The following is a transcription of LW&T OFJAMES MCKEE OF FAYETTE CO TN:
FAYETTE CO TN ROLL NO. 34 BOOKA PAGE 291, 292 TYPE RECORD:WILL TN STATE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES
JAMES MCKEE WILL STATE OF TENNESSEE FAYETTE COUNTY OCT 29TH 1839
I, James McKee in my right mind do will this my last will and testment.
That of my estate all my just debts shall be paid, after which I will to my two sons WILLIAM MCKEE and JAMES H. MCKEE a tract of land containing one hundred and eighty three acres held by title now from James Hunter on conditions that the said Wm. McKee and James H. McKee pay all my just debts and render a comfortable support to my wife DORCAS MCKEE and my two daughters JANE (?) MCKEE and MARIAH MCKEE so long as they are single and live with them.I do also will that all my stock shall remain together so long as the above named members of my family remain together and be used for the support of them all, and in the event one or more of them should marry that the stock then existing shall be equally divided between the four children above named and my wife DORCAS MCKEE.I do will that so long as my wife and daughters remain members of the same family render all reasonable assistance in their power for the mutual comfort and welfare of this family.I also will that so ___________(much?) of the present crop as can be spared after _____________(leaving?) enough for the support of my family I wish to be disposed of for thispayment of my debts.I also will that any householdand kitchen furniture shall remain together so long as the above named members of my family shall remain together and be used for their mutual good and in the event that one or more of them should marry that there be an equal division of thissamebetween them by valuation.I also will to MARTHA LOWE and SARAH CHISM MATHIS my daughters and DAVID MCKEE my son five dollars in moneycash to be paid to them by William McKee and James H. McKee as soon as it can be collected from my debts.I also will that all my farming tools go to the use of William McKee and James H. McKee, Jane McKee, Maria (Mariah?) and Dorcas McKee my wife and in the event one or more of them should marry that there be an equal division of said farming tools between the five last named members of my family.I make this my last will and testament in witness(?) where of I hereunto ______________my hand and affix my seal in the presence of witnesses.Day and date above written.
Test F. H. Bayliss Eli Fleming
STATE OF TENNESSEE FAYETTE COUNTY MONDAY OCTOBER 5TH 1846
October Term of the county court of said county being Monday October 5th 1846, the following appears ofrecord.
This day was produced into open court a paper writing purporting(?) to be the last will and testament of James McKee deceased and thereupon came into court F H Bayliss and Eli Fleming subscribingwitnesses thereto who being first duly sworn depose and say that they were personally acquainted with James McKee the Testator and that they saw him sign seal and publish the same to be his last will and testament, and that they believe he was in sound and disposing mind and memory at the/this time he signs the same and that they signed the same in his presence as witnesses.
It was thereupon moved by the court that the said paper writing be declared established the last will and testament of the said deceased and entered ofrecord.And thereupon came into court James H. McKee who upon application to the court was appointed Administrator with the will _________________ of the last will and testament of the said James McKee deceased and entered into bond himself as principal and gave BARTHEY/BARTHAY/BENTLY KYLE and BENNETT/BURNETTE HOGUE as his securities in the sum of one thousand dollars
(Linda McKee, Transcriber Tuesday, April 16, 2002:There are 3 more lines that are too dark and blurred too read and this is at the bottom of the second page and may have been continued onto another sheet, however TSLA did not copy it if there was information carried to the 3rd page.No mention of William McKee when will was probated.)
I have posted this will previously but thought to update and post it on this board for MCKEE searchers that may be just starting the search.