I have found the last will and testament of my Great Grandfather W.H. (Wlliam Howard) Pitner.The original part of the will was written May 27, 1918 and apparently updated July 2, 1918.W.H. Pitner died September 01, 1918 at the age of 51.He was very precise about his estate was to be administered.Unfortunately the will did not shed any clues as to the ancestry of W.H.
Will of W.H. Pitner
Seymour, Sevier County, Tenn.
May 27, 1918
I W.H. Pitner of Sevier County Tenn. Being of sound mine and memory so makeand publish and declare this to be my last will and testement that is to say (I) I will to my wife Hannah Pitner twelve hundred dollars worth of land including the buildings as long as she remains my widow she cannot sell or dispose of the said property.If my wife fails to comply with paragraph one it then falls to James Pitner, at James Pitners death it then falls than to Secil Pitner and John Pitner, should Secil Pitner die without any heirs his title then shall pass to James Pitner and John Pitner, should John Pitner without any heirs his title then shall pass to Secil Pitner and James Pitner.
Section No. 2.I W.H. Pitner on the 2nd day of July 1918, deeded all my real estate to my wife Hannah Pitner and three sons James Pitner, Secil Pitner, and John Pitner.
Sec 3.Neither one of the above names can sell and dispose of said property.This being my whole farm I now live on situated in dist No. 10 of Sevier County, Tenn.
Sec 4. I will and bequeath to my four girls Rena Ann Pitner, Bell Pitner, Neva Pitner and Zac Pitner five hundred dollars a piece out of my personal property when they become twenty one years of age. This being all I intend the above names to have out of my property.
Sec 5. I will and bequeath to my son Marshall Pitner his Doctor bills which was $135.And his nurse bills which is $200 dollars all of which I have paid out I also will him $365 dollars more making him a total of $700 dollars, this being all I intend him to have.
Sec 6. I will to my daughter Mary Bales one hundred & fifty dollars to be paid out of my property.This being all I intend her to have out of my personal & real estate property.
Sec 7. I will my wife three hundred dollars out of my Woodman and Junior loge.I also will tomy seven children one hundred dollars a piece out of the Thousand dollars that will fall into my wife hands at my death Renie Ann Pitner, Bell Pitner, Secil Pitner, Zac Pitner, James Pitner, Neva Pitner and John Pitner.This to be paid when they become twenty one years of age.
Sec 8. My will is my seven children remain on this farm until they are twenty one years of age or marry then they sease to have any control of farm.If any of the above named boys or girls die then their part then falls to those who are living.
Sec 9. The children is to use the rents except enough to keep up the farm and pay the tax until the youngest child is twenty one years of age.If any of the above named heirs try to break this will they shall be disinherited of my entire estate.
Sec 10.Possessing abiding confidence in the honor and integrity of my brohter John Pitner I hereby name and appoint said brother as executor of this my last and testament without bond charging him with the duty of administering my estate in accordance with the provisions herein contained.In witness whereof have unto set my hand to this my last will and testament consisting of two page of written paper on the day and year first above written.
Sec 11. I hereby ask my executor John Pitner to pay twenty five hundred and fifteen dollars to m said heirs and the remainder to my son James Pitner.
Witness:W.A. Graves His Mark W.(X)H. Pitner Hannah Pitner J.O. Spangler
Probated by the County Court of Sevier County, Tennessee, The day of1918. Clerk