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m. after 25 Mar. 1648 ANN (2) WYETH (m.2. 2 Apr. 1677 George Pearson)
d. 30 Dec. 1677 Exeter, NH

William was in Exeter in 1646 and owned land there before 26 June 1650 when part was purchased for the minister's house.

"Its agreed that a meeting-house shall be built, of twenty foot square, so soon as workmen can conveniently be procured to do it, and the place appointed for it is at the corner of William Taylor's lot next the street, and William Taylor is to have of the town 20 s. for five rods square of his land in that place."(6)

He sold a house and two lots (20 acres) at Asse Brook to Richard Oliver in 1667 which had been partly granted by the town to John Kimmin in 1664. He had land at Asse Brook in 1673 as evidenced by his son's deposition. In 1714 Ann deposed that her first husband had planted at Asse Brook 60 years before.(5)

William was the forman of the Gilman mill in 1653 and was excused from training and watches in 1666. (5)

William died on 30 Dec. 1677 and the inventory was taken 2 Jan. 1677/8 by Peter Twisden and James Blagdon and amounted to 7/6/8. The administration of the estate was granted to John Hunking on 25 June 1678.(1)

BUT: "Georg pearson & Ann Taylor both of Exetur were Joyned in marriag ye 2d Aprill 1677 Before mee- Samuell Dalton Com" (3) So... are the dates on this document in error or is the Ann Taylor who married George Pearson not the widow of William? It appears that she is William's widow as:

"on ye 4th of ye 5th mo 1677

In the Complaintt of wm Allin sen agt Sarah Taylor for Goeing from Him or his service in a disorderly way and for Accusing His wife of Cruill Beating of Her, I Doe Adjudg yt the Girle wentt a way Disorderly & by Examination of all the Evidenc Pduced Doe find the Girle in many Contrary tales, & Doe Adjudg yt she hath mett with will Counclers which is the maine Ground of all the Contest betwixt Her & Her master & Dame And in the Complaintt made in behalfe of the sd Sarah agt Goodwife Allin for Cruill Correction, all Sercumstances weyed I find no Legall Conviction wherby the sd Good wife Allin is Rendred Guilty: butt Considering all Circumstances and the poverty of the Girls Relations Doe Adjudg thatt Each pty bear their owne Charg and yt Ann person the Girls mother take Care of her for the futuer to see thatt she bee placed outt in some Godly famely and yt in the mean time she Refraine the Company of Goodwif Houldredg & Susan buswell.

P me Samll Dalton Com'issir"(4)


In 1683 Ann's sister Abigail willed her a serge gown and petticoat.(5)


  • 2I. MARY- m. 26 Oct. 1667 DAVID (1) LAWRENCE
  • II. Joseph- m. Rachel ______
  • III. William- m. Margaret Bean, adm. 22 Mar. 1735/6 (2)
  • IV. Edward-
  • V. Benjamin- m. Rachel ______, (d. 19 Oct. 1749), d. 30 Jan. 1747
  • VI. Sarah- m. David Robinson
  • VII. Nathan- b. 5 Feb. 1674, m. Sarah Drisco, killed in Maine in 1703


    (1) NH State Papers- Vol. XXXI, p. 204
    (2) Ibid- Vol. XXXII, p. 567
    (3) Ibid- Vol. XXXX, p. 440
    (4) Ibid- p. 441
    (5)"Genealogical Dictionary of Maine & New Hampshire"- pp.675-6
    (6) "History of the Town of Exeter, New Hampshire"- Charles H. Bell, Farwell & Co., Boston, 1888- p. 160

    1. JOHN-

    m. MARTHA ______, will 7 Sept. 1702, inv. 10 Feb. 1703/4
    will 7 May 1687, inv. 28 Jan. 1690/1

    John had a Kittery grant of 50 acres in 1655 "on the north side of John Lambs lott and called by the name of brisparns cove." It is sometimes referred to as "Onisiprus Cove".(10) John had another land grant in 1669.(9)

    By the deposition of his daughter Deliverance, both he and his wife Martha had been servants of Mr. Leader. He was Constable in 1665, however, he was one of those who used "profane language" in ordinary speech. He was on the Grand Jury in1671 and 1672. He was allowed 20/ for service to the court in 1679.(9)

