Richard "Rock" Taylor

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Richard Taylor

Birthplace: England
Death: Died in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Husband of Ruth Taylor
Father of Ruth Taylor; Ruth Taylor; Richard Taylor, Jr., of Yarmouth; Mehitable Taylor; Keziah Eldridge and 2 others

Occupation: Husbandman
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About Richard "Rock" Taylor

Called "Rock Richard" Taylor because he built his house next to a rock, and to distinguish him from Richard "The Tailor" Taylor.


  1. Ruth Whelden Taylor (1626 - 1693). Her name is also seen as Ruth Burgess.


  1. Keziah "Kezih" Taylor
  2. Ruth Taylor 1650 - Before 1693
  3. Richard Taylor 1652 - 1732
  4. Mehitable Taylor 1654 - after 1693
  5. Joshua Taylor 1659 - Bef 1693
  6. Hannah Taylor 1661 -
  7. Elisha Taylor 1663/64 - 1740/41
  8. Mary Taylor 1667 -


Nickname: the Rock From the "History of Barnstable County, Massachusetts ..":

There were two Richard Taylors early in town, both of whom were enrolled among those able to bear arms in 1643, and both had wives named Ruth. To distinguish them, one was called Richard Taylor, tailor from his occupation, and the other Richard Rock, from the circumstance that his house was built beside a great rock. The first Richard, in the year 1646, had a difficulty with Gabriel Whelden, who objected to his marriage with Whelden's daughter Ruth, and the court took cognizance of the matter. This new style of courting succeeded and Whelden's consent was followed by the marriage. The Taylors of Chatham are descended from this Richard.

The Taylors of Yarmouth are from "Richard Rock", who married Ruth Burgess. He was constable in 1656 and 1668, surveyor of highway in 1657, excise officer in 1664 and on the grand jury in 1685.

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Richard "Rock" Taylor's Timeline

October 22, 1646
Age 21
Yarmouth, Barnstable , Massachusetts
July 29, 1647
Age 22
Yarmouth, Barnstable, MA
April 10, 1649
Age 24
June 9, 1652
Age 27
Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts
July 23, 1654
Age 29
Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass
February 18, 1656
Age 31
Yarmouth, (Present Barnstable County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
May 9, 1659
Age 34
Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass
February 10, 1664
Age 39
Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass
August 1, 1703
Age 78
Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts