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Taylor-Abstracts of Craven Wills and Estates



Abstracted by Gloria Taylor. Researched by Martha Marble and Gloria Taylor

Files are located in NC State Archives Search Room in Boxes 028.508.141 & 028.508.142. Most of the files were reviewed; some were determined not to be of interest to the families we were searching, so did not write information. A few other Wills from other sources are included and are indicated. (gst)

EDWARD TAYLOR,     4/1747     (Craven)
Estate Papers
- County of Currituck Providence. Admin of Estate: Mary Taylor. Signed Admin Bond - Mary Taylor, Josias Nicholson, and Benjamin Taylor. (Typed)
Estate Papers- County of Currituck, providence of Archdale. Admin. Of Estate: Benjamin Taylor. Signed Admin. Bond: Benjamin Taylor, John Caron, Joseph Caron. (Handwritten).

THOMAS TAYLOR     1758    (Craven)
Estate Papers Estate filed April 11, 1758. Admin Henry Hill, Richard Garrett, Joseph Blount

JAMES TAYLOR    1767     Craven Estate File: Estate Sale: 29 February 1767 - Purchasing items: Mrs Taylor, many purchases, Rascow Lipsey, Gabriel Pecham (?), James W Daniel, Nathan Parsons, Richard Pickrun [probably same as Gabriel above]. John Oliver, Elisha Atkins, Moses Pickun, Joseph Reasonover, Joshua Collings, Lemuel Hatch, Rice Dulin, Arthur Barrinough, Phillip Miller. Signed by Levi (?) Fulshire, Esq.

JACOB TAYLOR    1767    CRAVEN
Estate File:
Adminstrators Bond: April 8, 1767. Elihu Hall, Jacob Shepard (George Pheney Lovick's name marked through).
Inventory: taken May 20, 1767 by Elihu Hall, Admin. Also on Micro film. Intestate: Land on Otter Creek. SON: Joshua Taylor.

JACOB TAYLOR    1770    CRAVEN
Will: dated January 10, 1770. Wife: Ann. Son: Henry. Daughters: Pansseas(sp), Catherine, Iven. Administrator of Estate: Anne Taylor, wife. Witnesses: John Brosoning(sp), Daniel Bronning(sp), & Jasharal(sp) Whitehead.

JOHN TAYLOR    1772    CRAVEN
WILL: 24 March 1772; Proved 28 March 1772. - SONS: Absolam Taylor, money & already received portion; John Taylor, bull/cow. Daughters: Violator Garde, money/land already; Courtney Taylor, now Reed, portion already received; Tammer Taylor, all the remainder of estate both real & personal. Grandson: John Taylor, 2 cows/calfs, etc., all that tract of land & plantation where I now live. Granddaughter: Alse Garde, daughter of Violator, Cow/calf. Executor: Bazell Smith. Wit: Jacob Sikes, Ann Sikes, Elizabeth Thompson.

Estate File: Inventory of estate on Slocombs Creek, 27 March 1772 by Bazell Smith. Entered September Court 1772. [No estate sale papers].

EDMOND TAYLOR    1771    CRAVEN
Estate Papers: December 1771. Rachael Taylor, Cornelius Taylor, Frederick Harget

JOHN TAYLOR     1785    CRAVEN
Estate Papers-dated September 9, 1785. Administrator of Estate: William Ives. Signed Admin Bond-William Ives, Stephen Dunn, & Henry Peerss(sp). Inventory Sept 9, 1785 by William Ives. Inventory Sale names: George Whitehead, Stephen Kinsey, Jacob Tingle, William Ives, John Oglesbay, Henry Sikes. Patent recorded by Benjamin Griffin. March 13, 1792 - Plan (diagraghm) representing the land patented by John Taylor Nov. 18, 1738 on the So(?) side of Neuse and E'side of Swt Creek. Surveyed by N.Gathem (sp).
Note to the court by Benjamin Griffin for March term to inform your worship he is interested in the rectification of the above mentioned Patent and ask the court to direct the Secretary to allow the record of the above said patent agreeable to the above plat is the Law that case corrects.
September 9, 1792 - Note to court from William Easterling, Dan Simmons, Seth Peairc(sp) that Benjamin Griffin informs us he has made application to your worship to direct the Secretary to rectify the error in John Taylors patent. Therefore we the subscribers who are well acquainted with the error and the damage the said Griffin must inevetable sustain provided the said Patent is not rectified, do certify we have no objections and should any person be damaged it must be us, therefore we humbly beg your worship to rectify the same agreeable to and in that ease given under our hands.