    Map of Berwick- from Stackpole's Old Kittery And Her Families

    "In the name of god Amen

    I John Taylor of Barwicke in the province of Maine being weake of body and yet Through the Mercies of god sound in mind and Memory and humbly Comitting my soule to god that gave it and my body to the earth by Decent burieall not knowing how soone my Change may come Doe declare this Instrument to be my last Will and Testament

    Impr I bequeath unto my Daughter Katherne Cahan thirtie acres of land to be taken out of my land at the rockie hills to run the whole length of it & to be to her & her heires for ever and also a cow and a calfe & an Ewe & a lambe

    It: 2dly I bequeath unto my Daughter Mary Taylor thirtie acres of land to be taken out of my land at the rockie hills to run the whole length of it & to be to her and her heires for ever and also a cow and a calfe & an Ewe & a lambe

    3dly I bequeath unto my Daughter Sarah Taylor thirtie acres of land to be taken out of my land at the rockie hills & to run the whole length of it, to be to her and her heires for evere also I give her a cow and a calfe and an Ewe and a lambe

    4thly I Bequeath unto my daughter Deliverance Taylor thirtie acres of land to be taken out of my land at the rockie hills & to run the whole length of it to be to her and her heires for ever also I give her a Cow and a calfe and an Ewe and a lambe

    5thly I bequeath unto my Daughter Abigaile Taylor thirtie acres of land to be taken out of my land at the rockie hills and to run the whole length of it to be to her and to her heires for ever also I give her a cow and a calfe and an Ewe and a lambe

    6thly The rest of my Estate of Dwelling house out houses orchards Gardens lands Cattell Chattells household goods Utencills whatsoever at home or abroad within Dores or without I bequeath unto Martha my loveing Wife to be and remaine to her for her Maintenance and comfort and Dayly use dureing the whole terme of her Naturall life and what shall remaine at her decease she shall have power to Dispose of at her Discretion amongst her five Daughters above named and to have liberty to cut & take off ten cords of Wood per annom for her firewood During her life out of those lands above given to our above written five daughters, and the lands given by Nyvan Agnew to me & my Children I leave to my sd wife to Dispose of it amongst our Children at her Discretion

    I Doe also Nominate & appoint the sd Martha to be the sole Executrix of this my last will & testament & to take Especiall care for payment of my Just debts as Witness my hand & seale this 7th Day of May 1687

    John Taylor his mark X...

    in presence of us
    Stephen Hardison
    John Wincoll...

    The cattell above given to my Daughters not to be taken away from their mother till their respective marriages."

    Inventory returned 4 Mar. 1690/1 at 156/04/0.(1)

    "Presentments made by ye Grand Jury at ye Quartr Sessions held at York : Aprll 7o : 1696...

    We prest ye Widow Taylor for not ffrequenting ye public worship of God upon ye Lords day".(3)

    And again at the Court of Quarter Sessions on 7 July 1696:

    "The widow Martha Tayler presented for not ffrequenting ye public worship of God upon ye Lords day she presenting her humble petition & promising reformation is acquitted paying ffees 4s"(4)

    And again on 5 Jan. 1696/7:

    "We present Martha Taylor for not ffrequenting ye public worship of God upon ye Lords day"(5) And at the court held on 4 Jan. 1697/8:

    "We present ye Widdow Taylor, Walter Allens wife, Nicholas Turbet & his wife Samll Brackett & his wife & John ffrosts wife, for not ffrequenting the public worship of God upon the Lords day."(6)

    And finally on 5 July 1698:

    "The Widdow Martha Taylor, Walter Allens wife, Nicholas Turbet & his wife Samll Bracket & his wife & John ffrosts wife not apearing at this Court to answer their presentmts Exhibited against them by ye Grand Jury for not ffrequenting ye public worship of God upon ye Lords day

    Its ordered by the Court that a speciall Warrant be granted by the Clerk for their appearance at ye Next Sessions to be held at York to answer for their Contempt as alsoe to answer their sd presentment"(7)

