Taylor in Massachusetts

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1600s


Ships Passenger Lists

Despite the target destination, many bound for Bermuda or Virginia ended up in New England.
  • 10 Jun 1635: Theis under written names are to be transported to the Bormoodes or Somer-Islands, imbarqued in the Truelove de London. Robert Dennis Mr being examined by the Minister of Gravesend concerning their comformitie to the orders and discipline of the Church of England as it now stands established: and took the oath of Allegeance [Source: "Emigrants for St. Christophers, etc." NEHGS Register, volume 14, 1860, p. 354]:
    • James Tayler, 28... [same as married at Concord 1641?) (b. abt. 1607)?]
    • Rich Tayler, 16... [first of Watertown/Concord then Boston 1642, then Yarmouth 1643? (b. abt. 1619)?]
    • Wm Tayler, 17... [he of Concord in 1649? (b. abt. 1618)?]
    • Ann Taylor, 24 [wife of James or sister to above? (b. abt. 1610?)?]
  • 20 Jun 1635 on the Philip Richard Morgan bound for Virginia [NEHGR 3:184]:
    • William Taylor 36 [b 1599]
    • John Taylor, 16 [b 1619]

Boston

  • Richard Taylor was awarded freeman status at Boston May 18, 1642. Wife was Mary, and had a son John born at Boston Feb 6, 1646/47.["Early Records of Boston," NEHGS Register, volume 9, 1855, p. 166]. Therefore, he cannot be the same as the RT of Y who married Ruth Whelden in October 1646. This Richard's will of 30 July 1673, probated 2 Aug names no ch but John, sis Joan in England and wife Eliz. [Savage Vol. IV, p. 263]. Likely he who: "In 'Boston Town Records' is found the following vote: 'The 26th: 4th mo., 1649. Rich. Taylor is to ringe the bell at 9 of the cloke at night, and half an hour after foure in the morninge, and is to have for his recompence 41. a yeare, beginning his yeare the 24: 4th mo, 1649.'["Early Bells of Massachusetts-- Addenda," NEHGS Register, volume 37, 1883, p. 46; by Elbridge H. Hoss, Esq. of Melrose, Mass.] 1673.08.02: Will of Richard Taylor probated; names no children but John (is this the Richard and Mary Taylor who baptized son John in Boston in 1647?); names a sister in England (Joan) and wife(2) Elizabeth. [Savage, Vol. IV, p. 263, Richard Taylor of Boston.]
  • William Tailer and Rebecca Stoughton were married in Boston, perhaps in 1641, although the entry is not found in the Boston records. William Tailer commit suicide 12 July 1682. Mrs. Tailer died 26 Aug 1708 and was buried in the Stoughton lot at Dorechester. There also her son, William Tailer, Lieut. Gov. was buried after his death 1 Mar 1731 ["Boston Book of Posessions," p. 93 and "Gleanings,' by Bowdith, pp 12 and 19.] They also had a daughter who was named in the will of Dr. Comfort Starr.

Note that Richard Taylor (of Boston?) and Rebecca Taylor (daughter of William?) were both mentioned in the will of Dr. Comfort Starr [Suffolk County Probate Records, No. 233; inventory, vol. 3, pp. 183-191, 233; abstracted in Register 9:223-4]. A possible implication that Richard and William may have been related. (Both a William and Richard Taylor were on the 1635 Truelove.)


Cambridge

  • Ann Taylor married William Clemance April 3, 1660 (Cambridge, MA marriages). If this Ann was not a widow, she would have been born about 1635-40. Another possibility is that she was the widow of one of the Taylors who died in the late 1650s.

