Date: 20 Jan 1812       Proven: 24 Aug 1812
Recorded: Wills & Inventories, 1810-1824, p. 8
Lincoln County, Tennessee
Copied from: Microfilm No. 5698, Tennessee,
Lincoln Co., Probate Records - film from LDS
Library, Kaneohe, Hawaii.  Typed by WPA Project.

In the name of God Amen.  I, David McCracking, of the State of Tennessee and County of Lincoln, being weak 
in body but of perfect mind and memory, thanks unto God, calling unto mind the mortality of my body and 
knowing it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament, that is to say
Principally and first of all, I give and recommend my Soul into the hands of God who gave it and my body 
I recommend to the earth to be buried in a Christian manner at the discretion of my Executors, knowing that at 
the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God, and as touching such worldly 
estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me with in this life I give, devise and dispose of the same in the 
following manner and form;

First.  I give and bequeath to Elizeabeth, my beloved wife my plantation with all its appurtenances and my negro 
boy Moses, during her life or widowhood, and half of househole stuffs, goods and chattels to dispose of at her 
discretion, except $20.00 of her part after her death or marriage to be raised for my youngest daughter, Melinda 
McCracking; the other half of my househole and chattel I will and bequeath unto my aforesaid daughter Melinda 
to be  delivered to her when of age or maries. My plantation or tract of land, after my wife's death or marriage, to 
the care of my son, James McCracking, for the benefit of his son, my beloved grandson, David McCracking; my 
negro boy Moses, after my wife's death or marriage, to go to my beloved son, JOSEPH McCRACKING, by his 
paying $100.00 to be divided equally among my beloved daughters, or their heirs, viz: Anne Mary Burch, Elizabeth 
Pirce, Mary Varnol, Margaret Spraley, Sarah Brown, Elie Jones, Cintha Birch. I also constitute, make and ordain 
my beloved wife, Elizeabeth McCracking,  George Pirce and Thomas Jones, - the sole Executrix and Executors 
of this, my  last will and testament, and I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all and every other former 
testament, wills, legacies, bequeaths, executed by me in anywise before named, willed or bequeathed, ratifying 
and confirming this, and no other, to be be my last will and testament,

In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal this 20 day of January in the year of our Lord 1812.

								DAVID   X  McCRACKING    (SEAL)
Signed, sealed, published,                        
pronounced and declared by
the said David McCracking
as his last will and testament
in the presence of us and in the 
presence of each other and hereunto 
subscribed our names,
   Susannah    H. Norwood, Jurat
   William Norwood, Jurat

State of Temessee,, Lincoln County     August Term 1812
Last Will & Testament of David McCracking presented in Court and proven by the witnesses thereto, and ordered 
to be recorded.
24 August 1812                        Brice M. Garner
Clerk of Court

Tennessee Society, NSDAR.  "Roster of soldiers and Patriots of the American Revolution Buried in Tennessee,
" (Johnson City, Tenn., 1974), page 268: "McCRACKEN, DAVID (b 1750 MD/d 7- -1812 Lincoln Co., TN) bur. fam. 
near Bradshaws near Giles Co. line.  Served as Pvt. in NC Cont. Line; m Elizabeth Wilson d 1821 - bur. by side 
of husband.  Ch.: James; Joseph b 1776; Mary (Anne Marie?) m ____ Burch; Elizabeth b 1774 m George Pierce; 
Mary m _____ Varnell; Sarah b 1789 m William Brown; Elie m Thomas Jones; Cynthia m ____ Birch; 
Margaret b 1783 m William Spradley; Melinda b 1794 m Daniel Harkins.

Refs.:	NC Military Warrants Adjudged Valid, p. 415; DAR Annual Report (41-42) to the Smithsonian Institution; 
TN DAR 41-42 Yearbook, p. 103.

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