Will of Henry Flowers 1883
Submitted by Jackie Isbell Johnston
Will Book G pp 529-531
Last Will of Henry Flowers Deceased
Gibson County Court July Term 1883
I, Henry Flowers, do make and publish this my Last Will and Testament hereby
revoking and making void all other wills by me at any time made.
First, I direct that my funeral expenses and all my debts be paid as soon after
my death as possible out of any moneys that I may die propertied (?) of or may
first come into the hands of my Executor.
Secondly, I give and bequeath to my wife, Mary T. Flowers, all my Household and
Kitchen furniture--One of the choice horses--One cow and calf--Ten head of stock
hogs--Five Sheep--One set of plow gear--Three plows and one years supply from my
Thirdly, I give and bequeath to my wife, Mary T. Flowers, the following
described portion of my land, it being the Western part of the tract on which I
now live and described as follows: viz.: Beginning at A. B. Flowers North West
Corner on a stake with a Sweet gum and Dogwood pointers and running thence North
with a Hedge to Henry Thompsonís South boundary line including all my land West
of said line--Supposed to be about one hundred and seventy five acres--be the
same more or less--To hold so long as she remains my widow. And I further
direct that at my death or as soon after as may be convenient that my Executor
sell the remaining portion of my land , it being the East end of my tract and
supposed to be about Sixty three acres be the same more or less and I hereby
direct that my Executor sell said land to the highest bidder, after giving
twenty days notice in writing in three or more public places and that he sell
said land for one third cash and the deferred payments to be made in one and two
years, equally divided and the remaining portion of my personal property, after
setting apart to my wife her part, sold on twelve months credit, taking notes
and good security.
I have advanced to my two sons, A. B. and Elihu Flowers, Seven Hundred dollars
each over and above the following named children (viz.: Mary Wright, Susan A.
Whitley, Larcena F. Gordon, Lucinda R. Sane, and Eliza A. Tombs, who is now
dead, but left one child, Lula Tombs, which I wish to be made an equal heir).
My two youngest daughters, Martha E. Flowers and Fredonia Overall, have as yet
received nothing extra to equal the last two during my lifetime: but should I
die before that is done, I direct that my Executor, first make them equal with
my daughter, Larcena F. Gordon. I further direct him to make all my daughters
or their lawful heirs equal with my two sons if there is a sufficient amount.
If not, I want them made equal out of that portion of land I have left my wife.
The balance equally divided among all my lawful heirs.
I further direct that if I should die leaving any Gold or Silver, that that be
equally divided between my wife and all my lawful heirs.
I direct that my Executor after the death of my wife or after she ceases to be
my widow advertise and sell the land willed to her on the same terms as directed
for the other piece of land: also, that the Personal property, left to my wife,
be sold as above directed for the sale of the other property and that the same
be so divided as to make all my heirs equal.
I further direct that all that I have bequeathed to my daughters be to them and
their bodily heirs.
Lastly do hereby nominate and appoint my son, A. B. Flowers, my Executor. In
witness whereof I do to this my Last Will set my hand and seal this April 27,
Signed in the presence of the Testates this April 28, 1877
J. N. McDaniel
S. A. Grier
Know all men that I, Henry Flowers, of Gibson County, Tennessee being of sound
and disposing mind and memory having heretofore made and executed my Last Will
and Testament do hereby make this a Codicil to said Last Will and Testament.
Since the making of said Will I have advanced to my daughter Fredonia Overall
land valued at Seven Hundred ($700) Dollars which with other advancements made
to her make her equal with her brothers, A. B. Flowers and Elihu Flowers.
I further desire that this be attached to said Will and that it shall be and
constitute a part of the same to all intents and purposes.
Subscribed in the presence of the Testator and in the presence of each other and
at the request of said Testator this the 6th day of March 1882.
J. N. McDaniel
S. A. Grier