Will of Robert Armstrong Hewitt
September Term, County Court 1865|
State of Tennessee
Be it remembered that I, Robert A. Hewitt of the county and state aforesaid being weak in body, but sound and perfect mind and memory thank God Almighty for the same do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following:
First � I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife, Dorcas Hewitt, the tract of land whereon I now reside containing one hundred and forty-seven and a half acres bounded on the south and west by the lands of P. H. Wilkinson and D. J. Dugger and north and east by the lands of John Cook and Mahala Pate, to have and to hold said land during her natural lifetime with every appertunance belonging to the same, rent or lease out, as she may think best for her benefit.
Second � I give and bequeath unto her all my horses, cows, and hogs, household and kitchen furniture and farming utensils together with all my personal property of whatever nature it may be, to hold and use for her benefit during her lifetime.
Third � After her decease I will and order that said land shall be sold at public auction to the highest bidder on a credit of one year the money for which it may bring being interest from the date of sale a lean on the land till the purchase money's paid.
Fourth � I will and order that all my personal property that be remaining be sold at the time on the same credit.
Fifth � The money for which said land and property may bring after collected, I will and order shall be divided as follows: I will and bequeath to my children:
Elizabeth J. Hewitt, Mary A. Hewitt, Louisa R. Hewitt, and Synthia C. Hewitt, each Sixty-Five Dollars and one bed and furniture each or equivalent in money for such beds and furniture.
Sixth � The residue of said money I will and order to be divided equally between my children � namely: John M. Hewitt, Robert A. Hewitt, Jr., Elenor P. Strawn, Elizabeth J. Hewitt, Nancy H. Hewitt, Richard J. Hewitt, Mary A. Hewitt, Louisa R. Hewitt and Synthia C. Hewitt.
Lastly, I appoint my two sons John M. Hewitt and Richard J. Hewitt as my executors of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 12th day of February A. D. 1855.
Signed, Robert A. Hewitt
Witnesses: James H. Campbell and C. H. Cook
Will Book A, Pages 62 and 63 (1865 to 1869)
Note: John Marshall Hewitt (b. 1820) married Martha Francis Williamson. He is buried in 1878, Giles Co., she is buried in Manor, Tex. Near Austin.
Submitted by David Parker