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Taylor Family of Thornbury

TAYLOR FAMILY OF THORNBURY


 

James Taylor and Mary Bradley (1706-1768)

 

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Mary Taylor (1738-1805) and William Greenwood (1745-)

Baker of Thornbury

 

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Elizabeth Greenwood and James Eley III

 

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Thomas Eley and Sarah Park

 

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James Eley and Anne Shield

 

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Ernest Edward Eley and Emily Yarnold

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Grace Margaret Eley and William Edward Terrett

 

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James Taylor and Mary Bradley (1706-1768)

 

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Ann Taylor (1736-1799) and James Eley (1736-1803)

Exciseman of Herefordshire

 

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James Eley III and Elizabeth Greenwood

 

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Thomas Eley and Sarah Park

 

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James Eley and Anne Shield

 

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Ernest Edward Eley and Emily Yarnold

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Grace Margaret Eley and William Edward Terrett


JAMES TAYLOR, Great VI Grandfather (Twice) of Richard Barton

Husband of Mary Bradley

Father of Mary Greenwood and Ann Eley

 

Also Father of Sarah Tomkins, Elizabeth Lippiatt, Jane Shepherd and Hester Taylor

 

Husband of Mary Link and Sarah Wooseley

 

Ann Eley was baptised on 9th March 1736 and her father would seem to be James Taylor, a Yeoman of Morton and Oldbury. James was probably born in 1713.

A James Taylor, son of Richard Taylor of Wanswell, was baptised at Berkeley on 25th January 1713

It is likely that James married Mary Bradley of Elberton. Mary Bradley was born in 1706, died at Oldbury and was buried on 29th August 1768, aged sixty-two-years and was buried at Thornbury.

It is possible that on 30th September 1770 James Taylor, a widower, married a second time, to Mary Link, a spinster, at Thornbury. She probably died on 19th January 1784 and was buried at Thornbury aged forty-nine-years. James Taylor may have married a third time to Sarah Wooseley at Thornbury on 31st July 1786. She may have died on 24th and been buried on 26th December 1799 aged forty-seven years.

James Taylor of Oldbury died on 18th March 1797 aged eighty-six-years. His gravestone at Thornbury reads:

‘MARY TAYLOR wife of James Taylor who departed this life the 19th day of January 1784 aged 49.  JAMES TAYLOR who departed this life the 18th day of March 1797 aged 86.  SARAH TAYLOR wife of James Taylor who departed this life 24th day of …. aged ….  In memory of MARY the wife of James Taylor of Oldbury in this parish who died 26th day of August 1768 aged 62 Years.’


MARY TAYLOR, Great VI Grandmother (Twice) of Richard Barton

Daughter of  ? Bradley

Wife of James Taylor

Mother of Mary Greenwood and Ann Eley

 

Also Mother of Sarah Tomkins, Elizabeth Lippiatt, Jane Shepherd and Hester Taylor

 

The father of Ann Eley and her sister Mary Greenwood would seem to be James Taylor, a Yeoman of Morton and Oldbury. It is likely that he married Mary Bradley of Elberton. Mary Bradley was born in 1706, died at Oldbury and buried on 29th August 1768 at Thornbury Parish Church aged sixty-two-years. She was later joined by her husband and two more of his wives.

‘MARY TAYLOR wife of James Taylor who departed this life the 19th day of January 1784 aged 49.  JAMES TAYLOR who departed this life the 18th day of March 1797 aged 86.  SARAH TAYLOR wife of James Taylor who departed this life 24th day of …. aged ….  In memory of MARY the wife of James Taylor of Oldbury in this parish who died 26th day of August 1768 aged 62 Years’


ANN ELEY, Great V Grandmother of Richard Barton

 

Daughter of James Taylor and Mary (nee Bradley)

Wife of James Eley II

Mother of James Eley III

 

Also Mother of Ann, Elizabeth, Thomas, Mary, Thomas, Elizabeth Bruton, Mary, Hannah Foxwell, Sarah and Isaac

 

Ann Eley was baptised on 9th March 1736 at Thornbury Parish Church and her father would seem to be James Taylor, a Yeoman of Morton and Oldbury. It is likely that he married Mary Bradley of Elberton. Mary Bradley was born in 1706 and died in1768 and it is possible that in 1770 James Taylor married a second time, to Mary Link. The children of James Taylor are very much connected to the Eley and Greenwood families of Thornbury. It would appear that James and Mary Taylor had at least five children.

