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DESCENDANTS of
ABIAH & DEBORAH (GEARING) TAYLOR

Generously contributed by Rebecca Knapp Miller

Coordinator's Note: Rebecca Knapp Miller has generously shared 3 volumes of genealogical research regarding the descendants
of Abiah and Deborah (Gearing) Taylor with us. Portions of this research is contained within this webpage and the ones linked below.
The 3 volumes have been passed along to the Leon Public Library, Leon, Decatur County, Iowa so they may be included in the library's
genealogical section. A heart-felt thank you, Rebecca, for thinking of us and sharing with us.

Abiah and Deborah (Gearing) Taylor

Abiah TAYLOR, the son of Abiah TAYLOR (1636 - 1699, England) and Alice/Sarah unknown (1636 - 1710, England), was born in Berkshire, England, ca. 1667 - 1670. He married Deborah GEARING 18 Feb 1694, Faringdon Meeting House, Berkshire, England. Deborah GEARING, the daughter of John GEARING (1655 - ) and Anne (unknown) (1659 - ), was born in June 1671, Stanford-in-the-Vale, Bershire, England. They emigrated to America ca. 1702 with apparently 3 children, settling in East Bradford, Chester County, Pennsylvania.

 

"History of Chester County, PENNSYLVANIA"
Furhey, J. Smith & Gilbert COPE, 1881

Abiah Taylor

Abiah Taylor settled on the Brandywine in 1702, and built a mill on a branch of this stream which flowed by his dwelling, the site of which is still used for the same purpose. In 1724 he built a brick house on a mound by the run which empties into the Brandywine a little south of the Strasburg road. It has been frequently said that the bricks were brought from England, but this is not correct. They were made on the farm from clay procured a short distance south of the house. The window sash[es] were made of lead, and the lights were small. It is still standing and is known throughout the neighborhood as "the old brick house." It can be readily seen from the Strasburg road as the traveler passes between the old Black Horse tavern and Cope's bridge over the Brandywine. It is on the creek road leading south from the Strasburg road. In its day it must have been considered one of the finest houses in the county.

In 1706 he took up 200 acres on what has been called Taylor's Run, and this he gave to his daughter, Deborah Parke, and her children. Another tract of equal size he took up in 1715, and this passed to the family of his daughter, Alice Hoopes. This now forms the farms of Watson J. Ambler, Simeon Hoopes, and Benjamin Few. John Cope purchased, and in 1712, settled on 200 acres of land on Taylor's Run, and next to the Goshen line. The valley through which this stream flows was named the "Vale of Avoca" by the late Dr. William Darlington.

On the east side of the Brandywine, north of the Stasburg road, 500 acres were located in right of ten servants. A large part of it was purchased in 1761 by Abiah Taylor, grandson of the settler, and who built thereon in 1768 the substantial stone house now the residence of Robert L. Hayes.

 Abiah and Deborah's stone house and barn is still standing. It has historical signiance because General George Washington used it as one of his headquarters during the American Revolutionary War.

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Approaching The Stone House
 
Abiah Taylor House
 

1724 Brick House
 
House Details

Milners Abiah Taylor House

There's evidence of a Lenni-Lenape* village on Taylor's Run, so it's hard to say how many millennia the environs had been occupied when Abiah Taylor arrived in 1698 at what is now the intersection of North Creek Road and Route 162. Abiah Taylor built a cabin first, then a stone house, and finally, in 1724, a four-room brick house as an addition to the stone building. Taylor, a miller who was by then becoming a prominent person in Chester County [PA], put in leaded windows and, on the south and west sides where it could be admired by passersby, he put patterned brickwork typical of Berkshire, the English county from which he had emigrated.

Abiah Taylor died in 1740 and at some point his son, Samuel Taylor, built a barn across the road, thought today to be the oldest extant stone barn in the state. The surrounding area has changed little since then, and the house still sits by the country road, a field away from Brandywine Creek.

And appropriately enough, it's home to John and Wynne Milner. A prominent architect who specializes in historic restoration and new traditional design, John had bee through the house in the mid-1970s, and when it became available the Milners bought it.

