LAST WILL & TESTAMENT OF DAVID McCRACKEN 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. his DAVID X McCRACKING (SEAL) mark 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, her Susannah H. Norwood, Jurat mark 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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