James/John Taylor, #32 on the “Scots at Lynn 1653. Iron Works Inventory.”

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Published on: 04 Jan 2015
Updated: 15 Sep 2016

Descendants & Researchers

Name variation: Probably “John” rather than “James”

First Generation in the New World

1. JAMES/JOHN TAYLOR, was born in Scotland about 1630/1, according to: Everett S. Stackpole, Old Kittery and Her Families. (Lewiston, ME:Press of Lewiston Journal Company, 1903). He died at Berwick, York County, Maine in 1690. He married at Berwick about 1666, MARTHA REDDING.

Biographical Notes:
1. From Sandy Andrews: “John Taylor had a land grant in Kittery by 1655/6. He was a constable in 1665 and served on Grand Jury in 1671 and 72. In his will, he gave each of his five daughters, 30 acres of land. John died between 1689 & 1690 in Berwick, Maine and his wife, Martha _____, after September 7, 1702 in Berwick, Maine.”
2. In 1650 – John Taylor is in the town of South Berwick…SEE: Clayton, W. Woodford. The History of York County, Maine (Philadelphia: Philadelphia, Everts & Peck, 1880) page 315.

The History of York County, Maine, c1880. Page 315.

The History of York County, Maine, c1880. Page 315.

If John is in South Berwick in 1650, and the Unity just landed in December 1650 then he must have arrived from late December 1650 to the end of February 1650 (Old Colonial Calendar).

From Torrey’s Marriages: TAYLOR, John & Martha _____; ca 1666?; Berwick, ME {GDMNH 674; Goodwin (1898) 47; Utah Gen. Mag. Chart 19; Kittery 320, 455}
“John Taylor, Berwick, Maine, probate 23 February 1691;”
From: Dobson, David. Scottish Emigration to Colonial America, 1607-1785. (Athens: University of Georgia, 1994, Paper Back Version, 2004), 36.

Children of John and Martha (Redding) Taylor:
2. DELIVERANCE TAYLOR, m. at Kittery, Maine, WILLIAM GOODWIN. (SEE: Goodwins of Kittery below)
2. ABIGAIL TAYLOR, m. at Kittery, MOSES GOODWIN.
2. MARY TAYLOR, b. about 1662; died at Berwick, Maine on 31 Jan 1696/7; m., STEPHEN HARDISON.

Second Generation

2. DELIVERANCE TAYLOR, (John¹), was most likely born in York County, Maine after 1666. She married at Kittery, Maine, WILLIAM GOODWIN. (SEE: Goodwins of Kittery below)

Children of William and Deliverance (Taylor) Goodwin:
3. i. MOSES GOODWIN, (Deliverance², John¹), b. at Kittery.
3. ii. WILLIAM GOODWIN, (Deliverance², John¹), b. at Kittery.
3. iii. JOHN GOODWIN, (Deliverance², John¹), b. at Kittery.
3. iv. JAMES GOODWIN, (Deliverance², John¹), b. at Kittery.
3. v. ADAM GOODWIN, (Deliverance², John¹), b. at Kittery.
3. vi. TAYLOR GOODWIN, (Deliverance², John¹), b. at Kittery; m. ELIZABETH NASON, (She m. PETER GRANT aft. Taylor died, Peter Grant was widower of Alice Gubtail. Alice was bapt. at South Berwick on 29 Sep 1723? Is he a SPOW desc.?)
3. vii. MARGARET GOODWIN, (Deliverance², John¹), b. at Kittery.
3. viii. ELIZABETH GOODWIN, (Deliverance², John¹), b. at Kittery.
3. ix. HANNAH GOODWIN, (Deliverance², John¹), b. at Kittery.
3. x. MARY GOODWIN, (Deliverance², John¹), b. at Kittery.

2. ABIGAIL TAYLOR,(John¹), was most likely born at Kittery about 1670. She married at South Berwick, Maine on 7 Sep 1694, MOSES GOODWIN.

