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(4) Martha Philips

Martha Philips - She is a sister of Joseph Philips, Jr and a daughter of Joseph Philips, Sr who was born 6 Nov 1726.
 
Born:  Born Abt. 1758 in Edgecomb Co., NC
 
Died:  Aft. 17 Apr 1855 in Davidson Co., TN
 
Married:  1779 in Edgecombe Co. NC to Joseph Sumner Jr, born 1754, and died about  December 1793 in Edgecomb Co., NC
 
They had two children die young, William Henry and John Hudson.  The other children were:
 
Duke William Sumner - Born 27 Apr 1778 Edgecombe Co. NC, Died 15 May 1844 Davidson Co. TN
Tobias Sumner -
Joseph John Sumner - Born 14 Aug 1780 Edgecombe Co. NC, Died 28 Dec 1813 Gulf of Mexico
Exum Philips Sumner - Born 18 Feb 1787 Edgecombe Co. NC, Died 7 May 1851 Davidson Co. TN
Jocob Sumner -
Sarah "Sallie" Sumner - Born 27 Feb 1783 Edgecombe Co. NC, Died 25 Sep 1853

Joseph John Sumner Jr wrote his will 7 Dec 1793 in Edgecombe County NC. and a copy is available on Ancestry.com

Duke Williams Sumner
 
Born 27 Apr 1778, Edgecombe, NC
Died 15 May 1844
 
Joseph Philips, Jr. mentioned in his will that he sold land to Duke Williams Sumner.

Duke Williams Sumner's will below came from the Tennessee State Library and Archives.

Duke Sumner attended the University of North Carolina in the year 1798 and possibly beyond.  See his name listed below as a member of Dielectric Society.

Tobias Sumner
 
Born ?, Edgecombe, NC
Died ?

Joseph John Sumner
 
Born 14 Aug 1780 in Edgecomb Co. NC
Died 28 Dec 1813 by drowning in LA

Exum Philips Sumner
Born 18 Feb 1787 in NC
Died 7 May 1851 Davidson County TN
Married Temperance Drake 11 Jan 1816 in Davidson County TN

Marriage record from Ancestry.com
Temperance Drake and Exum P. Sumner

Spouse 1: Drake, Temperance
Spouse 2: Sumner, Exum P.
Marriage Date: 11 Jan 1816
Marriage Location: Tennessee, Davidson County

Source Information:

Dodd, Jordan. Tennessee Marriages to 1825 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1997.
Original data: Electronic transcription of marriage records held by the individual counties in Tennessee.

In the 1820 Federal Census for Davidson County TN, as shown in the snippets from Ancestry.com,  Exum Sumner is next door to Simon Williams, his step father.

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Exum's daughter Susan Williams Sumner (see below) married Dr. J. J. Abernathy and it appears that Exum Sumner's son James Exum Sumner was a foreman over a farm in Murfreesboro owned by Abernathy in the mid-1850s.  Abernathy wrote a letter to James Exum reminding him not to forget Susan's ladies book.  In another letter he mentioned Susan's condition.
 
EXUM P. Sumner married Temperance Drake in Davidson County, Tennessee, 9 January 1816.  Exum P. Sumner died intestate in Davidson County, Tennessee, in 1852 or 1853 when his estate was settled. Jacob Battle Sumner, his oldest son, was appointed administrator.
 
This litigation can be found in Davidson County, Tennessee, Wills 1853-1859, pp 100-201:
 
Exum P. Sumner, deceased, Inventory of Estate. J(acob) B(attle) Sumner, Administrator.
 
Among estate settlement, cash received from E. S. & R. C. Gardner returned in inventory $13.60, etc;
 
cash received from Steamers JAMESTOWN and NASHVILLE...
 
Mentions Joseph L. Ewing and J. (or G.) Scruggs, J. L. Williams cost of sale of judgment on farm of N. B. Hinton. C. Lanier on order from P. Knight for part of account filed by P. Knight.
 
N. O. and R. S. Love executed note for $8.10...
 
Thomas R. Jennings medical bill $128.00. Recorded December 20, 1853, Davidson County, Tennessee.
 
William D. Phillips a/c. George W. Sumner (son of Duke W.), J. L. Williams, N. O. Love a/c.
 
Note and interest on N. T. Wilkerson, etc.
 
