Notes for Josephus Bittick
1850 The City of Nashville, Davidson Co, Tennessee, 8 November 1850, p160a:
#1031/1160 Robert Fletcher 24 m w merchant Tn
Josephus Bettick 24 m w clerk Tn
1860 Slave Schedule: East Subdivision, Williamson Co, Tennessee 10 July 1860, p529b:
J. Bittick = 15 slaves, all listed as Black
1m 45; 1m 30; 1m 25; 1f 25; 3f 24; 1f 14; 1m 7; 1m 6; 1f 5; 2f 4; 1f 3; 1m 3
1860 Eastern Subdivision, Nolensville PO, Williamson Co, Tennessee, 14 November 1860, p196a:
#210/202 C.S. Bittick 33 m w farmer $9,000/16,000 Tn [Cyrus Samuel]
E.E. 21 f w Ga [Emmaline E. Goodrum]
J.G. 2 m w Tn [John Goodrum Bittick]
M.E. 2/12 f w Tn [Mary Elizabeth Bittick]
E. 64 f w NC [Elizabeth Frazier Goodrum Bittick]
J. 35 m w farmer $6,000/14,000 Tn [Josephus Bittick]
Tennessee Archives On-Line:
1866: King’s Nashville City Directory, page 99:
Bittick Josephus, clk 10 Union, bds St. Charles Hotel
1870 Second Civil District, Nashville PO, Davidson Co, Tennessee, 8 July 1870, p194a & b:
#35/35 Beddeck Joseph 40 m w farmer $10,000/800 Tn - citizen
Hicks Sarah 28 f w keeping house Tn - can't read/write
1880 The First __ of Seventh Ward, Nashville, Davidson Co, Tennessee, 1 June 1880, ed45, p182b:
#9/9 Bittick Joseph 50 w m head md retired merchant Tn NC NC
Carrie 24 w f wife md keeping house Oh Va Oh [Carrie Stone]
Elizabeth 19 w f niece single at home Tn Tn Ga [dau of Cyrus Samuel]
William 54 w m brother widow at home Tn NC NC
William 35 Black m servant single servant Va Va Va - can't read/write
Skidmore Jane 50 Mulatto f servant single servant Tn blank blank - can't read/write
1891 Voters List, Ward 5, Davidson Co, Tennessee
1859 Tennessee State Militia, 17th Civil District of Williamson Co, Tennessee: Bittick, Josephus, age 35.
Mary Holland vs William S. Holland of parts unknown, John Edmiston, Elizabeth Edmiston, Josephus and William D. Bittick, Exrs of Samuel F. Bittick and William G. and John H. Carmichael. W.S. Holland abandoned Mary and children; sold property to J. Edmiston, who sold it. E. Edmiston, the Bitticks and Carmichael filed attachment for balance of trust.
[Miscellaneous Records, Williamson co TN, Vol 7, copied at Clayton Library, Houston Texas, courtesy of Dorothy Miller]
1865 November 3:
Matilla H. Seals vs Jo J. Green, 3 Nov 1865. Josephus Bittick sold 234 Acres in Dist 17 of Williamson Co TN to Thomas Seals who died still owing on the land. Natilla Seals, wife of Thomas, suing for part of land since the money used to buy it came from the sale of her inheritance from her father, John E. Dennard.
[Miscellaneous Records, Williams Co. TN, Vol 8. Copied at Clayton Library, Houston, Texas, courtesy of Dorothy Miller]
Will of Josephus Bittick
19 July 1892
Nashville, Davidson Co, Tennessee
In poor health but sound mind.
1) Just debts and funeral expenses be paid by Executrix.
2) That Executrix spend $2000 to purchase lot in Mount Olivet Cemetery and monument of not less than $1750.
3) To Andrew J Ewing "a young man raised by me and now living in the State of Illinois $1750 and my gold watch".
4) To my niece Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Fisher, wife of Allen B. Fisher of Nashville, my wagon and feed stable lot or lots on which they stand on Market and College Streets in Nashville and improvements subject to the contingent charge of $500.
5) To little Jo Leonard Fisher, son of Mary Elizabeth and Allen B. Fisher, a gold watch to cost $100, money paid to mother and watch given to him when he reaches 10 years.
