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 The Will and Inventory of the Estate
of Tigner Dameron of Rutherford County, Tennessee

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 The will of Tigner Dameron of Rutherford County, Tennessee, recorded in 1822.

In the name of God, amen. I Tigner Dameron of Rutherford county and state of Tennessee, being in perfect health, and soundness of mind, but calling to mind that it is appointed once for men to die &c., do make and publish this my last will and testament, in manner and form as follows, to wit, First I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Nancy all my real and personal property during her natural life, after all my just debts are paid. Secondly, I give and bequeath after her death all my landed estate unto my son Edmund. Thirdly, I give and bequeath all my personal property to be equally divided between my daughters, Lidia and Midda and my son Edmund before named. I have given to my daughters Sally, Nancy, Mary, Judy and Betsey, and my sons William and Sion all that I intend ever to give them, therefore it is my will that they have no part of my estate after my death, and it is also my will that if either of the above named Edmund, Lidia, or Midda should die leaving no heir that his or her part of my estate be equally divided between the other two. Lastly, I constitute appoint and ordain Henry(?) Vincent now of Rutherford county my sole executor to this my last will and testament, and I do by these presents disannull all former wills &c.
Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Tigner Dameron, the testator, __?__?_____ first day of September, in the year of our Lord, 1822.
John Dunn
Benjamin Dunn (signed)Tigner Dameron

This will was proved and ordered recorded in county court, July term, 1824, in Rutherford County.

(Transcribed from a photocopy of the original Rutherford Co., TN, record which was provided by Helen Dameron Jones. Published in the Dameron-Damron Family Newsletter, Volume 14, Spring 1988, page 445.)

The inventory of his estate of Tigner Dameron of Rutherford County, Tennessee, recorded in 1824.
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Tignor inventory

Inventory of the estate of Tegner Dameron decd. Taken 16th July 1924 and returned to July term, 1824.

One bay mare, nine head of cows, thirty two head of hogs, seventeen head of sheep, twenty head of geese, four feath-beds and furniture, four bedsteads, two spinning wheels, one check reel, one chest ten chairs, one loom, one table, eighteen earthen platters, one earthen dish, two pewter dishes, one pewter Bason, six spoons, four bowls, one stone butter pot, one coffee pot, nine tea cups and saucers, six tea spoons, half knives, forks, two pots, one dutch oven, one skillet and lid, two smoothing irons, one flesh fork, one ladle, two wash tubs, one water pail, three piggins*, one pari of harness, three sleys, two pickling tubs, three barrels, one bread tray, two meal sifters, two chopping axes, one small hatchet, one claw hammer, three weeding hoes, one grabbing hoe, tow barshear plough*, and one shovel, tow pare of hames*, two pair of drawing chains, three single trees, one hackle*, one pair of sheep shears, one large pair of scissors, one man's saddle, one woman's saddle, three bridles, one glass tumbler, one mug, two iron wedges, one frow*, two augers, two chisels, one draw knife, one hand saw, five books, two clivis*, one shot gun.
Henry Vingart, Excr.
Recorded 24th August 1824

Piggin - a small wooden pail with one stave extended above the rim to serve as a handle.
Hames - the two rigid pieces along the sides of a horse's collar, to which the traces are attached.
Barshear plough - a type plow, the large type drawn by four to eight yokes of oxen. The shear, or blade, fastened to a beam.
Hackle or Hetchel - a device for separating fibers of flax, hemp, etc. Consisting of wooden slabs with uniform iron spikes about three inches long there would be a series of them, each progressively finer than the previous. Linen from the coarsest hatchel could be used to make sacking and canvas. The next grade could be used to make fabric for men's work clothes while the finest grade would be used for women's and children's clothes and men's Sunday shirts.
Frow or froe - a cleaving tool with handle set into the blade at right angles to the cutting edge.
Clevis - A U-shaped metal fastening device with holes in each end through which a pin or bolt is run.

    Webster's New World College Dictionary, third edition, revised and updated. Simon & Schuster Macmillan, New York, 1996.
    Tunis, Edwin. Frontier Living. The World Publishing Company, Cleveland and New York, 1961.

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