Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Joseph Taylor and Martha Canby

At first, my number one candidates for the parents of my Barbara Taylor were Joseph Taylor and Martha Canby. Here is a summary of the evidence I have explored pertaining to them:
  • According to a Canby genealogy compiled by Janis Kerr Arnold (published 1981, updated 1992), Martha Canby married Joseph Taylor in 1788 at the Upper Makefield Monthly Meeting in Bucks County, PA. It further states that Joseph Taylor was the son of William Taylor, and the Taylor family were members of the Falls Monthly Meeting. The Falls Monthly Meeting records state that Joseph, wife Martha, and two children, Sarah and Banner, were granted a certificate to the Wrightstown Monthly Meeting in 1803.
  • The 1793 tax list Newton, Sussex, NJ lists Joseph Taylor. Recall that Newton is the place where the father of Henry Taylor relocated from Bucks County, PA.
  • Four Sussex County deeds seem to pertain to this Joseph Taylor:
    • 1800 - Andrew Malick to Joseph Taylor of Greenwich, $1500 for land in Greenwich
    • 1802 - Joseph Taylor of Greenwich and Martha his wife sold to Carpenter
    • 1804 - Joseph Taylor and Martha his wife of Whites, Bucks, PA to George Gresler of Durham, Bucks, PA, involving land in Alexandria Twp, Hunterdon, NJ. The end of this deed has a declaration by a judge in Sussex who states that Joseph Taylor came before him to sign the deed! This would seem to indicate that Joseph was actually residing in Sussex, NJ rather than Bucks, PA. [As an additional side note to this record, there is/was no Whites township in Bucks county, PA. At first I thought it was the clerk's mistake and what was meant was White Twp in Sussex, but that township was not formed until much, much later. Instead, I now think the clerk meant to write WRIGHTSTOWN Twp in Bucks, PA, which is a place we know was associated with this Joseph Taylor.]
    • 1817 - Joseph Taylor, some dispute (I think) with John DeCamp of Morris County over boundaries of land in Byram twp in Sussex. I'm not entirely sure who prevailed!
All of this looks very promising, except for one niggling detail - the dates. If Joseph and Martha were married in 1788, they were probably not the parents of Barbara Taylor who married JP Struble in 1802. I suppose it's possible that Barbara could have been 14 when she married, and maybe that's why she outlived Mr. Struble for so long. But still....

In any case, I have so far not found any birth or death records that apply to either Joseph or Martha. Supposedly he was born around 1760, so that would not make him the father of Henry Taylor who moved to Sussex.  More likely, Joseph and Henry Taylor were brothers. And what became of Joseph and Martha? Did they move back to PA from NJ, or did they stay in NJ? What happened to their land in Greenwich?

No shortage of questions, but it seems that we might still be looking for a different Taylor who moved from Bucks to Sussex who could qualify as Barbara's father. Now the name William Taylor floats back to the top!

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