6) My brother Williams D. Bittick left Nashville Tenn a year or more ago for the state of Texas. I have not heard from him in a long while and I don't know whether he is living or dead. Will to him if alive and claims within 3 years, $1000. $500 to be paid by Mary Elizabeth Fisher and $500 by my wife. If not claimed, remains with the women.
7) Direct Executrix to sell my farm of 188 acres and 59 poles in 22 Civil District, Davidson Co. TN, known as part of the Shaw and Mary Jane Roberts place and one lot on South Market Street near Mallory St. No.1073 and 1075 and one house and lot on Lewis Street. Direct that Executrix may sell privately or publicly as she thinks best.
8) Money to be used to pay above gifts.
9) Rest of property to my beloved wife Carrie M. Bittick
10) Appoint my wife Carrie M. Bittick as Executrix without bond or security.
Witness: H. B. Mitchell, J. A. Bland.
Codicil: Dated Oct 18, 1892
1) Replacing item 4) above. Having sold Wagon and Feed Stable, bequeath to Mary Elizabeth Fisher, $5200., subject to charge of $500 reserved for William D. Bittick.
2) Reappoint wife as Executrix.
(Photocopy of the original will is in the possession of Dorothy Miller)
Dated 24 April 1893: Signed by Carrie M Bittick, Extr.
Cash on hand $4335.76.
12 notes or judgements due, of which 8 were labeled "worthless". (Photocopy of original in possession of Dorothy Miller)
[above courtesy of Dorothy Miller]
LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF JOSEPHUS BITTICK: TRANSCRIPTION
(FHL #200270 Davidson County, Tennessee Wills 1891-1895)
Josephus Bittick decd Will
I, Josephus Bittick a citizen of Nashville, Tennessee being of feeble health but of Sound Mind and disposing memory and Knowing the uncertainty of the present life and the certainty of death do make and publish this as my last will and testament hereby revoking and rendering null and utterly voidd any and all wills heretofore at any time made by me.
First: I will and direct that all my Just debts and my funeral expenses be paid by my Exeuctrix hereinafter named out of the first monies belonging to my Estate that come into her hands.
Second: I will and direct that two thousand dollars be expended by my Executrix out of any money coming into hand out of my Estate after paying my funeral expenses to purchase a lot at Mount Olivet Cemetery and erect a monument on Said Lot. Monument to not cost less than Seventeen hundred and fifty dollars.
Third: I will and direct, devise and bequeath that to Andrew J. Ewing a young man raised by me now residing in the State of Illinois, Seventeen hundred and fifty dollars and my gold watch to be paid him by my Executrix.
Fourth: I will and bequeath to my niece Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Fisher, wife of Allen B. Fisher of Nashville, Tennessee, My wagon and feed stable and Lot or Lots upon which it is situated on Market and College Streets a short distance South of Broad Street in the City of Nashville, Tennessee. Said Lot or Lots fronting about forty (40) feet on Market Street and about Sixty (60) feet on College Street. To have and to hold Said Lot or Lots above mentioned fronting on Market and College Streets with all the improvements thereon and appurtenances thereunto belonging. Subject to the Contingent Charge of five hundred ($500) dollars as hereinafter set out to the said Mrs. Mary Eliazabeth Fisher her heirs and assigns in fee simple forever.
Fifth: I will and devise to little Jo Leonard Fisher son of the said Mary Elizabeth Fisher a gold watch to cost one hundred dollars. Said one hundred dollars to be paid to Mary Elizabeth Fisher the Mother of Said Jo Leonard by my Executrix when he arrives at the age of ten years.
Sixth: My brother William D. Bittick left Nashville a year or more ago for the state of Texas. I have not heard from him in a long while and I don't know whether he is living or dead. Should he be alive and return and claim it within three years of the date of my death I will and devise to him one thousand dollars, five hundred of which is to be paid him by Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Fisher and is hereby made a charge for that length of time (three years) but no longer on the property devised to her in the fourth Item of this will and the other five hundred dollars to be paid to him by my wife Carrie M. Bittick and is hereby made a charge for the Said three years but no longer on the property hereinafter devised to her. Should my Said brother not return and claim Said $1000 within three years from the date of my death then in that event he forfeits all claim thereto and it shall thereafter become and be the absolute property of the Said Mary Elizabeth Fisher and my wife Carrie M. Bittick and shall no longer remain a charge on the property devised to them in this will and in no event even Should he return and claim the Said $1000 within the Said three years shall he be entitled to interest thereon except from the date that he demands the payment of it.
