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James Taplin

Birthdate: (61)
Birthplace: Overton, Hampshire, England
Death: 1892 (61)
Maywood, New Jersey, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Taplin and Ann Taplin
Husband of Mary Taplin
Father of James Taplin; William Henry Taplin; Emily Louisa Royle; Susan Mary Taplin and Edith H Taplin
Brother of Emily Taplin; Stephen Taplin; Benjmin Taplin; Susannah Jemima Taplin; William Taplin and 3 others

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About James Taplin

There is some confusion regarding the James Taplin that went to America in 1868

The following traces the family through the years - I believe that the James Taplin who went to the USA and settled in New Jersey was born in Overton, Hampshire.

There is a 2nd James born around the same time from Odiham

1841 Census Brick-kiln Overton, Hampshire

HO107; Piece 392; Book: 19; Civil Parish: Overton; County: Hampshire; Enumeration District: 11; Folio: 4; Pages: 2-3;

  • William Taplin 35 Brick-farmer born in Hampshire
  • Ann Taplin 30 Not born in Hampshire
  • James Taplin 9 born in Hampshire
  • Emily Taplin 8 born in Hampshire
  • Stephen Taplin 6 born in Hampshire
  • Benjamin Taplin 5 born in Hampshire
  • Susanna Taplin 3 born in Hampshire
  • William Taplin 9m born in Hampshire

1851 Census Apley Hall, Stockton, Salop

HO107; Piece: 1987; Folio: 35; Page: 11;

James Taplin Lab U 19 Gardener born Overton, Hampshire in the H/H of Thomas C Whitmore Landed Proprietor

His Uncle Stephen Barnes 39 born Whitby, Surrey was a gardener on the same estate

1861 Census , Garden House, Teddesley Hall, Teddesley Hay, Staffordshire

G9; Piece: 1979; Folio: 4; Page: 2

  • James Taplin HD M 30 Gardener (Head) Born Hampshire Leverton (sic)
  • Mary Taplin WI M 34 born Worcestershire St. Martins
  • James Taplin SO U 3 Scholar born Shropshire Wellington
  • William H Taplin SO U 8m born Staffordshire, Teddesley

New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957

  • Name: James Taplin
  • Arrival Date: 22 Apr 1868
  • Birth Year: abt 1831
  • Age: 37
  • Gender: Male
  • Ethnicity/Race­/Nationality: English
  • Place of Origin: England
  • Port of Departure: Liverpool, England and Queenstown, Ireland
  • Destination: United States of America
  • Port of Arrival: New York
  • Port Arrival State: New York
  • Port Arrival Country: United States
  • Ship Name: Scotia

It seems that James went ahead of his family as only he is listed on the passenger list - an Edith was born in the SepQ 1868 in Shiffnal, Staffordshire. Perhaps Mary and the family stayed behind until after the child was born.

Found on the New York Passenger Lists

Mrs. Taplin 38 Lady and 4 children 10(m), 8(m) 6(f) and Emily 4(f) arrived New York 7 Sep 1868 from Liverpool aboard "City of London"

This may be the rest of the family.

1870 Census South Amboy, Middlesex, New Jersey U.S.A.

  • Roll M593_874; Page 434 image 259
  • James Taplin 39 Gardener born in England
  • Mary Taplin 42 Keeping house born in England
  • James Taplin 12 School born in England
  • William Taplin 10 home born in England
  • Susan Taplin 8 born in England
  • Emily Taplin 5 born in England
  • Edith Taplin 2 born in England

1880 Census 

  • Maywood, Bergen, New Jersey
  • James Taplin HD 49 Florist born England
  • Mary Taplin WI 54 Keeping House born England
  • James S Taplin SO 23 Florist born England
  • Wm. H Taplin SO 20 Florist born England
  • Elmily L Taplin DA 18 born England
  • Susan M Taplin DA 16 born England
  • Edith E Taplin DA 12 born England

Not located on New Jersey 1895 census - poor quailty returns for Bergen

1900 Census USA

  • Maywood, Bergen, New Jersey
  • Midland, Bergen, New Jersey; Roll: T623_955; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 26
  • Mary Taplin Head 72 born Apr 1828 Widow 4 of 6 children living born England - went to USA 1868 - 32 years
  • Emily Royle DA 37 born May 1863 Widow 1 child living born England - went to USA 1868 - 32 years Editor
  • Marie A Royle GrDA 9 born Apr 1891 born Illinois, New Jersey - at School
  • Susan M Taplin DA 34 Single born May 1866 born in England went to USA 1868 - 32 years

1910 Census USA

  • Maywood, Bergen, New Jersey
  • Mary Taplin Hd 82 Widow born England at home
  • Susan M Taplin DA 43? born England
  • Emily L Royle DA 45 born England Editor Weekly Paper
  • Marie A Royle 18 born Illinois, New Jersey - Art Student - illeg.

1920 Census USA

  • Maywood, Bergen, New Jersey
  • Emily L Royle HD 56 Widow naturalised 1873 born England Editor Agricultural magazine
  • Marie S Royle DA 25 S born Illinois, New Jersey Secretary Surgical illeg
  • Susan M Taplin Sister 53 naturalised 1873 born England no occupation

1930 Census USA

  • Maywood, Bergen, New Jersey
  • Susan M Taplin Sister 60 born England no occupation
  • Emily L Royle HD 62 Widow born England Editor Periodical
  • Marie S Royle DA 35 S born Illinois, New Jersey cjhief Clerk Periodical
  • Name: James Taplin;
  • Gender: Male;
  • Baptism/Christening Date: 06 Nov 1831;
  • Baptism/Christening Place: Overton, Southampton, Hampshire, England ;
  • Father's Name: William Taplin;
  • Mother's Name: Anne

America's contribution to the Nepenthes hybridization effort, mainly that of James Taplin, are published in the Encyclopedia of American Horticulture.  James Taplin had started his work in England, and then came to America to work for George Such Nurseries located in New Jersey, USA. Apparantly Taplin had died by the time of this publication. His incredible hybrids created during the late 1800's were recognized as a tremendous success in both America and Europe.

James Taplin, a well-known florist, died to-night Saturday evening at the age of sixty-one, of pneumonia. Mr. Taplin was at one time gardener for the Duke of Devonshire. For several years he has been conspicuous in the Society of American Florists, ana was a member of St. Stephen's Lodge, and A. M., South Amboy. He leaves two sons and three daughters. THE EVENING POST: NEW YORK, MONDAY, JANUARY 11, 1892.

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James Taplin's Timeline

November 6, 1831
Overton, Hampshire, England
Overton, Hampshire, England
Age 26
Wellington, Shropshire, England
Age 29
Teddesley, Staffordshire, England
May 9, 1862
Age 31
Teddesley Hay, Staffordshire, England
Age 33
Staffordshire, England
Age 37
United States
Age 61
Maywood, New Jersey, United States