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Benjamin Taylor

Aug. 23, 1764 - Oct. 1765
Currituck Co. Will Book 1, p. 31

North Carolina
Currituck County} To wit
October Inferior Court of _________ ______ 1765
Present His Majestys Justices
[Several lines illegible]...Viz
In the name of God amen August the twenty third day one thousand seven hundred and sixty four I Benjamin TAYLOR of the County of Currituck & in the Province of North Carolina Being very sick & weak in body but of sound & perfect Memory thanks be to Almighty God for it therefore calling to mind the mortality of my Body and knowing that it is Appointed for all men once to die & after death to Judgement do commend my Soul to almighty God that gave it & my body to be buried in such a Christian like manner as shall be to the discretion of my Executor hereafter mentioned & as for my worldly estate wherewith it has pleased Almighty God to bless me with I do bestow in the manner as followeth

Imprimis I give & bequeath to my dearly beloved wife Thomazin TAYLOR one feather bed and furniture three Cows & Calves & all of my Hogs one large Chest one small ________ to her and her heirs forever.

Item. I give and bequeath to my son Edward TAYLOR [one] grey horse called Toppin Bridle & Saddle one Cow & Calf & all the Cattle that is in his proper Mark & all the Hogs that is in his proper Mark one Bed & Furniture & the Chest that is called his one small gun the Petteaugre my negro _____ called Moll only the use of her to my Dearly Beloved wife Thomazin TAYLOR _____ her widowhood & then to my son Edward TAYLOR to him & his Heirs forever.

Item. I give & bequeath to my daughter Thomazin TAYLOR one feather bed & furniture two Cows & Calves & twelve pounds in hard cash & the increase of the two Cows & Calves to her and her Heirs forever.

Item. I give & bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth TAYLOR one feather bed & furniture two Cows & Calves & their increase & twelve pounds hard cash to her & her Heirs forever.

Item. I give & bequeath to my daughter Sarah TAYLOR one negro girl called Phillys & all her increase only the use of the negro girl Phi___ to my Dearly beloved Wife Thomazin TAYLOR in During of her Widowhood and ___ Cows & Calves and all the increase of the She ones to her & her Heirs forever.

Item. I give & bequeath to my Son Benjamin TAYLOR one negro girl called Dy & all her increase & in case he should die without issue my will & desire is that my Son Edward TAYLOR should have her & her increase. Likewise I give two Cows & Calves & all their increase of the She ones One bay mare called Diamond & all her increase and three Pounds Virginia money to buy him a good Gun my Saddle & bridle to Benjamin TAYLOR to him & his Heirs forever.

Item. I Give to my three Youngest children Elizabeth Sarah & Benjamin TAYLOR one years schooling,

Item. I Leave the ____ my hand mill to my well beloved Wife in During her Widowhood & after to my Son Edward TAYLOR to him & his Heirs forever.

Item. I give to my Dearly beloved Wife Thomazin TAYLOR one side saddle. I leave the use of all the Remainder Part of Moveable Estate both within & without doors to my Dearly beloved Wife in During her Widowhood and then to be equally divided among all my Children then living Likewise I Constitute Make & Ordain my Dearly beloved Wife Thomazin TAYLOR Executrix & my Son Edward TAYLOR & Michael O'NEEL Executors they three to be my Hole & Sole Executrix & Executors of this my Last Will & Testament & I do hereby utterly disallow revoke & disannul all & every other former Testaments Wills Legacies & Bequests & Executors by me in any ___ fore named willed & bequeathed ratifying confirming this & no other to me my Last ____ Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day & ____ above written
    /s/ Benjamin [his T mark] TAYLOR     and Seal of signment

Signed Sealed Published pronounced & declared by the sd. Benjamin _____ to be his Last Will & Testament in the _____
[The bottom of the page is torn. The only witness' signature that is clearly readable is that of Nathan POYNER].
_____ 31st Decem_______

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