Will of J. Hamilton Gunn
Grundy County, Tennessee
I, J. H. Gunn do make and publish this as my last will and testament, hereby
revoking and making void, all others by me at any time made.
First: I driect that my funeral expenses and all of my debts to be paid as soon after
my death as possible, out of money that I may die possessed of, or may come first
into the hands of my administrator.
Second: I give and bequeath to my wife Mrs. Cora Gunn, all of my household and
kitchen furniture and fixtures, also all books, and all personal property, she may own
at my death in her own name. This must not bare her from exempted property.
Third: I convey and transfer into her sole and separate use, full power to her at her
pleasure to sell, convey, devise, or otherwise dispose of the same, in any manner, she
may see proper (The intent and purpose of this instrument is to settle Homestead
and Dower, two tracks of land)
Tract #1. Beginning in the Rutledge line near the well of F. B. Patton, south
east corner, thence with said Patton's line, to the creek at the stone bridge,
thence down said creek with the meanders of said creek, crossing said creek
to J. K. P. Pearson's south west corner, thence with Pearson's line to James
Cox north west corner, thence with said Coxes line to the road cornering in
the Rutledge line, thence North 45 degrees west to the beginning, containing
45 acres more or less.
Tract #2. Bounded as follows: Beginning on stake of Carline Southerland
south west corner at the gate, thence south east with said Southerland line to
her south west corner near the long lake stream. Thence south crossing the
branch running with the wire fence on Gunn and (?) pointers in the fence
lines. Thence south with Marsh line to Hirshary corner on the bankd of Elk
River. Thence down the river with the meanderings of said river to (?) south
east corner on the bank of Elk River, thence north 44 degrees E. with said
Gallagher's line passing James Harper's south east corner to the creek.
Thence up the creek with said (?) line passing said Haynes north east corner
to the beginning.
I want the remainder of said property with real and personal to be divided equally
between all of my children, except the one hundred acre deed from A. E. Patton to
J.H. and S. J. Gunn, said tract to be equally divided among the heir of Mrs. S. J.
In order to protect James H. Gunn, Jr., W. C. Gunn, W. R. Gunn, who are minors,
I want each of them to have and to hold any and all personal property that they
may own at my death, and not to be charged against them in final settlement.
Lastly, I nominate and do appoint as my executor Dr. L. A. Cardshe.
In witness whereof I do this my will set, by my hand this the 4 Feb 1916
J. H. Gunn
Witness: D. U. Howard, H. C. Levan
cgm notes: J. Hamilton Gunn, nickname "Hamp" was born in 1843 in Coffee County, Tennessee, the
son of Thomas Lacy Gunn and Sarah Reynolds Gunn. He was one of eleven known children. He
served in the Confederate States Army during the Civil War. He participated in the battles of Seven
Pines, the Seven Day War around Richmond, Gettysburg, and the Battles in the Wilderness in
Virginia. He served in a corp of sharpshooters, where he was taken prisoner at Petersburg in April of
1865, days before Lee's surrender. He was ultimately taken to Point Lookout prison in Maryland,
where he was released June 27, 1865, and he returned to Tennessee.
In Grundy County, Tn in January of 1868 he married Saline Josephine Patton, and to this union nine
children were born, four boys and five girls. In 1894 Saline Josephine Gunn died in Grundy County,
and is buried in the old Patton cemetery, as was J. Hamilton Gunn in 1917.
On April 27, 1897 in Franklin County, Tennessee, Hamp married second to Cora Etta Carroll. The
couple returned to live in Grundy County. To their union three sons were born. All three were
young, when Hamp died in 1917 and were mentioned as such, in his will..
In 1890 he was elected to the Tennessee State Legislature as a representative from Grunday and
Marion Counties, and in 1896 he was elected to the State Senate.
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