Charlestown

  • Richard Taylor, b abt 1640; m abt 1664. Wife Ann was admitted to the Ch. church 17:7:1665, the same day that their daughter Sarai was baptized. [Record-Book of the First Church in Charlestown, NEHGS, Register, vol 23, 1869, p. 283; vol 25, Oct 1871, p. 344.] Feb. 1679: A list of males, 240... List of Tythingmen:... Ric. Taylor [Middlesex Statistics, NEHGS, vol. 5, 1851, p. 172]. 21 Aug 1688: No. VII. Town Rate of Charlestown. A list of the names with the Rates of ye Inhabitants of Charlestowne to a single Country rate made by virtue of a warrant from ye Country Treasurer John Usher Esqr to ye Selectmen and Commissionr of Sd Charlestown as pr warrant under his hand, Danll Phipps Commissionr & Seal Augst 21, 1688... Rich. Tailor, 2 heads; Estate: -, 3, 6 ["Taxes Under Gov. Andros," by Walter Lloyd Jeffries, A.B., of Boston, NEHGS Register, Volume 34, 1880, p. 269] Children:
    • Sarai, bap 17 Jul 1665
    • Ann bapt 11 mo, 12 day 1667.
    • Richard?? (The probated Charlestown will of Richard Pritchard dated Jan 22, 1668/69, probated Apr 20, 1669, included a cow to go to Richard Taylor the son of Richard Taylor on condition that he give the first cow calfe of that cow to his sister)
    • Thomas bapt 2nd month, 16th day 1670: son Thomas baptized.
    • Alice bapt 2 month, 2nd day, 1675: ye daughter of Richard Taylor and of Anne his wife.
  • John Taylor, b abt 1660; m. 24 Dec 1685 Katharine Johnson. Children (both sons bapt 1689 8th month, 6th day: Richard S., aged 3 and John S., aged 1; [parents:] John & Katharine Taylor. [Record-Book of the First Church in Charlestown, NEHGS Register, volume 27, 1873, p. 279]. See also (Cambridge, MA marriages):
    • Richard. b abt 1686;
    • John, b abt 1688; might be the John Taylor "of Charlestown" marrying in Dunstable 23 Mar 1709 Sarah Cummings, also of Charlestown. See Dunstable VR p 192.
  • Hester Taylor b abt 1660 m. William Johnson 21-10-1682 (Cambridge, MA marriages). Did Taylor siblings marry Johnson siblings?
  • Sarah Taylor b abt 1664; m John Everton Dec. 15, 1686 (Cambridge, MA marriages)
  • Seabred Taylor b abt 1658; m Mary Arrington Nov. 9, 1671 (Cambridge, MA marriages)

