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Mary Taylor (Wheldon)

Also Known As: "Ruth", "Whelden"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Plymouth Colony
Death: Died in Duxbury, Plymouth Colony
Cause of death: Drowning
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Gabriel Whelden and Margaret Wheldon
Wife of Richard "the tailor" Taylor, of Plymouth Colony
Mother of Ann Taylor; Martha Bearse; Mary Marchant; John Taylor; Elizabeth Cobb and 4 others
Sister of Thomas Whelden; Catherine (Catorne) Hopkins; Henry Whelden; Martha Whelden; Ralph Whelden and 3 others
Half sister of 1630 Whelden

Managed by: Elwin Clinton Nickerson
Last Updated:

About Mary Taylor

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.

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Alternate Birth Location: Yarmouth, MA, USA

Notes

  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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-------------------- "In [Jan] or Dec 1673, the body of a drowned woman was found in a boat. An inquest in Duxbury identified her as "wife of Richard Taylor, sometimes of Yarmouth", but the name of the drowned woman is not provided.. [Source: Plymouth Colony Records, Volume 5; pp.122-123]" http://boards.rootsweb.com/surnames.taylor/18793/mb.ashx Apparently this is not the woman. 13 Marriage Notes (Richard Taylor) A 1655 lawsuit was brought against Margaret Whelden, widow of Gabriel by four men, two of whom were: Richard Taylor, Taylor and Richard Taylor, Husbandman... [Source: Middlesex Court Files Folio 11; HLS #411 and/or Probate Court, Cambridge, Suffolk County]: "To the Constable of maulden or his deputie. You are required to attach the body or goods of Margrett Weilden, late widdow of Gabriel Weilden, and to take bond of her to the value of fourscore plus tenn pounds with sufficient suerties for her appearance at the next Court holden at Cambrdge ye wd day of ye 8 mo. 55, then and there to anser ye complaynt of Henry Weilden John Weilden, Rich: Taylor Taylor and Rich: Taylor husbandman for withholding their parts or portions of an estate which their late father Gabriell Weilden was possessor or owner of in his life and soe make a true returne hereof under your hand. Dated the 28 of the 5th mo. 55. By the Court Tho: Starr" (Jillaine Smith, 2007)

  • ** There were 2 Richard Taylors in Yarmouth that married Wheldens, and their families may be jumbled or reversed here.****

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Mary Taylor's Timeline

1621
December 23, 1621
Plymouth Colony
December 23, 1621
Plymouth Colony
1646
October 27, 1646
Age 24
Prob. Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massuchetts
1648
December 2, 1648
Age 26
Yarmouth, Barnstable, MA
1650
December 18, 1650
Age 28
Yarmouth, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
December 18, 1650
Age 28
Eastham/Yarmouth, Barnstable
1652
1652
Age 30
Yarmouth, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
1655
December 18, 1655
Age 33
Barnstable, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
1659
May 8, 1659
Age 37
Yarmouth, Barnstable, MA, USA
1659
Age 37
Probably Barnstable, (Present Barnstable County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)