Will Book A, page 307-309
Fayette County, Tennessee
I Joel C. Yancey, do make and ordain this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and rendering void all other wills, by me at any time heretofore made.
First, It is my will that my funeral expenses and all my debts be paid as soon after my death as possible out of any money of which I may die possessed of or that may first come into the hands of my executor.
Second, I have heretofore given to my son Alfred Yancey, a negro man named Layton, one hundred and ninety acres of land, more or less, and a horse, bridle and saddle.
Third, I have heretofore given to my son Archibald H. Yancey , a negro by name Joe and a horse, bridle and saddle and I have also heretofore given him in lieu of land, six hundred dollars in money.
Fourth, I have heretofore given my daughter, Ann Eliza Yancey, and to the heirs of her body, a negro woman named Leathey, and all the increase of the said Negro woman. The said woman Leathey has now six children named: George, Susan, Caroline, Mat, Lizzie and Bob. It is my will that my daughter Ann Eliza Yancey shall have eighty dollars out of my money belonging to my estate in lieu of a horse, saddle and bridel.
Fifth, I have heretofore given to my daughter, Elvira Jane Pledge and the heirs of her body, two negro women named Jane and Mariah, together with all the increase. It is my will that my daughter Isabella R. Witt shall have out of any money belonging to my estate, eighty dollars in lieu of a horse, bridle and saddle.
Sixth, I have heretofore given to my daughter Penelope Caroline McCauley and the heirs of her body, a negro girl named Malinda together with all the increase of the said negro girl. It is my will that my daughter Penelope Caroline McCauley shall have out of any money belonging to my estate, eighty dollars in lieu of a horse, bridle and saddle.
Seventh, I give to my daughter Mary Ann Witt, George R. Witt's first wife, three negroes named Henry, Julia and Pheba, together with their increase. These said three negroes were given by George R. Witt in his last will and testament to his son George R. Witt, the son of Isabella R. Witt. It is my will that George R. Witt, Jr. shall have the said three negroes provided he live to the age of twenty one years. If he should die before he arrives at that age then it is my will that the said negroes shall revert to my estate, for a division among my estate.
Eighth, It is my will that my executor shall as soon after my death as possible, advertise, and sell on credit of twelve months land and negroes, my stock of cattle and hog, horses and mules, farming utensils, hosehold and kitchen furniture and in short - all the property of which I may die possessed and that they shall divide the proceeds of the same togetehr with any money or papers of which I may die possessed.
After attending to the foregoing provisions of my will among my heirs, to wit: Alfred, Nancy, Archibald H. Yancey, Penelope Caroline McCauley, Ann Eliza Yancey, Elvira Jane Pledge and Isabella R. Witt, the said heirs, to have share and share alike. I nominate, constitute and appoint Alfred Yancey, Absalom McCauley and William Pledge, executors of this my last will and testament. Errror: the word dollar is omitted on the first page in the twelfth line from the bottom it should have been written after the word Eight.
In witness I have hereto set hand to the seal on the tenth day of June in the uear of our Lord, One Thousand Eight Hundred and Fyfty One.
Joel C. Yancey
Inventory was take on estate on 20th, January1852