Last Will & Testament of William Thrift Hughlett as found in Middle Tennessee Supreme Court Records. Tennessee State Archives, Box 86, Exhibit A in a Bill of Complaint by John Hughlett of Hickman County, Tennessee filed 19 Sep 1839. To Honorable Chancellor of Middle Division of Tennessee at Franklin.
William T. Hughlett Last Will and Testament
In the name of God, Amen. I William Thrift Hughlett of the County of Hickman & the state of Tennessee, being sick and very weak in body but of sound mind & ---ing do make & ordain this my last will & testament that is ---Principally & first of all I give my soul into the hands of the Almighty God that gave it & my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in a decent Christian burial at the descretion of my Esecutors nothing doubting that at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the Mighty Power of God and so taking such worldly estate therewith please God to help me in this life. I give devise and dispose of the land in the following manner (to wit): I give & bequeath to my beloved wife Mary Hughlett during her natural life the following property (to wit): All my household furniture of every kind and description including the furniture that Bazzle B. Saterfield is to make me except what shall hereafter be otherwise bequeathed & after my said wife's death to go to my son Peter Morgan Hughlett. Also I give & bequeath the following negroes to my said wife during her natural life (to wit) Nany, Chloe, Lewis, Phebe and Lucy. Also I give to said wife the choice of six head of cattle out of my stock that is now on hand excepting the oxen. Also one chestnut sorrell horse, a bald face---. I also give and bequeath to my said wife her choice of three sows and pigs and fifteen other hogs not of my stock hogs that--have on hand. I also give & bequeath to my said wife during her natural life a tract of land lying in Shipps Bend of Duck River known by the name of the block House tract including the Block House containing-- & attatched two hundred & thirty five acres both said more or less, adjoining the Military Line & on the Bluff of Duck River. Also two other tracts containing five acres each adjoining the aforesaid tract on the East including part of the ground where the block house stands & north of said tracts William Coliha now lives on. Also one other tract of one hundred & three acres including the house and farm where Jacob Thomas lives in the year eighteen hundred twenty-six and known by the name of McClanaha tract & Adjoining Consely tract. All the aforesaid land for her use & benefit during her life. What money I have on hand I give & bequeath to my said wife to be at her sole disposal she first paying all the tax that the Sheriff of Hickman County has against me for the year eighteen hundred & twenty-six. I give & bequeath to my son Peter Morgan Hughlett all the above described lands that lye in Shipps Bend of Duck River after the life estate of my said wife should have expired--. Also I give & bequeath to my said son the negro boy Lewis after my said wife's estate to him shall expire, then I also give & bequeath to my said son all my farming tools that I have on hand. I wish for my Executors to dispose of my estate the balance of any hogs & cattle except one yoke of oxen not yet disposed of to the paying for the plank & cutting (?) now on hands for finishing the house. I --as far as they go.
I give & bequeath to my daughter Sally Chilton and her heirs one negro girl named Fanny & her increase. I give & bequeath to my son Robert Hughlett one negro girl named Zilpha that is now in his possession. I give & bequeath to my son William H. Hughlett one negro man named Ponpy that he has had in his possession for seven or eight years. Also I give & bequeath to my said son William H. Hughlett five hundred & fifty acres of land his lot of three thousand acre tract of land lying in the County of Obion in the North West corner of said tract--as I don't recollect that I have given him a deed for the same. I also give & bequeath to my said son William one desk now in my possession. I also give & bequeath to my said son William H. Hughlett one bay horse about five years old. I give & bequeath to my four grandchildren William, Tyre, Poly & Betsy Johns (to wit) to William and Tyre Johns three hundred acres of land lying in Hardin County on Tennessee River to be divided between them according to quantity and quality. To Poly & Betsy Johns a negro girl named Inez after the life estate---already--bequeathed. She--her & her increase to be equally divided between them & their heirs forever. I give & bequeath to my daughter Nancy McCollan & heirs forever one hundred acres of land lying in Hardin County. I give & bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Wilson seven hundred acres of land lying on the South Fork of the Forked Deer said to be in Dyer County adjoining a tract formerly belonging to Henry Rutherford. I also give to said Elizabeth one negro woman Philis that she has now in her possession. I give & bequeath to Mary Porter four hundred & fifty acres of land lying in Obion County part of lot 4 of a three thousand acre tract which said lot has been drawn by Robert Hughlett and for which I have given him other land. I also give & bequeath to the said Mary Porter a negro girl named Charlotte that she has now in her possession. I give & bequeath to my son Robert Hughlett one hundred acres of land in the county of Henderson about sixteen miles from the town of Jackson on the road leading to Ross ferry & Reynoldsburg on condition that he pays to my son William H. Hughlett five hundred dollars in time for the said William to make a payment that he the said William owes to B. S. Steward for land. The said William is to be accountable to the legatees for the money and for said hundred acres of land and if the said Robert does not pay for the land in time for the said William to meet his said payment the said William is to sell the said land & be accountable for the money to the legatees as above provided for. I give & bequeath to my son John Hughlett two red oxen and one ox cart. I also give & bequeath to my said son John Hughlett one tract of land in Hickman County opposite to Shipps Bend including an island in Duck River opposite to the Block house. I give & bequeath to Peter Morgan Hughlett one hundred acres of land lying in Perry County on the waters of Buck River. All the balance of my estate both real and personal of every kind or description whatever and all debts dues, equities of what kind ever that is not already dispersed I will and require that my Executors should take and convert into money immediately to the best advantage, and therefore to pay and discharge all just demands that may hereafter come against me & after that is done to pay out to the legatees their distributive shares equally and should it to happen that any of the legatees who have already real or personal estate bequeathed to them should leave the same by order or interfering claim, then my Executors are to make good the deficiency to them out of the funds of the real and personal estate above required to be sold if there is enough so to do. The negroes that my wife has a life estate in and that are not then disposed of by this my will are to be sold by my Executors and the money arising therefrom to be equally divided among the legatees.
I do also hereby constitute and appoint my son-in-law Thomas D. Porter and William H. Hughlett my Executors to this my last will and testament, and should letters testamentary not be taken out on this my will until my son Peter Morgan Hughlett comes of age; he is to qualify in my son William's stead and I do hereby utterly revoke, disallow and dis-- all and every other former testaments, wills, legacies, bequeathed and executed by me in any wise before made or named, willed and bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament -- In witness whereof I have hereby set my hand and seal this twelfth day of January in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and twenty-seven.
Signed, sealed published, pronounced & delivered by the said William T. Hughlett as his last will & testament, in the presence of us, who is his presence and in the presence of each other have our names hereto inscribed.
John G. Barey, Saml Sebastian, James Ervin.