[text of recently handwritten copy of document, which is not available for proofreading comparison; the copier notes that this is the "Will of Mary B. Tennille":]
In the name of God, Amen
I Mary B. Tennille widow of the county of Washington in the State of Georgia do make and declare this my last will and testament in manner and forms following. I resign my soul into the hands of Almighty God under the hope of a happy resurrection through the merits of my Redeemer, and my body I commit to the earth to be buried at the discretion of my executor herein after named. And my worldly estate I give and divide as follows.
First - I give and devise to my son Francis T. Tennille and his heirs forever in fee simple, my negro boy Moses now about thirteen years old, the large looking glass and mahogany dining table, a bed and furniture and bed stead and all the stock of cattle remaining at my death and also all of that tract, lot or parcel of land drawn by me at the division of the real estate of my deceased husband Francis Tennille in said county of Washington and known in the plan of the division made of the Estate by the commissioners as lot number eight and having the dwelling house and improvements and containing one hundred and six and a half acres. And my further will is that my said son Francis T. shall give to my youngest son Alexander Tennille two cows and calves and a horse and saddle when the said Alexander arrives at the age of twenty-one years.
Secondly - I hereby give and devise unto my said son Francis T. Tennille and his heirs my negro boy Joe now about eleven years old and also all of the right, title, interest, claim and demand which I have in and to my distributive shares of the real estate of my said deceased husband Francis Tennille situate lying in the county of Tatwall in Georgia and is yet undivided among the heirs and distributees of the said husband upon the trust and to and for the uses, ends, and intents and proposed hereinafter expected and declared of and concerning the same (that is to say) In trust to pay unto or permit and suffer my son Robert Tennille to receive and take the services, work and labor of the said negro boy, Joe, and also to take the rents ___ and profits of the said interest in said distributive share of land after deducting all legal taxes and other charges and outgoing attending the same for his own use and benefit during his natural life and from and immediately after his decease, my will and desire is that the said negro boy Joe and the said land be released, conveyed and approved by my said trustee and his heirs unto the children living at the time, of my said son Robert Tennille in fee simple.
Thirdly - I give and devise unto my daughter Mary Cullens wife of Wiley W. Cullens and her heirs forever my negro woman Harriett now about twenty-seven years old, in addition to what I have heretofore given her.
Fourthly - I give and devise to my son Algernon Sidney Tennille and his heirs forever my negro man name Going [?] now about forty years old, a yoke of steers, two heifers a bed and furniture and bedstead, also all of that tract or lot of land situate, lying and being in the county of Habersham in Georgia which was drawn by me known and distinguished as number ___ in the ___ district of said county.
Fifthly - I give and devise unto my youngest son Alexander Tennille and his heirs forever my negro boy name Joham now about six years old, a bed and furniture and bedstead.
Lastly - I give and devise all the rights, titles, interest or inheritance which I may hereafter have or inherit in and to any and all lands and all the property to all of my said above named children, equally to be divided between them share and share alike, with the exception that the share which may fall to my said son Robert shall go ___ and be held by my said trustee to and for the uses, intents and purposes as expressed and declared in the second clause of this my will. And I hereby nominate and appoint my son Francis T. Tennille the sole executor of this my will. And I do hereby revoke all wills at any time heretofore by me made and declare this only to be my last will and testament.
[handwritten note by A.T. Dix, written in 1943:]
This will is apparently only a copy as it was not signed nor dated. Mary B. (Mrs. Francis Tennille) lived many years after the death of her husband. She made her home with her eldest son Francis Tillman Tennille until her death in 1848. She was my great grandmother.
Copyright 2002 Gabriel Brooke, (website). Transcription and editing: John Thomas, (website). Design and production: Marc Kundmann, (website).