Will of Anthony Clark, Rutherford County, Tennessee
In the name of God, Amen. I, Anthony Clark, of Rutherford County, Tennessee, being weak in body but sound of mind and memory, blessed be Almighty God for the same, do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say, to allow my boddy to be buried in a decent Christian like manner, afterwards I allow my just debts to be paid.
First, I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife, Susannah Clark, all of the household furniture, also, one cow and calf, except two feather beds and furniture, and one cow and heifer such as she will choose out of the stock, also my large Bible, and her living on the plantation her lifetime, or so long as she remains a widow.
I do also give and bequeath to my son William Clark the one half of my plantation whereon I know live, also, the sorrel mare colt, and the one half of the farming youtenshils and the two thirds of the stock and movable property of every kind that has not been heretofore nor hereafter otherwise disposed of.
I also give and bequeath unto my son Walter Clark the other half of my plantation, whereon I know live, also one yoke of work oxen and one half of the farming youtenshils. The work oxen is to remain on the plantation till the present crop of corn is gathered. Also, one third of the stock and movable property of every kind that has not been heretofore nor hereafter disposed of.
The plantation to be divided according to quality and quantity betwixt them both by my sons John Clark, James Clark, Robert Clark and Anthony Clark.
I also give and bequeath to my daughter Frankey Clark one feather bed and furniture. Also, one cow and calf. Likewise, William Clark is to pay Frankey Clark fifty dollars in some good trade at cash price when she comes of age or marries.
I also give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah Clark one feather bed and furniture. Also one cow and calf. Likewise, Walter Clark is to pay Sarah fifty dollars in some good trade at cash price when she come of age or gets married.
Also I allow my beloved wife, Susannah Clark my sorrel mare and she is to be kept on the plantation for the benefit of the family in the care of my son, William Clark.
Also, I allow all my books to be divided among my four children Frankey Clark, William Clark, Walter Clark and Sarah Clark.
I also bequeath to my sons and sons in law John Clark, James Clark, Robert Clark, Anthony Clark, William McClure, James Glen, Robert Bigham, and John Stephenson, one dollar each.
I do constitute make and ordain John Clark, James Clark, Robert Clark and Anthony Clark the sole executors of this my last will and testament, in witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 30th day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty six.
Signed sealed and acknoliged Anthony Clark (signature) (seal)
In the presence of us the last will
And testament of the Anthony Clark