Will of William Adams (1790- 1856)

by admin on February 14th, 2003

Will Book Vol. B
Dickson County
1856 – 1908

pg. 1 William Adams Will
I William Adams do make and publish this as my last will and Testament, hereby revoking and making void all other wills by me at any time made.

First, I direct that my funeral expenses and all my just debts be paid as soon after my death as possible, out of any moneys I may die possessed of; or may first come into the hands of my Executor.

Secondly, My will is that all my property both real and personal remain in the possession of my beloved wife, Sally Adams during her widow Hood or until her marriage, or until my oldest son John Isaac J. Adams arrives at the age of twenty one years.

Thirdly, It is my will and desire that at the time my eldest son becomes of age, my executor sell all my personal property except the negroes on a twelve months credit, and the moneys arrising from the sale be equally divided between my wife and all my surviving children.

Fourthly, I give to my wife Sally all my lands on the East side of Yellow Creek, including the buildings where I now live, for the support of her and the family during her natural life, and at her death the lands, including the buildings are to be sold in a twelve months credit, and the moneys equally divided between all my living children.

Fifthly, I give and bequeath to my wife, my negro girl, Rody as her own property, and she is to make no charge whatever for the support and maintenance of any of the children.

Sixthly, It is my will and desire that at the time my eldest son becomes of age, all the balance of my negroes be equally divided between all my living children as above; and all my lands on the East side of Yellow Creek be sold on a twelve months credit and the money arrising from the sale be also divided equally among all my living children.

Seventhly, I direct that my negro man Patrick be hired out or chop wood to raise money for the purpose of educating my children so as to give them a complete and practical English education.

Eightly, I also direct that if Patrick should die or become disabled, that my Executor sell all my lands on the East side of Yellow Creek, and appropriate the money to the Education of all my children.

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Ninthly, I authorize my Executor that in case my negro man Toby should become contrary or ungovernable to hire or sell him as he may think best; and if hired the money to be appropriated for the purpose of hiring a hand to work on the farm; and if sold the money to be put out at interest for the use and benefit of my children.

And lastly, I do hereby nominate and appoint James David my Executor, in witness whereof I do to this my will set my hand and seal the 18th day Sept. AD 1849.

Signed, sealed, and published in our presence subscribed our names hereto in the presence of the testator, this 18th day of September, A.D. 1849.

Jesse Daniel                                  her (his)
R.S. Nesbitt William x Adams, (seal)
[undecipherable] Nesbit Mark

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