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Descendants of James Taylor I (died VA 1698) and related families and their connections, etc.
I have known my genealogy since the early 1960's when my grandparents inherited the Taylor Family Tree. So I was never interested in my genealogy until I decided the information on it needed to be put into a genealogy program.
The Taylor Family Tree is old, but I have been unable to verify its start date. It is drawn with pen/ink on a piece of linen about 3' x 5' and is stained (probably from water) and has two holes in the corners where it was folded for may years.
What little verification of the start date I have comes from two sources. First, by observation of names, dates, leaf shapes, faded writing, etc., I came up with a start date of 1750-1760 (probably started by Martha Thompson, wife of James Taylor II, and her family). I then found the research notes of Ann Spottswood Dandridge at the Talbot Co. Free Library in Easton, MD. She was a step daughter of Mary Taylor who was the daughter of Pres. Zachary Taylor. Ann wrote a book of genealogy as a present for her step mother. In her notes, she says the Taylor Tree was probably started around 1750, but gives no sources for this date. She may have just observed the clues on the tree as I did to come up with the date.
Dr. Andrew Glassell Grinnan (a Taylor descendant and genealogist) saw at least one copy of the Taylor Tree. He wrote that the tree was started around 1835-37 by Gen. James Taylor V of Newport, KY; Congressman Robert Taylor of Orange, VA; and General Memucan Hunt of TX. I believe these three men met not to draw the original tree, but to make copies for themselves and their families and to update the original. I have found a note that there was a fourth member of the party--Hubbard Taylor of Winchester, KY (brother of Gen. James). Grinnan did not mention Hubbard's presence. I think he was there because he had the original Taylor Tree (he was the oldest son of Col. James Taylor IV and was very close to his father--shown by the various dealings/visits/letters in later life and probably inherited it--the staining/water damage may have happened in his move from Virginia to Kentucky).
Since Hubbard was my 3rd great grandfather, that would explain how it descended to my grandparents from a 3rd cousin of my grandfather (both lived in Illinois at the time).
If anyone finds any new information about the Taylor Tree, please contact me.
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