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In the Name of God Amen: December Ye 3d: 1710
I Edward TAYLOR being Sick & weak of Body but Perfect mind & memory thanks be given to God therefore & knowing that it is appointed for all men once to dye do make & ordain this my last will & testament that is to say first & princepally I give & Recommend my Soul into the hands of God that gave it & my Body to the Earth to be buried in Decent Christian Buriall at the discression of my Executrix Nothing Doubting but at the generall resurection I Shall Receive ye Same again by ye mighty power of God and as touching such worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give & dispose of ye Same in Ye following manner & forme
Imprimis to my Daughter Dorcas TAYLOR I give & bequeath two Cows & two Calves: & four Ews one feather bed & furniture & one Gold Ring wch: I brought out of new England to be paid & Delivered by my Executrix hereafter named to my sd. daughter Dorcas at ye Age of Sixteen & to be to her & her heirs for ever.
Item: I give & bequeath to my daughter Sarah TAYLOR & her heirs lawfully begotten my plantation & tract of Land Containing three hundred acres after my well beloved Wife Sarah TAYLORs Decease I also give to my Daughter Sarah TAYLOR two Cows & two Calves four Ews one feather bed and furniture & one Gold Ring yt: I had of my mother & one Chest wth: lock & key. I also give to my Daughter Dorcas TAYLOR one chest lock & key.
Item: I give & bequeath to my daughter Anne TAYLOR & her heirs two Cows & two Calves four Ews & one feather bed & furniture one Gold Ring yt had of Capt: Webster & one Chest wth: lock & key my will & Desire is that the legacys before mentioned the Land only Excepted be paid to Each of my Daughters by my Executrix as Soon as they Shall attaine to ye age of Sixteen.
Item: I give & bequeath to Sarah TAYLOR my well beloved wife whome I Constitute make & ordaine my Sole Executrix of this my last Will & (sic) all my plantation & tract of Land Containing three hundred Acres for & during her naturall life by her freely to be possessed & Enjoyed wth: all ye Apertenances thereunto belonging & after my Dear & well beloved wives Decease my will is that my Daughter Sarah TAYLOR & her heirs lawfully begotten may Enjoy my Plantation & tract of Land as aforesd but in Case my Daughter Sarah Dye without Lawfull Issew that then my Daughter Dorcas TAYLOR & her heirs lawfully begotten to have my Sd Plantation & tract of land & if She Dye without Lawfull Issew to Descend to my Daughter Anne TAYLOR & her heirs.
Item: I give & bequeath to Sarah TAYLOR my Dear & Well beloved wife all the Remaining part of my Estate by her freely to be possessed & Enjoyed willed & bequested to be disposed of at her free will & pleasure Either by deed of gift will or other waies as she shall think meet & Convenient & I do hereby uterly dissalow Revoke & Disanull all & Every other Testament Legaces & bequests & Execu(unclear) by me in any wise before named wills & bequests Rattifying & Constituting this & no other to be my last will & testament in witness whereof I have Set my hand & Seal ye day & Year first above written Signed Sealed published & pronounced & Declared by me Edwd: TAYLOR as his last will & testament in ye Presents of us ye Subscribers
/s/ Edward TAYLOR
Azrikam PARKER JUNR
Copied Robt. BUCKNER Clrk
North Carolina Ss: By the honorable Presiding Councill
We being Certified that good & lawful proofe has been made that the above written is the last will & testament of Edwd. TAYLOR a true whereof is hereunto anexed and thereon Appointed & made Sarah TAYLOR Executrix
These are to Impower the sd. Sarah TAYLOR & upon all & Singular ye Goods & Chattles Rights & Credits of ye asfd. Edwd: TAYLOR to Enter & the Same into her possesion to take & a true Inventory thereof Appraised According to Law to Return into Ye Secítys Office within one year after ye Date hereof & the Same to dispose of as by the sd. will is appoynted Given under the Collonys Seal 28th of Janíy 1711/12 In the tenth Year of her Majesties Reign
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