John Taylor

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John Taylor, whose parents are unknown (or untraced), probably died at sea, after 24 November 1645 when he wrote his will.1

John married, as her 2nd husband, Rhoda Tinker, daughter of Robert Tinker and Mary Merwin, about 1639.2,3

It is commonly reported that John Taylor was of Lynn, Massachusetts by 1630 where a man of that name was made freeman on October 19 that year. However, there appaears to be no record of him from 1631 until his sudden appearance at Windsor, Connecticut, in 1640 when he was granted a house lot twelve by twenty-nine rods on "Backer Row." He later sold this to George Stucky, and bought the lot next to it from Begat Eggleston which became the family home.

In 1641, and on 6 June 1644 he served on juries, and on the latter date was chose with one other to arbitrate between William Lewis and Matthew Allen.4 He was among some of the lesser known citizens of New Haven who died on the doomed voyage of the Phantom Ship in the winter of 1645/6. The full account of this event is given in the sketch of Captain Nathaniel Turner.5 On 24 November 1645, having "fully intended and prepared for a voyage to England," John Taylor made his will:
to his daughters-law [stepdaughters], to be divided equally between them, "all my land that lyes on ye East side of ye great river in lieu of my engagement with them upon my marriage, and that my wife shall trayne them up until they come to ye age of eighteen years & my sd wife to have ye benefit of ye sd land until yt time.
to his wife and their two sons his house and the remainder of his lands in Windsor.

The will was not probated until 6 September 1694 when his son John presented it and was made administrator.4


Rhoda Tinker b. 16 Jun 1611, d. bef. 6 Sep 1694
  • John Taylor6 b. say 1640, d. 13 May 1704
  • Thomas Taylor+1 b. say 1642, d. aft. 1707
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  1. [S5] Donald Lines Jacobus, History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield (two vols., New Haven, Connecticut: Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor, 1930-1932), 1:599, further cited as Jacobus, Families of Old Fairfield.
  2. [S711] Douglas Richardson, "The English Ancestry of the Merwin and Tinker Families. Part Two: John Tinker of Boston and Lancaster, Massachusetts and Windsor and New London, Connecticut," The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 149 (Oct 1995): 401-432, at 413 n36, further cited as Richardson, "The English Ancestry of John Tinker."
  3. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 1492, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).
  4. [S1013] Mary Walton Ferris, Dawes-Gates Ancestral Lines: A Memorial Volume Containing the American Ancestry of Mary Beman (Gates) Dawes: Volume II: Gates and Allied Families (n. p., 1931), 2:785-787, further cited as Ferris, Dawes-Gates II.
  5. [S1945] Cotton Mather, Magnalia Christi Americana: or the Ecclesiastical History of New-England, from Its First Planting in the Year 1620, unto the Year of our Lord, 1698 (London, England: Thomas Parkurst, 1702), I: 25-26, further cited as Mather, Magnalia Christi Americana.
  6. [S711] Richardson, "The English Ancestry of John Tinker,."