Will of Judge A. R. Wright
[Will Book 1, pages 72-77 (transcribed by Pam collier)]
I desire that my place known as Glen Wood near Rome Ga. to be held for the use and benefit of
my wife for and during her natural life. This is meant to carry with it every thing upon it
furniture library stock carriages &etc. I desire my wife to be disturbed in no ways wishing to
make the remainder of her days as pleasant as possible, in a world of great riches and pride
and human woe arizing [sic] from what the Apostle James calls the apprehension of rich men whose
garments (from their multitude) he declares are moth eaten. I desire however that she may as
much as possible come out from among them and give her sympathies to the laboring working poor.
The rich nearly all of whom are burdens in the churches are the whited sepulchers of earth.
beautiful without but within full of rottenness and dead men’s bones. For fear she may not
be able to live upon income arising from Glenwood, I desire that out of the money funds arising
out of my estate three thousand dollars be retained by Executors to be put at interest or
invested in renting property for her use during life she having the annual income. I warn her
to keep out of debt for happiness while on earth to fall under the Extortioners of the money
power in its woes can be compared to nothing but the torches of the damned. Like the inquisision
at every turn of the screw they dislocate a limb, till the subject lies a mangled corpse. Let
her love simplicity and walk in truth. If my wife prefer the soul of Glenwood, then with
the consent of the Executors let it be sold, and ten thousand dollars of its sale be retained
at interest for her as aforesaid, or say let two thousand dollars be invested in a comfortable
house for her and the remainder be kept at interest for her use; any balance of purchase money
to be divided among the children as also the first mentioned three thousand dollars.
At her death she may will as she desires one thousand dollars absolutely.
My children are to be charged with advances as follows each one with one thousand dollars, Mary
with three thousand dollars, one thousand when she married (though it was more than this)
and two thousand dollars since in bonds with her brother William as trustee, Ava with two
thousand dollars in two city lots at her marriage; Charles shall not be charged with a security
debt I paid for him, though in justice perhaps he ought to be, nor Alex with money advanced to
settle the farm on Armuchee on his children.
I appoint my sons William and Seaborn trustees to receive his portion of my estate and hold it
for the use of him and his family, paying out the interest or rents only to the use of the
family preserving the body of his estate. This I do because I think it manifest he and Mattie
would spend it in a year or two. Graham’s children and Mage and Carlton and Addie must have
an advance of a thousand dollars each to bring them up and if there is likely to be delay in
the division of my estate as there probably will be, Addie shall have an advance of a thousand
dollars more as she is a girl.
When my estate is divided then each child shall be paid up to three thousand dollars making
each equal with Mary, and the remainder be equally divided leaving the settlement for my wife
as aforesaid, though this is scarcely just to Graham’s children.
As Alman has a lease for five years on Tennessee farm and coal lands perhaps there had better
be no division absolute till that is out, and not then till my Executors have made some tests
of my coal lands as they may be of great value to my children
Any debts arising might be divided or used in paying up children to equality.
Mr Cheney Tumlin and Catherine Cornigan owe about six thousand dollars; one thousand or
enough thereof to pay, should be paid at once to a thousand dollar note I owe at the Insurance
company which will release a [?Crunts] bond belonging to my son William as trustee for Mary,
the other five thousand will be on hand to pay up and equalize together with a five hundred
dollar county bond in hands of my son-in-law Sam King. I owe nothing unless it may be a few
dollars at Sam King’s on current account.
I appoint my sons William, Seaborn and Miller, my executors, though but one executor fee shall
be charged, this being rather and offer of love than of gain. Three hundred dollars shall be
paid my wife for the first years expenses till she can realize her interest out of moneys on
hand. My executors may sell at public or private sale, cash or credit. I will make notes as to
what is to be done upon any material change in my property and endorse them on this will.
Signed sealed and declared to be the last will and testament of Judge A. R. Wright in our
presence this 18th day of May 1888.
Augustus R. Wright
E. P. Treadaway
J. R. Treadaway
To H J Johnson ordinary of said County the petition of William W Wright, Miller Wright & S. W.
