George Gillespie's Will

George Gillespie's Will

written in Greene CO, TN, Territory of the United States South of the Ohio, 14 December 1793

 

[NOTE: This will is transcribed as it was written with spelling, capitalization, and punctuation errors left intact by Sandra (Nipper) Ratledge, great-great-great-great-great-great-granddaughter, website owner and genealogist. ©1999-2016 Sandra N. Ratledge. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Any reproduction or inclusion of this website's contents in publication whether online or in print is prohibited. Do NOT copy photographs and upload on Find a Grave or any other internet websites, blogs, attach to family trees, or print in publications. Do NOT copy stories, articles, sketches, anecdotes, letters, obituaries, documents, wills, deeds, content data, etc. and attach to family trees or upload on other websites of any kind or publish in print of any form.

Last Will and Testament of George Gillespie

In the Name of God, amen this fourteenth day of December in the year of our lord one thousand seven Hundred and ninety three I George Gillispie Senior of the County of Greene and territory of the United States South of Ohio, being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory, (Thanks be given unto God therefor,) calling unto mind the mortality of my body, and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to dye; do make and ordain in this my last will and Testament; That is to say principally and first of all, I give and recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave it; and for my body; I recommend it to the earth, to be buried in a Christian like and decent manner, at the discretion of my Executors, nothing doubting but at the general Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty powers of God.

And as touching such worldly state, where with it hath pleased God to bless me in this life, I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form. Imprimis, It is my will, and I do order that in the first place, all my just debts and funeral charges be paid and satisfyed.

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I give and bequeath to my well beloved wife Martha during her widowhood one hundred acres of land including the dwelling house wherein I now live, and the large field before the barn door, and the orchyard, and the use of the stable known by the name of the stallion stable, also I bequeath to her during her widowhood my Negro man Dick, I also bequeath to her my Negro wench named Elsse to be hers during the life of my said wife, and at her death to give her to any of my children she may see cause, or think proper. I also give and bequeath to my said wife, one bed, bedstead and furniture, one chest of drawers, my sorrel mare, and my horse called Bob, and her own saddle, two pots, three grown cows of her own chussing from my stock of cattle one plough and tackling with horse gears for (securing?) _____ horse; I also give her my said wife twenty pounds cash counting dollars at six shillings.

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I give and bequeath to my well beloved son Thomas one horse to be valued equal to twenty pounds Virginia Counts, and to his son George if he should live to arrive at the age of twelve years one horse to the value of fifteen pounds Virginia counts.

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I give and bequeath to my well beloved Daughter Martha Jack one horse to be valued to fifteen pounds Virginia Counts, and also to her son George Jack (if he should live to arrive at the age of fifteen years) one horse to the value of fifteen pounds Virginia Counts.

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I also give and bequeath to my well beloved Daughter Jane Gillispie, the heirs and assigns forever. The Tract of land that I bought of James and Charles McCartney lying in Greene County, and I likewise bequeath to her my Negro girls the one named Rachel the other named Sue and four grown cows of her own chussing, out of my stock of cattle after my wife has chose her three cows, herein bequeathed to her. Also a large kettle and pot, two beds, and furniture, two bedsteads, also the pewter that is now in her possession -- I also give and bequeath to her one bond upon Stephen Duncan for one Hundred Dollars.

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I also give and bequeath to my well beloved son John, that part of this plantation on which he now lives running from the lower end on the River up as far as the Mouth of Big Limestone including all that part of this survey that lyes on the other side of big limestone, which part I bequeath to him his Heirs and assigns forever five Hundred acres of land that Thomas King owes to me, I also give and bequeath to him one Negro girl now in his possession Dinah, also I give and bequeath to my son John during his natural life a Negro fellow now in his possession named Harry.

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I also give and bequeath to my well beloved daughter Elizabeth Hayes two Negro girls that are now in her possession the one named Darcus, the other named Sally, and one horse to the value of twenty pounds Virginia Counts, and I also give and bequeath to her son Charles Hayes if he should live to arrive at the age of fifteen years one Horse to the value of fifteen pounds Virginia Counts.

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I also give and bequeath to my grandson George Gillispie (son of my son John Gillispie) if he should live to arrive at the age of fifteen years one horse to the value of fifteen pounds Virginia Counts.

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I also give and bequeath to my three well beloved sons George Gillispie, Allen Gillispie, and James Gillispie their Heirs and assigns forever all the remainder of my Estate of every name and description whatever to be equally divided amongst them share and share alike including the use of the Negro wench named Elsse, and also the Negro boy named Dick at the end of my wife's widowhood or at her discharge, and also the Negro boy named Harry at the discease of my son John, (It is my will that this includes to be given to my three sons aforesaid equally and assigns forever) the land and other property given to my wife during her widowhood or life that it should revert to them at the end of either, also my will is that all bonds or other debts not herein otherwise given should be equally divided to my three sons, George, Allen, and James, I consider that the Negro wench Jemima is the property of my son George -- and my will is that he have her exclusive of his equal division aforementioned.

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It is also my will that if a tract of land should be left or any part thereof, that my son Thomas sold that belong to me upon lick Creek that my sons Thomas, George, Allen, and James shall bear the loss equally amongst them.

I also constitute, ordain, and appoint my well beloved wife Martha Gillispie Executrise, and my sons George Gillispie and Allen Gillispie Executors of this my last will and testament.

And I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all and every other former wills, testaments, legacies and Executors, by me in any ways before this time named willed and bequeathed. Notifying and confirming this and no other, to be my last will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written

-- Interlined in two places before signing --

signed sealed and declared by the said George Gillispie as his last will and testament in presence of us

George Gullament
Henry Earnest

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