Concord

  • James Taylor m. Isabel Tompkins 19 Aug 1641. Strong candidate for he on the Truelove passenger list above. Documented children:
    • Henry, b 21: 8m: 1648; died two months later (mother = "Isabel")
    • Samuel b 21 Jun 1656 (mother's name is listed as "Elizabeth" in Concord VR)
    • Thomas, b 12 Jul 1659; died a few months later (mother = "Elizabeth in Concord VR)
  • Where are the children of the above couple likely born between their 1641 marriage and the 1648 birth of Henry, and then between 1648 and 1656? Non-documented possible children:
    • James Taylor, b abt 1645, who married abt 1670 Sarah Newton and is also found in Marlborough
    • William Taylor, b abt 1648, found in Marlborough around the same time
    • Richard Taylor, b abt 1650, carpenter, who settles in Sudbury and marries the widow Hannah (Rice) Ward in 1676.
    • Richard Taylor served under Capt. Joseph Sill at Cambridge 1675/6; fought at Sudbury and Marlborough. (History of Concord) Likely Richard Taylor of Sudbury (see below).
  • John Taylor served, drawn from Concord, under Capt. Nath'l Davenport in a wider ranging area but including Sudbury and Marlborough 1675/6. (History of Concord) Is he possibly the son of William, next? That John, husband of Eunice Woolen, would have been old enough to serve in King Philip's War.
  • Samuel Taylor b abt 1660; m Mary Robbins Dec. 9, 1685. Son of James Taylor and Isabel Tompkins.
  • William Taylor and wife Mary (Merriam?) baptized seven children in Concord betwen 1650 and 1665, and died there in 1696. He is thought to be an original immigrant, but several claims conflict about where exactly he is from and none are substantiated.
    • Mary (1650-?) married Stephen Farr May 15, 1674 in Concord
    • John (1653-?) m. 1678 Eunice Woolen, 3 daughters and 2 sons. Is this: Jno. Taylor & Unice Woody married March 26, 1678 (from Concord marriages?)
    • Samuel (1655-1655)
    • Abraham Taylor (1656-1729), m Oct or Dec. 16, 1681 Mary Whitaker (1662-1756), lived whole lives in Concord, baptized 10 children there 1683-1704, including:
      • Abraham Taylor, Jr (1683-?) - did he die young as Shattuck's History of Concord claims? Or was he the Abraham who married Sarah and had a son Abraham (III) in 1707 in Concord? Or did he move to Dunstable and there have children with wife Mary?
      • John Taylor (1685-?) - did he go to Dunstable?
      • Ebenezer Taylor (1688-?) m. Deborah; had a son John in 1720 in Concord
      • Elizabeth Taylor (1690-?) did she marry Thomas Lund of Dunstable in Concord in 1711/12?
      • Mary Taylor (1692-?) Did she marry Joseph Barratt of Chelmsford in Concord 24 Mar 1714? Or did she marry Joseph Heald in Marlboro in 1711?
      • Jonathan Taylor (1694-?) - did he go to Dunstable with his brothers and marry a Hannah? (such a couple is there baptizing children abt 1719-1738) or did he go to Littleton and marry Rebecca Powers of Concord around the same time?
      • Sarah Taylor (1696-?)
      • David Taylor (1699-?)
      • Benjamin Taylor (1699/1700-?)
      • Nathaniel Taylor (1702-?)
      • Daniel Taylor (1704-)
    • Isaac (1659-?), probably he who m. Elizabeth Knight of Cambridge on Dec. 19, 1688
    • Jacob (1662-?), settled in Grafton (probably he who married Deborah Hutting in Cambridge (see above).
    • Joseph (1665-?), settled in Grafton


Marlborough

[double-check this] Compiled from History of the town of Marlborough, MA (pp 455-456) and Vital records of Marlborough, MA

  1. James Taylor appears earliest on the Records. He was a proprietor of the Indian plantation in 1693, though he was probably earlier in the town. His wife's name was Sarah. He d. Feb 11, 1713. [Children:]
    1. Sarah, b Dec. 19, 1671.
    2. James, b Apr 22, 1674; m. bef 1696 Elizabeth ----; had:
      1. Elizabeth, b Feb 16, 1696; m. Sept 6, 1722, Nathaniel Joslin
      2. Othniel, b Oct 19, 1698; m. sept 1, 1725 Mercy Newton
      3. Sarah, b Aug 26, 1700; m. Nov 10, 1718 Benjamin Mills
      4. Amity, b May 5, 1704
      5. Hannah, b Apr 10, 1706
      6. James, b Aug 1, 1708
      7. Abraham, b Mar 24, 1710
    3. William b Aug. 6, 1676 in Cambridge [during KP war]; died before 1681
    4. Hannah, b Jul 1, 1679; m. Dec 4, 1699, Abiel Lamb Jr of Framingham
    5. William, b June 7, 1681
    6. Samuel, b Apr 10, 1688; m. 1716, Hannah Greely
      1. Eliphalet, b Dec 15, 1716
      2. Mary, b Nov 12, 1718
      3. Hannah, b Mar 22, 1722
      4. Isaiah, b Mar 17, 1725
  2. William Taylor, [per History of Marlborough but see below] perhaps brother to the first named James m Mary Johnson. She d. 1697, and m. 1699 Sarah Lakin. [Children:]
    1. Eleazar Taylor ,m. Apr 18, 1699, Lydia Barrett, dau of John and Mary Barrett, b Sept 5, 1674; d 1740; and had:
      1. Eleazer, b Dec 3, 1699; m 1721 Judith Hapgood.
      2. John, b Jul 28, 1703; m. Martha ----; had:
        1. Eleazer, b Oct 15, 1734
        2. John, b Feb 27, 1736
        3. Oliver, b Dec 10, 1737
        4. Martha, b Aug 13, 1739
        5. William, b Oct 16 1741; d. young
        6. Elizabeth, b Jan 7, 1743
        7. William, b Dec 25, 1745
        8. Hannah, b Jun 12, 1749
    2. William, b Jan 21, 1680; d. young
    3. Mary, b Dec, 1684; d. young
    4. Mary, b June 6, 1686
    5. Elizabeth, b Aug 1, 1688
    6. Daniel, b Jun 19, 1690
    7. William, b Feb 15, 1692; m 1717 Elizabeth Hapgood, and had, 1718, Jonah
    8. Martha, b Nov 14, 1694
    9. Mercy, b July 27, 1697
    10. Ebenezer, b Jan 4, 1702 m. Jan 1, 1723 Mary Banister
    11. Elisha, b May 17 1704
  3. There was a Jesse Taylor, who by wife Mary had:
    1. Jesse, b Mar 24, 1734
    2. Robert, b Jul 28, 1735
    3. Mary, b Feb 28, 1737
    4. Daniel, b Jun 17, 1739
    5. Lydia, b Aug 19, 1740
    6. Micah, b Jan 8, 1743
    7. William, b Nov 1744
    8. Miriam, b Jun 7, 1746

