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James Taylor was born February 12, 1635 in Carlisle, England, and died April 30, 1698 in ,King and Queen ,Virginia33. He married Frances Walker? on 1667 in Virginia.

 Includes NotesNotes for James Taylor:
This information was received on April 14,2001 from Teb Corbin of Taylor family Research Club.

James Taylor b Carlisle England (known as "James the Elder") came to America aboard the Truelove in 1635. The Truelove left london, England on June 7 according to family records in my possession.He settled in Tidewater Co. Va.,(my private family records show he was a surveyor and a school teacher)James was a member of the Church of England.

e married 1st Frances ____? 2nd on 10 Aug 1682 ,Mary Gregory.
James d 30 April 1698 Va.
The children according bible records, etc are:
1st marriage-

*****(This is your James Taylor b 14 March 1675.
James married Martha Thompson on 23 Feb 1699. Their children were:
Frances, Martha, James, Zachary, George,
Tabitha, Erasmus...and a stillborn.)

Children by 2nd marriage:
Ann b 12 Jan 1685
Mary b 29 June 1688
Edmund b 5 July 1690
John b. 18 Nov 1696
***(There are other reports of children but I have not found reliable sources)
****ships passenger list says James was 28 years old in 1635. My family notes say he was 26 yrs old.
*Your James is closely linked to the Claiborne family one of whom died in the last few years was the food editor for the New York Times.

Notes for JAMES TAYLOR I: Was a large landowner and he was a prominent citizen in the colony. He was a lawyer and a public official and served as a member of the House of Burgesses. He was Sheriff of New Kent County in 1690 and vestryman of Saint George's Parish. He moved to Orange County, Virginia, and belonged to Saint Stephen's Parish in New Kent County and also in King and Queen County. He owned 13,925 acres along the Mattaponi River where he built his home and named it " Hare Forest ", named for the Earls of Pennington Castle in England where Taylor ancestors are buried. By division of county lines his home was in Orange County, Virginia where his children was born. This home is now located in Caroline County, Virginia.

Came to America in the 1650 and settled in New Kent Co., VA. One of his first homes was called "Hare Forest" in Orange Co., VA which led many to suppose that he descended from the Earls of Hare. There is no proof of this, however. The Old Taylor Arms, which has been handed down from father to son for over 400 years, has established that they came from the Earls of Pennington, as shown by the record given by Burke: "The original ancestor was the Norman Baron, Taillefer, who accompanied William the Conquerer in his invasion of Great Britain." His praises were sung by Wace, the anglo-Norman poet, in his description of the Battle of Hastings.
The James Taylor known in history as James Taylor 1st was son of immigrant John Taylor. He was born in England 1635 and was transported to America under the Headright System by John Rosier of Northumberland Co., Va., 7 February 1650. He was well educated, an able lawyer, surveyor, vestryman of the church, and a member of the ‘40's,' a group of trustworthy men chosen to defend the Colony against Indians. Each man was levied a tax in arms and provisions. The record of this assignment is in the Parish Register of Northumberland County, Virginia, 1676, listed by Melnor Ljungstead in early court records and notes.

"James Taylor I was a large landowner and he was a prominent citizen in the colony. He was a lawyer and public official and served as a member of the House of Burgesses. He was sheriff of New Kent County in 1690 and vestryman of Saint George's Parish. He was married, first, about 1666 in Virginia to Frances Walker who died September 23, 1680. He moved to Orange County, Virginia, and belonged to Saint Stephen's Parish in New Kent County and also in King and Queen County...

"James Taylor I was married, second, to Mary Gregory August 12, 1682. She was born about 1665 and died about 1747. She was a sister of John Gregory, Jr., and they were from Essex County, Virginia. Her father was John Gregory and her mother was Elizabeth Bishop of Sittenbourne Parish, Rappahannock County, Virginia..."

South side of the Rappahanock River, 480 acres granted to Mr. Henry Abery, who sold to Mr. Robert Bishopp, who bequeathed to John Gregory, who gave to his sister Mary, now wife of said James Taylor; said land in danger of being lost was
petitioned for by said Taylor the 1st day of the last Genrll. Court -04/15/1687 & granted by the Gov'r; beg. by the Indian Path alias Mr. Abrey's path, to fork of Gregory's Creek, on Richard Gregory's lyne, in sight of John

"In 1690 as Sub-Sheriff of New Kent, County, Virginia, James Taylor served summons on those connected with Jacobite disturbances. He was Attorney of several cases in Essex County. He was also connected with trying to stop the lawless organization known as ‘Plant Cutters,' who destroyed and burned tobacco plants and beds at night in an effort to control the price of tobacco. In 1683 Gov. Henry Chicheley called out the militia, arrested and punished the offenders. However, Lord Culpepper who represented England's interests, didn't ag-- Palmer Rhodes

In the pamphlet from the unveiling of the Memorial tablet at the King & Queen Co
on 17 June 1933 and on the plague itself says:

James Taylor
of England
Emigrant Lawyer, Public Officer
lived in ST. Stephens Parish, King & Queen County Virginia DIED April 30, 1698
First wife France_____died April 22, 1680
second wife Mary Gregory of Essex County, Married August 12, 1682
from him were descended:
President James Madison
President Zachary Taylor
Colonel James Taylor
Knight of the Horseshoe
Judge Edmund Pendleton
John Penn, signer of the Declaration of Independence
John Taylor of Caroline
General James Taylor of Kentucky
Admiral David Taylor
Admiral Hugh Rodman
Admiral Robert M Berry
and other distinguished churchmen, soldiers, sailors, and officals in each
generation who assisted in the nation and preparation of the colonies of this

This tablet given by Jaquelin P.Taylor
seventh in descent June 1933

James Taylor, Emmigrant
A sketch of the proceeding at the Unveiling of a Memeorial Tablet at King &Queen
Courthouse King & Queen Co Va June 17th 1933
pg 2 Salutation- by Fred G Taylor
Foreword by the Donor -Jaquelin P Taylor (Pres. of the TAYLOR Family
Statement -by Miss Gresham who initiated the project
****she says that K&Q records had been destroyed but she found "traces" in Essex
and other counties"Invocation-by The Rev Dr Churchhill G Chamberlayne
Senator Henry Taylor Wickham
representing Jacquelin P Taylor>>>>>>>>
" you will recall that the county of New kent was fornmed in 1654 from York &
extended from the Scimino Creek to the heads of the Pamunkey and Mattaponi
Rivers. K&Q was formed from New Kent in 1691, Exxex in 1692 King Williiam in
1701 and Caroline in 1727.
>>>most old records were destroyed during the War between the states, the land
books show that James patented and otherwise acquired land upward of 3,000 acres
situate in St Stephens Parish, 950 acres on which he resided, being situated"on
the freshes of the Mappaponi"
other aquisitions were made in 1675, 1680, 1682, and 1687. His home place or in
the quaint language of the times, his "Divident" has finally been located near
Bowling Green.
Court records show he was a lawyer. They also show he was deeply religious and
devoted to the church, for in 1693 he conyeyed to the trustees of South Farnham
Parish 2 acres and 50 perches of land to erect a church, the boundary of the
present town of Tappahannak. (Marys land was also near Tappahannak

E-mail dated Nov 19,2001 from Bob Allan to Taylor Research at yahoo.:

My educated guess is that the James Taylor who was a headright of Leonard
Claiborne in 1671 was the James Taylor who died in King & Queen Co., VA in 1698.
James Taylor indeed did acquire land very near to the land that was patented by
Leonard Claiborne in 1671. Assuming this is correct, there are some other
questions that need to be answered:

1. When did James Taylor actually first arrive in VA? It was not uncommon for a
headright to be imported to VA (by Leonard Claiborne) several years before the
headright was actually used by the person paying the way to claim land. Also, it
is possible that this trip paid for by Leonard Claiborne was not his first trip
to VA.

2. If James Taylor arrived after he married his first wife and/or after his
first child was born, then where are his first wife and/or children listed as
headrights when they came to VA? The possibility that James Taylor was in VA
before he married his first wife cannot entirely be ruled out.

James Taylor "of New Kent Co., VA" patented 744 acres of land in (Old)
Rappahannock Co., VA on 21 Oct. 1687 (Patent Book 7, page 625). 480 acres of
this land patent was previously patented to Henry Awbrey on 3 Sept. 1669. He
sold to Robert Bishop prior to 1676. Robert Bishop devised the property to John
Gregory, 1676/77. John Gregory, Jr., devised the land to his sister, Mary
Gregory in 1678. Mary Gregory married James Taylor in 1682.

Various deed records in Essex Co., VA, show that James Taylor wrote a Will and
devised this 744 acres as follows:

340 acres to his daughter Ann Taylor.

400 acres to his son, Edmund Taylor.

Regarding Ann Taylor's 340 acres, Ann Taylor married Edward Eastham, Jr. Edward
Eastham and Ann, his wife, sold 225 acres to William Crodus and Robert Moody on
10 Mary 1707 (I can trace this 225 acres further if somebody is interested).
Edward Eastham sold 100 (115?)acres to Edmund Taylor on 26 Aug. 1719.

Regarding the 400 acres devised to Edmund Taylor, he combined it with the 100
(115?) acres purchased from Edward and Ann Eastham in 1719, and later in 1719
Edmund Taylor sold the full 500 acres to Henry Reeves (I do not have a specific
date of this sale).

This 744 acres and all parts thereof fell into Essex Co., VA. It is unclear to
me at this time whether it fell into Spotsylvania Co., VA when that County was
formered partially from Essex Co., VA in 1720/21.

More About James Taylor:
Burial: Unknown, Bowling Green , Caroline , Virginia.

More About James Taylor and Frances Walker?:
Marriage: 1667, Virginia.

Children of James Taylor and Frances Walker? are:
  1. +James II Taylor, b. March 14, 1674, ,King and Queen, Virginia, d. January 23, 1730, Bloomsbury,Orange, Virginia.
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