Will and Testament of
Samuel L. Davis
Transcribed and Submitted by Donna Barnes
I, S. L. Davis, of Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee, being of sound mind and disposing memory, do make and publish this my last Will and testament, hereby revoking and making void all former Wills by me at any time made.
I. I direct that all my just debts, including funeral expenses, be paid by my executrix hereinafter named as soon after my Death as may be practicable.
II. I will, devise and bequeath unto my beloved wife, for and during her life, my farm situated in the first civil district of James County consisting of about 233 acres, and known as the "Lower William Murphy farm" with remainder to Nellie Clift, J. T. Davis, Mary Lane, Jack Davis and Lillian Lovell, my brothers and sisters; it being my intention to give said farm to my said wife for life only and after her death that it shall go to my said brothers and sisters, above named, share and share alike;
III. I give and bequeath unto Annie Vesta Watkins, the sum of One Thousand Dollars; which shall be paid to her only when the life estate of my said wife in the farm terminates. Said One Thousand Dollars, shall be paid to said Annie Vesta Watkins by my said brothers and sisters out of the farm above described and shall be a charge upon said farm, and shall be paid to said Annie Vesta Watkins before the estate remaindermen shall take possession of said farm and if they shall fail to pay said One Thousand Dollars; then I direct that said farm be sold, and that said One Thousand Dollars be paid to said Annie Vest Watkins, out of the proceeds of sale, and that the balance be divided between my five brothers and sisters above named.
lV. All the rest and residue of my estate of every Kind and description, real personal and mixed, including cash on hand or on deposit, notes, and accounts, I give and bequeath to my said wife Nannie Davis; it being my intention to make my said wife the sole residuary legatee and devisee of my estate.
V. I nominate and appoint my said wife, Nannie Davis, as sole executrix of this my last Will and testament, and direct that she be permitted to qualify as such without bond or other security.
Witness my hand this January 25, 1915
S. L. Davis
Signed by the said S L Davis as and for his last Will and testament, in the presence of us, the undersigned, who at his request and in his sight and presence, and in the presence of each other, have subscribed our names hereto as attesting Wittnesses, on the day and date above written.
E. H. Mallett
Daniel D. Quinn
Filed April 28, 1915
Probate Record 16-353
From FHL microfile #1940267