WILL AND LAST TESTAMENT OF JOHN FERGUS

[Blount County, Tennessee Will Book I, p. 45]
In the name of God Amen. I John Fergus of the County of Blount in the State of Tennessee being weak of body but of sound mind and dispensing memory do make and constitute this my last will and testament. I give my body to the dust to be decently buried and my soul to God who gave it in hopes of a happy resurection. As to the goods of this world which it has pleased God to bless me with I dispose of them in the following manner. Viz. to my son in law William Styles and the heirs of my son Pliny Fergus, I have already given more than would be their share but I give them one dollar and fifty cents each.
I give to my wife Milly Fergus, all my house and kitchen furniture and all my farming tools and all my stock of every kind and one half of my land to be disposed of at her pleasure. To my step son David Welch, I give the other half of my land to be enjoyed by him and his heirs forever and if the land should be divided it is to be done agreeable to quantity and quality. And lastly I constitute and appoint my wife Milly Fergus the sole executrix of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made in testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fourteenth day of February in the year of our lord Eighteen hundred and thirty Six.
Signed sealed and published in presence of us
A. Gamble Mosses Gamble
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