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