By WPA Workers **
If the surname you are researching is listed below, you might have struck the proverbial genealogical "pot-of-gold.” This publication contains the COMPLETE text of wills registered in Blount County from 1799-1858 as compiled by WPA Workers **.
Along with the actual will, you will find names of children, spouses, brothers, sisters, aunts, nephews, slaves, aunts, uncles, and friends. No changes have been made ... the wills read exactly as written and bring you back to a different era of forethought, understanding, and love.
** WPA Workers
During the Great Depression in the early 1900s, many Americans were given a "job" by the United States Government to support their family. One such "job" was transcribing early court, family, Bible, and cemetery records as well as other local records. Original versions were typed on onion skin paper with "x" number of carbon copies. Although the State Archives owns the vast majority of 'first' or typed copy, carbons have circulated for years but are now scattered. Often the typing is not the best and is difficult to read but these valuable records still constitute one of the best sources of information for Tennessee Counties. In many cases, these are all that remain of the original as many county records have been lost. WPA records are generally full text transcription: much larger in scope than an abstraction or summary.
In the name of God, Amen. I Samuel Badgett of the County of Blount and State of Tennessee being of good health and of perfect mind and memory and knowing it is appointed once for all men to die do make and ordain this my last will and Testament disannulling all writings heretofore made by me as touching presents that is to say first I recommend my soul to God who gave it and desire that my body may be buried in a Christian like manner. And as touching such worldly Estate as it hath pleased God to bestow on me I give in manner and form following:
I now live likewise I give unto him the said Augustine S. Godfrey my negro girl Mary together with all my stock of every kind also all my household and Kitchen furniture. I appoint my worthy brother Burwell F. Badgett Executor of this my last will ((( continues ))).
- Item I give unto my brother Abraham Badgett my Negro man Wisley
- Item I give unto my brother Russom Badgett my negro man David
- Item I give until my brother Burwell F. Badgett my negro man Mathew
- Item I give until my brother James Badgett my negro man Lewis
- Item I give unto my Sister Rebecca Horn my negro woman Grace
- Item I give unto my nephew Doncarlos my negro Boy Andrew
The COMPLETE wills for the following individuals are contained in this publication:
Anderson, James W
Brannum, David P.
Coulter, John W.
Criswell, Samuel M.
Greer, Mastan G.
Lyle, William G.
Ray, William Hamilton
Thompson, Robert L.
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