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James Taylor, son of Arthur Taylor, died 1796, Nash Co NC
Posted by: Guy (ID *****2524) Date: May 01, 2012 at 04:03:02
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The will of Arthur Taylor showed that son James Taylor had two sons, John and Samuel, by 1765: “Taylor, Arthur, will date 9 Aug. 1765, date recorded Oct. Ct. 1765. Edge. Co., St. Mary’s Parish, ITEM - daughter. Martha Dew . . . ITEM - son Benjamin . . . his son Benjamin . . . ITEM - son James- one rifle and 1 (?) kettle. ITEM Grandson John Taylor- tract of land on the south side of Tar River in Edge. County on Green’s Path purchased of Christopher (Clinch), containing 160 acres. ITEM - grandson Samuel Taylor - Negro boy Bob . . .”

For the land mentioned in the will: Edgecombe Co NC court minutes, fourth Tuesday in December, 1761: “A Deed of Sale from Christopher Clinch to Arthur Taylor proved by Jno. Cohoon” (Haun, 313, p 99).

Edgecombe Co NC court minutes for James Taylor and Arthur Taylor:
Jun 1759, “Ordr’d that a Road be layd out from the Head of Bryants Creek to the Main Road at Granville line . . . Arthur Taylor, Jacob Strickland, Wm. Strickland . . . Henry Wyat . . . be a Jury to lay off the same . . . the hands of . . . Wm. Ruffin . . . James Taylor . . . work on and keep the same . . .” (Edge Co NC Court Minutes, Haun, 238, p 73). The Granville line in 1759 would be the Franklin Co NC line today.
Sep 1759, “. . . the Road from the Head of Bryants Creek to the Main Road at the Granville line . . . Persons be a Jury for laying off the same . . . Henry Wyat, Saml. Carter . . . Edward Moore, Jacob Strickland, Willa. Strickland, Arthur Taylor . . . Edward Moore . . .” (Haun 245, p 75). The Granville line in 1759 would be the Franklin Co NC line today.
Sep 1759, “. . . mouth of William Ruffins Path in Tar River Road, thence across Turkey Cr. near Greens ford, & to Moccason at Slate Hills . . . Henry Wyat, Saml. Carter . . . Edwd. Moore, Jacob Strickland, Thoms. Horn Jr . . . Will. Strickland, And that the hands of the follg. persons Open & keep the same in repair . . . Jno. Taylor . . . Jams. Taylor . . .” (Haun, 250, p 77). Hugh Buckner Johnston maps showed Moccasin and Contentnea as the same river.
Oct 1766, “James Taylor Overseer in the Room of William Ruffin” (Haun, 131, p 46).
Aug 1770, “Ordrd that the hands of William Chapman be added to the Road whereof James Taylor is Overseer” (Haun, 274, p 91). Please see deed, 16 Oct 1787, William Chapman, Jr., to William Stone Morgan (this shows that James Taylor probably lived near Bryant/s Creek in 1770).
Aug 1772, “Rowland Williams & Hardy Strickland are appointed Searcher from (‘Arthur Taylor’s to the’ is interlined) William Nelms to the Bute line” (Haun, 359, p 119). “Arthur Taylor’s to the” was probably interlined because he had died in 1765; it was the Granville Co line until 1764, then the Bute Co line until 1779 and then the Franklin Co line after 1779.
Apr 1774, “William Parks is appointed Overseer of the road in the room of James Taylor” (Haun, 400, p 131). Please see John Parkes in the 1796 nuncupative will of James Taylor and Joseph Parks in Feb 1799 court minutes.
These and other records show that James Taylor, son of Arthur, lived very near his brother John Taylor (and very near or with the Morgan family) in today’s Nash Co NC near today’s Franklin Co NC line, 1759-1796 (using also other Morgan records and the maps of Hugh Bucker Johnston**). This area today is in the far southwest corner of Nash Co NC, with Franklin Co to the northwest, Johnston Co to the southwest and Wilson Co to the south and southeast.**

