First Will Recorded in Hawkins County

First Will Recorded in Hawkins County Will Book I

Taken from Hawkins County Will Book I, Page 1 held at Hawkins County Courthouse, Rogersville, Tennessee.

Will of Thomas Amis

November 16, 1797

In the name of God, Amen, I Thomas Amis of the State of Tennessee and County of Hawkins, Knowing that it is ordained for all men once to die and being sick and weak but of sound mind and memory, Do make and ordain this my last will and Testament in manner and force following.

Firsh(sic), I bequeath myself to Almighty God fully believing in his Almighty wise providence and mercy to all his Creation, after this life rest in peace, And as to my worldly goods and chattels that he has been pleased to put in my care in this life, I dispose of in manner and form following:

Item: I give and bequeath unto my wife Lucy all my cash in hand at my decease with all my stock of every kind and species. Also all my plantation tools and utensials including wagons and all my household and kitchen furniture of every kind and all the frescut crop of all sorts whatsoever to her and her heirs forever. And also lend to my said wife all my land on Big Creek containing three hundred and fifty acres in three tracts including the place wherever I now live. Also the tract of land whereon Polly Brooks now lives containing Two Hundred acres adjoining the land my son Willis lives on, with my mills, stills and the utensials. thereunto belonging and my Smith Tools all of which said loan I bid her during the time she remains my widow and at her death or marriage I give the same to my son Haynes Amis and his heirs forever.

Item: I give to my son John Amis what may be received from the Cargo seized from me by the Spanish Commandaun at Fort Natchez in June 1786. I also give him the tract of land he now lives on adjoining the town of Rogersville and lying the East side of the main road. Also the lower tract of my six hundred and forty acre tract of land, to be laid off by a line to run square with the upper end of the tract he now lives on, to him and his heirs.

Item: I give unto my son Willis Amis the upper part of my six hundred and forty acre tract of land, it being the balance of what I give my son John in the said tract.

Item: I give to my son Lincoln Amis the five lots in the town of Rogersville which I purchased of Daniel Hamblen. I also give him all my lands being the West side of the main road and adjoining the town of Rogersville.

Item: I give unto my son Thomas Gale Amis all the certificates by me funded in the Continental Loan Office in North Carolina the 22nd of August 1791. Number 106(?) amounting to twenty one hundred and sixty two dollars and forty cents. to him and his heirs forever.

Item: My will is that the rest of any estate consisting of slaves, bonds, notes, judgements book accounts etc shall be equally divided between my wife Lucy Amis and my children, except Thomas Gale Amis and Haynes Amis and consider the legacies to be made equal other ways with the rest of my children. Also the following deductions to be made (viz) oech of my daughters Tabitha and Mary's shares six hundred and sixty six and two third dollars each and oech of my daughter Fanny and my son John's share three hundred thirty three and one third dollars each. I make the deductions for negros already given them. It is my will and desire that my friends John Ray Esquire, Col. James Aruston(?), William Armstrong Esquire, Joseph McMinn Esquire and William Stoward (surveyor) on a majority of them do make the division of the above mentioned slaves, bonds, notes, judgements book accounts and such division when made to be made of record in asuch which shall stand good in law. And if any of my children should die without leaving a lawful heir then I will their legacy to be equally divided amongst those children who have a share in the last mentioned legacy of slaves, bonds, notes, book accounts or their lawful representatives. It is also my will and desire that my library of all my books be kept together for the use of my school.

And lastly I do appoint my wife Lucy my Executrix to that my last will and testament. Revoking all other will or wills by me made. In witness whereof I have here unto sez my hand and seal this sixteenth day of November, One Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety Seven.

Signed and sealed in presence of:

Milton Ford(Jurah) Isaac

Lambertz, James Herbarrs Inien

Spencer Ball (Jurah)

Signed: Thomas Amis

This will was transcribed from Hawkins County Will Book I page 1, by Jackie Robinson. The will book is held in the Hawkins County Clerk's Office.

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