Since my last post, I have been able to access an abstract of the will of Edward Taylor (c1722-1784)
Edward Taylor of Meherrin Parish, Brunswick County, VA executed his last will on 11 March 1784, with the will being probated at Brunswick County Court on 28 June 1784. He was at the time “sick & Weak in body” and made the following bequests:
“To my son John---negroes Rachel, Ben & Esther, 1 bed & some furniture
To my son Jesse---negroes Luce, Dick, Lewis & Criss, 1 bed & some furniture, 2 cows & calves, 1 gun, the land & plantation where I now live, it being all my land
To my daughter Anne Taylor---negroes Suckey, Disey & Bobb, 1 bed & furniture, 1 mare, should she die without heir, then sd. 3 negroes to go to her brother John & Jesse.
To my 3 children John, Jesse, & Anne---the residue of my estate after my debts are paid.”
Edward Taylor named his sons John Taylor and Jesse Taylor as executors of his will, which was witnessed by Briggs Goodrich, John Harrison, Thomas Allen, and Sally Medearis.
It is clear from this will that Edward Taylor’s wife Lucretia had predeceased him, and it would also seem that the only three children to survive him (and possibly his only children) were his sons John and Jesse and daughter Anne (who appears not to have married by 1784 and of whom I have no other info).I have accordingly revised my makeup of Edward Taylor’s family to reflect this info from his will and have now posited Lewis Ball Taylor of Meherrin Parish to be a son of Jesse Taylor, and grandson of Edward Taylor rather than a son.Lewis Ball taylor did not marry Elizabeth Braswell until January 1793, so was peobably born in the early 1770s rather than late 1750s.Of note: Lewis Ball Taylor did name one of his elder sons Jesse Lewis Taylor.
The Robert Taylor, who I had also tentatively posited as a possible son of Edward Taylor, now appears rather to have been of the New Kent/King William County, VA Taylors that early filtered into the northern part of Brunswick County (St. Andrew’s Parish).
Based on Edward Taylor’s last will making no mention of any other children than John, Jesse, and Anne, I have also removed Henrietta (the wife of Benjamin Pearson) as a posited daughter of Edward Taylor.She is buried at the Taylor Family Cemetery west of Powelton in southern Brunswick County, VA.Her tombstone states that she died on 28 December 1801 aged 40 years, i.e., born c1761, a birthdate that if she were a Taylor would have put her as a possible daughter of Edward.But I have not been able to find any evidence that she was a Taylor before her marriage to Benjamin Pearson.
I believe John Taylor (proven son of Edward and Lucretia Taylor) was born c1750 in Amelia County, VA, married Frances Woolsey about 1775, and died about 1835 in Brunswick County, VA.I believe that they were parents of at least seven children: Edward Taylor (c1777-c1845) who married Mary ____ about 1814; Robert Taylor (born c1779) who married Nancy Carpenter on 24 December 1801; Lucretia Taylor (c1782-c1855) who married George Atkins on 16 September 1802; Nancy Taylor (born c1784) who married John Seward on 24 December 1804; Sarah Taylor (born c1787) who married Alexander Rawlings on 6 December 1810, Susannah Taylor (born c1790); and George Edward Taylor (c1797-1848) who married Frances Rebecca Wyche on 4 March 1822.
Edward Taylor’s other proven son Jesse Taylor was born about 1752 and died in late 1800 in Meherrin Parish of Brunswick County, VA.On 26 January 1801 an appraisal of the estate of Jesse Taylor deceased was presented in Brunswick County Court by Edward Dromgoole, the administrator, it having been audited by Clement Green, Stephen Smith, & John Harrison. Note: Edward Dromgoole was the local Medodist minister at the time.The estate included negroes: woman Chris, boy Davy, boy Fed, woman Jude, girl Peggy, boy Stephen, boy Cudger, man Dick, boy Hall, man Lewis, and woman Eve & child.Note:The slaves Chris [Criss], Dick, & Lewis had been given to Jesse Taylor by the last will of his father Edward Taylor 17 years earlier.There were notes, i.e. debts, owed to the estate by Thomas Claiborne, J. Goodrich, John P. James, Edward Powell, Benjamin Collier, Clement Greene, Edmund Lanier, and Edmund Webb.
On 25 June 1804 an account of the administration of the estate of Jesse Taylor deceased by Edward Dromgoole, administrator, and audited by A. Fletcher, Isaac Ledbetter, and Clement Green was returned to Brunswick County Court.Noted in the account were the “widow and orphans” [not named].Also named in the account were a number of individuals, including John Taylor, Lewis B. Taylor, Robert Taylor, and “Mrs. Taylor”.
It is clear that Jesse Taylor had been married twice.The name of his first wife is yet unknown, but I now believe he had by her the following children: Lewis Ball Taylor (c1774-1831) who married Elizabeth Braswell on 20 January 1793; John Taylor (c1776-c1865) who married Mary C. Perry on 27 June 1800; Richard Taylor (born c1780) who married Nancy Britt on 22 January 1801; Lucretia Taylor (born c1783) who married Lewis Johnson on 17 May 1801;Joseph Taylor (c1785-c1812) who married Ann ___ about 1806; Martha Taylor (born c1788) who married Daniel Nanney on 28 November 1810;and perhaps the Jane Taylor (born c1790) who married Haley Newton on 1 March 1819.
Jesse Taylor was married secondly on 3 August 1797 to Lucretia (Walton) Watson, the widow of John Watson with three small children.By this second marriage Jesse Taylor fathered two additional daughters: Nancy B. Taylor (born c1798) who married James Clark on 14 September 1826; and Obedience Taylor born c1800 before his death in late 1800.I believe it wasJesse Taylor’s widow Lucretia Taylor who on 22 August 1808 married John M. Pearson in Brunswick County, VA and had at least four more children by the latter and reportedly died in Pittsylvania County, VA before 1827.
Some have speculated that Jesse Taylor's widow Lucretia had been the Lucretia Taylor that married Lewis Johnson on 17 May 1801, but the info above on the administration of Jesse Taylor's estate indicate that his widow did not remarry so quickly after his death; thus I believe that Lewis Johnson married rather another Lucretia Taylor, who I posit instead as a daughter of this Jesse Taylor.
I would love to share info on the family of Edward Taylor of Brunswick County, VA.