Location: Lauderdale, Tennessee, United States
Named Slaves of George Peyton Eggleston
Last Will and Testament
George P Eggleston's Will
I George P Eggleston of Lauderdale County State of Tennessee, being in the possession of my mental faculties, but feeble in health, do hereby make this my last will and testament, revoking all former wills whatever.
Item the first, I will all my just debts paid and to accomplish that object my executor hereinafter named is required to sell the crop, stock, and other perishable property I may have on hand except the special legacies of said perishable property hereinafter named.
Item 2nd, I give to my daughter Eugenia C Sanders [sic] a Negro man slave John aged about thirty-five years in trust for her use, and after her death to her children, on the same terms I heretofore gave Julia and her children. I also give to my daughter Eugenia C Sanders [sic] in fee simple the one third part of any property or moneys [sic] that may be left after the special legacies of the same hereinafter mentioned shall have been satisfied, and debts paid.
Item 3rd, I give to my son George B Eggleston the following slaves (to wit) Scott, aged about sixteen years, Susan thirty-five, and Fosey about fourteen, and increase, which said slaves I give to him during his natural life, and at his death they are to revert to his brothers [sic] and sisters or the legal representatives of such according to the laws of distribution of the State of Tennessee provided however they shall in no wise be taken or disposed of for the debts or liabilities of my said son George B Eggleston, but in case my said son George B Eggleston should die leaving a child or children born in lawful wedlock, then said slaves shall descend to them at his death.
Item 4, I give to my son Nordonia V Eggleston the following slaves (to wit) Charles aged about sixteen years, Henry, twenty, Candise seventeen and Charlott nine, and their increase. I further give and bequeath to my said son Nordonia V Eggleston the one half undivided of the tract of two hundred acres of land on which I now live being the same I purchased of William E Palmer known as the Thomas Clark tract of land situated on Cane Creek in Lauderdale County Tennessee, also the one third part of any perishable property or money that may be left after my special legacies hereinafter named, and my debts are satisfied.
Item 5th, I give to my daughter Adelade [sic] Eliza Eggleston, the following slaves (to wit) Linsey aged about twenty seven, Mary thirty-two and her child about 6 weeks old (name not now recollected Nelson) Agnes, twelve and Emma seven years old and their increase in trust nevertheless on the following conditions, the hires, rents, and profits of said slaves shall be appropriated to her especial benefit and support, but in the event of my said daughter’s marriage, they shall in no wise be subject to the debts or liabilities of her husband, and at her death they shall descend to her child or children she may have at that time.
Item 6, I give to my said daughter Adelade [sic] E Eggleston in fee simple the one half undivided of the tract of land of two hundred acres on which I now live being the same purchased of William E Palmer known as the Thomas Clark tract situated on Cane Creek Lauderdale County Tennessee. Also the one third part of any perishable property or monies that may be left after the special legacies hereinafter named, and my debts are satisfied.
Item 7, I give to my daughter Adelade [sic] E Eggleston my buggie [sic] and harness, my piano, one feather bed bedding etc. which belongs to said bed.
Item 8, I hereby nominate constitute and appoint Nordonius V Eggleston my executor to this my last will and testament with full powers to carry out the same, witness my hand, and seal this Seventh day of October in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and sixty.
G P Eggleston
Test William Connor Wm J Studevant
- "Tennessee Probate Court Books, 1795-1927," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S7WF-SRYS-Q9?cc=1909088&wc=M6Q7-N68%3A179635601%2C179971501 : 22 May 2014), Lauderdale > Wills, 1860-1868, Vol. D > image 40-41 of 245; county courthouses, Tennessee.
Geo P Egglston [sic] Estate
Inventory of the estate of Geo P Eggleston dcd
- 1 Negro man, a blacksmith named Lindsey aged 32 years worth 2000.00
- 1 Negro man named John aged 40 years worth 1000.00
- 1 Negro man named Henry aged 20 years worth 1200.00
- 1 Negro boy named Scott aged 16 years worth 1100.00
- 1 Negro boy named Charles aged 16 years worth 1000.00
- 1 Negro woman named Susan aged 40 years worth 800.00
- 1 Negro woman named Mary aged 32 years and child Nelson worth 1100.00
- 1 Negro woman named Candace aged 19 years worth 1000.00
- 1 Negro girl named Phosey aged 14 years worth 1000.00
- 1 Negro girl named Charlott aged 11 years worth 900.00
- 1 Negro girl named Emma aged 7 years worth 700.00
Individual stock etc.
- 1 Bay horse worth about 150.00
- 1 Buggy worth about 150.00
- 1 Bedstead bed etc worth about 100.00
- 1 Piano worth about 100.00
Partnership stock etc.
- 2 mules worth respectively $150 and $125, 275.00
- 2 yoke oxen worth $65 each, 130.00
- 7 cows worth $18 each, 126.00
- 3 yearlings and 2 calves average value $4 each, 20.00
- 16 shoats worth about 30.00
- 8 large hogs, 60.00
- 5 sows and 9 pigs valued at 40.00
- 1 large ox wagon worth about 100.00
- 1 2-horse wagon worth about 80.00
- Farming utensils worth about 100.00
$961.00 Half the value of the above partnership stock belongs to J W Sanders
Notes [...] Sworn to before me April 1, 1861 George Johnston, Clerk
N V Eggleston, Executor
Examined and approved in open court April 1, 1861. S A Thompson, Chairman
- "Tennessee Probate Court Books, 1795-1927," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:37SQ-293N-7V9?cc=1909088&wc=M6Q7-N68%3A179635601%2C179971501 : 22 May 2014), Lauderdale > Wills, 1860-1868, Vol. D > image 52 of 245; county courthouses, Tennessee.