In 1994, after two years of work, they moved in. They put a four-room addition on the east side, and renovated the historic structure. The Milners had to do some sleuthing to undo a modernization done in 1910. They found pieces of the original leaded-glass windows on site that they could reproduce. And with the help of the Chester County Historical Society's photo archives, they found images from before 1910 that enabled them to reproduce the original front doorway and in general peel away the centuries.

It may be 2012 by the calendar, but by the north end of Creek Road it's still mostly 1724. County Lines Magazine, September 2012, Pp. 47 -50.

*Lenni-Lenape are an indigenous people of the Northeastern Woodlands. They are also called Delaware Indians. Their historical territory was the Delaware River Basin, which is now southeastern New York, eastern Pennsylvania and most of Delaware and New Jersey. The word "Lenape" means "original people". ~ mtlaurelschools.org/MLHistory/lennilenape.htm

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House Detail
 
House Details
 
Abiah Taylor House
 

Outside Brick House
 

House Additions
 

Outside of the Barn
 

The Stone Barn
 

The Stone Barn
 
The Stone Barn
 

Barn Buddies
 

Samuel Taylor House

The three houses that the Taylors built in the 1700, early 1880s are still standing and use. The Abiah Taylor family called the house in the trees the "mansion", the biggest of the houses. Probably built by Samuel Taylor, son of Abiah and Deborah (Gearing) Taylor.

Abiah TAYLOR died in October of 1747, East Bradford Township, Chester County, PA. Deborah GEARING died unknown date, probably in East Bradford Township, Chester County, PA. Abiah TAYLOR and Deborah GEARING had the following children:

 
 
i.
 
 
 Ann TAYLOR, born ca. 1695, Didcot, Berkshire, England;
married 7 Dec 1715, E. Bradford Township, Chester Co. PA Richard BARNARD (1684-1767);
died in Pennsylvania,
 
 
ii.
 
 
 Abiah TAYLOR III, born ca 1697, Didcot, Berkshire, England;
married Anne unknown ( - 1823); died 9 Nov 1852;
buried Bradford Friends Burying Ground, West Chester Co., PA.
 
 
iii.
 
 
 
 Samuel TAYLOR, ca. 1712, Didcot, Berkshire, England;
married 12 Nov 1737, PA Mary SMEDLEY (1719 -);
married 2nd Mar 1759 Deborah DARLINGTON (1719 - 1803), 9 children;
died Mar 1759, Chester Co., PA.
 
 
iv.
 
 
 Deborah TAYLOR, born 1712, East Bradford Township, Chester Co., PA;
married 28 Feb 1731 PA Jonathan PARKE (1709 - 1767), 7 children;
died 16 Sep 1793 Chester Co., PA; buried in Bradford Friends Burying Ground, Chester Co., PA.
 
 
v.
 
 
 Alice TAYLOR, born 16 Feb 1711, EdgmontTownship, Chester Co., PA;
married 27 Jan 1730/31, Birmingham Friends Meeting House, Chester Co., PA David HOOPES (1710/11 - 1790), 5 children;
died 16 Sep 1795, West Goshen Township, Chester Co., PA

  SOURCES: ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/3973893/person/-1330794893/facts; acvancestors.com/g2/p2483.htm#i74463; findagrave

 

Samuel Taylor

Samuel TAYLOR, the son of Abiah TAYLOR and Deborah GEARING, was born ca. 1712, Didcot, Berkshire, England. Samuel TAYLOR and Mary SMEDLEY married in Feb. of 1731 Mary SMEDLEY, daughter of Thomas SMEDLEY and Sarah unknown, was born 22 Oct 1719, Willistown, Chester County, Pennsylvania. She died in June of 1737. Samuel TAYLOR and Mary SMEDLEY had the following child:

 
 
i.
 
 
 Abiah TAYLOR, born 29 Sep, 1738, Chester Co., PA;
married Ann TRIMBLE (1841 - 1828);
died 3 Dec 1801; buried in Bradford Friends Burying Ground, Chester Co., PA.

