Will of John Lemuel Minter
[Will Book 1, pages 234-236 (transcribed by Beverly Burton Culbreth)]
Know all men by these presence, that I John Lemuel Minter of the town of Jasper in County of Marion and
State of Tennessee, farmer considerating [sic] the uncertainty of this life, and being of sound mind and
memory, do make and declare and publish this my last will and testament.
I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Eliza Alexander Minter the use improvements and income of my
dwelling house, warehouse, lands and appurtinances situated in Marion County State of Tennessee, to have
and to hold the same to her, for and during her natural life.
I give and bequeath to my son, Walter Scott Minter one horse and said horse to be a young horse value
equal to the horses which I gave to each of my other sons, and I also give to my daughter Lillie Mae
(Smithwick) one horse, value equal to the horse which I gave to each of my sons. If I should die
without the prescribed these horses to be paid for out of value of my real estate and personal property.
I give and bequeath to my grandchildren, children of William Owen Minter five dollars $5.00 each and this
to be their share and all they are to have of my estate real or personal, and this $5.00 each is to be
paid to said children of William Owen Minter out sale of my place known as Mill Place located south west
of Jasper Tennessee, about 2 miles. I do not want said children of William Owen Minter to have any part
of my other described property real or personal. This $5.00 was their fathers request to me as I have
paid out a great deal for them except the baby boy of W. O. Minter.
I give and bequeath to my grand son John Rolland Minter account being my name sake as follows: My desire
is that his father S. D. Minter give to him one half of the farm I deeded to S. D. Minter of five hundred
dollars $500.00 as the said S. D. Minter may choose to do.
As I have given to Sam D. Minter our tract of land, known as the Hammock[sp?] tract I do not give him any
shares of my personal or real estate.
Referring to paragraph one of this will, not until after death of my wife Eliza A Minter no division or
as a whole be divided to any one of my children
All of my children except Sam D. Minter and heirs of William Owen Minter are to received equal shares
except as noted in paragraph three which I give to Walter Scott Minter and my daughter Lillie Mae one
horse each in addition to their share.
When my mill place is sold if possible to do so I wish my family to give to John L. Minter Jr.(Robert
Fisk Minter boy) who has my full name the sum of one hundred dollars $100.00. Said mill place located
about 2 miles south west of Jasper Tennessee may be sold during my or my wife's lifetime and when my
wife signs deed to said mill place it will be a guaranteed deed. My wife may do as she chooses with the
proceeds of said sale. If her decides to do so she may give said proceeds to my children after said
grandchildren of William Owen Minter have received their specified $5.00 and son of Robert Fisk Minter
boy has received his one hundred dollars.
If my wife marries again he (her husband) is not to live on said place Said place where my wife marries
is then to be sold or divided.
I do nominate and appoint Eliza A Minter, without bond to executor of this my last will and testament.
In testamony [sic] whereof I have to this last will and testament subscribed my name and set my seal, and
to this 19th day of Oct. in the year of our Lord 1914.
sig. John L Minter
Date October 19, 1914
W. A. Price
John Myers Jr.
J. R. Lambert