1_Benjamin Taylor I (Sr), born by 19 Jun 1737 in VA, died by 13 Nov 1804 in Nash Co NC, was the second child and first son in the will of Arthur Taylor (9 Aug 1765, Oct 1765, Edgecombe Co NC). It also showed Benjamin, son of Benjamin Taylor, and Benjamin I was one of two executors. On 3 Apr 1769 Benjamin Taylor of Edgecombe Co NC sold to John Drake land, a patent to Arthur Taylor, 185 acres dated 5 Aug 1751, in Southampton Co VA. In Oct 1753 Arthur Taylor had patented 749 acres in Edgecombe Co NC, surveyed on 19 Jul 1751, sworn chain carriers Edward Sherrad (Sherrod) and Benjamin Taylor (Benjamin would have been at least 14 years old as a sworn chain carrier on 19 Jul 1751, born by 19 Jul 1737). Arthur Taylor had a brother Benjamin Taylor who was devised land in Surry Co VA, 1752-1754, but there has been nothing found to suggest that he was ever in Edgecombe Co NC (and he has not been researched). There was apparently a close relationship among Benjamin Taylor I and II and Cornelius and Daniel Taylor (relationship unknown). Cornelius (Cornelus) Taylor (born by 1742) was buying land in Edge Co NC by 2 Jun 1763 and he sold land to Daniel Taylor (born by 1754) on 18 Sep 1775 (and Cornelius and Daniel were often found together in later records). Nash Co NC was formed from part of Edge Co NC in Nov 1777. In May 1803 in Nash Co NC court, a deed of gift from Cornelius Taylor, Sr., of Franklin Co NC, to Daniel Taylor was proven by Cornelius Taylor, Jr. Apparently Cornelius Taylor, Sr., then moved to Screven Co GA where he had a land grant surveyed on 4 Jun 1804. On 13 Nov 1804, Nash Co NC court minutes showed that Daniel Taylor was granted administration on the estate of Benjamin Taylor, bond of 100 pounds with Jesse Bass and Henry Culpeper security; an inventory for the estate of Benjamin Taylor, deceased, was exhibited in court and the administrator was ordered to sell the perishable estate (195-197, p 18, Nash Co NC Court Minutes by Rackley). Land records show that all of the above lived in the western part of Nash Co NC near the Franklin Co NC border, or in Franklin Co NC. The 1790 FC, Nash Co, suggested that Benjamin Taylor I could have had more than one child by that time (and Benjamin Taylor II was apparently unmarried at that time). There was a Benjamin Taylor in the 1800 FC, Nash Co, with one male 45 years old or older. Not all court minutes, estate records and land deeds have been consulted for Benjamin Taylor I.
__Children of Benjamin Taylor I (Sr):
__2_ possibly other children
__2_Benjamin B. Taylor II (Jr, Sr), was born about 1763 in Edgecombe Co NC and died after 25 Aug 1846 in Screven Co GA, probably unmarried by the time of 1790 FC in Nash Co NC, was a grandson in the will of Arthur Taylor (1765), was a witness to a Nash Co NC deed (as “Benja, Taylor, Jr.”) on 7 Sep 1795, was a chain carrier in Screven Co GA on 6 Aug 1799 for James Ervin, and had a land grant in Screven Co GA by 1802 (150 acres, adjoining James Irvin on Little Ogechee). Via the pension application of Benjamin Taylor R10407 transcribed by Will Graves (online), beginning 12 Aug 1833, Screven Co GA: “He was born in Edgecombe County North Carolina in 1763 . . . when he first entered the Service he was living in Edgecombe County North Carolina . . . S/ Benjamin Taylor, B his mark . . . (25 Aug 1846) he served as a volunteer from the County of Nash, in North Carolina . . . removed from Nash County N. C. to Screven County Georgia in which latter State he has been living for the last 48 years. He was born in 1759 . . .” Also, “Affidavit in file signed by John Taylor, Willis Taylor and William Taylor, all residents of Sylvania County in Georgia, states that Benjamin Taylor was their father and a soldier in the revolution” (Will Graves, no date, but probably after 21 Feb 1835). They were residents of Sylvania (township) at the time. THAT AFFIDAVIT MIGHT HAVE VALUABLE FAMILY INFORMATION AND SHOULD BE TRANSCRIBED BY DESCENDANTS ALONG WITH OTHER DOCUMENTS IN THE FILE NOT YET TRANSCRIBED. By the later birth of Benjamin Taylor III (Jr), it looks like Benjamin Taylor II could have been married more than once. Not all court minutes, estate records and land deeds have been consulted for Benjamin Taylor II. Some census information was provided by descendant Margaret Kimbro (thank you, Margaret).
