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James Vinson
Written 1818; Proved 1822

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

Transcribed by Jan Barnes
©2009

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

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In the name of God Amen; I James Vinson of Sumner County and State of Tennessee being of sound mind and memory, and wishing my worldly estate to be disposed of in the following manner after my decease; do make and publish this my last will and Testament, in the manner and form following viz, First I leave unto my wife Rhoda Vinson the sole use, content and benefit of our third part of the plantation whereon I now live, including the whole of my dwelling House, one third of the orchard, one third of the Barn and other out buildings, during the term of her natural life, and at her death I allow the said of the whole of said Estate, to go to my son Stokely Vinson.  I also leave unto her during her natural life my Negro man Dave and his wife Rachal with their off spring at her death, I allow said Negro Dave and his wife Rachal to be set up and sold together to which ever my children bid more for them but to no other person; their children I allow to be set up and sold separately to the highest bidder amongst my children, but to no other person.  The money arising from the sale of said negroes

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I allow equally to be divided between all my children - I also leave unto her during said time two feather beds and furniture, two cows & calves; ten or twelve Head of hogs, five head of sheep - kitchen & house hold furniture in proportion to her situation, one horse saddle and bridle and one Gig which is now at Livers shop unfinished which I allow to be equally divided between all my children after her death.  Second I wish and allow my Executors to lay out the money which is coming from Joseph White to me for one negro fellow Abram which said White sold at Orleans for one thousand dollars in purchasing a Negro boy and girl for my son Benthall Vinson.  Third I give and bequeath unto my daughter Parthenia McCall the Negro Girl Nell, which is now in her possession with her in crease.  Fourth I give and bequeath unto my son Enos Vinson a Negro boy Dick now in his possession.  Fifth I give and bequeath unto my son James Vinson one negro boy Isaac now in his possession.  Sixth I give and bequeath unto my daughter Susannah Hamilton  a negro woman Doll and all her increase during her natural life and at her death said Negro Doll and all her increase to be equally divided between the children of my said daughter Susannah.  Seventh I give and bequeath unto my son Stokely Vinson, a negro girl Reeny? now in his possession.  Eighth I give and bequeath to my illegitimate son Edmond, commonly Edmond Vinson, all that tract of land whereas said Edmond now lives containing about eighty or eighty four acres be the same more or less being the tract commonly called the Walnut field.  Ninth I wish and allow the whole of my negroes that have not heretofore been named and disposed of to be as equally as can be into six parts or lots by my Executors or a majority of them and then or more suitable

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men to be appointed by my Executors to value and set down distinctly, what they may think the value of each etc. I then allow my said children Parthenia, Benthal, Enos, James, Susannah and Stokely to bid between themselves for choice of said lots, the highests bidder to have first choice the next highest second choice etc. & in case any of my said children should die before said division is effective I allow whoever may be properly authorized to act for their heirs to bid in their stead and the property to go to the heirs of said deceased, as it will be impossible to make the whole of said lots of negroes equal in value in the division I allow my Executors to make up the deficiency that may be in money - arising from the sale of my other property I allow my son Stokely Vinson to have the whole use and benefit of my house and lot in the Town of Cairo for the term of four years next after my death - I then allow said house and lot to be set up and sold to the highest bidder on a usual credit and the money when collected to be equally divided between my six children above named.  I give and bequeath unto my grand Daughter Evaline Vinson Daughter of Benthall Vinson, one horse, saddle and bridle to the value of one hundred dollars, one feather bed and furniture and one hundred and fifty dollars in money.  I allow the whole of my other property not herein named to be sold at public vendur to the highest bidder & after all my just debts etc. are paid and the several lots of negroes made equal as to above stated I allow each of my two daughters, Parthenia McCall, and Susannah Hamilton to have three hundred dollars and the balance of all the money to be equally divided between my six children above named.  I also allow my
Executors to sell at public sale on usual

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credit my two unimproved lots in the Town of Cairo, two shares in the Cotton Factory in said Town, and one hundred acres of land in Warren County the money then arising to be equally divided as before stated.  I do hereby nominate and appoint my friend Thomas Anderson and my three sons Enos Vinson, James Vinson, and Stokely Vinson my whole and sole lExecutors to this my last will and Testament and do hereby invoke and make void all former wills that may heretofore have been made by me or in my name.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the twenty fourth day of July in the year 1818.
Signed, sealed and                                                                                                               James Vinson
acknowledged in presence of
Thomas Anderson
Abraham Whitson

Codicil

I James Vinson being in a low state of health but of sound mind and memory and wishing to make some alterations in my last will and Testament made and subjected by me and dated the twenty fourth of July in the year 1818 do now make and publish this my codocil to my said last will and testament and wish it to be considered and taken as a part of said will, First I wish and allow the tract of land I lately purchased of William S. Patton to be attached to the plantation on which I now live and to be considered as part of same in every respect with it to go to my son Stokley after the death of my wife.  2nd That part of my said last will in which I lent unto my wife during her natural life my negro man Dave and his wife Rachel with their off spring I wish revoked and made void and instead thereof I lend to her in like manner my negro man Harry and his wife Esther with their offspring.  I also revoke and make void that claus in my said last will in which I gave my illegitmate

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son commonly called Edmond Vinson the tract of land where on he lived at that time commonly called the walnut fields, I also revoke and make void that part of my said last will in which I gave my grand daughter, Evelina Vinson daughter of Benthal Vinson one horse, saddle and bridle worth one hundred dollars, one feather bed and furniture and one hundred and fifty dollars in money and instead thereof I give and bequeath unto my said granddaughter one negro girl called Manissm daughter of Prissy.  I give and bequeath illegitimate son Edmond before mentioned a tract of land containing about four hundred acares lying on the Perry Fork of Frod (Ford) water in Livingston Kentucky - my land in Warren County I allow my Executors to sell.  I also wish my wife to have the use and contract of one or two small negro girls of her own choosing to wait and attend on her during her natural life and afterwards to be deposed of as before mentioned Resporting? her negroes my wife's bureau and bed stead I allow her depose of as she thinks proper.  The piece of land commonly called the walnut field, I allow to be sold publicly between all my children, that is to say which one of them will bidd most for it to have the land, and the money that is arising to be equally divided between the whole of the other children.  I give and bequeath unto the children of my son Benthall Vinson equally, all that tract of land wherein the said Benthall now lives, containing one hundred acres more or less and also the tract adjoining it which I lately bought of Isaac Gregory containing fifty acres more or less, but I allow my said son Benthall and his wife to occupy said land during each of their natural lives.  The foregoing clauses being read in my hearing I approve of the whole and wish it to be considered as a part of my last will and Testament - all things not herein named I wish to stand and remain as stated in my former will to which this is a suppliment.  In witness

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whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 4th day of May 1822.                  James (his mark) Vinson (seal)
signed seasled and acknowledged in presence of
Thos. Anderson, James Vinson Jr.
James Hamilton
State of Tennessee
Sumner County Court  May Term 1822
The last will and Testament of James Vinson together with a codicil thereto, was produced in open court and the will was duly proved by the oaths of Thos. Anderson a subscribing witness thereto and said Codicil was duly proved by the oaths of Thomas Anderson and William Capman subscribing witnesses thereto whereupon said will and codicil are to be secured.  And thereupon Thomas Anderson, Enos Vinson, James Vinson Jr. and Stokely Vinson Executors therein named took the oath of an Executor prescribed by law, and entered into bond with Jacob C. Cook and James Stratton their securities in the penalty of thirty thousand dollars conditioned as the Law directs.    


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