John Taylor1

#2611, ( - January 1645/46)
Relationship7th great-grandfather of William David Lewis

Family

Rhoda Tinker b. c 1611, d. 1674
Children 1. John Taylor Jr+1,7 (c 1641 - 1704)
 2.Thomas Taylor+6 (c 1643 - )
Birth*He was born at EnglandG.1 
Marriage*say 1640He married Rhoda Tinker, daughter of Robert Tinker and Mary Merwin, say 1640.2 
24 November 1645He left a will on 24 November 1645 at Windsor, Connecticut; (prior to sailing for England.)3 
Death*January 1645/46He died in January 1645/46 at at seaG; lost at sea on the "Phantom ship"; History of Buckland has 24 Nov 1645.4,1,5 
TAYLOR, John; of Wind., 1640; a juror 1641-4; Nov. 24, 1645, having "fully intended and prepared for a voyage for England," he made a will, leaving to his "daughters-in-law," to be divided equally among 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." He gives his wife and two sons his house and lands in Wind; this will was presented for probate by son John, 1694; there is a tradition in the family that John, soon after making his will, sailed from New Haven and was lost at sea; this tradition is doubtless true; he embarked on the famous ''Phantom Ship'' which sailed from New Haven for England, Jan., 1645-6; for an account of its ghostly return see "Mather's Magnalia" or Hist. of Nfd., p. 553. As appears from his will he m. a wid. with daughters; she m. (3)____ Hoyt of Norwalk, Ct.
Source: History of Deerfield II:336. At that time step-children might be referred to as "in-laws."6 
ChartsAncestors of William D. Lewis

Citations

  1. [S289] George Sheldon, History of Deerfield, Massachusetts, Volume 2 (Deerfield: E.A. Hall and Co., 1896), p. 336.
  2. [S596] e-mail address, compiler, "Descendants of Othniel Taylor"; "John Taylor was married to Susanah Smith. Susanah Smith was born in 1615 in Upway, Dorsetshire, England. She died in 1674 in Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut.", online Ancestry.com (27 Jul 2001).
  3. [S924] J. H. Temple and George Sheldon, History of the Town of Northfield, Massachusetts, For 150 Years (Albany, New York: Joel Munsell, 1875), p. 553. "Nov. 24, 1645, being 'fully intended and prepared for a voyage for England,' he made a will, leaving his "daughters-in-law,' equally to be divided among them, 'all my lands that lyes on the east 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 the age of eighteen years and my said wife to have the benefit of ye sd. land until yt time.' He gives his wife and two sons, his house and all the residue of his lands in the town of Windsor, and all his personal propert; his wife to have the use of it until she marry, or the sons come of age."
  4. [S924] J. H. Temple and George Sheldon, History of Northfield, 553; "the date of departure was certainly Jan., 1645–6."
  5. [S596] e-mail address, "Descendants of Othniel Taylor", online Ancestry.com, 1. John Taylor was married to Susanah Smith. Susanah Smith was born in 1615 in Upway, Dorsetshire, England. She died in 1674 in Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut.
  6. [S289] George Sheldon, History of Deerfield II, p. 335-6.
  7. [S1708] Mary Walton Ferris, Dawes-Gates Ancestral Lines (Milwaukee, Wisconsin: privately printed, 1943), II:787-788. John Taylor, son of John and Rhoda, b. Windsor ca. 1641-42.