Will of Joshua Bartlett, White Co., TN


THE WILL OF JOSHUA BARTLETT
DATED Sep. 23, 1823, PROVEN JULY, 1828
WHITE COUNTY, TENNESSEE

As you know, many old documents are in poor condition..some water-spotted, with ink blots, or in handwriting that is almost illegible; therefore, many of these documents are interpreted in different ways. Three transcriptions of Joshua Bartlett's Will follow. The first was contributed by Carol Selander and the next two by Jo Carolyn Beebe, one of which was sent to her by a descendant of Joshua's through his son, Daniel.

Transcribed and contributed by Carol A. Selander.

White County, Tennessee
Wills and Settlements - Microfilm Roll #153
Page 335-337

In the name of god amen I John (crossed out with Joshua written above it) BARTLETT of the county of White and State of Tennessee being sick and weak of boddy but of sound ind and disposition moving for which I thought good and calling to mind the uncertainty of life and for being desirous to dispose of all such worldly substances as it hath pleased goo to bless me with I give and bequeath the same in the following that is to say I give and bequeath unto my oldest son Joseph BARTLETT the part of land he now lives on and Daniel BARTLETT my next Oldest son is to have that part of land that joins the dry valley and Nathan BARTLETT my youngest son is to have the part of land where my house is at present and the land to be equally divided between the three sons so that every part should be alike and my wife Winney BARTLETT is to have support from off the land and possession of the dwelling house and Cittion during of her widdow hood and my daughters Winney BARTLETT and Hettey BARTLETT is be supported from off the land with their mother tell they come of age or is married and my daughters, that is to say Cadey RANDOLPH and Penney BOHANNON and Nancy BARTLETT and Polly (Could be Hetty or Holly) BARTLETT to have a good fifty dollar horse each of them as soon as it can be raised apart of this stock not to injure it to much, and my two sons Daniel and Nathan BARTLETT is to have each one his own horses. Daniel is to have his horse and Nathan his mare and colt and to have possession of all the balance of the stock but is not to trade or commit it to his own use further than to pay off the other heirs that is here named and the Balance of the property is to be for the use of supporting their mother and the youngest sisters in the house and they are to rise William WHITAKERs two two children till of age and school them otherwise if he sees cause to take his children himself and rase them then those two children is to have fifty dollars in property divided between them when of age. And concerning Thomas RANDOLPH I have given him an equal share to the rest of my heirs My three sons excepted and I donít allow him any more of my estate and the stock that is raised on the land to be their own tht they make by their own industry I do hereby constitute and apparent my wife Wiinney BARTLETT and my son Joseph BARTLETT Executors of this my Last Will and Testament hereby Revoking all other former wills or testaments heretofor made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set myhhand and seal this twenty third day of September in the year of our lord one thousand eight teen and twenty three.

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Joshua X Bartlett
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Witnesses by
1st name not readable
William PRYOR
George WOOD

State of Tennessee White County July session AD1828 the dec __________ of the _________ ____________ will and testament of Joshua BARTLETT dec was this day proven in open court by the _________________ and __________ William PRYOR and __________ subscribing satisfaction _________ for the _________and things _________ mentioned? ____________ it to be _________ _________ at _________ and the (14 or 4) July AD1828.

Jacob
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Recorded 6 Oct 1828 by _________________


Following are two differing vesions of Joshua's Will. The first was sent to Jo Carolyn Beebe in the 1960's by Walter Bartlett. These were posted to the Bartlett-L genealogy list on April 13, 1997 by Jo Carolyn and permission was obtained from her before copying them to this web site.


