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(the dotted lines represent portions of the Will that were unreadable on
microfiche, according to Terri Strotman who sent me the photocopy) - Boyd

Rev. Hezekiah Balch Deceased
(min 6 p174)
page 42) Thursday 31, January 1816 Will established by the verdict of Jury,
having been proven
by the subscribing witnesses, and ordered to be recorded, and is as follows:
"In the name of God, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, Amen. I, Hezekiah
Balch, of
the state of Tennessee and county of Greene, being weak of body, but of sound
mind and memory, do
make my last Will and Testament as follows: I will and bequeath my soul, body
and worldly
possession to the Divine God, to be approved of by Him just as He may see
proper, but more
particularly, I give up my immortal soul to the eternal God, to be cast into
the lake that burns with
fire and brimstone or to be made a vessel of mercy prepared for
glory.........................................................................
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Christ, just as the infinitely Holy God may see meet. Had I ten thousand
souls, I would rejoice in
trusting them all in the hands of God through the atonement of the dear
Redeemer. I am now
looking death and the grave in the face, and there is nothing that sweetens
the view like the
sovereign mercy of God through the blood of the Cross. It is my desire that
my body should be
buried in a plain and decent manner in the grave yard belonging to Harmony
meeting house, near
the grave of my beloved wife Hannah. It is my wish and desire that those who
owe me should, as
soon as it is convenient, pay into the hands of the executors of this my last
(page 43) Will and
Testament all the
sums..........................................................................
................................
It is my will and desire that my Executors should, as soon as convenient, pay
all my honest debts,
and that for this purpose they sell my uncultivated plantation of one hundred
and fifty acres of land,
which adjoins Mayor Temple's and Esquire Guin's plantations. Also, that they
sell the riding
chair and the watch and use the proceeds of these sales and the money due to
me from Mr. John
McKinney and Mr. John McCampbell, likewise from Mr. Richard Mitchell and from
the
Trustees and Students of the College, and whatever sum may from these sources
remain after all my
debts are paid, it is my will and desire that my loving wife, Anna, have a
third part of it and my
son, Elijah W. Balch the other two
thirds........................................................................
.......
desire that my wife, Anna, during her natural life should have the undisturbed
possession and use
of the plantation on which I now live, to be ascertained and bounded on the
upper side by a line to
be run from the upper ridge to ridge through the plantation in such a manner
as to divide the
present cleared ground or tillage land as equally as possible, including in
her part all the land
cleared and uncleared below the line, with the mansion house and all its
appertenances. But
during her life and ever afterwards the College and any neighboring family
shall have full liberty
of getting water from the spring. It is also, my will and desirte, that my
wife, Anna, should have
during her life all my farming
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my son, Elijah to have half the wagon gears, half the use of the wagon and of
the iron strotted (?)
barrow. It is, likewise, my will that she enjoy during her life all my
household furniture. The
following articles of property it is my will that she have not only for her
use but for her full disposal,
namely, two bedsteads, two beds and an answerable part of the bedding, her
clothes, mare, saddle
and bridle, the small wlanut table, her spinning wheel, a baking oven, a small
pot and skillet, the
cupboard and table furniture, and half of my books; also my cattle and hogs
together with any
increase of the stock which she may make hereafter. My indentured servants
Bob and Dorcas, I
leave to my wife, Anna, and if she should
decease.....................................................................
expires. I allow her to dispose of the residue (residence?) of their time of
service, as she may think
proper. It is my will and desire, that my son, Elijah W. Balch, and his heirs
should possess and
enjoy in fee simple all my real estate and inherit all my personal property,
subject however, to sch
exceptions and resrvations respective as have been made in the preceding part
of my last Will and
Testament. I also leave him my clothes and half of my books, my wife, Anna
taking the first choice
of the books, he the second, she the third, he the fourth, etc. And, finally,
I do hereby constitute
and appoint my son Elijah W. Balch and John Russel Esquire to be the executors
of this my last
Will and Testament. In
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.........................
set my hand and affixed my seal this ninth day of October in the year of our
Lord, One thousand
eight hundred and nine.

Signed,
Hezah. Balch (seal)
sealed and published in the presence of us.

Evan Evans
Thomas Mitchel
Charles Coffin

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