    "This Indenture made ye twenty second day of July in ye year of our Lord One thousand & Seven hundred between Martha Taylor Widow of John Taylor of Barwick... And Executrix to his last Will and Testament, on ye one pty and William Goodwin, of the same Town (her Son in Law) on ye other party Witnesseth, That ye sd Martha (According to her best Prudence for her own Maintainance and the good of her daughters) Hath given, granted and sold to the said William Goodwin... The homestead, house, Barn, orchard and all Priviledges thereto Left to her for her Maintenance by her sd husband... and agree with sd Martha that she shall enjoy during her naturall life, of ye Premisses, the one halfe of ye Garden as now in fence and three Apple trees which she shall first make Choyce of, And her liberty to dwell in the dwelling house if she think meet And that he or they shall Annually pay to her or According to her order ye Sum of Eight pounds, one quarter in money an other in Merchantable Indian corn, an other in Merchantable pork & beefe the other quarter in Cyder or Provision as sold for money,k on or before Christmas day. And to afford her Attendance in any time of her sickness, and to carry it dutifully and Peaceably toward her at all times during her life, And to afford at his own Charge when dead a decent and Christian buriall, And more over to pay within five years after her Decease ye of ffifteen pounds in ye Merchantable Product of sd Place According to her last Will... Martha X Taylor... in presents of us James Warren, Thomas Goodin, John Wade"(8)

    "In the Name of God Amen I Martha Taylor of the Town of Kittery and County of Yorke in New England being sick of body but of Sound and disposing memory, praise be given to God for the same, Doe make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following, first and principally I resigne my Soul into the hands of almighty God my Creator, Assuredly hoping through the Merits of my blessed Savior to obtain pardon and remission of all my sins, and my body I commit to the Earth from whence it was taken, to be decently buried at the discretion of the Executor to this my last Will and Testament, hereafter Named, and as for my Worldly goods I dispose of as followeth.

    Imprimis I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary one Green Rugg.

    2ly I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Sarah Clarke my wolling wearing Cloathing and two shifts.

    3ly I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Deliverance Gooding one sheet and two shifts

    4ly I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Abigail Gooding one sheet and two shifts.

    5ly I doe leave the rest of my goods and Estate to defray my funeral Charges and to pay my lawfull Debts, and if any shall remaine after my Debts and funeral be Answered the same I give and bequeath unto my Grandaughter Margaret Gooding.

    6ly I doe ordaine and appoint my son in law William Gooding to be Executor to this my last will and Testament and for Confirmation hereof I Set to my hand and Seal this Seventh day of September, 1702

    Martha X Taylor

    Allin X fur
    James Warren"

    Inventory returned 5 Mary 1702/3 at 10/10/00.(2)


  • I. Catherine- m. before 1687 Charles Cahan
  • II. Mary- b.c.1662, m.1. Stephen Hardison, 2. ______ Cross, 3. John Legrow
  • III. Sarah- m. Elisha Clarke


    (1) "Maine Wills. 1640-1760"- William Sargent, Brown, Thurston & Co., Portland, 1887- pp.91-3 quoting York Deeds- Vol. V, part I, fol. 55
    (2) Maine Wills- p.139
    (3) York Deeds- Vol. V, part II, fol. 80
    (4) Ibid- fol. 85
    (5) Ibid- fol. 98
    (6) Ibid- fol. 111
    (7) Ibid- fol. 118
    (8) Ibid- Vol. VI, fol. 68
    (9)Genealogical Dictionary of Maine & New Hampshire- pp.674-5
    (10) "Old Kittery and Her Families"- Everett S. Stackpole- p. 125

    1. ANTHONY-

    m. PHILLIPPA______ (d. 20 Sept. 1683 Hampton, NH)
    d. 4 Nov. 1687 Hampton

    Anthony was a feltmaker. He sold land to John Legate in 1642. Anthony had "five acres of upland and swamp granted unto him at two severall times; and five acres of upland and swamp Bought of Thomas Kyng- granted unto him likewise at two severall times; Ten acres in all; layeing between the house lott of Wolter Roper toword the south; and common ground wher the clay-pitts are, in prt: and the lott of Henery Green in prt: and a certayne swamp in prt toword the north: Abutting upon the meeting-house-green in prt and a common waye in prt toward the cast: and upon another prt of the sayd swamp toword the west; more or lesse as it is layd out."(9)

    "Mar. 7, 1643.

