Fayette County, Tennessee
Will of J. M. Yancey - dated January 24th 1873
In the name of God, Amen, I J. M. [James M.] Yancey of the county of Fayette and State of Tennessee, in view of the uncertainty of human life and being in usual health, both in body and mind, do make this my last will, revoking all others heretofore made.
First, I will that all of my just debts be paid.
Secondly, I will that my beloved wife Temperance F. Yancey to have my track of land, to have and to hold, during her natural life.
Thirdly, I will that my wife Temperance F. Yancey have all of the proceeds of the land her natural life.
Fourthly, I will my wife, T. F. Yancey have all of my stock - consisting of horses, mules, cows, hogs, sheep and poultry and also [the] wagon, buggy, farming utensils, also household and kitchen furniture. I will that she hold said property without giving security.
Fifthly, I will my daughter Mary J. Yancey, six hundred dollars at the death of my wife, in money, a feather bed, and bed clothes for same, and then to share equally with the rest of my children in the remainder of my estate. My reason for giving my daughter Mary J Yancey this amount more than the rest is to repay her for services rendered the family. I will that my son John W. Yancey a feather bed and bed clothes. I will that this amount be taken out of my estate that I mention Mary J Yancey, John W. Yancey and the remainder of my estate be equally divided between my children - namely: Ann Murphy, Mary J and John W. and my two granddaughters to have their mother's part - Louisa E. Brown.
Sixthly, I will that no portion of my estate ever go in to the hands of their father Thomas Brown, but that some suitable person act as their guardian until they arrive of age or marry. I also will that my Friend James A. Flippen, assist my wife, in carrying out the provisions of this will and should he be the longest living - at her death to become my executor.
James M. Yancey
Probated June Term 1878