I, NANCY COOLEY, of the County of Weakley and State of Tennessee, being of sound mind and disposing memory, do make and publish this my last will and testament. 1st, I will that all my just debts be paid out of any money or personal property of which I may die the owner of.
Second, After the payment of all my just debts, I will my personal estate of every nature and kind, be equally divided among my children and grandchild (vis, Salley Ann GILLIAM, wife of William GILLIAM, deceased: America CAMPBELL wife of David CAMPBELL; Elizabeth ANDERSON, wife of George ANDERSON; Victoria Isabella VERDELL, wife of Henry VERDELL; Jonathan L. COOLEY and Sally B. COOLEY, daughter of my deceased son Jerome COOLEY. Shall any of my children or grandchild die before I do, leaving a children or children to take the share of their deceased parents would have taken.
3rd, I will and devise my tract of land in Weakley County, Tennessee, upon which I now reside to my daughter Eulalia G. COOLEY, for and during the time she may remain unmarried and in case she never marries during her life.
4th, In case my said daughter Eulalia G. COOLEY should marry, then my said tract of land is to belong to her and my other children and grandchild during their lives with remainder to their children, that is to say, each one of the said devises is to have one seventh of said land during his or her life with remainder to his or her children.
5th, In case my said daughter Eulalia G. COOLEY, never marries, then she is to have the said tract of land during her lifetime with remainder to my other children and grandchild heretofore named during their lives with remainder over to their children, that is to say, upon the death of my daughter Eulalia G. COOLEY, unmarried, each of the other devisees is to take one sixth of said land during his or her life, remainder to his or her children.
6th, Should any of my said legatees and devisees object to this my will, and undertake by legal process to have it annulled or set aside, then i direct that such one or more so objecting shall have no part of interest in my estate whatever under this will or otherwise, and that all of the property mentioned and disposed of herein shall go to and belong to the devisees who do not so object to this my will under the limitations and in the manner above set forth.
7th, I nominate and appoint my
G. COOLEY, and my friend Ben J. WARD, Executors to this my last will
testament. Witnessed by us in the presence of Nancy COOLEY and at
her request on this the 21st day of May 1875
Produced in open court and duly recorded this 5th day of March 1877.
Submitted by Richard Johnson
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