Using information from Ann K. Blomquist’s well researched book, Taylors and Tates of the South, and information from Ancestry.com, here is a time line for James Taylor and Ann Nancy Owen.
1731 – James Taylor, son of William and Mary Hughes Taylor, was born February 28, 1731, probably in Goochland or Henrico, British America, now Virginia. According to Blomquist, birth information for James was based on the Taylor family Bible.
1738 – Ann Nancy Owen, daughter of George and Elinor Owen, was born September 25, 1738 in Charles City, Charles, British America, now Virginia.
1755 – James Taylor and Ann Nancy Owen married on December 3, 1755 in Cumberland, British America, now Virginia. According to Blomquist, their marriage was not included in the extant lists of marriages, but some early records are lost. The date was recorded in the Taylor family Bible.
1756 – On May 29, 1756, James Taylor bought 100 acres of land in Cumberland County from Daniel Mayo. He retained this land until 1770 when he and Ann moved southward to Pittsylvania County. Their first six children were born while living in Cumberland County.
1757-1769 Between the years of 1757 and 1769, James and Ann had six children – Charity (1757), George (1759), Daniel Owen (1761), Martha “Patsy” (1764), Elizabeth “Betty” (1766), and Mary (1769). All were born in Cumberland County.
1762 – James purchased 50 acres of land in Southam Parish from Bartholomew Stovall and sold it a month later to his younger brother George Taylor.
1770 – In May 1770, James Taylor sold his 100 acres farm in Cumberland County to James Drake. Three witnesses to the sale were James Taylor (first cousin), William Taylor (either his father or brother) and George Owen (father-in-law). James, Ann and children moved to Pittsylvania County, Virginia. It is possible he rented a farm or lived with brother, William until he determined where he wanted to live.
1771- In May 1771, James purchased 319 acres in Pittsylvania County onMarrowbone Creek.
1772-1778 -Between the years 1772 and 1778, James and Ann had three more children – Nancy (1772), Kissiah (1775) and Hughes Owen (1778).All three were born in Pittsylvania County (Henry County formed in1776-1777, partly from Pittsylvania County, including James Taylor’s land/farm.)
1775-1783 “When the American Revolution began, Virginia contributed both the famous and the ordinary. The James Taylor family did their share. James provided beef for the patriot forces (and filed a claim after the war for reimbursement). His two oldest sons also served, George as a lieutenant and Daniel as a private. It is a family tradition that James also served, but the author (Blomquist) has found no evidence or proof. Though James is listed in several sources a Revolutionary War soldier, no term of service, unit, or commanders are given. If he served, he would have been in his mid-forties and Ann would have been left to care for six girls and the family farm.” (Blomquist, p. 46)
1777-1794 In April 1779, James Taylor, now of Henry County (Henry County was formed in 1776-1777 partly from Pittsylvania County), purchased 100 acres of land, also on Marrowbone Creek, from George Rowland. James son, Daniel, witnessed the deed. Five months later, James sold this land. In January 1783, he sold 119 acres of his Marrowbone tract to his son-in-law John May leaving him with only a 200 acre farm tract.
In February 1787, James received a grant of 207 acres adjoining his 200 acre farm, and then, in January 1794, he sold 37 acres to his son-in-law John May. He owned his remaining 370 acres until he and Ann left in 1794.
1797 – By 1797, all of James and Ann’s children and families had moved from Henry County, Virginia. Perhaps all of them were seeking “greener pastures.” James sold his land in Henry County on September 2, 1797 to David Mullins. James’ son George was one of the witnesses. After living in Henry County 26 years, James, Ann, sons Daniel and Hughes, and two married daughters (Cannon and Witt) with families moved to Grainger County, Tennessee between September 1797 and October 4, 1797. That was quite an entourage, and undoubtedly, the move must have been very difficult for Ann who was in ill health.
On October 4, 1797, James purchased 229 acres in Grainger County, Tennessee, near Crosby Station. Son Daniel and son-in-law Joel Witt were witnesses to the sale.
1813 – James Taylor wrote his will in October 1813. The early record book of wills in Grainger County no longer exists, but copies of his will have survived in the family. The inventory of the estate and the disposition of the estate are not known.
1814-1815 – On April 12, 1814, Ann Nancy Owen Taylor died at the age of 75, and one year later, on April 4, 1815, James died. He was 84. Both were buried on a family plot on their farm in Grainger County, Tennessee.
“In 1912, nearly one hundred years after their deaths, some of their descendants formed the James Taylor Memorial Association and erected a fine monument for James and Ann in the family cemetery. They also purchased an iron fence for their plots. In 1941, the Taylor cemetery was scheduled to be flooded by the Cherokee Lake reservoir being built by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). So, their remains and marker were moved to nearby Bethesda Cemetery in Hamblen County.” (Blomquist, p. 49)
Blomquist writes it is evident that James and Ann had great affection for each other. This is shown in correspondence to his children. “In one letter, he said that ‘I take great pleasure in waiting on her.’ In another he wished ‘to spend my days with your mother if it is the Lord’s will to spare her to me.’ In several letters, he commented that ‘he had not spent the night away from Ann in four years.’ (Blomquist, p. 48)
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