Will of R. J. Moore
[Will Book 1, pages 191-192 (transcribed by Pam Collier)]
Know all men by these presence that I R. J. Moore of the 3rd
Civil District of Marion County,
Tennessee, being properly as myself, and being uninfluenced, do of my own free will and accord,
set apart, and bequeath, and do will unto Nancy Jane Moore, my lawful and wedded wife and for
the love and affection I have for her, and for the kindness she has ever extended unto me and
my children, all the right, title and claim I have in all the property both real and personal
in the 3rd
civil district of Marion County Tennessee consisting of two small tracts
or bodies of land. 1st
The one where we now live (known as a part of the Moore farm.
The other near The Company Mill and known as a part of the Grayson farm
containing fifty acres moore [sic] or less; also two houses at Whitwell in the (15) Civil
District, each occupying one fourth acres – fenced off separately. All of which she is to have
and controll [sic] during her natural lifetime, or widowhood except that A. L. Moore shall be
her agent and shall have the power to take hold of the business and shall assist in paying off
all indebtedness and, also, to have power to collect all outstanding debts coming to the estate
and that A. L. Moore N. B. Moore shall have a right to cultivate the lands by paying a
reasonable rent to keep up the place and pay taxes and at the experation [sic] of Nancy Jane
Moores natural lifetime or widowhood any personal property owned by Nancy Jane Moore or A. L.
Moore may be disposed of at their own will or wish and further, at the end of Nancy Jane Moores
natural lifetime or widowhood all this real estate shall fall to my heirs (N, B. and A.L. Moore)
as I now will, divide and allot it to them. The ninety and a fraction acres, which is a part of
the Moore estate, Lot No. 4 which was drawn by R. J. Moore with all its improvements and
impertinances [sic] shall fall to N. B. Moore and his heirs.
Lot No 3 (where we now live) with its improvements and impertinances [sic] shall fall to A. L.
Moore and his heirs. The portion of land owned by me at the river shall be divided, beginning at
a point in the road near Brown Holloways and running a line down the hill to the branch so as
to give the Southern end two acres the advantage. To do this acurtately [sic] it must be
surveyed. The south end falls to N. B. Moore & his heirs. The North division falls to A. L.
Moore and his heirs. The three fourths of an acre of land owned by me at Whitwell, I having two
houses on same and N. B. Moore having one. The two houses owned by me are to be owed [sic] by A.
L. Moore and his heirs. The one fourth of land ocupied [sic] by N. B. Moores house – the title
is to be vested in him and his heirs.
I do this to save trouble that might follow after.
Augt 12 1898
R. J. Moore
J. J. Smith