Will of Gabriel Worley
The will of Gabriel Worley
"In the name of God Amen. I, Gabriel Worley of the County of Giles and State of Tennessee, being sound in mind and memory, do make and publish this 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 debts be paid as soon after my death as possible, out of any moneys that I may die possessed of or may first come into the hands of my Executor.
"Secondly, I give and bequeath to my Wife Sarah my Negro Woman Betty and my Negro Man Harvey, one good Bedstead and Bed-clothing and one good Bed and one good Cow and Calf and provisions sufficient of every kind to last her and the two slaves I bequeathed her for one year.
"Thirdly, I give and bequeath to the heirs of my Daughter Nancy�s body one child�s share of all my property excepting such part as I hereinafter dispose of, to be generally divided among them as they arrive at twenty-one years of age. The bequest I make to the heirs of my Daughter Nancy is all that I intend for her and them to have in any manner whatever.
"Fourthly, I give and bequeath to the heirs of my Daughter Polly one child�s share of all my property excepting such part as I otherwise dispose of, to be divided generally among them, as they arrive at the age of twenty-one.
"Fifthly, I give and bequeath to my granddaughter Nancy Wood, the only living child of my Daughter Martha, five hundred dollars; this bequest is all that my grand Daughter Nancy Wood, or any other person, is to ever receive of my property, through the Heirship of my Daughter Martha.
"Sixthly, I give and bequeath to my Daughter Zipporah Few and her heirs forever one child�s share of all my property excepting such parts as I have otherwise disposed of the title to be vested and forever remain in her and her Heirs.
"Seventhly, I give and bequeath to each of my Heirs, William Worley, Elizabeth Bonds, Mary Finley, Willis Worley, Dorcas Holley, Riley Worley, Pinkney Worley, Tabitha McCoy and Kerrena Wood, I give and bequeath one child�s share each.
"Eighthly, I order that at my death, that my son Willis Worley is to take my wife Sarah to live with him; he is to take good care of her until her death. I further order that for his trouble and expense he is to take into his possession the two slaves mentioned in my bequest to my wife and have the full benefit of all their labor until my wife�s death.
"Ninthly, I order that at the death of my wife all the property I have left her be sold on a twelve-months credit, and the proceeds thereof be equally divided among my Heirs, excepting Nancy Wood, the five hundred dollars I have bequeathed to her being all I intend her to ever have of my property in any manner, or any other person lawfully claiming through the Heirship of my Daughter Martha.
"Tenthly, I order that at my death, my land or Estate be sold on one and two years credit and the proceeds be divided equally among my Heirs (viz. � the Heirs of Nancy Reed, the Heirs of Polly Kennedy, William Worley, Elizabeth Bonds, Mary Finley, Willis Worley, Dorcas Holley, Riley Worley, Pinkney Worley, Tabitha McCoy, Kerrena Wood, and Zipporah Few to her and her Heirs forever.
"Eleventhly, I order that at my death all my other property, namely my Negroes and Stock of all kinds and all of my other property be sold on twelve months credit, and the proceeds thereof divided, as my land proceeds, excepting my Negro man Andrew; him I order to be took to Mississippi or some other place of considerable distance and sold, and the proceeds of him divided as my other property.
"Twelfthly, I order that compound Interest be computed on a note that I hold on my son Pinkney Worley, given for three hundred and fifteen dollars, and the principal and compound interest taken out of his part of my estate.
"Thirteenth, I order that a lien be retained on my land worth the purchase, money is all paid.
"Lastly, I do hereby appoint my Son Willis Worley my executor. In witness whereof I do, to this my will set my hand and seal. This April the 15th 1855."
Gabriel Worley (seal)
Signed, sealed and published in our presence and we have subscribed our names hereto in the presence of the testator. This the 15th day of April 1855
Submitted by: Vanessa Winans