Davidson County, Tennessee
Grizzard Family Wills of Davidson County
Grizzard Wills of Davidson County, TN
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A. C. Grizzard Davidson County TN Book 35 page 98
I Ambrose C. Grizzard of the County of Davidson and State of Tennessee being of sound mind and memory but in feeble health do make and publish this to be my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills is any made by me.
First I direct that all my just debts including funeral expenses and the expenses of administration be paid by my executors.
Second, During the remainder of my life the portion of my property that I desire my relations to have. I expect to hand it to them in person and all that I may die possessed of both real and personal I desire to give where I think it will do the most good and as I have been a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church for a number of years and desiring to help the cause of Christ all I can and believing as I do. I will and bequeath the remainder of my property both real and personal to the Board of Missions of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church to be used by said board where they in their judgment think it will do the most good for the cause of my Lord and master.
Third, I hereby nominate and appoint my executor to this my last will.
Witness my hand and seal this 27 day of February, 1896.
Signed A. C. Grizzard
Signed by the testator Ambros C. Grizzard as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as attesting witnesses this 27 day of February 1896. A. R. Mathis, E A. Mathis witnesses
State of Tennessee Davidson County Court January (6) Term 1899 A paper written purporting to be the last will and testament of A. C. Grizzard, deceased was produced in open Court for probate and proven heirs A. R. Mathis and E. A. Mathis the two subscribing witnesses thereto being first duly sworn deposed and said that they became such at the request and in the presence of the testation and of each other and they truly believe he was of sound and disposing mind and memory at the time of executing the same.
It is therefore ordered by the Court that said paper writing be admitted to record as the last will and testament of A. C. Grizzard, deceased.
Grizzard, Edney Davidson County, TN Will Book 10, 1853-55, page 69.
Will of Edney Grizzard, August 8, 1850.
I Edney Grizard do make and publish this my last will and Testament hereby revoking and making null and void all other wills by me at any time made.
1st: I direct that my funeral expenses and debts be paid out of the first money that comes unto the hand of my executor.
2nd: I bequeath to my son William Grizard a negro girl named Adeline and her increase.
3rd: I also five and bequeath to my son H.A. Grizard a negro boy named George.
4th: My will and desire that my son William Grizard at my death take possession of my negro girl Dicey and hire her out to the best advantage and appropriate that the proceeds of her hire to my son John Grizard during his life and at his death my will is that the said Dicey and her increase if any be sold and the money equally divided between John Grizard's) children (Annually?) William, John, Mary and Frances.
5th: My will is that my son William Grizard also take possession at my death of my negro girl Margaret and hire her out to the best advantage and appropriate the proceeds of her hire to Ambrose Grizard and his family __ furnishing clothing and possessions and at Ambrose Grizard's death, the said girl Margaret and her increase if any, to be kept in the hands of a trustee to be hired out in the usual way and the proceeds to be appropriated to his heirs except his son William Grizard.
6th: I give and bequeath to my grandchildren, the children of my daughter Nancy Jones, (viz) Alfred, Sarah, Edney, Abigail, James, Hinton, Martin, John or Jones? and Lucinda my negro ___ Ann and her increase to be divided when the youngest of all the above named children shall become of age.
7th: I bequeath to my grandchildren, the children of my daughter Edney Holt dec'd (viz -Manervia, Joseph, David, Mary, Edney, Francis, James, Elizabeth, and Laracy my negro named Sophia and child and increase which woman and child and other increase I desire at my death to be placed under the control of my executors and managed to the best advantage until the youngest of said children become of age or marries at which time I desire said woman and increase to be equally divided and provided that David Holt continues ___ on any of the rest of said children should not be doing ___ in managing their affairs it is my desire that their share be ____ be placed in the hands of a trustee to be managed for their benefit.
8th: I give and bequeath to my daughter Abigail Johnson and the heirs of her body my negro girl Betty and her increase.
9th: I bequeath to my granddaughter Luracy I. Holt my or one large bed furniture and twenty dollars.
10th: It is my desire that my woman Early? be sold and also her children; Caroline, Wilson and Joseph __ to be sold and after that is done appropriated that balance to be divided between my grandchildren of my son Major Grizzard and my daughters Mary Wilks, Lucy Utley and Elizabeth Nowington (?) except Zebulon Utley, Gabriel Utley and Lucinda Utley and William and Albert Wilks each I will $1.00. also I except the daughter of Major Grizard named Mary to whom I bequeath the sum of one dollar and the balance to be divided among the children no above named equally.
11th: It is my will and desire that my stock and house hold and kitchen furniture be sold and the proceeds with any other money which may come into the hands of my executor be appropriated as follows, twenty dollars to my grandson Major son of Ambrose Grizard and the balance to be appropriated to my grandchildren that my executors may think in the most needy condition.