As John Taylor, son of John, son of Arthur, was in Ferrell’s District in the 1830 FC, Nash Co NC, the following help determine where Ferrell’s District was (for comparison to the records above):
Feb 1799 “. . . dower tract on Turkey Creek to Mary Strickland, widow of Henry Strickland; Viz: John Morgan . . . Joseph Parks . . . John Taylor, William Taylor, Hardy Morgan, Ansell Ferrell . . . Simon Strickland . . .” (Rackley, 325, p 29).
Nov 1804 “Ordered that the road opened from the Corner of Thomas Carter’s fence to the Mark Strickland’s Mill on Tosniot (sic) from thence the best and most Convenient way to Turkey Creek bridge near Wilson Taylor’s and that the following be a jury to View & lay off said Road (to wit) Thomas Carter, William Taylor, Noah Strickland, Mark Stricklan, Matthew Carter, Willie Taylor, Dempsey Taylor, Jesse Hamilton, Thomas Hamilton, Lazarus Striklan Son of John, William Tony, Micah Horn, Ansell Ferrell, David Bissett, Henry Horn, & Moses Smelly and report to the next court” (Rackley, 159, p 15).
May 1805 “. . . open the road . . . to the Turkey Creek road . . . Matthew Carter & Michael Horn overs(eers) (to wit) Willie Taylor, Dempsey Wyatt . . . Jacob Strickland, Ansel Ferrell, Lazarus Strickland . . . Dempsey Taylor . . . Mark Strickland, Gideon Strickland . . . Thomas Hamilton . . . Henry Horn” (Rackley, 384, p 34).
Aug 1818 “A bill of Sale from Anselm Ferrell to Fort Taylor proven by Zealous Taylor” (Rackley, 1260, p 99).
May 1819 “A Bill of Sale for Anselm Ferrell to Wilson Taylor Jr proven by Zealous Taylor” (Rackley, 302, p 23).

Two deeds in Edgecombe Co NC dated 24 Jul 1773 and 25 Sep 1773 showed that James Taylor had married Mary Taylor, sister of Samuel Taylor, deceased, and those deeds were most likely for James, son of Arthur Taylor, because: 1) the other sisters of Samuel in the deeds married men whose records were later in Nash Co NC, after Nash Co was formed in Nov 1777; 2) it is assumed that James named his second son Samuel for his brother-in-law Samuel Taylor, as the name Samuel did not otherwise occur in the family; and, 3) the lands were sold to John Eatman and Edward Moore (Arthur Taylor descendants married into the Eatman family -- and Edward Moore and John Taylor bought the entire estate of Arthur Taylor on 6 Dec 1766). It appears that James Taylor, son of Arthur, married Mary Taylor, sister of Samuel Taylor, before 1765 and was still married to her by Sep 1773. Samuel Taylor was in Edgecombe Co NC by 12 Feb 1761 (per his land grant of that date) and possibly in Edge Co court minutes in Jun 1759. Mary Taylor Taylor had a sister named Ferolise who married Benjamin Crumpler and James Taylor who died in Nash Co NC on 3 May 1796 had a daughter named Ferelize (a very uncommon name).

In 1782, all the sons of Arthur Taylor, including James Taylor, were in the Nash Co NC tax lists but none of his grandsons were (so his grandsons might have been all under the age of 21 in 1782, born after 1761).

On 4 May 1790, James Taylor (Taler) and Robert Vick witnessed the will of Elizabeth Selah Morgain. She was the widow of James Morgan who was the father of William Stone Morgan and Hardy Morgan. Robert Vick owned land adjoining that of Arthur Taylor; and, John Taylor, son of Arthur, bought land from Robert Vick. Hardy Morgan (Morgin) testified for the 1796 nuncupative will of James Taylor. The will of James Morgan (father of William Stone and Hardy Morgan), 27 Nov 1774/Oct Ct 1781, showed that he owned land adjoining John Taylor, son of Arthur (“to my loving Son James Morgan all that part of land on Et. Side of the deep bottom branch up to the bogg branch then up the bogg branch to the head thence a Strait course to John Taylor’s line”) and the will of John Taylor, 28 Mar 1796/May Ct 1796, showed the same land description, (“loving son John Taylor- part of the land that I purchased of Robert Vick beginning on the Bogg Branch”).

“James Taylor, 4 May 1796, Aug Ct 1796, Nuncupative will, Hardy Morgan testified (to) Wm. Hammons that on 3d instant said Taylor was on his deathbed. Granddaughter Zilphe(Zilpha) – his bed. Daughter Ferelize – livestock at John Parkes. Daughter Patsey – cattle at home. Son John – steer, his hat. Daughters Ferelize & Patsey – to divide certain articles” (Wills of Nash Co NC, Bradley, 399, p 78).

James Taylor died on 3 May 1796, on 9 May 1796 there was a Nash Co Samuel Taylor Inventory by Johon (sic) Taylor, admr, and in Nov Term 1796 there was a Nash Co James Taylor Inventory by Admr in court (per Taylor Family Association abstracts online). It seems that: 1) Samuel Taylor and James Taylor died about the same time; or, 2) someone confused Samuel with James when one entry was recorded (as has been done in other records); or, 3) the name “Jams” was seen as “Saml” when the records were abstracted (as also has been done). The above records for James Taylor, son of Arthur, show that his second son Samuel probably died before 3 May or 9 May 1796.

