Taylor Family

Contributed by Celia Fabos-Becker - celia.lfsbecker@gmail.com

Joseph Prevatte Taylor (1765-1853; born North Carolina, died Ohio, lived in Butler County, Kentucky between 1795 until sometime after 1820), as per his own family Bible now owned by a descendant in Houston, Texas was a son of Moses Taylor Sr.. and Elizabeth Prevatte. He witnessed their deaths in Butler County, Kentucky and recorded them in his Bible. Joseph Prevatte Taylor was first married to Mary Slade, daughter of John Slade. She was born in 1766. Joseph and Mary (Slade) Taylor named their first born son, John Slade Taylor, when he was born in 1793.

According to Butler County census records, and History: Moses Taylor Sr. and sons Moses Taylor Jr., Joseph Taylor and other children arrived there and settled along the Gaspar River in 1795. Joseph Prevatte Taylor was married first to Moses Taylor Jr. then moved to Warren County where he died, consistently stated to be 1836. One of his grandsons, James Porter Fortner moved back to Butler County, where the Fortners mostly resided (Butler County History and biographies by Lois Russ, 1987).

James Porter Fortner b. 1826, was a son of Porter Fortner and Nancy Ann Goodwin Taylor who were married 17 November, 1816 in Warren County, Kentucky (various sites citing Kentucky marriage records), also identified as James P. Fortner’s parents in the Butler County History and biographies. Nancy Ann Goodwin Taylor was identified as a daughter of Moses Taylor (Jr., son of Moses Taylor Sr.) who was married to Sidney Marshall in Craven County, North Carolina: bond found in North Carolina Marriage Bonds 1741-1868 in July, 1788; bond filed July 23, 1788; bondsman James Taylor; witness James H. Bryan, County: Craven; Record No. 03 339; Bond No. 000029958.

(I wonder if Sidney Marshall who married Moses Taylor “Jr.” was a daughter of the George Marshall who was son inlaw to Abraham Taylor who died in 1751 in Johnston County, as per Abraham’s own will identifying him, and a grand-daughter of Joseph Marshall who was apparently the father of George and a witness to Taylor records?)

In 1820, as per the census records: Joseph Taylor (b. 1765) was living next to persons identified as brothers to him, Peter Taylor (b. abt. 1770) and Redding (could be Riding) Taylor b. 1776. All were over the age of 45 on this census.

Elizabeth Prevatte Taylor identified by Taylor-Beasley Bible records found by Sandra Logan Ingles, a direct descendant of hers, was born January 25, 1761 in North Carolina to Moses Taylor and Elizabeth Prevatte, as “their oldest child,” and this Elizabeth Prevatte Taylor married William Beesley/Beasley, son of Rachel Taylor and Solomon Beesley who were in the 1751 will, etc. of Abraham Taylor. Elizabeth and her husband lived in Warren County, Kentucky for some years.

Warren and Butler Counties, Kentucky are proud of the Taylors as they were in the American Revolution. They were also co-founders of the Baptist Church in the Gaspar River area. Rev. Lewis Fortner/Forkner of Surry County, NC was the founding minister, and is very well documented. Rev. Lewis Fortner was the father of Porter Fortner, as per Lewis’ will.

I’ve looked at all the Taylor family land records, and census records, I can thus far find online. Here are the items that show where Moses Taylor Jr. and Sr. were, and when, going backward in time:

Last records of Moses Taylor in Craven/Johnston/Dobbs County—sale of lands in 1794. (deeds listed on Taylorscastle.com website)

Bk 30, p. 121, 1 February, 1791. Moses Taylor Sr. sold to Joseph Loften, planter for 139 pounds, 246 acres, part of 2 patents one granted to Robert Taylor and James Green Jr. and the other granted to Moses Taylor, Savannah Branch, adjacent to Frederick Lane, Flatt Swamp where Moses’ patent crosses Flatt Swamp.

1790 Census: Heads of families in Craven County: Moses Taylor Sr. and Moses Taylor Jr. adjacent to one another. Nearby to widow Leah Green, George Bryan, widow Susannah Taylor, John Tilman, members of the White family, Daniel Lane and Ephraim Dougherty.

Bk 24, p. 148, 15th April, 1780, Robert Taylor, planter, sold to Abraham Taylor for 100 pounds, 150 acres. South side of Bryan’s Mill Branch on George Bryan’s line. Witnesses John Slade and Moses Taylor.