Wright shows that Augustus R Wright late of said County departed this life on the 31st day of
March 1891 after having made his last Will and Testament wherein your petitioners are nominated
the executors- your petitioners produces said will in court and prays that the same may be
admitted to record upon the proof thereof in Common form and that Letters Testamentary issue
to these in terms of the law.
Wm A. Wright
I Max Meyerhardt do [?swear] that I as well as E. P. Treadaway and J. R. Treadaway saw
Augustus R. Wright sign and publish the paper hereto attached as his last Will and Testament
that I subscribed the same as witness thereto at the special instance and request of the said
Augustus E. Wright and in his presence as did also E. P. Treadaway and J R Treadaway, that the
said Augustus R Wright signed the same freely and voluntarily and was at the time of such
signing of sound and disposing mind and memory.
Sworn to and subscribed before Me on this 4th day of May 1891
H. J. Johnson Ordinary
Mr W. A. Wright S. W. Wright and Miller Wright do solemnly swear that the paper hereto attached
contains the true last Will of Augustus E Wright deceased as far as we know & believe, and
that we will well and truly execute the same in accordance with the laws of this State. So help
Wm. A. Wright
H. J. Johnson Ordinary
Upon the forgoing [sic] affidavit of Max Meyerhardt one of the subscribing witnesses to the
will of Augustus R. Wright deceased it is ordered by the court that will be admitted to record
as satisfactorily proven in Common form. And it is further ordered that Letters Testamentary
issue to W. A. Wright Seaborn W Wright and Miller Wright the Executors named in said will upon
their taking and subscribing the oath required by law
This May 4th 1891
H. J. Johnson
Wm. A Wright
And Miller Wright
Augustus R. Wright
Georgia Floyd County
By the Honorable the Ordinary of said County
To all whom thes[e] presents shall come or be made know[n] greeting
Know ye that on the 4th day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and
Ninety one the last Will and Testament of Augustus R. Wright of said county deceased was
exhibited in open Court and in common form of Law proven and admitted to Record a copy
of which is hereto annexed and administration of and all singular the Goods, Chattels, Lands
and Tenements of said deceased was granted to Wm. A. Wright, Seaborn W. Wright & Miller
Wright the executors in and by said will named and appointed them having first taken the oath and
performed all other requisites required by law you are by order of said court and by virtue
of these presents legally authorized to administer the Goods, Chattels, Credits, Lands and
Tenaments [sic] of said deceased according to the tenor and affect of said will and Testament
and according to law, and you are hereby required to render a true and perfect Inventory
of all and singular the Goods, Chattels, Credits, Lands and Tenaments [sic] of the said
deceased appraised and returned to this Court according to law and to render a true and correct
account to the Ordinary of said County of Floyd of your actings and doings yearly until your
administration is fully completed.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of my office this 4th day
of May 1891
H. J, Johnson Ordinary
The State of Georgia
I H. J. Johnson sole and presiding Judge of the Court of Ordinary in and for said County of
Floyd State aforesaid do hereby certify that the foregoing [?four] pages of written and printed
Matter contains a fair true and correct exemplification and copy from the records in my Court
of the last Will and Testament of Augustus R. Wright deceased and the probate thereof in
Common form and the Letters Testamentary issued W. A. Wright, Seaborn Wright & Miller Wright
the Executors named in said Will and I do further certify that the said Court of Ordinary is a
Court of Record and a Court in which by the Laws of Georgia such proceedings are required
to be had made and recorded and that I the said H. J. Johnson am the only presiding Judge of
said court and now acting and am both Judge and Clerk of said Court by the laws of Georgia
and that the laws of said State of Georgia, the Ordinary of each County of said State is only
to be known as Ordinary
That I am the Clerk and also presiding Judge of said Court of Ordinary and that this
certificate and my attestation is in due form of law.
In testimony whereof I have hereto set my hand and the seal of said Court and office at office
Rome Ga this the 7th day of May 1891
H. J. Johnson
Judge of the Court of Ordinary
And Ex Officio Clerk thereof
Floyd Co Ga