    To the Right Worshipfull the Governor and Deputie Governor with the rest of the worshipfull Counseill & assistance & Deputies now assembled at this general Court houlden in Boston this 7th day of the first month 1643.

    The humble pettition of part of the Brethren and most of the inhabitants of Hampton, Humbly showeth that whereas William Haward of the same Towne was heretofore chosen by part o the towne to be our Leader for present & for Triall of his sufficiencie, who afterward as it is reported by some that he was established for a lief tenant [lieutenant] over us without our knowledge or desires & hath so continued about the space of 3 years in all which time we find not that we have profited by him so much in military knowledge or practis as we might had not many defects of his hindred us in these respects, first in training your worships pittitioners in the winter season the snow being very depe & the weathar percinge coulde that our trainings was to littel purpose; secondly when the weathar was warme we are Imployed in some towne business of another nature the most parte of the day in respect whereof we your worships pititners doe find ourselves verry unfitt for the searvice of the country, nor dare we Comfortably committ our lives under his Conduction if in case we should be Couled to present sarvis in defence of this Honred state, which we your worships pittioners in all humble dutie are bounden unto. Further more your worships pittionars doth inform your worship that William Haward being deputie for our towne about two years since Receved one barrell of gunpowder for the townes use in case of present danger at which time he told us that it was an order of Court that whosoever would bring him as much Corne as comes to two shillings he should have from him a ticket under his hand to excuse from the Clarks fine, which is that any one that hath not one pound of powder in his howse is liable to pay ten shillings; but when enquiry was made of other deputies concerning the truth of this thinge, but we found it otherwaies, then he informed us, & we did certifie him thereof, but he gave us provoking speches, & charged all that should say that it was not a Court order to be liars tho' sume of the deputies had formerly tould us that it was no Court acte. May it therefore please your worships to redress these our aggrievances & to make choyse of some other Leder for us and your pittianers shall pray... Anthony Taylor [and 28 others]...

    Upon hearing of both sides being 16 or 17 witnisses on the complainant's pte. we found that the greater pte. of the trayned band was much prejudiced agt their Officer that lead them, who gave satisfactorie answers to all the materiall things that were objected, yet if the Court please to desire Capten Denison to exercise them some time with their new officer, whereby we hope after a while their spirits may close again."(1)

    After the first tavern keeper, Robert Tuck, left for England in 1654, Anthony was authorized to open an ordinary even though he lived two miles from the meeting house. The court allowed him "to sell wine and strong water".(13)

    "June ye 4th 58

    Goodman Mingy sick gave Eliakim wardell that peece of land wch lyeth one the left hand of the bridg as wee goe to Exeter It ten Ackers of upland in the great Lot one the other side of the way one the right hand one the other side of the bridg and the fresh Medow in the great Medow and the salt Marsh that lyeth by Mr Stanells and one Cow Coman, and one oxe Coman & 2 acres & 1/2 of Swamp then saed goodwife Mingy Hussband give him what [you] will he shall have it to a farthing, then sayed goodman Mingy hee will stand in need of a yoake of beastes but I will leave it to youer libertie whether he shall have the young ones or the ould ones and all the rest I give to my wife then Jonathan Thing sayed who should have it but shee that hath wrought for it.

    This was attested by Anthony Tayler & Phillip his wyfe uppon their oathe. in ye court held att Hampton ye 5th 8th mo : 58 "

    Anthony was one of the appraisers of Jeffrey Mingy's estate which was taken 2 July 1658.(6)

    He was dismissed from military training and watches in 1666. He was the prison keeper in 1668 and in 1672-4 and constable in 1673.

    Anthony was one of them men appointed to see that the "dry cattle" were placed under the care of the keeper provided by the town. If anyone, after being notified by the committee, were found neglecting to drive their cattle to the place where the keeper was to receive them, they would be subject to a fine of 6d a head. The committee was liable to a fine of 2s each for failing to perform their duty.(10)

    "To the High & Mighty Monarch, Our Deare & Dred Soveraigne Lord Charles the Second by the Good Providence of God King of Great Brittain France and Ireland and Defender of the Faith &c.

    The Humble Petition of the Subscribing Inhabitants of your Majesties Towne of Hampton in the County of Norfolke in New England, Submissely Showeth.

