Guthrie Wills


Will of Robert Guthrie--Williamson Co., TN May term of 1838.  p.492-493.

“Williamson County Tennessee, March the thirtieth, one thousand eight hundred & thirty eight.  In the name of God Amen.  I Robert Guthrie being of sound and discerning mind and knowing the uncertainty of natural life and the certainty of death do make my last will and testament revoking all others.  1st, I will and bequeath that my beloved wife Mary Guthrie shall have during her natural life for her use and benefit the following Negroes viz Mariah, Jack, and Patience, also I will that she shall have as much of my household furniture as she may think proper and I will further that she shall have one of my horses of her own choosing and one cow and that my wife Mary shall have her support out of my effects for twelve months after my decease and I will and bequeath that after the death of my beloved wife Mary that all the above named property viz three Negroes Mariah, Jack and Patience together with the household furniture and stock shall be sold to the highest bidder as the law directs in [______] sails and to be equally divided between my lawful heirs viz my daughter Elizabeth or her bodily heirs, my sons William H., Robert, Samuel T., David H. or his heirs and Jacob F. Guthrie.  Further, I will that the plantation upon which I now live supposed to be one hundred and ten ares be sold to the highest bidder on a credit of twelve months excepting what I have given above to my beloved wife and my will is further that after my just debts are paid and funeral expenses that the money arising from the sale of my land, stock, farming utensils and household furniture be equally divided between my above named lawful heirs.  My will is further that my friend and confident James N. Rees execute my last will and testament as above directed.  The above is my last will and testament acknowledged and signed by me in the presence of these witnesses: Robert Guthrie.  Attest:  Robert R. Hughes, William Wall”

Note that in the above will, Robert, after mentioning two of his children by name (i.e. Elizabeth and David)  qualifies their names with the added statement “or her/his bodily heirs”.  That is because both of these children had predeceased him, but he wanted to acknowledge their children as heirs, entitled to their portion.