  Samuel TAYLOR and Deborah DARLINGTON were married 16 Dec 1741, Birmingham Meeting House under Bradford Monthly Meeting. Deborah DARLINGTON, the daughter of Abraham DARLINGTON (1690 - 1776) and 2nd wife Elizabeth HILLBORN (1716 - ), was born 13 Sep 1719, Delaware County, Pennsylvia.

Deborah's Rocks

The present structure [Cope's Bridge] was built in 1807. A portion of the guard-wall containing the date-stone subsequently fell into the creek, and the stone being somewhat damaged, a new one was put in its place. One of the Parke family carried it home, and it lay for a long time at the foot of the door-steps. Anthony Taylor, who purchased the Parke farm and built an addition to the house, placed the stone in the gable-wall, where it now may be seen.

On the west side of the Brandywine, a short distance below Cope's bridge, a large mass of rocks rises almost perpendicularly from the edge of the stream to the height of sixty or seventy feet, which have long been known as "Deborah's rocks." There is a legend connected with these rocks, the substance of which is that in the early days of the province, while the aborigines still largely possessed the land, an Indian maiden, in despair because her pale-faced lover, to whom she was devotedly attached, had deserted her, threw herself from the cliff into the stream and was drowned. Some years since this legend was taken up by one of our citizens and woven into a tale of deep and thrilling interest. It passed the rounds of the newspapers and became fixed in the popular mind as a veritable narrative of actual occurrences. It is scarcely necessary to say to the intelligent reader that the story is without foundation, so far it is known to history. The name was given in honor of Deborah Taylor, whose husband, Samuel Taylor, in early times owned the lands on which they are situated, and had devised to her a life estate therein; and instead of these rocks receiving their name from the heroic sacrifice of a fair Indian maiden, it was really conferred upon them from the circumstance of their being included in Deborah Taylor's life estate. ~ History of Chester County, Pennsylvania, "Bradford Township", 1881

Deborah's Rocks is a small cliff on the creek's bank, a couple of hundred yards upstream, East Fork of the Brandywine Creek, Chester County, Pennsylvania.

The entire property, located at 1090 W. Strasburg Road, West Chester, Pennsylvania and known as Deborah's Rock Farm, came up for sale in 2015. The listing noted that the property had been owned by one family for close to a century. The 88-acres historic estate included a 9,000-square-foot stone manor house, original barn, tenant house and frontage on the Bradywine River. It was listed for $2.75 million.

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Deborah's Rock Farm
 

Farm Entrance
 

Manor House
 
Tenant House

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From a letter dated 19 Jun 1983 from Mrs. Nancy P. Speers [address withheld for privacy], Swarthmore PA:

Dear Friend:
I got interested in your puzzle, so I did the research this past week. The first thing I found was that the family were members of the Concord Monthly Meeting [ a 'silent' meeting of the Quaker faith], now in Delaware County, PA. before moving to Bradford MM in the 1760's and 1770's. Concord MM abstracted records show that Abiah was granted a certificate to Bradford MM on 8 Apr 1762, followed by Abraham in 1771. Samuel, son of Abiah, married Deborah Darlington at Concord MM on 16 Dec 1741.

John, son of Samuel, was received at Bradford MM on certificate from Concord MM on 12 Jun 1767. For some reason the year 1788 seems to have been a bad one for Abraham, Abiah and John. The Meeting complained against all three for having gotten into debt in the Minutes of 12 Sep 1788, and that same day his marriage was then allowed by the Meeting. John was not able to discharge his debt until 13 Feb 1789. Had the debts remained, all three would probably been disowned.

