Franklin County Wills


Franklin County, North Carolina
Wills, Inventories 1785-1797, Vol. A, Pages 27-28


Last Will and Testament of JOHN TAYLOR, deceased

In the Name of God Amen. I JOHN TAYLOR of Franklin County in the State of North Carolina being in health of body & sound mind & memory but seriously reflecting on the mortality of the body do make this my last will & testament --
Imprimis - I desire my body to be decently buried in the most solemn Christian manner & my soul I desire to commit to my God who gave it as into the hands of a faithful Creator in sure certain hope of a Glorious Resurrection to Eternal Life thro the merits of my once crucified bu now Glorious Redemer --
And with regard to my Worldly goods I dispose of them in the manner and form following that is to say --

My will & desire is of I give to my daughter MOURNING TAYLOR one feather bed and furniture which she may choose, one cow & calf her choice - two pewter basons, two pewter dishes, three pewter plates and also an equal dividend of my whole Estate--
Item - My will & desire is that my well beloved wife, MARY TAYLOR, have and use all my Estate during her natural life and after her death I give & bequeath all my Estate Real and Personal to be equally divided between all my daughters or their representatives & that such division be made by a sale to the highest bidder of themselves no other person to have the priviledge of the biding & the sale & division to be conducted by my Executors or their Successors or the surviving one --
And I do constitute & appoint HENRY HUNT & HARDY HUNT Executors to this my last Will & Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this twelfth day June one thousand seven hundred & Eight Five.

JOHN TAYLOR ("I T" his mark)

Sign'd seal'd published & Declar'd in presence of