Hello:I posted on Feb 5, 2004, #1226 on this Forum, the following:
Sources for Robert - not Richard or John - as the husband of Jane Bankhead Taliaferro are:
(1) Caroline County, Virginia Court Records: Probate and other Records from the Court Order and Minute Books 1781-1799, edited by Kimberly C. Campbell, 1999, on p. 45 is "Robert Taliaferro (Will) February 1791." The Will is not on The Virginia State Library, Richmond, microfilm - the original records were probably destroyed, said the librarian at VSL.
(2) Ibid, p. 47: "July 1791 Robert Taliaferro (Jane Taliaferro's renunciation of all benefits under the Will of her late husband.)" Note: "Renunciation" is a legal maneuver that releases a wife's dower interest to benefit the widow.
(3) In Virginia County Court Records: Caroline County, Virginia Land Book Alterations 1792-1795, edited by Ruth & Sam Sparacio, 1996, p. 40, in 1793 (2 years after Robert's Will was recorded) 367 acres is transferred "from ROBERT TALIAFERRO'S ESTATE to JANE TALIAFERRO" and 733 acres is transferred "from ROBERT TALIAFERRO's ESTATE to WILLIAM TALIAFERRO" and 410 acres "from ROBERT TALIAFERRO's ESTATE to NORBORNE TALIAFERRO." Note: These are obviously Robert's wife and 2 eldest sons.
(4) Virginia Herald (Fredericksburg) 6 Dec 1792, page 1, column 3: "On Tuesday, the 18th of December, if fair, if not, the next fair day, will be sold, at Blenheim, the late residence of Robert Taliaferro, deceased, all the stock of horses, . . . "
(5) Orange Co VA Deed Book 22, pg. 132, 12/22/1800, describes Hay Taliaferro, son of Robert.
(6) Deed dated 1772 recorded in Spotsylvania Co VA from "Robert Taliaferro and his wife Jane of Caroline County." Virginia County Records SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY 1721-1800
DEED BOOK H 1771-1774
Septr. 21, 1772. Robert Taliaferro and Jane, his wife, of Caroline Co. to Long Wharton of Co. afsd. £80 curr. 550 a. in Spts. Co. Daniel Starke, Joseph Bridges, James Livingston. Nov. 20, 1772.
(7) The Douglas Register (Notes of the Rev. William Douglas from 1750-1797), pg. 353 of the reprint and pg. 137 of original: "1788--Dr. Ja. Bankhead died, he had 6 children, 3 sons & 3 daughters. . . . Of his daughters one married Mr. Rob. Talliferrar and has 8 children. . . ." Douglas names 2 of the 3 Bankhead daughters as Elizabeth m. Peter Thornton and Martha still single. Bankhead genealogy also confirms "Jane" as a daughter.
(8) The Loose Papers of Caroline County can be found in the Manuscripts Department at Virginia State Library & Archives (VSL) in Richmond VA. As of August 2000 when I was there, nothing was on microfilm and I was able to see the original papers and make copies. Many, many documents are in that collection. I suggest that the serious researcher go to the source, read them thoroughly and carefully. The ones that I used are located by asking for Caroline County Chancery Court Suits 1834-008, Box 19, Norborne E. Sutton vs. Norborne Taliaferro, et al., Folder III. Also, the Estate of Jane Taliaferro, the elder whose Executor was "Benjamin F. Taliaferro" The lawsuit was long and drawn out. Key players died during its administration, litigation and conclusion. . This seems to be typical of Taliaferro affairs - nothing is simple.
(9) The Letters and Papers of EDMUND PENDLETON 1734-1803 Collected and Edited by David John Mays, Vol II, 1967 the University Press of Virginia, Charlottesville, published for The Virginia Historical Society, page 597: "Milley [Taylor] born August 27th, 1787. Intermarried the 7th of February 1805 with Hay Taliaferro son of Robert Taliaferro deceased." Note: The italicized information was added by someone other than Pendleton. Pendleton was a family friend of the Taylors, Taliaferros and Bankheads,as well as an attorney.
Conclusion: I think we can safely say - along with W. Wayne Rogers (see The Virginia Genealogist, Vol 47, #3 July-September 2003, pgs. 163-185) - that JANE TALIAFERRO of Caroline County is the WIDOW of ROBERT Taliaferro of "Blenheim" (d. 1791) Caroline County. The fact that 2 Bankheads also gave depositions in the court records found in the Loose Papers of Caroline County at VSL also lends weight to JANE TALIAFERRO's having BANKHEAD connections, but I don't think there is any doubt in the Taliaferro Research Arena that Jane Taliaferro of Blenheim who died in 1832 is anyone other than Jane Bankhead, daughter of Dr. James Bankhead. If there is such a doubt, please don't tell me.