Posted By:Wanda Alter
Subject:John, Mary, Giles Taylor of CT & VT -pls read!
Post Date:April 17, 2002 at 03:01:17
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Forum:Litchfield County, CT Genealogy Forum
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HELP!!! I have searched in vain for over 25 years for info concrete info on my brick wall John & Mary Taylor. I'm going back to the beginning to see if I've missed something and hope that someone may have the missing info I need.If you have info on ANYONE in CT, VT with these names please contact me. You may have the piece of info that finally ties it all together.

The only info I have on this couple is from info on their son and stories passed down through the family.

[Sources: LDS record; Vertmont Historical Gazeteer by Abby Hemenway, interview with Giles' son Giles Galusha Taylor published in 1870s.] Some records claim Giles' middle name is Galusha although that is name of his son who is never called Jr.

MARY TAYLOR was related to Gov. Jonas Galusha of Vermont. [Source: oral family history] While Gov Galusha did have a sister named Mary, and their family did originate in Connecticut and then move to VT, that Mary did not marry a Taylor. An in depth search of Galusha/Galuccia family has never turned up a Mary married to a Taylor. Giles Galusha Taylor was a strong democrat and it is possible tht Giles S was a well. I've come to believe that the name Galusha may not have been a family name, and instead may have simply come from the fact that Jonas Galusha was elected Governor about the time Giles G was born in Feb 1813. No further mention of Mary has been found.

GILES MOVED TO MIDDLEBURY VT WITH HIS FATHER JOHN TAYLOR . THE LATTER WAS KILLED WHILE CLEARING LAND [Vertmont Historical Gazeteer by Abby Hemenway, interview with John's grandson Giles Galusha Taylor in early 1870s.] No death record or grave has been located, dates unknown. It is uncertain if he died soon after moving to Middlebury or long after.

Giles S was living in Fairfax/Fairfield area of Vermont bef 1810 when he married and moved to Fletcher, VT where he was the towns first blacksmith makes me wonder if John ever lived there as well.

1790 CT census shows 9 John Taylors. Two were in Hartford county and both have been rules out as "mine", one possible match is at Litchfield, CT and another in New London County, town unknown.