12th: I hereby give notice to my heirs that my rent? has been regularly paid.
13th: I hereby nominate and appoint Dr. A. G. Goodlet and my sons William and H. A. Grizard my executors in witness hereof I do this will set my hand and seal this 8th day of August 1850.
Signed with her mark.
Will of Greenville D. Grizzard Davidson County, TN Will Book 32 page 526
To those whom it may concern Be it known that G. D. Grizzard being of sound mind and impressed with the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death do cause to be made and acknowledge this as my last will and testament to wit;
After the expiration of sixty days from the date of my death I desire and direct that my executors shall sell if not sold before at public ___ to the highest bidder, and on terms that they may amicably agree to be most advantageous the following property, house and lot No 11, house and lot No. 13, and lot No., 12 all on College Street; and houses and lots No 14 and 15 on Cherry Street and house and lot No 26 on Cherry and coffee Streets; all the above being situated in the 13 District of Davidson County, Tennessee and in Wood's addition to Nashville. After ___ upon these sales and after paying all necessary expenses (line missing) Seventy five dollars in cash and to divide the remainder in the following manner-first pay ($350.00)Three Hundred Fifth dollars to each of the following persons to wit: William T. Grizzard, my grandson Henry Smith, my granddaughter Gertrude Grizzard, Ella Barr, Dora Willard, Mollie Grier and the 2 children of heirs Edna Flethcher, Joe Gower and Lizzie Gardner (these two receiving their mother's share) A similar amount having been previously bestowed upon my daughter Susan Goddard. The balance I desire and direct to be paid equally and in the same manner to the above heirs including Susan Goddard.
For and in consideration of the love I bear for my wife Martha A. Grizzard, I hereby give and bequeath to her for life, lot and double house # 36 lot and double house # 37 and house on # 35 Charlotte Pike Bosticks 2nd, Addition to Nashville the income of which property offers, paying taxes, insurance and all necessary repairs is to be hers solely, and at her death I desire the property herein be sold and after paying all necessary expenses be equally divided between the heirs above mentioned-Joe Gower and Lillie Gardner to receive one share between them.
And last I hereby appoint my wife Martha A. Grizzard and J. B. Murray executors of this my last will and testament, and request them to scrupulously carry out its provisions. Signed in the presence of the witnesses below on this 27th day of October 1888. G. D. Grizzard
Witness: David S. Page and James T. Evins
Codicil: In justice to Susan Goddard, I desire to change the above, my last will and testament so that she share equally with the rest of he legatees the debit of #350 mentioned above to be and is hereby canceled January 15, 1890. G. D. Grizzard
Witness: David S. Page and S. E. Cox
Codicil: Since making the above will, Dora Willard, one of the legatees having died and the question having arisen as to whether there two children would receive her part of my estate as bequeathed above, I now wish to state that is my wish to state that it is my will that the said two children shall receive their mother's interest as set out above.
I hereby make the same bequest as to my grandson Henry Smith-that is that he receive his fathers interest under my will. February 2nd, 1892. G. D. Grizzard Witness: David S. Page and E. S. McClure
State of Tennessee Davidson County Court, November term 1894.
A paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of G. D. Grizzard was presented in open court by E. S. McClure, David J. Page and S. E. Cox, J. T. Evins the subscribing witnesses thereto being first duly sworn depose and say that they became such at the request and in presence of the testator and they verily believe he was of sound and disposing mind and memory at the time of executing the same. It is therefore ordered that said paper writing be admitted to record as the last will and testament of G. D. Grizzard Deceased.
H. A. Grizzard Davidson County, TN Book 26 pages 493-494
This is to certify that I H. A. Grizzard being of sound mind do this day make my last will and testament, to wit, will and bequeath to Mrs., Abbee Johnson (my sister), a tract or parcel of land bounded as follows: on the south by Emma Hudson, on the north by Rufus or Russ Trinrz?, East by LTPC, H. L. and S. E. RR , west by William Cartwright. The above said property I will and bequeath to said Abbee Johnson during the remainder of her life, the rent on said property to be collected annually and appropriated to her wants. At the death of said Abbee Johnson, the above described property is hencly conveyed to James Johnson's heirs by first wife to wit: Alfred Rush, Mollie Patsey and Asie? being deceased after the said-Johnson by his first wife. Also all my household furniture in like manner will and bequeath to the aforesaid Mrs. Abbie Johnson and at her death be equally divided between the above described heirs of the said James Johnson. Several lots of plats of land situated in the village of Goodlettsville of the State of Tennessee and of the County of the boundary lined are as follows: lot no. 1 bounded on North by B. G. Myers, on the west by the Estates of Robert Cartwright and Dr. E. Mathes, on the south by Patton Roscoe on the east by Louisville P. Lot number 2, bounded on the east by St. L and S. E. RR South by Robert Tunez, west by a lot belonging to the estate of Robert Cartwright on North by Long Hollow Pike. Lot number 3 bounded on the north south and east by Dr. Burns, west by L. Pike. Lot number 4, now occupied by Tac Roscoe and George Grizzard both old? bounded as follows; on south by Patton Roscoe, east by same, north by Long Hollow Pike west by St. L and S. E. RR. All of the above described lots situated in the said Goodlettsville be sold.
