Will of William J. Bryson
[Will Book 1, pages 147-148(transcribed by David Johnson)]
I William J. Bryson, of Ketchall, Marion County, Tenn. being of sound and disposing mind and
memory do make, publish, and declare this to be my last will and testament, hereby revoking
all former wills by me at any time heretofore made
As to my worldly estate and all the property, real, personal, and mixed of which I shall die
seized and possessed or to which I shall be entitled to at the time of my decease, I devise,
bequeath, and dispose thereof in the following manner, To wit:
My will is, that all my just debts and funeral expenses shall by my Executors hereinafter
mentioned be paid out of my estate as soon after my decease as shall by them be found convenient.
I give, will, and bequeath unto my beloved wife, Rachel Amanda Bryson (in the event she survives
me) all my property Real, Personal, and Mixed of which I shall die seized and possessed or to
which I shall be entitled to at the time of my death, together with all the rents and profits
belonging thereto, provided that the personality shall belong to her absolutely and the realty
shall be hers only during her natural life.
I give, devise, and bequeath to my nephew Albert S. Kelly all the remainder and reversionary
interest (after the death of my wife) in the residence where I now live together with all the
improvements such as barns and out houses around and near to said residence, and also the
enclosed lots of land near my residence on the east side of the public road, including the
lots both on the North and South side of said house: The purpose of this bequest being to pay
and satisfy said Albert S. Kelly for services rendered and to be rendered to my wife and myself
during our natural lives;
I give, devise, and bequeath unto my nephews, Joseph B. Kelly, James M. Kelly, and Albert S.
Kelly the remainder and reversionary interest in all the lands and tenements of which I may die
seized and possessed, excepting the lands and improvements heretofore divised to the said Albert
S. Kelly; it being my will that when the farm on which I now reside shall be divided and
allotted to the parties entitled thereto under the provisions of this instrument, said Albert S.
Kelly shall have his share therein on the North side of my farm next to and adjoining lands
heretofore bequeathed to him all the lands above mentioned and described being and lying in the
Civil District of Marion County, Tenn.
It is my will that the aforesaid Joseph B. Kelly, James M. Kelly and Albert S. Kelly shall pay
to their Sisters the following amounts, to wit:
To Mrs. Mary Beene $400.00 To Miss Nannie Kelly $400.00, of which amount each of said Joseph B
James M and Albert S. Kelly shall pay equal amounts. Said amounts to be due and payable within
one year after said parties take possession of said premises. and in the event that either of
said parties shall fail or refuse to pay his part of said indebtedness, then in that event, that
part of this instrument which devises and bequeaths to said party any lands shall be void and
all the interest in lands and tenements thus disposed of shall belong to and be settled on said
Mrs. Mary Beene and Miss Nannie Kelly Now the ?
if my present wife should not survive me, it is my will that all the provisions of this
instrument, excepting that part refering [sic] to her, be executed in full at my death, as they
would otherwise be executed at the death of my wife.
And lastly I do nominate and appoint Joseph B. Kelly James M. Kelly and Albert S. Kelly as the
executors to this my last will and testament
William J Bryson
Signed, Sealed Published, and Declared by the said William J Bryson as and for his last will and
testament in the presence of us, who at his request and in his presence, and in the presence of
each other, have subscribed our names as witnesses hereunto.
H R Gilliam
Jno T Raulston