Abraham, son of Samuel, late of East Bradford [Township], married Hannah Woodward, daughter of William, late of West Bradford, deceased on 3 Nov 1773. Both mothers signed the marriage certificate, namely Deborah Taylor and Hannah Woodward, as well as Abiah, John, Ann, Deborah Jr., Isaac, another Ann, William, and Mary Taylor. It was Hannah who was the mother of all the children, except one. According to the "Genealogy of the Darlington Family", compiled and edited by Gilbert Cope, West Chester, Pa., 1900, Abraham and Hannah had 4 children. Unfortunately, their births do not appear in the book, and they are not in the Bradford MM record either. The children were: William W. Taylor, born about 1775, married Marab Taylor, daughter of John and Ann (Sellers) Taylor, and they being first cousins could not marry in Quaker Meeting, so were married in 1829 by a minister in Philadelphia. Merab [Marab?] was born 4 Oct 1791. John, brother of Abraham, was born 7 Sep 1748, died 15 Feb 1823, and married Ann Sellers in 1770. The second child, Elijah, lived on the homestead acres, died in 1855, and was buried at Bradford Meeting. [Bradford Friends Burying Ground, 1355 West Strasburg Road, West Chester Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania] He was probably born about 1777. Benjamin, born about 1780, married and went westward, according to the book, and nothing more was known about him. Rachel, born about 1788, married on 21 Nov 1811 to William Lamborn, who was born 1790, died 31 Jul 1861, son of John and Naomi (Webb) Lamborn. They had children: John b. 1812, Hannah b. 1814, and Eliza Ann b. 1818. Rachel, the mother, died 8 Oct 1823, and William Lamborn married 2nd Charlotte Simpson in 1824. Hannah Woodward Taylor must have died following the birth of Rachel, for Abraham Taylor married 2nd to Sarah Trimble of West Bradford [Township] on 1 Jan 1789. Sarah was born 28 Oct 1744. Signers of this marriage certificate were Deborah, John, Abiah, Ann Jr., and William. By Sarah, Abraham had one daughter, Mary, and it is probably she who died, unmarried in 1823.

Deborah Darlington, daughter of Abraham and Elizabeth (Hillborn) Darlington, was born in Aston Twsp. 13 Sep 1719, and was married to Samuel Taylor at Birmingham Meeting House, under the care of Concord MM. Abraham Darlington had immigrated to Chester Co. from Darnhall, Cheshire, England, about 1711, and was a son of Job (baptized 1655) and Mary Neild, who married in 1680 at Witton Parrish Church, Nantwich, Cheshire. Job died in 1731, and Mary in 1728. Their son, Abraham, was baptized 13 Mar 1690, and married at Chester MM, now Delaware Co., PA, in Feb or Mar 1711/12 to Deborah Carter, daughter of Joseph. She died about 1715, leaving no issue. He married 2nd in 1716, to Elizabeth Hillborn, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth, at Middletown MM, Bucks Co., PA.

Abiah Taylor, father of Samuel, was born 18 Apr 1694, and immigrated about 1702, according to what I read, which doesn't make sense, agewise. He was a mercer [merchant or trader] and owned 430 acres in East Bradford [Township], where he built a brick house in 1724, a mill in 1730, and died in 1747. Abiah and Deborah conveyed by deed to Samuel 399 acres of the homestead. Samuel's will was dated 24 Jan and proved 12 March of 1750. His widow, Deborah, was buried at Goshen Burial Ground on 10 Feb 1803. Children of Samuel and Deborah were: Samuel b. 29 Nov 1742, d. unm. Feb 1865; Abraham b. 5 Oct 1744, d. abt. Mar 1819 (Hannah Woodward was b. 7 Mar 1753); Mary b. 31 Jul 1746, d. 30 Sep 1805, md 1766 Samuel Sellers; John md 1770 Ann Sellers; Deborah b. 31 Dec 1750, md 1777 Johnathan Sellers; Elizabeth b. 1753, d. unm; Isaac b. 6 Aug 1755, disowned for marriage contrary to discipline and paying war fines and taxes on 17 Nov 1780, md Susanna Baily, and d. in Philadelphia in 1825; Rachel b. 1758, d. unm. The will of Abraham Darlington, who d. 9 Feb 1776, left 50 pounds to his daughter, Deborah Taylor, widow of Samuel. He was a farmer and saddler, first in Aston township and after 1724 in Birmingham Township.

