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Monday, March 28, 2016
Brigadier General John Taylor - (2nd Husband of Mary Miller Lindsley)
2012 – Bath NY
Timothy F. Taylor, at his great x 4 grandfather’s, Brigadier General John
Taylor, memorial service.
Impact of research – formation of team, re-establishment of
ties to lost branches of the family.
One of the first documents that the team discovered was a
note in the Bath Historian’s office detailing some of the History of General
John Taylor and his family.In that note
it states that John Taylor started as a private in the Militia.Although we have not found any of his Militia
Records prior to 1775, we have found that on October 28th of 1775 he
was promoted to 2nd Major of the 4th Hunterdon Regiment
of the New Jersey Militia.
Revolutionary War Pension Applications detail some of his
unit’s accomplishments, one of which tells of a detail from Major John Taylor’s
command that was sent to patrol the Delaware River in December of 1776.That detail was under the command of Lt.
Daniel Bray and they collected boats and took them down the Delaware to a
collection point out of view of the British.
On Christmas Eve of 1776, the 4th Hunterdon
participated in the Battle of Trenton.
John Taylor was promoted to Lt. Col of the 4th
Hunterdon February 1st, 1777, and to Regimental Colonel of the 4th,
May 23rd, 1777.
In Sept. of 1779, during the time that the Sullivan campaign
had pulled several units of State Troops away from NJ, John Taylor was placed
in command of a Battalion of State Troops raised to protect the NJ
frontier.He returned tothe 4th
Hunterdon after that assignment and continued in command through and after the
end of the Revolution.During the
Revolution the 4th Hunterdon participated in the major engagements
and several skirmishes of the New Jersey campaign, including the battles of
Springfield and Monmouth.
After the revolution, John served more than 8 years as a
Freeholder of Hunterdon County, and was elected to two terms in the NJ
Assembly.John also continued as the
Colonel of the 4th Hunterdon until his promotion to Brigadier
General of the newly formed Hunterdon Brigade in June of 1793.
From September 1796 through February of 1797, John Taylor
placed an advertisement in the NJ Gazette that was headed as follows;
30,000 Acres of Land
Lying between Crooked
and Seneca Lakes
The advertisement goes on to describe the land, it’s trees,
the maple stands and works, and the major settlements of that time.John states that he is moving his family
there in the spring and invites other families to join him.
In November 1796, John Taylor submitted his resignation as
General of the Hunterdon Brigade and left NJ for Steuben County NY near the end
of April of 1797, arriving in Bath probably in the mid-summer of the same year,
with his 13 year old son George Washington Taylor, 15 year old daughter
Elizabeth Ann Taylor, and possibly another son Joseph and his family, either
bringing or joining several other NJ families, some of whom served with him in
the Hunterdon Brigade.Their names are
recognized on the August 2nd, 1797 Militia Muster Rolls which were
discovered in the archive of Steuben County yesterday by a member of this
By 1800 Elizabeth AnnTaylor is married to Dugald Cameron,
and John Taylor is remarried to Mary Miller Lindsley, widow of Lt. Col. Eleazer
Lindsley of Painted Post, an officer that John Taylor had served with in the NJ
The Bath Militia muster rolls discovered yesterday displays
the signature of Geo. W. Taylor where he signed the oath of allegiance in
1808.By 1810 George is married to
Elizabeth Christina Clement, sister-in-law to Daniel Cruger and niece of Henry
A. Townsend.They live just a few houses
away from Dugald& Elizabeth.
The December 24th edition of the Geneva Gazette
carried the following Obituary;
Died at Bath the 4th instant, General John Taylor
aged 67, a distinguished Patriot and Revolutionary officer.
In closing I would like to share a public comment made on
August 14th, 1780,by General Philomen Dickinson, commanding General
of the NJ Militia during the Revolution.
Burial site of Brig.General Taylor
Taylor, of Hunterdon County…. has repeatedly served under my command, and I
ever found him an active, spirited, attentive, good officer, whose exertions
were uncommon, when the distress of America was the greatest.” The Steuben County Historical Society is known as the Dugald Cameron HS.