The foregoing settlement made by me Jacob B. Sumner, Admr. this 16th day June 1853, State of Tennessee Davidson County Court, July Term 1853.

Susan E. Sumner (Click to go to her husband's web page)

 
Daughter of Exum Sumner and Temperance Drake
 
Born 7 Jul 1828, Davidson County, TN
Died 23 Feb 1876, Franklin, TN
 
Susan E. Sumner first married Henry J. Williams, son of Elisha Williams and Polly Philips on 28 May 1851 in Murfreesboro TN.  He died on 18 Apr 1853 in Murfreesboro.

Married: 28 May 1851 in Rutherford County TN
               Henry J. Williams (20 Jun 1825 - 18 Apr 1855)
               Henry is a son of Elisha Williams Jr whose father
               followed Joseph Philips to TN from NC.  Joseph
               Philips Jr is Martha Philips brother.

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Married: 16 Jan 1855 in Rutherford County TN
               (marriage certificate on file in county)
              Dr. Jesse. J. Abernathy (Physician)
              bn: VA

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Will of Susan Abernathy
Written 9 March 1876
Lincoln County, Tennessee
 
Husband:   J. J. Abernathy and
Children:
    Henry J.
    Mary
    Ida
    Susan E.
 
All the land I possess to be divided equally. March 9, 1876.

(Signed) Susan E. Abernathy

Witnesses: Sherrod Williams
David L. Gipson

The Rutherford County Historical Society monthly publication Frow Chips published the below item in Vol36, Issue No. 1.  It identifies where Dr. and Mrs. Abernathy lived.  It's very close to the home of Elisha Williams II who was related by marriage to Mrs. Abernathy, Susan Williams.

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Jocob Sumner
 
Born , Edgecombe, NC
Died 

After Joseph John Sumner died, Martha moved to Nashville TN where she married Simon Williams who was born about 1747 in NC and died before Apr 1855.  They were married on 11 Dec 1803 in Davidson Co. TN.

The following is from Descendants of William Sumner - Compiled by Barbara B. Meacham and contains information from from a book on the Sumner family found in the Tennessee State Library and Archives by Walter Sumner of Mentone, Alabama.

Notes for JOSEPH SUMNER:

Rendered active service during the Revolutionary War as a soldier in the militia ofEdgecombe Co., NC. as shown in the NC Army Accounts now in the dept of Archives in Raliegh, NC. Vol. 9, p. 30 folio 1.

 

1790 Census - Edgecomb Co., NC - Battleboro Area : John Sumner, Joseph Sumner, Hartwell Philips, Joseph Philips, Benjamine Philips, Sara Philips and others.

 

May 1795- Edgecombe Co., NC - LWT (Last Will & Testimony) of Joseph SUMNER was proved by Williamson BARNES. Jacob BATTLE, one of the Executors qualified & took out letters

 

JOSEPH JR. wrote his will 7 December 1793, and it was proved May term, 1795, in Edgecomb County, also. He named his wife Martha and the following children Duke William (named earlier in his grandfather’s will), William, Tobias, Joseph, EXUM and Jacob. Witnesses to this will were Jacob Battle, Nathan (Barnett?) and Williamson Barnes.

 

Will of JOSEPH SUMNER JR.

This will is recorded in Edgecomb County “wills, 1758-1830, volume IX, page 58. A photostatic copy was obtained from the North Carolina Archives, Raleigh, North Carolina, by Christine Sumner, September 3, 1976. In the name of God, I Joseph Sumner of the County of Edgecomb and state of North Carolina, being Sick and weak in Body but of Sound Mind and Memory, thanks be to God, and knowing that it is appointed for all Men to die, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament, and Dispose of my Estate in the following Manner, and Form (viz)

 

