Will of S. E. Collins
[Will Book 1, pages 318-319 (transcribed by Pam Collier)]
I, S. E. Collins, being of sound mind and disposing memory, do make and publish this my last will
and testament hereby revoking all others by me at any tine heretofore made.
I desire that all of my debts and funeral expenses be paid out of any money that I may have on
hand, or out of the first money that may come into the hands of my executor.
I desire that all of my funeral expenses be paid including a stone monument to be erected at
my grave, to be selected by my grandson D. B. Collins, and my daughter, Mrs S. E. Marlow.
I give, bequeath and devise to Me[sic] beloved husband, S. D. Collins all of My Property, both
real and personal, to be used and enjoyed by him as long as he may live, but his estate is to
be a life estate and terminates at his death.
Subject to the life estate of my husband hereinabove expressed, I give, devise and bequeath to
my daughter, Mrs. S. E. Marlow the following described tract of land situated in Sweedens Creek
in Marion County, Tenn. Being a part of the home place of myself and my husband.
"Beginning in a cedar tree with cedar pointers, standing in a branch west of where S.E. Marlow
now lives, and near the public road, thence up the Mountain with said branch to the top of the
limestone bluff to a cedar tree painted red on two sides, thence north to our north boundary
line of our farm now owned by myself and my husband, thence eastwardly to our northeast corner,
thence down the mountain with our line to a small cedar and pointers near the foot of the
mountain, thence with our line to Robert Hampton’s corner, thence with our line to the mouth of
Barkers spring branch, now Ed Ament’s spring branch, thence with our line to a stake with a
cedar pointer in a cross fence, Ed A ent’s[sic- Ament's] northwest corner, thence north twelve
degrees west twenty poles to a mulberry with peach tree pointers, thence westwardly to a stake
in J. C. Marlow’s line two poles south of the bank of Sweetons Creek, thence with J.C. Marlow’s
line to a hackberry corner on the bank of a branch, thence up the brancg[sic] about two poles
to the beginning."
Subeject[sic] to the life estate devised to my husband as above and herein set forth, I give,
bequeath and devise to my grand children and their mother, the widow and children of my deceased
son, L. M. Collins, i.e., D. B. Collins, Herbert Collins, Buford Collins, and Pearl Collins and
their mother Lucy Collins, share and share alike, the following described tract of land, being
a part of the home tract of myself and husband:
Beginning on a cedar, the beginning corner of S. E. Marlow, thence up the Mountain with S. E.
Marlow’s line as hereinabove described in this will to our north boundary line, thence with said
north boundary line westwardly to our northwest corner, thence with our west boundary line to a
stake on the bank of Sweetons Creek, thence with our south boundary line to a rock sitting by a
post, formerly a slip bar post near the foot of Red Hill, J. C. Marlow’s corner, thence with J.
C. Marlow’s line to a hackberry corner standing on the bank of a branch, thence up the branch
about two poles to the beginning.
Whereas my son, Marion Collins died leaving an indebtedness of Seven Hundred and Fifty ($750.00)
Dollars due and owing the First National Bank and others, on which my husband S. D. Collins, was
security, and it is the intention of the said S. D. Collins to borrow the money and discharge
said indebtedness, and this money so borrowed and paid by said S. D. Collins is made a charge
against the property hereinabove set forth as devised to the widow and children of L. M. Collins,
deceased, and the said widow and children of L. M. Collins are to have five years from this date,
September 3, 1924, in which to pay off and satisfy said indebtedness of their father, and in
the event they do pay off the said Seven Hundred and Fifty ($750.00) Dollars with accrued
interest thereon within Five years, then they are to have said property hereinabove devised to
them free of any charhe[sic- charge] of encumbrance whatsoever, but if not paid within that
time then the said Seven Hundred and Fifty ($750.00) Dollars or any part remaining thereof
unpaid shall be a charge against said property hereinbefore devised to them.
I hereby make, constitute and appoint D. B. Collins my executor and he will not be required to
execute any bond for the faithful execution of this trust.
Witness my hand and seal this 3 day of September, 1924.
S. E. Collins.
Signed by the said testator, S. E. Collins, as her last will in the presence of us, who at her
request and in her presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our
names at witnesses.
J. C. Alder.
Mrs. J. C. Alder.