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Wreck of Caledonia, Taylor/Ker
Posted by: Timothy Taylor (ID *****8376) Date: February 11, 2007 at 21:13:15
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A written family document describes the arrival of my Taylor ancestor(s) on a ship that was already a condemned vessel when it left Scotland/Holland with Religious prisoners. It drifted ashore in a gale and wrecked on the New Jersey Shore in the early 1700's. Although the ship is not named, it closely describes the history, circumstances, and fate of the Caledonia that wrecked near Perth Amboy, after discharging its load of Scottish prisoners from Inverness Scotland in 1715. I am trying to locate any record of the prisoners, and if any were a Taylor and or Walter Ker on any of the Caledonia's many voyages to America between 1695 and 1715. My Gx4 grandfather, John Taylor, was born ca. 1740 but doesn't appear until 1760 when he has a mill on the Rockaway. He later becomes the Colonel of the 4th Hunterdon Militia, moves to Steuben County, New York, in 1797 and dies ca. 1811. He is NOT the Col John Taylor who was a Professor at Rutgers, and was a Col. in the Middlesex Militia b. 1751 d. 1801 in Schenectedy NY, repeat NOT. However, he may be a cousin. Professor Col. John was the son of Jacob Taylor and Rachel Potter. Any help out there? Thanks in advance.


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