Signed 17 Sept 1844, Probated in Feb. Term of Court, 1854
I, John Fields, being in my right mind do publish this my last will and testament
hereby revoking and making void all other wills by me made.
1st. It is my will and
desire for my wife Martha to have and to keep my land and live thereon and have
all my property together in during her natural live or widowhood.
It is also my will and desire for my two daughters Martha and Freelove to live
with their mother, also Mary Kennedy and her little children while they remain
It is moreover my will and desire for my wife Martha to dispose of my surplus
stock that she may have to the best advantage for her and the above named familys
It is my will and desire after the death or widowhood of my wife Martha for all
my property both real and personal to be sold to the highest bidder except my
land if my two daughters Freelove and Martha should live or remain single at the
death of my wife Martha in that case. Should it be, it is my will and desire for
them to live on said land and be entitled to all the privileges thereon while
they remain single or live. If they should marry or die, then it is my will for
the land to be sold as the above named property and the proceeds equally divided
among the heirs of my body, except Bennett Fields and Nancy Beamon. They have
had some propertys and some of the rest have had some.
It is my will and desire for those that have had nothing, to have equal with those
that have had and thus an equal division among them all.
It is my will and desire for the part that would be going to Edmond Beamon I bequeath
to the heirs of his body to be equally divided amongst them to wit: Ridley, Martha,
Sension, Freelove and Nancy Ann Frances, the heirs of Nancy Beamon.
I do hereby appoint John Fields and Seth Fields as executors to this my last will
and testament. In witness whereof I do to this my last will set my hand and seal
day of September, 1844.
(seal) John Fields
Signed, sealed and published in our presence and we have subscribed our names
in presence of the testator this 17th
day of September, 1844.
James M. Coly
John C. Freeman
State of Tennessee, Henry County Court, term 1854
This the foregoing will was exhibited in open court and thereupon stated. James
M. Coly, one of the subscribing witnesses thereto who after being duly sworn according
to law says that he was personally acquainted with John Fields, the testator,
that he saw him sign and heard him acknowledge the same to be his last will and
testament with all its erasures. That he was at the time of so doing of sound
and diffusing mind and memory and that he signed the same in the testator's presence
and at his request as a witness. And it was ordered to be so certified and recorded.
Robt. Simmons?, Clerk
Will sent by Debbie Fields Murphy (c) Apr. 8, 2005
msdfields AT earthlink.net
The will was transcribed from a microfilm copy found in the Henry Co. TN Library
in Paris TN.
John Fields, Sr. was the father of Bennett Fields, Sr. whose will is all ready