Henry Taylor, Sr., is my 5th great-grandfather. His father, Rev. John Taylor was from Lancaster County, Virginia, which was the birthplace for Henry. His mother, I believe, is Mary Bumbury, but I haven’t any proof. Henry Taylor was born about 1707 and died in 1771. His first wife was Margaret Cork, with whom he had Mary, Walter, Joshua, Henry, Sarah, Eleanor and Elizabeth, possibly others that predeceased their father. After Margaret’s death he married Suzannah Compton, widow of Robert Whitely. They had one son, John, who was my ancestor. John Taylor married Mary Ann Hawkins, giving their children names from previous generations – Henry, Matthew, Margaret, Nicholas Hawkins, John Compton (my ancestor), Elizabeth, Susan and Walter. For years I have tried to make sense of these Taylor lines and I believe I’m almost there!
Will of Henry Taylor, Sr.
Loudoun County Virginia Will Book A, Pages 318-319
In the name of God, Amen. I, Henry Taylor, Senior, 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 mind, 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 hereafter 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 William Williams 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, revoking all will or wills by me heretofore made or declared, confirming this and no other to be 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
Signed, sealed, published and declared by the within named testator to be his last will and testament in presence of us who subscribed our names in presence of the said testator and of each other –
Mary Sutton, John Burke, Rhoda Burke
At a court held for Loudoun County August 12, 1771, this will was proved by the oaths of Mary Sutton, John Burke and Rhoda Burke, 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.
Test. Charles Binns, Clerk Loudoun Court
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