of John Wisecarver
State of Tennessee
Green County }
In the name of God Amen I John Wisecarver of the County and State of aforesaid being weak and infirm of body but of sound mind and memory and reflecting on the uncertainty of life and that it is appointed for all mankind once to die so make the following disposition of my real and personal estate and as make this my last will and testament revoking all and every other will or wills heretofore by me made if any revocation is necessary. 1st It is my will and desire that all my just and lawful debts be paid by my Executors. Secondly It is my will and desire that my wife Elizabeth have the tract of land we now live upon and such articles as she may severally need such as farming tools horses cattle hogs etc. during her lifetime and at her death all she is possessor of is to be sold and after paying all her just debts, the balance to be equally divided between my daughters Polly and Bethena, and my sons Harmon and Samuel. It is further my desire that my daughter Bethena retain all her property she now claims, as her own both at my death and the death of her mother and it is also my wish and desire after the death of her mother that she Bethena shall have the sum of one hundred dollars to be paid out of the proceeds of the property that Elizabeth my wife should die possessor of. I wish it perfectly understood that the aforesaid hundred dollars I give to my daughter Bethena is on account of her faithful services rendered further as I have heretofore made full and ample provisions for my son William Wisecarver and my daughter Sally that they or their heirs have the sum of one dollar that is Will to have one dollar and Polly one. my reasons for so doing is I have given both Sally and William a proportional share equal to the balance of my children. Finally it is my will and desire that my sons Samuel Wisecarver and Harmon Wisecarver they being both my children and trusty friends and both of the State and county aforesaid be my executors and to carry this my last will and testament in full force and virtue. In testimony whereof I have been unto set my hand and seal this Sixth day of January Ano Domina one thousand eight hundred and forty three signed sealed and delivered in presents of
Thomas L. Walker
John X Wisecarver
[Recorded 1/6/1843 on page 273 of Greene County, TN wills.]
these Presents, That
Samuel Wisecarver, George Jackson, and Jacob M. Bewley all of Greene County and State of Tennessee, are held and firmly bound unto James C. Jones Governor of said State for the time being, and to his successors and assigns, in the sum of one thousand dollars; which payment, well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves, our Heirs, Executors and Administrators, jointly and severally, firmly by these Presents – Sealed with our seals, and dated this 4th day of March 1844
The Condition of the above Obligation is such, That
Wisecarver late of said County, deceased, by his last Will and Testament, (which is proven and of record in the County Court,) appointed the said Samuel Wisecarver and Harmon Wisecarver of the same. If, therefore, the said Samuel Wisecarver do make and return to said Court with ninety days from the date hereof, a true and perfect Inventory of all and singular the Goods, Chattels, Rights and Credits of the Testator, which have or shall come to be hands, possession, or knowledge of the said Samuel Wisecarver (the reservations b Law excepted,) or Into the hands and possession of any other person or persons for him And the same Goods, Chattels and Credits, as well as all others of the said Testator at his death, or afterwards, coming to the hands or possession of the said Samuel Wisecarver or any person or person for him do well and truly administer, according to Law, and surrender and pay up the legacies bequeathed in said Will to the person or persons authorized to receive the same. And further, do make, or cause to be made, a true and just account of his administration, within two years after the date hereof, and all the residue of said Estate remaining upon said Executors account, being first allowed by said Court shall deliver and pay unto such person or persons to whom due by the said Will and the Laws of the State in such case made and provided – then the above Obligation to be void, or else to remain in full force and virtue.
Sealed and acknowledged
In open Court.
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