    That Whereas wee are under a deepe sence of the Divine Benediction in our Enjoyment of Lands & Libertyes by your Majestyes Royall Protection under the Governement of your Loyall Collony of the Massachusetts for the space of about 40 yeares as also being awed by the Divine Aphorisme of that wisest of Princes who hath comanded us to fear God & Honour Our King & not medle with man given to change Wee therefore doe in all humble Loyalty beseech your Most Serene Majesty if it may Consist with your gracious Pleasure & our Allegiance & Duty that we may bee continued under the Government of the Massachusetts and the Influence of your most August Sovereignty

    Hampton October 22 in the yeare of our Lord 1677 & in the yeare of our Sovereigne Lord Charles ye 2d 29th and remaine

    Your most Loyall Subjects & Constant Votaries at the Throne of Grace... Antony Taylor [along with 49 others]"(4)

    He took the oath of allegience in 1648 and took the freeman's oath in 1655. Anthony was a selectman in 1658, 1666, 1670, and 1682. He was the fence viewer in 1660, on the jury in 1665, 1675, 1676, 1678 and 1684, and on the Grand Jury in 1679 and 1680. (7)

    "We whose names are underwritten, being called by authority to view a dead child of John Godfre's, being about a year old upon the 13th of July, 1680, which was suspected to be murdered, we find grounds of suspicion that the said child was murdered by witchcraft: first, in part by what we saw by the dead corpse; second, something we perceived by the party suspected, which was then present, and was examined by authority; and third, by what was said by the witness... Anthony Taylor [along with 11 other members of the jury of inquest]"(2)

    "Godfrey's wife and daughter Sarah, deposed that Rachel Fuller came in with her face daubed with molasses, and sat down by Goody Godfrey, who had the sick child in her lap, and took his hand; when the mother, in fear, drew the hand away and wrapped it in her apron. Then Rachel Fuller 'turned her about and smote the back of her hands together sundry times and spat in the fire'. Then she strewed herbs on the hearth and sat down again and said: 'Woman, the child will be well' and then went out, beat herself thrice with her arms, as men do in winter, to heat their hands, picked something off the ground, and went home. The next day, the children told their mother that Goody Fuller had said if they did lay sweet bays under the threshold, it would keep a witch from coming in. So they laid bays under the threshold of the back door all the way, and half way of the breadth of the fore door; and soon after, Rachel Fuller came about to the fore door, though she had always formerly come in at the back door, which is next her house; and she crowded in on that side where the bays lay not, and rubbed her back against the post so that she rubbed off her hat, and sat down and made ugly faces and nestled about and would have looked on the child, but not being allowed to do so, went out as she had come in, after having looked under the door where the bays lay; and she had not been in the house since... Elizabeth Denham (wife of Alexander), deposed that Rachel Fuller told her 'Witches did so go abroad at night, they did lay their husbands and children asleep' and she said there were eight women and two men in the town, who were witches and wizards... the women Goody Fuller reckoned as witches were: Eunice Cole, Benjamin Evans' wife and two daughter, Grace (Swaine) Boulter, Mary (Boulter) Prescott, Isabella (Austin) Towle, 'and one that is now dead'. Goody Towle... and Rachel Fuller were committed to prison till the sitting of the Hampton Court, September 7. Then, 'The Court having heard ye case of Rachel ffuller and Isabel Towle being apprehended and committed upon suspition of withcraft doe ordr yt they still continue in prisson till bond be given for their good behaviour of 100 a piec during the Courts pleasure'... They were discharged at the Dover Court the next year."(11)

    Also at this time at the town meeting a police regulation was made to prevent damage by "violent and indiscreet riding in the town". If anyone galloped through the town he would be fined 2/6, one half of which would go to the town and the other half to Anthony Taylor who was appointed as the traffic cop.(12)

    An act made for the Calling of A Gen : Assembly :