(Note this was the last two land entries, both dated the same day, for Robert Taylor, planter, suggesting he died in 1780 or 1781; the second entry also tells us this was the Robert Taylor who was born in 1709 and son to Abraham Taylor who died in 1751).

Bk 24, p. 149, 15th April, 1780, Robert Taylor, planter, sold to Moses Taylor, cooper for 2000 pounds, 200 acres, North Side of Bryan’s Branch adjacent George Stringer, part of three surveys, 20 March 1739, 6 March, 1749, August 1771. Witnesses: John Slade and Abraham (A.) Taylor.

Bk 23, p. 270, 26th January, 1779, Moses Taylor, carpenter sold to John Calton (Carlton), wheelwright for 78 pounds, 30 acres (along) North Prong of Savannah, adjacent to Ephraim Lane, part of a greater patent to Moses Taylor in 1762. Witnesses: Richard Carlton (Anne Taylor’s husband, and possibly the father of John) and William Lane. (Note: this tells me that Moses Taylor, carpenter, was the older of the two Moses Taylors who lived adjacent to one another.)

Bk 22, p. 392, 13th March 1775, Abraham Taylor and wife Margaret sold to Matthew Moore 13 acres for 12 pounds, part of a patent of 1768. South side of the Neuse River. Witnesses John Fonville and Stephen Tilghman (Note: a Stephen Tilghman went with the two Moses Taylors to Kentucky and lived near them in Kentucky.)

Bk 22, p. 253, 9th December, 1775, James Taylor and Elizabeth Taylor (his wife) sold to Elisha Beasley 100 Acres for 100 pounds, Walnut Point. Witness: William Brice Fonville.

Bk 21, p. 249, 25th September, 1774, John Taylor and James Taylor purchased from Elisha Beasley land on Core Creek, (and paid) 2 pounds for 100 acres at the mouth of the Rattlesnake on Core Creek called Walnut Point. Witnesses: Moses Taylor and Abraham Taylor.

Bk 20, p. 156, 20th May, 1772, Robert Taylor sold to Owen Daugherty 80 Acres plus 27 Acres for 40 pounds. (part of) Patent granted to Robert Taylor and Ebenezer Slade being his (Robert’s) full part the lower side of Core Creek. 80 Acres being part of a survey (first) belonging to George Stringer. Beginning at Samuel Slade’s corner South side of Branch. Witnesses: Moses Taylor and James Taylor.

Bk_, p. 268 (Johnston and Dobbs Counties), 26th December, 1771, Joseph Mundine to Jerusha (a female) Tisdale a dividend of patents to Thomas Box; one 26th March, 1757; the other 10th May, 1760. South side of the Neuse River. Witnesses: Moses Tilghman, Edward Frost, Joseph Marshall, Mary “Coroom.”

Bk__, p. 263 (Johnston and Dobbs Counties), 6th June, 1767, Edward Frost to Francis Yealding. 50 pounds for 170 acres in Dobbs County, formerly Johnston County, South side of the Neuse River, adjacent to the River, by patent (to Frost) dated 17th March, 1756 (Frost is actually selling the land to Yealding). Witnesses: Abraham Taylor, Joseph Taylor, Moses Tilghman. (an earlier deed shows that Moses Tilghman’s land was adjacent to that of Edward Frost).

Bk 11, p. 366, 22nd March, 1764, Jacob Taylor sold to Stephen Tilghman of Maryland, County of Somerset, planter, 238 Acres for 30 pounds, in fork between Swift Creek and Turkey branch of south side of Swift, being granted by patent to Abraham Taylor 10 April, 1761. Witnesses: Thomas Willson, Christian Lerge, John Tilghman. (Note: this is the last entry for Jacob Taylor. North Carolina archives, probate/wills names index has his name entered for 1767 along with a James Taylor, the same year. Jacob probably died in 1767.)

Bk 11, p. 354, 26th December, 1763, Jacob Taylor, gift to son Joshua Taylor, 80 Acres on South side of the Neuse River, West side of Otter Creek. Witnesses: Bazell Smith and Abram Taylor. (deed registered, April, 1764).

