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, David Vance of Sumner County and State of Tennessee, being sick and weak of body but of sound and perfect memory, and knowing that it is appointed unto all men once to die, do make, ordain and establish, this my last Will and Testament, revoking and annulling, all others.
Item 1st: It is my will and desire that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid as speedily as practicable.
Item 2nd: It is my will, wish and desire that all my estate, real, personal, and mixed belong to my wife Elizabeth Vance during her life or widowhood, to have the rents, profits, hess? and involvements of whatsoever kind thereof, having reasonable regard to the preservation of said property, and at her death to be equally divided amongst all my children, having regard in said distribution, to any property that the older children may have had advanced them, which is then to be taken into the estimate, except a horse given my son John Vance, which is not to be taken into the estimate.
Item 3rd: It is my wish, will and desire, that my son John Vance execute this my last Will and Testament.
In testimony where of I have hereunto set my hand and have affixed my seal. This 17th day of July 1830. David (his mark) Vance (Seal)
Signed sealed and acknowledged in presence of:
P. W. Lucas
State of Tennessee, Sumner County Court February Term 1831.
A paper writing purporting to be the last Will and Testament of David Vance dec'd, was exhibited in open Court for probate and was duly proved agreeable to law, by the oath of Peter W. Lucas and Champness Ball two of the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded, and therefore John Vance the Executor therein named appeared in Court and agreed to take upon himself the Execution thereof, and together with James L. Martin and Henry Martin his securities, entered into and acknowledged their bond to the Governor in the sum of Four Thousand dollars, conditioned as the Law directs, and took the oath of Executor prescribed by Law.
A Copy Test - A. H. Douglass, Clerk of said Court