Source: Sumner County Microfilm
Roll #5173 Will #723
In the name of God Amen.
Know all men by these presents that I William H. Hughes of the county of Sumner and State of Tennessee knowing the uncertainty of life have thought proper to make and publish my last will and testament, and by these presents do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following.
1st. I will my soul to God who gave it and my body to a descent Christian burial.
2nd. I wish all my just debts and funeral expenses paid.
3rd. I loan to my wife, Melvina G. Hughes, during her natural life, all my land and premises, my Negro man, Fountain, two horses, and one saddle, and also as much of my other stock, household and kitchen furniture, and farming utensils, as shall be deemed sufficient for her comforts and conveniences, to her judged by Meredith Hodges, as to quantity and quality, subject to the following purposes, that is to raise and educate my little daughter, Patience Hughes, and to the maintaining of my daughter Ann Lois Hughes.
4th. I give to my granddaughter Mildred Ann Evins one bed.
5th. Having already given my children viz: Elizabeth Culbreath, Jane Hughes, Harriett Culbreath, Martha Turner, and Mary F. Johnson as much as I intend, or of right oughts with the exception of one dollar each which I now bequeath to them and their heirs forever.
6th. I wish such property as may not be necessary for my wife to keep to be sold, and after paying debts and expenses subjected as prescribed, in the later clause of the third item in this will.
7th. At the death of my wife, Melvina, I wish any land, Negro man, and other property equally divided between my two daughters Patience Hughs and Ann Lois Hughs, if they should both survive, but if either of them should be dead, then I give to the other one.
8th. I appoint Meredith Hodges my Executor of this my last will and Testament. I hereby revoke all former wills by me heretofore made, ratifying and confirming this my last will and testament.
In witness where of I here unto set my name, and affix my seal, this the 22nd day of June in the year of our Lord 1852. William H. Hughes
Signed, Sealed, & acknowledged in our presents:
O. P. Butler
State of Tennessee, Sumner County Court - February Term 1855 - The last will and testament of William H. Hughs, dec'd, was this day produced in open court for probate and was duly proved by the oaths of O. P. Butler and Henry Sarver the subscribing witnesses thereto and order to be recorded and thereupon Meredith Hodges appeared in open court together with O. P. Butler as security entered into and acknowledged their bond to the State of Tennessee in the penal sum of twenty five hundred dollars conditioned as the law directs, and took the oath of Executor prescribed by laws. John L. Bugg, Clerk