I Alexander Ewing of Davidson County in
the State of Tennessee do make and publish my last will and testament as
1st. I give to my beloved wife Sally during her natural life, one
third part of all the lands I possess in Davidson County including the
mansion house, out houses, and all other building on the tract of land
whereon I now reside to be laid off by my executors hereinafter
named. Also I give to her during her natural life the use of one-half of
the stock upon my farm and farming utensils to be divided by my said executors,
also the whole of the household and kitchen furniture with the exception
of beds and bed furniture which are to be equally divided by my said executors
between her and her three sons Alexander, Randal McGavock, and William
Black, taking into such division the beds and bed furniture which have
recently been given to Randal and Alexander or which may be given to them
previous to my death. It being my desire that my wife should not be restricted
in the disposition or sale of any of the above personal property bequeathed
to her aforesaid, but that she should sell or dispose of such part thereof,
as she may think necessary or proper. Also I give to her during her natural
life one-half of all the slaves of which I may die possessed except those
hereinafter specifically bequeathed to be divided by my said executors.
2nd. I give to my son James Ewing and his heirs forever a tract
of land on Smiths Fork of Caney Creek in Wilson County containing six hundred
and forty acres, also a tract of land on Elk river in Franklin County containing
six hundred and forty acres, also the slaves now in his possession, to
wit, George and Sarah his wife, Lucy, Polly, Peggy, Washington, and Jack
together with their increase. Also twenty-five shares of the capital stock
of the Bank of the State of Tennessee.
3rd. I give to my son Alexander Ewing and his heirs forever one-half
of the tract of land in Williamson County near Franklin containing five
hundred and thirty-eight acres; also two Lots or parts of lots in the town
of Nashville on Water Street which were conveyed by Hall and W. Nairy to
C. Stump, by him to Thomas Shute, and by him to me, also the following
slaves: Andrew and his wife Milly and her children, Cynthia
excepted, also Tom, Phillis, Henry, and Rhoda--also twenty-five shares
of the capital stock of the Bank of the State of Tennessee.
4th. I give to my son Randal McGavock Ewing and his heirs forever
the other half of said tract of land of five hundred and thirty-eight acres
to be equally divided as to quality and quantity between him and Alexander
by my said executors should I not make a division between them in my lifetime.
Also a part of Lot no. 6 in the town of Nashville on Water Street including
Stump's Warehouse which was conveyed by James Trimble also by Thomas Shute
to me. Also the following slaves, to wit, Caesar and China his wife and
her children, also Phoebe, Ezekial, Bob and Judy--also 50 shares of the
bank stock of the Nashville Bank.
5th. I give to my son William Black Ewing and his heirs forever
the tract of land whereon I now live in Davidson County containing about
five hundred acres subject to the life estate of my beloved wife therein
before mentioned; also sixty acres of land on Stones River in Rutherford
County, also the other half of the stock on my farm, and farming utensils,
also upon the death of my beloved wife the stock, farming utensils, household
and kitchen furniture which may then remain on my farm, the use and disposition
of which is bequeathed to her as aforesaid, also the other half of my slaves
of which I may die possessed as aforesaid with the exception of those
specifically bequeathed and upon the death of my beloved wife the said
slaves and their increase which are bequeathed to her during her lifetime,
are to be equally divided by my said executors between my said sons Alexander,
Randal McGavock, and William Black, also I give to my son William B. fifty
shares of the capital stock of the Nashville Bank.
6th. I give to my grandson, Alexander Ewing McGavock, and his
heirs forever a tract of land containing 320 acres on Loosa Hatchee River
in the eleventh district in Range 2 Sec. 4.
7th. I give to my grandson Oscar Smith Ewing and his heirs forever
a tract of land containing three hundred acres in the eleventh district
in Range 3 Sec. 7.
8th. I give to my grandaughter Nancy Kent McGavock and her heirs
forever my negro girl slave named Cynthia and her increase provided my
said grandaughter should live to attain the age of eighteen years or should
marry, but should neither of these events happen the said slave and her
increase are to be divided with the residue of my estate hereinafter mentioned.
9th. I give to my son William B. my gold watch.
10th. All the rest and residue of my lands not herein before
specifically divided, I give to my sons James, Alexander, Randal McGavock,
and William Black and their heirs forever.
11th. All the rest and residue of my personal estate of every
description not herein specifically bequeathed after the payment of my
just debts I give and bequeath to my beloved wife and my sons Alexander,
Randal McGavock, and William Black and their heirs forever.
12th. All the aforesaid devises and bequests to my son Alexander
Ewing are to depend on the contingency that he does not marry Sarah Jefferson,
and in the event that he should not comply with my desire in that particular
and should marry her, he is to take nothing under this will but all and
every the devises and bequests to him are thereupon to vest in my sons
Randal McGavock and William Black and their heirs, and lastly I do hereby
constitute and appoint my friends Alvin B. Hayes and William L. Brown and
my son Alexander Ewing Executors of this my last will and testament hereby
revoking all others by me heretofore made. In the division of that part
of my estate respecting which my son Alexander is a legatee or devisee
he is not to act. And I do hereby direct that my said executors shall not
be required to give bond and security previous to their taking Letters
Testamentary. Vc Witness my hand and seal this 6th February 1822.
Signed, sealed, published and declared in the presence
Robert W. Green
State of Tennessee Davidson County Court April
A paper purporting to be the last will and testament
of Alexander Ewing deceased was produced in open court and proved thus.
Jacob MacGavock and Robert W. Green two of the subscribing witnesses being
duly sworn say they became such in the presence of the testator and at
his request and that they believe he was in his right mind at the time
of the executing said paper writing. It is therefore ordered that the same
be entered of record as such will of said Alexander Ewing deceased and
thereupon Alvin B. Hayes, William Brown, and Alexander Ewing Ins. The executors
named in said will came into court and qualified as such ordered that
they have letters testamentary granted to them.
Text of the Inventory of Alexander's
Estate made after his death and the execution of his Will