Will of Robert Shaw 1823

Copied from the Sumner County GenWeb page.

Sumner County, Tennessee, 7 July 1823


I, Robert Shaw of Sumner County, and State of Tennessee, do make and ordain and declare, this instrument which is subscribed with my name to be my last Will and Testament revoking all others.

First: All my debts are to be punctually paid, and the legacies herein after bequeathed, and discharged as soon as circumstances will permit and in the manner directed.

Item: To my dearly beloved wife Elizabeth Shaw, I give and bequeath the plantation whereon I now live, the negroes, stock, farming, utensils and household and kitchen furniture, during the term of her natural life. On the death of my wife, should my son William survive here, the plantation, is to belong to him and his heirs, on condition that he pay unto my eldest son Thomas Shaw three hundred and twenty-five dollars, I also bequeath to my son William Shaw on the death of his Mother four negroes (to-wit) a boy named Randol, Lize and her two children, Mary Ann, Harriet.

Item: To my daughter Sarah Stewart, I give and bequeath a negro girl named Jenny.

Item: To my daughters Jenny Patterson, Susanna Reed, Elizabeth Davis and Anna Shaw, I give and bequeath two negroes (to-wit) Ben and Dina, should they not agree about the division of them, in that case they are to be sold and the money equally divided among them. It is to be distinctly understood that at the death of my wife, My son William is to have the stock of horses and cattle and hogs, and sheep, farming utensils, household and kitchen furniture, and every other thing attached to the plantation, except my wife’s saddle mare, which she is to dispose of as she sees fit. My daughter Sarah at my desire is to the negro before mentioned.

Lastly, I constitute and appoint my son William Shaw, and David Latimer Executors, of this my last Will and Testament. In testimony of all and each of the things herein contained, I have set my hand and seal. This seventh day of July, in the year Eighteen Hundred and Twenty Three.
Robert Shaw
In presence of:
John Armfield
Owen White
Rich Martin


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