Last Will and Testament of
Whereas I James Watson of the county of Giles and State of Tennessee do make this my last will and testament revoking all former wills made by me.
Considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being of sound mind and memory do make and publish this my last will and testament in message and form following. My will is that all of my just debts shall be paid by my executor as soon after my death as practical.
I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Martha A. Watson and Noah Dorious Watson ______ negroes _____ _____ and _____. I give and bequeath Henry W. Watson, John A. Watson, Emily F. ________, William E. Watson, and James P. Watson three negroes names as follows to viz Lucy, Mary and James (?) to be equally divided between them or the proceeds of them. I give and bequeath my beloved daughter Eliza James Watson one negro named Francis. I give and bequeath to Edward A. Watson and Melissa J. Watson a negro nurse named Anamicus (?) to be equally divided between them when sold. It is my will that the tract of land on which George W. Watson now lives and portion of forty acres off of the upper end of the Brownlow tract be sold whenever the time becomes better or my executor thinks proper. It is my will that my wife Martha A. Watson shall have seven hundred and fifty dollars out of the proceeds of the sale of the Brownlow tract of land. It is my will that all my worldly estate and all the property ______ ______ ______ mixed of which, I shall die _____ and processed or to which _____ entitled at the time of my decease may be equally divided between each one of my beloved children above named. I do hereby constitute and appoint my wife Martha A. Watson my executrix and my brother Henry Watson my executor to settle my business in any way that they may think best of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have here unto set my _______ this the 19th of February A.D. 1862.
W. E. Lancaster (X)
George W. Watson (X)
Submitted by: Charles Gardner