Last Will and Testament of 
James Iles

 

I, James Iles of the County of Hamilton and State of Tennessee do make
and publish this as my Last Will and Testament.

     1st after all my just debts are paid. That my beloved wife Elender Iles
have during her natural life the farm on which I now live on, with all the
proceeds of the same and she have all my personal property and that
she dispose of the same or enough of it as will pay all my debts, and if
there is any remaining, she is to use it as it seems best to her.

     Second It is my wish and desire also that my beloved daughter
Leanaher J. Iles be educated and maintained out of the proceeds of the
farm until she arrives at the age of twenty one.  If she marrys before that
time it stops and when she arrives at the age of twenty one or marrys before
that time it is my desire that for the love I have for her, that she have out of
my property or the proceeds of the farm - That she have one bed and
furniture, one cow and calf and sow and pigs, one bed stand and one
sheep.  It is my desire that my beloved wife give her as near the amount
as she can, that I gave my other children, when they were married.  It is
also my desire if my beloved wife should die before my beloved  daughter
Leanaher J Iles arrive at the age of twenty one that my beloved  daughter
L. J. Iles have the proceeds of my farm until she is twenty one or if she
marrys before she arrives at twenty one it stops.  It is my will and desire
that at the death of my  beloved wife Elender Iles that my lands be
equally divided between my beloved children John Iles or his Heirs,
Nancy A. Elsea formerly Nancy Iles, Leanaher J. Iles or their heirs.  It is
also my desire that my beloved wife pay out of my property the amount of
a note executed by me and John Iles to J. H. Shipley, the dates and
amount  I misremember. As my beloved son John Iles has paid me, to
pay the whole amount of the debt. It is also my will at my death for the love
I have for my son John Iles that he have my Rifle Gun which Gun my
Executrix is not to take or numerate with the balance of my property.  It is
my desire that my wife have all the bounties and wages that is coming to
me from the government  by the death of my two sons and that she apply
the same to the payment of my debts.

     Lastly it is my will and desire for the confidence I have in my beloved wife
Elender Iles.  She be appointed Executrix of this my last will and testament
and that she is not to be required to five security as Executrix
Given under my hand and seal this August 9, 1868.
Attest:  J. B. Thomas
            James Barnes                                                James Iles


James Iles, Dec'd.,
Will proven

A paper writing purporting to be the Last Will and Testament of James
Iles decd., was presented to the court and J. B. Thomas and James
Barnes, the subscribing witnesses to the same appeared in open court
and were qualified according to Law, Deposed and said they were
acquainted with the deceased in his life time and that he called them
to witness the same as his last will and testament and that he was at the
time of making said will of sound mind and disposing memory.  It was
therefore ordered by the Court that the same be admitted to Probate and
recorded and filed and declared the last Will and Testament of James Iles, deceased. And it appearing to the court that Ellender Iles, was appointed
Executrix  in said Will without requiring bond, whereupon the said Ellender Iles
appeared in open court and was qualified as required by Law, and
ordered that letters testamentary issue.

Oct 14, 1868  -  November 18, 1868  The date not given on this
document but it is placed between documents dated above.

Submitted by Mary West
MEW0838@aol.com