On 10th February 1760 Ann Taylor married James Eley II, the Exciseman of Herefordshire, at Thornbury. Her sister, Mary, married William Greenwood. Ann Eley was baptised at Leominster Baptist Church on 20th September 1764

They had eleven children between 1760 and 1779. The eldest, Ann, died aged twenty-five years, Elizabeth aged three, the elder Thomas aged one year, Mary aged two, and Isaac aged nine. Thomas, Mary and Sarah remained single and Elizabeth and Hannah both married. Thomas Eley was also an exciseman like his father and he and his sister, Sarah Eley, were closely associated with their cousin James Scarlett – ‘Old Mercury’, a Clerk of the East India Company, London.

Ann Eley died at Banbury in July 1799 after which her husband retired from the Excise Service and retired to Thornbury.

Heather Palmer of Thornbury Museum writes re the Bruton Papers:

There are also a couple of named photographs of people who I have not yet quite placed. One is of a Mr. And Mrs. Taylor with Will and Ted and another is of Ted and Lydia (Ted is in WW1 uniform). There is also an unnamed photo of two women (who could be mother and daughter) and a young man who is again in WW1 uniform. However, I did come across some letters from a Molly Squiers – whom I assume to be the toddler “Molly” featured in some of Mary’s photos taken at Kyneton Farm. Molly gives the following information (I must try to locate all the original letters again but I will give you the gist of their content) Molly writes that her cousin’s mother i.e. her aunt Maria Taylor, nee Knapp, (Mary Bruton’s aunt, Ann, married Robert Knapp) had a book which was signed on the inside cover with the following….. Thomas Eley Sep. 24th 1803 and Molly said that her aunt’s husband, Edward Taylor, must have been related to the Eleys.

Also Molly wrote that Eli Bruton’s wife Maria’s surname could have possibly been WAGER as the family had a copy of The Pilgrim’s Progress “from the pope 1850” in which was written “Maria Wager”.

Molly also states that she was born at Kyneton Farm and baptised in St. Arildas, Oldbury on Severn.


MARY GREENWOOD, Great V Grandmother of Richard Barton

 

Daughter of James Taylor and Mary (nee Bradley)

Wife of William Greenwood II

Mother of Elizabeth Eley

 

Also Mother of Hannah, Mary, Sarah, William, William, John, Richard, James, Mary Shepherd and Martha

 

Mary Taylor was baptised on 27th December 1738 at Thornbury. She was the daughter of James Taylor, a yeoman of Morton and Elberton, and his wife Mary. Ann Taylor, the eldest daughter of James and Mary, was to marry James Eley II, my great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather in 1760.

Mary Taylor married William Greenwood II, a Baker of Thornbury and they had at least eleven children between 1763 and 1780. Five of their children died young and these included Mary aged six, William aged a month, Richard aged thirteen, James aged two, and Martha aged seven. At least four of them married.

Mary Greenwood out-lived her husband and she made a will on 27th July 1804.During the following year she must have died because the will was proved on 13th April 1805. Her daughter Elizabeth married her nephew, James Eley, in 1787.

