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Willie Lane Davis, 1938

TSL&A Microfilm - Roll #92
Probate Records (County or Chancery Court)
Wills Vol. 6-9; Nov. 1905 - Oct. 1942

Transcribed by Jan J. Barnes
©2004

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I, Willie Lane Davis do here publish this my last will & testament, hereby evoking all other wills by me made.

Article 1st;  I direct my Executor herein named to pay all just debts as soon after my demise as convenient.

Article 2nd;  I direct that a monument be erected like the one placed by me at my husbands grave.

Article 3rd;  I give to my niece Edna Alison my house-hold and kitchen furniture, also furniture moved by me to Jim Alisons with the exception of articles stated in this will.

Article 4;    I bequeath to bal. of my estate should there be any left to Edna Alison and Zach Alison.

Article 5;    I give to my friend Rebecca Broderick the clock she gave me when I married and the
                   vases on my mantle.

Article 6;    I give to my old cook Judie Hart (if living) twenty five dollars  $25.00.

Article 7;    I give to the Methodist Church of which I am a member three hundred dollars $300.00.

Article 8;    To Zach Alison my silver spoons with Davis engraved on them & my pearl handle knives
                   & forks,  my cherry wardrobe.

                    To Ruth Alison my mahogany card table.

                    To Edna Alison the place on Winchester St. where I once lived.

                    To Zach Alison the Coal & Lumber yard, all equipment, buildings & all stock on hand, all
                    accts - he to pay all debts at the time of my death.
                    My silver spoons with Davis engraved on them - my pearl
                    My large diamond ring he to put the stone in a pin & wear it.

                    To Ruth Alison my mahogany card table.

                    To Edna Alison my other china in my possession at time of death, my small diamond ring
                    my automobile if I should have one at time of death.

                    To my niece Annie Kirkpatrick $300.00, my diamond pin.

                    To my nephew Geo. Lane three hundred dollars $300.00.

                    I give to my nephew Edwin Lane three hundred dollars $300.00.

                   To Dorothy Lane, daughter of Zach Lane two hundred dollars $200.00.

                   To my nephew William Love (if living two hundred dollars $200.00.

                   To Louise Hardy Thornton three hundred dollars, $300.00.

                   To Gertrude Hardy Chower three hundred dollars, $300.00.

                   To the children of E. D. Hardy three hundred dollars $300.00.

                   To the children of Roy Hardy three hundred dollars $300.00.

                   I give to Mamie Davis Akin two hundred dollars $200.00 in money.

                   I give to Louise Hardy my silver knives & forks one half doz. knives & one doz.
                   forks, six teaspoons.

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                   To Gertrude Hardy Chower one half 1/2 dozen soup spoons, one sugar spoon, six ice tea spoons,
                   six tea spoons with Willie on them.
                   To Francis Lane my table-cloth croched all around & twelve napkins to match, if not worn out.
                   To Louise Lane my china closet with contents - Except Baking dish oblong white bowl & egg's
                   cups to go to Lula Lane Kirkpatrick.
                   My china to be divided between Ruth Alison & Edna Alison - the odd plates to be divided
                   between  them.
                   To Mrs. Jimmie Davis sister of my husband Ed Davis five hundred dollars $500.00.
                   The bal of my estate should there be any-thing left to Edna Alison & Zach Alison to be
                   divided  equally between them.

I direct that all my personal property not heretofore disposed of in this will & all property that I may die possessed of be sold by my Executor herein named be sold to best advantage, either publicly or privately as they  he may deem best & they are authorized to make transfer deeds & titles to the parties making purchasing real estate.  I hereby nominate Zach Alison & Edna Alison executors of this my last will & testament & excuse them from giving bond or security & ask that they wind up my estate as directed in this will without charge except for loving service.