    Wee the president & Council of his majties province of N-Hampshire being reqred by or commisson to call a Gen Assembly of ye said province and it begin left to us to Judge & detirmyn wt persons shall chuse yr deputies for the sd Assembly- Doe hereby ordr & declaire in his Majties Name that the psons hereafter named in the severall Townes shall meet together on ye first day of march next by 9 of the Clock in ye morning & having first each of ym taken ye oath of alleigiance (if they have not taken it Allready) wch oath is to be Administred by the member or members of the sd Council there resideing) chuse from among themselves by ye major Vote given in writing not exceeding the Number of three persons wch persons so chosen, are to appeare at portsmo on ye 16th day of march following by 9 a clock there to attend to him majties service for ye concernes of the said province of N-Hampshire, provided, that wee do not intend that wt is now done be presidentiall for ye future, & that it shall exteend Noe farther then to ye calling of this first Assembly that they being conven'd may as his majties Letters pattents direct make such Laws & constituc'ons in this & other respects as may best conduce to ye weale of ye whole, and wee doe further ordr yt the Constable or Constables in ye severall Towns shall publish this writt, & warne all the persons concerned, to attend theire duties as is above expressed, & make a true Returne Undr yr hands of ye Names of ye persons soe chosen, further it is ordered by this Council yt no man shall Vote for deputies but such as are menc'oned in this List upon penalty of paying a fine of five pound, & yt no man put in but one vote for one man, & yt they doe not cut quite through the names they write in theire papers, Also yt those of ye Councill in portsmo Dover Hampton & Exceter see the respective meetigns in the severall Townes where they Live Regulated in all ye prmisses according to ye Counsils true intent therein.... Hampton... Ano Taylour... (5)

    "To the Right Honorable Edward Cranfield, Esq., his Majesty's Lieutenant and Governor for the Province of New-Hampshire,

    The petition of us, whose names are underwritten:

    Humbly sheweth- Whereas, we conceive it is the laudable custom of civil, and much more christian nations, to have tender respect to the decrepit, by age, we, you Honor's humble petitioners, being sundry of us about and above seventy years of age, some of us above eighty, others near ninety, being past our labor and work, do crave that favor, if your Honor see meet, that we may be freed from head money, we being heartily willing our estates should pay their proportion to all public charges, but we humbly crave our heads may be spared, since our hands can do so little for them. We also humbly suggest that some of us, that lived long in England, remember not that we paid any thing for our heads, though we did for our estates. All which we present to your Honor, craving pardon for our boldness; and if your Honor, out of your clemency, shall see cause to favor us in our request, we shall not cease heartily to pray for your Honor, and remain,

    Your aged and humble suppliants... Anthony Talor [and 18 others]... Hampton, March 2d, 1683"(3)

    "Att a Councill Held att Hampton in New hampshier the 29 June 1681... These persons whose names are under written are freed from all ordinary trainings in Hampton... without paying any thing for their freedom... Anthony Taylor [along with 17 others]"(8)


  • I. John- m.1. 5 Dec. 1667 Deborah Godfrey (d. 10 July 1699 Hampton), m.2. 30 Oct. 1700 Susanna Brackett (d. 14 Nov. 1719 Hampton), d. 15 Dec. 1712 Hampton
  • II. Lydia- m. John Moulton
  • 2III. SARAH- m.1. THOMAS CANNEY (d. 15 May 1677 Dover), 2. JOHN WINGATE (m.1. MARY NUTTER (d.c.1676), d. 9 Dec. 1687 Dover), m.3. Richard Paine
  • IV. Martha- b.c.1647, m.Hezron Leavitt
  • V. Mary- m.1. William Love, 2. Hon Samuel Wyllys of Hartford


    (1) NH State Papers- Vol. I, pp. 165-6
    (2) Ibid- p. 415
    (3) Ibid- pp. 457-8
    (4) Ibid- Vol. XVII, pp. 527-8
    (5) Ibid- Vol. XIX, pp. 558-60
    (6) Ibid- Vol. XXXI, p. 37
    (7) Ibid- Vol. XXXX, pp. 358, 394
    (8) Ibid- p. 449
    (9) "History of the Town of Hampton, New Hampshire"- Joseph Dow, Salem Press, 1893- Vol. II, p. 989
    (10) Ibid- Vol. I, p. 51
    (11) Ibid- pp. 84-5
    (12) Ibid- p. 84
    (13) Ibid- p. 73

    Genealogicical Dictionary of Maine & New Hampshire- pp. 673-5

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