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Thomas Cotton

TSL&A Microfilm - Roll #91
Probate Records (County or Chancery Court)
Wills Vol. 1 - 5; July 1789 - July 1904

Transcribed by Jan J. Barnes and Marie Johnson
©2002

County Court Clerk's Office
Will Book - Vol. I
July 1789 - Aug 1822

Page 37

In the name of God Amen:  I Thomas Cotton of Sumner County and Territory South of the Ohio being in perfect mind and memory, thanks be to God; I do make this my last will and Testament touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give devise and dispose of the land in the following manner and form.  First I give and bequeath to Priscilla my dearly beloved wife the use of my estate in the following manner - viz.  The plantation where I now live all my negroes and all my stock of all kind, likewise my house hold furniture with all my Iron tools and every other things about the house or belonging to the plantation to her and her use for the support of her and my children until her death except she should die before my youngest son comes to twenty one years of age and if the said Priscilla my wife should die before Sanders Cotton my youngest son shall come to the age of twenty one years then the above mentioned Estate to fall into the hands of Moore Cotton my eldest son for him to make use of in the same manner before mentioned until the said Sander Cotton comes to twenty years of age, then or at my wife's death, I give and bequeath to my two daughters Letha Cotton and Sarah Cotton each of them one hundred and thirty three dollars and a third in some kind of property that is most con

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venient to pay at that time.  I give and bequeath to my son Moore Cotton the half of my land where I now live, it being the upper part of the tract to him the said Moore Cotton and his heirs forever.  I likewise give and bequeath to my son Sanders Cotton the lower part of the same tract of land I now live on to him the said Sanders Cotton and his heirs forever.  I give and bequeath to my two sons Allen Cotton and Noah Cotton six hundred and forty acres of land lying on the waters of little Harper by the name of Reeds? Levey? to be equally divided when Allen Cotton comes of age to them the said Allen Cotton and Noah Cotton to them and their heirs forever.  I give and bequeath to my two sons John Cotton and Arthur Cotton two tracts of land joining John Formons? preemption? running East down a Branch into Stone's River to them and their heirs forever.  I give and bequeath to my nine children Mary Cayes, Moore Cotton, Letha Cotton, John Cotton, Allen Cotton, Sarah Cotton, Arthur Cotton, Noah Cotton, and Sanders Cotton all my negroes and all my stock of all kind, and all my household furniture and perishable property of every kind to be equally divided among my nine children before mentioned at the death of my wife Priscilla, without the said Priscilla Cotton should decease before Sander Cotton shall come to the age of twenty years, then and in that case for the aforesaid estate to be equally divided when the aforesaid Sander Cotton shall come to the age of twenty years to them the said Mary Cotton, Moore Cotton, Letha Cotton, John Cotton, Allen Cotton, Sarah Cotton, Arthur Cotton, Noah Cotton and Sanders Cotton to them and their heirs forever.
And lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint Moore Cotton, George Perry and Isaac Walton my hole and sole Executors of this my last will and testament and I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all other former wills before by me made and this only take to be my last will and testament.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 10th day of February 1794.
Signed, sealed, pronounced and                                       Thos. Cotton to be seal
declosed in presence of us
Abraham Rogers
Arch'd Martin
Isaac Walton


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