Robert TAFT was born in 1640 in Ireland. He died on 8 Feb 1724 in Mendon, Worcester, Massachusetts. Robert married (MRIN:7737) Sarah SIMPSON in 1668 in Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts.
BIOGRAPHY: bef 1667 emigrated to US from England to Mass."was at Braintree, Mass. and an original settler at Mendon, when it was set off from Braintree, 1667; mem. first Bd. of Selectmen, 1680""Of his birth we have no record. He died 8th of Feb. 1725, at an age, of not less than 85 years. The date of his birth cannot be placed later than 1640. Sarah, his wife, is shown conclusively to have been born about that date. His first appearance in America, as far as we have been able to trace him, was in connection with is house and lot in Braintree, which we find him owning in 1678. In the year 1679, he made arrangements to move to Mendon, first purchasing a "house lot" in Mendon, then selling his house and lot in Braintree. The substance of the deed from him and his wife, of his house and lot in Braintree, was (Bk17, p.276) Suffolk County town records. 'That Robert Taft of Braintree, in the county of Suffolk, carpenter, and Sarah his wife, for and in consideration of eighty pounds, sold and conveyed to Caleb Hobart of the same town, yeoman, a certain parcel of land with a dwelling house, barn and orchard thereon, then in the possession of the said Robert Taft, beingin Monotoquod, within the bounds, or limits of Braintree aforesaid, containing by estimation, twenty acres.' The deed was signed by Robert Taft and Sarah Taft, his wife. The date of the deed was Nov. 18, 1679, while the date of the acknowledgementwas March 12, A.D. 1679, apparently eight months before the execution. This anomaly however, which presents itself repeatedly in the documents I may refer to, is explained by the law of England, which prior to the year 1752, commenced the legal year, on the 25th day of March. No record of any kind has been found, showing the source of Robert Taft's title. Nor is it strange, when we consider that so imperfect are the records of those early transactions, that scarcely any title can betraced to its source on the record. There is one deed conveying an adjoining lot, which bounded upon this lot, as ' the property of Robert Taft,' spelling his name T-a-f-f-e, and that deed was dated Oct. 19, 1678, a little more than a year before the execution of the deed to Caleb Hobart, showing that they held that property, at least, more than one year. Beyond that, we have not, as yet, been able to go."