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Abraham Taylor

The name "Abraham Taylor" is about to get difficult. There were many in Craven; in each generation, almost every son would name one of his sons Abraham.

The emphasis here is on providing an overview, "telling the story", and less about standards of evidence and source citations. Keep in mind that some aspects of the story are subject to question; the evidence isn't quite clear-cut.

And his extended family

These Taylors came to Craven County, North Carolina in 1729 not just as a father, mother and small children, but with several adults, some of whom had started their own families. From documentation pieced together, the party included:

This was a reasonably large party making the arduous trip. We can envision three or four wagons, filled with goods & people and accompanied by livestock.

Abraham purchased a lot in New Bern sometime in the 1729-1734 time span, though he seems to have farmed in the Bachelors Creek area, northwest of town and also Core Creek, even further northwest. By the time of his death in 1751, he is apparently in the Southwest Creek area of then-Johnston County. However, another Abraham (His son?) is still in the Bachelor Creek area.

John seems to have established himself in the Slocum Creek area, south of New Bern town and across the Trent River.

Before Craven

They came from Baltimore County, Maryland, their parents having migrated there from Virginia.  John and Abraham were the children of Abraham  and Jane (Courkin) Taylor, both of whom were born, roughly, 1660 in Northampton County, Virginia and who migrated to the south side of Gunpowder Hundred in Baltimore County sometime between 1685 and 1687. The two brothers left their sister, Lettice (Leticia?), in Maryland; she had married William Dodderidge and then Edward York, having sons by both.

In 1728, the Abraham Taylor who was to move to Craven conveyed 100 acres of Baltimore County land to William Barney, in apparent preparation for the move.

They came to Craven

The earliest-known record of this family in Craven is Abraham's  purchase of a lot -- either number 11 or 41 -- in the town of New Bern, sometime from 1729 to 1733 from Walter Lane and William Hancock, town commissioners. He is described as being "from Baltimore County of Maryland".

We note that few records are available for the period before 1751. We know about many of the early transactions only from references to them in later deeds & wills. 

They multiplied & spread

The Abraham Taylor who bought the New Bern lot also lived on Bachelors Creek & Core Creek in Craven and later on or near South West Creek in present-day Lenoir County. He died in 1751 in then-Johnston County. His estate was settled in the Craven District Court in New Bern.

Robert Taylor family

Abraham's son Robert was a blacksmith and lived on Core Creek &/or Flat Swamp (near the present Wintergreen Road, between Cove City & the Neuse), later apparently moving a few miles northwest, to South West Creek. Robert's sons & daughters (born 1729-1748) also seemed to have lived in the Core Creek/Flat Swamp area and developed ties to the Beasley, Daughety, Green & Slade families there. 

Robert's & Catherine's family included:

Father of Michael Taylor

Associated with James & Sarah (but not believed to be their son) from no later than 1806 until after James' death was the author's ancestor, Michael W. Taylor b.1789, who moved to Tennessee with James in 1806 and to Illinois in 1830. Michael died in Coles County, Illinois in Jun 1838, leaving 12 children and many grandchildren.

We believe that one of the sons of Robert (Aaron, Abraham, Absalom or Robert Jr.) was the father of Michael Taylor . Michael was closely associated with James from the time of his majority (and probably before, when no records are available) until James' death. However, the evidence suggests James was not Michael's father.

Read more about Michael here.

John Taylor family

Abraham's brother John and 2nd wife Rachel seem to have settled in the Slocum Creek or (presently known as) Tucker Creek area, south of New Bern and across the Trent River. John's children included:

Some join the Westward Movement

The opening of Kentucky & Tennessee in 1789 provided fresh opportunities for land. Some of our Taylors took advantage of them.

In 1793, Robert's son Moses and his extended family left Craven County for Kentucky. This included Moses Junior and several others. Some of the associated Beasley and Daughety families accompanied Moses to Kentucky.

Another of Robert's sons, James, left Craven for Rutherford County, Tennessee in 1806. Leaving with James were

Jesse and Aaron would later move to Alabama; Michael to Illinois.

There were others who moved directly to Alabama.

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