First I lend unto my loving Wife Martha Sumner three hundred acres of Land lying between Beach (Runn?) Swamp and the Purchase Patent Line, including the Plantation whereon I now live, which I lend to her during the Time She remains my Widow. I also lend to her during her Widowhood, one Negro Woman, named (Judoff?) and one Boy Named Jim; I give unto my loving Wife one Negro Woman named Seal, and one Boy named Luke to her and her heirs forever. I also give her one mare called Soup, th a Saddle & Bridle, and one Horse called Damon, and my Riding Chare and Harness, three cows and calves, six Ewes and lambs, three Sows and Piggs, one four (Grass?) Steer, two Beds and Furniture & Bedsteads, two Chests, haifa Dozen Knives and forks, half a Dozen Pewter Plates, two Basons, two Dishes, one large Iron Pott and hooks and Rack one Flax & one Wollen Wheel and Buch other Part of my houshold Furniture and Plantation Utensills, as my Executors hereafter named Shall think Proper for her Support; also I give unto my beloved Wife the fourth Part of my Cotton and Flax and Corn and Meat for her Familys use andone Half of my Wheat, as also CornFoddow, etc., to SupportherStock.Itis my Will andDesire that all my Land, except what I have lent my Wife, be rented out by My Executors untill my Son Duke William Sumner arrives to lawful age or if not living, the next (best?) and then to be Equally divided as near as may be between my five sons, viz; Duke William Sumner, Tobias Bumner, Joseph Sumner, EXUM Sumner and Jacob Sumner; Provided that if my Wife Should die or Marry before that Time it is my Desire, that the Land I have lent her be also Divided. It is also my Will and Desire that my Executors Sell all my Estate except Land and Negroes and what I have given and lent to my Wife, and I hereby empower my (SQ?) Executors to Sell at their own Discretion without the assistance of the Sheriff, it is also my Will and Desire that my Execut (hire?) out my Negroes untill my aforesaid son Duke William, shall arrive to Lawful Age or if not living my next oldest child, and then the Negroes, together with the (Hire?) and rent of the Land and all my other Estate after being sold, paying my Just Debts, and Raising, Schooling and Supporting my Children, be Equally divided as near as may be between my Sons & Daughters (viz) Duke William Sumner, Tobias Sumner, Joseph Sumner, EXUM Sumner, and Jacob Sumner and Sarah Sumner Provide that if my Wife should Die or Marry before the aforesaid Time that the Negroes I have lent her be also divided it is also my (wish?) and Desire that my Executors should rent out my Land and hire out my Negroes at their Discretion;

 

Lastly I do appoint my Friends, Etheldred Philips, Jacob Battle and Demsey Battle Executors of this my last will and Testament Revoking all other Wills by me made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand & Seal this

 

7th Day of December 1793.

Joseph Sumner (Seal)

Signed Sealed Published & Declared in Presents of

Jacob Battle

Nathan (Barnett?)

Williamson Barnes X

Jacob Battle qualified

 

Edgecomb County May Term 1795. The within will was duly proved in open court by the Oath of Williamson Barnes an Subscribing Witness thereunto. . The Executor was at the same time Qualified and the will ordered to be recorded.  Test  Edward Hall C. C.

 

Edgecomb County, North Carolina, August Court, 1795, Joseph Sumner, deceased. Inventory taken by Jacob Battle, executor. September 1, 1795. Accounts of sales by the executor, June 23, August 8, September 22, November22 and December17, 1795 and April 9, 1796,February Court 1797.

 

Expenses were paid for Jacob Sumner, Duke William Sumner, Tobias Sumner, EXUM Sumner and Salley Sumner. Said Joseph Sumner, deceased, was guardian to the estate of West Pope.

 

Martha Sumner was paid for boarding and part clothing six white children and two black ones, February court 1797. Account current with the exr. ,February Court 1798. Additional account current with the exr. Items were purchased for Jacob, Sally, Joseph, Exum, Duke Wm. and Tobias Sumner.

 

Funeral expenses were paid for the burial of son Joseph, February Court 1799. Account current with the exr., November Court 1799. Account current with the exr., November Court 1799.

 

Division of personal estate among the children of said decd., namely, Duke W. Sumner, Tobias Sumner, Salley Sumner, Exum Sumner and Jacob Sumner, December 30, 1799, August Court 1800. Account current with Jacob Battle, exr., November Court 1807.

 

Joseph Sumner, deceased. Inventory taken by Joseph Sumner, exr., April 18, 1785,May Court 1785. Account current with Joseph Sumner, Junr., exr., February Court 1787.

 

Notes for MARTHA PHILLIPS:  Court Minutes Edgecomb Co., NC - MAY, 1794:

 

L WT of Elizabeth BARNES proved by Martha SUMNER & Abesha HORN took out letters & returned Inventory.

 

Court Minutes Edgecomb Co., NC MAY, 1797:

 

LWT of John SUMNER proved by Penelope BATTLE & Martha SUMNER, subscribing witnesses. Jacob BATTLE one of the Executors qualified and took out letters.

