Campbell County Wills

Will of John Chapman, Sr.

 


Contributed by Darryl Chapman

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Estate Book D page 116 wrote on Sept 7 1899.
Executed in court on June 4, 1900.

                Last Will and Testament of John Chapman Sr.

In the name of God amen, I John Chapman Sr., of Fincastle in the county of Campbell and state of Tennessee being of sound mind  and memory Do hereby make publish and declare this to be my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all forever wills by me at any time heretofore made first I order and direct my executor as soon after my decease as practiable to pay off and discharge all my debts and funeral expenses out of any monies that may come into his hands,

Second I bequeath and will to my Son Alvis Chapman of Fincastle Tennessee and my daughter Mary Meador of Fincastle Tennessee and my daughter Jane Russell of New Hope Alabama: To be equally divided between them the place or farm Known and Described as the George Smith a Bratcher farm and part of the Schouldbred land beginning at the northeast corner between my self and Huston Ivey runing south with the lot line (oche ?) creek thence up the creek as it weauders to the lower Schouldbred line thence up the hill a strait line southwardly  ????? old Bratcher corner ; And that my son Alvis Chapman shall have his portion allotted to him where the buildings now stand including the orchard and the buliding Nor Orchard shall not be considered worth anything in said divide but but only the land where they stand And that my son Alvis shall have the privledge if he choses tp pay my daughter Jane Russell Foure hundred dollars she be paid in foure installments of one hundred dollars One hundred dollars each as follows one hundred to be paid one year afer my death And one hundred to be paid two years after my death And one hundred dollars to be paid three years after my death And one hundred dollars to be paid foure years after my death And on the failure of Said Alvis Chapman to pay off either of the said installments when due as set forth then he shall pay interest on said installments at the rate of six per cent per A???????? untell fully paid And in case he choses to pay the above money as set forth to Jane Russell then the share of land set forth in this will shall be the property of said Alvis Chapman, And I further will that if my daughter Mary Meador dies with out issue of children that her part shall fall  ?????? heirs of Alvis Chapman at her death.

Third I will that my son Joseph Chapman shall have the land I purchased of Henry Sharp adjoining the lands of E.R. Davis and others. And the remainder of part of the land that I purchased of John hunter Beginning on the old Bratcher corners running eastwardly to the lot line fence with the lot line down the hill  to the creek there up the creek as it weauders to the lot line thence up the hill to the beginning corners except a wagon road from the big gate up the creek to the lower Schouldbred lines And I further will and bequeath all the land I now own in the sixth civil district of Campbell County Tennessee to my son Joseph Chapman and my daughter Marnurvia Chapman including all the buldings and improvements And all my household and kitchen furniture and all my farming ??????-????????.

Fourth I appoint my son Joseph Chapman of Fincastle Tennessee my executor to this my last will and testament And that he act as sutch without band and that after all my just debts and funeral expences are paid I direct that the said joseph Chapman divide any money that may be left equally between all my heirs In Witness where of I the SAid John ChapmanSr. set my hand and seal on this the 7th day of sept, one thousand eight hundred and niniety nine.

John Chapman Sr.
Witness W.J. Jones
              Wm Roach

State of Tennessee Campbell County}
 County Court June 4, 1900 personnally appeared before in open court W.J. Jones and Wm Roach subscribing witnesses to the within instrument, who after being first sworn deposed and said that they were personnally acquainted with John Chapman Sr., the within named testator who signed and acknowledged the with in instrument in thier presence on the day it bears date to be his last will and testament and at the time of signing and acknowledging the same he was of sound mind and deposing memory and tha the same was signed by us as witnesses at the request and in the presence of the testator, John Chapman Sr. After it had been read to him  and the said  testator John Chapman Sr. is now dead, given under my
hand at office in Jacksboro, this june 4th 1900.

John Bourman County Court Clerk



John Chapman was born in Pittsylvania Co, Va on July 4, 1811. He died in Fincastle LaFollette, Campbell County, TN on May 10, 1900. He arrived in Campbell County, TN in 1820's. He married Luranna Williams in Campbell County, TN on October 14, 1832. She died in 1852. He lost his eldest son, William Harvey Chapman, in the Civil War. He is buried at Glade Springs Baptist Church with a towering monument.

 

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