Loudoun County, Virginia
Be it remembered that this thirtieth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety seven, I, Thomas Taylor of Loudoun County in the State of Virginia, being weak of body but of sound mind and memory, calling to mind the uncertainty of this transitory life, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament, touching the disposal of what temporal estate I have and this only to be taken as my last Will and none other, hereby revoking all will or wills by me heretofore made:
Imprimis. I will that my body be decently buried; that all my just debts and legacies be paid;
Item. I give and bequeath unto my daughter, Anne, one bond of Alexander Sutherland, for one thousand dollars which I lent said Sutherland, now here husband;
Item. I give and bequeath unto my son, Henry Taylor, his heirs and assigns forever the mill that I purchased of Mercer Brown, situated in Loudoun County in the State of Virginia, on Kittocton Creek, with two hundred acres of land I purchased of Mercer Brown, which said two hundred acres shall be laid off at the lower part of said land, leaving out the upper part next the creek to be sold as my other lands hereafter mentioned with all the utensils to the mill belonging; and then to have full possession of the same at the decease of his mother and not before without a previous bargain with his said mother. My will is that she shall have the profits of this estate during her natural life;
Item. I give and bequeath unto my son, Joseph Taylor, his heirs or assigns forever, fifty pounds Virginia money to be paid out of bonds due me in specie;
Item. My will is and I do hereby ordain that my executors hereafter named do sell and convey in fee simple all my lands and plantations, both in Maryland and Virginia, except the land and mill before mentioned to my son, Henry Taylor, and pay the amount to the several legatees hereafter named;
Item. My will is that my estate, both real and personal, to be sold except the mill with the two hundred acres left to my son, Henry Taylor, and the money arising to be equally divided between my sons, Thomas and Jesse, my daughters, Mary, Rachel and Sarah, equally between them share and share alike, to them, their heirs and assigns forever;
Item. I give and bequeath to my sons, Thomas and Jesse, and my daughters, Mary, Rachel and Sarah, all the money I may have by me at my decease, all I have out upon bonds, to be equally divided between them, including all outstanding debts that may be due to me at the time of my decease;
I appoint and ordain my son, Thomas Taylor, and my son-in-law, Benjamin Hough Canby, executors to this my last Will and Testament.
Singed, sealed, pronounced and declared by Thomas Taylor as his last Will and Testament, contained in the presence of us the subscribers: George Baer, Jr., George Bawman, Jacob Metzger
Codicil. I, Thomas Taylor, in the foregoing or annexed last Will and Testament, having further considered the same that I have an estate depending in England, if it is ever obtained, that it is my will that is should be divided between my sons, Thomas, Jesse, Joseph, and my daughters, Mary, Rachel and Sarah.
At a court held for Loudoun County, July the 10th 1797
This will was proved by the oath of George Bawman and Jacob Metzger, two of the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded; and on the motion of Thomas Taylor and Benjamin H. Canby, the executors therein named (they having made solemn affirmation according to law), and with William Hough and Samuel Hough, their securities, entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of forty thousand dollars with condition as the law directs. Certificate is granted them for obtaining a probate thereof in due form.
Teste Chas. Binns, C.L.C.