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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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County, a very small portion of which extended
into Franklin County, Pennsylvania; controlled
ca. 50 acres of his second wife's dower land, 1790-
1803; sold 86 acres, 1803-1804, including his wife's
land. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED in September 1807;
will probated in Washington County. PERSONAL
PROPERTY: included at least 22 slaves, plus
£1,164.0.0, which resulted from the public sale of
his property by his executors. LAND: ca. 200 acres
in Washington County, plus a small amount in
Franklin County, Pennsylvania.

TAYLOR, JOHN (1662-ca. 1705/6). BORN: in
1662, probably in Dorchester County. NATIVE:
third generation. RESIDED: in Dorchester County.
FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: Thomas Taylor (ca.
1643-1696), Gent., who served as sheriff of Dor-
chester County in 1669, quorum justice by 1679,
captain, and major by 1680; son of Capt. Philip
Taylor (ca. 1610-ca. 1649) and his wife Jane (?-
ca. 1659), stepson of William Eltonhead (ca. 1616-
1655). MOTHER: Frances. BROTHERS: Philip (?-
1706); Thomas; and Peter Taylor (1680-ca. 1747/
48). SISTERS: Frances; Mary; and Aloyance
(Aloysia). MARRIED first, by 1682/83, Priscilla.
MARRIED second, by 1696, Dorothy. CHILDREN.
SONS: Thomas; William. DAUGHTERS: Dorothy;
Elizabeth; Jane; Frances; and Elinor. PRIVATE CA-
REER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIA-
TION: Protestant. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES:
Gent., by 1686. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE, planter.

PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower

House, Dorchester County, 1704-1705 (died be-
fore the 4th session of the 1704-1707 Assembly).
LOCAL OFFICES: sheriff, Dorchester County, 1683/
84-1686; deputy surveyor, Dorchester County,
1684, 1702; justice, Dorchester County, 1694-ca.
1705/6. STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE ISSUES: mem-
bers of Taylor's family were strong supporters of
the proprietary faction; Taylor refused to take
the oath of allegiance and supremacy under the
government of the Protestant Associators, 1690;
lost a contested election to the Lower House in
1701 by one vote to John Lecompte (ca. 1662-

1705). WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST

ELECTION, ca. 2,050 acres. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED:
between November 17, 1705, and February 4,
1705/6, in Dorchester County. PERSONAL PROP-
ERTY: TEV, £376.8.4 (including 1 servant and 7
slaves); FB, £28.7.2. LAND: 2,050 acres, plus a
tract of unspecified acreage.

TAYLOR, JOHN (?-by 1737). BORN in Balti-
more County, of age by 1693; probably only sur-

viving son. NATIVE: second generation. RESIDED:
probably at "Taylor's Mount" near the Gunpow-
der River in Baltimore County. FAMILY BACK-
GROUND. FATHER. Arthur Taylor (by 1648-by
1694), son of John Taylor (?-1676), Gent. Ar-
thur immigrated in 1659 as a minor with his father,
mother, brother, and sister. MARRIED first, by 1701,
Jane (?-by 1710). MARRIED second, between June
10 and August 3, 1710, Elizabeth, widow of Wil-
liam Pickett (?-1710). CHILDREN. STEPSONS: Wil-
liam Pickett; George Pickett; and Heathcote
Pickett. DAUGHTER: Avarilla, who married by 1726
Edward Day (?-ca. 1746). STEPDAUGHTERS: Mary
Miles; Elizabeth Pickett; and Temperance Pick-
ett. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: not literate in
1693, but could write his name by 1694. Neither
his father nor grandfather were literate. RELI-
GIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican. OCCUPATIONAL

PROFILE: planter, 1693, 1694, 1705, 1726; car-
penter, 1694, 1701; innholder, 1702, 1703. PUBLIC

CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House,

Baltimore County, 1722-1724. LOCAL OFFICE:
commissioner for erecting a town at Joppa, Bal-
timore County, 1724. MILITARY SERVICE: captain,
by 1724. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST
ELECTION: probably 250 acres in Baltimore County
(the remainder of at least 600 acres in Baltimore
County inherited from his father), plus warrants
and a certificate of survey for two additional tracts
in Baltimore County totalling 245 acres. SIGNIF-
ICANT CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELEC-
TION AND DEATH: patented 150 acres of the pre-
viously surveyed 245 acres in 1720, plus another
150-acre tract surveyed in 1723, both in Balti-
more County. In 1726, Taylor sold his home plan-
tation of 250 acres and the certificate of survey
for the remaining 95 acres surveyed in 1720 to his
son-in-law Edward Day. He also authorized Day
to sell the 150-acre tract surveyed in 1723. WEALTH
AT DEATH. DIED: by 1737. LAND: 150 acres in Bal-
timore County. ADDITIONAL COMMENT: Within a
four day period in October 1726, Taylor appar-
ently concluded his affairs in Maryland in prep-
aration for moving out of the colony. On October
26 he sold his home plantation; on October 27
he cleared the title to some of his father's land,
which he had sold in the 1690s; on October 28
he and Elizabeth finally settled the estate of Wil-
liam Pickett (?-1710), and on October 29 he ap-
pointed Edward Day as his attorney to sell 150
acres of land surveyed in 1723. A secondary source
indicates that Taylor may have moved to North
Carolina; it is certainly probable that he left
Maryland in early November 1726.

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