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Capt. John Taylor

Birthdate: (43)
Birthplace: Flower De Hundred,Charles City,Virginia,USA
Death: between May 5, 1707 and November 9, 1709 (43-46)
Flower de Hundred, Prince George, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Taylor, of Flowerdieu Hundred and Sarah Bisse
Husband of Henrietta Maria Taylor
Father of Frances Taylor; Elizabeth Duke (Cliveurs); Henrietta Maria Taylor; Sarah Taylor and Elizabeth Taylor
Brother of Lucy Taylor; Sarah Taylor; Katherine Taylor; Elizabeth Hamlin and Frances Bradford
Half brother of Samuel Lucy, II; Mary Cargile and Richard Taylor, Jr.

Occupation: Captain of ship Merchant's Hope
Managed by: Stacy Ann Whitley
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About Capt. John Taylor

Sale of Land that was devised by Captain John Taylor to his wife, Henrietta Maria.

"THIS INDENTURE made this Seaventeenth day of December in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seaven hundred Twenty Three Between John Hardyman and Henrietta Maria his wife, Francis Hardyman & Sarah his wife, Elizabeth Duke, and Frances Greenhill of the one part and John Mason of the other part … For and in Consideration of the Sum of five Shillings Current Money of Virginia (Twenty-two pounds and Six Shillings in the release) paid by the said John Mason have bargained and sold … One parcel or Tract of Land Containing Two Hundred and Twenty Three Acres Situate … on the East side of the Pigon Swamp in the County of Surry, and bounded as followeth vizt. Beginning at the mouth of the Cattail branch, thence running up the said Branch to the line of Richard Bland, Deceased, thence along the said line to a branch called Under Ground Branch, thence down the said Branch to the aforesaid Swamp …


Capt John Taylor left a will dated April 5, 1707 (Prince George Co. Deeds 1713-1728 p.28).

Will of Captain John Taylor

(From a photostat of the original, of the Virginia Historical Society, in the margin is written: ‘Loaned by Wm. M. Willicox of Flower de Hundred. Sept. 21 1881’)

"IN the name of GOD AMEN, I JOHN TAYLOR of Prince George County being very sick & weak in body, but of perfect sense and memory thanks be to God for the same do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following. I commit my Soul to Almighty God who gave it trusting in the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ for pardon of all my Sins and to enjoy a blessed and Glorious Eternity, and my body to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named, and as to what wordly estate it hath pleased God to bless me with I give and bequeath as followeth,

"IMPRIMIS, I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Duke two Negroes ( Vizt) one man called Dick, and one man called Buck, and my Riding horse called Trooper, besides what I have already given her.

"ITEM, I give and bequeath to my daughter Henrietta Maria Taylor four Negroes (Vizt) Hector, Moll, Caesor and Frank, one feather bed and furniture six young Cowes and Calves, all to be paid her at twenty one years of a ge or day of marriage, which shall first happen.

"ITEM, I give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah Taylor four Negroes or Mulattoes (Vizt) Henry, George … (torn out) … to be paid to her at twenty one years …. Lying and being in Prince George County. Credits of what nature and quality soever they be

I do give and bequeath to my dear and Loving wife Henrietta Maria Taylor, as also five Negroes (Vizt) Antilope & his wife Amy, Jack and his wife Sue & Hannah & all my land at Pigeon Swamp I give unto my Loving wife to her and her heirs forever, she paying all my Just debts and funeral charges.

"LASTLY, I do hereby nominate, ordain, appoint my dear and Loving wife Henrietta Maria Taylor and my dear daughter Elizabeth Duke my whole and sole Executrix of this my last will and testament, desiring her to see my Estate managed and improved to the best advantages, my debts and Legacies punctually paid and my children godly and Vertuously educated, and I do here by make void and revoke all other will or wills heretofore by me made

IN WITNESS hereof I have hereto set my hand and seal this fifth day of April One thousand seven hundred & seven.

