William's will is at Hawkins County: Roll #31: Probate Records (County or Chancery Court) Wills: Vol. 1. Nov 1797 - Aug 1826. Page 293. Dated Jany [sic] 13, 1845, Proven March 6, 1848.
WILL OF WILLIAM KEELE
Dated: Jan. 13,1845
Proven: Mar. 6, 1848
A written Will and Testament.
I William Keele do make and publish this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking and making void all other wills by me made at any time.
First. I direct that my funeral expenses and all my debts be paid as soon after my death as possible out of any money that I may die possessed of or may first cone into the hands of my Executors.
Secondly. I sell my son ANTHONY B. KEELE all the lands and possessions that I am seized and possessed of at this time for the sum of $1,200.00. Six hundred dollars to me in hand paid and the said A. B. Keele to have one half of the lands in possession from this date, and six hundred dollars at my death and the death of my wife LIVY ANN, and the said A. B. Keele to have all my lands and possession.
Thirdly. I bequeath to my two sons for their interest in my estate, to A. B. Keele 50 acres of land and JESSE KEELE, 80 acres.
Fourthly. All the personal property and moneys that is left at my death and the death of my wife Livy Ann is to be equally divided amongst my daughters ELIZABETH COFFMAN, MARY EAVIN, RACHAEL DERIAUX, HENERETTA BAILEY, MATILDA WEAMS, SIBBRINEY CARTER.
Fifthly. My negro man named Archabel shall be emancipated and set at perfect liberty at our deaths.
Lastly. I do hereby nominate and appoint my two sons Jesse Keele and A. B. Keele my Executors. In witness whereof I do to this my will set my hand and seal this 13 January, 1845.
William x Keele (seal)(his mark)
Signed sealed and published in our presence and we have subscribed ournames hereto in the presence of the Testator. This date above written.
John Pogue & Jacob Smith
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