The Wills of Robert McNairy and Others

The Will of Robert McNairy
In the name of God Amen, I Robert McNairy of the County of Giles and
State of Tennessee being weak in body but of sound mind and perfect
memory do make and publish this my last will and testament in the
manner and form following, to wit; In the first place I lend unto my
beloved wife Anne McNairy during her life, the House attached to the
farm where on I now live, together with as much of the land on said
farm as will be necessary for her to cultivate with liberty to take
from any of my land, such timber as she may need in carrying on the
business of her farm. I also lend unto my said wife during her life the
following negroes, to wit, Jim, Balaim, old Isaac, Nice and old Nancy,
and four choice Cows and calves, three choice horses all my stock of
hogs and sheep, my farming tools, household and kitchen furniture,
except such articles as I may herein after bequeath, the land which I
have hereby lent to my said wife Anne I will and desire to be left to
her choice where to take.
Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Dickson the land
whereon she now lives, beginning at the north west corner of the six
hundred and forty acre tract first purchased of John McNairy, running
thence South with Doherty's line so far that running East it will
strike the top of the ridge directly between the house of my Son John
H. McNairy and my said daughter Elizabeth Dickson & thence continuing
East so far as to include her improvement by running North to the north
boundary of said six hundred & forty acre tract and thence west to the
beginning, the same to her and her heirs forever.
Item. I give & bequeath unto my son John H. McNairy the tract of land
whereon he now lives. Beginning at the Southwest corner of the tract
herein devised to my daughter Elizabeth Dickson, running thence South
with Doharty's line to Joseph Greer's North West corner thence East
with Greer's old line so far that by running North will strike the west
end of my Grass lot & continuing North to the point opposite said
Elizabeth Dickson's South East corner, & thence west to the beginning
the same to him & his heirs forever.
 Item. I give and bequeath unto my son Francis L. McNairy the following
described tract of land, to wit: Beginning at the South East corner of
the tract of land heretofore devised to my son John H. McNairy running
thence East with Greer's line so far that by running North will include
the land on which the timber is at this time deadened thence north to a
point opposite the North East corner of my said six hundred and forty
acre tract, thence west to the said Elizabeth Dicksons North East
corner, thence South to the beginning including the part heretofore
lent to my wife Anne, & which is reserved to her during her life as
above stated & at her death, the whole to descend to him & his heirs
forever.
Item. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Amanda Maclin wife of James
Z Maclin, the following described tract of land to wit, Beginning at
the North East corner of the tract last purchased from John McNairy,
running thence South to my daughter Elizabeth Dickson's north west
corner thence East to Leatherman's Creek, thence northward with the
meanders of said creek to the north boundary line of said purchase from
John McNairy thence west to the beginning also a negro woman Polley,
negro man John & a negro boy Isaac; which said land and negroes
together with all other property herein after given & bequeathed to my
said daughter Amanda Maclin I will and desire to remain and be entirely
under the custody & contract of my son John H. McNairy & Francis L
McNairy in trust and for the use and benefit of my said daughter Amanda
and her family during her life and at her death said property to be
equally divided among her heirs.
Item. The remainder of my said land I will and desire to be sold and
the money arising from said sale to be equally divided then among my
daughters Sarah Harwell, Caty Harwell, Musadora Butler, Caroline Bell
Wilson and Mary Anne McNairy and their heirs.
Item. I Give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Dickson my negro man
called little Isaac to her & her heirs forever.
Item, I Give and bequeath unto my son Francis L. McNairy, at the death
of my wife Anne, the negro man Jim heretofore lent to him, to him & his
heirs forever.
Item. I Give and bequeath to my son John H. McNairy at the death of my
said wife, my negro man David, and my Blacksmith tools, to him & his
heirs forever.
Item. I Will and desire that my negro man David remain with my wife
during her life & that he work as a Blacksmith for the use & for the
whole of any children indiscriminately for said time and at the
expiration thereof become subject to the foregoing bequest to my said
son John H. McNairy.
Item. I Give and bequeath to my daughters Sarah Harwell and Caty
Harwell two negroes to wit, Moses to Sarah Harwell & Lucinda to Caty
Harwell to them & their heirs forever.
Item. I Give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Anne McNairy my negroes
Abram & his wife Hannah, and her two children Henry & Minerva, &
Malinda together with their future increase, One Bay mare now claimed
by her, two cows & calves, One Bed and furniture, one spinning wheel,
One Bureau and a half dozen chairs to her & her heirs forever.
Item. The balance of my property not heretofore bequeathed of my
description (except the money herein after mentioned) I will & desire
to be sold at the death of my wife Anne and the money arising from said
sale Equally divided amongst all my children.
Item. And it is my will & desire that my wife Anne have and enjoy the
interest arising from all the money in hand at my death during her life
and at her death any and all money on hand I desire to be equally
divided amongst all my children.
And I do hereby appoint my son John H. McNairy & Francis L. McNairy
Executors of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and
annulling all former wills made. In testimony whereof I have here unto
set my hand & affix my Seal this twenty first day of June, in the year
of our Lord One thousand Eight hundred & thirty one.
Robert McNairy (Seal)
Signed, Sealed, published & declared to be the last will & testament of
Robert McNairy, by him, in our presence.
Charles C. Abernathy
Ira Tarpley
John C Tarpley
6-21-1831