How many early William Taylors?

Are all these the same man? Yes they are:

  1. William Taylor m. Mary Johnson, Nov. 25, 1671 (and she d. 1 or 11 Dec 1672); children:
    1. Samuel, s. William and Mary, Dec. 11, 1672 [did he die w/ his mother the same day?]
  2. William Taylor m. Hannah Axtell, July 16, 1677. Children:
    1. William, b Jan. or June 21, 1680.
    2. Elliazer, b April 11, 1678; m. Lidiah Barret, April 18, 1699
  3. William Taylor m. Mary ____ (who d July 28, 1697); children:
    1. Mary, b Dec. or Nov. 6, 1684; d bef 1686
    2. Mary, b June 26, 1686
    3. Ellizabeth, b Aug. 1, 1688
    4. Daniel, b June 19, 1690
    5. William, b Feb. 15, 1692
    6. Martha, b Nov. 14, 1694
    7. Marcy, b July 27, 1697 [did she die with her mother the next day?]
  4. William Taylor m. Sarah Lakein, Feb. 3, 1699; children; see above.

History of Marlborough mentions only Mary Johnson and Sarah Lakin, but Marlb. VR clearly identifies two additional wives, including a second Mary.


Plymouth

  • William Taylor: on 12 Mar 1638/39 a William Taylor (son of William Taylor of Boddington, County Cornwall, carpenter) transferred his indenture from John Atwood to Thomas Little. Mr. Little has moved to Marshfield by 1662. (From Stratton's Plymouth Colony history, p. 318, citing PCR 1:119.)

Reading

  • Edw. Taylor m Widow Elizabeth Bridge May 29, 1673
  • Seabred Taylor m Mary ____ Nov. 21, 1671
  • Thomas Taylor m Mary ____ Oct. 1, 1671

Sudbury

  • Widow Taylor died 1639 Sudbury, the first year of that town as a separate entity from Concord. Citation needed


  • 17 Oct 1677: Richard Taylor marries Hannah Ward [dau of Henry Rice, widow of Eleazar Ward] ["Sudbury Records [Copied from Middlesex Records by A.H. Ward…]", NEHGS Register, volume 17, p. 312]. Son Richard, b 15 Aug 1678 [Sudbury Records; see NEHGS Register Volume 17, 313]