 

She went to Davidson Co., TN, with some of her children, after her husband died (1795) in NC. She remarried in 1803.

 

She died a very wealthy woman.

 

Martha Williams, receipts received of Churchill Lanier, Admr. of Simon Williams, deceased, the sum of six hundred and nineteen & 66/100, etc. April Term 1855, Davidson County, Tennessee.

 

Page 344 of this same book

Page 372. The above settlement was made by me with Churchhill Lanier, adm. the 3rd day of January 1854. F.R.  Cheatham, Clerk.

 

She had 6 Sumner Children.

 

(DAR National No. 193125).

 

When Sarah Catharine (Parks) Sumner, wife of James Exum Sumner Sr., died she left her old trunk to Emmett Sumner who later moved to Amarillo, Texas. The old trunk was full of old letters and papers dating back to the 1 800s. We are thankful to Emmett for sharing these old letters, from them we have gleaned the names of James Exum’s brothers and sisters.

 

Contained in the old trunk was the original will of Martha Philips-Sumner-Williams

 

Last Will and Testament of MARTHA WILLIAMS

The last will and testament of Martha Williams in the name of God Amen!

I, Martha Williams of the County of Davidson and State of Tennessee being in a low state of health but of a sound mind and disposing memory do make and publish this as my last will and testament revoking all others by me heretofore made, Visl st It is my will that all my just debts and burial expenses including an enclosure around my grave and such other things as may be deemed proper and necessary about the same be first paid out of any monies that I may leave or out of the first that shall come to the hands of my executors

 

2nd. It is my will that all my land together with my stock of every kind, my household and kitchen furniture and farming utensils and crop of every kind that I may leave on hand be sold by my executors on such terms as they may deem best and the proceeds to be equally divided among all my grandchildren share and share alike.

 

3rd. I will to my grandson Jacob S. (s/b Jacob B.. -BBM) Sumner the following slaves, viz--Aaron, Daniel, Nancy and Sally and their future increase now in his possession..

 

4th. I will to my grandson James E. Sumner the following slaves viz--Henry, Anna, Harriet and Nelson and their increase now in his possession.

 

5th. I will to my grand daughter Eliza P. Sumner the following slaves viz--Patty, Anthony, son of Patty, John, Levi and Frank and their increase now in her possession and also Mose now in my possession for and during her natural life and at her death to her children if she shall leave any, but if she shall leave none of the said slaves are to go to her brothers and sisters of their lawful h- eirs

 

6th. I will to my grand daughter Martha Ann Lather, my slaves Celia, Ben, Sam and Jessie and their increase now in her possession and also Edna and increase now in my possession for and during her natural life and at her death to her children and in case she dies without children the same is to go to her brothers and sisters or their lawful heirs--

 

7th. I will to Grand daughter Jane Love the following Claves viz Judy, Biddy, Pompey, Henry and Randall now in her possession and their increase and also Milberry now in her possession and their increase and also Milberry now in my possession and increase for and during her natural life and at her death to her children and if she shall die without children then the same is to go to her brothers and sisters and their lawful heirs.

 

8th. I will to my Grand daughter Maria Hinton, my slaves Sterling and Betsy now in her possession and their increase and also Ellen now in my possession and increase for and during her natural life and at her death to her children and if she shall leave no children then to her brothers and sisters or their lawful heirs

 

9th. I will to my Grand Daughter Susan Williams my slaves Hannah, Penny, Bob and Cherry now in her possession and increase and also Jane now in my possession and increase for and during her natural life and at her death to her children and if she shall die without children the same shall go to her brothers and sisters or their lawful heirs.

 

10th. I will the residue of my property consisting of slaves Cherry, Lucy, Sam, Lizette, Nalinda, Rhoda, Rose,

Davy, George, Bias, Peter, James, Taylor and Jordan and any money or other things not hereuntofore specially bequeathed to be equally divided among my seven grandchildren viz

 

1. Jacob B. Sumner

2. JamesE. Sumner

3. ElizaP. Sumner

4. Jane Love

5. MariahHinton

6. Martha A. Lather

and

7. Susan Williams


The portions falling to my Granddaughters Eliza P. Sumner, Susan Williams, Jane Love and Mariah Hinton to be subject to the same restrictions as contained in items 5,6, 7, 8, 9, of this my will and that all the property above given to my said Grand Daughters shall be to their sole and separate use and free from the debts of their husbands.

