John Endsley made his will 13 Feb 1826 in Bedford County, TN.The Liberty Valley section where he lived was cut off from Bedford County and included in the newly formed Marshall County when it was established in 1836.John Endsley died 21 Sep 1828.He is buried in Round Hill Cemetery, Belfast, Marshall County, TN.His wife, Mary, died 13 Oct 1854 and is also buried at Round Hill Cemetery. Even though JohnEndsley died in 1828, his will was not recorded until after his wife, Mary, died in 1854.Then it was recorded in Bedford County on 25 Oct 1854 and in Marshall County on 6 Nov 1854.
JOHN ENDSLEY'S WILL.In the name of God Amen.I John End-sley of the State of Tennessee Bedford County being of disposable memory blessed be to God, do this 13th day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty six make and publish this my last will and testament in the following manner:
Viz.Item 1st.My will and desire is that my Just debts and funeral charges be first paid out of my estate.
Item 2nd.I will and bequeath to my Daughter Damarias Anderson my black Girl Ester of the value of four hundred dollars during her natural life and after her death to be equally distributed among the heirs of body.I also will to my said Daughter Damarias the land I bought of Joshua Kelly containing ninety seven acres and eighty poles includ-ing all the improvements of five hundred dollars to her during her natural life.At her death to be equally divided amongst the heirs of boddy.I also devise to my said daughter Damarias her horse and saddle and bridle, on cow and calf, two feather beds & furniture, cash and other property to the present date, the whole amounting to twelve hundred dollars all of which She has received.
Item.3rd.I will and divest to my son John Milton Endsley one hundred acres of land, it being the plantation whereon Hugh Leeper formerly lived on, the value of seven hundred dollars to him and the heirs of his boddy forever.I also devise to my son J M Endsley black man Henry of the value of five hundred dollars to him and the heirs of his boddy forever.I also devise to my said son my sixty gallon still that I bought of Thomas Cummings & six mash tubs at at one hundred dollars value and further I give to my son the Gray Horse he now has in possession & saddle in all one hundred & thirty dollars & also my surveying Instruments & bed and furniture valued at seventy dollars but provided his part of my estate should not amount to the sum when ascertained what will be an equal share.In that case he the said J M Endsley is to pay back to the estate so that his share will be equal to that.
Item.4th.I will and devise to my Daughter Cynthia Endsley my black Girl Riah to be valued when She gets her in possession and to have a Horse at no less value than one hundred dollars or to be made up to that in other property and also her saddle valued at thirty dollars also two beds and furniture and one Cow & Calf and in the event of her getting married in that case my will is that she receive in such property as can be spared or money if it can be Spared to purchase Land making her part with what she has heretofore received Twelve hundred dollars.But the black girl Riah as before mentioned I devise to her the said Cynthia during her natural life and at her death to the heirs of her boddy if any otherwise to go to her brothers and sisters equally.
Item.5th.I will and devise to my son Isaac Newton Endsley my black boy Wesley to him and the heirs of his boddy forever valued four hundred dollars, Bay Horse Colt called Bolivar and saddle worth thirty dollars and my silver watch at twenty five dollars and my cold to be valued when grown.
Item.6th.I will and devise to my son Bedford Endsley my black boy Lewis to him and the heirs of his boddy forever, if he has any otherwise to go to his brothers and sisters equally to be valued when he receives him also I devise to him the said Bedford Endsley one Horse worth one hundred dollars, and saddle and bridle worth at least thirty dollars.
Item.7th.I will and devise to my beloved Wife Mary Endsley all of the balance of my property & estate not here- tofore devised, both land and negroes, Cash & bank Stock, property of every description during her natural life or widowhood for the purpose of Raising, Education.Exceptions.That when any of my children stands in need of any property in that case she may help them to any property She thinks they stand in need of - and the same to be valued and taken out of their distributative Share of my Estate and in the event of marriage of my Wife Mary my will is that the remainder of my Estate not heretofore devised be valued by some good men not connected with the legatees by affinity or otherwise & to be equally divided amongst my children & my Wife - Share and share alike first deducting what each legatee has previously received and out of their Share of my Estate And all those of my children that have not arrived at the age of twenty one years are to choose Guardians and through them to receive their part and hire out the men ald sell as much perishable property as they the Guardians should be advisable.And if any of my child- ren should die before they arrive at the age of twenty one years, in that case my will is that their part of my estate be equally divided amongst their surviving brothers and sisters.Should my Wife not marry at her death my will is that all my property be equally divided amongst all my children as above described all but my wife's part which she may devise as she may think proper.
Item.8th.In addition to what I have devised my sons Isaac Newton and Bedford Endsley I devise all the balance of my land not heretofore devised divided between the two and their mother viz.my wife to enjoy the home place during her life or widowhood and the same to be valued by disinterested persons and to be taken out of their Share of my estate, and I do hereby appoint my wife Mary Endsley Executrix to this my last will and testament with privalidge to employ any person She may think proper to assist her in discharging her duty. In witness whereof I the said John Endsley have hereunto set my hand & seal the day and year above written. JOHN ENDSLEY [SEAL] Thomas CummingsJurat Benjamin Simmons STATE OF TENNESSEE BEDFORD COUNTYI John H Oneal clerk of the County Court of said county Hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and perfect copy of the last will and testament of John Endsley dec'd as appears of record in my office. Witness my hand at office Oct 25th 1854 John H. Oneal, Clerk STATE OF TENNESSEE MARSHALL COUNTYI, S Talley clerk of said county court do hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and perfect transcript of the last will and testament of John Endsley together with the clerk's certificate thereon was filed in my office. Witness my hand at office November 6, 1854 S Talley, clerk