Bk 11, p. 315, 17th September, 1762, Jacob Taylor purchased from John Tilghman, land on Swift Creek. Paid 10 pounds for 300 acres, lying and being on South side of Trent River and part of land patented by John Tilghman, 28th October 1761. Witnesses: Thomas Hayes and C. “Ruggs” (more likely Riggs).

Bk 11, p. 245, 1st September, 1762. Gift Deed by Jacob Taylor, planter to son William Taylor, 200 Acres, South East side of Main Branch of South West Creek in swamp. Witnesses: Thomas Hayes and Christian Judge.

(no date and book number but earlier than 1762). Deed, Jacob Taylor to Henry Wolf, 90 Acres on West side of Handcock (Hancock) Creek. Witnesses: Thomas Moss and Joshua Taylor.

1761, (no book and page number). Deed. Jacob Taylor sold to Benjamin Riggs 130 Acres for 25 pounds, land on Slocumb Creek, “part of land on which I now live, near ‘Pratt’ to mouth of Branch.” (Pratt could actually be Prevatt as there are no other Pratt records).

1761, (no book and page number). Deed. Abraham Taylor of Dobbs County, gave land to “brother” (uncle?) Jacob Taylor of Craven County.

Bk 2, p. 18, 1759, Moses Taylor bought 100 Acres, West side of Flatt Swamp, from Robert Taylor and James Green, from patent to Taylor and Green.

Prior to 1750, Robert Taylor had lands on Core Creek, Flatt Swamp and in what became Dobbs County, Indian Cabin Branch and/or Indian Creek. Neighboring lands to his on Indian Creek were: brother Jacob Taylor, Moses Tilghman and Peter Prevatte.

Book 12/13, p. 99, 10th October, 1756, Gift Deed. To Absolom Taylor, son, from Robert Taylor, blacksmith, 100 Acres, South Side of Neuse River, East side of Flatt Swamp, part of a greater tract to Robert Taylor and Robert (?—transcription in error, this should be James) Green Jr., dated 29th September, 1756.

Looking at these and the deeds from Robert Taylor to his son Absolom, and Absolom’s sales (including one to Bazell Smith), several conclusions can be drawn.

Robert Taylor had at least one son, Absolom who appears to be a YOUNGER son. Another son, based on who witnessed for whom on deeds, is an Abraham. A third witness on transactions is often a James Taylor, and Robert lived next to and shared a patent with James Green Jr. James Taylor who is listed as having a brother, John. James, and his brother John, are likely older sons of Robert Taylor and ___ Green, daughter of James Green Sr. The youngest son to Robert is Robert Jr., blacksmith.

Jacob Taylor lived nearest Peter Prevatte and Moses Tilghman. Moses Taylor’s lands are nearest those of Jacob Taylor, not Robert. When Moses bought land from Robert, and Robert’s son, Absolom, especially the latter, he did not get the kind pricing and deal that a brother might expect, and certainly no gift deed from Robert, either. In fact, one of Absolom’s later transactions toward Moses Taylor Jr., shows the high price of possible hostility (2000 pounds for 200 acres—higher than any other transaction for years before and after!). Moses Taylor Sr. who bought land in 1759 from Robert Taylor and lived nearest Jacob Taylor, Moses Tilghman and Peter Prevatte is NOT the son of Robert Taylor. It’s highly unlikely Robert would have allowed his sons to mistreat one another in land purchases. Moses Taylor Sr. is more likely a son of Jacob Taylor and ____ Tilghman, a daughter of Moses Tilghman. Jacob Taylor also had sons named William and Joshua and apparently an Abraham, as well.

Moses Taylor Sr. and Jr. did live adjacent to one another by 1790 and also near at least one Tilghman/Tilman, John Tilman (Tilghman on some land records) and members of most of the other families described as neighbors, witnesses, and who became inlaws: Prevatt, Marshall and Slade. All three of these inlaw families were also close to either the Tilghmans or Jacob Taylor in the mid-18th century.

Cousins to Moses, James and John Taylor, who witness items for Absolom, seem to have been friendly toward Moses, but Absolom was not. I think jealousy by Absolom was a problem: as from the prices charged both Moses Sr. and Jr., they appear to have been doing better as planters and carpenter (Moses Sr.) and cooper (Moses Jr.) than Absolom.

