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Will of Joseph Townsend

Will of Joseph Townsend
23 August 1843; Carroll County Tennessee Will Book A, page 140, 23 Aug 1843

Perry County - I Joseph Townsend, being through the keeping of God in a sound state of mind and memory on the 25 day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty-three, but calling to mind the frail tenure of this life, and that it is appointed to all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say, principally and first of all I recommend my soul into the hand of Almighty God who give it to me, and the disposal of my body I leave to the entire discretion of my friends with respects to my worldly estate I give and bequeath and dispose of it in the manner and proportion here following:

1st I will that all my just debts be paid out of my effects goods chattels or money

2nd I will that none of the negroes I now own or their increase shall be sold out of my family or their heirs, but shall have the choosing of their master or mistress amongst my lawful heirs and that the negroes shall be valued

3rd I give and bequeath to my son Albert Townsend five dollars in property.

4th I give to my deceased son Stephen Townsend his daughter Candis ten dollars in property

5th I will to Nathaniel Townsends widow (Polly Townsend) ten dollars in property

Finally I will and bequeath that all my negroes and all my other effects that afterwards remain shall be equally divided amongst Rachel Hern to who has been endorsed a one hundred dollar cash note, said note to be taken out of her part of the estate, John Townsend, Patsy Bilby, Nancy Walker and the heirs of my son, Albert Townsend.

I do hereby appoint and order that John Townsend and Henry Coble to be appointed joint Executors of my estate and on the removal by death or refusal of one or both of them, I do request that the County Court of Perry County, do appoint a successor or successors for said Executors to carry this my last will and testament into force and virtue agreeable to the request therein contained in testamony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written.

Joseph Townsend
Test: W. Daniel
D. W. Daniel
State of Tennessee
Carroll County, January Term 1846

note - My sincere thanks to Gwen Coleman, who posted the transcription of Joseph Townsend's Will to the Townsend mailing list in January 2003.

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Will of Joseph Townsend; compiled by Pamela Hutchison Garrett, 2017; for Family Stories at