I Samuel Taylor of the County of Russell and State of Virginia being sound in mind and of disposing memory do make and publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all former wills made by me at anytime heretofore.
1. First I direct my Executor to pay all my just debts and funeral expenses as soon as he can after my death, and as to what worldly Estate it hath pleased God to intrust me with my desire to divide it as suits me. As to my landed Estate I have deeded it to such of my children as I wished to have it and as to my personal estate, such as money debts, property, household, farming utensils & etc., I want to divide as followeth.
1. First, I give to my son John A. Taylor the sum of two hundred and fifty dollars in specie.
2. Second. I give to my son William Taylor the sum of Five Dollars in specie.
3. Third. I give to my daughter Elizabeth Boothe the sum of Two hundred and fifty dollars in specie.
4. Fourth. I give to my son Stephen Taylor the sum of Two hundred & fifty dollars in specie.
5. Fifth. I give to the heirs of my daughter Nancy Ball the sum of Fifteen Dollars in specie.
The sums of money is to be paid out of my money and may be paid to them or either of them during my life time or after my death, either by me or my Executor and their receipt taken for the same which shall be a good receipt against their amount specified as above.
6.th The balance of all my Estate that I may have at my death both real and personal, including lands, money, property, debts, household furniture, farming tools, etc. to be equally divided between four of my sons that is Chrisman Taylor, Harvey Taylor, Emby Taylor and Lilburn Taylor and they to see to me and take care of me in my old age, and I want the said Christman Taylor & Harvey Taylor and Emby Taylor and Lilbern Taylor to agree and make the said divide themselves, and not to have any sale of my property and if they cannot agree or is not present to divide, to select some good person or persons to divide for them.
I hereby constitute and appoint my son Harvey Taylor Executor of this my last will and testament, and to make no charge of his own services.
In Witness of this my last will and testament, I the said Samuel Taylor sets my hand and seal this the 12th day of April 1870.
Signed: Samuel Taylor (his mark) "seal"
Signed, sealed, and delivered in
our presence we being present
at the same time and was requested
by the said Samuel Taylor to
witness this instrument as his
last will and testament.
Thomas W. Davis
At a court held for Russell County on the 2d day of February, 1875.
The last will and testament of Samuel Taylor dec'd was this day produced in court and proved by the oath of Thomas W. Davis and Joseph Webb two of the subscribing witness thereto and ordered to be recorded. And on motion of Harvey Taylor the Executor therein named who took the oath of an Executor prescribed by law and entered into and acknowledged a bond in the sum of ($6000.00) six thousand dollars with E.G. Baylor and Thomas W. Davis as his securities thereto conditioned according to law. A certificate is therefore granted him for obtaining probate of said will in due form.
Teste: Henry A. Routh D.C.