There appear to be at least four Abraham Taylors mentioned, in addition to the North Carolina patriarch, which is not surprising given how many colonists followed a similar naming tradition. One is a younger son of Abraham who died in 1751 who himself died between April and December 1751, and definitely left a son, Abraham IV who had a son Moses still living with him in 1769 in Dobbs/Johnston County, if going in a direct line of Abraham to Abraham in North Carolina, realizing there is yet an earlier one who died in 1719 in Maryland. Another appears to be a son of Robert, as he witnesses transactions on behalf of Robert and others known to be associated with Robert. A third is a son of Jacob, and brother to Moses, William and Joshua.

One key to sorting these families out is that all land deeds involving sales and money changing hands had two witnesses: one for each party. If the land transactions are Taylor to Taylor, as cousins, then even if there were two Taylor witnesses, one would have been for each side of the family, and closer to one party or another, but not both. This was to prevent any bias in any later dispute.

So, after all of this, if you happen to find any Moses Tilghman records that I’ve missed in Johnston/Dobbs County that indicate daughters, that would be helpful. Ditto the will or estate records for Jacob Taylor in 1767, as that might indicate his wife’s first name. Moses Tilghman was also from Maryland and arrived in North Carolina about 1737 according to various Tilghman/Tilman sites. He had two younger brothers, John and Stephen, and several sons, who according to their descendants, “all served in the Revolution.” Four sons are identified by Stephen Frederick Tilghman (1938: wrote book on Tilghman family titled Spes Alit Agricolam) as: Aaron, Sampson, John and Henry. (from the land records, John appears to be the oldest). Moses Tilghman appears to have died intestate, and John (probably son, not brother) was living where he last lived, near both Moses Taylor Sr. and Jr.

Well, I’ve answered some, if not all of my own questions by digging a lot more, and may be able to help others sort out these lines better.

First it looks like Moses Taylor Sr. had a younger brother named Abraham who went with him to Warren County, Kentucky. He’s on the 1810 census near Moses and definitely over 45 years of age. He’s not Moses’ son, either. There are some additional familiar names, including Joshua in this bunch.

Moses Taylor Sr. who married Elizabeth Prevatte definitely married her in 1760. I’ve been able to confirm a lot of information by finding marriage bonds of their children and then looking for some descendants, etc.

Of this couple most of their children had marriage bonds, and most of those were in Craven County, North Carolina, only the last very few were in Warren County, Kentucky.

There’s only two marriages that I know took place for which I’ve yet to find a marriage bond or other record. (The first couple had an infamous grandson who ended up in newspapers, biographies, etc.—it’s not every man who is elected the first Republican governor of Kentucky in a dispute election, has his 2,000 vote win, overset by a “junta” commission of Democrats that decides to throw out the overage of his votes and give it to the other guy, a Democrat named Goebel who then gets assassinated when he tries to take the seat from which his opponent was just ejected after serving a few weeks—1899 election, Kentucky. William Sylvester Taylor (1853-1928) was the unlucky winner who ended up being accused of being involved in said murder and having to flee to Indiana… He was never tried and convicted of the murder, however.) The grandfather, James, was married twice and I found the bond for the first marriage—a sister of two brothers, two of his sisters married, and they are all likely to be familiar names to you.

Here are the children in order, based on marriages and known birth dates/years: From this birth and marriage order, Moses Taylor Sr.’s oldest son was James Taylor. Elizabeth Prevatte had three brothers: James, Thomas and Peter Jr.. However, the Green family close to both Jacob and Robert Taylor was headed by James Green Sr., son of Farnifold Green Sr.. The parents of Elizabeth Prevatte were Peter Prevatte and Sarah (maiden surname unknown).

Elizabeth Prevatte Taylor (born 26 January, 1761), married 3 February, 1784 to William Beesley in Craven County, NC; daughter of Moses Taylor; witness Christopher Neale. (she married a cousin)

James Taylor (b. 1762/3) married Sarah Daugherty, 10th January, 1784, in Craven County, bondsman Robert Daugherty; witness Christopher Neale. (1st wife, he married as 2nd wife Chloe Marshall, sister of Sidney Marshall and daughter of George Marshall in 1794/5—this is the one bond I can’t find, but Chloe was William Sylvester Taylor’s grandmother, not Sarah.)

Sarah Taylor (b. 1763/4) married Robert Daugherty (spelled Daughety on typed transcription in error), 18th November, 1784, in Craven County; bondsman James Taylor; witness Abner Neale.

