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Richard Taylor, Jr (b. Abt. 1619, d. 1684)Richard Taylor, Jr (son of Richard Taylor) was born Abt. 1619 in Flowerdew, Hundred, England, and died 1684 in Charles City, VA.He married (1) Mary Perkins.He married (2) Sarah Barker on Bef. 1640 in England, daughter of William Barker and Frances Ward.
Notes for Richard Taylor, Jr:
RICHARD TAYLOR and SARAH (BARKER) TAYLOR
It has been claimed by David T. Bradford in "THE BRADFORDS OF CHARLES CITY CO., VA", that Richard was the son of the Richard Taylor who came to Virginia in 1608 and was there as late as 1638. This is not recognized by other researchers; it is also denied in a letter (in my file) from the Jamestowne Society. While it might be fun to be a descendant of an "Ancient Planter", I suggest using the claim only when talking with alleged Mayflower descendants.
It is also claimed by Virginia L. H. Davis in "TIDEWATER VIRGINIA FAMILIES" that Richard was married first to Mary Perkins, the widow of Nicholas Perkins and that Richard II was the son of the first marriage. A search of the Charles City County Court Orders, 1655-1658, pages 62 & 68, indicate that the widow Mary Perkins married Richard Parker, who was also the guardian of her two children (Elizabeth and Nicholas). Until it is proven otherwise, I'll list Richard II as the son of Richard and Sarah (BARKER) TAYLOR.
Data in LDS Ancestral File (AFN HZF4-KB) may be for a different Richard Taylor, who was born abt 1619 in England, married to Sarah (BARKER)in Middlesex England, and died 1684 in Charles City Co., VA. I don't know when Richard was born, and I consider it likely that Sarah and her family were in Virginia before Richard was. Court records show that Richard died about 1672/73.
The same record for Richard's wife, Sarah BARKER (AFN HZF4-LH), shows her as having been born at 1623 in England and died 1694 in Charles City. Those dates and places appear to be correct.
Richard may have been the one named as a headright of Captain John West, who patented land in York County 6 May 1651 (VA Patent Book 2, page 313). His arrival may very well have been earlier than the patent date.
An earlier patent, 9 April 1650 (Book 2, page 207) names two headrights -- Elizabeth BARKER and Mary TAYLOR. Elizabeth was the sister of Sarah, and it seems possible that the person listed as Mary was actually Sarah. The father of Elizabeth and Sarah was William BARKER, Mariner, who made frequent trips to Virginia as early as 1625; he had land in Charles City County in 1634, was a member of the House of Burgesses in 1645, and died before 1655.
Richard apparently married in England before 1650, either to Sarah BARKER or Mary PERKINS.
Richard was identified as a "fabricator of wood", which probably means a carpenter or a building contractor. He also operated a mill on Powell's Creek, called Taylor's Mill, and later known as Hardiman's Lower Mill.
Richard's first known land purchase was 13 March 1661/62 (CCCCOB 1661-1664, page 327), which he bought from Richard and Mary Pace for 300 pounds sterling. The land was on Powell's Creek in Charles City County. This land later went to William HAMLIN, son of Richard's daughter Elizabeth.
In July 1672, Richard patented 1000 acres of land in Charles City County, on the south side of the James River. It lay on the Blackwater River, behind Merchant's Hope, at a place called "Saw Tree". This property was willed to his son, Richard TAYLOR II, who patented it again in his own name on 3 November 1673 (Patent Book 6, page 488).
See Sarah (BARKER) TAYLOR for other notes
24 Jan 1996 Compiled by LaVere Peters
May 1997 To webpage
2 Jan 2001 To Ann "teb"
28 Aug 2003 To PAF
From: "John Norvill Jones" 24 Jan 2004 I read with interest the excellent material you have on the Taylors and related families of early Charles City County, Virginia.
I am a descendent of Thomas Taylor who, I believe, was connected in some way to the Richard Taylor family. But I have not figured out what that connection is although I now suspect that he was a nephew of Richard Taylor who married Sarah Barker. I think that they both go back to a John Taylor "Citizen and Girdler of London" who was involved in the sale of Merchants Hope to William Barker and associates. Have you done any research on Richard Taylor's background? I was once told that he was a merchant who did much trade with Barbados. I know that John Taylor, Richard's son, was part owner of a ship, captained by Thomas Goodwyn, that traded with Barbados. My Thomas Taylor's son married Thomas Goodwyn's daughter.
If you know anything about Richard Taylor's past, I would like to exchange information.
Norvill Jones Alexandria, VA
LaVere's reply: My database does not show a single Thomas Taylor.
You propose the possibility that Thomas may have been a nephew of Richard Taylor who married Sarah Barker. There are various speculations of the background of Richard, but none that I've seen make any suggestion of a brother.
You mentioned that your Thomas's son married the daughter of Thomas Goodwyn. The only daughter that I show for Thomas and Mary Goodwyn is Amey, who married (1)John Scott and (2) Isham Epes about 1725.
More About Richard Taylor, Jr:
Date born 2: Abt. 1624, Virginia.
Died 2: 1672, Charles City, VA.
More About Richard Taylor, Jr and Sarah Barker:
Marriage: Bef. 1640, England.
Children of Richard Taylor, Jr and Sarah Barker are:
- +Frances Taylor, b. 1645, England, d. Bef. 1716.
- Lucy Taylor, b. 1648, Charles City, VA.
- Robert Taylor, b. 1650, Charles City, VA.
- Sarah Taylor, b. 1655, Charles City, VA.
- Katherine Taylor, b. 1657, Charles City, VA.
- Richard Taylor III, b. 1659, Charles City, VA.
- John Taylor, b. 1663, Charles City, VA.
- Elizabeth Taylor, b. 1667, Charles City, VA.