Seventh: I will and direct my Executrix to sell my farm of 183 acres + 59 poles Lying and being in the 22 Civil District of Davidson County, Tennessee. Known as part of the Shaw and Mary Jane Roberts place and one Lot on South Market Street near Mallory Street No. 1073 and 1075. Containing about 48 feet on South Market Street and running Back 185 feet to an alley more or less and one house and lot on Lewis Street fronting about 75 feet on Said Lewis Street and joining the property of Capt. Cabler on the South. Running back 110 feet more or less to an alley and I will and devise that she my Executrix have the right to sell said property above mentioned privately or publicly as she may think best.
Eighth: I desire that the proceed of the Sale of the Said property above mentioned be appropriated to paying off the ($1750) Seventeen hundred & fifty dollars devised to Andrew J. Ewing and to purchasing a lot in Mount Olivet Cemetery and erecting a monument thereon and to paying the five hundred dollars to W. D. Bittick which has been heretofore directed to be paid to him by my wife provided he returns in the three years as above specified.
Ninth: All the rest and residue of the property that I die seized possed (sic) of real personal and mixed of every kind and Character and wheresoever situated I devise and bequeath to my beloved wife Carrie M. Bittick to have and to hold to her heirs and assigns (and assigns) in fee sim=simple (sic) forever.
Tenth: I hereby appoint my wife Carrie M. Bittick my sole Executrix of this my will without bond or security. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this 19th day of July 1892
Signed and acknowledged in our presence and in the presence of each other and we became witnesses at the request of the testator.
This July the 19th 1892 H. B. Mitchell J. A. Bland
FHL 200270 Davidson County, Tennessee Wills 1891-1895
CODOCIL TO WILL OF JOSEPHUS BITTICK
I, Josephus Bittick of Nashville, Tennessee hereby add this Codocil to my last will and Testament executed and witnessed by H. B. Mitchell and J. A. Bland on July 19th 1892.
First: By the Fourth Item of my Said will I devised to my niece Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Fisher wife of Allen B. Fisher my wagon and feed stable and lot or lots on which it is situated, on Market and College Streets in Nashville, Tennessee. I have since executing Said will Sold Said Stable property and in lieu therof I hereby devise and bequeath to the Said Mary Elizabeth Fisher her heirs and assigns Fifty two hundred ($5200) dollars to be paid by my Executrix and Executor out of the the first moneys belonging to my estate that come into their hands. After the Settlement in full of all my Just deblts. But this bequest is Subject to the charges of Five hundred ($500) dollars, precisely as Set out in the fourth item of my Said will, and all other items of Said will relating thereto.
Second: I reappoint my beloved wife Carrie M. Bittick Executrix of my Will and of this Codocil thereto and I also appoint the Said Andrew J. Ewing Executor of Said Will and Codocil, Co-jointly with my wife and I direct that no Security be required of them This October 18 1892. Josephus Bittick
Signed and acknowledged in our presence and in the presence of each other. At the request of the testator. Oct. 18 1892
H. B. Mitchell J.A. Bland
State of Tennessee February 31 Term 1893
Davidson County Court. A paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Josephus Bittick, deceased was produced in open Court for probate and proved thus: H. B. Mitchell, one of the Subscribing witnesses thereto, being first duly Sworn deposed and says he became Such at the request of and in the preesence of the Testator and he verily believes he was of Sound and disposing mind and memory at the time of executing the Same.
At the same time a paper writing purporting to be a Codocil and made a part of Said Will was proven thus: H. B. Mitchell, one of the Subscribing Witnesses thereto being first duly Sworn deposed and Says that he became Such at the request of and in the presence of the Testator and he verily believes he was of Soumd and disposing mind and memory at the time of executing the Same.
Ordered by the Court that Said paper writings be admitted to record as the last Will and Testament of Josephus Bittick deceased.
Death Records, Davidson Co, Tennessee
Dated: January 27, 1893
Certificate or Death No. 105
age 67, male, white, married
Resident of Tennessee
54 University, Ward 15 [Nashville]
Cause of Death: Brights disease
Doctor: F. A. Atcheson
Cemetery: Mt. Olivet
[FHL #1308218, courtesy of Dorothy Miller]
Buried: Mt. Olive Cemetery, Nashville, Davidson Co, Tennessee
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