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William Patton
Written, 1826
Proved, 1827

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

Jan J. Barnes

County Court Clerk's Office
Will Book - Vol. II
May 1823- June 1842

Page 74

In the name of God Amen. I, William Patton of Sumner County State of Tennessee being weak of body but of sound and perfect mind and memory blessed be Almighty God for the same knowing that it is appointed once for all men to die, do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following (First) I return to the earth from whence it came this mortal body and my spirit to Almighty God from whom I rec'd it, and the manner of my burial in the form I prescribed to one of Executors first after my decease I desire that there (Item) be so much of my personal estate be sold at a twelve month credit as will pay all my just debts and my funeral expenses. I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Ann Patton all my estate of the tract of land on which I now live including thirty purchased of Robert Patton but not in possession until his the said Robert death containing in all one hundred and fifty acres more or less with all the profits and emoluments arising therefrom also all my negroes consisting of the Negro woman Mary and Hannah five children  Sylva, Easther, Winny, Nancy and Sucky all my stock of cattle and hogs sheep and household furniture and kitchen furniture

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and farming utensils, all monies, debts, or dues which may be owing or coming to me for and during the term of her widowhood, should she not marry during her natural life, to possess and enjoy the whole with all the increase subject only to the receiver hereinafter bequeathed.

Item:  At the death of my wife or at any time should she marry, I will and bequeath the plantation herein before mentioned shall be equally divided between my two sons Hiram and Napolian should they not have arrived at age the rents and profits arising there from, be equally divided among all my children boys and girls untill the boys do arrive at age at the discretion of my Executors for their education and on the death of either of the boys the other to have all the land.

Item:  I will and bequeath that all the balance of my estate shall be equally divided amongst my beloved children on their several arrivals at age, the girls to have a negro girl apiece more than the boys and that my Executors will as they become of age allot to each and every child his or her equal part, reserving in the division all issues such portion or part of estate to my wife as his situation or circumstances may require so that the amount shall never excuse one third, nor less than a childs part.

Item:  I do hereby appoint Joseph Kirkpatrick of Wilson County and Elijah Boddie of Sumner County, both of State aforesaid Executors to this my last Will and Testament and do pronounce and proclaim and acknowledge this my last Will and Testament Revoking all other wills heretofore by me made.

In presence of us, this first                                                                                                               William Patton (Seal)
day of Sept. 1826
Wm. T. Cole                               Subscribing Witnesses
Philip Chapman                          State of Tennessee Court
Samuel Cole                               Sumner County August Term 1827
The last Will and Testament of William Patton dec'd was exhibited in Court for probate and was duly proved agreeable to law by the oath of Philip Chapman and Samuel Cole subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded and there upon Joseph Kirkpatrick one of the Executors named in said will appeared in Court and agreed to take upon himself the execution thereof and together with Robert Patton and Hugh Kirkpatrick, his securities entered into and acknowledged their bond to the Governor in the sum of Two Thousand dollars conditioned as the law directs and took the oath of Extr. prescribed by Elijah Boddie the other Executor having appeared in Court and refused to act as such and removed and at the same time Anna Patton the widow of said decedent appeared in Court and descented from said will.            A Copy Test
                                                                                                                                                         A. H. Douglas Clerk

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