ABSALOM TAYLOR    1791    CRAVEN
WILL: 29 June 1790, Recorded March Term 1791. SONS: John Taylor (money & not more), Davis Taylor (land and Plantation where now live with one other tract joining it containing 100 acres, plus feather bed/furniture/desk). GRANDSON: Absolem Taylor, 75 acres patented by Bazell Smith, Esq. On south side of Buford Road running with James Hammeltons line to the percoason, etc., plus cow/calf. DAUGHTERS: Creasy Taylor, feather bed/furniture; Rebecka Taylor, feather bed/furniture. Remainder of estate not mentioned to be sold & equally divided between last 3 children, namely Davis, Creasey, Rebecka. (Note: John excluded. Executors: Brother, John Taylor and Benjamin Tolson. Wit: John Tolson & Thomas P. Ives.

ESTATE FILE: Inventory of Estate by Benjamin Tolson, June Term 1791
. Account of Sales: (5 pages), June Term 1791. Present at sale: John Porter, John Taylor, Jr., Bazel Foster, John Taylor, Sr., Abner Bell, Mallica Smith, Elizabeth Williams, Richard Hooks, George Whitehead, Lewis Cavenor, Philemon Holland, William Holland, Newel Bell, Thomas Lovick, Mikel Ellis, James Potter, James handcock, James Taylor, Fasion (?) Taylor, Major Upton, William Anderson, Thomas Smith, John Dunn. Total sale 166.10.7.

June Court 1794 - Ordered John Blanks, Levi Fulsher & Evan Jones be appointed to settle the accounts of John Taylor & Benjamin Tolson, Executors of Absalom Taylor & make return to next court.
3 Sept 1796 - Note from E. Jones & Levi Fulshire. The subscribers agreeable to order of the court ot settle with the Executors of Absolam Taylor decd. Find the Estate for amount of 147.12.10, the amount against estate 124.6.10, the remainder past due to the estate 17.11.0 (?) to the best of our knowledge.
Account of Estate by John Taylor & Benjamin Tolson, Account settled, returned Sept 1796.

REBECCA TAYLOR     1794    CRAVEN
Estate File: 29 March 1794. Admin Bond: John Taylor, John Ives, John Williams. Inventory List: Bedset containing bed & furniture and one bedsted, one bed board. Inventory Sale: list a bedset sold to John Taylor for 11.3.2.

JOHN TAYLOR     1795-    CRAVEN
Estate Papers: Dated December 19,1795. Administrator of Estate: Isaac Taylor. Signed Administrators Bond: Isaac Taylor, John Gooding, & George Ellis.

DAVIS TAYLOR     1800     CRAVEN
WILL: 13 April 1800 (or 1801). Proved Sept Term 1801. Sister: Lucreacy Taylor, all lands. Cousin: James Tolson, all other property, plus feather bed, bolster, & piller, desk, gun. Executor: Benjamin Tolson. Wit: John Porter & Claudius Hamilton.

Captain John Taylor    1803     CRAVEN


Estate Papers Admin of Estate Elizabeth Taylor, Henry Carraway, Henry Tillman.
Sale 4/2/1804-Elizabeth Taylor, Bridges Jones, Henry Carraway, Joseph Nelson, Ann Sparrow, Edward Pritched, Isaac Phelps, Mr & Ms Carney, Philip Neale, John Porter, Ann Hill. Inventory- Elizabeth Taylor
[Note: Elizabeth Taylor married William Sparrow January 9, 1806]

Captain John Taylor     1810     CRAVEN
Estate Date December 31, 1810
John Harvey to William Sparrow-Bond to refund & Indemnity-12/1810. John Harvey is attorney in fact of the next of kin of John Taylor & together with George, James, and Thomas Taylor, Charles & Sarah Holmes all of Bristol , Great Britian, and Caleb & Mary Thomas Mumbles Kingdom, complaints.

JOHN TAYLOR     1805    CRAVEN
Estate File: 12 Dec 1804, Admin Bond: James Taylor, Levi Fulsher, Thomas Thompson - 100 pounds.
Dowery of Provisions: Dec Term 1804, Thomas Roe, John Ives, Thomas Thompson & Levi Fulsher, Esq., and Mathew Stevens appointed Companies to lay off & appropriate 1 year provisions to Lucretia Taylor, widow. Returned Sept 1805.
11 Jan 1805 - agreeable to order of court subscribers met to support the provision on hand for support of widow & family. Tho. Row, Thomas Thompson, Levi Fulsher
. Sale: 12 June 1805 - Lucretia Taylor, Philemon Holland, Benjamin Rowe, James Taylor, John Ives, William Holland, Daniel Stephens, William Collans, John Whitehead, Thomas Thompson, Lewis Cavender, Matthew Stephens, Amos Rowe, John P. Ives, John Parsons, Thomas Rowe, Archable Gibson, Levi Fulshire.

