Last Will and Testament of
State of Tennessee, Giles County
I, James Bass, of Giles County and State being of sound mind and of disposing memory make this my last will and testament revoking all will heretofore made.
Item 1st - I want all debts I may own at the time of my death and all expenses necessary for a proper Christian burial paid.
Item 2 - I wish that Sarah M. Bass my beloved wife shall have and hold all my property of whatever kind both real and personal during her life, in the event I shall die before her, and managed control the same as she may wish under the advice and counsel and aid of my executors, heretofore to be names.
Item 3 - I wish if my wife out live me, at her death my estate be divided into eight equal parts which I bequeath as follows. To my son George W. Bass one eighth interest, to William M. Bass, one eighth interest, to Augustus Bass one eighth interest, to Woodly A. Bass one eighth interest, to Sarah J. E. Young, my daughter on eighth interest. The remaining two interests (being two eighths of my estate) I give and bequeath to my grandchildren in equal parts, share and share alike to wit, Olivia Watson, Henry Watson, Early Watson, and William McMurry, children of my daughter Martha E. who first married Watson, and afterward married McMurry and to my granddaughter Clara Holt the daughter of my daughter Mendoya Holt, deceased.
It is my wish and I do give and bequeath to my said grandchildren in equal share, share and share alike two eighths interest in my estate at the death of my said wife if I die before she does. The said Clara Holt to dray no more but equally with each of the five children of my daughter Martha E. which is the one sixth of the two eighths interest in my estate.
Item 4 - I hereby appoint Woodly A. Bass and Martin L. Loyd, my son and son-in-law as executors to this my will and desire and so direct that they shall give ______ as such executors under the direction of the court of Giles County, but they shall execute said will and settle my estate without the intermediation or aid of the courts except to execute last _________.
In witness whereof I have signed and sealed and published and declared this instrument as my last will at Pulaski, Tennessee, January 23rd, 1894.
Submitted by: Charles Gardner