Will of John R. Holoway
[Will Book 1, pages 193-198 (transcribed by Pam Collier)]
Lillie, Bob and Joe has boarded me all the time since the date of my will and I give them the
amount of their rent for my board and I think this will verry [sic] near equal my little
estate so all of you children take what I give and be content I don’t think I am partial.
John R. Holoway
I J. R. Holoway, of sound mind and disposing memory do make and publish this as my last will
I give and bequeath my daughter, Lillie B. Holoway, of Marion County, Tenn. The following
described tract of land situated in the third Civil District of Marion County, Tenn and
described as follows;
Beginning at the S.W. corner of my homes place and running thence Eastwardly with the original
line, 66 Poles and 26 links to a gum tree. Thence N.2 1/2 E. 47 poles a rock, thence Northwardly
40 poles to a rock in the Hilliard Spring branch, it being the line of the Joe Holoway tract of
land bequeathed him by me. Thence with said line and Branch 50 poles to a rock in the Looney
line where the said branch crosses it, Thence, with said Looneys line S 2 ½ W 46 poles and 7
links to the beginning, containing 25 acres more or less.
I give and bequeath to my son G. F. Holoway, of Marion County, Tenn. The following described
tract of land situated in the third civil Dist of Marion County, Tenn. And bounded as follows.
Beginning on a rock in the J. R. Holoway and D. R. Deakins line running, Thence N. 1 ½ E. 162
poles to the mouth of the P. G. Pryor Spring Branch. Thence down the Hilliard Spring Branch 73
poles to a rock in the center of said branch Thence Southwardly 40 poles to a rock, it being
the N.E. corner of the Lillie B. tract bequeathed her by me. Thence with her line Southwardly,
47 poles, Thence S. E. ½ W. 52 poles to a rock. Thence with D.R. Deakins line 39 ½ poles to
the beginning, containing 35 acres more or less.
I will and bequeath to my son Joe E. Holoway of Marion County, Tenn the following described
tract of land situated and being in the third Dist of Marion County Tenn. Bounded as
Beginning at a stake in the Hilliard Spring Branch where it crosses the line Looneys and my
home tract. running [sic?] thence N. 55 E, 123 poles to mouth of P.G. Pryor Spring Branch.
Thence with the Hilliard Spring Branch 19 poles to a rock on the North side of said Spring
Branch. Thence N. 87. W. 102 poles to the N.W. corner of my home tract thence S 2 1/2 86 poles
to the beginning, containing 30 acres more or less.
I give and bequeath to my son W. P. Holoway and my daughter Maggie Howard W. P. of this county
and Maggie of Sequatchie County, Tenn. The following described tract of land which is in the
Fifth Dist of Marion County, Tenn and bounded as follows. Beginning at a stake and pointer the
Northwest corner of Amanda Davises dower, running thence with dower line S. 79 E 80 poles and
16 links to a stake, thence N. 10 E 50 poles and 20 links to a stake and pointers. Thence N.
79 W. 86 poles to a stake and pointers, Thence S. 3. W 50 poles and 20 links to the beginning.
This tract of land is the same tract that was conveyed from W. E. Harris to me which is not of
record in the Registers office in this County the above described tract of land is given to W.
P. and Maggie jointly and undivided.
It is my will and desire that my estate pay to W. P. Holloway and my daughter Maggie Howard
the sum of One hundred and fifty dollars each at my death, for the purpose of making the value
of their portion bequeathed them in this will, equal to the value of the portions allotted to
Lillie S. G. F. & Joe E. Holoway.
It is further stated in this Will that W. P. Holoway owes my estate at this date the sum of
$211.00 for which I attach and itemized statement as an exibit [sic] to this will.
It is my will and desire that W. P. Holoway pay this said sum and interest from this debt to
my estate at my death.
It is my will that the tract of land above bequeathed to the said W. P. Holoway be held as
security for the payment of the said sum and interest above mentioned and a lien is hereby
retained on said land for this purpose.
If the said sum and interest is not paid by the said W. P. Holoway at my death it is my desire
that he have a credit on said indebtedness of $150.00 at my death it being the $150.00
bequeathed him in this will.
It is my will and desire that my sons G. F. & J. E. pay me or my estate $20.00 per year from
this date to date of my death for the use and benefit of the tracts of land bequeathed them in
It is also my will that my son W. P. have the use and benefit of the land bequeathed him and
Maggie Howard jointly, from this date to the date of my death and for which use and benefit
he shall pay me or my estate the sum of $20.00 per year.
It is further my will and desire that in the event my estate, after the indebtedness has been
paid, is not sufficient to pay Maggie Howard the $150.00 bequeathed her in this will that my
sons W. P. & J. E. & G. F. jointly pay her the said sum of $150.00.
The last clause.
In making the foregoing division to my five children I do so without any partiality whatever.
The division made is my best judgement [sic] in the matter. I further desire that my son G. F.
Holoway be and he is hereby named as Executor of this will and he is excused from giving bond.
This 17 day of Feb 1903.
Signed John R. Holoway
The above will was signed in our presence and at the special request of the testator and in
the presence of each other.
This the 17 day of Feb 1903.
S. C Byrun [sic- Byrum?]
J. R. Pryor.
Charge W. P. Holoway ten dollars each year for rent and that to go to Mag Howard he is to pay
her Ten dollars a year from the date of the will to my death, what that lacks of $150.00
dollars to Mag Howard pay her the balance out of my estate.
J. R. Holoway.
I give to Bob Holoway my book case and table it sits on. I give Lillie Yockum the cubbard
[sic], safe and bureau.
J. R. Holoway.
Exhibit to J. R. Holoway’s will.
Statement January 1st 1903
W.P. Holoway Dr to J.R. Holoway.
Bal on Buggy and harness
Int on $32.00 for 12 years
Rent on the place where W.P.H now lives
(This rent is for the past 5 years at $20.00 per year)
Int on rent
Cash borrowed years ago to buy corn
Kelly Pryor Note
Int on said note for 9 months
Pasturing Colts 6 months @ $1.50 per mo
[In side margin:] Aug 26-1912
Give W. P. Holoway this act for the two hundred and eleven dollars for the $150.00 dollars to
make his land equal
John R. Holoway
W.P. Holoway has had the use of the Harris place for 8 years. I give him the use of the said
place for three years to compensate him for building Barn and other work done on the place and
___ the value of the rent on said place at $20.00 per year this making the total for 3 years
Plat of the home tract of land J. R. Holoway as divided & bequeathed by him on February
Plat of the home tract of land.