1820 FC, Household #37- Benjamin Taylor
____1 male under 10 (“Benj Jr Taylor” who m Mary Ann Wilson, 2 Jan 1844)
____1 male 16-26 (William Taylor, son of Benjamin Taylor II, b 1794-1804)
____1 male 45+ (Benjamin Taylor II)
____1 female 45+ (wife of Benjamin Taylor II)
1820 FC, Screven Co GA: Benjamin Taylor, John Taylor, Willis Taylor
1830 FC, Screven Co GA: Benjamin Taylor, James Taylor, John Taylor, William Taylor
1840 FC, Screven Co GA: Benjamin Taylor, James Taylor, John Taylor, John L. Taylor, Nancy Taylor, William Taylor, William S. Taylor
____Children of Benjamin B. Taylor II (Jr, Sr):
____3_John Taylor was born by 1793 in Nash Co NC. The 1830 FC, Screven Co GA, had John Taylor, 1 male under 5, 1 male 30-40, one female 15-20 and 1 female 30-40. In the 1850 FC, Screven Co GA, District 74, after the Benjamin Taylor family was John Taylor, 50 (born 1800 in Georgia), Betsy Taylor, 45, and John Taylor, 14 (born 1836). In the 1860 FC, Screven Co GA, was John Taylor, born 1784 in NC, with Isaac Rooks, 90, born 1750. As John Taylor was listed before Willis Taylor in their father’s pension application, he was probably born in NC before Willis Taylor.
____3_Willis Taylor was born 1793-1794 in Nash Co NC. His family is documented in the Van Holt family records. Willis Taylor married Emila (Millie) Avera (born about 1793), married in Screven Co GA, and they had these children: Nancy Taylor born 8 Jun 1820 in Screven Co GA; John F. Taylor born 30 Oct 1826; Willis W. Taylor born 27 Jun 1831; James Taylor born 25 Oct 1836; and, Benjamin F. Taylor born 1835. The family moved to Crawford Co GA after 1820 and many family members were buried in Little Union Primitive Baptist Cemetery in Crawford Co (thanks to descendant Jane Hawthorne).
____3_William Taylor, born 1797-1798 in NC, probably in Nash Co, was born about 1803 in the 1850 FC (Screven Co) with wife Rachel, born about 1809; in the 1820 FC he was probably the male in the Benjamin Taylor household born 1794-1804; in the 1830 FC he was born 1790-1800; in the 1840 FC he was born 1790-1800; in the 1860 FC (Screven) he was born in NC about 1797 and wife Rachel was absent (with Wm Taylor, Jr., in the next household). In the 1830-1840 FC there were more possible children not accounted for later, some born before 1830. In the 1850-1860 FC the children were:
