INTRODUCTION TO THE TAYLOR JOINT
Project Manager &endash; Gloria Taylor - email@example.com
The earliest Taylor's in Craven and Lenoir Counties:
Several Taylor families migrated to Craven County during the
early 1700's and documents are minimal for early years
before 1750. The earliest Taylor listed is Jacob Taylor on a
list of Tuscarora War Claims from Craven Precinct, NC in
1714. The next early Taylor documented is James Taylor in
1728/9 when he witnessed the Will of Richard Hill of Bath
County, in Craven Precinct. A James Taylor, on 16 March
1730/1, witnessed a deed from William Smith and wife Mary on
South River. A John Taylor witnessed the purchase of land
between Robert Pitts to Benedict Vining, on the North side
of Neuse River. A George Taylor, on 7 March 1736/7, patented
land on West side of Upper Broad Creek. A Jacob Taylor is
listed with the 1742 Taxpayers in Craven Co.
Abraham Taylor, of Baltimore County, Maryland, purchased a
lot in New Bern around 1733 and lived on Core Creek in
Craven Co and later on South West Creek in Lenoir Co.
Abraham Taylor died in 1751 in what was then called Johnston
County. Several Taylor's living on South West Creek are
probably descended from Abraham, although proof of all
descendants cannot be established due to loss of records.
There was an early John who appears to be John Sr. on South
West Creek and he first appears about the same time as
Abraham Taylor. He may have been the father of John, Jr who
married Catherine Davis and whose descendants have pretty
much been documented both in Lenoir County and in Alabama
where most of them lived.
The Moses Taylor line of Craven County moved out of the area
and that line has been documented but not the parents of
Moses. Many descendants think he was the son of Robert and
the grandson of Abraham but it is not proven. The members of
the Moses Taylor List will be providing information on this
By the third generation it is impossible to sort most of the
families on South West Creek or Core Creek due to the loss
of records in Lenoir County. The families had also started
to move into what became Jones County mostly on the
Jones/Craven or Jones/Lenoir border and several appear in
the Tuckahoe area of both Lenoir and Jones. They also
started to move into Onslow, Duplin and maybe Wayne
There was another Taylor family on Bear Creek on the border
of Wayne and Lenoir, at least one Taylor family in what is
today Greene County and probably several in Wayne County.
This study does not address any of those families. We would
welcome any files on those families.
In modern day Craven County there are numerous descendants
of Jacob Taylor and Abraham Taylor that we know of at this
point. In modern day Lenoir County there are numerous
descendants of Abraham Taylor and John and Catherine Davis
Taylor through their son Edwin who remained in NC. Most of
these descendants have been published in a booklet by Mrs.
Robert Taylor of Lenoir County. In Covington County, Alabama
there are numerous descendants of John and Catherine Davis
Taylor through their other children.
The scope of this project was pretty much limited to the
time period prior to 1800 as the object was to see if there
was any connection between any of these families. There is
minor circumstantial evidence that at least some of the
families were connected in the early 1700's but we can't
prove it. We did find a number of deeds in Craven County
records where the land was actually in Dobbs and then Lenoir
County for whatever reason.
We invite anyone with additional information on any of these
families to send their records for posting. We appreciate
the information provided by Scott Smith, Keith Whaley, the
Moses Taylor List and the research by Mrs. Robert Taylor of
Kinston. Gloria Taylor is the Project Manager and any
information should be sent to her - firstname.lastname@example.org
This project is the result of the research by the following
Gloria Taylor &endash; researching the Jacob Taylor family
of Craven County
Martha Mewborn Marble &endash; researching the early John
and Catherine Davis Taylor family of Lenoir County and their
Robert Taylor, Sr. and Robert Taylor, Jr. &endash;
researching the children of John and Catherine Davis family
who moved to Covington Co., Ala.
Taylor-Catherine Davis Family
TAYLOR of Dobbs & Craven Cos., N.C.
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