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Will of Benjamin Rogers

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Will of Benjamin Rogers
From Campbell County Tennessee Wills, Bonds, and Inventories, Vol. 6, 1807-1841. pg. 310.

I, Benjamin Rogers, of the County of Campbell and State of
Tennessee, being of sound disposing mind and memory, do make and ordain as follows to be my last Will and Testament, that is to say. It is my will that at my death my soul be recommended to God who brought me into existence, and my body surrendered up to its mother earth.

It is my will that my beloved wife, Martha Rogers, have and enjoy the sole right to the tract of land whereon I now live and which I purchased of Evan Heatherly, during her natural life, provided she remains my widow, but if she should marry after my death, she forfeits all claim to any interest in the tract of land whereon I now live. It is my will at the death of my wife, if she remains until her death unmarried, that William Wright, a young man who I have raised, be entitled to one half of the tract of land whereon I now live, provided said William Wright provides for me and my wife Martha in the same way that he has done during the natural life time of myself and my wife, Martha, then and not until then said Wright shall have one equal half of said tract forever. Should my wife marry, the above and last mentioned decree shall operate as tho she were dead. It is furthermore my will that at the death of my wife, Martha, that the remaining half of the tract of land whereon I now live shall and is hereby given unto the first heir from the body of the wife of William Wright that lives for an inheritance forever. It is my will that at the death of my wife Martha, that William Wright have a decent bed and bedding and one cupboard, and one case of drawers, with a bookcase and clock which I now own and possess and a small filey with the end of one ear cropped off.

It is my will that my wife Martha have use and enjoy all my personal property, such as stock of cattle, hogs and horses, and household furniture of every description during her natural life.

It is my will that all my property of a perishable nature be sold at the death of my wife and out of the proceeds of the sale to pay and discharge all debts against my estate if any there be and the balance of the money arising from the sale of my personal property to be equally divided, my son Stephen Rogers, Sarah Coats, Polly Sherrill and Margaret Heavely, they being my son and daughters.

I do hereby revoke all wills at any time heretofore by me made and declare this only my last Will and Testament.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this Thirtieth day of June, in the year of our Lord, one thousand, eight hundred and thirty three.

It is my will that John Rogers of Claibourne County as my executors of this my last Will and Testament.

Signed, sealed, and acknowledged before us this day and date above written.


Benjamin X Rogers


F. H. Bratcher }

Abr'm Hayter }

State of Tennessee }

Campbell County } County Court, September Term, 1836.

The last Will and Testament of Benjamin Rogers, deceased, late of this County, was produced for probate. Whereupon came Abraham Hayter and F. H. Bratcher, subscribing witnesses thereto, and made oath that they saw the said Benjamin Rogers sign, seal or publish and endorse this to be his last Will and Testament and that he was at the time of signing, sealing, publishing and declaring this same of sound mind and memory to the best of his skill, and knowledge, and ordered to be certified, let it be entered on Will Book at full length.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF I, William Carey, Clerk of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions for the said County, have herewith set my hand and affixed the seal of said court at office this 8th day of September A. D. 1834 and of the Independence of the United States the 59th year.

William Carey, Clk.


CAMPBELL COUNTY } A true inventory of the Estate of Benjamin Rogers,

2 Cows and one Calf, two hogs, two sheep, eleven geese, one Cupboard, one book case, one desk, one table, five chairs, two beds and furniture for them, two bedsteads and cord, one P.R. Clock, one Chest, One Cotton Wheel and One Flax Wheel, One Check REAL, One Rifle Gun, One flax hackle, one flat iron, one pair of fire tongs, one pair dog irons, three pewter dishes, three basins, twelve plates, four spoons and one bread waiter, eight delph plates and one dish, one pitcher and one teapot, one set of cups and caucers, 2 bottles and three crocks and two bowls, two glasses and sugar bolle, one coffee mill and one brass teakettle, six knives and four forks, 7 books and pair of cotton cords, one pair of steelyards, three pots, two ovens, two lids, three skillets, two lids, two pair of pot hooks, one pail, two piggins, one churn, one cog, one washing tub, one pickling tub, one pair of drawing chains, one sidesaddle, one loom, two slags and two pair harnesses. One sprouting hoe, one log chain, one pair stretchers, one argue, one shaving knife, and two chissels, one meal sifter and pot hanger, one half bushel measure.

I do certify the above to be a true inventory of the estate of Benjamin Rogers, deceased, October 1st, 1836.  

Her Mark X
Martha Rogers

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