32 DIARY OF FRANCIS TAYLOR, 1794.
WILL OF COL.GEORGE TAYLOR, COPIED FROM RECORDS OF ORANGE COURT.
By Dr. Andrew C. Grinnan.
IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN. I, George Taylor of the County of Orange, being in good health & of sound and disposing memory, thanks be to God for the same, do make &ordain this my last will and testament, in manner and form following.
Imprimis. I desire all my just debts be first paid.
Item- I give to my son James all the household furniture that were mine,where he now lives, and a young negro woman named Rachel now in his possession, also two young negroes between the age of five and fifteen, such as my Ex'ors shall chuse, to his and his heirs forever.
Item.- I give to my son Jonathan five pounds current money.
Item.- I give to the Ex'ors of my son Edmund for the use of his estate five pounds current money.
Item.- I give to my son Richard five pounds current money.
Item.- I give to my son William five pounds current money, also three negroes, Phill., Adam & Doll, now in his possession. The aforesaid three negroes being of equal value to four such as I gave to my other children, also thirty-three pounds current money, being the balance of one hundred and fifty pounds current money.
Item.- I give to my son Charles five pounds current money.
Item.- I give to my son Francis four hundred acres of land including the farm, the plantation,I now live on,also a negro named Frank now in his possession, also one other grown negro and two young negroes, such as my ex'ors shall chuse to make them equal in value to such four I gave to my other children, which land and negroes I give him & his heirs forever.
Item.- I give to my son Benjamin four negroes, two of them to be grown & the other two of them to be young men, also I give him four other negroes such as my ex'ors shall chuse in lieu of my not giving his land or money which said negroes I give him to him and his heirs forever.
Item.- I give to my son George five hundred and twenty five acres of land in Fayette county on Kentucky River to him and his heirs forever, he paying to the ex'ors of his brother Edmund the expense attending taxing up and surveying the same.
Item.- I leave the remaining part of the land I live on with one hundred and fourteen acres I purchased adjoining the lower part of my tract to be sold by my executors or the survivor of them for raising money for the payment of my debts & legacies.
Item.- I give all the rest of my estate to be equally divided among all my beforementioned sons and their represenatives to them and their heirs forever- and, my last will & testament revoking all other wills by me heretofore made.
IN WITNESS whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this fifth day of September 1789.
(Signed) GEORGE TAYLOR (S.)
N.B. As the will contained in this paper is wrote by my own hand it requires no witness. George Taylor.
From the TAYLOR DIARY, #1907-z in the Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina Library, Chapel Hill. FOR REFERENCE ONLY: PERMISSION TO PUBLISH MUST BE REQUESTED. WARNING: MOST MANUSCRIPTS ARE PROTECTED BY COPYRIGHT.
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