Will of John Graham
[Will Book 1, pages 166-167 (transcribed by Pam Collier)]
In the name of God Amen.
I John Graham of the County of Marion in the State of Tennessee do hereby make and publish this
my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking and making void any Will or Will’s [sic] heretofore
made if any.
It is my Will and desire that my Executors pay my funeral expenses and all my just debts out of
the first money coming to their hands from my estate.
Should I be murdered or my life taken in any unlawful manner, I desire that my executors
prosecute the party or parties they believe guilty of the offense that produced my death or any
one or more parties they may believe procured it to be done and they are authorized and directed
to use so much of my estate as may be necessary to employ counsel to prosecute such party or
parties in any or all the Courts of the State where such offense may be commited [sic] and to
pay all necessary expenses out of my estate.
Should I die before my illegitimate son John Graham, born of Matilda Cameron and the same boy I
now have at my house and in my control, attains his majority of twenty one years, I desire that
my friend and Kinsman William E. Donaldson of Jasper Tennessee take charge and control of my
said son, by taking the possession and custody of him, and that he have him educated and fited
[sic] not only to become an ornament to society, but to fit him for any proffession [sic] he may
desire to enter, and to do all other things necessary to be done for his proper training and
education and he is expressly authorized and directed to pay all the necessary expenses of
raising, maintaining and educating my said son, out of my estate and his co-executor if any is
directed to join with him in making payments out of my estate for the benefit of my said son.
I give, bequeath and devise all the remainder of my estate real and personal and of any nature
and character whatever, to my said son, the said John Graham born of Matilda Cameron, but should
the said John Graham die without legitimate children living at the time of his death then to my
Six Cousins, to wit, Teressa Turney, Aletha Turney, Hannah Turney daughters of Judge Peter
Turney of Franklin County, Tennessee, and Ellen Donaldson, Bettie Donaldson and and [sic] Nancy
Donaldson daughters of William E Donaldson of Jasper Tennessee share and share alike.
I constitute and appoint Judge Peter Turney and William E Donaldson executors of this my last
Will and Testament to which I have subscribed my name in the presence of witnesses on this 14
day of December 1891.
The foregoing instrument was signed by John Graham in our presence and witnessed by us at his
request and in his presence and in the presence of each of us on the 14th day of December 1891.
R. C. McCurdy.
W H Waddell.