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WILLIAM WESLEY GORDON
Madison Co TN Will Bk A, pg 104-106
I Wesley GORDON of the County of Madison and the State of Tennessee being of sound mind and deposing memory do make and constitute this my last will and testament hereby revoking all wills heretofore made by me. I give and bequeath to my daughters Eliza RUTHERFORD, Emily P. MOSS and Fannie C. GORDON the homestead upon which I now reside containing 245 acres and the WELLS' tract upon which I now reside containing about 22 1/2 acres more or less being the tract purchased by me from Wm G WELLS and adjoining the 245 acres to them share and share alike to be equally divided between them for and during the terms of their natural lives to their sole and separate use and at their deaths to go to their children of my said daughters Eliza, Emily and Fannie shall die without having children then the share of each child shall go to the survivors to be equally divided between them and in the event said tracts of land cannot be divided among my said daughters Eliza, Emily and Fannie without doing manifest injury to their interest then my executors herein after named at the request of any two of my said daughters in writing shall expose said land for sale upon a reasonable credit taking part cash and invest the proceeds in other lands for my said daughters upon the same uses and like limitations. I give and bequeath my lands in Henderson and Carroll counties consisting of my old homestead in Henderson and the Elijah MORGAN tract in Carroll County to my daughter Sarah E. MOORE, Elizabeth GOOCH and my grandchildren Emma P. MOSS and James Livingston MOSS one third to have and to hold the same unto them and their heirs and assigns forever and in the event the said lands cannot be divided between my said daughters and grandchildren without doing manifest injury to their interest then and in after named at the request in writing of my said daughters Sarah E. MOORE and Elizabeth or of either of them and the guardian of my said grandchildren, James Livingston MOSS and Emma P. MOSS shall sell said land upon a reasonable credit, taking part cash and divide the proceeds of the same between them Sarah E. MOORE and Elizabeth GOOCH taking one third each and my grandchildren Emma P. MOSS and James Livingston MOSS taking one third.
It is my will an desire that my executors soon after my death as possible every kind and description for cash or upon such credit as in their judgement may seem best. One half of the proceeds there of to be given to my daughter Fannie and the balance to be equally divided between my daughters Eliza RUTHERFORD and Emily T. MOSS to be held and used by them upon some conditions and restrictions as provided for in the first item of my will.
Having given my son George GORDON a childs part of my estate during his life time I only give his two children one dollar which is to be paid by my executors.
I direct that any money I may have at the time of my death shall after my just debts are paid to be equally divided among my daughters Eliza RUTHERFORD, Emily T. MOSS and Fannie C. GORDON upon the uses and limitations provided in the first item of my will. I nominate and appoint my sons-in-law William MOORE and James H. MOSS the executors of this my last will and testament. Signed, sealed and acknowledged in our presence and in the presence of each other and witnessed at the request of the testator this the day of 1869.
J.T. HOWARD ~ J.A. HOWARD ~ W.H. GORDON
Proven July 21, 1870
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Madison Co TN Will Book C
Husband of Fannie Cordelia Gordon-Moore
(147) To wife, Fannie C. Moore, homeplace for life or widowhood, 157 acres, horse and buggy and at her demise the land to go to Gordon & Ouida, his children. Daughter Ouida 80 acres, son M.G. Moore, 131 acres. After the death of his wife the entire 367 acres to be divided by a commission for Gordon & Ouida. Gordon Moore, Exec.
[Contributed by Sharon Smith]
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