Family:Richard Taylor and Hannah Rice (1)

Facts and Events
Marriage[1][2] 17 Oct 1677 Sudbury, MA
Unknown? 33007
27 Apr 1680 Sudbury, MA
18 Feb 1682 Sudbury, MA
1 May 1684 Sudbury, MA
27 Feb 1690 Sudbury, MA
Abt 1692 Sudbury, MA

About their Marriage

Note: Hannah's first husband was killed in Marlborough (on the road to Sudbury) on 20 April 1676. Richard Taylor served with Capt. Joseph Sill in the region [check] on 24 April 1676, FOUR DAYS after the massacre that killed Eleazar Ward. Surely, Taylor must have been involved in the campaign which was a response to this killing? And through this he likely met the young (and pregnant) widow of Eleazar Ward.

Massachusetts Marriages, 1633-1850
Name: Richard Taylor
Gender: Male
Spouse: Hannah Ward
Marriage Date: 17 Oct 1677
City: Sudbury
County: Middlesex
Source: Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT, Film # 0599521 item 4.

Their Children

Richard Taylor of Sudbury married 17 Oct 1677 Hannah (Rice) Ward (widow of Eleazar Ward) Their marriage is in the Sudbury vital records. [Source: Middlesex County (Sudbury) VR; see NEHGS Register Volume 17.] Their children (all listed in Middlesex County (Sudbury) Vital Records were:
1. Richard (1678),
2. John (1680),
3. Elizabeth (1682),
4. Anna (1684),
5. Lydia (1686),
6. Caleb (1689/90)

The distribution of Richard Taylor's estate names an additional son, Jonathan Taylor (b. abt. 1692) (Middlesex, Vol. 8, p. 785); this is the only child of Richard and Hannah not recorded in the Sudbury VR; the probate is the only current documentation that names him as their child.

In April 1686, they were living in Sudbury. Source: will of William Ward, April 1686, which gave a legacy to "Hannah, now wife of Richard Taylor of Sudbury, and also unto Hannah, daughter of the said Hannah by my son Eleazar Ward, deceased."


1. Bullard and Allied Families, p. 122

2. NEHGS Register, Volume 17, 1863, p. 311: Sudbury Records (copied from Middlesex records by A.H. Ward, A.M., of West Newton, Mass.) Marriages: Richard Taylor & Hannah Ward.... 17 Oct. 1677

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  1. Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England: Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692, on the Basis of Farmer's Register. (Boston: Little, Brown, and Co, 1860-1862)
    Volume 3, p. 532.

    Hannah m. 5 Aug. 1675, Eleazer Ward, and next, 17 Oct. 1677, Richard Taylor.

  2. Massachusetts, United States. Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850.

    1637: TAYLOR, Richard and Hannah Ward, Oct 17, 16377. ; Marriage; Sudbury
    1677: WARD, Hannah and Richard Taylor, Oct 17, 1677. M.R., Marriage, Sudbury