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Probate Records (County or Chancery Court)
Wills Vol. 1 - 5; July 1789 - July 1904
Transcribed by: Marie
County Court Clerk's Office
Will Book - Vol. I
July 1789 - Aug 1882
In the name of God amen: I, James Donoho of the County of Sumner being in a low state of bodily health but of sound mind and perfect memory, thanks be given to the Almighty God for the same. I here constitute and ordain this instrument of writing to be my last will and testament.
First I recommend my soul unto God who gave it to me . After my deceased
my body to be buried in a decent manner. As to my worldly goods which it
has been the will of God to bless me with, I dispose of in the following
Item 1st. I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Susannah Donoho all of my estate both real and personal during her natural life and if my beloved wife before named should consider this is more than she may need, its to be sold by my executors and equally divided between William Donoho Yancy Turner and Nancy Meador, wife of John Meador.
Item 2nd. and after the death of my beloved wife Susannah Donoho, my real and personal estate is to be disposed of as follows viz: the land and plantation whereon I now live to equally in number of acres divided between William Donoho, Yancy Turner and Nancy Meador as before named. Observed that Nancy Meador have her portionable part of said land laid off on the south end of said tract including the dwelling house that I now live in.
Item 3rd I give and bequeath unto my daughter Betsy Gouildman Donoho, now called Betsy Gouildman Bond ten Dollars to be paid
out of my estate after the death of wife Susanah Donoho by my executors to be her full portion of my estate.
Item 4th I give and bequeath unto my daughter Sally Hasen Donoho ten dollars to be accessed by my executors out of my estate after the death of my beloved wife as named which said ten dollars is to be her full portion of my estate as before named. The remaining part of my said estate, my negros excepted, I desire that it may be legally divided after the death of my wife as be named between William Donoho, Yancy Turner and Nancy Meador, wife of Job Meador observing that a certain negro girl by the name of Lian, I in a special manner give and bequeath to my said daughter, Nancy Meador to be delivered to her by my executors after the death of my wife - and my negro woman Betty Mother of said described girl, I give and bequeath unto my son William Donoho and Yancy Turner to be delivered by my executors after the death of my wife with her increase not more than two, and if more than two children as the increase from said negro Betty over two that she may have before the death of my said wife is to be equally divided between William Donoho, Yancy Turner and Nancy Meador. I ordain constitute and appoint my beloved wife Susannah Donoho, Yancy Turner and William Donoho my whole and sole executors of this my last will and Testament. In witness where of , I the said James Donoho have set my hand and affixed my seal this day of 1820.
James (X) Donoho (Seal)
Signed sealed and acknowledged by said James Donoho in presence of us
so as and for his last will and Testament
_____ before _____
State of Tennessee
Sumner County Court May term 1820
The last will and testament of James Donoho, decd was produced in court for probate and whereupon said will was duly proved by the oaths of Josiah Howell, John Meador subscribing witnesses ____ and ordered to be recorded - whereupon Susannah Donoho, Yancy Turner and William Donoho executrix and executors named in said will appeared in court and qualified as by taking the oath of __ Executor prescribed by law and said Executors together with William Bentton and Thomas B. Simpson their securities entered into and acknowledge their bond to the Governor in the penalty of three thousand dollars conditioned as the law directs.
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