Will of Joshua Henry Allison

Will of Joshua Henry Allison

The children of Joshua Henry Allison
pictured in front of the original Allison homestead on Hemphill
left to right: unknown child, Charles R. Allison, Laura Ann Allison (Howell),
Essie Allison (Evans), William Erastus Allison, Eugenia Grace Allison (Hall),
Cloah B. Allison, Mittie Allison (Reno), Minnie Lee Allison (Rice)
Two other daughters, Margaret Allison and Jessie Allison (Caldwell), are not in the photo
photo restoration courtesy of Mr. Micheal Allison.


I, J.H. Allison, being of sound mind and memory, but considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of life, do make, publish and declare this my last will and testament in words and figures, as follows, to-wit:

ITEM I: I hereby name, constitute and appoint by beloved daughter, Jessie Caldwell, my executrix, to execute this my last will and testament and every clause and part thereof, according to the true intent and meaning of the same and it is my further will that my said executrix not be required to give any bond for the discharge of her duties as said executrix.

ITEM II: I have heretofore advanced, in my lifetime, to my son, Charlie Allison, what I consider to be his interest in my estate, and which said advancement has not been made to my other chlldren, it is therefore, my will and desire that my son, Charlie Allison, receive nothing further from my estate. I hold various and sundrey notes against the said Charlie Allison, some of which I have paid as surety, for him and others of which I have loaned him money on, and have not collected the same, some of which said notes are secured by deed of trust. It is therefore, my will and I so instruct my executrix, Jessie Caldwell, not to collect or attempt to collect any notes or other evidences of indebtedness which I hold against the said Charlie Allison, and said notes and all evidences of indebtedness which I now hold against the said Charlie Allison is hereby annulled and cancelled and my said executrix will surrender said notes and evidences of indebtedness to the said Charlie Allison on his demand and cancel any record which may be against him.

ITEM III: I hereby will, devise and bequeath all my property, both real, personal, and mixed, to the following named children and grandchildren, as hereinafter set forth, to-wit:

 Will Allison, a one-seventh undivided interest:
 Laura Howell, a one seventh undivided interest:
 Essie Evans, a one-seventh undivided interest:
 Mittie Reno, a one-seventh undivided interest:
 Jessie Caldwell, a one-seventh undivided interest:
 Eugenia Hall, a one-seventh undivided interest:
 and to the children of my beloved daughter, Minnie Rice, who died some  years ago, a one-seventh undivided interest to them share and share alike.

ITEM IV: I have heretofore caused a survey of my lands to be made with a view of making deeds to my children whom I want my property to go to, as above indicated, and in the event I do not execute and deliver deeds to my children and grandchildren to whom I want my property to go, as hereinbefore indicated, then it is my wish that my said six living children, and the children of the said Minnie Rice, deceased, shall take that portion of my lands as I have heretofore caused the lines to be run and established.

ITEM V: My said executrix will pay my funeral expenses and any other just debts which I may owe, out of the first moneys coming into her hand, and then divide the remainder of all my property according to this my last will and testament.

I, the said J. H. Allison, have hereunto set my hand and seal, this the 5th day of March, 1926, hereby revoking any and all other wills by me heretofore made.


Signed, sealed, published and declared by J. H. Allison to be his last will and testament, in the presence of us, who, in his presence and in the presence of each other, and at his request, do hereby subscribe our names as witnesses thereto.

This the 5th day of March, 1926.



copy of will courtesy of Mr. Charles M. Allison

Music playing is "Daddy Sang Bass" sequenced by a talented Haywood County donor who wishes to remain anonymous.