Codicil to the foregoing Will
I Robert McNairy, of Giles County in the State of Tennessee, being at
the present time in a low condition as it regards my bodily strength,
but being through the mercy of God of sound mind and memory, do hereby
make and publish this codicil to my last will and testament heretofore
made and published by me, & which in connection with this codicil is
now declared to be my only & last will.
It is my will & I do hereby bequeath to my beloved wife Anne and my
daughter Mary Anne, in addition to what is bequeathed to them in and by
my will before mentioned, the proceeds of my cotton crop of the last
year, as also the proceeds of my crop now growing in equal shares, they
paying, nevertheless, out of the proceeds of the said crops my
Physicians bills and my funeral expense - In witness whereof I have
hereto set my hand & seal this 31st day of August A. D. 1831
Robert McNairy (Seal)
Signed, sealed, published and declared by Robert McNairy to be a
codicil to his last will in presence of us-
N. A. McNairy
John McNairy

State of Tennessee, Giles County
I, Edward D. Jones, Clerk of the County Court of said County hereby
certify that the foregoing is a true and perfect copy of the last will
and Testament of Robert McNairy Deceased and the Codicil hereto
annexed as the same are of Record in my office. In testimony whereof
I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of said Court, at the
Clerk's office in the town of Pulaski this 11th day of October, 
A. D.1839

E. D. Jones, Clerk
Probated June 7, 1832 Giles County, Tennessee

Transcribed and submitted by Dennis C. Wilson.


The Will of
Elizabeth Dickson

I, Elizabeth Dickson, of the County of Giles and State of Tennessee
being of sound mind and memory, and anxious to make an equal division
of my real estate among my children by will have selected for that
purpose Colson Abernathy, John Newbill, Alfred H. Eason, and as
surveyor William S. Newbill, who were authorized and required to
examine, survey and divide my lands into three divisions of equal value
and furnish a plat of survey showing the bounds of each division and
numbered 1, 2, & 3. Said commissioners met at my residence in November
1873 and satisfactorily returned to me the result of their proceedings
afterwards.
Item 1. I give and devise to my daughter Jane Tarpley, wife of Ira
Tarpley, Lot No 1 as designated in said plat of division, beginning at
a Berch, a North West corner of C. C. Abernathy's purchase from John H.
McNairy, in the East boundary of Lot No 2, running thence with said
purchase, South eighty nine degrees East forty six degrees to a stake
with locust pointer, thence North with the dividing line between my
land and the land purchased by said C. C. Abernathy of my father's
estate at the sale thereof. Seventy six and a half chains to Amanda
Maclin's south boundary line; thence with her West boundary North one
degree East thirty nine and a half chains to a stake; thence with her
line North eighty nine degrees, West forty six chains; Thence North one
degree West with Johnson's line and the West boundary of Lot No 2,
thirty nine chains to the beginning, containing one hundred & eighty
one acres & one hundred and twelve poles to her and her heirs forever.
Item 2. I give and devise to my daughter Elizabeth H. Abernathy, wife
of Charles C. Abernathy Senior Lot No 2 in said plat of survey.
Beginning in the West boundary of Lot No 1 at a Berch, Johnson's North
East corner, running thence with his line South seventy and one half
degrees West, five and three fourths chains to a stake with Berch
pointer; North, sixty eight degrees West, three chains and five links;
North thirty eight and a half degrees West two chains and fifty five
links; North, eighty nine degrees West two chains and eighty seven
links to a ?, North, eleven degrees West, seven and a half chains to a
? in a lane North, eighty nine degrees West, twenty eight and a half
chains to a stake Alfred H. Eason's corner, thence with the line of
Charles C. Abernathy's lands South sixty four and a half degrees East,
one and a half chains South thirty nine and a half degrees East, six
chains; South fifty nine and a half degrees East five and a half
chains; South, eleven degrees East six chains; South, forty eight and a
half degrees West, eight chains; South eight degrees West seven chains
to a Berch, Cherry & Elm pointers; thence North, eighty nine degrees
West, three chains and sixty links to a stake with a white ash pointer;
thence South one degree East, seven chains and eighty links to a stake
with an Ironwood pointer, the North West corner of Lot No 3; thence
with the North boundary of the same, South, eighty nine and a half
degrees East, forty one and a half chains; thence north one degree
East, twenty two chains and eighty links to the beginning, containing
one hundred and thirteen acres to her and her heirs forever.
Item 3. I give and devise to the heirs of my son Robert Dickson (who
has departed this life since said division was made) Lot Number 3 as
designated in said plat of division - Beginning at a stake, the South
East corner of Number 2 as described in said plat running thence with
the South boundary of the same North, eighty nine and a half degrees
West, forty one and a half chains to a stake with an Ironwood pointer
in C. C. Abernathy's line; thence with his line South one degree West
thirty two chains and twenty links to an ash corner, the Northwest
corner of the old Alexander Tarpley tract of land; thence South, eighty
nine degrees East forty one and a half chains to a stake; thence North,
one degree East, thirty two chains and twenty links to the beginning,
containing one hundred and thirty three acres to them and their heirs
forever.
The remainder of my personal property of every kind not heretofore
divided and possession thereof given to my children I desire to be
equally divided in kind, without a public sale amongst my children Jane
Tarpley, Robert Dickson's heirs and Elizabeth Abernathy. The
disposition of the tract of land of ninety and 5/8 acres conveyed to me
by my son Robert Dickson on the 31st December 1870 & registered in
Giles County, I reserve for further reflection and will add as a
codicil to this my last will and testament. In testimony whereof, I
have here unto set my hand and affixed my seal this 31st day of
December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy
three.
Elizabeth Dickson (Seal)
Probated August 1876.
NOTE: Elizabeth Dickson (1793 - 1876) was the daughter of Robert and
Anne Hamilton McNairy. Wife of Robert Dickson.

