Arthur Taylor died in 1765 in Edgecombe Co NC (in the part that became Nash Co NC in 1777). His two brothers, John Taylor and William Taylor, may have been in the same area (Toisnot Swamp) in the 1740’s.
From the Will of Arthur Taylor’s mother (a heavily damaged document):
----- John Taylor: the Will of his mother Ann said . . . bequeath to my son Benja Taylor two Negroes . . . in consideration that my son Benja Taylor pay unto my . . . the children of my son John Taylor when they reach . . . twenty one year(s) ten pounds apiece current money of Virginia . . . John Taylor, son of John Taylor . . . (John Taylor, son of Ann Taylor Magit, had children born in/after 1731; the phrase “the Children of my Son John Taylor when they reach” suggests all the children of John Taylor were born in/after 1731.)
----- William Taylor (died before 5 Sep 1752): the Will of his mother Ann said . . . William Wilson Taylor son of my son William Taylor “deced” . . . age of twenty one years ten pounds of current money of Virg__ . . . daughter Margaret Gray . . . granddaughter Eliz Gray . . . & pay to my grandson John . . . Taylor “deced” when he attains the age of twenty one (ten pounds, etc) . . . granddaughter Amy Taylor “Daughter of”. . . “deced” one Negro girl named “Judith.” (William Taylor, son of Ann Taylor Magit, had a son John Taylor who was born in/after 1731 and a son William Wilson Taylor who was born in/after 1731; he probably also had a daughter Amy Taylor.)
Arthur Taylor was first recorded in the Edgecombe/Nash Co area as witness to a deed for land on Tar River (26 Feb 1745). This was a Joseph John Clinch purchase; Clinch was first cousin of Arthur Taylor (his aunt Hannah Taylor married, 2nd, Christopher Clinch).
Arthur Taylor was most often recorded (1728-1765) with descendants of Matthew Strickland Jr; there was a John Taylor who sold land in 1748 adjoining William Strickland; he may have been the brother of Arthur Taylor.
Some of the following Granville grants seem to have been for that John Taylor.
#166, 95 ac, 6 May 1742, Patent Bk 4, Page 125, N. Side Tosnot
#360, 95 ac, 6 May 1742, Patent Bk 5, Page 97, N. Side Tosnot
#927, 150 ac, 11 April 1745, Patent Bk 10, Page 186, S.W. Side of Tosnot
#543, 150 ac, 11 April 1745, Patent Bk 5, Page 343, S.W. Side of Tosnot
#532, 300 ac, 11 April 1745, Patent Bk 5, Page 338, N.S. of Tosnot
#916, 100 ac, 11 April 1745, Patent Book 10, Page 180, N.S of Tosnot
I have not yet researched the above records.
We have not found records for the above John Taylor and William Taylor in Surry Co VA, Isle of Wight Co VA or Southampton Co VA. The family was from Lawnes Creek Parish, Surry Co VA and moved to the Tarrara Creek area of Isle of Wight Co VA (which later became Southampton Co VA) in 1725-1728.
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