The Will of Henry Taylor, 1841

Images need to be digitized. Digitization allows for search engines to find words. I find that nobody is talking about Henry Taylor. So here’s his will, both in image and digitization.

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Know all men by these presents that I Henry Taylor being of sound and imposing mind and memory – thank God for the same – but knowing the (?) of this transitory life, make this my last Will and Testament – in manner and form following – to wit. I will and direct that thirty thousand dollars be vested in Stock in one or more of the banks in Savannah, State of Georgia, the dividends from which to be paid regularly, as they are declared to my beloved Wife, Mary Caroline Taylor during her natural life and at her death to be divided among her children by me – share and share alike. Should my such children survive her and should but one such child survive her then in that case the whole of such to go to such Child. Item I will and direct that ten thousand dollars be vested in stock in any of the banks in Savannah in like manner the dividends to be equally paid  to John Calhoun Junr until he attains the age of twenty five years – at which period of his life the stock to be given to him in perpetuity – but if the said John die previous to that time without leaving legitimate Issue, then in that case the property to go to Mrs. William Bettencourt’s Son William in Wilmington, North Carolina subject to the same restrictions and limitations, and should the said William die before ttaining the age of twenty five years and leave no legitimate Issue, then in that case the property to revert back to my natural heirs as herein after mentions. Item – I will and direct that ten thousand dollars be in like manner vested in stock of one or more banks in Savannah, the dividends to be equally divided between my Brother James Taylor of North Shields in the County of Northumberland England, and my Sister Mary Taylor of London in the event of the death of one of said legatees, He or She surviving shall enjoy the whole of the dividends during his or her natural life, on the death of the last named legatee, the stock to revert back to my natural Heirs as above mentioned. Item I will and direct that two thousand dollars be vested in bank Stock in Savannah

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the dividends to be paid regularly to Fanny Cummings of Wilmington North Carolina at her death the stock to revert back to my natural Heirs as above named, also that one thousand dollars be vested in stock in any of the banks of Savannah and the dividends to be paid to my servant Ellen in New York, also one thousand dollars as above, the dividends to be paid to my Servant Jenny in Liverpool, and I hereby appoint my Nephew Wm. Taylor of New York Guardian to Ellen and my friend Andrew Low guardian to Jenny should it be herefore considered to the advantage of them, or either of them to pay to them, or either of them the principle then in that case my Executors will act in concurrance with the guardians. Item, I hereby will and direct that my Executors sell to the best advantage within two years after my demise the whole of my real and personal estate, except my bank stock, and purchase stock to the full amount in such banks or other stocks as they may think most advantageous to my Heirs. I also empower and direct them to draw the amount of my funds now in the hands of Messrs. Isaac Low &c of Liverpool, and use it as above from the dividends of which they will pay to my beloved Wife in case of her having one or more children by me, seven hundred dollars (?) or each such child untill they attain the age of three years, then after that time to allow her one thousand dollars to the support of each and as sufficient allowance for their Education which I wish to be most liberal either in America or any other country as their Mother and my Executors may think most advisable, the remainder of the dividends to be vested in bank or other stock in Savannah, thereby accumulating the (?) during the minority of such child or children, and on their arriving if sons to twenty one years of age, if Daughters to twenty years of age, then to be put each in the (?) provision of his or her respective share, allowing share and share alike, and I hereby strictly injoin on my Executors to have the property to go to my Daughter or Daughters of my (?) over to her or them, but should no such child of mine live to arrive to the above named age, then I will and direct that the interest or dividends from ten thousand dollars in addition to the sum above mentioned

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be (?) to my beloved wife during her natural life, at her death to be divided as hereinafter directed, and I will and direct that my property, whether in Stock or Money, be divided into five shares, one shart to be equally divided among the children of my late Brother John Taylor, one other share to be so divided between the children of my late Brother Stevenson Taylor, the dividends from one other share to be paid to my Brother James Taylor of North Shields as above during his natural life, at his death the stock to go to his daughter Mrs. William A. Bandford of London, the dividends from one other Share to be paid to my Sister Mary Taylor of London during her natural life, at her death the stock to be equally divided between the children of my brothers John and Stevenson Taylor as above, the dividends from the other share to be paid to my Sister Mrs. Elenor Clark of Sunderland County of Durham in England during her natural life, at her death the stock to be equally divided between the children of my late Brothers John and Stevenson Taylor as above. Item – I will and direct that if Wm. Maner owes money to my nephew Wm. Taylor of New York or the house of Taylor and Ritch of that town, that my Executors pay the same to the said Wm. Taylor, or the house of Taylor and Ritch from the legacy to go to my Niece Rachel Miles Maner, and that the ballance be secured to her (?) share and share alike and not to be sold until they respectively become of age and I also will and direct that the share to go to my Nephew Henry Taylor of New York be so secured that he cannot spend it and only to receive the dividends and then at such times and such amounts as his brother Wm. Taylor may think most for his benefit, unless at some future period such a reformation in his conduct may take place, and whatever business he may be engaged in may make it evident that it would be advantageous to him to have possession of his legacy, then in that case my Executors will act accordingly taking the opinion of the said Wm. Taylor. Item – I will and direct that all the (?) of my beloved wife leaving issue by me then the stock so left for her maintenance

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to be divided among such children if more than one , if but one then the whole to go to that one, but should she die and leave no issue, then in that case the stock to be equally divided among the children of my late brothers John and Stevenson share and share alike. And I hereby nominate and appoint my friend John P. Williamson of Savannah, Georgia, my Nephew John M. Taylor of Pipe Creek, South Carolina and my Friends Andrew Low and William Smith & the firm of Isaac Low &c of Liverpool, England, Executors in trust of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking and making void all other wills made by me at former periods in time whereof I have to this my will (?) set my hand and seal, that is to say my hand to the first three pages, and my hand and seal to the fourth and last page the twenty fourth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty. The words equally on the first page and four sheets on the fourth page one erased and the name Wm. Ancrum on the second page was (?) before the sealing and delivery of these presents.

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Witnesses

Jno P. Williamson

D. Balfour

Amos Scudder

Some of you might have noticed that John P. Williamson was the mayor of Savannah at one time. Also, you see the name Andrew Low, who also became a citizen at the same time as Henry Taylor, plus he is the progenitor of the famous Low family of Savannah, even though he never married or had children. You can read more about that here at the Andrew Low House website.

If Henry Taylor still had siblings in England, and he had amassed a fortune in America, why didn’t he have property in England? Had he sold it and used the money in America to build his fortune? And what was the house of Taylor and Ritch in New York?

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