Watertown

  • Gregory Taylor was on hand in 1630, and was participant the each of the five divisions at Watertown. Supposedly came as part of Winthrop's fleet. 18 May 1631: made freeman. (NEHGS Register, volume 3, 1849, p. 91)
  • Thomas Taylor: proprietor of homestall, 1642; wife Elizabeth; March 1643: son Seabred Taylor born at Watertown 11 (1) 1642 (March 11, 1642/3); sold land in 1660 "of Reading". (i.e., removed to Reading?)
  • Richard Taylor: his 1659 will named wife Ann sole heir; only child mentioned was Frances Adams. [Middlesex Probate Records 1659, Will #22229]



Yarmouth

NOTE: See Taylor in Yarmouth for an argument against accepted theories about the Richard Taylors of Yarmouth.
  • 1642: Freeman: Rich'd Tayler
  • 1642: Freeman: Philip Tayler
  • 1642: Freeman: Rich'd Taylor

[“List of Freeman" (1642), Lucius R. Paige, NEHGS Register, Volume 3, 1849, p. 189 citing CR, Volume II, p. 18]

One of these Richard Taylors was also listed among those able to bear Arms in New Plymouth," Yarmouth [New England Historical & Genealogical Register, Vol. 4, No. 3, July 1850, p. 258.]

  • 1646: October 27, 1646 [PCR 2:110] In the case betweene Gabriell Whelding and Richard Taylor, about his daughter Ruth, the said Gabriell pmiseth his free assent and consent to theire marriage.
  • 9 Jan 1652: Richard Taylor Jr born to Richard Taylor. [Yarmouth Book Three, p.13] Most likely he found here: "A list of the Soldiers of Yarmouth that were pressed into the country's service, and that went to Mount Hope against our enemies the Indians in the year 1675, and took their first march upon the 24th of June '75. The sum of each man's wages as followeth-- ... Richard Taylor, Jr.: 7, 07, 00" [History of Yarmouth, 1884, p. 100]
  • 1659: Richard Taylor, tailor, identified as one of the overseers of the will of William Chase, written this date. [Plymouth Colony Probate Records, Vol. II, Pt. 2; also: Chase, George W.,. Genealogy of a portion of the descendants of William Chase : who came to America in 1630, and died in Yarmouth, Massachusetts, May, 1659.. Washington, D.C.: unknown, 1886.]
  • 1673: June: Wife of Richard Taylor of Yarmouth found drowned off the court of Duxbury (PCR 5:122-123). Verdict wasn't posted until Dec. 4, 1673. [[Person:Richard_Taylor_(1)|Richard Taylor] died by 13 Dec 1673 when the invoice of his estate was taken. The rest of the estate to be devided betweixt the second son and the five daughters. Children mentioned: John, Joseph, Mary, Martha.

1700s

Dunstable

From VR of Dunstable, Mass to the end of the year 1849

Family: John Taylor and Sarah Cummings, m at Charlestown, Mar. 23, 1709 (Early Generations, p. 78, proposes that he is another son of Abraham and Mary (Whitaker) Taylor of Concord, and brother to Jonathan; that he was born 8 Sep 1685 in Concord. No record of his death.]

  1. Elizabeth, d. John and Sarah, Dec. 30, 1710 N.R.
  2. Hanah, d John and Sary, Mar. 29, 1713. N.R.
  3. Sary, d John and Sary, Mar 27, 1715 N.R.
  4. Eunice, d John and Sary, Oct 30, 1717. N.R.
  5. Rebackah, d John and Sarah, July 3, 1720. N.R.
  6. Elias (Elius), s John and Sarah, Jan 16, 1726. N.R.

Family: Abraham Taylor and Mary _______ (Early Generations of the Founders of Dunstable, p 74, indicates that Abraham first married (in Concord?) 9 Dec 1706 Sarah Pellet, dau of Thomas and Mary (Dane) Pellet, of Concord, had two sons in Concord, before she died and he removed to Dunstable and married (record not found) Mary ____.)

