny Bradley and whereas since that time her husband Col. Edward
Bradley has failed in business and my said daughter reduced to poverty and
it being my will and desire induced from the love and affection I have for
my said daughter to make some provisions and disposition for her use and
comfort during her natural life in a way not subject to his Bradley's debts
and to this end I do hereby give and bequeath to my friends Jeremiah
Stubblefield, Genl William Hall both of Sumner County and Col. William
Martin of Smith County whom I constitute and appoint my trustees in
this behalf my negro boy Glass together with the whole of the part of my
estate devised to my said daughter Fanny as mentioned in the foregoing Will
and in the first clause of this codicil which property and every part thereof
I give and bequeath to them their heirs etc. In trust and confidence
that they will permit her my said daughter Fanny Bradley to use the same
for her comfort and benefit or remit the regular proceeds thereof as she
may require at her option for her exclusive use and benefit for and during
the term of her natural life and at her death for my said Trustees to transfer
in a legal way and equally divided the said property of such part as may
not have been consumed by my said daughter to and among her children
In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 20th day of March 1822.
In presence Thomas (his mark) Stubblefield (Seal)
Codicil Be it known to all whom it may concern that I Thomas Stubblefield of Sumner County and state of Tennessee, being weak in body but of sound mind and disposing memory do make this codicil to the foregoing will, dated on the 18th July 1819 (viz) that in said Will, I have devised to my son Armstreet Stubblefield a certain negro boy named Robin with an interest in common with my other children in certain other articles of property since which time my said son Armstreet has died and left an infant daughter Amelia H. Stubblefield I therefore give
and bequeath to the said Amelia H. my granddaughter every article of property
or money of my estate which in said will I have given or bequeathed to my
said son Armstreet to her and her heirs forever except my negro boy Robin
above named to whom I now give and bequeath to my son Garrison Stubblefield
in consideration of an understanding to that effect which was between them
my two sons Armstreet and Garrison. To him the said Garrison his heirs
and assigns forever. And as since executing the said foregoing will
there has by birth been an increase in my negro family (viz) my negro woman
Mourning has had four children and my negro woman Lucinda two, my will is
that in the division and valuation of my negro property among my children
provided for in the sixth article of the foregoing Will be valued to my two
daughters Nancy W. Walton and Elizabeth Bradshaw (viz) Mourning and her four
youngest children to my said daughter Nancy W. and Lucinda and her two children
to my said daughter Betsy provided they my said daughters choose to take
the said children in this way if not they may take the mothers as provided
for in said Will if not the children and in event of their refusing to take
the sd. children the said children be sold to the highest bidder on a reasonable
credit among my children no other person to bid that so far as is provided
for in this codicil the said foregoing Will is hereby made void and no farther
and that this codicil is to be considered as far as it goes a part of my
last Will and Testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand seal this 28th day of May 1825.
In presence of Thomas (his mark) Stubblefield (Seal)
Jeremiah Stubblefield State of Tennessee Sumner County Court Aug Term 1825
The last Will and Testament of Thomas Stubblefield with two codicils annexed was duly proved in open court by the oaths of Henry McAden Jeremiah Stubblefield Thomas Winston Shelton Carney and Merideth Walton subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded and thereupon William Hall, William L. Alexander and George Stubblefield the Executors named in said will appeared in court and renounced as such whereupon on motion it is ordered by the Court that Merideth Walton be appointed Administrator of all and singular goods and chattles rights and credits of said dec'd with the Will annexed and the said Walton with George Stubblefield and Woodruff Stubblefield his securities entered into and acknowledged their bond to the Governor in the sum of Six Thousand dollars conditioned as the law directs and took the oath of Administrator prescribed by law.
A Copy Test A. H. Douglass Clerk of Said Court