John and Jane Taylor of Westmoreland County, PA
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John and Jane "Jean" Taylor
Westmoreland Co, PA Settlers
We don't know the origins of John and his wife, Jean (or Jane),
but we suspect they were in Westmoreland County, PA approximately the time
of the Revolution or even a few years before. Because the kids seemed to
marry what appear Scotch-Irish spouses, the area was heavily Scotch-Irish,
and the early immigration to Beaver County in the early 1790's was heavily
Scotch-Irish, we suspect they are of Scotch-Irish origin.
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His will is dated June, 1800. In his will, he identifies his property
by naming the neighbors of his property. The neighbors in the will, and
his children, are all listed in South Beaver Township, Beaver Co, PA in
the 1800 census. A John Taylor is not there, but a "Widow Taylor" is on
the same page with Thomas Taylor, his son, and my ancestor.
A John Taylor, who we believe to be ours, is included in this list:
on the Frontiers, (1778 - 1783), Westmoreland County. This is a record
of folks in: PA Archives, 3 S, Vol. XXIII, P. 332 Rangers on the
Frontiers 1778 - 1783. Note that a John Peoples and James Hunter
listed on this web page with John Taylor. We see that a Mary Poebles and
John Hunter were both close to a John Taylor in the 1790 Mt Pleasant Twp,
John Taylor had the following children:
See the Biography of Thomas Taylor
William and Elizabeth (Taylor) Latta
Elizabeth Taylor is identified in her father's will, as the wife
of William Latta. They are in the 1800 South Beaver Township, pg 163, four
pages from Thomas Taylor (pg 167), showing dad and mom aged 26-45, 3 boys
under 10, and one girl under 10. One of those boys is identified in will
of John Taylor as John Taylor Latta and that he is to receive the property
willed to his mother upon her death.
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Jennet "Jane" Taylor
Jennet was identified as Jennet in John's will, Jane in later real
estate deeds. Her first husband, Patrick McCay, apparently died sometime
before 1810, as she executed real estate deeds selling the land she inherited
with the surname Little in 1812, and we find her listed as Jane Little
in the 1810 census. The children's names come from a real estate deed.
Here is her family as best I've been able to construct it with what is
I now know. I last see her in the 1810 So Beaver Co census as "Widow Little",
indicating she had outlived her second husband, as well.
Surnames of the children may have changed to McKay or McCoy.
There are six McCay's listed in the 1800 Beaver County census, four
of which were in South Beaver Twp. They were: Allexander (SM = Second Moon
Twp?), David (First Moon Twp), James, John, Patrick, and Thomas.
1 Jennet 'Jane' Taylor 1774 -
.. +Patrick McCay 1774 - 1812
.... 2 James McCay 1800 -
........ +Sarah 1800 -
.... 2 Sarah McCay 1800 -
........ +James Moore 1800 -
.... 2 Elizabeth McCay 1810 -
.... 2 Mary McCay 1810 -
*2nd Husband of Jennet 'Jane' Taylor:
.. +Little 1780 - 1820
.... 2 Jane Little 1810 -
The Allexander looks like is in Second Moon again in 1810, as Alyc
McCoy or McCay. James McCay/McCoy is on the same page with him. The David
is still in First Moon Twp in 1810.
Thomas McCay/McCoy is in 1820 South Beaver Twp again.
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Kansas Pioneers Line
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1 John Taylor, Sr. 1747 - 1800
.. +Jean (Jane) 1747 - 1820
Mt Pleasant Twp, Westmoreland Co, Penn perhaps at time of Revolution
Moved to Beaver Co, Penn during 1790's
........ 2 Thomas Taylor 1773 - 1847
............ +Nancy Agnes McClelland 1780 -
Moved to Franklin Twp, Richland Co, Ohio in 1825
.................. 3 James Taylor 1811
...................... +Sarah McCart 1817 -
Moved to Washington Co, Ohio in 1856
............................ 4 Edwin Maxwell
Taylor 1848 - 1906
................................ +Hulda Sarah
Beaty 1844 - 1911
Homesteaded in Cloud Co, Kansas in 1871
Fred Wilson Taylor 1883 - 1960
Laura Millirons 1888 - 1968
Genealogy Page is chock full of information about Westmoreland County,
with various lists that contain who I believe to be our John Taylor.
Return to the Taylor Index at this
Oaths of Loyalty in Westmoreland Co, PA shows Moses Latta, George Latimer,
and other names of folks who were neighbors or in-laws of our Taylors.
Note the John Telor on the list. Also, note the oaths were taken by Hugh
Martin. We have run into that name before, I believe as a neighbor in a
deed, or a census.
The Westmoreland County,
PA GenWeb Page is full of good information about that county.
See the Historic
Pittsburgh site - many source documents, maps and books on-line
The Mount Pleasant,
Pennsylvania Page also has genealogical information about the town.
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