Magill of the Co. of Greene and State of Tennessee, farmer, being
in a bad state of of health but of perfect mind and memory thanks
be given unto God, calling unto mind the mortality of my body,
and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do
make and Ordain this my last Will and Testament . . .
That is to say, principally and first of all I give and recommend
my Soul into the hand of Almighty God that gave it and my body
I recommend to the earth, to be buried in decent Christian Burial
at the discretion of my Executors, nothing doubting but at the
general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty
Power of God. And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it
has pleased God to bless me in this life, I give, devise and
dispose of the same in the following manner and form ~
First I give and Bequeath to JEAN MAGILL my dearly beloved wife
the whole of my household furniture. Also her choice of Two milk
Cowes and Two Steers out of my stock of Cattle, and my riding
mare, her side saddle and bridle together with my negro woman
named JUDE, the whole of which I bequeath to her as her absolute
property, and also One Ewe and Lamb.
Secondly I give and bequeath unto SAMUEL MAGILL, WILLIAM MAGILL,
JAMES MAGILL, ROBART MAGILL, JOHN MAGILL, HUGH MAGILL and CHARLES
MAGILL my sons and ELIZABETH WALKER my daughter, wife to THOMAS
WALKER the residue of my Stock of cattle to be equally divided
Thirdly I give and bequeath unto my beloved Sons HUGH MAGILL
and CHARLES MAGILL the whole plantation on which I live for to
remain in One entire Tract untill they may agree to dispose of
it and then the mony or property from tence arising shall be
equally divided between them, reserving a comfortable living
for my dearly and well beloved wife JANE MAGILL out of the plantation
or of the profits arising therefrom at sale during her natural
Fourthly, I hereby make, constitute, ordain and appoint HUGH
MAGILL and CHARLES MAGILL my sole executors of this my last Will
and Testament and I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul
all and every former Testaments, Wills, and Bequests and executors
by me in anywayes before named, will and bequeathed.
Ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will
and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand
and Seal this 19th day of July in the year of our Lord 1806.
Signed, sealed, published, pronounced and declared by the said
WILLIAM MAGILL as his last Will and Testament in the presence
of us, who in his presence and in the presence of each other
have hereunto subscribed our names.
VALT. CALLAHAN, WILLIAM SHIELDS, JAMES SHIELDS.
To summarize, his
will dated 19 Jul 1806 at Greene Co., TN; farmer to wife, Jean
Magill, household furniture, 2 cows, 2 steers, mare, side saddle,
bridle, and negro woman named June. Children: Samuel, William,
James, Robert, John, Hugh, Charles, Elizbeth wife of Thomas Walker.
To sons Hugh and Charles plantation where I now live. Children
to receive cattle equally divided. Executors: Son Hugh and Charles
Magill. Witnesses: Nath. Callahan, William Shields, James Shields.
Signed: William Magill. He his will was probated, "The Last
Will and Testament of WILLIAM MAGILL, deceased was exhibited
in Court for probate. Whereupon came WILLIAM SHIELDS and JAMES
SHIELDS, two of the Subscribing witnesses thereto, and made Oath,
that they saw the said WILLIAM MAGILL sign, Seal, publish and
declare the same to be his last will and testament, and that
he was at the time of signing the same of sound and perfect mind
and memory to the best of their knowledge. Whereupon it is Ordered
that said Will be Recorded . . " on 28 Oct 1806 at Greene