Last Will and Testament of
"In the name of God, amen, I, Jonas Vick of the county of Giles and state of Tennessee, considering the uncertainty of this mortal life, and being of sound and perfect mind and memory, blessed be God for the same, do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following: First I give and bequeth unto my son, Alen T. Vick, all my land with the exception of fifty acres off of the north end of my land, which I give and bequeath to my son, Wesley J. Vick unless he should prefer my bay horse to this fifty acres of land, then the land shall be A.T. Vick's; furthermore, I give and bequeath unto my son, Alen T. Vick, all my other property with the exception of five cows chosen by my five daughters the geese, also the said A.T. Vick in connection with what has been divided out to his sisters, is bound by this will, to shcool his three younger sisters and also his sister, Jane, if she chooses to go to school, also to keep them together as a family and to provide for them, such as he has for himself, until they leave the family by marriage or mutual consent, he shall furnish them each with a bed, a ewe and lamb, and a sow and pigs, he is also bound to keep the land until the youngest child is of age in order that their manintainance be secured to them. I hereby nominate and appoint my son, Alen T. Vick, executor of this my last will and testament in witness whereof I have hereunto I have set my and hand and seal this the 9th day of April 1840.
(signed with an "x" and indicated as his mark....Jonas Vick)
Signed, sealed, published and delivered by the above named Jonas Vick to his last will and testament in presence of us who have subscribed as witnessess in the presence of the testator.
David G. Crockett
(outside of will says, "Last Will and Testament of Jonas Vick, dec'd. Proven Aug 16, 1840).
Last Will and Testament of
Giles County, Tennessee Will Book H, pages 206 and 207
I, Thomas Clark, of the County of Giles and State of Tennessee, being weak in body, but of sound and perfect mind and memory, do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following.
First I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Nancy A. Clark the track of land I now am living on, containing two hundred and eighty-eight acres, to have and to hold her life time. After her death, the track of land that I give to my wife Nancy A. Clark to be divided equally between my six sons, William M. Clark, Alexander P. Clark, John R. Clark, Thomas J. Clark, Gideon B. Clark, and Doctor B. Clark. I also give to my wife Nancy A. Clark the following property, Viz. Jude my old gray mare and colt and side saddle, two choice cows, two sows and ten choice shoats, six sheep and all of the geese; two bedsteads, beds and furniture, and all the kitchen furniture, and the cupboard, and all the furniture that belongs thereunto, her years support and fifty dollars in money. I also give to my wife Nancy A. Clark one note of two hundred and nineteen dollars and thirty-two cents, due the twenty fifth of December next on William Kennedy. For to purchase a Negro girl with, for her benefit her lifetime, and to maintain my two youngest sons, Gideon B. Clark and Doctor B. Clark. And at the death of my wife Nancy A. Clark the ____ Negro girl is to be divided equally between my two youngest sons Gideon B. Clark and Doctor B. Clark.
I also give to my son Alexander P. Clark, Pine a two-year-old colt and one eighteen-dollar saddle.
I also give to my son John R. Clark the three-year-old Jackson filly an done eighteen dollar saddle.
I also give Thomas J. Clark one three-year-old sorrel colt and one eighteen dollar saddle.
I also give my son Gideon B. Clark a four-year-old bay horse and one eighteen dollar saddle.
I also give my son Doctor B. Clark, one-year-old colt and yoke of steer sand my saddle.
I also give to my daughter Mary A. Clark my Blenheim mare and one eighteen-dollar saddle, one bedstead, bed and furniture.
I also give to my daughter Nancy E. Clark my chestnut sorrel mare Printer, one bedstead, bed and furniture.
I also give to my two step daughters Susan C. Farmer and Juda A. Farmer, one bedstead, bed and furniture each, one saddle each, and one cow apiece.
I also give to my stepson Jasper N. Mc. Farmer, one sorrel Leviathan colt and eighteen-dollar saddle.
I also give to my stepson John S. Mc. Farmer, one year old colt and one eighteen-dollar saddle.
Lastly also, all the rest, residue and the remainder of my personal estate, goods and chattels of what kind and nature so ever, shall be sold and pay all my just debts.
I also give to my son Andrew J. Clark's heirs thirty dollars in money and the account that I have against my son Andrew J. Clark deceased, of one hundred and twelve dollars.
I also authorize my executor or executrix to sell a track of land being and lying in the county of Giles and state of Tennessee on the waters of Bradshaw Creek, District No. ten, bounded as follows: Beginning at an ellum tree and running north 25 degrees east two hundred and twenty five poles to a beech on my line, thence east seventeen poles to a dogwood in Derr's corner, thence south 25 degrees east forty seven poles to a dogwood and beech, thence 25 degrees west to a redbud, thence west 19 degrees south fifty six poles, thence west fourteen poles to the beginning, containing by estimation sixty one acres, be the same more or less. My executor or executrix shall sell the above-described track of land and make a deed to it. And when all my just debts are paid, the remainder shall be divided equally among my living children, Viz. James W. Clark, William M. Clark, Alexander P. Clark, John R. Clark, Thomas J. Clark, Gideon B. Clark, Doctor B. Clark, Martha A. White, Mary A. Clark, Nancy E. Clark. I do hereby assert this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills made by me in witness whereof I have hereunto set my name and seal this the first day of April in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and forty three.
Signed sealed published and declared by the above named Thomas Clark to be his last will and testament in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses in the presence of the testator.