Will of Jesse Pritchard: I Jesse Pritchard do make and publish this my last will and Testament hereby revoking and making void all other wills by made at any time. First I direct that my funeral expenses & all my debts be paid as soon after my death as possible out of any moneys that I may die possessed of or may first come into the hands of my Executors. Secondly, I give and bequeath to my well beloved wife, Mary, 100 acres of land including the mansion House to have during her life & at her death, to fall to my Son John. I give her my negro girl Emeline during her life time and at her death to be sold and the proceeds thereof to be divided equally among her children (Viz) William, Isaac, Elisabeth, John, and Mary. I give her my negro boy Demsey during her life and at her death to be sold and the proceeds thereof equally devided among all my heirs with the exception of my son, Sion Pritchard. I also give her Jewel with her bridle and saddle, my cart, and steers, two cows and calves, one heifer, ten head of sheep, all my hogs together with my crop of corn, wheat, oats, and cotton. I also give her two beds, bedsteads and furniture, and all my Kitchen utensils, one apple mill, one beanvat, one chest, one dining table and one loom. I also give her 24 geese and ten chairs. I will and bequeath to my daughter, Hannah, Seventy Dollars. To my daughter Delia seventy dollars. To my son Sion, I give and bequeath Three hundred dollars as his entire Share of my estate. To my son William, I give and bequeath one bed &furniture. To my son Isaac I give one bed and furniture. To my daughter Elisabeth, I give and bequeath seventy five dollars, one horse bridle and Saddle, one bed and furniture, one cow and calf, one sow and pigs one yew & lamb and one dressing table. To my son John, I give and bequeath one horse bridle and Saddle and all my land. To my daughter Mary I give and bequeath one hundred dollars, one horse bridle and saddle, one bed and furniture, one cow and calf, one sow and pigs, on yew & lamb and one dressing Table 4 leg. It is my will that my two old negroes, Nat and Clara, be sold in such manner if possible as not to be parted and the proceeds thereof be equally devided among my first set of children (with the exception of Sion (Viz), Hannah, Alama, Charles, Martha Ivy's heirs, Susan, Stephen, Delila & Jesse. I further will that the balance of my effects be Sold and the proceeds there of be equally devided among my heirs (Viz) the above named first set of children together with my youngest set - William, Isaac, Elizabeth, John, and Mary. I do hereby nominate and appoint Joseph R. Murphy and Charlie Pritchard Executors. In witness where of I do to this my will set my hand and seal this
12th Decr. 1843.
WILL: Witness Henry O. Hood
W. A. Bradford
Jesse Pritchard (Seal)
WILL: State of Tennessee )
Carroll County ( February Term 1844)
WILL: This day the last will and Testament of Jesse Pritchard, Deceased was produced into open court and the execution thereof duly proven by the oathes of Henry O. Hood & W. A. Bradford subscribing witness thereto to be his act and deed of said Pritchard and ordered by the court to be recorded.
WILL: A Copy Test
Y. W. Allen, Clk.
Carroll County Circuit Court, January Term 1845
Joseph R. Murphrey and Charles Pritchard executors of the Last Will & Testament of Jesse Pritchard Senr. Dec'd vs. Alama Pritchard, Jesse Pritchard, Jr., Joshia Meechum & wife, Galvin Towers & wife, Peter Pearson & wife, Dudley Pritchard & heirs & c. of Jesse Pritchard Sr. Dec'd.
CONTESTED WILL: This day the parties aforesaid by their attorney and thereupon came of a jury of good and lawful men, to wit; Brinkley Bishop, Wilson Brown, Allen Bowdem, Abram White, McKinney Pearce, Milton Davis, William Johnson, Snr., Charles B. Smith, George B. Hatch, Jacob Lupe, William Taylor and Isreal Barker, who being elected tried and sworn well and truly to try the issues joined between the two parties aforesaid, upon their oaths do say that they find the issue in favor of the plaintiff, that they find the will in controversy to be the last will and testament of the said Jesse Pritchard Sr., dec'd. It is therefore considered by the Court that said will be received as the last will and testament of the said Jesse Pritchard Sr., dec'd and that the same be certified to the County Court, and that the Plaintiff recover of said defendants their costs about their suit in this behalf expended for which excuction may issue.
And the said Joseph R. Murphy and Charles Pritchard executors of said will having produced to above proceedings had in Circuit Court for said County by Carroll and demanded that said will be admitted to record. It is therefore considered by the Court that the same be done accordingly.
And thereupon came the said Executors together with John Scott and Jeremiah T. Rust their security and entered into bond in the sum of Four Thousand Dollars, and the due execution of said bond having been acknowledged by the parties the same was approved by the Court, and the executors having also taken necessary oaths prescribed by law. It is ordered by the Court that letters Testamentary & c. (Contested Will)
Jesse first married Milly IVY.
They had the following children:
Jesse second married Mary ?.
They had the following children:
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