The Will of Mary Greenwood:

 

‘This is the last Will and Testament of me Mary Greenwood of Thornbury in the County of Gloucester Widow and Relict of William Greenwood the Younger late of Thornbury aforesaid baker (?) deceased. I give and bequeath unto my two daughters Elizabeth Eley, Wife of James Eley and Mary Shepherd Wife of John Shepherd the Sum of seventy pounds each to be respectively paid them at the end of six calendar months at (?) after my decease in lieu of and in full and complete satisfaction and discharged of or for their several and respective part or share parts or shares claim or demand whatsoever … in all and singular the Goods Chattels and personal Estate of which my said late Husband died possessed of or intitled unto and which they respectively shall or may (?) not only by or under his last Will and Testament but as being one of the next of kin of my late daughter Martha and son Richard both deceased or in any other manner or right whatever become intitled unto on my death And as to all the rest of my Goods Chattels and personal Estate of every nature and kind I give the same subject to the payment of my funeral expenses and charges of proving this my will and my debts to my son William Greenwood and my daughters Hannah Greenwood and Sarah Greenwood equal between them and their respective Executors and Administrators And I appoint my said Son and Daughters William Greenwood, Hannah Greenwood and Sarah Greenwood to be joint Executor and Executrixes of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills or testaments by me made In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty seventh day of July in the Year One thousand eight hundred and four. Mary Greenwood X her Mark

 Signed Sealed published and declared by the testatrix the said Mary Greenwood as for her last will and testament in the presence of us and in her presence at her request in the presence of each other have hereunder subscribed our names as witnesses thereto. Geo Rolph Jos Longman

This Will was proved the 13th of April 1805 before the Revd Mr Rudge Pr Sur to the Worshipful Edward Cooke A.M. Vicar General Spirituals of the Right Rev Father in God George Isaac by Divine permission Lord Bishop of the Diocese of Gloucester and of his Episcopal Consistory to William Greenwood the son and executor (…received for the Executrixes).’


JANE SHEPHERD, Great VI Aunt of Richard Barton

 

Jane Taylor was baptised on 18th December 1747 at Thornbury, the daughter of   James and Mary Taylor of Moreton. She married John Taylor on 22nd August 1769 at Thornbury and the witnesses were James Taylor and Andrew Whitfield. John Taylor was a Yeoman of Eastwood.

Their eldest son, John Shepherd, was born on 13th September 1770 and was baptised at Thornbury Parish Church on 10th October 1770.

Great VI Uncle, John Shepherd of Eastwood, was buried at Thornbury on 23rd November 1788 aged fifty-eight-years. From this we can surmise that he was baptised at Thornbury on 21st June 1730 and that he was the son of John and Mary Shepherd of Sibland. His brother Thomas was baptised on 13th December 1734. Other siblings are recorded on the family tombstone at Thornbury Parish Church:

In memory of JOHN SHEPHERD of this parish Yeoman who departed this life May ye 16th 1707 in the 46th year of his age.  Also ELIZABETH his wife died May the 5th 1742 aged 70 years.  Also WILLIAM their son died January ye 7th 1694 and also here lyeth yet body of JOHN SHEPHERD of Eastwood the son of the aforesaid John & Elizabeth Shepherd who departed this life September the 7th 1754 aged 57 years.  Also near this place lye the bodys of 4 children of John & Mary Shepherd of Eastwood in this parish.  JOHN died March ye 23rd 1728 aged 13 months.  ROBERT died September ye 22nd 1727 aged 19 weeks.  One son died unbaptised August ye 8th 1739.  Also MARY died September 13th 1742 aged 8 years 11 months.

The Manor Court Rolls reveal that on 6th April 1809 John Shepherd, Malster, succeeded to the lands of his uncle Thomas Shepherd, late of Morton, yeoman. On 4th March 1813 John succeeded to the property of Jane Shepherd, late of Eastwood and then of Upper Morton, widow and relict of John Shepherd, late of Eastwood and then Upper Morton, yeoman. John was their only son and heir.

Thornbury Baptist Burial Ground:

 

Jane, widow of John, late of Eastwood, died 5th October 1812 aged 64 years

Thomas Shepherd of Morton died on 27th October 1808 aged 73 years.

Extracts from James Eley’s Journal of 1808:

 

‘…called at Mr. Shepherd’s at Morton where we drank a cup of ale, the weather was uncommonly hot – we then proceeded to Stone…’

 

‘Called at Mrs. Shepherd’s in my way, and eat heartily of beans and bacon. I then hastened to Thornbury where I had the happiness to find my wife and family all well – they gave me a cordial welcome and were much rejoiced at my safe arrival.’


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