Person:William Taylor (72)

William Taylor
  • HWilliam TaylorAbt 1620 - 1696
  • WMary Merriam1630 - 1699
m. 19 Oct 1650
  1. Mary Taylor1649/50 -
  2. John Taylor1653 -
  3. Abraham Taylor1656 - 1729
  4. Isaac Taylor1659 -
  5. Jacob Taylor1662 -
  6. Joseph Taylor1665 -
Facts and Events
Name William Taylor
Gender Male
Birth[6] Abt 1620 Hadlow, Kent, England
Marriage 19 Oct 1650 Citation needed - not in Concord VR; date is after baptisms of first child
to Mary Merriam
Death[1][3] 6 Dec 1696 Concord, Massachusetts





  • William Taylor 17 [b 1618] on the TrueLove in 1635?S4 (along with James Taylor 28 [b 1607], Richd Taylor 16 [b 1619] and Ann Taylor 24 [b 1611] ...
  • William Taylor 36 [b 1599] 20 Jun 1635 on the Philip Richard Morgan Mr.S5 (along with John Taylor, 16;

Life in New England

Is distinct from the William Taylor of Marlboro.

Will of William Taylor, 1692/3S2

I, William Taylor, of ye town of Concord in ye county of Middlesex in New England, being in perfect memory priviledged be God to make this my last will in manor & form following. My soul I commit into the hands of my most merciful God in xxx xxxx believing the ressurection of my body at ye last and great day of ye great and xxx xxx xxx and my body to descent burial for my temporal estate as followeth. I give to my eldest son John Taylor my fourteen acres of land called Sprouters Lot and my sons Isaac Taylor and Joseph Taylor and my daughter ffarrN2 have all of them received their portion from me already. As for my state now remaining mine and not given by deed of gift to my above said sons. I will and give to my true and beloved wife all my movable estate one and others of all xxx and kinds and to her disposal at her death. And to sell and make xxx of for ye comfort of her life. Also all my lands and mansion dwelling house and all ye engagements and xxx in my deeds of gifts to my sons I will that they be truly performed to their mother my loving and beloved wife and all my land now in my hands not given as above said I will and give to my wife for her to make use of as her need and comfort of life requireth. And what land is left at my wife's death. I give to my two sons Abraham Taylor and Jacob Taylor also I make my loving wife the executrix of this my last will all former and other wills void and anulled. In witness that this is my last will and testament. I, William Taylor ye xxx set to my hand and seal this twentieth day of ffebuary in the year one thousand six hundred ninety and two and three in ye four year of ye reign of William and Mary xxxx Signed and sealed in presence of xxx xxx Susannah Sprouthford??? Marke of William Taylor

Inventory of estate was approved by R. Fox, John Merriam, Samuel Howe.

DEATH: Will inventory witnessed by John Merriam.

  1. Crane, Ellery B. Historic Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of Worcester County, Massachusetts: With a History of Worcester Society of Antiquity. (New York: Lewis Publishing Co., 1907)
    vol 3, p. 242, 1907.

    "William Taylor ... settled at Concord, Massachusetts, before 1649, and probably before 1640. He may have come with James Taylor, who is supposed to be his brother.... [He] married Mary Meriam. He died at Concord, Mass, December 6, 1696. She died December 10, 1699. He had lot No. 14, one hundred and seventeen acres on the East Bedford road." They had seven children.

  2.   Probate record #22257 in FHL film 421536, in Massachusetts. Probate Court (Middlesex County). Probate records, 1648-1924. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1964-1967).

    transcription of William Taylor's 1692 will taken from webpage Ancestors of Tim Farr / Notes, which appears well-researched and sourced.

  3. Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1635-1850. (Boston: Beacon Press, 1891)

    William Taylor, ye husband of Mary his wife dyed Decembr ye 6th day, 1696.

  4.   Emigrants for St. Christophers, &c, in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society)
    14:354, 1860.

    x Junij 1635... Theis under written names are to be transported to the Bormoodes or Somer-Islands, imbarqued in the Truelove de London... James Taylor 28 [b 1607] ... Richd Taylor 16 [b 1619] ... Wm Taylor 17 [b 1618] ... Ann Taylor 24 [b 1611] ...

  5.   Passengers bound for Virginia, in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society)
    3:184, 1849.
  6. Various birth years around 1615~1625 are found in various Internet genealogies. It is believed that Mary Merriam was from Hadlow, Kent, and they may have been married there, suggesting that William came from there too. This needs to be verified. (Note that the place is often erroneously given as "Hadboro", a corruption that has been widely propagated on the Internet.)
  7.   The "daughter ffarr" mentioned in William's will is his only daughter Mary, who married Stephen Farr in Concord, 25 May 1674. (See Torrey, or FHL film #0964880).