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Ruth Taylor (Whelden)

Also Known As: "Wheldon"
Birthplace: Basford, Nottinghamshire, England
Death: June 22, 1693
Yarmouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States
Place of Burial: Yarmouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA BURIAL Unknown MEMORIAL ID 46352078
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Gabriel Whelden and Jane Whelden
Wife of Richard "Rock" Taylor
Mother of Ruth Taylor; Ruth Marchant; Richard Taylor, of Yarmouth; Mehitable Taylor; Keziah Eldridge and 2 others
Sister of Thomas Whelden (died young); Catherine "Catorne" Hopkins; Henry Whelden; Martha Whelden; Mary Taylor and 2 others
Half sister of Sara Whelden

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About Ruth Taylor

Ruth Whelden

  • BIRTH 1626 Nottinghamshire, England
  • DEATH 22 Jun 1693 (aged 66–67) Yarmouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA
  • BURIAL Unknown MEMORIAL ID 4635207

Gabriel Whelden (c1583-1654) had children baptized at St Leodegarius Church, Basford.

8. Ruth Whelden (bapt. 5 July 1626 - 22 Jun 1693)  m.27 Oct 1646 Richard Taylor, husbandman "of the Rock," Yarmouth, (c1620-4 Dec1703) called that presumably either because his house  was made of stone, or because he lived near the boundary stone between Hockanom and Nobscusset in the northeastern part of town.

She was NOT the woman, wife of Richard Taylor (tailor), found drowned in late 1673: 3 June 1673. On jury investigating the death of Thomas Phelpps' daughter of Yarmouth in a boat wreck, and another boat wreck that killed the wife of Richard Tayler of Yarmouth (PCR 5:122-123). The name of the tailor's wife is not documented in contemporaneous records.

Fraud Alert

Note: She was included in the fraudulent 1935 genealogy by Franklin Bearce that was soundly refuted by Jacobus in 1939. See this discussion. Bearce claimed she was daughter of Margaret, full-blooded Indian Princess. Her English birth record has been found.


Which Ruth did he marry?

As published in the NEHGS Register in July 2011, "Tradition, as well as frequent derivative published research, has long held that Richard Taylor, tailor married Ruth Whelden, daughter of Gabriel, and the farmer of the Rock married Ruth (Burgess?)."

However, closer examination of extant records indicates that no woman by the name of Ruth Burgess existed, much less a daughter by that name of Thomas Burgess. There was only one Ruth who married a Richard Taylor in Yarmouth: the Ruth who married Richard Taylor "of the Rock" and was daughter of Gabriel Whelden. [1]


Of the children, the oldest was Ruth, a name which has persisted through generations. One son was Richard who was in the fight at Mount Hope. One son, Elisha was surveyor and fence viewer at Falmouth. A grandson, Shubel, was a lifetime deacon of the Yarmouth Church. [these all need citations]

Children:[8][9] All but the two Ruths (who died young) were named in Richard's will:[10]

  1. Elisha Taylor
  2. Ruth Taylor
  3. Ruth Taylor
  4. Richard Taylor
  5. Mehitable Taylor
  6. Keziah Taylor
  7. Hannah (Taylor) Jenkins


Shortly after his wife's death in 1693, Richard wrote a will. He wrote a codicil in 1699, he died 1 October 1703, and the will was probated five days later.[10]

The will named sons Richard and Elisha; daughters Mehetabel, Keziah Eldredge; and grandson Samuel Eldredge. Daughter Hannah Jenkins (who had married a Quaker and moved to New Jersey) was to have twenty shillings, but “if she doth not come for it within two years,” it was to go to Mehetable and Keziah. Richard Taylor, Elisha Taylor, and son-in-law Samuel Eldredge were named executors. The codicil added specific bequests to grandchildren Jehosaphat, Mehitabel, and Keziah Eldredge, and Mehetabel Smith.[10]


