Will of Jackson Pryor
[Will Book 1, pages 111-115 (transcribed by Pam Collier)]
I, Jackson Pryor of Jasper, Tenn, knowing the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death,
and being in sound mind and of disposing memory and desiring to make distribution of my real
and personal estate, do make and publish this my last will and testament:-
I direct that out of the first moneys which come into the hands of my executor my just debts
(if any) be paid.
I desire a plain and simple burial and likewise a plain and inexpensive monument, the design,
cost, etc, I leave to my wife and my executor.
I give and bequeath to my beloved wife, M. A. Pryor, for and during her natural life all the
real estate of which I die seized and posessed [sic] wherever situated (except three town lots
hereinafter named). At her death said real estate so devised to my wife I devise and give to
Dora C Hale to her sole and separate use, free from the debts or control of her husband in the
event of her marriage, and in the event of her death without issue living at that time, then
said real estate shall go to Samuel H. Alexander and his heirs.
I give and devise to Wm Pryor Lots 105 and 106 in the town of Jasper, Marion County, Tenn and
to Samuel H. Alexander the Brick House and Lot in Jasper known as the Pryor Brick.
I give and bequeath to my beloved wife, M. A. Pryor, all the household and kitchen furniture,
all stock, farming implements, grain and all property in the house or belonging on the farm.
I give and bequeath to my beloved wife (to be paid by my executor out of the first moneys which
may come into his hands) the sum of One Thousand Dollars, for the use of the family (as now
constituted) for and during the first year after my death, if they shall need so much, and if
not needed then to be used as my wife in her judgement [sic] may deem best.
Out of Moneys and my other personal property (not being before disposed of) such as notes,
bonds, etc, I give and bequeath the following sums to the following persons.
To my beloved wife, M. A. Pryor, the sum of ($6000.00) Six Thousand Dollars. (this is in
addition to the One Thousand Dollars given in Clause Sixth.
To the children of Joseph Prigmore
E. W. Prigmore, Seven Hundred and Fifty Dollars
J. G. Prigmore, Fifteen Hundred Dollars.
J. A. Prigmore, Seven Hundred and Fifty Dollars
Louisa Richmond, Three Hundred and Thirty three Dollars.
Mary A. Richards, wife of Steve Richards, Three Hundred and Thirty three Dollars.
Ruth E Ely, Three Hundred and Thirty three Dollars.
To the children of Wm Pryor
May A Hilliard, wife of Wm Hilliard, the sum of Five Hundred Dollars.
E. G. H. Pryor, Five Hundred Dollars.
S. L. Pryor, Five Hundred Dollars.
To the children of A. M. Pryor.
Ephriam [sic] Pryor, Seven Hundred and Fifty Dollars
James Pryor, Two Hundred Dollars
Biddie Pryor, Three Hundred and Thirty three Dollars
Margaret Pryor, Three Hundred and Thirty three Dollars
To the children of Jerry Pryor
Isabella Pryor, Two Hundred Dollars. Ruth Vandervert, Two Hundred Dollars. Laura Pryor, Fifty
Dollars. Charles Pryor, Fifty Dollars.
To the children of Caroline Hale.
Ida O. Mausy, wife of Chas Mausy the sum of Five Hundred Dollars
Orpha E. Hale, Five Hundred Dollars
Dora C. Hale, Five hundred Dollars.
To Mrs E. J. Alexander, Two Thousand Dollars,
S. H. Alexander, Five Thousand Dollars,
Estell Bennett, Five Hundred Dollars,
Geo F. Alexander, Five Hundred Dollars,
Attye Hall, Two Thousand Dollars.
To Mary Jane Pryor, widow of Frank Pryor, the sum of Two Hundred Dollars.
Lennie E. Pryor, Two Hundred Dollars.
Addie Pryor, Two Hundred Dollars.
Carrie Pryor, Two Hundred Dollars.
Ruth Pryor, Two Hundred Dollars.
Laura Pryor, Two Hundred Dollars.
Green H. Pryor, Two Hundred Dollars.
The last six named being children of my brother Frank Pryor.
I make no devise or bequeath to my brother Wash Pryor or his children, because my said brother
is a man of large property and neither he or his children stand in any need of any gift I might
otherwise be disposed to make them.
In the event there should be a surplus in the hands of my Executor arising from moneys on hand,
collection of notes, sales of bonds, etc, or otherwise after payment of debts, funeral expences
[sic] and the payment of the specific legacies then and in that event I desire and direct that
said surplus, after payment of the expences [sic] of winding up of my estate, including a
reasonable compensation to my Executor for his trouble, shall be divided by said Executor
equally and ratably among the following persons:- M. A. Pryor (my wife) E. W. Prigmore, E. W.
Prigmore, J. G. Prigmore, J. A. Prigmore, Louisa Richmond, Mary A. Richards, Ruth E. Ely, Mary
A. Hilliard, E. G. H. Pryor, S. L. Pryor, Ephriam Pryor, James Pryor, Biddie Pryor, Margaret
Pryor, Isabella Pryor, Ruth Vandervert, Laura Pryor, Charles Pryor, Ida O. Mausy, Orpha E. Hale,
Dora C. Hale, E. J. Alexander, S. H. Alexander, Estell Bennett, Geo F Alexander, Attye Hall,
Mary Jane Pryor, Lennie E. Pryor, Addie Pryor, Carrie Pryor, Ruth Pryor, Laura Pryor, Green H.
The sums given to those married herein who are females, whether now married or single, are
given to them and each of them, to their sole and separate use, free from the debts or control
of the present (where married) or any future husband.
I nominate and appoint my nephew Samuel H. Alexander the sole Executor of this will, and
having faith and confidence in his integrity and business ability, he is excused from giving
bond as such Executor, and is given discretion in the collection of notes and sales of bonds,
This August 19, 1898
Signed and executed in our presence and we have witnessed the above paper as the last will and
testament of Jackson Pryor at his special instance and request, and in the presence of each
This August 19, 1898.
Foster V. Brown
Jno M. Lewis.
(Note) Mr Pryor signed in pencil because he could not use pen.
Foster V. Brown.
Jno M. Lewis.
Codicil made Dec. 5, 1898
Since the making of the above will on Aug 19, 1898, James G. Prigmore, has died having no
children and a widow provided for. For these reasons I hereby revoke the above will in so far
as it bequeaths Fifteen Hundred Dollars to James G. Prigmore, and now I bequeath to E. W.
Prigmore, Two Hundred and Fifty Dollars and to J. A. Prigmore Two Hundred and Fifty Dollars
in addition to the amounts given then in the above will, and the residue of the Fifteen
Hundred Dollars intended for J. G. Prigmore under the terms of the above will will go into
the hands of my Executor to be distributed under the provision of the 8th clause of my will.
Dec. 5, 1898.
Signed and executed in our presence, and we have witnessed the above paper as codicil to the
last will and testament of J. Pryor at his special instance and request and in the presence
of each other.
Forster V. Brown.