1_James Taylor, son of Arthur Taylor, probably born before 1740 in VA, died on 3 May 1796 in Nash Co NC, married Mary Taylor, sister of Samuel Taylor, probably before 1765. She apparently died before 3 May 1796 in Nash Co NC. She was probably in Edgecombe Co NC with her brother Samuel Taylor by 1761. Mary (Taylor) Taylor probably died by the time of the 1790 Federal Census.
Children of James Taylor, son of Arthur Taylor:
____3_granddaughter Zilphe(Zilpha) (Zilfe) (-?-), (possibly the daughter of John) was born before 3 May 1796 in Nash Co NC. The following might or might not have been for her: Nash Co NC, “Aug Court 1826 State vs Abel Butler & Zelpha Taylor . . . Judgt of the Court that Abel Butler pay a fine of $10 & Costs-the woman Zelpha Taylor discharged by the court” – “Nov Court 1829 Abel Butler and Zelphia Taylor”). That Zilpha Taylor could have been a widow of a Taylor or the granddaughter of James.
__2_daughter Ferelize (Taylor) was alive in 1796 (her mother Mary Taylor had a sister named Ferolise who married Benjamin Crumpler); there was a Pharilise Taylor in the 1800 FC, Nash Co NC, born 1756-1774;
____Children of Ferelize/Pharilise Taylor:
____3_possible son, born 1790-1800 (per 1800 FC);
____3_possible son, born 1790-1800 (per 1800 FC);
____3_possible daughter, born 1790-1800 (per 1800 FC);
____3_possible daughter, born 1790-1800 (per 1800 FC).
__2_daughter Patsey (Taylor) was alive in 1796;
__2_son John (Taylor) was the grandson John after son James Taylor in his grandfather’s 1765 will, born before 1765 in Edgecombe Co NC, alive in Nash Co NC in 1796; he can be differentiated in the FC from John Taylor (born 1766-1770) son of John who died in 1794 because John the son of James was older, because John the son of John had no younger males in his FC households which began in 1800 and because John the son of John was a slave owner (eight in 1800, 13 in 1810 and 14 in 1820). John Taylor the son of James Taylor probably died in Nash Co NC before the time of the 1820 FC. Females (possible widows) in the 1820 FC, Nash Co NC, included: Dinah Taylor (a possible widow of John, son of James), Elizabeth Taylor (widow of Jesse by 1818), Penelope Taylor (widow of Willie by 1818) and Rosemond Taylor (widow of Drury by 1809). Other early John Taylors in Nash Co included:
John Taylor (son of John, son of Arthur), born 1766-1770, who was still alive in Nash Co on 31 Aug 1822 (guardian of brother Dempsey, Rackley, 714-715, pp 52-53) and who was John Taylor, Esq., in court minutes from 13 May 1799 until 13 Aug 1823 (Rackley, 1255, p 102) and who was John Taylor Esq in the 1830 FC; no sons of son John were indicated in the 1765 will of Arthur Taylor, probably all born after 9 Aug 1765 (in birth order, Dempsey, William, John and Wiley/Willie Taylor);
John Taylor, son of Harry and brother of Samuel, died by May of 1799 as a minor (Nash Co NC Court Minutes, Rackley, 231 p 20, 411 p 37);
John C(herry) Taylor was born in 1805;
and, Abel John Taylor was a minor in Nov 1823.
John Taylor, son of James, may have been in some Nash Co NC court minutes through 1820, as there were many entries for a John Taylor who was not John Taylor, Esq. The title “Esquire” denoted the status of John Taylor son of John, but John Taylor, son of James, was John Taylor Sr in the 1810 FC because he was older. John Taylor, son of James, possibly continued to live near or with the sons of John Taylor after the death of his father James Taylor. It is possible that he married Dinah/Sarah (--), the Dinah Taylor in the 1820 FC, as Smelly names were near this same group of Taylors, 1810-1830, in the FC, and the Sarah Taylor in the same group of names in the 1830 FC. They were in Eatman’s District in 1830, with names that appeared in Wilson Co NC after it was formed in 1855 (names such as Arthur Thompson).
____Children of John Taylor, son of James Taylor, son of Arthur Taylor:
____3_possible daughter, born by 1791, b 1790-1800, b 1785-1794 (per 1790, 1800, 1810 FC), born 1790-1794 (she was possibly Zilpha);
____3_possible son b 1790-1800 (per 1800 FC), b 1785-1794 (per 1810 FC), born 1790-1794 (there was no grandson in the 1796 will of James Taylor);
____3_possible son b 1800-1810 (per 1810 FC). The possible son of Dinah Taylor in the 1820 FC was 10-15 years old, born 1805-1810.
__2_son Samuel Taylor, born before 1765 in Edgecombe Co NC, died before 3 May or 9 May 1796 in Nash Co NC. He was probably the Samuel Taylor in the 1790 FC, Nash Co NC. The only other early Samuel Taylor in Nash Co seems to have been Samuel the son of Harry Taylor: son in the will of Harry Taylor, 31 May 1788, and brother in the will of Hardy Taylor, 14 Sep 1809 (Wills of Nash Co NC, Bradley, 397, 398). Samuel Taylor, orphan of Harry Taylor, had a guardian return for 1794 (Abstracts of Early Records of Nash Co NC, Watson, p 367).
Children of Samuel Taylor, son of James Taylor, son of Arthur Taylor:
____3_possible son, born 1775-1791 (per 1790 FC);
____3_possible daughters, born by 1791 (per 1790 FC).