  • Whilden
  • Nottinghamshire History: Basford
  • Miner Descent
  • The Sacred Cod  Wellfleet Massachusetts, and connections
  • New England, Historical and Genealogical Register (Vol. 163, No. 4, October 2009) Jan Porter and Daniel F. Stramara, Jr., "The Origin of Gabriel1 Whelden of Yarmouth and Malden, Massachusetts" pp. 253-261
  • "Whelden" in New England Marriages Prior to 1700.  Clarence Almon Torrey Genealogical Publishing Com, 1985 - Reference - 1009 pages.  page 802. Gabriel Whelden (- 1654) & 1st wf; ca 1620? 1610? Yarmouth / Malden. & 2nd wf Margaret ?; Yarmouth / Lynn / Malden
  • Gabriel Wheldon and spouse Margaret Diguina(?) 1620's
  •  "From Out of the Past--Who our Forefathers Really Were, a True Narrative of our White and Indian Ancestors" filed in the 1930's by Franklin Ele-watum Bearse, a Scaticoke and Eastern Indian: 
  •  Donald Lines Jacobus, "Austin Bearse and His Alleged Indian Connections" in THE AMERICAN GENEALOGIST, 1936 view article
  • WeRelate
  • WeRelate: Ruth Wheldon
    • See Taylors in Yarmouth for the initial results of research conducted into the multiple Richard Taylors (and wives Ruths) of Yarmouth. This research implies that Ruth Whelden is more likely to have married not Richard Taylor, tailor, but Richard Taylor, Rock.
    • Subsequent research published in "The Origins of Gabriel Whelden of Yarmouth and Malden, Massachusetts," by Jan Porter and Dan Stramara (NEHG Register 162:253-261), further supports the theory that Ruth Whelden married the husbandman of the Rock, and that the wife of Richard Taylor, tailor, was Ruth's sister Mary Whelden.
    • "The Origins of Gabriel Whelden of Yarmouth and Malden, Massachusetts", in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society), 162:254, October 2009, Secondary quality. Citing Basford parish records: "Ruth Wheelding baptized fifth july the daughter of Gabriel Wheldon [1626]
    • Sherman, Robert M. (Robert Moody), and Ruth Wilder Sherman. Vital records of Yarmouth, Massachusetts, to the year 1850. (Providence, Rhode Island?: Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Rhode Island, c1975), Book 3, p. 21 Back, Secondary quality."Ruth, wife of Richard Taylor, Senir, in Yarmouth, d. June 22, 1693."
  • Jillaine S. Smith, "The Two Richard Taylor Families of Early Yarmouth, Massachusetts," NEHGS Register, volumes 165 (July 2011) and 166 (Oct 2011)
  • Porter, Jan & Stramara, F., The Origin of Gabriel1 Whelden of Yarmouth and Malden, Massachusetts, The New England Historical & Genealogical Register (NEHGS, Boston, Mass., 2009) Vol. 163, WN 652, Page 260. [1] *Shurtleff and Pulsifer, Records of New Plymouth [note 5], 2:110, 27 October 1646: “In the case betweene Gabriell Whelding and Richard Taylor, about his daughter Ruth, the said Gabriell prmiseth his free assent and consent to theire marriage.” (She was still a minor, not yet 21.) ↑ Sherman and Sherman, Vital Records of Yarmouth [note 16], 1:129, “Ruth Tayler the wife of Richard Tayler, Sr, in Yarmouth, died the 22d of June, 1693.” See also:
  • History of Barnstable County, MA 1620 - 1890 Abbreviation: History of Barnstable Co. Author: Editor: Simeon L. Deyo Publication: H. W. Blake & Co., New York, 1890 Call Number: 974.49 D529H
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Ruth Taylor's Timeline

July 5, 1626
Basford, Nottinghamshire, England
July 5, 1626
July 5, 1626
Basford, Nottinghamshire, England
July 29, 1647
Yarmouth, Plymouth Colony
April 10, 1649
June 9, 1652
Yarmouth, Plymouth Colony
July 23, 1654
Yarmouth, Barnstable, Plymouth Colony
February 18, 1656
Yarmouth, (Present Barnstable County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
May 9, 1659
Yarmouth, Plymouth Colony