 

11th. It is my will that a division of my property as above set forth shall take place as soon after my death as possible. I do hereby ordain and appoint Jacob B. Sumner and James E. Sumner executors of this my last will and testament and it is my will that they be not required to give security Given under my hand and seal this the 17th Day of April 1855.

Martha X Williams (Seal) Test }William D. Philips }S. S. Hall

A true copy attest T. (F?) R. Chattam? Cheatam?) Clerk

 

On the outside of the third page “Martha Williams, Copy of Will, fee $1      

 

More About JOSEPH SUMNER and MARTHA PHILIPS:

Marriage:    1777, Edgecombe Co., NC

 

Children of JOSEPH SUMNER and MARTHA PHILIPS are:

 

i.   DUKE WILLIAM5 SUMNER, b. 27 Apr 1778, 

     Edgecombe, NC; d. 15 May 1844.

ii.  JOSEPH JOHN SUMNER, b. 14 Aug 1780, Edgecomb

     Co., NC; d. 28 Dec 1813, LA

iii. TOBIAS BUMNER SUMNER, b. 1782, Edgecombe

     Co., NC.

 

Notes for TOBIAS BUMNER SUMNER:

May have died young - no further information on him.

 

iv.  JACOB BATTLE SUMNER, b. 1786, Edgecombe Co.,

      NC.

v.   EXUM PHILIP SUMNER, b. 1787, Edgecombe  

      Co.,NC; d.Bet 1852- 1953.

            vi.  SARAH SUMNER, b. Abt. 1788, Edgecombe Co., NC.

Page 344 of this same book as above
Martha Williams, deceased, receipts received of Churchill Lanier, Admr. of Simon Williams, deceased, the sum of six hundred and nineteen & 66/100, etc. April Term 1855, Davidson County, Tennessee.

Page 371, same book as above
Simon Williams, deceased, Churchill Lanier, Admr. Recorded September 21, 1854. Mentioned Isaac Hunter, John L. Williams.

Page 372. The above settlement was made by me with Churchhill Lanier, adm. the 3rd day of January 1854. F.R. Cheatham, Clerk.

 

206 TEMPERANCE DRAKE of Davidson CO, TN, appointed JOSEPH JOHN SUMNERof same, attorney in collection of money or legacies from MICHAEL  COLLINS & FRANCIS DRAKE, executors of her father, MATTHEW DRAKE, SR dec'd. of Nash CO to sell such land and negroes that were alloted to her  by her father 24 AUG 1811; wit: JAMES DRAKE [JR} & MOSES DRIVER. p.  254.

 

206 DUKE W. SUMNER appointed his brother JOSEPH JOHN SUMNER, Davidson  CO, TN to collect money due him from MICHAEL COLLINS & FRANCIS DRAKE,  executors of MATTHEW DRAKE, SR, father of MARY/ POLLY D. SUMNER (his wife) from the sale of the estate of MATHEW DRAKE, SR. 20 AUG 1811; wit JAMES DRAKE [JR]. p. 255.

 

209 JOSEPH JOHN SUMNER & w. DOROTHY of Davidson CO, TN to JAMES HILLIARD, Nash CO, 28 Oct 1811, for $300 for 150 acres on Swift Creek, part of land from THOMAS GILCHRIST to JOHN WILLIAMS & by WILLIAMS to MATTHEW DRAKE, SR & by DRAKE to DOROTHY SUMNER in his will; wit:

 BRITTAIN DRAKE & HARTY DRAKE. DOROTHY SUMNER examined in TN. p. 282.

The following document provides evidence to substantiate that the Martha Philips who is the daughter of Joseph Philips is the same Martha who married Joseph John Sumner.

Martha Sumner Background

The below document is part of the 1790 Federal Census records for Edgecombe County NC showing the information for Joseph Sumner and the Philips who lived nearby, includng Joseph Philips, father of Martha Philips.

Joseph Sumner 1790 Census

The following came from the web page http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~aljackso/Sumner.htm entitled:

THE SUMNER FAMILY
Compiled by Christine (Paradise) Sumner, wife of William Parks Sumner Jr. and mother of Ann Elizabeth (Sumner) Shook and John William Sumner.

