Will of David S. Tate
[Will Book 1, pages 230-233 (transcribed by Beverly Burton Culbreth)]
I David S. Tate of South Pittsburg, Tennessee, being of sound mind and disposing memory, do hereby, make,
publish and declare this, my last will and testament, hereby revoking all wills heretofore made by me.
First: I direct that my executor, herein after appointed, shall as soon after my death as convenient [sic],
pay out of my estate, all just debts owed by me at the date of my death
Second: I devise and bequeath to my executor herein after appointed, in trust the following real
estate: 1st the house and lot bought by me from Joe Clark, situated in Hardy's addition near the start of
the Dixie Portland Cement Company, in Marion County, Tennessee. 2nd. the house and lot bought by me from
John Hammock, situated near the Midway Store, in Deptford, Tennessee. My said Executor is hereby
authorized and empowered to sell and convey said property and make a warrantee deed thereto at what ever
time he deems best to do so, and will hold to the proceeds thereof and pay the same over to Thelma Louise
and Lydia Reynolds, from time to time as he thinks best, for the best interest of said children.
I also direct my said executor to pay to the said Thelma Louise and Lydia Reynolds, One hundred ($100.)
dollars each in money in addition to the proceeds of the sale of aforesaid real estate.
I give, devise and bequeath unto my beloved wife, Mae, the lot situated just south of the two-story
residence situated on Cedar Avenue, just south of the sewer in the town of South Pittsburg, Tennessee the
said house and lot having been previously conveyed to my said wife. I also direct my Executor hereinafter
appointed, to pay my said wife, five hundred($500) dollars in money out of my estate at such time as he
finds it convenient to do so, and in addition to this she is to have the full proceeds of the life
insurance policy which I hold in which she is made beneficiary.
I also direct my said executor to pay to my said wife out of my estate at such time as he finds convenient
to do so, five hundred($500) for the benefit of and to be used for the support and education of my little
It is also my will that my beloved son Dave, and daughter Lydia, shall have the full proceeds of the life
insurance policy which I hold on my life, in which they are made the beneficiaries. The title of all my
remaining real estate is hereby vested absolutely in my said executor, with power to sell and convey the
same and he will also take charge of personal property and make such disposition of it as he deems best to
the interest of my estate.
My said executor is also authorized and directed to collect all accounts, notes and other indebtedness due
me, and if necessary to do so, he is authorized and directed to bring suit therefore. All moneys now in
the bank belonging to my estate shall be under his control as such executor.
The proceeds of the sale of the home place and any other real estate not herein disposed, and the sale of
all my personal property and the cash now on hand belonging to me, or any funds hereafter coming into the
hands of my executor, as part of my estate, will be distributed equally among my three children. Dave,
Lydia and Glena, after paying all expenses incident to the winding up of the estate, paying all debts,
owed by me, and erecting a monument at my grave.
My said executor will pay to my wife Mae at such time as is convenient for him to do so, the funds going
to my daughter Glena, and my said wife is authorized to use the same for support and education of my said
daughter, as she deems to be best to her interest and she shall not be required to give any bond or to
otherwise to account for such moneys.
My said executor will pay the accounts going to my said daughter Lydia, direct to her as such times as is
convenient for him to do so, but he shall hold the accounts to my son Dave and pay the same to him as is to
his best interest to do so, for his education and support and it is left absolutely to the discretion of
my said executor when these amounts shall be paid to my son, and when any amount is paid to either of my
said children, or any other legatee herein, the responsibility of the executor shall thereby cease.
It shall be left to the discretion of my executor as to when any of the real estate herein disposed of
shall be conveyed, and my said wife together with any of my children who may see proper to live with her,
shall have the right to occupy the home place free of rent until my said executor sees proper to dispose
of it as herein provided. My executor shall look after all of my property, and see that the taxes are paid
thereon and make suitable repairs and carry Insurance on the same, and pay the expenses thereof out of my
Lastly I nominate and appoint as the sole executor, of this my last will and testament, John L. Raulston,
of South Pittsburg,Tennessee.
This October 1st, 1915
David S. Tate
D. A. Tate
J. L. Raulston
We D. A. Tate and Joe L. Raulston, at the request of David S.Tate and in his presence and in the presence
of each other, do hereby subscribe our names hereto as witnesses to the last will and testament of the
said David S. Tate.
This October first, 1915
D. A. Tate
J. L. Raulston