  1. Joseph, s Abraham, Sept 14, 1715. N.R.
  2. Alice, d Abraham and Mary, b Apr 15, 1720. N.R.
  3. Amos, s Abraham and Mary, Apr 10, 1725. N.R. [He who m. 14 May 1747 at Pepperell Bridge Mastin of Groton?]
  4. Timothy, s Abraham and Mary, Sept 1, 1718. N.R.

Family: Jonathan Taylor and Hannah ______ (Early Generations..., p 77, says Jonathan was son of Abraham Taylor and Mary Whittaker, b. 10 Aug 1694 in Concord; no marriage record found; he died Dunstable 1748.]

  1. Jonathan, s Jonathan and Hanah, Mar 15, 1719-20. N.R.
  2. David, s. Jonathan and Hannah, Jan 1, 1722-3. N.R. [He who d. Dec 15, 1809, age 88? whose wife Hannah d. 3 Oct 1800 age 82?]
  3. Israel, s Jonathan and Hanah, Feb 23, 1724. N.R.; d. Aug. 24, 1724. N.R.
  4. Ephraim, s Jonathan and Hannah, Sept 8, 1725. N.R.
  5. Hannah, d Jonathan and Hannah, Jan 19, 1727. N.R.
  6. Esther, d. Jonathan and Hannah, Jan 8, 1729. N.R.
  7. Sarah, d Jonathan and Hannah, May 14, 1732. N.R.
  8. Nathan, s Jonathan and Hannah, Oct 9, 1734. N.R.
  9. Olive, d Jonathan and Hannah, Apr 6, 1737. N.R.
  10. Sampson, s Jonathan and Hannah, Dec 6 1739. N.R.

Subsequent Generation:

Family: Abraham Tailor and Lydia Whittacor of Bedford, m. at Bedford, Jan 21, 1730.

  1. Olive, d Abraham Jr and Lydia, Jan 8, 1731-2 N.R.; d. May 10, 1732. N.R.
  2. Olive, d Abraham Jr and Lydia, Aug 20, 1737

Family: Samuel Taylor and Susannah ______

  1. Rueben, s Samual and Susannah, Mar 8, 1733. N.R.
  2. Reuben, s. Samuel and Susanna, Mar 8, 1736
  3. Susanna, d Samuel and Susanna [(Perham) P.R. 17], Nov 28, 1737 [Nov 23 P.R. 17]
  4. Jonas, s. Samuel and Susanna, Nov 30, 1739. [Nov. 5. P.R. 17
  5. Samuel Jr., s Samuel and Susanna (Perham) P.R. 17., Oct 13, 1734 [Oct 15 P.R. 17]
  6. Thaddeus, s Samuel and Susanna, Apr 10, 1744

Family: Jonathan Taylor [Jr? b 15 Mar 1719-20?] and Hannah _____:

  1. Jacob, s. Jonathan and Hanna, May 26, 1742.
  2. Mary, d. Jonathan and Han[nah], Aug. 3, 1744

Littleton, MA

From Records of Littleton, Massachusetts... from the earliest records in the town books begun in 1715

Family of Caleb Taylor and Mary ____ (m abt 1714)

  1. Samuel, b September 25, 1716
  2. Thomas [Tylor in one set of records], born April 14, 1718
  3. Richard, b Jun 27, 1720
  4. Elias Taylor, born 23 Feb 1722
  5. Caleb Taylor, b 23 May 1724

Family of Jonathan Taylor and Rebeckah [Powers], m 29 May 1717 in Concord (Concord VR, p 92)

  1. Jonathan, b Jun 22, 1718
  2. David, b Apr 3, 1720
  3. John, b July 1, 1723
  4. Susanah, b 8 Aug 1726
  5. Rebekah, b 4 Jun 1728
  6. Aaron, b Jul 13, 1730
  7. Charles, b Mar 1, 1731/2
  8. Elisabeth, b Oct 22, 1735
  9. Jonathan, b Oct 30, 1738

1800s

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