Ellis-TN-1849
Ellis, James-Lincoln Co TN-Will
July 1849

   In the name of God amen. I James Ellis of Lincoln County
State of Tennessee being of sound mind and memory do make
and ordain this my last will and testament.

   In the first place I give and bequeath to my wife Dolly
Ellis all my real and personal Estate during her life time
with the exception of the fifty acre tract of land now
occupied by my daughter in law Judy Ellis and that fifty
acre tract of land I give and bequeath to my said daughter
in law Judy Ellis during her lifetime or widowhood 

   in the next place I give and bequeath to my grand
daughter Arena Ellis after the death of my wife my negro
girl PEGGY and my negro boy [THOM? THERN?]

   after paying to her sister Narcissa and Polly each fifty
dollars to belong to her and her children born of her body.
I give and bequeath to my grand daughter Narcissa Ellis and
her children born of her body my negro girl LUCY

   after the death of my wife. I give and bequeath to my
grand daughter Dolly Ellis and her children born of her body
my negro girl [CHANEY?]

   after the death of my wife. I give and bequeath to my
daughter in law Judy Ellis during her lifetime or widowhood
my negro girl SUCKEY and at her death or marriage

   I give and bequeath to my grandson William Ellis the said
negro girl SUCKEY and her off spring, and I give and
bequeath to my said grandson William Ellis all my land after
the death of my wife by paying to his sisters Narcissa
Walker and Polly Ellis one hundred dollars each

   after the death of my wife I wish my negro woman RACHEAL
to be free and have home on my land during her lifetime and
to have a cow and calf and a hog or two and I wish my
grandson William Ellis to have the care of her and see that
she does not suffer;

...In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal
this sixteenth day of August in the year of our Lord one
thousand eight hundred and forty five.

James Ellis codicil witness my hand and seal this sixth day
of August 1848.

Contributed by: Pat Patterson, patpnyc@att.net