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. IV
Oct. 1870 - April 1891
In the name of God Amen, Know all men by these present, that I Thomas Kirkham of the County of Sumner and State of Tennessee, knowing the certainty of death have thought proper and by these presents do make and publish this my last Will & Testament in manner & form as follows to wit:
1st. I will my soul to God who gave it and body to be buried in a decent Christian like manner.
2nd. I wish all my just debts paid.
3rd. I give all my estate real and personal to my legitimate children the issue of my body to them and their heirs forever, with this exception, I wish my wife Susan Kirkham to possess the same during her life or widowhood and at her death or marriage, then for the same to go to my legitimate children as aforesaid.
In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand & seal this 13th day of July 1838. Thomas Kirkham (Seal)
William W. Hodges
State of Tennessee, Sumner County Court Nov Term 1871.
The last Will & Testament of Thomas Kirkham dec'd was this day produced in open court
for probate and was duly proven by the oaths of Meredith Hodges and William W. Ausbrooks subscribing witnesses thereto which is received by the court and ordered to be recorded. Thereupon Ewel Kirkham appears in open court and asks to be appointed Administrator. It is therefore ordered by the court that Ewel Kirkham be appointed Administrator with the will annexed of all and singular the goods and chattels rights and credits of Thomas Kirkham dec'd, and therefore said Ewel Kirkham together with his securities G. P. Brizindine and James W. Bradley appeared in open court and entered unto and acknowledged their bond to the State of Tennessee in the penal sum of Three Hundred Dollars conditioned according to law and said Ewel Kirkham was duly qualified.
Copy - Attest - Jesse Cage, Clerk