John A. Baker died before October 1, 1820. His wife, Jane, was appointed administratrix of his will, and it was recorded in October.
Will dated 5/3/1820Dickson County, TennesseeBook 1803-1856, Page 37Will Number 23
“In the name of God Amen. I, JOHN A. BAKER of the County of Dickson and State of Tennessee being very sick and (word missing) but in perfect mind and memory and calling to mind the mortality of man and knowing that it is appointed once for all men to die I do make and ordain this to be my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say. I give and bequeath my soul to God who gave it and my body to be decently buried. And touching what worldly goods I possess as follows:
“First – I lend to my beloved wife Jane Baker all my estate both real and personal during her natural life or widowhood for the purpose of supporting herself and my youngest children. And at the death or marriage of my wife Jane it is my desire that whatever remains of my estate should be sold and divided amongst the six Children by name, Nelly Baker, Sally Baker, John Baker, Patsey Baker, Benjamine Baker and Nancy Baker to them and their heirs forever.
“2nd – My Daughter Margaret Evans five dollars to her and her (heirs) forever.
“3rd – I give to my Daughter, Polly Hedges, five dollars to her and (her) heirs forever.
“4th – I give to my Daughter Betsy England five dollars to her and her heirs forever.
“5th – I give to my Daughter Jane Evans five dollars to her and her heirs forever.
“6th – I give to my Daughter Ann Tatom five dollars to her and her heirs forever.
“7th – I give to my son Absolom Baker, five dollars to him and his heirs forever.
“Signed, sealed and published in presence of us 3rd. May 1820.
John A Baker(seal) John WrightGeorge BrozzellJames McKee
“State of Tennessee, Dickson County, Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, October Term 1820. There was the last Will and Testament of John A. Baker produced in open court and proved to be the same by the oaths of John Wright, George Brozzell and James McKee and ordered recorded.
“State of Tennessee, Dickson County, April 17th 1821. Then was the last Will and Testament of John A. Baker, Recorded in Book A page 49-50. “Field Farrar, Clerk.”