Joseph Prevatte Taylor Sr. (b. July, 1765) married Mary Slade, __August, 1785, in Craven County, son of Moses Taylor; witness William Bryan.

Nancy Taylor (b. 1767/8) married Daniel Daugherty, 24th April, 1786, Craven County; bondsman Robert Daugherty. She died about 1790 and Daniel married as his 2nd wife, Sarah Cambell (Campbell), 22nd Dec. 1791.

Moses Taylor Jr. (b. 1766) married Sidney Marshall, 23rd July, 1788, Craven County; bondsman James Taylor.

Redding Taylor (b. 1776) married Polly Macksey, 11th December, 1801, Logan County, KY (his name was mis-transcribed from the scrawled written record as “Reading” Taylor).

John Prevatte Taylor (b. 1783) md. Huanna Irene Carr (nicknamed “Huannie” as per their gravestones in Carroll County. Mississippi), alleged to be Logan County, Kentucky but is not in surviving bonds.

Thomas Taylor b. (abt 1784) married Elizabeth “Betsey” Taylor 19th January, 1808, Warren County, Kentucky

Absalom Taylor (b. abt. 1785), married Polly Robeson, 8th March, 1808 in Warren County, Kentucky

Polly Taylor (b. about 1788/9) married Peter Taylor (aka James Peter Taylor, born in Virginia, on full bond found by another researcher), 7th May, 1810, Warren County, Kentucky.

There was one other daughter “Sina”Taylor born in the 1770’s, who married Samuel Biggers, in the 1790’s, place unknown, probably Kentucky. I can find no “Biggers” family in Craven County, North Carolina. This couple died without any known surviving children and were buried on family property in Warren County. He died in 1803 and she died in 1815, according to what little the family remembered of them. This is from an account given to L. Rhea Taylor at a Taylor-Embry family reunion several decades ago. At that time the family still knew behind which home the couple had been buried.

William Sylvester Taylor’s biographers consistently identify his maternal grandmother as Chloe Marshall and her father as being George Marshall. L. Rhea Taylor identified her also as a sister of Sidney Marshall, making Sidney also a daughter of George Marshall. George Marshall of Craven and Johnston County was the son of a Joseph Marshall and George had a son Joseph Marshall who first bought land in Onslow County in 1773, which is just south of Craven.

This is also the ancestry of the late General George C. Marshall (1880-1959; buried at Arlington National Cemetery, won the Nobel Peace Prize, etc., etc.), Secretary of State—and Defense--to the late President Harry S. Truman, much of whose papers are now either in the North Carolina state archives or the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Secretary of State and Defense, General George C. Marshall was the man who came up with the “Marshall Plan” to rebuild Europe after WWII and keep the communists from making further inroads into/conquests of more of Europe than they’d already seized in 1944-5. He’d be about my 4th cousin twice removed. Joseph Marshall who was living near the Taylors and Greens in the 1750’s seems to have been originally from a Virginia family. Marshalls did go to Kentucky at about the same time as the two Moses Taylors and were in the same area. This may be why I can’t find Chloe’s marriage bond. Her marriage occurred at the same time the families were moving.

There is a Green family connection among the Taylors of Warren, Logan and Butler Counties, Kentucky. This is shown by the existences of “Fornifor Taylor” who married Mary McGinnis 11th October, 1827 in Warren County, KY. (Kentucky Marriage Records: 1783-1965: typed transcriptions of Warren County Records.) Moses Taylor Sr. did not move from Craven County, North Carolina to Warren County, Kentucky by himself. The census records of 1810 show that there were at least two other Taylor families who arrived early, including an Abraham Taylor and who all settled near one another in Warren and then some moving to Butler County.

Last, I have some additional information from the David Shephard Will about the family of William Taylor, one of Jacob Taylor’s sons. I found the David Shephard Will in a book of transcribed wills at the North Carolina State Archives, and now online. David Shephard of Carteret County, will written signed and sealed in front of witnesses, 30th May, 1774; proved 13th January, 1775.

David Shephard lived and died in Carteret County but his son Jacob, who was one of the administrators for the Estate of Jacob Taylor lived in Craven County at least some of the time, and in fact, appears to have been named by his father for Jacob Taylor. It’s a three page will and most of the bequests are to surviving children and grandchildren in and near Boague Sound, in Carteret County. However, some excerpts relate to Craven County and the Taylors. So I have those here.

