THOMAS WILLIAM OFFICER
13 JUN 1854 - 2 FEB 1922
PUTNAM COUNTY, TENNESSEE
Will of Thomas William Officer
T. W. Officer
To Will } In the name of God, Amen, I, T. W. Officer a resident of the Fifth Civil District of Putnam County, State of Tennessee, being of sound mind and memory, and considering the uncertainty of this frail and transitory life, do therefore make, ordain publish and declare this to be my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me at any time made. As to my worldly estate, and all property of every kind, Character and description, of which I shall die seized and possessed, I devise, bequeath and dispose thereof, in the manner following to wit:
First: My will is that all my just debts for the payment of which my son R. B. Officer is not liable on account of the Conditions contained in the deed executed to him by myself and wife on Oct 10 1919, shall by my Executor, herein after named, be paid out of my estate so soon after my decease as shall by him be found convenient.
Second: I give, devise and bequeath to my son R. B. Officer all of my live stock, farming implements, farming machinery, wagons, vehicles, harness, tools and fowls of which I may die seized and possessed.
third: I give, devise and bequeath to my said son R. B. Officer one bedstead, bed and clothing and quilts for same.
Fourth: I give devise and bequeath to my son W. V. Officer one bedstead, bed and Clothing and quilts for same.
Fifth: I give, devise and bequeath to my son James Officer one bedstead, bed and clothing and quilts for same.
Sixth: with reference to the residue of such personal property as I may die seized and possessed of the manner of the distribution of which is not already hereinbefore directed, I direct that such residue of my personal property shall be Equally divided between my sons R. B. Officer W. V. Officer and James Officer each of them to receive one third of the value of such residue.
No reference is made herein to real Estate for the reason that myself and my wife Emily Officer have heretofore on this day conveyed by general warranty deed to our son R. B. Officer all of the real Estate owned by me, it being the farm of about one hundred acres located in the Fifth Civil District of Putnam County Tennessee, on which farm I now live, - hence no disposition is made in this will of any real estate.
I have made no provisions herein for five of my children To wit: H. D. Officer, G. D. Officer, Fannie Deering, Mary Jackson and John Officer. I have purposely done this, but have not done so through malice of any unworthy motive - I am directing the dispostion of such property as I may die seized and possessed of in the which I desire to and which to me appears right and proper. What property I have accumulated through a long live of industry and Economy is mine, and I have a right to direct its distribution as I see fit, and in this will, while I am in the full Enjoyment of my mind and memory and actuated soley by my own desire in the premises, I make such provisions regarding the distribution of my Estate after my death as I desire and see fit.
And lastly, I do nominate and appoint my son R. B. Officer to be the Executor of this my last will and testament, and I direct that he be relieved of necessity of Excutin bond as such Executor.
In Witness whereof I the said T. W. Officer have to this my last will and testament subscribed my name on this the 10th day of October 1919.
T. W. Officer
This Instrument was on the day of the date thereof signed, published and declared by the said testator T. W. Officer to be his last will and testament in our presence who at his request have subscribed our names as witnesses, in his presence and in the presence of each other on this the 10th day of October 1919.
J. M. Dowell
D. C. Wilhite
E. H. Boyd
State of Tennessee
Putnam County} I Algood Moore Clerk of the County Court for Putnam County, Tenn. do hereby certify that the above and foregoing is a full, true and perfect copy of the last Will and Testament of T. W. Officer deceased, as appears from the Original Will which is now on file in my office. Witness my hand at office in Cookeville, on this the 5th day of August 1922.