Will of S. D. Collins
[Will Book 1, pages 320-321 (transcribed by Pam Collier)]
I, S. D. 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 time 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 nay come into the hands of my executor.
I desire that all of my funeral expenses by 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 my beloved wife, S.E. Collins all of my Property, both real and
personal, to be used and enjoyed by her as long as she may live, but her estate is to be a life
estate and terminates at her death.
Subject to the life estate of my wife as above expressed, I give, devise and bequeath to my
daughter, Mrs. S. E. Marlow the following described tract of land situated on Sweetons Creek in
Marion County, Tennessee, being a part of the home place of myself and my wife.
"Beginning on 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 wife, 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 the mouth of Barkers spring branch, now Ed Ament’s
spring branch, thence with our line to a stake with cedar pointer in a cross fence, Ed Ament’s
northwest corner, thence north twelve degrees west twenty poles to a Mulbery [sic] with peach
tree pointe s [sic- pointers, thence westwardly to a stake in J.C. Marlow’s line two poles
south of the bank of Sweetons C eek [sic- Creek], thence with J.C. Marlow’s line to a hackberry
corner on the bank of a branch, thence up the branch about two poles to the beginning."
Subject to the life estate devised to my wife, as above and herein set forth, I give, bequeath
and to D.B. Collins, Herbert Collins, Buford Collins, and Pearl Collins, children of my deceased
son, L.M. Collins, and to Lucy Collins, widow of said L.M. Collins, deceased, share and share
alike, the following described tract of land, being a part of the home tract of myself and wife:
"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 the will to our north boundary line, thence with said
north boundary line westwardly to our northwest corner, then e [sic- 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, L. M. Collins in his life time Contracted an indebtedness of Seven Hundred and
Fifty ($750.00) Dollars, due and owing the First National Bank and others, on which I am
security, and it is my intention to borrow Seven Hundred and Fifty ($750.)0) [sic] and discharge
these debts, and secure myself and my estate, I hereby make the said sum of Seven Hundred and
Fifty ($750.00) Dollars a specific charge and lien on the land hereinabove described, devised
to the children and widow of my deceased son, L.M. Collins. Of course, if I should live so
long as to enable these children and widow to discharge said Seven Hundred and Fifty ($750.00)
dollar indebtedness before my death, then they take the land hereinabove devised free of any
lien or encumbrance whatever, and the children and widow of my deceased son have five (5) years
from September 3, 1924, to pay off and discharge said Seven Hundred and Fifty ($750.00) Dollars,
with its accrued interest.
I hereby nominate, 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. D. Collins.
Signed by the said testator, S.D. Collins, as his last will in the presence of us, who at his
request and in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names
J. C. Alder.
Mrs. J. C. Alder.