JAMES TAYLOR     1811     CRAVEN
Will: 27 March 1811. Recorded June Term Craven Co Court 1811. Wife: Peggy Taylor, 115 acres land on prong of Colemans Creek patented by John and Absalom Taylor. Son: Asa, 100 acres on head of Black Swamp. Remainder to be sold to pay just debts. Wits: Ruth Smith, W. Holland, William Holland.
Account of Sales: 2 May 1811. Present were: John Smith, Moses Stephens, Thomas Rowe, Robert H. Franklin, Samuel Patten, William Stephens, Ephriam Wilson, William Holland, Amos Rowe, Yarborough Taylor, Michael Fisher, Philemon Holland, Lewis Cavenno, Joseph Brittain, Archie Smith.

LUCRETIA TAYLOR     1817     CRAVEN
Estate File: 1 March 1817 Admin of Estate: Amos Rowe, Account of Sales: 4 Jan. 1817 - Purchasing: Will Holland, Amos Rowe, Ephn Wilson, Dexter Gibson, Asa Taylor, John Upton. Settlement: Dec 1818 - 3 vouchers - William Holland Esq., Seth Smith, Amos Rowe. Ordered that Samuel Patten, Joseph Brittain & James Marshall audit and settle the accounts of Amos Rowe, adm of Lecretia Taylor. Balance due heirs $25.24.

JAMES TAYLOR     1818    CRAVEN
Estate File: - June 2, 1818 - James former collector of Occacock
Advertisement of death posted in presence of Jas Y Tignor & Solomon Scott 29 June 1818, recorded 18 Sept 1818. Admin Estate William L. Morris
By Attorney George Attemore: Charlotte Ann Taylor, Dugames(sp) Taylor, John Anderson & Julia his wife & William B. G. (S or Y). William BS Taylor has no Guardian.

WILLIAM TAYLOR     1827     CRAVEN
Admin of Estate Margaret January 1, 1827. Administrators Bond-Stephen Heath, John Washington, John Smith. 3 Justices to grant special letters of admin on estate. are of opinion that the Admin right to sell property of estate (intestate) an unexplained lean of A. Richardson Esq.

RUTH TAYLOR     1847    Craven Estate Papers January 1, 1847. Admin of Estate Isaac Chestnut. Deceased 1839. guardian to Jonathan Chestnut. John L. Taylor personally appeared before Clerk of court saying he saw Lucretia Taylor post up notices. Sale of property show Lewis Taylor, Stephen Taylor, & Alexander Taylor purchasing items.

JOSHUA TAYLOR    1870    Craven
WILL: WIFE: Eleanor (land on N.E. side of the main road leading from New Bern to Beaufort.) DAUGHTER: Catherine Jane Bell, wife of Amos Bell, (land as described above). GRANDSONS: Elijah and Joshua Bell. Son-in-law: William H. Conner.

ISAAC TAYLOR     1846     Craven Co.
WILL: Wife: Hannah. Daughters: Jannet T. Hollister, Mary Attimore, Phebe Taylor, Louisa Taylor, Catherine Taylor, Frances Taylor. Executor: Phebe Taylor (daughter) and son-in-law George J. Attimore. Witnesses: John M. Roberts, Fredrick J. Jones.

