Will of John Watson
In the name of God Amen, I John Watson of
Hardin County and State of Tennessee considering that I am mortal, do make and
ordain this my last will and Testament in the manner following viz. And first I commend my Soul into the hands of God who gave
it, and my Body to be entered in a Christian manner at the discretion of my
Executors. 2nd I allow
my funeral expenses and all my honest debts to be Settled out of my personal
Estate. 3rd I allow my
Executors to sell or keep out of my personal Estate so much as will raise twenty
five Dollars a peace (sic) for each of my sons in law viz.
Rossemon P. Scott John Scott Elisha Smith Martin Forehand Thomas L. Pain.
4th I allow my son James L. Watson to have my land or
plantation where on I now live: I
allow Samuel Watson and James L. Watson to have my mill, and sawmill fixings;
Also my Smith tools Equally between them. I
allow James L. Watson to have Alfred and Jerry until they come of age to be
liberated; and then to give unto Each of them two suits of clothes.
I allow Mary to live on the place with James or go and live with her
brother and Sister. I allow her
what she has of her own and if she goes one cow and calf and a sow and pigs.
I allow my son James L. Watson to have my
large Bible and hymn book. The rest
of my books I allow to be equally Divided Amongst all my Legatees that is my
sons and sons in law - and Lastly I do hereby nominate and appoint my two sons
Samuel Watson and James L. Watson to Execute this my last will and Testament. In witness whereof I do hereby set my hand and seal this
twenty first day of August 1837.
Signed Sealed &
In the presence of
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N. G. Murphey}