William Hesse Rayburn
b. circa 1800
- Father: Thomas Rayburn b. circa 1750, d. circa 1799
- Mother: Rebecca Adams b. circa 1765, d. circa 1850
- On 14 August 1799, Thomas Rayburn signed the following will:
I, Thomas Raibourn of Montgomery County and State of Tennessee being very sick and weak but of sound and perfect mind and memory blessed by God calling to mind the mortality of by Body and knowing that it is appointed that all men are to die do resign my body to the earth and my soul to God who Gave it with sure and certain hope of a Glorias resurrection through the Blood and Merits of a Blessed and crucified redeemer and as to the wordly goods which God has been pleased to bless me with I dispose of in a manner and form following, To Wit:
My will is that my just debts be paid my negro man Deman be mansipated and set free. I give and bequeath to my son John a negro man named Hary to him and his heirs forever tho my will is that my beloved wife Rebecca retain the possession of him the said negro man Hary during her widowhood.
I give and bequeath to my daughter Candice one negro girl named Philes to her and her heirs forever.
My will is that my beloved wife Rebecca retain possession of my negro girl Fann until my son Noah arrives to the age of twenty one years and then I give and bequeath the said negro girl Fann to my said son Noah to him and his heirs forever and the increase of the said negro Fann if any at that period to be equally divided amongst my following children to wit: Coly (Howel Adam), Thomas Payton, Benjamin Berryman and the child my beloved wife Rebecca is now grate with.
My will is that my beloved wife retain possession of the two hundred acres land including the house and plantation I live on to be laid off on the west boundary of the tract of land I now live and after her decease I give and bequeath and devise to my surviving children and their heirs jointly the said two hundred acres of land to be equally divided amongst them and their heirs forever.
My will is that my executors furnish to each of my children on cow and calf to be paid to them as they arive to full age or intermarry.
I give and bequeath to my son John one rifle gun.
I give and devise to my surviving children and their heirs four hundred and forty acres of land the residue of the tract of six hundred and forty acres I now live on after laying off two hundred acres to my beloved wife Rebecca to be equally divided amongst them at the desecration of my executor and if they think it advisable to sell the said land on two years credit and the money arising from the sale of the same to be put to use and paid to my said children in equal portion as they arrive at full age or intermarry.
My will is that my beloved wife Rebecca retain possession of all the residue of my estate real and personal during her natural life and after her decease I give and bequeath the same to my surviving children and their heirs to be equally divided amongst them to them and their heirs forever.
Lastly I constitute and appoint my beloved wife Rebecca Executrix and my trusty friends Howell Adams & John Stewart Executors of this my last will and testament. 14 August 1799. Thomas Raburn (seal), Wit. John Hogan, Joseph Davidson and Keziah (her mark) Green.
- William Hesse Rayburn was born circa 1800.
- Last Edited: 23 Feb 2011