(13 Nov 1832)
Last Will of Thomas D. Love, (My Grandfather-F.D. Love)
I, Thomas D. Love, being of sound mind and memory, but sick of body, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament:
First. I give my soul to God to be disposed to according to His righteous purposes, and my earth to be buried in a Christian life manner.
Secondly. I will that my Executors hereafter named pay all my just debts, and that they raise a fund to do that by the collection of debts due me, and by the sale of such of my personal property as can be best spared.
Thirdly. I will that all my real and personal property be divided equally among my children as they come of age, that is, to say; I will the possession and use of all my real and personal property to my beloved wife, Anna, to be by her use in any way to make it most productive of profit for the support of herself and support and education of my children until my youngest child comes of age; and then a division to be made equally among said children and herself, counting herself a child part, which shall be in value equal to twice the amount allotted to each child, that is to say, she shall dower of my lands for life, and then the amount of personal property that any one child shall get to be hers forever. Under the term personal, my Negroes and there increase is included. I appoint my wife my Executor of this my Last Will and Testament, and my son, James P. Love, on coming of age, Executor of this my Last Will and Testament, I do not require of them to give security for the Execution of this my Last Will and Testament. My children are named as follows: James P.Love, Mary T. Love, Robert Love, Lorena Elizabeth and Saraphina Love, Thomas D. Love, Evelina Love and my infant, John Love. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this 13th, of November 1832.
Thomas D. Love
J.P. Taylor I (too feeble to write his name)
A.W. Taylor I
State of Tennessee. Carter County.
May session ________1833.
Then was the foregoing will exhibited and proven in open Court by Alfred W. Taylor, a subscribing witness thereto; and as to another witness, J.P. Taylor, his hand write was proven by the oath of Thomas A.R. Nelson; and as to the other witness, Dillard Love, George C. Williams, being qualified, says that he believed him to be a citizen of an other State. It was therefore ordered by the Court that said will be admitted to record.
Geo. Williams, Clk.
State of Tennessee #
Carter County. # I, James L. Bradley, clerk of the County Court for said County, do hereby certify that the within or foregoing is a true copy of the Last Will and Testament of Thos. D. Love, and now of Record in my Office.
Witness my hand at office, this 7th, day of April 1849
Jas. L. Bradley, Clerk.