1790 Federal Census,* Nash Co NC, for all James, John and Samuel Taylor:
__Taylor, James 2-2-0-0-1 (2 males 16 or+, 2 males <16, no females)
__Taylor, John 1-0-2-0-1 (probably John Taylor, son of James)
__Taylor, Sam'l 1-1-4-0-1 (Samuel Taylor, probably son of James), one possible son under 16, b 1774-1791, three possible daughters b by 1791
__Taylor, John 2-2-5-0-4 John Taylor, son of Arthur, d by May 1794 (based on the number of possible children and number of slaves; his son Willie was not yet 16 by 1790, not yet 21 in 1798)
1800 Federal Census,* Nash Co NC, for all James, John, Samuel and Pharilise Taylor
__John Taylor 0-0-0-1-0--1-0-1-0-0--0-8 slaves - John Taylor, son of John, son of Arthur, b 1756-1774
__Pharilise Taylor 2-0-0-0-0--2-0-0-1-0--0-0 (oldest female 26-44, b 1756-1774), two possible sons born 1790-1800, two possible daughters born 1790-1800
__John Taylor Sr 1-0-0-1-0--1-0-0-1-0--0-0 John Taylor, son of James, son of Arthur, b 1756-1774, one possible son born 1790-1800, one possible daughter born 1790-1800, wife born 1756-1774
1810 Federal Census,* Nash Co NC, for all James, John, Samuel, Pharilise, Edward and Dempsey Taylor (and one William Taylor):
__Demery Taylor 2-0-0-2-0--0-0-0-0-0--0-10 slaves - Dempsey Taylor “R,” “Rock” (later records showed that this Dempsey Taylor R was the bigger slave owner, 10 in 1810, 9 in 1820)
__Demsey Taylor 2-0-2-0-1--2-1-1-1-0--0-2 Dempsey Taylor “Toisnot,” oldest son of John, son of Arthur, b by 1765
__John Taylor 0-0-0-1-0--4-0-0-2-0--0-13 slaves - John Taylor, son of John, son of Arthur, b 1766-1784
__John Taylor 1-0-1-1-1--0-0-1-0-1--0-0 John Taylor, son of James, son of Arthur, b by 1765, one possible son born 1800-1810, one possible son born 1785-1794, one male born 1766-1784 (possibly a nephew/relative or a male bound out to John), one possible daughter born 1785-1794, oldest female born by 1765 (immediately before Wm Taylor and Everett Smelly; on the page before was Ezekiel Smelly)
__William Taylor 1-0-0-1-0--1-1-1-0-0--0-0 William Taylor in the 1810 FC was immediately after John Taylor, son of James, b by 1774, one possible son born 1800-1810, one possible daughter born 1800-1810, one possible daughter born 1795-1800. He was possibly William, son of John, son of Arthur.
__Edward Taylor (immediately after John Poland in 1810)
1820 Federal Census, page 445 Nash Co NC
__John Taylor 0-0-0-0-0-1--3-1-2-1-0--0-3?-0-0--3-1-0-1-5-2-1-1(= 14 slaves)--0-0-0-0-0 John Taylor, son of John, son of Arthur (John Taylor after Penelope Taylor)
__Dinah Taylor 0-1-0-0-0-0--1-0-1-0-1--0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 - in Capt J(ethro) Harrisons District, beginning with No 18, page 446: No 20, page 450, Dinah Taylor was three and four names after William Taylor Jr and Sr (Sr was 45&+ in 1820, b by 1775). This Dinah Taylor household seems to match up with the previous households of John Taylor, son of James, son of Arthur (who was immediately before William Taylor in the 1810 FC). In the 1820 FC, Capt J(ethro) Harrison’s District had 105 households: on page 448 were William, Henry, Harrison and Thomas Horn; at the bottom of page 449 were Elizabeth, Moses and Zekie (Ezekiel) Smelly and William Taylor Jr; at the top of page 450 were (in order) William Taylor Sr, Hanon Taylor, James Thomas, Dinah Taylor, Elisha Tisdale, Joel Tisdale and Larry Taylor (oldest male 45&+, 2 oldest females 45&+). Please compare names in Nov 1804 court minutes. This Wm Taylor, Jr and Sr, seem to have been after Moses Smelly in the 1830 FC (below). The 1820 FC image is at
__Edward Taylor 0-0-0-1-1-0--1-1-0-0-1--0-2-0-0-2-0-0-0-3-0-1-0 (in Capt ? Winsteads District, beginning with No 14, page 438) No 15, page 440: Arthur, Wilson-Jnr, Ford, Edward and Rosamond Taylor. Edward Taylor married Dinah Williams Poland by 1814, probably by the time of the 1810 FC, after 1809. They had daughters Sally/Sarah Taylor Fuller (wife of Samuel), born about 1813 (in 1850 FC), and Dinah M. “Cudy” Taylor, born about 1815 (in 1850 & 1860 FC). 1820 FC image at
1830 Federal Census, Nash Co NC
__John Taylor Esq 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0--0-0-1-2-1-0-0-1-0-0-0-0 John Taylor, son of John, son of Arthur, “Of sixty and under seventy” in 1830, born 1761-1770 (page 190, District No 7 Ferrills)
__John Taylor jr 0-0-0-0-1- (oldest male), of 20 and under 30 in 1830, probably John the son of Willie (John Taylor Jr and Esq were on the same page).
__Haynon Taylor, Beray Taylor, Sarah (sic) Taylor, Moses Smelly, William Taylor, William Taylor Sr in Eatman’s District, Nash Co NC, 106 households, names such as Arthur Thompson who were in Wilson Co NC after it was formed in 1855 from parts of Edgecombe Co, Johnston Co, Nash Co and Wayne Co (page 198 Haynon Taylor, Beray Taylor; page 199 Sarah Taylor (oldest female 50-59, oldest male 30-39), the S in Sarah looks like an L but the same as other Ss; page 200 William Taylor, William Taylor Sr; all in Eatman’s District). 1830 FC image at