Also my horses consisting of one bay horse mane sorrel, one dark bay colt, one bay horse now at John Grizzard, also three head of cattle of cattle now at my brother William Grizzard's all they bring ____ twenty nine dollars to be divided with said bro. William Grizzard.
I will and bequeath to Sohpa Regan daughter of John Watson of the Western District of Tennessee, said Sopha being a micufony?? wife, five hundred dollars. Also will and bequeath to Molly Johnson, daughter of James Johnson my gold watch, also what silver money she had in her possession belonging to me. All of my personal property money and notes except on held against brother William Grizzard, dated about March 1896 he to have benefit of said note, at his death said note to be paid out of his estate to the heirs of said James Johnson, their heirs which have been heretofore described one to be so invested as the executor of this my last will and testament may think best. Witness my hand and seal this July 30, 1878. Signed H. A. Grizzard, his mark
Witnesses: J. M. M. Johnson A. C. Grizzard A. R. Johnson
page 495. State of Tennessee, Davidson County, August Term 1883. A paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of H. A. Grizzard was produced in open court for probate and proven thus; J. M. M. Johnson and A. C. Grizzard the subscribing witnesses thereto, being first duly sworn depose and say that they became such at the request and with the presence of the testator and they verily believe he was of sound and disposing mind and memory at the time of executing the same. It is therefore ordered by the court that said paper writing be admitted to record as the last will and testament of H. A. Grizzard, deceased.
Mrs. Martha A. Grizzard Davidson County, TN Minute Book 10, page 478
I Martha A. Grizzard of Nashville, TN do hereby make and publish this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me at any time made.
I I desire that my executor, as soon after my death as practicable, shall sell all of the property, real personal and mixed of every kind and description (except wearing apparel), of which I may die seized and possessed, upon such terms as he may deem for the best interests of my estate.
II Out of the proceeds arising from the sale of said property as herein directed, it is my desire that all my just debts be first paid.
III I will and devise unto my daughter Mary E. Greer, wife of N. H. Greer of Loudoun, TN the sum of Fifty Dollars ($50.00).
IV It is my will that the remainder of my said estate be equally divided between my five children, namely; the said Mary E. Greer, Ella N. Barr, wife of W. H. Barr of Seattle, Washington State, William Grizzard of Nashville, Tennessee, Edna Fletcher and Susan Goddard. But is my desire that the bequest to Ella N. Barr shall revert to my estate in the event that she should die before coming into possession of same.
V I have this day placed in the hands of W. H. Fletcher one hundred and fifty dollars ($150.00), and it is my will that the said W. H. Fletcher shall hold said sum as Trustee for my son William Grizzard, and on the death of the said William Grizzard, it is my desire that the said sum, or so much thereof as may be necessary, shall be expended in defraying his funeral expenses, any residue to be paid to his family.
VI I hereby appoint W. H. Fletcher of Nashville, TN as the executor of this my last will and testament.
In witness whereof, I have signed and sealed and published and declared this instrument as my last will, done at Nashville Tennessee October 17, 1905. Signed by her mark, Martha Grizzard
The said Martha A. Grizzard, at Nashville, Tenn., on the said day of October 17, 1905 signed and sealed this instrument, and published and declared the same as and for her last will. And we, at her request, and in her presence, and in the presence of each other, have here unto affixed our names as subscribing witnesses.
Witnesses: Bettie Vaughn and J. E. Leach
Jeremiah Grizzard Davidson County, TN Recorded August 1830, page 574-6
I Jeremiah Grizzard being weak in body but in sound mind do make this my last will and testament as follows that is to say. First after my funeral expenses are paid I wish my wife Betsy to have a good and comfortable support out of my estate during her natural life. I will and bequeath to William M. Harwood and Sally his wife Eleven hundred and fifth dollars as their full share of my estate in an obligation which William M. Harwood gave to account for fifteen hundred dollars in consideration of the land where he now lives having the sum of three hundred and fifty dollars to be paid to the other heirs by him.
