Will of Hiram Beene
[Will Book 1, pages 262-263 (transcribed by David Johnson)]
I Hiram Beene of Ketchall, Tennessee, do make public and declare this to be my last will and
Testament, hereby revoking all former Wills heretofore made by me.
FIRST. I direct that all my just debts and Funeral expenses be paid as soon after my decease
as conceniently [sic- conveniently] be done.
SECOND. I give Devise and bequeath to my daughter Minnie Beene Webb the following lands: About
six (6) acres off of the north end of the tract of land on which I now live, beginning on a
stone corner with a cross thereon, set in the line between me and the Kelly heirs about thirty
(30)) yards north of my barn; thence south east across the cove running with a small rock fence,
to a rock set at the south east end of said rock fence; thence southeastwardly with the pasture
fence to a rock at the foot of the mountain; thence up the hollow, running in center of the
branch to Kelly line; thence northwardly with the Kelly line to my south east corner in said
Kelly line; thence westwardly with line between Kelly heirs and myself to my northwest corner;
thence southwardly a straight line to the beginning, it being my purpose to make the above
description embrace six (6) acres of land off the north end of my said lands, and lying next
to the Kelly lands.
THIRD. I give, devise and bequeath to my daughters Vena Beene and Evaline Beene, the following
described lands: Beginning on a stone corner which is the beginning corner of the tract above
given, devised and bequeathed to Minnie Beene Webb, and running southeastwardly with her south
boundary line to the Kelly line; thence southwardly with said Kelly line to the south east
corner of tract of land which was deeded to me by W. J. Bryson, on May 19th 1888, thence with
the south boundary line of said Brysontract of land to the south west corner of said tract of
land near my barn; thence northwardly to the beginning corner, containing about four (4) acres,
it being my purpose to make the last above described tract of land embrace my house, barn and
all other out houses thereon, and include all the said Bryson tract remaining after deducting
the lands bequeathed to the said Minnie Beene Webb. I also give, devise and bequeath to my said
daughters VENA BEENE AND EVALINE BEENE a ten (10) acre tract of land lying just south of the
lands above described and devised to them, which ten (10) acre tract is more particularly
described in a Deed made to me by Allman R. Wright On August 28th 1893, and recorded in Book
3 on page 556, in the Registers Office at Jasper Tennessee, including all the improvements
thereon, said lands to be equally divided between said Vena Beene and Evaline Beene. I also
give, devise and bequeath to my said daughters Vena Beene and Evaline Beene all the household
goods owned by me at the time of my death all the meat, lard, and everything in the smokehouse
at the said time and all the grain in the barn, and all the chickens on the place.
FOURTH. I give, devise and bequeath to my daughter Clara Beene Moore the following described
lands: Five (5) acres off the north east end of the ten (10) acre tract of land conveyed to me
on June 25th 1896, by A. R. Wright, the said lands being more particularly described in deed
made to me by the said Wright on the said date, the same being registered in Book CC Page 455
in the Registrar's Office at Jasper Tennessee.
FIFTH. I give devise and bequeath to my daughter Amy Beene Ladd, and the heirs of her body, the
following lands: Five (5) acres lying on the south-west end of the said tract of land conveyed
to me by the said A. R. Wright, on June 25th, 1896, the deed to said lands being registered in
Book CC Page 455 in the Registrar's Office at Jasper Tennessee. But the said Amy Beene Ladd
shall not have the right to sell and convey said lands or otherwise dispose of the same, it being
my purpose to give my said daughter, Amy Beene Ladd only a life estate in the said lands going
to her, giving her the right to use occupy and control, and receive the emoluments from said
lands during her lifetime, with the remainder interest to descend to the heirs of her body, and
in the event she leaves no such heirs at the time of her death, the lands hereby given her shall
revert to my estate and be equally divided among my other heirs.
SIXTH. I direct that all my personal property, except that part heretofore herein disposed of,
shall be sold by my Executrix, as soon after my death as convenient, and after my debts are paid,
the remainder, if any there be, as together with whatever monies I may leave on deposit in the
banks or elsewhere at the time of my death, be equally divided among my heirs.
SEVENTH. I hereby nominate and appoint my daughters Vena Beene and Clara Beene Moore, to act as
the Executrix of this my Last Will and Testament, and I authorize and direct them to act as such
EIGHTH. Should any of the beneficiaries under this my Last will and Testament, object to the
probate thereof, or in any wise, directly or indirectly, contest or aid in contesting the same,
or any of the provisions thereof, or the distribution of my estate thereunder, then and in that
event, I annul any bequest herein made to such beneficiary, and it is my Will that such beneficiary
shall be absolutely barred and cut off from any share in my estate.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto subscribed my name at South Pittsburg, Tennessee, on this
December eighteenth (18), Nineteen Hundred and Fifteen (1915), in the presence of John T.
Raulston and Nell Allan, whom I have requested to become attesting witnesses hereto.
The foregoing Instrument was subscribed, published and declared by Hiram Beene as and for his
last Will and Testament, oin our presence and in the presence of each of us, and we, at the same
time, at his request, in his presence and in the presence of each other, hereunto subscribed
our names and residences as atesting [sic] witnesses, this Eighteenth (18) day of December
Nineteen Hundred and Fifteen (1915).
John T. Raulston, South Pittsburg, Tennessee
Nell Alan, South Pittsburg, Tennessee