Lock Beeson Transcribed by Julie Risener Morgan
In the name of God Amen I Lock Beeson being in ill health and of sound and disposing mind and memory calling to mind the frailty and uncertainty of human life and being desirous of settling my worldly affairs and directing how the estates which it has pleased God to bless me shall be disposed of after my decease while I have strength and capcity so to do make and publish this my lans will and testament hereby revoking and making null and void all other last wills and testament by me heretofore made and first I commend my immortal being to him who gave it and my body to the earth to be buied decently by my executores hereinafter named and as to my worldly estate and all the property real personal or mixed of which I shall die seized and possessed or to which I shall be entitled at the time of my decease I devise bequeath and dispose thereof in the manner following towit.....My will is that all my Just debts and funeral charges shall be my executors hereafter named be paid out of the estate as soon after my decease as shall by them be found convenient. I give devise and bequeath to my beloved wife and children all the rest and residue of my estate real personal or mixed of which I die seized and possessed or to which I shall be entitled at the time of my decease....I give devise and bequeath to be equally divided to and among my said wife and children and lastly I do nominate and appoint Ellis Murphree and Wilson B. Devor to be the executors of this my last will and testament....In testimony whereof I the said Locke Beeson have to this last will and testament contained on one sheet of paper I have here subscribed my name and affixed my seal this the 16th day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty eight.
Locke Beeson (seal)
Attest: R.B. Montgomery, William Graves, Martin Hudson
The will was presented for Probate on 4 June 1859. The probate states that the heirs are Mrs. Minerva H.? Beeson, widow of the deceased; Vestal E. Beeson and Susan E. Beeson infant children under 14, and Jonnie Ann Beeson, Kitty Allis Beeson, Locke Beeson, Martha J. Beeson infant under 14 years residing in Blount County, Mary Beeson infant under 14 residing in Blount county, Thomas Beeson and Margaret Beeson.