Will of Abiram Ballard Coldwell (1st) (1781-1855)

by admin on May 31st, 2010

Will of Abiram Ballard Coldwell (1st) (1781-1855)
Dickson County, TN (on Bartons Creek)
WB A, pages 281-282
Signed 19 Nov 1853; Probated 12 June 1855


Will of Abiram Coldwell
In the name of God Amen. I, Abiram Coldwell Being of sound mind and disposing memory do make and publish this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all other Wills by me made.
Item 1st. I give to my beloved wife Nancy Coldwell during her natural life that part of land including the old tract of two hundred acres; also the tract I bought of Lebius Richardson; also the tract I bought of Lewis Tycer; also the following slaves to wit: March, Benjamin, Selia and Ireana, with all my household and kitchen furniture , farming utensils, Blacksmith tools; also including horses, hogs, sheep and all my :stock of cattle & etc., to be at her disposal at her death.
Item 2nd. I give and bequeath to my daughter Polly Coldwell a negro girl named Flora and a negro woman named Ireana, and a negro man named March, and a bed and furniture; the two last named negroes is not to be given up until her Mother’s death.
Item 3rd. I give to my daughter Emmaline a negro girl named Amanda,. and after my wife’s death Benjamin & Selia, also a bed and furniture.
Item 4th. I give to my daughter Delphia Jane Larkins a negro woman named Violet, and also a girl named Levena.
Item 5th. I give to my daughter Eliza Guthrie a negro girl named Ellen.
Item 6th. My sons Thomas Montgomery, Orville Bradley, Abiram Ballard and John Campbell Coldwell the three negroes married John, Roda Ann and child William to be divided or sold (or I would rather they would remain in the family), the proceeds of said negroes to be equally divided between my four sons. Also, the tract of land I bought of Ellis Tycer and the tract known as the Meeting house tract; also the tract of one hundred acres at the head of Rockey Creek; and that Orville and Abiram should account to Montgomery and John for a tract of six hundred acres lying in the branch [?] south of the Stage Road which I have deeded to them some time since, the above land is to be divided or sold at my death; the Lands as above mentioned as given to my wife at her death, is to be sold or divided between my above named four sons, Thomas Montgomery, Orville Bradley, Abiram Ballard and John Campbell Coldwell.
I do hereby appoint my sons Thomas Montgomery and Orville Bradley my Executors to this my Last Will and Testament. In testimony whereof I set my hand and seal this 19th day November 1853.
Abiram Coldwell (Seal)
Signed and sealed in the presence of
Allen Nesbitt
M. T. Berry.

State of Tennessee, Dickson County Court, March Term 1855. This day was produced in open Court a paper writing purporting to be the Last Will and Testament of A. Coldwell dec’d which was proven to be such by Allen Nesbitt and M. Berry and ordered to be recorded.
Test Tho. McNeilly, Clk.

State of Tennessee, County of Dicks on, County Court Clerks office, 12th June 1855. Then was the foregoing last Will and Testament of A. Coldwell, Dec’d, Recorded in Will Book A. pages 281,282.
Thos McNeilly, Clerk
By E. C. Morris, D.C.

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