Mary Taylor (Wheldon) (1625 - 1673) MP

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Nicknames: "Ruth", "Whelden"
Birthplace: Plymouth Colony
Death: Died in Duxbury, Plymouth Colony
Cause of death: Drowning
Managed by: Elwin C Nickerson
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About Mary Taylor (Wheldon)

Name also seen as Ruth (1)

"Mary's death was tragic. Her body was found in a small boat in which she had probably intended to go from Yarmouth to Duxbury or Plymouth. A jury of inquest was formed in Duxbury, where the boat was probably found, and it rendered its verdict on the 4th of December 1673. The following was the verdict:

  • "The jury of inquest appointed to view a corpes found in a boate now racked, and being supposed to be the wife of Richard Taylor, somtimes of Yarmouth, and to make dilligent serch how the said woman came by her death, doe judge, that the boate being cast away, the woman was drowned in the boate."

Her husband died, grief stricken, within 9 days of hearing the verdict."

Children: Ann Taylor, Mary Taylor Marchant, Martha Taylor Bearse, John Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor Cobb, Hannah Taylor Crocker, Sarah Taylor, and Ann Taylor Davis.

1/2 blood Wampanoag Indian from her mother.


Alternate Birth Location: Yarmouth, MA, USA


  1. That she and not her sister Ruth was the wife of Richard Taylor, tailor of Yarmouth, is argued in "The Origins of Gabriel Whelden of Yarmouth and Malden, Massachusetts," Register 163:253-261.


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Mary Taylor's Timeline

Plymouth Colony
October 27, 1646
Age 21
Prob. Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massuchetts
December 2, 1648
Age 23
Yarmouth, Barnstable, MA
December 18, 1650
Age 25
Yarmouth, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
December 18, 1650
Age 25
Eastham/Yarmouth, Barnstable
Age 27
Yarmouth, Barnstable, MA
December 18, 1655
Age 30
Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA
May 8, 1659
Age 34
Yarmouth, Barnstable, MA, USA
Age 34
Probably Barnstable, (Present Barnstable County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
September 17, 1661
Age 36