The children of Abiah and Ann (Trimble) Taylor appear in the Bradford MM records, but apparently Abraham's children were not recorded. What I can't explain is the OTHER Abraham, the one who acknowledged receipt of his share of Abraham Taylor's will in 1819/20. ... UNLESS there was another son of Abraham and Hannah who was not found by Cope. There certainly were enough Taylors floating around Chester county and Delaware county, after it was carved out of Chester county in 1789. The Abraham of Kennett Township had a wife Rebecca, and 6 children recorded, born between 1760 and 1776, Benjamin, son of that Abraham, was disowned in 1801 by Kennett MM. Abiah, half-brother of Abraham, was disowned by Bradford MM on 18 Jan 1793 for being in debt and other causes, one being his having allowed his son, Abiah Jr, to be apprenticed to a non-Quaker.

...I wish there had been real proof in the Bradford MM record, but Gilbert Cope has always been accepted as proof, anyway.

Best wishes,
Sincerely, Nancy P. Speers, Genealogist.

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HUSBAND NOTES: Samuel Taylor, General: Samuel's will was dated 24 Jan and proved 12 Mar 1759.

SOURCES
     1. History of Chester Co. PA.
     2. Gilbert Cope, West Chester, PA 1900, Researched by paid genealogist Mrs. Nancy Speers of Swarthmore, PA.
     3. Searched by prof. researcher Mrs. Nancy Speers of PA.
     4. Searched by prof. genealogist Mrs. Nancy Speers of PA.

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FAMILY GROUP SHEET FOR ABRAHAM DARLINGTON

Abraham DARLINGTON, son of Job DARLINGTON (buried 11 Aug 1731) and Mary NEILD (died 18 Dec 1728), was born 13 Mar 1690, Dunhall, Cheshire, England; christened 13 Mar 1690; immigrated to America; Occupation; farmer & saddler; Church Affiliation: Quaker; died 9 Feb 1776, Chester Co., PA; buried Birmingham-Lafayette Cemetery, West Chester Township, Chester Co., PA
     married 1st Deborah CARTER, no children [died in childbirth?]
     married 1716, Middleton MM, Bucks Co., PA Elizabeth HILLBORN, daughter of Thomas HILLBORN and Elizabeth unknown, born Bucks Co., PA; died 28 Dec 1771, Chester Co., PA; buried Birmingham-Lafayette Cemetery, West Chester Township, Chester Co., PA.
Abraham DARLINGTON and Elizabeth HILLBORN had the following children:
 
 
i.
 
 Mary DARLINGTON, born 14 Jan 1717/18, Aston Township, Chester Co., PA;
married 29 Feb 2736 Moses PYLE.
 
 
ii.
 
 
 Deborah DARLINGTON, born 13 Jul 1719, Chester Co., PA;
married 16 Oct 1741 Samuel TAYLOR;
died 1803.
 
 
iii.
 
 Elizabeth DARLINGTON, born Chester Co., PA;
married 21 Sep 1750 Isaac PYLE.
 
 
iv.
 
 
 Abraham DARLINGTON, born Chester Co., PA;
married 1st 18 Jan 1769 Mary NICKLIN;
married 2nd 22 Nov 1786 Lettice RYAN.
 
 
v.
 
 Thomas DARLINGTON, born Chester Co., PA;
married 25 Apr 1753 Hannah BRINTON.
 
 
vi.
 
 
 John DARLINGTON, born Chester Co. PA;
married 17 Mar 1751 Esther DICKS;
died 3 Feb 1813.
 
 
vii.
 
 Hannah DARLINGTON, born Chester Co., PA;
married 30 Apr 1752 William JEFFERIS.
 
 
vii.
 
 Rachel DARLINGTON, born Chester Co., PA;
married 25 Apr 1765 William SEALS.
 
 
ix.
 Job DARLINGTON, born Chester Co., PA; died as youth.
 
 
x.
 
 Rebecca DARLINGTON, born Chester Co., PA;
married 28 Dec 1763 John BRINTON.

 

"History of Chester County, Pennsylvania: With Genealogical and Biographical Sketches" *

"DARLINGTON, Job, of Darnhall, Cheshire, England, with Mary, his wife, had children, - Abraham, John, Joseph, Matthew, Jane, Mary, and perhaps others. The mother died Dec. 18, 1728, and the records of the parish of Whitegate show that Job was buried Aug. 11, 1731. Of the children, Abraham and John came to Pennsylvania, and tradition says it was through the inducement of John Neild, an uncle by marriage, who lived in Aston township. There is evidence that the boys came while not yet fully grown. John is said to have gone to Maryland, and it is not known that there are any of his descendants bearing his name.

