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, William Busby of the County of Sumner and State of Tennessee, being sick and weak in body, but of sound mind and disposing memory, do make and order this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following (viz), Imprimis: My will and desire is that my just debts be paid of which there are but few.
Item: I lend unto my beloved wife Elizabeth Busby the land and plantation, I now live upon during her natural life and it is my further will and desire that if my said wife should see cause, that she may sell the said land and plantation and the money arising therefrom, be applied to buying land in other parts for the benefit of my children at her death.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my son John Busby two hundred dollars to him and his heirs forever.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary Busby two hundred dollars, one bed and furniture, and one horse to her and her heirs forever.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my daughter Martha Tyler two hundred dollars, to her and her heirs forever.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Elizabeth Busby, two mares (viz) a bay filly called Moria, and gray mare and also my stock of cattle, hogs, and sheep, also three beds and furniture and the balance of my household and kitchen furniture to raise my seven young children upon.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my son Howell Busby one gray horse called by Sir William to him and his heirs forever.
Item: My will and desire is that my Executors, hereafter to be named sell my negro girl Harriett, and five head of horses that I have not already given away, to pay of the three legacies, I have given away that is to say John Busby, Mary, and Martha Tyler of two hundred dollars, each also my road wagon and team.
Item: I lend unto my beloved wife Elizabeth Busby during her natural life, six negroes (viz) Dolly and her children Ben, Lydia, and Handly, Daniel, and Merick and after the death of my said wife, my will and desire is, that all the negroes and their increase be equally divided among my seven children, Harrell, James, Lelah, Benjamin, Caroline, William and Samuel Busby and their heirs forever.
Item: My will and desire is that, what money I have in hand, and what I have due to me, together with my crop remain in the hands of my wife, to raise and educate my seven young children, upon.
Item: I constitute and appoint my beloved wife Elizabeth Busby, my Executrix of this my last Will and Testament and that I do not want her to give any security, for her performance as Executrix.
As witness my hand and seal this 27th day of September 1830. William (his mark) Busby (Seal)
Signed and acknowledged in presence of us:
State of Tennessee, Sumner County Court November Term 1830.
The last Will and Testament of William Busby dec'd was exhibited in Court and duly proved agreeable to law by the oath of Hudson Thompson, Wright Barnes, and Zarhariah Barnes, subscribing witnesses thereto, and thereupon Elizabeth Busby the Executrix named in said will appeared in Court and took the oath of Executor prescribed by law, no security required of her by said will.
A Copy Test - A. H. Douglass, Clerk of said Court