Will of William Taylor
Somerset Co., Maryland
July, 09 1784
Maryland Somerset County, In the Name of God Amen I William Taylor of the County & Province aforesaid being of perfect sense & Memory do make this my last Will & Testament disanulling all others made by mouth by word or writing I therefore recommend my Soul to Almighty God and my body to the Earth from which it was taken to be buried after a decent manner as my executor shall think fit hereafter named and for such Worldly goods as God hath pleased to bestow on me I leave in manner and form followingth
Item I give and bequeath to my son Ezekiel Taylor one hundred Acres of Land to which my dwelling Plantation is now on called Weatherlys Contrivance to him and his heirs and one Shilling Sterling and no more of my Estate.
Item I give and bequeath to my son William Taylor one Tract of Land called First Choice containing one hundred Acres to him and his heirs and one Shilling Sterling and no more of my Estate.
Item I give and bequeath to my son John Taylor Fifty Acres of Land called Weatherlys Contrivance to be laid of on the South and next to my son Ezekiel Taylor's part of the aforesaid tract of Land to him and his heirs I likewise give to my son John Taylor on third part of my Moveable Estate to him and his heirs and on Shilling Sterling and no more of my Estate.
Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Taylor the other two thirds of my moveable Estate to her and her heirs and one Shilling Sterling and no more of my Estate.
Item I leave to my wife Elizabeth Taylor one Third part of my Estate both Real and personal in during her natural life or Widowhood and if death or marage it to be divided equally amongst my four Children before mentioned and if not that a sufficioncy? to maintain her in a reasonable manner it is my desire that my sons Ezekiel & William Taylor should suport her in a reasonable manner I likewise leave my son William Taylor my executor of this my last Will and Testament to receive and pay all my just debts & settle with the rest of my children as my Will directs.
William Taylor (seal)
Signed Sealed & Acknowledged before us as Witness my Hand & Seal this 9th day of July 1784.
Richard Tully (his mark)