"Abraham, born 1690, was bound apprentice to a saddler at the age of eleven years, and followed that calling after his arrival in this country. His residence for some years was in Aston, whence he removed to a farm in Birmingham, which he bought in 1723 from the heirs of John Fred, now belonging to Clement Biddle. He early joined with Friends, and was married among them in the 1st month (March), 1712, to Deborah, daughter of Joseph Carter. She died leaving no children, and he married the 10th month, 1716, Elizabeth Hillborn, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth, of Bucks County. She died 12th month 28, 1771, and was buried at Birmingham on the 30th. Abraham died Feb. 9, 1776.

"Their children were as follows: 1. Mary, b. Jan. 14, 1717-18; m. Feb. 29, 1736, to Moses Pyle. 2. Deborah, b. Jul. 13, 1719; m. Oct. 16, 1741, to Samuel Taylor, of East Bradford. 3. Elizabeth, m. Sep. 21, 1750, to Isaac Pyle. 4. Abraham, m. Jan. 18, 1769, to Mary Nicklin, and Nov. 22, 1786, to Lettice Ryan; descendants few in number. 5. Thomas, m. Apr. 25, 1754, Hannah, daughter of Edward Brinton, of Birmingham, and settled in East Bradford, on 100 acres of his father's land, purchased from John Strode in 1750. 6. John, m. Mar. 17, 1751, Esther Dicks, daughter of Peter and Sarah, of Providence, and settled on 100 acres, the remainder of his father's purchase in East Bradford, where he died Feb. 3, 1813. 7. Hannah, m. Apr. 30, 1752, to William Jefferis, of East Bradford. 8. Rachel, m. Apr 25, 1765, to William Seal, of Birmingham; second husband Isaac Miller, a first cousin of her former husband, to whom she was married Jul 3, 1777. 9. Job, probably died young. 10. Rebecca, m. Dec. 28, 1763, to John Brinton, of Kennet.

"Aug. 20, 1853, a sesqui-centennial gathering of the Darlington family met at the residence of Brinton Darlington, grandson of the emigrant, in East Bradford, where nearly four hundred persons were present, out of the thousand and more then living."

SOURCE: Swarthsmore Friends Library, * "History of Chester County" by J. Smith Futhey & Gilbert Cope, Pp. 509-10, Louis H. Everts & Co., 1881. Compiled by Ruth L. Taylor, July, 1984.

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Samuel TAYLOR died in March of 1759, Goshen Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. Deborah DARLINGTON died 9 Feb. 1803, Goshen Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania.
Samuel TAYLOR and Deborah DARLINGTON had nine children, 5 sons and 4 daughters, including:
 
 
i.
 
 Samuel TAYLOR Jr., born 1742, East Bradford Township, Chester Co., PA;
died Feb 1765, East Bradford Township, Chester Co., PA.
 
 
ii.
 
 
 
 
 Abraham TAYLOR, born 5 Oct 1744, East Bradford Township, Chester Co., PA;
married 1st 3 Nov 1773, West Bradford Township, Chester Co., PA Hannah WOODWARD (1753 - 1788);
married 2nd 1 Jan 1789 Bradford Meeting House Sarah TRIMBLE;
died 24 Mar 1819, West Bradford Township, Chester Co., PA;
buried Bradford Friends Burying Ground, Chester Co., PA.
 
 
iii.
 
 
 
 Mary TAYLOR, born 30 Jul 1746, East Bradford Township, Chester Co., PA;
married 1766, East Bradford Township, Chester County, PA Samuel SELLERS (unknown - 1805);
died 31 Sep 1805, East Bradford Township, Chester County, PA;
buried in Bradford Friends Burying Ground, West Chester Township, Chester County, PA.
 
 
iv.
 
