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Henry Taylor, Sr., Will

Henry Taylor was my gr-gr-gr-gr-great-grandfather.  I found this will during my research last week.  Henry’s first wife was Mary Cork, with whom he had all but his youngest son, John, my ancestor.  His second wife, Susanna Compton, was John’s mother.  Susanna was the widow of Robert Whitely when she married Henry.  Henry’s parents were John Taylor and Mary Bumbury.

Loudoun County, Virginia, Will Book A

pp. 318-319

In the name of God, amen.  I, Henry Taylor, Sr., in the parish of Cameron, County of Loudoun, Colony of Virginia, Planter, being at this time weak of body but of a sound and perfect memory and understanding, make and ordain this my last Will and Testament.  First and principally I recommend my soul to God who gave it me, and my body to the earth, to be decently interred at the discretion of my executors hereinafter named.  And as to my temporal estate I bequeath and dispose of in the following manner.  My mind and will is that all my just debts together with my funeral expenses be first paid and discharged out of my estate.

Item.  I give and devise to my well beloved wife Susanna Taylor the lot of land I now live on and the half of my movable estate (except what I bequeath to my former wife’s children) during her life.

Item.  I give and devise to my son Walter Taylor the sum of five shillings current money of Virginia.

Item.  I give and devise to my son Joshua Taylor the lot of land whereon he now lives to him and his heirs.

Item.  I give and devise to my son Henry Taylor five shillings current money of Virginia.

Item.  I give and devise to my son-in-law William Cotton the sum of five shillings current money of Virginia.

Item.  I give and devise to my son-in-law Thomas Harden the sum of five shillings current money of Virginia.

Item.  I give and devise to my son-in-law Notley Williams the sum of five shillings current money of Virginia.

Item.  I give and devise to my youngest son, John Taylor, all the rest and residue of my movable estate to be immediately possessed with it after my death.  I further devise to my said son John Taylor, the plantation (or lot of land) I now live on and all the movable estate I bequeathed to my wife Susanna to be immediately in his possession after the death of his mother, to him and his heirs lawfully begotten.

Lastly and finally I do make, ordain and appoint my well beloved wife Susanna Taylor and my son John Taylor executors of this my last Will and Testament.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty-ninth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy.

                                                 Henry Taylor, Senior

In the presence of us who subscribed our names in presence of the said Testator and of each other – Mary Sutton, John Burk, Rhoda Burk

At a court held for Loudoun County August 12th 1771

This will was proved by the oaths of Mary Sutton, John Burk and Rhoda Burk, witnesses thereto, and ordered to be recorded, and on the motion of Susanna Taylor, Executrix, and John Taylor, the Executor, therein named who made oath according to law, certificate is granted them for obtaining a probate thereof in due form giving security.  Whereupon they together with Thomas Lewis and William Smith, Gentlemen, their securities entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of one thousand pounds current money with condition as the law directs.

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  1. My 3rd Great Grandfather is Joshua Taylor, who I believe is Henry’s son.
    Joshua/Joseph m. Elizabeth Skinner in Loudoun.

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