I, William M. May do make and publish this my last
will and testament, hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me at
any other time made.
1st. I direct all my debts to be paid as soon
after my death as possible out of any money that I may die possessed of or may
first come into the hands of my Executrix and Exors.
2nd. I give and bequeath to my sons Marcellus A.
May and Charles May one negro each of the value of six hundred dollars each,
or the amount in money, whichever in the judgment of my Executrix and Exor.
may think most con...ive [?] to the interest of the estate.
3rd. I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary S.
may also one negro of the same value or amount in money, subject in like
manner to the discretion of my Executrix and Exor. as stated above.
4th. It is my will and desire that the foregoing
legacies be ...[?]... off and paid over to my sons Marcellus A. and Charles
May also to my daughter Mary S. May by my Executrix and Exor. by the 25th day
Dec. next or as soon thereafter as the present crop may be brought to a close.
5th. It is my will and desire that all the
remaining portion of my estate, both ...[?]... and personal to be kept
together by my Executrix and Exor. to be managed by them as heretofore for the
support and maintenance of the family and for the education of such of my
children who remain uneducated at this time.
6th. It is my will and desire that each of my
children not named above upon their arriving at the age of twenty one years or
intermarries, be entitled to and receive from my Executrix and Exor. one negro
each of the value of six hundred dollars, or the amount in money as in this judgment
may seem best to comport with the interests of the Estate.
7th. It is my will and desire that in the event of
intermarriage of my wife Catherine M. May that she be only entitled to one
third of the ...[?]...[may be "remaining"] portion of my estate
during her natural life and the balance to be equally divided between my
surviving children, viz. Marcellus
A., Chas., Samuel, Powhattan and William
May, also my daughters Mary S., Lucy E., Nancy M., Virginia W. & Catherine
8th. It is my will and desire that upon the death
of my wife Catherine May that all the remaining property of the Estate be
equally divided among my children as before named.
9th. It is my will and desire that my grand
daughter Mary Anderson be entitled to and receive from my Executrix Exor. the
same amount of my estate as my other children before named.
10th. And lastly I do nominate and appoint my wife
Catherine M. May and my son Samuel May my Executrix and Executor to this my
last will and testament, and for the love and confidence I (?) in them it is
my will and desire that the court do not hold them to give security for the
faithful performance of the trust herein (?).
In witness whereof I do to this my will (?) my
hand and seal this 9th day of August 1845.
Wm. M. May
Signed, sealed and published in our presence and
we have subscribed our names in the presence of the testator this 9th day of
A. L. Green
W. M. Poor
? (Collin?) Turner
State of Tennessee
November term of the county court of said county
Monday November 3rd 1845. The following appears of record: A written
instrument purported to be the last will and testament of William M. May Decd.
was produced in court and the execution thereof was proven by the ... of A. J.
Green and W. M. Poor subscribing witnesses thereto they first being duly
sworn, deposed and .. that they were acquainted with the said William M. may
Testator and that he acknowledged the s..(?) their presence to be his last
will and testament, and they believe he was in sound and ...(?) mind and
memory at the time of signing the ...(?)....
and that they signed the same in his presence and
as witnesses. And therefore come into open court Catherine May Executrix and
Samuel M. May Executor appointed in ...(?)... of William M. May decd. and was
duly qualified to act as Executor of said will, and ordered to be ...(?) of
A true copy from the minutes.
J. Koonce, Clerk
by Geo. W. Adams, DClk
W. C. Loving, Clk.