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This is a significant document. The date of it suggests that you should pursue this line of research, as according to the 1870 census, Eldridge was born approximately 1833, so he would have been living when the will was written. You need to search through court records for Hardeman County, to locate probate or estate records. If the copy of the will doesn't give Eldridge's age, the probate or estate records might. And you could use these records to help determine whether or not it was your ancestor who was mentioned in the will.

Furthermore, you need to follow up with the research by tracing Elizabeth's son, to see when he died. Did he die before the Civil War ended? Or did he leave a will that mentioned slaves? If he died after the war, did he mention any former servants? You might also want to look carefully at the names of the individuals who sold the land. If it looks like they are all related, then you should definitely look for probate and estate records for either Elizabeth or her son, John G. Chisolm who was executor of her estate. Since John G. was still living in Hardeman county in the 1870 census, you will want to begin looking after that date for his will.

And should you not find what you're looking for, you should also search for Elizabeth's husband, James Chisolm. He died prior to 1855, so you need to locate a will for him prior to that date.

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