In the name of God amen I Joshua BARTLETT of the County of White and state of Tennessee Being weak of boddy but of sound mind and disposition moving for which I thought good and calling to mind the uncertainty of life and being desirous to dispose of all such worldly substance as it hath pleased God to bless me with I give and bequeath the same in the following that is to say I give and bequeath unto my eldest son Joseph BARTLETT the part of land he now lives on and Daniel BARTLETT my Oldest son is to have that part of land that joins the dry vally and Nathan BARTLETT my youngest son is to have the part of land where my house is at present the land to be equally divided Between the three sons so that every part shall be alike and my wife Winny BARTLETT is to have support from off the land and possession of the dwelling house and cittion (?) during of her widowhood and my daughters Nancy BARTLETT and Hetty BARTLETT is to be supported from off the land with their mother till the come of age or is married and my daughters that is to say Cady RANDOLPH and Pruna BOHANNON & Nancy BARTLETT and Hetty BARTLETT to have a good fifty dollar horse each of them as soon as it can be raised and my two sons Daniel and Nathan BARTLETT is to have each one their colt and to have possession of all the balance of the stock but is not to trade or convert it to their own use further than to pay off the other heirs that is here named and the Balance of the property is to be for the use of supporting their mother and two youngest sisters on the land and the are to rise William WHITAKERS two childring till of age and school them otherwise if he sees can take his children himself and rase them then the two children is to have fifty dollars in property Divided Betwixt them when of age and concerning Thomas RANDOLPH I have given him an equal share to the rest of the heirs my three sons excepted and I don't allow him any more of my estate and the stock that is raised on the land to be their own that they make by their own industry I do hereby constitute and appoint my wife Winny BARTLETT and my son Joseph BARTLETT Executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all previous wills or testaments heretofore made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty third day of September in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty three.

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Joshua X Bartlett
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William PRYOR)
George WOOD)
Copy certified by Mrs. D.K. Mitchell, Clerk of Court


Contributed by Jo Carolyn Beebe.


The following can be found in:
WHITE COUNTY, INVENTORIES AND WILLS, BOOK A. 1810-1828.
Historical Records Project. June 8, 1936.

In the name of god amen I, Joshua BARTLETT of the County of White and State of Tennessee Being sick and weak of boddy but of sound mind and disposition movining for which I thought good and calling to mind the uncertainty of life and he being desirous to dispose of all such worldly substance as it hath pleased god to bless me with I give and bequeath unto my eldest son Joseph BARTLETT the part of land he now lives on and Daniel BARTLETT my next oldest son is to have that part of land that joins the dry valley and Nathaniel BARTLETT my youngest son is to have the part of land where my house is at present, the land to be equally divided Between the three sons so that every part shall alike and my wife Winny BARTLETT is to have support off the land and possession of the delling house and Cittion during of her widowhood and my daughter Winny BARTLETT and Hetty BARTLETT is to be supported from off the land with their mother till she come of age or is maried and my daughters, that is to say Cadey RANDOLPH and Terry BOHANNON & Nancy BARTLETT and Hetty BARTLETT to have a good fifty dollar horse each one of them as soon as it can be raised apart of this stock not to injure(?) it to much, and my two sons Daniel and Nathan BARTLETT is to have each one their own horses Daniel is to have his horse and Nathan his mare and colt and is to have possession of all the balance of the stock rent is not to touch or convert it to his own use further than to pay off the other heirs that is here naimed and the balance of the property is to be for the use of supporting their Mother and two of the youngest sisters in the home and the son to rise William WHITACRES two children till of age and scool them otherwise if he sees cause to take the two children is to have fifty dollars in property Divided Between them when of age and concerning Thomas RANDOLPH I have given him an equal share to the rest the heirs my three sons excepted and i dont allow him any more of my Estate and the stock that is raised on the land to be their own that the make by the own industry, I do hereby constitute and appoint my wife Wine BARTLETT and my son Joseph BARTLETT executor of this my last will and testament hereby Revoking all other former wills or testaments heretofore recorded. I witness whereof i have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty third day of september in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty three.

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Joshua X Bartlett
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J. STRIEN
William PRYOR
George WOOD

State of Tennessee)      July session A.D. 1828
White County)

The due execution of the last will and testament of Joshua BARTLETT, decd. was this day proven in open Court by the oaths of James STRIEN, William PRYOR, and George WOOD subscribing witnesses thereto for the purposes and things therein mentioned and ordered to be recorded given at office the 14 July A.D. 1828.

Jacob A. LANE, clk
By: Trent C. CONNOR, D.C.


Contributed by Jo Carolyn Beebe.


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