From Family Findings
Vol. VIII, No. 1, January 1976, pp. 18-19
Copyright, Mid-West Tennessee Genealogical Society, 1976
Appears on this web site by permission


Sarah H. Graves Will Proven Sept. Term 1878 Madison Co., Tn.

I Sarah H. Graves of the County of Madison and State of Tennessee do hereby make and ordain this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all other wills and testaments heretofore made by me.

            Item 1st I give to my son John M. Graves an unlocated land warrant for one hundred and twenty acres to used exclusively for the benefit of his two sons Lynch and Peter.

            Item 2nd I give to my Grand Sons Lynch Graves and Peter Graves my two beds and bed clothing for the same, and all of tables, Silver and China ware. Item 3rd I give to my son John M Graves my Sugar Chest and desk.

            Item 4th I give to son John M Graves and Mary Gordon all the ballance of my household and kitchen furniture. Item 5th I give to my children Hudson C Graves, Talton H Gravea, Andrew J Graves, Mary Ann Gordon, Peyton W Graves, Marish I Speers, John N Graves, Sarah H Speers, James Graves and William Graves, or their representatives one dollar each. Item 6th I hereby appoint my son John N Graves my executor without bond and security.

            Given under my hand and seal this 30th of March 1877.


Sarah H Graves

Signed and sealed in our presence.
Geo S Glenn
J..B Glenn


Minute Book #14 Pages 579 and 580 Sept 1878

A paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Sarah H. Graves is presented to this court for probate and record. As it appearing from the testimony of George S. Glenn one of the subscribing witnesses who supposes upon oath that Sarah H. Graves is dead and that previous to her death, to wit the 30th of March 1877 in this county, she executed and published the proper aforesaid as her last will and testament; that her request in his presence and in the presence of both the subscribing witnesses they attested the same and that at the time she so executed and published said will she was of sound mind and disposing memory. Therefore this court receives and establishes said paper writing as the last will and testament of Sarah H. Graves and order that it be recorded and it appearing that as the 6th clause of said will John M. Graves is appointed executor thereof asset that he is exeronorated from giving bond and security for its execution; and thereupon he is qualified be taking upon himself the prescribed unto.