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In the name of God. Amen. I Thomas TAYLOR of the County of Currituck (survivor*) being very sick and weak in, or in perfect health of body, or and of perfect mind and memory, thanks be given unto God, calling to mind the mortality of my body, knowing that its once appointed for all men to die, do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament, that is to say, and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of the Almighty that gave it me, and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried at the discretion of my executors, nothing doubting, but at the general resurrection, I shall receive the same again, by the Almighty power of God that gave it me, and as touching such worldy estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life, I give, dismis and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.
First: I give and bequeath to my Son James TAYLOR all my lands on the west side of the road beginning at a gum binding on Josiah TAYLORs his heirs executors administrators and assigns forever. I give to my Son Trimegan TAYLOR all my lands on the east side of the road excepting the cypress swamp, to him and his heirs executors, administrators and assigns forever. Also that said James TAYLOR shall have privilege to get rail timber for the old plantations use, if needed, the horses to be equally divided between my two Sons. All the remainder of my stock, household and kitchen furniture, to be equally divided amongst my Daughters, freely to be theirs after my death. Ratifying this to be my Last Will and Testament, revoking and renouncing all other instruments of writing. In witness hereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal in the year of our Lord this May the seventh one thousand eight hundred and fifteen.
/s/ Thomas [his x mark] TAYLOR seal
signed, sealed, and published in the presence of witnesses
Demcy BALLANCE jurat
Trimigan TAYLOR executor
James TAYLOR executor to the will of Thomas TAYLOR
Recorded and examined the (Blank) day of (Blank)
*[This word does look like "survivor", although it seems doubtful that this is what was intended. The will was copied some time in the distant past from the original, and a mistake may have occurred at that time. Identifiers were often used to distinguish between two men of the same name, but usually they referred to occupations, geographic areas or differences in age (Jr. or Sr.). In the court minutes of Feb. Term 1818, this man is referred to as Thomas TAYLOR SENR., so it's possible that the word that looks like "survivor" might have been "senior" in the original].
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