The balance of my estate which I may have at my death I wish to be equally divided between the balance of my children without reference to what they have heretofore received and that Elizabeth Carter have the or ten acres of land whereon she now lives. I nominate and appoint Edmund Grizzard, James Grizzard, Zachariah Noell, Jesse W. Grizzard and Jack R. Smith my executors to this my last will and testament in writing whereof I have henceto set my hand and seal this 25th day of August 1830. Signed Jeremiah Grizzard Test: T. W. Everett and James Buckannan
R. W. Grizzard Davidson County, TN, Minute Book II, page 605
Knowing the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death and not wishing to die intestate, I hereby make my last will and testament.
First - I desire that all my debts be paid and I hereby empower my Executor to sell the following piece of property, or such a part of them as may be necessary, for that purpose; No. 5 Academy Street - I20 feet- No. 5 North Meridian St. A house and lot in Goodlettsville adjoining the Presbyterian parsonage, vacant lot at Edgefield Junction known as Owen lot, and also 4/5 undivided interest in 50 acres lying on Manskers and Madison Creeks in Sumner County.
Second - My executors may sell such part of my live stock and other farm produocts as they may see fit, except my driving horse Beauty to go to my wife and my driving horse Jack and Nelly coly to go to my young daughter Mabel.
I hare advanced certain amounts to my children as hereinafter set out.
Mrs. Bernice Cotton $300.00 R. W. Grizzard, Jr. $2200.00 Hinton Earl Grizzard $1600.00 Allen Grizzard $1000.00 Ewing Grizzard $100.00 Mabel Grizzard $100.00
After making all of the others equal with myson R. W. Grizzard Jr. I desire that the remainder shall be equally divided between my wife Anna F. Grizzard and my six children above named. Said Division not to be made until my youngest daughter Mabel arrives at the age of twenty one years.
I hereby appoint my sons R. W. Grizzard jr., Hinton Earl Grizzard, and Allen Grizzard my executors to carry out the provisions of the will without bond.
Written and signed this 6th day of June 1908
R. W. Grizzard
William Grizzard Davidson County, TN, Will Book 28 pages 227-229
I William Grizzard of Daivdson County, State of Tennessee, being of sound mind and memory and considering the uncertainties of life do therefore make ordain and publish to the world this my last will and testament.
First, That my just and honest debts be paid.
Second, I reserve one acre of land where my family are buried, for the free use of my family and connection as a burial ground. Said burial place to be free forever.
Third, I want a good substantial plain rock fence around the above named burial ground.
Fourth, This is to certify that I have given to the following named heirs the amount affixed to their names. L. H. Grizzard $1000.00, Greenville Grizzard $1000.00, Ambrose Grizzard $1000.00, to Mrs. Mary Wilson $1000.00, Alfred Grizzard $1000.00, Joshua Neely heirs $1000.00. By my daughter Celia Hunter Perry's heirs, by my daughter Sallie $1000.00, John Grizzard $1000.00, Christopher Grizzard $1000.00. To the heirs of my daughter Mrs. Martha Hamblen $1500.00 before there is any division of my estate.
Fifth, At my death all of my property is to be sold and converted into money except one acre reserved above for a burial ground, which monies after $1500.00 has been paid to Mrs. Martha Hamblen's heirs is to be equally divided between the following named heirs: L. H. Grizzard heirs, Greenville Grizzard, Ambrose Grizzard, Alfred Grizzard, Mrs. Celia Neely's heirs, Mrs. Sallie Perry's Heirs, John Grizzard, Mrs. Martha Hamblen's heirs, Christopher Grizzard Heirs. I except the following named heirs who are indicated to my estate the amounts affixed to their names. Christopher Grizzard heirs $300.00. Mrs. Sallie Perry's heirs $700.00 John Grizzard $700.00, Joshua Neeley's heirs $400.00 and Alfred Grizzard $250.00
Sixth, I will to my daughter, Mrs. Mary Wilson, Two promissory notes against her son William Wilson and one promissory note against her son Daniel Wilson.
Seventh, I will that James Sutor and others who bought my Ridge Land that they will be allowed two years after my death to pay the note I hold against them unless they drawn their pension money.
Eight, I hereby appoint my son Ambrose Grizzard and W. H. Dismukes to be executors of this my last will and Testament without bond.
Witness my hand and seal this July 25th 1882. Signed William Grizzard by his mark.
Attes; A. D. Cloyd and W. N. Dismukes
Page 229: State of Tennessee, Davidson County Court, October Term 1884
A paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of William Grizzard, Deceased was produced in open Court. After probate and proved this A. G. Cloyd and W. H. Dismukes the subscribing witnesses thereto being first duly sworn depose saying that they became such at the request and in the presence of the testator and they verily believe that he was of sound and disposing mind and memory at the time of executing the same.
It is therefore ordered by the Court that said paper writing be admitted to record as the last will and testament of William Grizzard deceased.