“Third, I give and bequeath to the heirs of my son Jacob Shephard Deces’d, a piece of land on Boague’s Sound called ‘Whitehall’, and a piece of land on the South side of the Newport River, whereon John Barber once lived. I also give a Negro man, Harry. These lands are lands of Jacob of which he was possessed in his lifetime and disposed in his will to his heirs.

Fourth, I give and bequeath to my son, Elijah Shephard, the Plantation whereon I now live, and a piece of land on the South side of the Newport River called Snows Neck, and a piece of land on Boague’s Sound known by the name of Bartram’s Point whereon he now lives. I also give to him Negro men, Cuff, Darbey and Felix and a Negro woman, Rachel, he (Elijah), paying for the last two the sum of 20 pounds. If Elijah should die without heirs, then Elijah’s share to go to grandson, John Shephard, son of deceased son Jacob Dr., and Plantation whereon I now live to grandson David Shephard, son of my son Solomon.

I also give my two sons, Solomon and Elijah a piece of land on the South side of the Newport River known by the name of Read’s Neck; a piece joining to it which I bought of John Harmon to be equally divided between them they paying to my Estate the sum of 40 pounds, to be divided as after mentioned. ...

8th My Will further is that William Wilkins Taylour have nor Possess no part nor parcel of my Estate as hereafter shall be mentioned. I give unto my daughter Elizabeth Taylour’s heirs, Negro woman Venus, her child, and a Negro boy named Abram, and a girl named Chloey, with their increase. I also give unto David Taylor, son of Elisabeth Taylor one Negro boy named Peter and if my Daughter Elisabeth Taylor necessitated for a support, I leave to the Discretion of my Executors to assist her out of the Money and others of the division of my Estate. …

11th I give and bequeath to my grandson Solomon Shephard a Negro woman named Vilet, and her child; a Negro woman named Dinah and her three children to be divided between grandsons Absolom and Solomon.

12th I give and bequeath to my grandson Solomon Shephard that tract of land on Boague Sound which his father lived on and which I bought of Habbicock (Habbicook?) Rustel and to him and his heirs. But if Solomon should be without heirs, then the land shall be given to David Taylor, son of Elizabeth Taylor. (Solomon and Absolom are apparently sons of David Shephard’s deceased son, Jacob Shephard.)

13th I further leave one Negro girl named Annes (Annis?) to be sold by my Executors at their Discretion and the Money for that Negro together with that paid by my two sons Solomon and Elijah and all other Money from my Estate, together with my Household Furniture, and moveables, and Stock of Cattle, to be equally divided between my legatees to wit: Solomon Shephard, Elijah Shephard, Sarah Wallis, Rebeckah Sanders, Abigail Ward, the heirs of Jacob Shephard Dec’st, the heirs of Elisabeth Taylor, and the heirs of Absolom and Solomon Shephard Jr.. The last three mentioned shall in proportion be Equal to One Share. If Negroes Felix, Jim or Rachel should die before Solomon or Elijah be possessed of them, then they shall not pay the sum agreed they was valued to. (In a previous bequest his “Beloved Wife” also received items but she was never named in this Will, and is not in the list of legatees.)

Lastly, for the better Executing this my Last Will and Testament, I constitute and appoint Col. William Thomson and my two sons, Solomon and Elijah, my Executors. …”
Witnesses were: Cornelius Canady, Elisabeth Canady and Gideon Canady.

The will suggests the David Shephard family was once close to the Jacob Taylor and Robert Taylor families. Jacob Shephard named one of his sons Absolom and David Shephard’s daughter, Elisabeth married William Wilkins Taylor. Jacob Taylor had a son named William to whom he made a gift deed of land. In 1767, when Jacob Taylor died, on the 8th April, 1767, Jacob Shephard and Elihu Hall filed a bond with the court in Craven County to be the Estate administrators for the late Jacob Taylor. Jacob Shephard also named a son Absolom, the same name as the son of Robert Taylor. The will of David Shephard then indicates a falling out between David Shephard and his son in-law, William Taylor and that David considered William a spendthrift and wastrel who was not to be trusted with money and land or he’d waste them and leave his wife and children in need. Because the laws of the day put the wife’s money and inheritance in the hands of her husband, David Shephard then could not give her an inheritance, only her heirs and otherwise let his sons use their discretion to assist her if she was in need.

