Will of Emma E. Payne
[Will Book 1, pages 266-267 (transcribed by Beverly Burton Culbreth)]
I, Emma E. Payne, in the county of Grundy and state of Tennesssee, being of sound mind and memory do
make and publish and declare this to be my first and last will and testament, this the ninth day of
November, one thousand nine hundred and seventeen.
As to my worldly possessions, both real and personal of which I shall die seized and possessed or to
which I shall be entitled at the time of my death, I advise bequeath and dispose thereof in the manner
to wit as follows:
I give devise and bequeath to my beloved son, Charles Buford Payne, twenty five percent of my earthly
possessions and to his wife Eva Eddins Payne, twenty five percent and thereof, and to by beloved daughter,
Katie P. Sayles fifty per cent thereof. My earthly possessions consisting mainly of the following at my
All cash on hand and in bank or banks
$600.00 (six hundred dollars) which was left me by my husband, which I have loaned out on interest in the
confidence and personal care of Mr. A. A. Cook. of South Pittsburg, Tenn. until settled.
Insurance on my own life $1000.00
With minor exceptions as follows to wit:
To my grandson, Charles Buford Payne, Jr., I leave my set of solid silver spoons.
To my grand-daughter Mary Orme Sayles, I leave all my linen and dishes, locket and wedding ring.
To my grand-daughter Grace Leota Payne I leave my opal ring which was presented to me by my son Buford.
to my daughter-in-law Eva Eddins Payne I leave my rustic what-not stand and my revolver.
To my daughter Katie Payne Sayles I leave my two feather beds and all furniture of what so ever nature I
may be possessed with in my home at the Toll Gate, or in her home at Monteagle. This does not include any
thing which may be in possession of my son Buford in his home at Monteagle.
It is my will that my funeral expenses be paid in full by my executor herein after named before the
aforesaid division of my earthly possessions shall be made.
I futher [sic] will that in case my son should precede me in death that his inheritance as above stipulated
shall go to his wife Eva E. Payne in order that she may use same for the benifit [sic] of her children.
Likewise I will that in case my daughter-in-law Eva Eddins Payne should precede me in death that her
inheritance as above stipulated shall go to her husband, my beloved son Charles Buford Payne.
I do nominate and appoint Mr. A. A. Cook of South Pittsburg, Tenn, to be the executor of this my first
and last will and testament, requesting that he execute same as quickly as possible for the benefit of
all parties concerned therein.
In witness whereof I, the said Emma E. Payne, have to this my first and last will and testament,
consisting of two sheets of paper, subscribe my name this the ninth day of November, in the year of our
Lord, ninteen hundred and seventeen.
Emma E. Payne
Subscribed, published and declared by the said Emma E. Payne as and for her first and last will and
testament, in the presence of us, who, at her request and in her presence, and in the presence of each
other, have subscribed our names as witness thereto:
Harriet L. Lappier [last two letters illegible]