The Last Will and Testament of
Samuel C. Reed

In the name of God, Amen. I, Samuel C. Reed of Giles County and State of Tennessee, being weak in body but of sound mind and memory, blessed be Almighty God, for same considering the uncertainty of this mortal life, do make this my last will & testament, in manner and form following, that is to say,

First, I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife all my property during her widowhood untill my children become of lawful age, after that event, I wish it equally divided among them. The negroes named as follows, Handy. It is my will and desire that my wife, if she sees proper to keep house to herself, that she keep such household and kitchen furniture & provisions, fully necessary for that purpose. Further it is my will and desire that my present crop and my fattening hogs be sold to make payment of a tract of land I purchased of Mr. Isaac Haney. The balance of my property, including a negro woman, It is my will & desire that they be sold on twelve months credit for the purpose of paying all my debts that may stand against my estate. Further, it is my will & desire that my father, Thomas Reed, act as my Executor to this my last will and testament, and further that he act as guardian to my children. In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal this the 11th day of September 1844.

Sam'l C. Reed (Seal)


David J. Moore, Jurat
Jackson Caldwell, Jurat
Gustin T. Campbell, Jurat

Note: See the will of Thomas Reed, Jr, father of Samuel C. Reed.

Submitted by Jane Gilbert