John Gibson Last Will . I , John Gibson, of the county of Lincoln and State of Tennessee, being of sound mind and disposing memory, for which I thank God, and calling to mind the uncertainty of human life and being desirous to dispose of all such Worldly substance as it has pleased God to bless me with, so make and declare the following to be my last will and Testament.
1st, I give and bequeath unto Margaret Gibson, my wife, during her natural life, the use of the farm, on which I now live, including the mansion house building and all the improvements, after deducting therefrom the portion hereafter bequeathed to my son, Albert G. Gibson, for her support and for the support of my two daughters un-married, and living with her so long as they remain single with her. Furthermore it is my will that my wife Margaret, shall have such portion of the stock of every description of which I may died possessed , as she may choose and judge proper for support, and shall have all the kitchen and household furniture for her own proper use and behalf, and for her own absolute disposal during her life, and at her death I also give and bequeath unto my said wife Margaret, during her natural life my slaves, Alexander, Calvin, and Harriet, for her use, with the exceptions hereafter specified.
2nd, I give and bequeath to my son Albert G. Gibson, for his proper use and behalf forever, that portion of my land on which I now live, which is east of a line beginning on the North Boundary line of said tract of land, at a point due north of the spring house, which my family obtains water and running thence south through said spring branch of water mark as it now runs to the South boundary line of the aforesaid tract of land. I also bequeath as aforesaid to said Albert G. Gibson, my negro man slave Alexander, from and after the death of my wife Margaret, mother of Albert.
3rd, I now declare as my will that after the decease of my wife Margaret, that portion of my land bequeathed for her use as above, I give and bequeathed to my daughters, Nancy and Margaret for their use and benefit, if living and unmarried at that time provided they reside thereon but in case of the marriage or death of either the other shall have the use and benefit of it so long as she remains single and reside upon the primise or death then it is my will that son Albert G. Gibson shall have the aforesaid tract or portion of land for the sum of four hundred dollars to be paid in two payments of two hundred dollars each in and two years for the date of such relinquishment and it is furthermore my that the said sum of two hundred dollars each shall be equally devided among my daughter Lucinda, Dolly, Jenttea, Calinda, Mary, and Margret for their own proper use and behalf forever.
4th I give and bequeath to my son Parke Gibson in addition to what he has herefore recd ten dollars.
5th I give and bequeath son John H. Gibson in addition to what he has heretofore received ten dollars.
6th I give and bequeath to my son Felix G. Gibson in addition to what he has heretofore received ten dollars
7th I give and bequeath to my son in law John W. Smith in addition to what he has heretofore received his note of hand executed to me for fifty five dollars dated Sept 20th 1819, and also to my daughter, Lucinda his wife ten dollars.
9th (as will) I give and bequeath to my son in law Samuel Drofford in addition to what he had heretofore received ten dollars.
10th I give and bequeath to my son- in- law Orchibald Hunter in addition to what he as heretofore received ten dollars.
11th. I give and bequeath to my daughter, Eliza Dickey one negro girl slave named Martha and also to my son in law Alfred C. Dickey her husband ten dollars.
12th I give and bequeath to my daughter, Nancy R. Gibson one negro boy slave named Calvin and a negro girl slave named Jane.
13th I give and bequeath to my daughter Margaret A. Gibson one negro boy slave named Henry which she is to take possession of at my decease and also one negro girl slave named Harriett which she is to take possession of at
the decease of her mother.
14th my will is that such portion of the stock of every description of which I may die possessed may remain after the selection of my wife Margaret as provided in the first section of the will shall be sold by me executing at public sale on a credit of twelve months out of the proceeds of which the money legacies before mentioned shall be paid and the balance if any shall be divided equally between my wife Margaret and my two daughters Nancy R. Gibson and Margaret A and also it is my will that the crop on hand at the time of my deceased growing or gathering shall go for the sole use and benefit of my said wife Margaret and my daughters Nancy R. and Margaret A.
I do hereby appoint my sons Albert G. Gibson and Felix G. Gibson executor to this my Last Will and Testament disanulling and hereby revoking all former wills by me and affix my seal this the fourth of June in the year of our Lord one Thousand eight hundred and forty.
Signed and sealed and declared to be the last will and Testament of the above John Gibson in presence of us who at his request and in his presence have hereunto subscribed out named as witness to the sum this 4th day of June 1844 of the Lincoln County Court.