John Taylor


From "Autographs" by Elizabeth Lawrence-Dow printed 1976"

John Taylor of Flower de Hundred was one of the justices present at the Ch arles City Co. court on the 3rd of March1696/7 and clerk of the court in M arch 1701/2, but he signed the loyalty oath as a militia officer. Jo hn Taylor owned 850 acres in Surry Co. and over 1700 acres in that pa rt of Charles City Co. which became Prince George Co. in August 1703, b ut he wasn't in Virginia then. On June the 20th, 1702, Taylor, then Cle rk of the Charles City Co. court, petitioned the Council for leave 'to off iciate by Deputy, during his absence for his health in England. The Counc il decided he couldn't appoint a deputy, but allowed him to recommend some one to take over the clerk's job. And, how he had fought to be clerk! (t he job paid 7,686 pounds of tobacco in 1700). John Taylor had been cle rk before, but James Minge maneuvered to replace him, and by 1699, both we re claiming the appointment. That winter, the most prominent Charles Ci ty Co. men sailed down to James City for the February 23-25 Council meeti ng to petition the new Attorney General, Bartholomew Fowler, for their fav orite. John Wickett wanted Minge prosecuted for taking illegal fees whi le clerk. Richard Bradford was complaining against Minge for neglect of h is office. Charles Goodrich was for Taylor, so Minge started a prosecuti on against Goodrich. Fowler suspended both 'clerks' until he could invest igate all the charges and counter-charges. By May 19th, Taylor was acquit ted of the perjury charges and re-instated as clerk. Most of the Charl es City Co. residents were happy because Taylor had by far the best handwr iting of the two. When John Taylor died in Virginia in1707, his daughter E lizabeth was already married to Henry Duke, Junior (James City Co.). H is two other daughters would marry two of the sons of Colonel John Hardyma n, senior. Henrietta Maria Taylor and John Hardyman, junior were married t he16th of August 1709, but Sarah Taylor and Francis Hardyman were not marr ied until after Colonel John Hardyman senior had been kicked in the che st and killed by his race horse on September the 17th 1711."



John Taylor, born before 1663, Charles City Co, VA; was of

Flowerdieu Hundred, Charles City County VA, which he sold to Joshua

Poythress; m. Henrietta Maria Hill, daughter of Edward Hill and

Elizabeth Williams. Their children: Frances Taylor (m. Joseph

Greenhill), Henrietta Maria Taylor, Sarah Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor (m.

Henry Duke before 1707; Charles Anderson the son of Mary Lucy

witnesses the sale of the neighboring Sawtree plantation in 1726 by

Elizabeth Duke).

From Patrick Anderson: John Taylor, Gentleman, was Justice of the

Charles City County Court 1696, clerk of Court 1701, Was in 1699 a

Council battle over Clerk's position with James Minge. Was militia

officer 1701. Went to England for his health in 1702. Further

notes:1704 850 acres Surry County 1704 1700 acres Charles City County

John Taylor sold Flowerdieu to Joshua Poythress John Taylor died

after 1691, Charles City Co, VA, will dated 4/05/1707, 11/09/1709

proven. Note: Richard Taylor owned a 1673 patent along the Blackwater

River, Charles City County, at a plantation called "Saw Tree". This

estate was left by his brother John Taylor to Elizabeth Duke in 1709.



John Taylor was captain of militia, justice and burgess from Charles City in the sessions of 1692-1693.


He was attached to Richard Taylor, of the ROCK, along with his siblings. I have disconnected all of them, since there is a high probability that he was not in Massachusetts and Virginia at the same time, with 2 separate famiies

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Capt. John Taylor's Timeline

August 9, 1663
Flower De Hundred,Charles City,Virginia,USA
Age 18
Age 22
Charles City, Virginia
Age 24
Charles City, Charles City, Virginia
Age 26
Clutton, Bath and North East Somerset, England, United Kingdom
Age 26
Prince Edward, Virginia, USA
May 5, 1707
Age 43
Flower de Hundred, Prince George, Virginia