Facts and Events
James Taylor was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Will of James Taylor
Rockbridge County, VA Will Book 2,p. 225-227.
- James Taylor's Will (Transcription)
- IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN. I James Taylor being in perfect use of mental powers and calling to my mind my mortality do make and ordain this instrument my last will and Testament. After committing my soul to god who gave it professing my hearty belief of the christian religion and the several Doctrines therein contained as explained in the Confession of faith & Cathchisms of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. I order and ordain that on the event of my decease my body be intered in a decent and christian manner.
- 2nd That relative to my family and estate with which the Lord hath blessed me I order and ordain as follows
- 1st I order and ordain that my wife Anne shall have a child's part out of my estate moreover a horse and saddle two cows and a bed and its necessary furniture each of her own choosing out of my estate and the whole of her above portion at her absolute disposal when she dies, also I order and ordain that she shall have during her life the negroe woman named Katty exclusive of her issue.
- 2nd I order and ordain that the balance of my estate real & personal in whatever it may consist shall be divided equally amongst my children and their lawful heirs as soon as the youngest becomes of age except as hereafter provided and specified, that is to say except my lot at [Tazwel] Courthouse purchased by my son Audly Taylor now deceased which lot I bequeathe to my sons Cawfald and James and their heirs and my lot in Springfield in Rockbridge I bequeath to my son John and his heirs.
- Farther I order and ordain that my administrators or Executor shall so apply my estate before finally divided and the profits thereof as in the best manner reasonable to accommodate my Relic and raise my family and that when any of my children lawfully sets up in life for & by himself or herself that every such child shall have as much divided off to him or her as my Executors judge can be done consistant with the general interest of the family, And finally that the amount of any such portion given hereafter to any of my children or heretofore given to my daughter Rebeckah Green as near as can be without law decision ascertained shall be calculated in the dividend falling to such child at the final dividing of my estate.
- And I hereby appoint and authorise my wife Anne and my son in law Henry Green Executors of this my last will & Testament in the twenty third day of February eighteen hundred & one.
- Signed and acknowledged in the presence of the under written (signed) James Taylor
- Samuel Houston
- Henry Green
- John Beaty
- At a Court held for the County of Rockbridge June the Second 1801
- This writing purporting the last will and Testament of James Taylor Deceased was produced in Court by Ann Taylor Executrix and Henry Green Executor herein named and proved by the oaths of Samuel Houston and John Beaty subscribing witnesses and ordered to be Recorded ---- And on the motion of the said Executrix & Executor who made oath according to Law certificate is granted them for obtaining probat thereof in due form they having with William Taylor and John Morris their securities entered into and acknowledged bond in the sum of ten thousand Dollars conditioned according to Law
- Aw Reid CRC
Records of James Taylor in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records: (Possibly this James Taylor)
- Vol. 1 - AUGUST 25, 1762. - (343) Robert Campbell and James Taylor, returned no inhabitants.