I got the DAR Codding material that Nate sent me. It gives me more information about that family, but I'm still in the dark about the family of Capt. Joseph Taylor that was so close to the Coddings and had at least one person in it with the name Faunce.
Would you like me to send you an abstract of the deed in which Faunce Taylor is a witness? I have it.
What you've told me about searching military records is like a primer on the subject. I'm going to keep it for future research on this and other families. Thank you for it.
I have two sources for the death of Capt. Joseph Taylor. One is death notices in the Ontario Repository, which says Capt. Joseph Taylor d. 31 July 1810 in Bristol at the age of 81. The other is records of the Bristol Center cemetery, which show that Capt. Joseph Taylor, Revolutionary War 1728, d. 3 July 1810 at the age of 82. Some discrepancies there, but the main thing is that your hunch the grave might give a clue is correct.
A friend has given me a lead on Capt. Joseph Taylor that may enable me to postpone search of military records until later. I have now, from Early Connecticut Marriages, First Book of Haddam, p.49, that Joseph Taylor m. Elizabeth Hotchkiss 1 June 1779 in Haddam. From another source, not yet identified by the friend, Joseph Taylor, b. 8 April 1729, probably in Connecticut, m. Abigail Bacon, b. 1744 in Middletown, Conn., d. 1778. Children by wife Abigail were Jeremiah, John, Joseph, Jr., and Abigail.
Assuming this is a complete list of children by Abigail, Faunce Taylor could have been a child from the second marriage.
All of this information dovetails well with what I have found on the family in Bristol, so I am confident it is the right connection.
I've looked at the census data you suggest. It shows Connecticut birth. If you do have a chance to call the person living nearby who it good at this, I certainly would appreciate knowing what she thinks. Thanks for the offer.
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