David-TN-1840
David, Sampson-Campbell Co TN-Will
June 26, 1840     Book A

   I Sampson David of the town of Jacksborough and
State of Tennessee do make
and ordain this my Last Will and Testament and do
hereby dispose of all my
worldly goods and substances as follows, to wit 

...It is my will that my wife Martha at her death
may have full power and
authority at her death to dispose of all my
personal property, or money, bank
stock &c (my negro HA-- excepted) in any manner
she may
think proper.

   It is my will and desire that on the first day
of January one thousand eight
hundred and forty (1840) all the slaves I now hold
with their increase, or any
that I may hereafter buy (except such as I may in
the meantime choose to sell or
dispose of) be hired out by Trustees hereinafter
to be named, and that as soon
as the proceeds of their hire will be sufficient
to transport or send them to
some State or Colony, where freedom is allowed or
tolerated and slavery
forbidden that they be forthwith sent by my said
Trustees or any one of these,
should the balance [unsure here: "refuse to
send"?] 

   This provision I have made in this my will,
because I am of opinion that all
mankind should be free and to the end that this
part of my will be carried into
effect I do hereby appoint my friend John M.
Brabson of Tazwell Tennessee,
William [E?.] Mynott, James M. M. White, Clark T.
Barton, Drewry P. Armstrong &
Richard G. Dunlap of Knoxville Tennessee and
Joseph Hart of Jacksborough
Tennessee to act as Trustees as herein before
stated 

...and I do further authorize and empower my said
Trustees as aforesaid or any
one of them (in case others will not act) at the
death of my wife Martha David,
should it happen before the year 1840 to exercise
his or their discretion with a
view to produce an earlier emancipation of said
slaves, and it is my desire that
said Trustees be governed in the exercise of their
discretion by the good
conduct of my said slaves to my said wife Martha
during her lifetime, but that
discretion not to go beyond, or exceed the year
one thousand eight hundred &
forty.

   I do hereby appoint my wife Martha David sole
Executrix of this my last Will
& Testament Given under my hand & Seal this 26th
of April 1826.
Sampson David {Seal}


Contributed by: Pat Patterson, patpnyc@att.net