 
 
 John TAYLOR, born 7 Sep 1748, East Bradford Township, Chester Co., PA;
married 1770, East Bradford Township, Chester County, PA Ann SELLERS (unknown - unknown);
died 15 Feb 1823, East Bradford Township, Chester County, PA;
buried in Bradford Friends Burying Ground, West Chester Township, Chester County, PA.
 
 
v.
 
 Deborah TAYLOR, born 1753, East Bradford Township, Chester Co., PA;
married 1777 East Bradford Township, Chester County, PA Jonathan SELLERS (unknown - unknown).
 
 
vi.
 Elizabeth TAYLOR, born 1753, East Bradford Township, Chester Co., PA.
 
 
vii.
 
 
 Isaac TAYLOR, born 6 Aug 1755, East Bradford Township, Chester Co., PA;
married Susanna BAILEY ( - 1829);
died 1825, Philadelphia, PA; buried in Philadelphia, PA.
 
 
viii.
 Rachel TAYLOR, born 1758, East Bradford Township, Chester Co., PA.

  ADDITIONAL SOURCES: eastcoastgenealogy.com/chester-county/quaker-goshen-friends-marriages; homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~jennings/manuscript/darling.htm; eancestry.org/getperson.php?personID=I19807

 

Abraham Taylor

Abraham TAYLOR, the son of Samuel TAYLOR (1712 - 1759) and Deborah DARLINGTON (1719 - 1803), was born 5 Oct 1744, East Bradford Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. Abraham TAYLOR and Hannah WOOWARD were married 3 Nov 1773, West Bradford Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. Hannah WOODWARD, the daughter of William WOODWARD (1707 - 1769) and Elizabeth MARSHALL (1705 - ca. 1762), was born 7 Mar 1753, West Bradford Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. She was the granddaughter of Richard WOODWARD II & Deborah STANFIELD and Abraham MARSHALL & Mary HUNT (1753/5 - ca. 1788). Hannah WOODWARD died ca. 1788, East Bradford Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania.
Abraham TAYLOR and Hannah WOODWARD had the following children:
 
 
i.
 
 William W. TAYLOR, born 1775, East Bradford Township, Chester County, PA;
married 1829, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA Merab TAYLOR (1791 - ).
 
 
ii.
 
 Elijah TAYLOR, born 1777, East Bradford Township, Chester County, PA;
died 1855, buried 29 Mar 1855 Bradford Friends Burying Ground, Chester County, PA.
 
 
iii.
 
 
 
 Benjamin Elijah TAYLOR, born 28 Sep 1780, East Bradford Township, Chester County, PA;
married 24 Sep 1803, Gates County, NC Sarah Robinson "Sally" RIX (1781 - 1860);
died 24 Sep 1852, Pike Township, Coshocton County, OH;
buried Anderson Cemetery, Pike Township, Coshocton County, OH.
 
 
iv.
 
 
 Abraham TAYLOR, born 1784/85, East Bradford Township, Chester Co., PA;
married Mary MURTICK ( - );
died ca. 1858, Knox County, OH.
 
 
v.
 
 
 
 Rachel TAYLOR, born 1788, East Bradford Township, Chester County, PA;
married 21 Nov 1811 East Bradford Township, Chester County, PA William LAMBORN (1790 - );
died 8 Oct 1823, East Bradford Township, Chester County, PA;
buried Bradford Friends Burying Ground, Chester County, PA.
 
 
vi.
 Infant TAYLOR, born and died, East Bradford Township, Chester Co., PA;

 FAMILY NOTES: They were Quakers and Methodists.

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Abraham TAYLOR and Sarah TRIMBLE married 1 Jan 1789, West Bradford Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. Sarah TRIMBLE was born 28 Oct 1744, West Bradford Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. Sarah TRIMBLE died 2 Jun 1833. Abraham TAYLOR died 24 March 1819, West Bradford Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. He was buried in Bradford Friends Burying Ground, Chester County, Pennsylvania.
Abraham TAYLOR and Sarah TRIMBLE had the following child:
 
 
i.
 Mary TAYLOR, unmarried; died 1823; buried 30 Oct 1823, Bradford Friends Burying Ground, Chester County, Pennsylvania.

