TAYLOR FAMILY of Sullivan County, NH
Transcribed by Janice Farnsworth
Source: History of Charlestown, NH - Fort 4 by Rev. Henry H. Saunderson pub 1876,
Dr. David Taylor son of Daniel Taylor b. at Lunenburg, MA, settle in Charlestown, NH in 1761. He was apptd. a surgeon in 1760, in a regiment of militia called into service for aiding and completing the conquest of Canada. He was then only a youth, less than 18 yrs of age, have-ing been born Aug 5, 1742. In this campaign he became acquainted with the location and prospects of Charles-town (NH) and settled in it as a physician the follow-ing year (1761) He became a highly esteemed citizen. He represented the town, as it appears from the Provincial Records, in 1776 and 1777, though I find in the town books no record of this election in 1776. We may infer from his family record that he married soon after coming to town. Children of Dr. David and Rachel Taylor:
1. Rosalinda Taylor b. Apr 12, 1764; m. Peleg Sprague of Keene, NH. Mr. Sprague was elected to fill a vacancy in the 5th Congress and was elected in 1799, to the same office of Representative in the 6th, but soon re-signed on account of his health. One who knew him well from the time he was a student in the office of the Honorable Benjamin West, represents him as a man of great natural abilities and extensive acquirements and as possessing much self reliance. He died Apr 20, 1800. Hale, in his history of Keene (NH) says he died in August, but that is a mistake. His age was 43. Rosalinda (Taylor) Sprague was described as hav-ing been one of the most accomplished young ladies of Charlestown. Her marriage took place April 28, 1785. I find the following entry in Dr. Samuel Crosby's Journal: "May 2nd. This evening the married and single ladies and gentlemen of the town assembled at Dr. Taylor's on invitation from Mr. Sprague, to celebratehis wedding. The evening was agreeably spent and we were handsomely entertained."
2. Elizabeth Taylor b. April 1, 1780; m. Roswell Willard
Note: When Rachel Taylor wife of Dr. David Taylor, died Dr. Taylor m. (2) Hannah Hanneford by whom he had one son: David Taylor, Jr. b. March 25, 180l.
Thomas Taylor b. Mar 4, 1764 m. Clara Babcock and settled at Charlestown, NH (see also, History of Northfield, p. 555).
John W. Taylor, son of Samuel and Maria (White) Taylor b. in Springfield, VT on July 25, 1828 m. Mar 8, 1852 Phebe A. Hitchcock dau of Russell and Laura (Chaffee) Hitchcock b. in Westminster, VT Oct 25, 1832. Their children:
1. Cora L. Taylor b. in Springfield VT May 27, 1854
2. Harry K. Taylor b. April 18, 1868 d. Sept. 10, 1869
3. John White Taylor, Jr. b. Sept. l0, 1871
Thomas W. Taylor, Sr. was one of the selectmen in 1874. He was a large land holder and built a row of cottages on High Street, which were very convenient in their structure as well as attractive in their appearance. They were seven in number and on the north side of the way, leading from Swan Park up Breakneck.
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