Will of James M. Leach

This document is interesting because it refers to his pending claim for land in payment for service in the Mexican War.

Recorded 10 March 1849

I James M. Leach do make and publish this as my last will and tstament, hereby revoking and making void all other wills by me at any time made.

First, I direct that my funeral expenses and all my debts be paid as soon after my death as possible, out of any moneys that I may die possessed of, or may first come into the hands of my executrix.

Secondly I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Mary Leach my land Scrip or land claim for my servises [sic] as a volenteer [sic] in the war with Mexico and all my property and effects of every kind; (Except my wearing clothes)

Thirdly I give and bequeath to my two brothers Abraham Leach and John Leach my wearing clothes to be equally divided between the said Abraham Leach and John Leach.

Lastly I do hereby nominate and appoint my beloved wife Mary Leach my executrix; and that the county Court require no Security of my executrix.

In witness whereof I do, to this my will Set my hand and Seal This 16th day of September 1848

James M. Leach {seal}

Signed, Sealed and published in our presence and we have Subscribed our names hereto in the presence of the testator this 16th day of September 1848

Jas Salling
Calvin Huddleston
John C. Baker

There is a small notation beside the names of Salling and Baker, in a different handwriting.  The date 5th March 1849 appears in the same handwriting.  In context, it likely means Salling and Baker appeared at Court on the 5th of March to prove the will so it could be entered into probate.

Transcribed by B. McNamara from the original document, on file in the Grainger County Archives.

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