Another James Taylor with sons Samuel and John lived in the southern part of today’s Edgecombe Co NC, near Wilson Co and Pitt Co (and not at all close to Nash Co NC). He was James Taylor of Deep Branch and Autrey’s (Autry’s, Otters) Creek, he married Sarah (--) by May 1769 and she was the executrix of his estate in Aug 1783.
Edgecombe Co NC court minutes, Wednesday after the fourth Tuesday in May, 1769: “Orderd that James Taylor be summoned . . . produce Jno. Johnson an Orphan Boy under his care . . . Sumon (sic) John Wombwell, Jno. Skinner, Dempsey Skinner, SARAH TAYLOR & Jno. Cartwright” (Haun, 220, p 73)
“Taylor, James, will date 10 Aug. 1782, date recorded May Ct. 1783, In the name of God, Amen, I James Taylor of Edgecombe County, NC, planter . . . (son Samuel and son John, deceased) . . . land lying over Deep Branch . . . the old patent standing in a branch on the south side of Autrey’s Creek . . . wit. Elijah Stokes (X), Ann Cartwright, Peter Cartwright” (children and grandsons mentioned, but no mention of a wife). Please note Cartwrights in both of the preceding records.
“1783.04.Aug, James Taylor inventory taken by SARAH TAYLOR, exrx., Aug. 4, 1783, Aug Ct, 1783” (per Taylor Association abstracts online).
This James Taylor might have been married to Beth (--) before 25 Oct 1767: on 25 Oct 1767, Van Swearingen, Anson Co, NC, planter to James Taylor, Edge. Co . . . a tract on the south side of Tar River and north side of Autrys Creek . . . signed Van Swearingen, wit John Womble (X), (Beth?) Taylor (please note the name John Womble/Wombwell in two records above).

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