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In the name of God, amen, I, Jonathan TAYLOR being sick and weak of body, but of sound and disposing mind and memory, and calling to mind the uncertainty of human life, and that it is appointed to all men to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manor and form following--
I give and bequeath to my son, Zachariah TAYLOR, the south end of my land whereon he now lives, beginning at Lemuel SANDERSONs line, thense northwesterly along the main road to a red oak standing near the northwest corner of Nathaniel BROCKs fence, thense westerly to a pine standing at the edge of the flatty swamp, thense a straight course to a pine at the north end of the shingle ridge at the cypress swamp, thense along the swamp side to SANDERSONs line thense to the first station, and at his death to his son, Jessie TAYLOR and his heirs, also fifty acres of swamp at the head of the Bay to Zachariah TAYLOR and his heirs forever.
Item - I give and bequeath to my son, Benjamin TAYLOR, all the land I hold on Mackies Island to him and his heirs forever.
Item - I give and bequeath to my son, Willoughby TAYLOR all the land I hold in the backwoods between Reuben TAYLOR and Thomas TAYLOR to him and his heirs forever.
Item - I give and bequeath to my son, Maxey TAYLOR, part of my land on the east side of the _____ beginning at a path leading from Long Point Gut at John TAYLORs line running westwardly along John TAYLORs line to a persimmon tree standing in the lane on the west side of a pond, thense southwardly to a persimmon tree standing in the lane at Amos GREYs line, thense eastwardly to John TAYLORs line, thense along John TAYLORs line to the first station, also one piece of land at the north end of my land on the west side of the road joining Joseph SIMMONS beginning at a pine, my corner tree, running southwardly to a pine stump, thense westwardly to a pine on the main swamp side, thense northwardly to my line, thense eastwardly to the first station. And if he dies without heirs lawfully begotten of his body to fall to my son, Jonathan TAYLOR, and his heirs, also my part of the schooner, Betsey, to my son, Maxey, and his heirs forever.
Item - I give and bequeath to my daughter Bridgett TAYLOR, two acres of land at the north end of my orchard, beginning at the road running westerly to a red oak at a pond, thense northwardly to the road, thense to the first station running along Shingle Ridge, and at her death or marriage to Jonathan TAYLOR and his heirs forever.
Item - I give and bequeath to my son, Jonathan TAYLOR, the land on the plantation whereon I now living binding on Zachariah TAYLORs line and Maxey TAYLORs line and on the main swamp on the other side, also fifty acres of marsh at the head of the bay. And if he dies without heirs lawfully begotten of his body to fall to my son, Maxey TAYLOR and his heirs, also one desk and feather bed and furniture, the ______ and furniture, one large looking glass, one hand mill and fifty dollars cash to him and his heirs forever.
Item - I give and bequeath to my daughter, Bridgett TAYLOR, one negro woman named Judea, two feather beds and furniture, one horse and chair ____, and ____, one walnut chest, all my hoggs and poultry and fifty dollars cash to her and her heirs forever.
Item - I give and bequeath to my daughter Betsy TAYLOR one negro woman named Pegg, two feather beds and furniture, one new side saddle, one black walnut desk, one dutch case, and fifty dollars in cash to her and her heirs forever.
Item - I give and bequeath to my five sons all my cyprus swamp and my juniper swamp to be equally divided between them and theirs
All the remainder of my estate within doors and without I leave to be equally divided between all my children and their heirs, except my shooting gun I give to my grandson, Jessie TAYLOR. Furthermore, I desire that my daughter, Bridgett TAYLOR, shall live and stay with my son, Jonathan TAYLOR and take care of his property til he come of age, if she continues a single woman. Lastly I hereby constitute, appoint, and ordain my two sons, Willoughby TAYLOR and Maxey TAYLOR executors to this my last will and testament, revoking all other will or wills heretofore made, ratifying and confirming this to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have set my hand and seal this 16th day of November, 1807.
/s/ Jonathan TAYLOR
Lovey [her x mark] TAYLOR
Lydia [her x mark] TAYLOR
Recorded and examined the 9th day of December, 1807.
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