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In the name of God Amen I John TAYLOR being weak of body but of sound disposing memory and calling to mind the uncertainty of human life and that it is appointed for man one to die do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following viz:
Imprimis I give and bequeath to my Son Edward TAYLOR the land and plantation whereon I now live to him and his heirs forever reserving the use of the plantation and land to my beloved Wife Prudence TAYLOR during her natural life or widowhood
Item: I give and bequeath to my Son John TAYLOR all my land in the backwoods to him and his heirs forever reserving the use of the said land to my Wife Prudence TAYLOR during her natural life or widowhood
Item: I give and bequeath to my beloved Wife Prudence TAYLOR all the remainder of my estate within doors and without during her natural life or widow hood and then to be equally divided between the remainder of my children Mary TAYLOR, Cortina TAYLOR, Joseph TAYLOR and Bethian TAYLOR and their heirs
Lastley I will and desire that my Wife Prudence TAYLOR shall and are hereby appointed my sole executrix to this my Last Will and Testament given under my hand and seal this 16th day of February 1801
/s/ John [His x mark] TAYLOR seal
Recorded and examined the 22d day of April Anno Dom 1805
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