Will of George A. Fowlkes
Last Will and Testament of |
GEORGE A. FOWLKES dec'd
Set up and established Febry Term 1871
Recorded Febry 11th 1871
WILL M. WATKINS Clerk By HICK C. DOYEL D. C.
State of Tennessee Dyer County
I GEORGE A. FOWLKES citizen of Dyer County Tennessee make and publish this my last will and Testament.
Item1. Let all my just debts be paid as soon as possible out of my personal effects - which I hereby direct my Executors to sell to create a fund for that purpose and for distribution as provided in the 2nd Item of my will.
Item 2nd The ballance of the fund arising from the sale of my personal property after payment of my debts I hereby direct to be divided equally between my wife and my three children share and share alike.
Item 3rd I give my wife ZENOBIA FRANCES FOWLKES Dower of all the real estate of which I die seized and possessed that is one third part of the same during the term of her natural life, quality and quantity considered including my present Homestead.
Item 4th I hereby give and bequeath my real estate as follows First to my youngest child and only Son, [not named]
I give and bequeath my farm known as the MOTHERELL place containing about 500 acres bought by me of JOHN MOTHERELL
Second, to my two daughters GEORGE ANNA FOWLKES and JENNY FOWLKES I give and bequeath my home place to be equally divided between them by a line running north and south GEORGE ANNA to have the eastern end and JENNY to have the western end I also give and bequeath to my two said daughters my bottom farm, situated on the north side of the Obion river containing 300 acres to be equally divided between them.
Item 5th The division and beqest of my real estate, as provided for in the 4th Item of this will is not to be made or take effect until my said youngest child and only Son comes of age or marries but the whole of my real estate outside of the Dower given my wife in Item 3rd of my will - is to remain in remain in common between my three children and the rents and profits arising there from is to remain in common and to be necessary and as nearly equally as may be for their support and Education in the event of the death of my son before he comes of age or marries - them the property hereby bequeathed to him shall vest at once in his heirs at law.
Item 6th I hereby advise my wife to rent out her Dower hereby given her, except such portion around the homestead as she may be able to cultivate profitably.
Item 7th In the event of my wife's death before my sons becoming of age or marrying then and in that event my real estate shall at once vest in my children in the proportion and shares provided for in the 4th Item of this my will.
Item 8th I hereby nominate and appoint guardian of my children
Item 9th I hereby nominate and appoint my wife ZENOBIA FRANCES FOWLKES my Executrix of this my last will and testament requiring no security of her as Executrix
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand this the 10th day of November 1870
GEORGE A. FOWLKES
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