Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Taylor's in Early Sussex

First, let's talk about Newton (New Town) Twp. in Sussex County, New Jersey, which was mentioned specifically in the affidavit of Henry Taylor as the place where his father moved from Bucks County, PA, probably some time in the 1760s. We should here make note that Newton township is now a defunct twp. which was located in northwest NJ. It was established in 1751 and dissolved in 1864. The area today spans territory in three present-day counties: Morris, Sussex, and Warren.

With that said, here are the records that give us some accounting of Taylors from 1793-1820(??) in Sussex county, New Jersey:

1793 Tax List

There were several Taylors in several townships, but there was only one Taylor found in the 1793 tax list of Newton, and that person was Joseph Taylor, probably the Joseph Taylor mentioned in my previous post who has been (for now) passed over as a father of Barbara Taylor.

Theoretically, we should also be able to account for Henry Taylor, since in 1793 he would have been 35 years old. The tax lists show:

Hardiston Township (this is a township that would later be formed from part of the to-be-defunct Newton Twp)

TAYLOR, Charles

Mansfield Township - it should be noted that Mansfield is directly east of Oxford twp. where so many of our other relations lived. And of course Summers, Longstreet, and Wandling are all names also found in our family tree.  This would be closest to Greenwich.


TAYLOR, William


Marriages in Sussex, NJ

25 Jul 1797, John Taylor + Rhoda Carter
29 Jan 1801, Henry Jr. Taylor + Elizabeth Oliver
6 Jul 1801, William Williams + Ann Taylor
28 Mar 1802, Jacob Struble + Barbary Taylor
8 May 1803, Isaac Bassett + Mary Taylor
3 Apr 1805, William Taylor + Susanah Rhodes
1 Jun 1807, Daniel Shoemaker + Polly Taylor
15 Feb 1807, Jacob Taylor + Mary Bray
19 Aug 1809, Thomas Norman + Sarah Taylor

This is probably as good a place as any to point out that there was a Henry Taylor Sr. and a Henry Taylor Jr. They both appear in the 1793 Tax lists, although which man is in which twp. is hard to say.


Besides the deeds previously mentioned in my post DNA Clues & Hunterdon County, NJ, here are some additional Taylor deeds in Sussex, New Jersey (this is not a comprehensive list, but a selection of those that caught my attention as pertains to my family research).

  • The earliest Sussex deed I could find with the Taylor name was 1 May 1775 between Robert Taylor, Esq. of Hunterdon County, NJ and Daniel Vliet of the same place. Apparently the land in question had been indentured and defaulted, involving the names LEWIS and MERRITT, and the sheriff of Sussex county had been directed to auction property to pay debts, and Robert Taylor (by way of Charles Stewart) was the highest bidder, which he was then selling to Daniel Vliet. NOTE: If I read the estate records in Hunterdon county correctly, Robert Taylor (originally Tyler) died in 1821 and he was from Londonderry, Ireland. 
  • In 1789, the government agent named Joseph Gaston who was in charge of selling "forfeited estates" (more on this subject in a later post), in particular Sussex land previously owned by General Oliver Delancey, conveyed 154 acres in Hardiston Twp in Sussex County to John Taylor for 66 pounds.
  • In 1794, John Taylor of Readington, Hunterdon, NJ & Lydia his wife sold to Jonathan Paul of Germantown, PHL, PA, a parcel of land 'being at the Minisinks' in the county of Sussex, which I think was over 1000 acres and which was described in the deed in a rather long list of "forfeited estates". 
  • In 1804, there was a deed between Henry Taylor of Mansfield and Jane his wife selling land in Mansfield to John Ulp of Greenwich.  What's interesting about this is that the brother of Jacob Peter Struble (who married Barbara Taylor), namely George P. Struble, served under Capt. Jacob Ulp from Brookfield, OH. This appears to be yet another link between this Henry Taylor and the Struble family.
What conclusions from this evidence? There can still only be guesswork. Even though Henry Taylor of Mansfield would appear to be the Sr. who eventually went to Brookfield, OH, Henry Taylor in Hardiston was closer to what was once Newton. And who was Charles Taylor? We have seen the names John, Jacob, and William Taylor in other contexts, but who was Charles?  

Isn't it strange how research just leads to more questions?

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