Transcribed and submitted by Dennis C. Wilson.


The Will of
Buckner Harwell

In the name of God Amen I Buckner Harwell if the County of Giles, and
State of Tennessee being in sound mind and body, being blessed this day
with perfect health; but Resolving , its appointed for all men to die
do make constitute and ordain this my Last Will and Testament Touching
my worldly affects where with it has pleased god to bless me with first
- I lend unto my beloved wife Judith Harwell one third part of all my
estate during her natural life or widowhood. But shall she marry again
the property to go in that case to my three children the balance of my
property to be equally divided between Albert Gallatin Harwell, Mary
Ann Harwell, and Sarah Caroline Harwell all three my children except my
Land the Tract of Land whereon I now live I give and bequeath unto my
son Albert Gallatin Harwell my other tract of land and Town lot No 17
in the Town of Pulaski I wish equally divided between Mary Ann & Sarah
Caroline Harwell my beloved children to be by them freely possessed and
enjoyed forever. Its my desire that my dear wife Judith Harwell keep
all the property together for the maintenance & support of the children
and that they have good educations given them until they become of age
or marry considering them to be of age at twenty years old when I wish
them to receive their property unless she should marry and in that case
I wish that Guardians of my children to take all their property in
charge for their benefit both Land and all property that I now own; the
Business of my fathers Estate I leave Settled as records will show that
Business hereafter I wish Gilliam Harwell to manage; the property
coming to me from my fathers Estate and from my wifes fathers Estate I
also Lend third part the same to my dear wife during her Lifetime
should she not marry again But should she marry again in that case I
wish the property to belong to the three named children the other two
thirds of the above property to be divided between my three Beloved
children Albert Gallatin, Mary Anne and Sarah Caroline Harwell to be by
them freely possessed and enjoy forever; I wish and appoint my Beloved
wife Judith Harwell & Gilliam Harwell my Executors to this my last will
and Testament In Testimony whereof I hereunto set my hand and affixed
my seal this 30th November in the year of our Lord 1819.
B. Harwell (Seal)
German Lester
Henry Hazen
James Perry
Wm R. Davis
There with a number of other gentlemen can establish my Hand Writing
B. Harwell
Filed at Feby Term 1822

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The Will of
Nancy P. Johnson Harwell

