Henry Smith's Will, Henry County, TN

Know all men by these presents that I Henry Smith of sound mind and of the (county) of Henry and state of Tennessee make this as my last will and testament hereby and making void all other wills by me made at any time.

First, I direct my burying expenses and debts be paid as soon after my death as possible out of any moneys that may be found in my possession or that may come in the hands of my Executrix.

Secondly I give and bequeath to Susannah Smith my wife all my plantation and appurtenances thereon as stands, to have and to hold during her life or widowhood for her benefit and all the children's that may remain with her.

Thirdly I direct and bequeath that my son William Smith shall have fifty acres of land surveyed to him in the southeast corner of my survey by paying fifteen dollars to my estate.

Fourthly I direct and bequeath that my son Samuel Smith shall have fifty acres of land surveyed to him in the northeast corner of my survey by paying twenty five dollars to my estate and when paid they William and Samuel Smith shall have a title made to them by my heirs but they shall not sell nor transfer the same described parcels of land away during the dowery above mentioned of their mother Susannah Smith.

Fifthly I direct and bequeath that my youngest son Richard Smith shall have a good fifty five dollar horse and the remaining part of my tract of land at the expiration of the dowry above mentioned of his mother Susannah Smith by paying seventy five dollars to my estate and my heirs shall make him a good title to the same.

Sixthly I direct and bequeath that Alfred G. Oliver shall have an account of sixteen dollars due to my estate from him.

Seventhly I direct and bequeath that if there should be at any time more property on the place than is h ded (needed?) the same shall be set up and sold to the highest bidder and the proceeds thereof kept in the estate for the benefit of Susannah and the children that stay with her if they should need it at any time and furthermore I direct and bequeath that that (double in deed) at the death of Susannah my wife that all the property then remaining on the place shall be set up and sold to the highest bidder and the proceeds thereof brought into the balance of my estate that may remain on hand and equally divided among my four daughters Martha, Mary, Ann, and Elizabeth Smith and furthermore that they shall have a home on my premises as long as they live single and if any of them should marry at any time they shall have things as their mother can spare them and an account kept of them till the final division at their mother's decease.

Eight and lastly I nominate and appoint Susannah Smith my executrix witness whereunto I set my hand and seal to this my last will and testament in the presence of these witnesses this 20th day of March 1849.

                       Henry Smith his mark Seal
Signed sealed and published in the presence of us
this the deposed dte above mentioned.
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J. S. Gresham
A. G. Gresham