Children of Moses and Abigail (Taylor) Goodwin:
3. MARTHA GOODWIN, b. Prob. South Berwick; m., MATHEW GRAY.
3. PATIENCE GOODWIN, b. Prob. South Berwick; m., THOMAS BOND.
3. MARY GOODWIN, b. Prob. South Berwick; m., Mr. WARREN.
3. ABIGAIL GOODWIN, b. Prob. South Berwick; m., WILLIAM BENNETT.
3. PHOEBE GOODWIN, b. Prob. South Berwick; m., JOB EMERY.
3. ELIZABETH GOODWIN, b. Prob. South Berwick; m., Mr. GRAY.
3. MARGARET GOODWIN, b. Prob. South Berwick; m., ELIAS GRANT, a descendant of SPOW, Peter Grant.
3. MOSES GOODWIN, b. Prob. South Berwick;
3. AARON GOODWIN, b. Prob. South Berwick; m.

SOURCES AND NOTES:
“Taylor, John ~ 1650 ~ of Scotland ~ According to “The Scots In Unity” (4/7/2001) John Taylor was among the prisoners taken at the Battle of Dunbar, Scotland, winter of 1650, and transported on the “Unity” to America. They were taken to the Saugus Iron Works to work in the mine there. John and others were removed to Berwick, Maine to work the sawmills there under the direction of Leader. (Mr. Richard Leader, who was engaged to manage the Saugus Ironworks, came to Saugus from England in 1644. Mr. Leader was not successful in Saugus and moved to Maine by March 1650/51). John Taylor had a land grant in Kittery by 1655/6. He was a constable in 1665 and served on Grand Jury in 1671 and 72. In his will, he gave each of his five daughters, 30 acres of land. John died between 1689 & 1690 in Berwick, Maine and his wife, Martha _____, after September 7, 1702 in Berwick, Maine.
This is my John Taylor’s line:
John Taylor b___ Scotland d Between 1689 and 1690 Berwick, Maine; m Martha____ d After September 7, 1702 Berwick, Maine
Mary Taylor b About 1662; m Stephen Hardison d January 31, 1696/97 Berwick, Maine
Stephen Hardison b May 9, 1693 Berwick, Maine d December 25, 1769; m September 23, 1724 Alice Abbott b Before May 22, 1709 Kittery, Maine
Stephen Hardison b July 30, 1727 Berwick, Maine d June 21, 1813; m September 27, 1791 Sarah Simonton b Before 1755 d After 1840″ ~ Sandy Andrews

Goodwin, John Samuel, The Goodwins of Kittery, York, Maine. (Chicago, Illinois: O. S. Goodwin, 1898)
I am also very interested in John Taylor – he is one of my ancestors. I strongly suspect that the “James” Taylor listed on the prisoners list at the Lynn Iron Works was actually John Taylor. On that 1653 list was also a Peter Grant. By 1655 John Taylor was living in Unity Parish (now Berwick) and just one house away was a Peter Grant. One final piece of very suggestive evidence is the fact that the Gen. Dict of ME and NH does not list any “James Taylor”, but it does well describe this John Taylor of Berwick.” – submitted by Myron Smith – Descendant and Researcher – babsport@comcast.net

“John Taylor, Berwick, Maine, probate 23 February 1691;”
From: Dobson, David. Scottish Emigration to Colonial America, 1607-1785. (Athens: University of Georgia, 1994, Paper Back Version, 2004), 36.

2 Responses to James/John Taylor, #32 on the “Scots at Lynn 1653. Iron Works Inventory.”

  1. Heidi Thibodeau says:

    This is too much! After discovering my Gowen connection, I decided to take a look at the entire list. I’m a descendant of Deliverance Taylor and William Goodwin, too!

  2. Marcia Armstrong says:

    I am descendant from John Taylor’s daughter Abigail and Moses Goodwin. Their offspring married into the Gray, Greenleaf, Arnold, Stover and Adams lines of Maine.

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