Davidson County, Tennessee
James Menees Will
Grant for service in the Continental Line and 1797 Deed of Land
James MENEES (Dec'd) Will Recorded November 8, 1837
Submitted by: Linda Katherine Jenkins-Wensel, firstname.lastname@example.org
I, James MENEES of the county of Davidson and State of Tennessee, being sound in mind do hereby publish and declare the following to be my last will and testament first, 1. I wish immediate sale made of all my property except what shall be hereafter named on a credit of twelve months. 2. I then wish the money arising from such sale with all the notes and accounts due me divided into eight equal parts and the heirs of my daughter Elender CORHOVN Dec'd., to have one eight including the notes I hold against them. 3. I give to my daughter Nancy McFARLAND one eight of the above money except three hundred dollars two which hundred I give to Elizabeth DAVIS my granddaughter the other hundred I give to James DAVIS my grandson. 4. I give to my daughter Margaret WRAY one eight of the above and wish it to be divided into four parts between herself and three children. 5. I give to the heirs of my daughter Susan STANBY one eight of the above money. 6. I give to my son John MENEES one eight of the above money. 7. I give to my daughter Mary WRAY one eight part of the above. 8. I give to the heirs of my daughter Elizabeth HORN Dec'd., one eight of the above money to be equally divided among each of the _and do hereby charge my granddaughter Mildred NI__BY of having received seventy five dollars of her part of the above eight. I also charge Stephen HORN of receiving Ninety five dollars of the above eight. 9. I give to my daughter Jane WHITSELL one eight of the above money she being chargable with what her husband owes me in bonds and accounts. I do hereby constitute and appoint James WHITSELL, Samuel WHITSELL, JohnMENEES, J.R. DABBS and James THOMAS Executors of this my last will and testament. Given under my hand and seal this the third of September Eighteen hundred and thirty three.
Witness Alex WALKER, Samuel NEELY
James (his mark) MENEES (Seal)
Grant for service in the Continental Line (Davidson Co...but when it was North Carolina).
James Menees Territory of the United States Nov. 19th 1792
State of North Carolina No. 298. To all to whom these presents shall come Greeting know ye that we found in consideration of the sum of ten pounds for every hundred acres hereby granted paid into our treasury by James Menees, have given and granted and by these presents do give and grant unto James Menees a track of land containing six hundred and forty acres lying and being in our County of Davidson on the west side of Mill Creek. Beginning on a dogwood on Thomas Hardimans south boundary line. Then west three hundred and ten poles to a poplar, then North to the beginning. With all woods, woods waters, mines, minerals, hereditments and appurtenances to the said land belonging or appertaining. To hold to the said James Menees his heirs and assigns forever. Which land was surveyed for the said MeneesJune 9th 1788. Agreeable to warrant No. 78. Located Jan 12th 1784. The grant signed Alexander Martin With seal of the date pendant. Dated Nov. 17, 1790 Countersigned Jas. Glasgow Secretary Test. Andrew Ewing D.R.
James Menees Territory of the United States Nov. 19th 1792
State of North Carolina No. 298. To all to whom these presents shall come Greeting know ye that we pursuant to an act of our General Assembly entitled an act for the relief of the officers and soldiers of the Continental line and in consideration of the services of James Meneesone of the Commissioners Guards and have given granted and by these presents do give and grant unto James Menees a track of land containing three hundred and twenty acres, lying and beginning in our County of Davidson on the west side of Mill Creek. Beginning at a walnut on the east Boundary of his preemption and on the west bank of Mill Creek, running thence up creek east two hundred and ten poles. Thence continued south sixteen east one hundred and forty three poles to a black oak, south seventy eight poles to a hornbeam, thence west two hundred and fifty poles to a black oak, thence north two hundred and fourteen poles to the beginning. With all woods, waters, mines, minerals, hereitaments, and appurtenances to the said land belonging or appertaining. To hold to the said James Menees his heirs and assigns forever. Which land was surveyed for the said Menees June 9th 1788. By John Buchanan D.S. Agreeable to warrant no. 418. The Grant signed Alexander Martin with the seal of the state pendant. Dated Nov. 16, 1790 Countersigned J. Glasgow Secretary Test. Andrew Ewing D.R.
Mary and William WRAY Nov. 3, 1797
To all whom these presents shall come I James MENEES do send greeting. Know ye that I the James MENEES of the county of Davidson and state of Tennessee for and in consideration of the love good will and affection that I have and do bear to my daughter Mary WRAY and to my soninlaw William WRAY in the county and state ??ofsd?? have given and granted and do hereby these presents freely grant unto them ?ofid? their heirs and three hundred and twenty acres of land in the county and state of ?ofid? lying in Neely's bend on the west side of Cumberland river ?boundering? as follows. Beginning on the River Bank a little above opposite the mouth of Stones River at a corner Between William WHITSELL and James MENEES, thence North Three hundred and forty poles to a hickory, then south sixty degr's. West two hundred and eighty four poles to the river hence up the meanders of the river to the beginning. Which land I do freely give to them and their offspring but if in case the offspring of my daughter Mary WRAY should die before they are capable of inheriting said land or if there is no descent from them then the said land will fall to my other heirs, the land I give them absolutely free from the molestation of me or any of my heirs Except in case above named from this time forward as their proper right With every emolument arising therefrom. Given from under my hand and seal this ninth day of October, 1797. James MENEES ?L.S. (my note: could be D.S.?) The execution of which deed of gift as above mentioned was in court held for the county of Davidson Oct. Session 1779. Acknowledged by the said James MENEES to be his act and deed for the uses and purposes therein mentioned.