Following are the comments Christine made:
 
"When Sarah Catherine (Parks) Sumner, wife of James Exum Sumner Sr., died she left her old trunk to Emmett Sumner who later moved to Amarillo, Texas. The old trunk was full of old letters and papers dating back to the 1800s. I will always be grateful to Emmett for sharing these old letters with me. From them I was able to glean the names of James Exum's brothers and sisters and it gave me a good foundation on which to build the Sumner family tree.

Contained in the old trunk was the original will of Martha
Philips-Sumner-Williams: (Copied by Christine P. Sumner May 25, 1972)."


Last Will and Testament of

MARTHA WILLIAMS
Davidson County, Tennessee


The last will and testament of Martha Williams in the name of God Amen!

I, Martha Williams of the County of Davidson and State of Tennessee being in a low state of health but of a sound mind and disposing memory do make and publish this as my last will and testament revoking all others by me heretofore made, Vis:
 
1st. It is my will that all my just debts and burial expenses including an enclosure around my grave and such other things as may be deemed proper and necessary about the same be first paid out of any monies that I may leave or out of the first that shall come to the hands of my executors

2nd. It is my will that all my land together with my stock of every kind, my household and kitchen furniture and farming utensils and crop of every kind that I may leave on hand be sold by my executors on such terms as they may deem best and the proceeds to be equally divided among all my grandchildren share and share alike.

3rd. I will to my grandson Jacob B. Sumner the following slaves, viz--Aaron, Daniel, Nancy and Sally and their future increase now in his possession..

4th. I will to my grandson James E. Sumner the following slaves viz--Henry, Anna, Harriet and Nelson and their increase now in his possession.

5th. I will to my grand daughter Eliza P. Sumner the following slaves viz--Patty, Anthony, son of Patty, John, Levi and Frank and their increase now in her possession and also those now in my possession for and during her natural life and at her death to her children if she shall leave any, but if she shall leave none of the said slaves are to go to her brothers and sisters of their lawful heirs.

6th. I will to my grand daughter Martha Ann Lanier, my slaves Celia, Ben, Sam and Jessie and their increase now in her possession and also Edna and increase now in my possession for and during her natural life and at her death to her children and in case she dies without children the same is to go
to her brothers and sisters or their lawful heirs--

7th. I will to Grand daughter Jane Love the following slaves viz: Judy, Biddy, Pompey, Henry and Randall now in her possession and their increase and also Milberry now in her possession and their increase and also Milberry now in my possession and increase for and during her natural life and at her death to her children and if she shall die without children then the same is to go to her brothers and sisters and their lawful heirs.

8th. I will to my Grand daughter Maria Hinton, my slaves Sterling and Betsy now in her possession and their increase and also Ellen now in my possession and increase for and during her natural life and at her death to her children and if she shall leave no children then to her brothers and sisters or their lawful heirs

9th. I will to my Grand Daughter Susan Williams my slaves Hannah, Penny, Bob and Cherry now in her possession and increase and also Jane now in my possession and increase for and during her natural life and at her death to her children and if she shall die without children the same shall go to her brothers and sisters or their lawful heirs.

10th. I will the residue of my property consisting of slaves Cherry, Lucy, Sam, Lizette, Nalinda, Rhoda, Rose, Davy, George, Bias, Peter, James, Taylor and Jordan and any money or other things not hereuntofore specially bequeathed to be equally divided among my seven grandchildren viz

1. Jacob B. Sumner
2. James E. Sumner
3. Eliza P. Sumner
4. Jane Love
5. Mariah Hinton
6. Martha A. Lanier and
7. Susan Williams
 
The portions falling to my Granddaughters Eliza P. Sumner, Susan Williams, Jane Love and Mariah Hinton to be subject to the same restrictions as contained in items 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, of this my will and that all the property above given to my said Grand Daughters shall be to their sole and separate use and free from the debts of their husbands.

11th. It is my will that a division of my property as above set forth shall take place as soon after my death as possible. I do hereby ordain and appoint Jacob B. Sumner and James E. Sumner executors of this my last will and testament and it is my will that they be not required to give security

Given under my hand and seal this the 17th Day of April 1855.

Martha X Williams (Seal)

Test }William D. Phillips

}S. S. Hall

A true copy attest

T. (F?) R. Chattam? Cheatam?) Clerk

On the outside of the third page: "Martha Williams, Copy of Will, fee
$1-----------"

Martha's will was recorded in the Davidson County TN records and a copy can be read below.