ASA TAYLOR     1851
WILL: SON: James R. Taylor, cattle in my mark & other items, land containing 66 acres known by the name of Hampton Land, deed to me by Hampton Williams 3 may 1838; also, portion of tract whereon I reside known by the name of the "Wolf Tract" or "Wolf Land" deeded to me by Henerietta Smith contain ing 50 acres, beginning in Elijah Hardisons line, first hollow bridge below Woods road, crossing the Newberne & Bearfort road, down tht branch to where it forks, across the "Big Island" to Brices Creek, etc. This portion of Wolf Land adjoins the Hampton land. SON: Benjamin R. Taylor, balance of a certain tract of land containing by the deed 150 acres, except 50 acres which I have just willed to his brother, James R. Taylor., other items included. WIFE: Gatsy; Alexander Benjamin Hardison, son of Stephen F. Hardison and his wife, my daughter, Mary Ann should he live to become 21 years of age, either $10 or a cow and calf, whichever the rest of my heirs may see proper to do. Exec: not named. Wit: Will W. Lewis & John P. Ives.
Estate File: 8 March 1852: Application for Executors to settle estate. Bond signed by James R. Taylor, Council B. Wood and Alexander Mitchell for sum of $1500. Note attached: 5 March 1852, from Gatsy (x)Taylor to James R. Taylor, "adm on the Estate of my deceased husband, Asa Taylor. Wit: C.B. Wood.
9 March 1852 - Note to creditors posted in public places and verified by Council B. Wood, one of the Justice of the Peace for Craven Co who did see a copy of notices posted at the Court House at New Bern, and also at tow other locations: at the fork of Beaufort Road and Elizabeth Ferry.
20 March 1852 - Notice to creditors to present their claims.
12 June 1852 - Inventory of propety of Asa Taylor. Included items mentioned in Will. Registered in Clerk of Courts Office book 6, Folio 151, 24 August 1852.
BENJAMIN R. TAYLOR     1865
Estate File: 11 September 1865, Administrators Bond: George W. Hardison, Bryan B. Williams and Gabriel Hardison, Junior administer jointly on estate of Benjamin R. Taylor. Decd, of Craven Co., NC and to state $300.
Account of Sales: 1865, Copy too light to read, as was the original. Submitted to Court October 1865. "Recorded Book No 9".
9 September 1867, George Hardison, Charles Hardison and James H. Hunter, all of Craven, $400 paid to State in trust for the benefit of the children herein named… George Hardison is constituted Guardian to Mary E. Taylor, Josephine Taylor, George Taylor and Nancy Taylor, minor & orphans.
Fall 1867 - Petitioners of Mary E. Taylor, Nancy Taylor, Josephine Taylor, Nancy Taylor and George Taylor, infants under the age of 21 appearing on the behalf of their guardian, George W. Hardison, respectfully showeth unto your Honor to sell property of Benjamin R. Taylor, decd., about 100 acres on Brice Creek and adjoining the lands of Simpson Heath. House has been unoccupied since the death in 1866 of both father & mother of petitioners. Total of Six reasons for selling property of Mary E, Josephine, Nancy and George, all between ages of 4-13 and place money in account to draw interest to use to rear children. Courts agreed to sell land at public vendue.
27 Jan 1868, Note to pay Frederick Roberts, cc $325 for purchase of Benjamin R. Taylor 100 acres, Gave $25 cash.
27 Nov 1868 Mary E. Taylor, et. al. - C. W. Hardison became the purchaser at highest bid on property sold at Court House. Jan 27th 1868, Charles W. Hardison transferred rights title and interest in tract of land lyying on the west side of the road leading from Newbern to Beaufort and east side of Brices Creek about 8 1/2 miles from New Bern known formerly as the residence of Benjamin R. Taylor sold by Frederick C. Roberts Clerk to James Hunter Sept the 11th 1871. Wit. George W. Hardison.

BENJAMIN R. TAYLOR     1880
ESTATE FILE: 22 Dec 1879 - Application for guardianship by Joseph H. Willis for Nancy H. Taylor is a minor child of Benj R. Taylor deceased …entitled to about one hundred dollars of estate. 22 Oct 1879, inventory by Willis for Nancy Taylor cash $48 plus 1/4th share of purchase money from J.H. Hunter sell of property. 30 June 1880, Final inventory of Nancy H. Taylor by J.K. Willis, guardian, now Nancy H. Tooker. 12 Nov. 1880, William A. Tooker applied for guardianship for 16 year old wife, Nancy Taylor, daughter of Benj. R. Taylor. Notice to James H. Hunter monies due for purchase of land or be resold by 6 Dec 1880. Dec 7, Land sold to Henry C. Wood for $425, 100 acres. Fall Term 1880, Judgement for title. 26 Feb 1884, Application for Guardianship of George A. Taylor by B.R. Williams and granted. 26 May 1884, Inventory of account of George A. Taylor & receipt of amt paid by court from fund from slae of land belonging to Benj. R. Taylor dec, dather of said Geo A. Taylor which is all the property belonging to said ward. Final account filed 5 June 1884.

ELIJAH TAYLOR    1873     CRAVEN
WILL: WIFE: Elizabeth C. Taylor. DAUGHTER: Elizabeth A. Taylor, Sidney J. Harris, Susan A. Taylor. SON: Joshua S. Taylor. GRANDSON: James F. Taylor. Witnesses: William P. Stanton, John Q. Jones. Land on Gosling or Goosling Cr.