______4_William Taylor, Jr., born 1832-1833;
______4_Mary Taylor, born 1834;
______4_Nathan Taylor, born 1836-1839;
______4_Rachel Taylor, born 1838-1844;
______4_Martha Taylor, born 1840.
____3_Benjamin Taylor III (Jr) was born about 1815 in Screven Co GA (the 1820-1840 FC, Screven Co GA, for the Benjamin Taylor household showed a male the age of Benjamin Taylor III). “Benj Jr Taylor” married Mary Ann Wilson on 2 Jan 1844 in Screven Co GA. The 1860 FC Screven Co GA showed the children, with some additions from the 1850 FC:
______4_Martha Taylor, age 6 in 1850, born 1844;
______4_Jane Taylor, 15 in 1860 (born 1845) (Mary age 4 in 1850?) (Jincy age 4 in 1850?)
______4_John Taylor, 12 in 1860 (born 1848) (James age 2 in 1850?);
______4_Caroline Taylor, 10 in 1860 (born 1850) (Mary C., age 2 in 1850?);
______4_Mary A. Taylor, 8 in 1860 (born 1852);
______4_Winefred Taylor, 4 in 1860 (born 1856);
______4_Laura Taylor, 3/12 in 1860 (born 1860).
The 1850 FC for Benj Taylor (in which he was listed twice) might be inaccurate.
The 1880 FC, Screven Co GA, showed:
Mary Taylor F 40 (born 1840);
Caroline Taylor F 21 (born 1859);
Winnie Taylor F 18 (born 1862);
Laura Taylor F 16 (born 1864);
Carrie Taylor F 4 (born 1876).
The other Taylor family in Screven Co GA - By 1803 in Screven Co GA there was at least one William Taylor in land records. A William Taylor and wife Mary Taylor were recorded on 13 Feb 1807 in a deed. William Taylor, Sr and Jr, were recorded on 2 Nov 1808 in a deed. William S. Taylor was born in 1809. A William Taylor died (probably by the time of the 1820 FC) and he had widow/administrator Nancy Taylor by Dec 1822 with these children in Screven Co GA (per estate and land records) in birth order: 1) James L. Taylor; 2) William S. Taylor (born 1809); 3) John L. Taylor (b about 1812 in the 1850 FC); and, 4) Moses Taylor (b about 1814 in the 1850 FC). This family was apparently all in the 1830 FC household of James Taylor, including probably widow Nancy Taylor. Land records showed that William S. Taylor, Moses Taylor, Nancy Taylor and James L. Taylor all sold land to John Taylor on 5-15-1841, recorded 11-30-1844. There seemed to have been very few early Taylor females from this line and this line must be understood by Benjamin Taylor descendants in order to understand the Benjamin Taylor line. Information on this Taylor family was provided by Barbara Stokes. In the 1850 FC for Screven Co, on page 29 in District 74, there was the John L. Taylor family, the Moses Taylor family, the William Lambert family and the Nancy Taylor (age 35) family (she was identified by descendants as the widow of James L. Taylor). The oldest child of Susan Taylor was Nancy Taylor, age 12 (born 1838). There are no known children from this line born after Moses Taylor and before 1837 and apparently no known female Taylors from this line born before 1838 in Screven Co GA.
That would suggest that all female Taylors married in Screven Co GA 1820-1850 were descendants of Benjamin Taylor I and II, and likewise for all male Taylors except for James L. Taylor, William S. Taylor, John L. Taylor and Moses Taylor.
7 Sep 1795 – Nash Co NC DB 6-115, “Dempsey Wyatt of Nash Co to Jonas Colson of same, Sept. 7 1795 . . . Wit: Wilson Taylor, Joseph Strickland, and Benja. Taylor, Jr.” (Abstracts of Early Deeds of Nash Co NC 1778-1813, by Watson, page 249).
Surry Co VA Order Books (1757-1763)
20 March 1759, suit against Benjamin Taylor (farmer)
17 April 1759, suit against Benjamin Taylor
20 June 1759, suit against Benjamin Taylor dismissed
Sawmill Proprietors of Surry County by Noel Poirier, with reference to Matthias (aka Matthew) Marriot (aka Marriott, Merriott, Merrit) Wier Neck, Grey's Creek (Surry Co VA)
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