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President Zachary Taylor

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Aged: 65.6 years
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Zachary Taylor
Gender: Male
Birth 1784 VA
Spouse Name: Margaret Mackall Smith
Spouse Birth Year: 1788
Marriage Year: 1810

Zachary became the 12th President of the United States.
-- Ancestors of American Presidents by Gary Boyd Roberts

Zachary TAYLOR, 12th President of the United States
Margaret Mackall SMITH
Husband: Zachary TAYLOR
Birth: 24 Nov 1784, Montebello, near Barboursville, Orange Co., VA
Death: 9 Jul 1850, Washington, DC
Disposition: buried Zachary Taylor national Cemetery, near Louisville, KY
Occupation: soldier (rank, General)
Religion: Episcopalian
Politics: Whig
Father: Col. Richard TAYLOR, Sr.
Mother: Sarah Dabney STROTHER
Marriage: 21 Jun 1810, Jefferson Co., KY
Wife: Margaret Mackall "Peggy" SMITH
Birth: 21 Sep 1788, Calvert Co., MD
Death: 18 Aug 1852, East Pascagoula, MS
Father: Walter SMITH
Mother: Ann MACKALL
-- dgmweb.net

1850 Federal Census, Washington, DC, 31 August, page 125 (63), Hse #930, Fam #983
Zachary Taylor 66 M Prest US $100 Real Estate b Virginia [b abt 1784]
Margaret Taylor 64 F Maryland [b abt 1786]

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Zachary Taylor
Birth Date: 24 Nov 1784
Death Date: 9 Jul 1850

12th US President. Taylor fought in the War of 1812 and vanquished the Seminoles in Florida. He antagonized the South by advocating the integration of California (a non-slave state). He was the second President to die in office. He died 5 days after he became ill after attending a July 4th celebration at the Washington Monument.

In the late 1980's, author Clara Rising theorized that he was murdered by poison and was able to convince Taylor's closest living relative, as well as the Jefferson Co., KY Coroner, to order an exhumation. Since his wife would not allow embalming at the time of his death in 1850, his remains did not allow more extensive testing to be done. The results came back 9 days later that his body contained arsenic, but no more than what a normal human being would have and his death was ruled as severe gastroenteritis.

He was first buried in the Congressional Cemetery, Washington D.C. July 13, 1850. His remains were then shipped back to his home in Louisville, Kentucky on October 25, 1850.

There, they remained in the family vault until he and his wife were moved to their final resting place on May 6, 1926 in the mausoleum. He remained there undisturbed until June 17, 1991 when his body was brought out of the crypt for the exhumation. He was re-interred in the mausoleum next to his wife.
-- Stories, Ancestry.com, ancestry.com, Original Source Unknown


Margaret Mackall Smith

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Various sources report that Margaret's nickname was Peggy.

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Margaret Mackall Smith
Spouse: Zachary Taylor
Parents: Walter Smith, Ann Mackall
Birth 21 Sep 1788 Calvert, MD
Marriage 21 Jun 1810 Louisville, Jefferson, KY
Death 14 Aug 1852 Pascagoula, MS

1850 Federal Census, Washington, DC, 31 August, page 125 (63), Hse #930, Fam #983
Zachary Taylor 66 M Prest US $100 Real Estate b Virginia [b abt 1784]
Margaret Taylor 64 F Maryland [b abt 1786]

Wikipedia has a short biography note on Margaret.

Born in Calvert County, Maryland, on September 21, 1788, the daughter of Walter Smith, a prosperous Maryland planter and veteran officer of the American Revolution, and Ann Mackall-Smith, "Peggy" was raised amid refinement and wealth.

While visiting her sister in Kentucky in 1809, she was introduced to Lieutenant Zachary Taylor, then home on leave, by Dr. Alexander Duke.

Taylor, aged 25, married Peggy Smith, aged 21, on June 21, 1810, at the home of the bride's sister, Mrs. Mary Chew near Louisville, Kentucky. Their marriage appears to have been a happy one. A devout Episcopalian, Mrs. Taylor prayed regularly for her soldier husband. She became somewhat reclusive because, it is said, she had promised God to give up the pleasures of society if her husband returned safely from war.
-- Wikipedia, "Margaret Taylor," wikipedia.org

Margaret Mackall Smith
Birth: 21 SEP 1788 in Calvert Co., Maryland
Death: 18 AUG 1852 in Pascagoula, Caddo Co., Louisiana
Burial: Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Jefferson Co., Kentucky
-- RootsWeb, Edelen, McAfee etal, ancestry.com

ChildrenFirst NameBirth DtDeath DtBirth PlaceSpouses

Ann Mackall 

4/9/181112/2/1875  KY, Jefferson Co, Louisville Robert Crooke Wood 

Sarah Knox 

3/6/18139/15/1835  IN, Knox Co, Vincennes Jefferson Davis 

Octavia Pannill 

8/16/18167/8/1820  KY, Jefferson Co, Louisville  

Margaret Smith 

27 Jul 181922 Oct 1820  KY, Jefferson Co, Louisville  

Mary Elizabeth 

20 APR 182425 JUL 1909  KY, Jefferson Co, Louisville Philip Pendleton Dandridge, William Wallace Smith Bliss 

Richard "Dick" 

1/27/18264/12/1879  KY, Jefferson Co, Louisville Louise Marie Myrthe Bringier 
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  2. Other: Gedcom Import: Jenkins-Gregory-LeStrange-McSwainPRIV.ged; Imported 8/19/2007;
  3. Website: Taylor -- Zachary and Margaret;
  4. Website: Duncan Family Genealogy, GenCircles;
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  2. Other: mother's bio is on daughter's page;
    Source from: Steve Taylor
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  •  05-Sep-12 6:38 PM
I have been raised to believe Pres Taylor was my grandmother's great or great great grandfather. My grandmother was Ida Ola Taylor, married to Charles E. Wade. She was born in Louisville. Ky on Jan 1880. She was the daughter of Frank and Sarah Taylor.

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