CATHERINE TAYLOR     1888    CRAVEN CO.
WILL: Sister: Frances. Executor: William Hollister. Witnesses: R.P. Williams, W. Hollister.

GEORGE TAYLOR     1898     CRAVEN
WILL: 30 Nov. 1895; Prob. 4 Sept 1897; SONS: John Wright Taylor, Will Sngl Taylor, Samuel Taylor and Ulyses Taylor. GRANDCHILDREN: Ada, George, Henry, Mary, Frederick, SarahTaylor, children of my deceased son Amos. DAUGHTER: Minnie Augustus Taylor to be maintained by brothers until she reaches age or marries. To Wife allots one third of real estate, one half of said dower to be on the north side of the other on Neuse road. Signed George (x) Taylor Wit: JW Lane, RH Russell
Estate File: Abraham Mitchell, guardian of George Taylor, Sarah Taylor, Mamie Taylor, Fred Taylor, Henry Taylor, filed. Annual acounts filed.


Edward Taylor    Dec. 3, 1700    (No County) (Grimes)
Daughters: Sarah, Dorcus, Ann
Wife & Executrix: Sarah
Witnesses: Timothy Eives, Rachael Eives, Azrikam Parker, Jr.

ROBERT TAYLOR    SEPT 7, 1700    (ALBERMARLE PRECIENT) (GRIMES)
Wife & Executrix: Ann Taylor
Witnesses: Tho. Rolfe, Tho. Lewiss, Robert Love

JOHN TAYLOR    3/19/1715/16    (CHOWAN CO.) (GRIMES)

Son: John
Wife: Martha
Executors: Henry & William Coner
Witnesses: Jeres. Vail, Robert Stecey

THOMAS TAYLOR     1734     (Grimes)

WILL: August 20, 1734, July Court, 1736, Currituck Precinct. Sons: Edward and Thomas. Daughters: Sarah (wife of Jeremiah Stephens), Bridget (wife of Samuel Jarves), Bertha Taylor. Grandsons: Benjamin Taylor and Ezekiel Phillips. Wife and Executrix: Easther. Witnesses: Stephen Williams, Solomon Jarves, J. Martyn. Clerk of Court Jos. Smith.

ABRAHAM TAYLOR     1751    (Johnston Co) (Grimes)

Will: April 2, 1751. December Court, 1751. Sons: Robert, Jacob, Joseph, Abraham. Daughters: Prudence Taylor, Anne Calton, Rachel Beezley. Grandchildren: Dinah and Abraham Taylor. Wife: Ede.Executor: Joseph Taylor (son). Witnesses: Henry Roberts, Sarah Privat, J. Atkinson. Clerk of Court: Chas. Young.

CORNELIUS TAYLOR     1791    JONES CO.
WILL: Grandson: David Taylor son of Phillip Taylor & Susanner, his wife.

ABRAHAM TAYLOR (Spelled - Tallor)    1811     JONES CO.
WILL: Sons: John Tallor, Beasley Tallor (housel goods left on horsebranch in Hanover Co. to be equally divided. Josiah Tallor, Abil Tallor, Thomas, Tallor. Son-in-law: Thomas Wentherton. Executor: Son Joshiah Tallor. Witness: Thomas Lee.

FOLLOWING IS A List of Craven Estate Files NOT INCLUDED in the abstracts above. These were NOT Abstracted.

Box 028.508.141
Alexander Taylor 1860
Amos Taylor 1902
Charles Taylor 1816
David Taylor 1880
E.C. Taylor (Eliza C.) 1895 (Will)
Eleanor Taylor 1903 (Will 1900)
Elizabeth A. Taylor 1885
Elmer Taylor 1904
Frances Taylor 1898 (Will 1898)
Gaston Taylor 1867
Isaac Taylor 1857
Isaac Taylor 1903
Isaiah Taylor 1838
J. F. Taylor 1910
Jane Taylor 1847

Box 028.508.142
Joshua Taylor 1873
Joshua L. Taylor 1892
Julia Taylor 1898
Margaret Taylor 1866 (Will 1866)
Mary Taylor 1868
Moses Taylor 1793
Peter Taylor 1818
Phebe Taylor 1851
Phoebe Taylor 1881
Ruth Taylor 1847
Samuel C. Taylor 1850
Sylvester Taylor 1866
W.S Taylor 1899 (Will)
William Taylor 1846
William Taylor 1873



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