Will of W. C. Clouse
[Will Book 1, pages 172-173 (transcribed by Pam Collier)]
I, W. C. Clouse, being of sound mind and memory do make and publish this, my last will and
testament, revoking all former wills by me made at any time.
I direct that my funeral expenses and all just debts be paid as soon after my death as possible
out of such money and [sic] I have on hand at my death.
I give and bequeath to my son, James E. Clouse, in fee simple, all my real state of which I may
die seized and possessed and particularly a farm in the old eighth civil district, being that
part of my fathers farm which was deeded to me by my father G. W. Clouse, said farm containing
about 65 acres and bounded as follows, by the lands of Miss Aletha Graham, G. B. Clouse and the
N. C. &. St. L. R. R. Co. Said land is valued to James E. Clouse at $650.00 and it is my desire
and will that the said James E. Clouse pay to each of my daughters, Nancy L. Quarles and Martha
B. Graham and her heirs, the sum of Two hundred dollars each. The said sum of two hundred
dollars payable to each of my said daughters shall be a charge against said real estate and a
lein [sic] on same is hereby retained to secure the payments of said sums of two hundred dollars
to each of my two daughters and in event said sums are not paid to my two daughters as
hereinafter set out said real estate shall be sold and said sums shall be paid out of the
proceeds of said sale and the remainder shall be paid to Jas E. Clouse. Said sums of two hundred
dollars shall be paid in installments as follows: Fifty dollars shall be payable to each of my
said daughters, Nancy L. Quarles and Martha B. Graham, and her heirs, within twelve months
after my death and fifty dollars each to be paid to Nancy L. Quarles and Martha B. Graham and
her heirs every 12 months thereafter until said sum of $200.00 each is fully paid.
I hereby will and bequeath to Jas E. Clouse one certificate of deposit issued by the First
National Bank of Chattanooga which is in sum of $102.00 and which he is to have with interest
accumulations, said certificate payable to me and at my death to James E. Clouse.
I hereby will and bequeath to my daughter Marth [sic] B. Graham and her heirs one certificate
of deposit issued by the First National Bank of Chattanooga which is in the sum of $129.89 and
which she and her heirs are to have with interest accumulations, said certificate being payable
to me and at my death to Martha B. Graham and her heirs.
I will and bequeath to my daughter Nancy L. Quarles one certificate of deposit issued by the
First National Bank of Chattanooga, which is In the sum of $129.89 and which she is to have
with interest accumulation said certificate payable to me and at my death to Nancy L. Quarles.
I give to my daughter Nancy L. Quarles one feather bed, 3 pillows, 2 straw bed ticks, seven
quilts and one counterpane and my trunk.
I give to my daughter Martha B. Graham and her heirs one feather bed, 3 pillows, one straw tick,
seven quilts, one quilt top and bureau and bed tick already in her possession.
All other personal property not heretofore devised of, which I die seized and possessed I
desire and direct shall be equally divided between my three children James E. Clouse, Nancy L.
Quarles and Martha B. Graham and her heirs.
All gifts and bequests heretofore made to Martha B. Graham and her heirs are meant to be for
her and the heirs of her body, to have and to hold to their sole and separate use and free
from all claims and debts of the husband of Martha B. Graham.
I nominate Jas E. Clouse, my son, in whom I have full faith and confidence as the executor of
this my last will and testament.
This December 23, 1907.
W. C. Clouse.
Witnessed by us in the presence of each other and in the presence of the testator at his
special instance and request.
This December 23, 1907
P. H. Thach.
W. J. Johnston.