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In the Name of God amen I Thomas TAYLOR SENR. of the precinct of Curotuck In the Province of North Carolina ...[faded]... and of perfect Mind and Memory ...[the remainder of the "In the Name of God" paragraph is too faded to read accurately]...
Item. I give and Bequeath to my son Thomas TAYLOR and his Heirs for Ever one negro man Named [faded] One Feather bed and Furniture ...[faded]... pewter Dishes and all the Cattle and Hogs of his own proper mark with all their future increas three Ewes and Lambs with increas one Gun one gold ring...[faded]... being already in his possession. Also I give and Bequeath to my said son Thomas all the Cattle ...[faded]... that was bred on his plantation the one half of my tools and one half of my waring apparell to him and his Heirs for Ever.
Item. I Give and Bequeath to my son Edward TAYLOR and his Heirs all the Cattle and Hogs of his own mark One Feather Bed and Furniture one large Iron pott one gun two pewter Dishes two pewter plates one gold ring all the afsd. articles being already in the possession of my said son Edward. I also give and Bequeath to my said son Edward after the marriage or Decease of my wife Easter one muskett[?] ...[faded]... half my waring apparell to be Delivered at my Decease and one negro man named Bristoll to be Delivered to him at the marriage or Deceas of my wife and not before and my son Edward at the receipt of the said negro to pay to my son in law Cornelius Jones or his heirs five pounds ...[faded]... my will is that the said negro Bristol be not sold by my son Edward but at the death of my son to be and fall to my Grandson John TAYLOR the son of the sd. Edward & his heirs forever.
Item. I Give and Bequeath to my Daughter Elisabeth wife to Cornelius JONES and her heirs all the Cattle of her own mark with all their future Increas Also two Ewes [faded] with all their increas two large... [bottom of page torn]... [top of page torn]... one Feather bed ...[torn]beth after the marriage or Deceas ...[torn]... after the Deceas of my wife or Day of marriage.
Item. I Give and Bequeath to my Daughter Sophia the wife of Pe[torn] PYNER ...[torn]... all the Cattle of her proper mark with all their future Increas two Ewes and lambs with their Increas one Pewter Dish two pewter plates One Iron Pott one frying pan and one Gold ring One Feather Bed and furniture All being in her own possession already (Except) the Bed and furniture pott and pan which are to be Delivered to her or her heirs at the marriage or Deceas of my wife and not before.
Item. I give and Bequeath to my Daughter Sarah the wife of Jeremiah STEPHENS and her heirs all the Cattle Hogs and Sheep of her own mark and all their future Increas Also two pewter Dishes one Iron pott one new feather Bed and furniture two pewter plates one Small pewter Tankard One Chest and one riding Horse all Except the horse being already in her possession And my will is that if my said Daughter Sarah should Dye that then the Feather bed and furniture the pewter and the Horse is Given by this my will to be and fall to my Grand Daughter Easter STEPHENS her child and her heirs.
[Note: There are signatures at the bottom of this page, as if the testator and witnesses may have accidentally signed the wrong page. The signatures are the same as those at the end of the will].
Item. I Give and Bequeath to my daughter Bridgett the wife of Samuel JARVES and her heirs all the cattle hogs and sheep of her own proper mark with all their future Increas also one [faded] two pewter Dishes one pewter quart pott one iron pott one Feather bed and furniture one large pewter candlestick[?] all being in her own possession allready Except the Tankard and the quart pott. Also I give to my daughter Bridgett one negro man called Toney if he shall live to be delivered to her or her heirs at the marriage or deceas of Easter TAYLOR my wife Also the quart pott and Tankard aforementioned to be delivered ...[faded].
Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Bethia TAYLOR and her heirs all the Cattle of her own proper mark and their future increas ...[faded]... bed and furniture the best except her mothers own bed One small Iron pott [faded] pewter [faded] and three pewter plates and three Ewes and lambs with their increas also two cows and Calves out of the Stock at the Manner Plantation to be Delivered to her at my Deceas Also one still one brass warming pan one large brass kettle one hand mill and one small Iron kettle all which still kettles warming pan and mill to be delivered to my daughter Bethiah or her heirs at the marriage or death of my wife Easter and not before only my will is that if my two sons Thomas and Edward shall agree to pay unto my Daughter Bethiah or her heirs ...[faded]... Each of them in some good spe____[?] then the said ...[faded]... to my two sons aforesd. and their heirs Otherwise to be to my sd. Daughter Bethiah and her heirs as aforesaid.
Item. I give and Bequeath to my Grandson Benjamin TAYLOR the son of Edward TAYLOR one small Gun to him and his heirs.
Item. I give and Bequeath to my Grandson Ezekiel PHILLIPS one Cow and Calf with their future Increas to him and his heirs.
Item. I Give and Bequeath to my Three Daughters S[torn] Bridgett and Bethiah after the marriage or death ...[faded]... my stock of ...[faded]... att the Indian Ridge to be Equally... [bottom of page torn]... [top of page torn]... riage of my wife as aforsd. all the Cattle belonging to the ...[torn]... Except two Cows and Calves before by me Given to my Daughter Bethiah as aforesd.
Item. I Give and Bequeath to my Loving wife Easther TAYLOR one Feather Bed and furniture one Large Iron kettle one Trunk with Lock and key one horse called Frollick[?] or if he dies some other horse Also Bridle and saddle to her and her heirs for Ever Also my will is that my wife have the use of all the rest of my personall Estate and that none of it be brought to Apraisment or sold During the Natural life or widdowhood of my wife But att the death or marriage of my wife aforesd. Equal Division ...[faded]... amongst those of my Children which shall then be living.
I Make Ordain Impower and Appoint my Loving wife Esther TAYLOR Executrix and my two sons Thomas and Edward TAYLOR Executors Joyntly of this my Last will and testament Revoaking Disanulling and Making Voyd all former wills or Testaments by me heretofore ...[faded]... to be my Last will and Testament As witness my hand & seal this twentieth day of August Anno Dom 1734.
/s/ Tho: TAYLOR
Signed sealed Pronounced & Declared by the said Thomas TAYLOR to be his Last will and Testament in presence of
At a Court [torn] held for the sd. precinct on Tuesday the 6th day of July Anno 1736
Present His Majesties Justices
These may certifie that Stephen WILLIAMS and John MARTYN [two] of the Subscribing Evidences to the within Will appeared in open Court and declared on the Holy Evangelist that they were present and saw Thomas TAYLOR Sign Seal and declare the [illegible] to be and Contain his last Will and Testament and that he was then and that time of Sound and disposing Memory and that they also Saw Solomon JARVES the Other Subscribing Evidence put his name thereto at the same time. When also appeared Hester TAYLOR Executrix and Edward TAYLOR Exetor and took the Executors Oath in due form of Law. Ordered that the Secrty. have notice hereof that Letters Testry. issue thereon as the Law Directs &c.
By Order Jos. SMITH Clerk
Thos. TAYLORs Will
Letters Granted Septr 24th 1736
[Note: I think some time in the past, the pages of this will were torn in half and then mis-matched when they were taped back together. I have transcribed them here in what I believe to be the correct order. M. H.].
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