By the way, James is another name for Jacob. The Stuart supporters in the Williamite wars of 1688-9 in Scotland and Ireland were called “Jacobites” for their support of James II. They were again called “Jacobites” during the 1745 rebellion culminating in Culloden, as Bonnie Prince Charlie’s father, for whom he nominally fought to regain the throne for the Stewarts, was another James, “the Pretender” or “James III,” whose birth by James II and his second wife, the Catholic, Mary of Modena, had prompted the rebellion of Parliament to oust James II.

The Joseph Taylor Bible Record-Ohio County KY

Bible record found at http://freepages.rootsweb.com/~gettle/genealogy/tylrbible.html and contributed by Cindy Lee Gettle cindyg@crosstel.net

This Bible was secured from Mrs. Frances (TAYLOR) Watson, Bowling Green Ky., in 1981, and copied by Rev. Wendell H Rone, Sr. Owensboro, KY a great-great-grandson of Joseph Taylor. It is now in the possession of Kyle Yates Rone, Houston, Texas. The Bible was printed and published by Matthew Carey, Philadelphia PAin 1813. It has been in the hands of the following since 1813: Joseph Taylor 1813-1853; Alfred Taylor 1853-1865; Stephen Slade Taylor 1865-1875; W.C. Taylor,Sr. 1875-1888; Mrs. W.C. Taylor, Sr. 1888-1938; Mrs. H Boyce Taylor. Sr. 193801959; and Mrs. Frances Taylor Watson 1959-1981 Kyle Yates Rone 1981. Actual spelling has been retained..... the records are found on pages 677-680


Jonathan Gough and Mary Ann was married September 23rd, 1806
Amos Davis and Eunice was married December 7th, 1820
Joseph Taylor (Jr) and Anna Gough was married Feby 8th, 1821
Stephen Taylor & Sally Whiteaker was married March the 19th day 1924
Alfred Taylor and Mary Mahon were married September the 22nd, 1835


Joseph Taylor was born April the 21st say, 1765
Mary (Slade) Taylor was born April the 17th day, 1766
Elizabeth Prevatte Taylor was born January the 26th, 1787
Mary Ann Taylor was born October the 26th day, 1788
Sarah Taylor was born November the 9th day, 1793
John Slade Taylor was born January 16th day, 1795
Jincy Taylor was born February the 2nd, 1797
Eunice Taylor was born December the 5th day, 1798
Joseph Taylor was born August the 7th day, 1800
*William (Miss Billie) Taylor was born November 13th, 1802
Stephen Slade taylor was born May the 26th day, 1804
Alfred Taylor was born July the 19th day, 1808


Jonathan Gough was Mary the 12th day, 1778
Mary Ann Gough was born October the 26th day, 1788
Father Gough was born June the 5th day, 1809
Jonathan B. Gough was born August the 23rd day, 1812
Eunice Gough was born October the 3rd day, 1814
Polly Ann Gough was born October the 14th day, 1816
Francis II Taylor was born April the 12th, 1824
Richard Prevatte Taylor was born March the 20th, 1825
Joseph Taylor the son of Thomas Alfred and Elizabeth Prevatt Taylor (b 1787) was born October the 13th, 1823
Joseph Taylor Gough was born Mary the 8th day, 1819
Joseph Bradford McCoy was born the 18th day of June, 1821
Nathaniel Greene Davis was born September the 4th, 1821


Elizabeth Taylor wife of Moses Taylor decased the six day of March, 1833 aged
Mary Taylor formerly Mary Slade died February the 15th, 1840
Katherine Taylor second wife of Joseph Taylor died July the 7th, 1852
Joseph Taylor Sen died on January 25th 1853
Sallie Taylor wife of Stephen S. Taylor dide Aprile 12th,1875
Moses Taylor the father of Joseph Taylor decased March 23, 1819
Mary Ann Gough deceased November the 13th day, 1827
Eunice Taylor Davis deceased July the 13th day, 1829
Sally Neal deceased December the 20th, 1830 Aged 39 years

*This person was a girl, known through her single life as "Miss Billie"

(Note: In my family the story of the naming of William Taylor is that Mary's brother, a lawyer, came to visit Mary while she was pregnant.... before he left he made her promise to name the baby after him. Being a family of honor and always keeping their word, Mary and Joseph kept their word and named the baby girl William....

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