Signed & executed & published as my last will & testament this Aug. 12th, 1935.
                                                                         Mrs. Willie Lane Davis
To Fonnie Baker col. twenty five dollars if living $25.00.
                                                                         Mrs. Willie Lane Davis
I hope this will please all concerned.
I give to Edna Alison my white knitted dress.
To Ruth Alison my purple knitted dress.
To Rebecca Broderick my black knitted dress.
To Francis Lane my tan crochet dress, pocket book, etc.
To Edna Alison my ring with three diamonds.
My small diamond ring to Louise Lane if they are still in my possession.
                                                                      Willie Lane Davis
Oct. 5th 1937                                                Gallatin, Tenn.

WILL OF MRS. WILLIE LANE DAVIS, DECEASED.
BE IT REMEMBERED that on this the 23rd, day of March, 1938, before the Honorable J. W. McCormack, Chairman, etc., of the County Court of Sumner County, Tennessee, Edna Alison and Zach Alison, the persons named Executors therein produced in open court a paper writing, together with codicil thereto, purporting to be the last will and testament of Mrs. Willie Lane

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Davis, deceased, said will bearing date of August 12th, 1935 and said codicil bearing date of October 5th, 1937, each having the name of Willie Lane Davis signed thereto, and moved the Court that the same be admitted to probate and record as the last will and testament of the said Willie Lane Davis, deceased;

The said Zach Alison, being first duly sworn deposes and says, that said paper writings had been placed with him by Mrs. Willie Lane Davis before her death for safe keeping, and that said paper writings had been kept by him in a safe deposit box located in the First and Peoples National Bank, Gallatin, Tennessee.

Thereupon came into open court, George W. Pardue, Jno. B. Swaney and C. J. Wallace, who being first duly sworn, each for himself deposes and says that he was personally acquainted with the said Mrs. Willie Lane Davis during her life time, and knew her hand writing and that her hand writing was generally known among her acquaintances, and after examining said paper writings says that said paper writings and every part thereof is in the hand-writing of the said Willie Lane Davis, and her name signed thereto is the genuine signature of the said Willie Lane Davis.

The witness, George W. Pardue says that he is Assistant Cashier of the First and Peoples National Bank, Gallatin, Tennessee, and by reason of such he was intimately acquainted with Willie Lane Davis and with her hand-writing in general and also with her signature, and says that said paper writings offered for probate as the last will and testament of the said Willie Lane Davis, lately deceased, is in the hand-writing of the said Willie Lane Davis, each and every part thereof, and that her signatures thereto are the genuine signatures of the said Willie Lane Davis.

The witness Jno. B. Swaney says that he is Assistant Cashier of the First and Peoples National Bank, Gallatin, Tennessee, and by reason of such he was intimately acquainted with Willie Lane Davis and with her hand writing in general and also with her signature, and says that said paper writings offered for probate as the last will and testament of the said Willie Lane Davis, lately deceased, is in the hand-writing of the said Willie Lane Davis, such and every part thereof, and that her signatures thereto are the genuine signature of the said Willie Lane Davis.

The witness C. J. Wallace says that he is a Book-keeper for the First and Peoples National Bank, Gallatin, Tennessee, and by reason of such he was intimately acquainted with the hand writing and signature of Willie Lane Davis, and says that said paper writings offered for probate as the last will and testament of the said Willie Lane Davis, each and every part thereof, and that her signature thereto are the genuine signatures of the said Willie Lane Davis.

It is therefore, appearing to the satisfaction of the said Court from the testimony of said witnesses that said paper writing was written in the life

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time of the said Willie Lane Davis, and was written in her own hand-writing and was signed by her and had been deposited by her with Zach Alison for safe keeping, and that the said Willie Lane Davis, has lately died, and that her home and place of residence at the time of her death was in said Sumner County, it is so adjudged.

It is therefore, adjudged and declared by the Court that said instrument is the true, whole and last will and testament of the said Willie Lane Davis, deceased, and the same is hereby admitted to probate as such; and the Clerk is directed to file and record the same.

And the said Edna Alison and Zach Alison being named in said will as the Executors thereof and being excused from executing bond under said will, appeared in open Court and accepted said trust, when they were duly qualified and letters testamentary ordered issued to them.

                                                                                J. W. McCormack, Chairman 


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