Richard "the Pirate" Taliaferro

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Richard Taliaferro, II

Birthplace: Essex, VA
Death: Died in Richmond, VA
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert "The Immigrant" Taliaferro and Katherine Dedman Alias Sarah Grymes
Husband of Sarah Taliaferro
Father of Martha Turner; Richard Taliaferro, Ill; Catherine Hooe and Sarah Turner
Brother of Robert Taliaferro of "Church Neck"; Francis Taliaferro, "Of the Mount"; John "The Ranger" Taliaferro; Mary Johnson; Sarah Catlet and 2 others
Half brother of Frances Ann Slaughter

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About Richard "the Pirate" Taliaferro

WELDON ROGERS has really been busy and has sent us this great story about Richard Talilaferro, known as "The Pirate" in some circles.

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There is considerable material on Richard, son of Robert the immigrant. Most of the basics can be found in King's 'Marriages of Richmond County VA.'   Richard Taliaferro was a ship captain and was in London at the time Cadwallader Jones was there angling for a position in the Barbados (read Bahamas since Nassau was involved) where be became the Royal Governor. Richard was also, there serving on the Court of that Colony at one time. He met and married Sarah Wingfield about 1694, the only child of Martha and John Wingfield of the islands.

The Wingfields have a world-wide family association that maintains a data base in Dallas TX and a full-time genealogist in England. Some correspondence with them several years ago is partially confirmed by King but, true or not, it's a great story. In brief, a pirate (there are nicer names for it) arrived in Nassau with a cargo said to have been captured from the Grand Mogul of India's flagship in the Indian Ocean. He negotiated with the Governor of the Bahamas (Jones had left by then) and he and his men were granted pardons and passage to England. The Gov retired shortly thereafter. Subsequent investigation uncovered nothing illegal. Richard T was present at the time.

Richard Talliferro's mother-in-law Martha Wingfield came for a visit in 1709 and traveled on to Boston, with many large trunks, to die there on 23 Jul 1709. Her Will left all her property, located in the Bermudas, Bahamas, Boston and Virginia to her daughter Sarah Taliaferro. Richard died in 1715, his wife in 1718, and his only son in 1721, leaving all the property to their remaining 3 daughters, the oldest being married in 1714 to Thosmas Turner Sr. c1690-1758. She (Martha) died in 1726 and he remarried to her sister Sarah Taliaferro as his second wife. The third daughter married Rice Hooe IV and died without issue.

Turner became one of the wealthiest people on either side of the Rapphannock in a very short time, buying up land in Richmond, King George, Caroline, Spotsylvania, etc.. He had a descendant in the 1960s still living there, descended from Tom Turner Sr and both his Taliaferro wives.


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Richard "the Pirate" Taliaferro's Timeline

Essex, VA
Age 20
Richmond, Virginia, United States
Age 33
Richmond, Virginia, United States
Age 37
Powhattan Plant, Essex, VA
Age 47
Richmond, VA
Age 47