Chickasaw County Wills

This page has been created for wills of your Chickasaw County ancestors. 

Will of Samuel Williams on file in the Probate Office at Houston, Mississippi 
The State of Mississippi -- Chickasaw County -- In the name of God, Amen.  I Samuel Williams of the State of Mississippi and the County of Chickasaw, being sick, but of perfect senses and memory, do make constitute and ordain this my last will and testament in manner as follows viz.  I give unto my son, Hutson H. Williams, a negro woman named Genney and a negro girl named Charity, which the said Hutson H. Williams has in possession.  And I also give unto my daughter, Polly Henry, a negro named Charity, and at the death of said Polly Henry said negro Charity be sold and equally divided among all of her lawful heirs.  And then after all of my just debts are paid all the rest of my estate and personal property to be put in 9 lots and equally divided between the following named heirs, to wit:  Easther Williams, my beloved wife, James S. Williams, Benjamin T. Williams, John McD. Williams, Samuel C. Williams, Milley Speed, Martha Irby, Richard Williams, Nancy Jane Martin.  Said lots of property to be appraised by three suitable persons to be appointed for that purpose by the Judge of Orphant Court.  Then said lots and property to be put in a box or a hat and each heir's name written and when the appraisers have apraised the 9 lots of property, then the appraisers to write down each of the 9 heirs named and their names called and a suitable person to draw a lot of the appraised property to be good unto them, their chldren and their children's children.  At the time of the death of my beloved wife, Easter Williams, the property willed to her to be equally divided between the following named heirs:  James S. Williams, Benjamin T. Williams, John McD. Williams, Samuel C. Williams, Milly Speed, Martha Irby, Richard Williams and Nancy Jane Martin.  And I do appoint, constitute and ordain my worth friends James S. Williams and Samuel C. Williams my lawful executors of this my last will and testament this 18th day of Sep A. D. 1856.
       Samuel Williams
Thomas B. Reid
J. R. Broome
O. V. Stewart
John B. Holloday

Will proved in Probate Court August Term 1858
In June 1867 a committee was appointed to divide the estate of Samuel Williams.  The estate was appraised at about 860 acres of land, 19 slaves and stock at the time of his death.  In 1867 Samuel's daughter, Nancy had died and left 2 daughters, Mary and Serena Martin.  Samuel Clement Williams applies for remuneration for guardianship of the Martin children. In 1867, Martha is wife of Thomas J. Barker, having remarried after the death of her husband (Irby).  Polly Henry is dead, having died 8 JUL 1858.  She left the following heirs:  Wilson Henry, William Henry, Washington Henry, Martha Henry, James Henry, John Henry and Presley Henry.  Benjamin lived in Greensboro, Green Co., Ala and in Perry Co., Ala.  Benjamin Speed and wife, Milly, lived in Loundes Co., Miss.  James S. Williams lived in Octibbaha.  All other children are living in Chickasaw Co., Miss.  In 1864 Samuel C. Williams testifies that Benjamin T. Williams resides in Greensboro, Green Co., Ala.  By 1866 Nancy Martin's daughter, Mary has died.

Samuel Williams' Will Dispute
There is a court fight that goes on for years.  James S. and John McD. Williams think that Samuel C. Williams had sold some land that he is not declaring in the estate.  The court records read that during the war when the people of Houston heard that the Yankees were at the edge of town, they gathered up all the court records, burying what they could and burning what they couldn't.  Some of the records having to do with the sale of the land of Samuel Williams were in part of the records that were destroyed.  The petition did not stand up -- at least they couldn't prove that the claim was valid.  The battle went on for many years before the estate was settled.

From Fayette Co., Tx -- Power of Attorney -- Sarah Williams, wife of J. M. D. Williams, deceased; Lucy Vansil, by husband P. A. Vansil; Fannie Williams; Lizzie Williams; Mattie Keller by husband, J. H. Keller; Esther Collier by husband, J. W. Collier; surviving heirs of John McD. Williams of Fayete Co, Tx appoint John Williams of Fayette Co, for us and in our names place instead, dispose of 175 acres of land in Chickasaw Co., Miss. owned by J. M. D. Williams, dc'd.  Land located E 1/2 of N E 1/4 Sec 10 & 11 Range 3 E 65 acres of N E of W 1/2 of N E 1/4 of Sec 10 and 13 range 3 E. S. W. and John Williams also heirs of John McD. Williams.
(Note: The above will is the last will and testament of my great-great-great-great grandfather, Samuel Williams who was born in Anson Co, NC in 1781.)

(Note: The above will is the will for the Great-great-great-great-grandfather of Jackie Rhodes and submitted in the hope that someone might find the information useful in their research. .  If you find any helpful information on your ancestoral family, I would appreciate a note.)


Chickasaw Co., Houston, Mississippi court Records.
Will Book I, (1872 - 1935)

Last will and Testament of P. S. Parker.

I give devise unto my wife Mary E. Parker, all my lands numbered as follows: SE 1/4 and 5 acres SE corner NE 1/4 Section 33 and SW 1/4 Section 34 all lying in Township 13 Range 4. The above described SW 1/4 to be used as a pasture for the place, also all my personal property during her natural life time or widowhood. At her death or when widowhood ceases to be, equallydivided among my children . Signed and declared by the said testator in our presence who had signed our names at his request as witnesses in his presence and in the presence of each other.

Signed: P. S. Parker

We the under singed witnesses saw the said P. S. Parker sign the within and we can testify he is in his right mind.
Signed: R. H. Mayfield
Signed: J. A. Mordecai

State of Mississippi     Chancery Court in Vacation
Chickasaw Co.       January 23rd A.D. 1905

In the matter of a certain instrument of writing, purporting to be the last will and testament of P.S. Parker, deceased, of Chickasaw County

Personally appeared before me T. W. Hamilton, Clerk of the Chancery Court in and for said county, J. A. Mordecai one of the subscribing witnesses to a certain instrument of writing purporting to be the last will and testament of P. S. Parker, deceased, late of Chickasaw Co., who having been first duly sworn, deposed and said that the said P. S. Parker signed, Published, and declared said instrument as his last will and testament on the _____ day of ______ the day of the date of said instrument, in the presence of the deponents, and that the said testator was then of sound disposing mind and memory, and more than 21 years of age, and that these deponents
subscribed and attested said instrument, as witnesses in the presence of the said testator and in the presence of each other, on the day and year of thedate thereof.

Signed: J. A. Mordeaci
Sworn to and subscribed in vacation on these the 23rd day of January 1905.

Signed: T. W. Hamilton, Clerk
By:  D. J. Collins,  D.C.

State of Mississippi
Chickasaw Co.

The following instrument was filed for record in my office on the 23rd day of January 1905 at 10: o’clock AM and this day duly recorded in Book of Wills page 163 on the Record of wills of said County, to which I certify under my had and Official Seal, this 23rd day of January 1905.

Signed: T. W. Hamilton,  Clerk
 By: D. J. C. Collins , D.C.

(Note: Oldest son of John B. Parker and Moriah Chitwood.  I am still searching for the parents of John B. Parker.)

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