 

FAMILY GROUP SHEET FOR WILLIAM WOODWARD

William WOODWARD, son of Richard WOODWARD Jr, (ca. 1673, England - 1752, PA) and Deborah STANFIELD (1680 - bef. 1737), was born in 1707, West Bradford Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania; Occupation: Yeoman (farmer); Church Affiliation: Quaker; died 1769, Chester Co., PA.
     married 42 May 1733, Bradford MM, West Bradford Township, Chester Co., PA. Elizabeth "Eliza" MARSHALL, the daughter of Abraham MARSHALL (ca. 1669, England - 1767, PA) and Mary HUNT (ca. 1682, England - 1769, PA), born 2 Oct 1705, Bucks County, PA; died ca. 1762.
William WOODWARD and Elizabeth "Eliza" MARSHALL had the following children:
 
 
i.
 
 
 Mary WOODWARD, born 11 Apr 1735, West Bradford Township, Chester County, PA;
married 11 Nov 1756 Bradford MM Aaron MENDENHALL Jr. (1729 - 1813);
died bet. 1810-20 New Castle County, DE.
 
 
ii.
 
 
 James WOODWARD, born 28 Jan 1737, West Bradford Township, Chester County, PA;
married 16 Feb 1758 Sarah Alice THORNBROUGH (1737 - 1818);
died 10 Apr 1820 Mifflin County, PA.
 
 
iii.
 
 Abraham WOODWARD, born 17 Apr 1740, West Bradford Township, Chester Co., PA;
married 10 Aug 1760 Bradford MM Hannah THORNBROUGH (1738 - ); died after 1768.
 
 
iv.
 
 
 WILLIAM WOODWARD, born 8 Jun 1743, West Bradford Township, Chester Co., PA;
married 1st 28 Nov 1765 Goshen MM Lydia LEWIS;
married 2nd Elizabeth STALKER; died Oct 1825.
 
 
v.
 
 
 John WOODWARD, born 8 Jun 1743, West Bradford Township, Chester Co., PA;
married 25 Apr 1753, Chester County, PA Lydia MARTIN ( - after 1808, PA);
died 1808, Chester County, PA.
 
 
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 Hannah WOODWARD, born 7 Mar 1753, West Bradford Township, Chester Co., PA;
married 3 Nov 1775 Abraham TAYLOR; died ca. 1788/89.

  SOURCE: Swarthsmore Friends Library, "History of Chester County" by J. Smith Futhey & Gilbert Cope, Louis H. Everts & Co., 1881. Compiled by Ruth L. Taylor, July, 1984.

Benjamin Elijah Taylor

Benjamin Elijah TAYLOR, the son of Abraham TAYLOR and Hannah WOOWARD, was born 28 Sep 1780, East Bradford Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. Benjamin Elijah TAYLOR and Sarah Robinson RIX married 24 Sep 1803, Gates County, North Carolina. Sarah Robinson RIX was born 1781, old Nansemond County (present day Southampton County), Virginia. Sarah Robinson RIX died in 1865, Davis City, Decatur County, Iowa while living with her sons. It has been said that Sarah was walking from one son's farm to the other son's farm. She had waited too late and it was getting dark. It is believed that she was attacked and killed by either wolves or wild boars. Her body was never found; only pieces of her dress. There is no stone for Sarah. Benjamin Elijah TAYLOR died 24 Sep 1852, Pike Township, Coshocton, Ohio, aged 71 years, 11 months and 26 days. Benjamin Elijah TAYLOR was buried in Anderson Cemetery, Coshocton County, Ohio.

  • TAYLOR Generation One, Benjamin Elijah and Sarah Robinson "Sally" (Rix) Taylor family

  • TAYLOR Generation Two, Benjamin Rix and Lucretia (Hottstatter) Taylor family

  • TAYLOR Generation Three, Benjamin Franklin "Frank" and Permelia Ellen "Millie" (Smith) Taylor family

  • TAYLOR Generation Four, Children of Benjamin Franklin "Frank" and Permelia Ellen "Millie" (Smith) Taylor

  • TAYLOR Generations Five & Six, Descendants of Benjamin Franklin "Frank" and Permelia Ellen "Millie" (Smith) Taylor

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