State of Tennessee, Giles County
Owing to the uncertainty of life, I, Mrs. Nancy P. Harwell, being of
Sound Mind and disposing memory, I do hereby make and proclaim this my
last will and testament, hereby revoking all other wills.
1st I do will my soul to God who gave it
2nd. I will that after my decease that my funeral expenses be paid out
of my Estate.
3rd. Owing to the love and affection I have for my beloved children
Robert L Harwell and John M Harwell that my Estate both personal and
real be all in the sustainance and Education of my beloved children
during their minority And what is left, to be Equally divided between
my said children when they reach their majority.
4th I do will that my Father Blufer Johnson shall keep my children and
take care of them during his lifetime and should he die before my
children reach their majority - I will that my brother John H. Johnson
take care if them.
5th I do will that my brother John H. Johnson be Administrative
Executor to this my last will and testament. In testimony whereof I
hereto set my hand and seal this Sept 3th 1874.
Nancy P. Harwell
Attest: S W Butler, W. K. McKnight
Recorded 21 Oct 1874

Transcribed and submitted by Dennis C. Wilson.


The Will of
Sally Harwell

In the name of God Amen.
I Sally Harwell, being of sound and disposing mind & memory do make &
publish this my last will and testament in manner & form following,
hereby revoking all other wills heretofore made by me.
Item 1st. I give and bequeath to my niece Ann Eliza Wells one negro
girl named Wincey.
Item 2nd. I give and bequeath to my sister Nancy Wells my riding man
called Diamond, three beds & furniture & steads and also four trunks.
Item 3rd. I give and bequeath to my Brother Hartwell Harwell a note
which I hold on him for about two hundred dollars.
Item 4th. I give and bequeath to my niece Caroline McKnight the sum of
two hundred dollars; my desire and will is that her father Robert
McKnight shall have no control over it whatever, and I therefore,
desire that Amanda Ezell be appointed to be her guardian to manage it
for her till she becomes twenty one years of age or marries, and if she
should die before she becomes of lawful age or marries, my will is that
the two hundred Dollars which I have herein above given to her shall
be, then, given to my nephew Jas. B. Wells.
Item 5th. I give & bequeath, further, to my nephew James B. Wells, one
year old Colt & one bureau.
Item 6th. I give & bequeath to my niece Sarah C. Wells my sorrel colt
named Hardtimes.
Item 7th. I give and bequeath to my niece Sarah Harwell daughter of
Hartwell Harwell one bureau & my flowered trunk.
Item 8th. I give & bequeath to my sister Nancy Wells all the residue &
remainder of my estate real and personal, except so much thereof as may
be necessary to pay my just debts & defray my funeral expenses.
Lastly & mainly I hereby nominate & appoint William D. Abernathy
executor of this my last will & testament.
In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal this 17th day
of April 1841.
Saly Harwell (Seal)
Signed sealed & delivered in presence of us
P. W. Phelps, Korneilus Swift, William Rainey
NOTE: Daughter of Buckner Harwell, Sr.



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The Will of
Samuel Harwell
1837

In the Name of God Amen.
In the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty seven I
Samuel Harwell being weak in body but sound in mind do make this my
last will and testament. I appoint my Executors to sell my two old
negroes Will and Jane said negroes shall chuse (sic) the purchaser and
they shall be valued to them at a fair price. I appoint my executor to
sell all my parishable (sic) property as stock Household & kitchen
furniture and my present crop except what I give to my children and my
Grand son in this will and after paying my just debts I give to my
grand son John T. Harwell four Hundred dollars when he comes of age the
balance of the sale with other money due me to be equally divided
between my children. I give my sons Robert M Harwell & William S.
Harwell all my lands to be equally divided between them when they come
of age I give my son Robert M. Harwell two negroes Viz: Joe & Liza a
Horse bridle and saddle and a bed sted & furniture when he comes of
age. I give my daughter Museadora A. Harwell three negroes Jenny,
Daniel and Sally a grey mare Bridle and saddle a bed stead & furniture
when she comes of age I give my son William S. Harwell three negroes
Viz: Jacob, Jesse and Cinda a grey horse which he now claims bridle and
saddle and a bed stead and furniture when he comes of age I give my
daughter S. Caroline Harwell three negroes Mike, Harvy and Creade a
horse bridle and saddle and bed stead and furniture when she comes of
age I give my grand son John T. R. Harwell a horse bridle and saddle to
be valued at one hundred dollars, a bed sted and furniture when he
comes of age.
I appoint Coleman Harwell & Levi Sherrel my executors this 20th of July
1837.
Samuel Harwell
Test: James McKnight, Peter Mays

Transcribed and submitted by Dennis C. Wilson.