The thing is, if we go back far enough on anyone’s family tree, we are all related to someone notable. Stories, connections and details are what make our trees come alive with relevance. And finding new gem of information to follow is just so darned exciting (queue many late nights at the computer)!
I’m not sure how this hand-written tree came into our family (Gigi?) but I am sure glad to have it. My grandfather John Thomas’s name is in the lower right hand corner. His grandmother was a Taylor. In the upper left corner is farthest back relative listed, William Taylor, born 1609 in England.
This week’s task was to enter all the names into my ancestry.com tree. Gotta love the little leaf “hints”! Following a hint, I was led to William Taylor’s parents, Thomas Taylor and Margaret Swinderly.
Ancestry.com user “Paducah63” had the same Thomas Taylor on their ancestry tree, and included a document showing the direct lines from Thomas Taylor to five US presidents and the actress Elizabeth Taylor. I remember hearing as a child that we were related to President Zachary Taylor but never knew exactly how.
According to this document, President Taylor’s 3rd great-grandfather is my 11th great grandfather Thomas Taylor. Thomas is also the 7th great grandfather of President Abraham Lincoln. Really!?!
Add this to my list of things to verify. 🙂
Capt. Thomas J. TAYLOR II (1572/73, England – 1618, England) and Margaret SWINDERBY (1578, Denmark – 1672, England) — parents of John Taylor — were the direct ancestors of 5 US presidents (Abraham LINCOLN, James MADISON, Zachary TAYLOR, William Henry HARRISON, Benjamin HARRISON) and one actress (Elizabeth TAYLOR).
7G grandfather of the 16th President of the United States, Abraham LINCOLN. Abraham LINCOLN (1809-1865) son of Thomas LINCOLN and Nancy HANKS (1784-1818). Nancy HANKS daughter of James HANKS (1760-1793) and Mary SHIPLEY. James HANKS was the son of Joseph HANKS and Nancy Anna LEE (1728-1808).
Nancy Anna LEE was the daughter of William LEE, Jr (1704-1764) and Anne. William LEE, Jr. was the son of William LEE, Sr. and Dorothy TAYLOR (1681-1754). Dorothy TAYLOR was the daughter of Thomas TAYLOR (1657-1712) and Elizabeth HARDWOOD. Thomas TAYLOR was the son of Thomas TAYLOR (1628-1687 and Mary. Thomas TAYLOR was the son of John “Immigrant” Taylor (1607-1652) and Elizabeth Jones. John TAYLOR was the son of Capt. Thomas J. TAYLOR and Margaret SWINDERBY.
4G grandfather of the 4th President of the United States James MADISON. James Madison (1751-1836) was the son of James MADISON (1723-1801) and Eleanor Rose CONWAY. James MADISON was the son of Ambrose MADISON (1700-) and Francis TAYLOR (1700-1761). Francis TAYLOR was the daughter of James TAYLOR, II (1675-1730) and Martha THOMPSON. James TAYLOR, II was the son of James TAYLOR, I (1608-) and Francis WALKER (-1680). James TAYLOR, I was the son of Capt. Thomas J. TAYLOR and Margaret SWINDRBY.
3G grandfather of the 12th President of the United States, Zachary Taylor. Zachary TAYLOR (1784-1850) was the son of Richard Lee TAYLOR (1742/3-1829) and Sarah Dabney STROTHER. Richard Lee TAYLOR was the son of Zachary TAYLOR, Sr. (1707-1768) and Elizabeth LEE. Zachary TAYLOR, Sr. was the son of James TAYLOR (1675-1730) and Martha THOMPSON. James Taylor was the son of James TAYLOR (1608-1698) and Francis WALKER.
James Taylor was the son of Capt. Thomas J. TAYLOR and Margaret SWINDERBY.
4G grandfather of the 9th President of the United States, William Henry HARRISON. William Henry HARRISON (1773-1841) was the son of Benjamin HARRISON, V and Elizabeth BASSETT (1730-1792). Elizabeth BASSETT was the daughter of William BASSETT, IV (1709-1792) and Elizabeth CHURCHILL. William BASSETT, IV was the son of William BASSETT, III (1671-1723) and Joanna BURWELL. William BASSETT III was the son of William BASSETT and Bridgett CARY (1652-1670). Bridgett CARY was the daughter of Miles CARY (1621-) and ANNA TAYLOR (1611-1657). Anna TAYLOR was the daughter of Capt. Thomas TAYLOR and Margaret SWINDERBY.
6G grandfather of the 23rd President of the United States, Benjamin HARRISON. Benjamin HARRISON (1833-1901) was the son of John Scott HARRISON (1804-1878) and Elizabeth RAMSEY. John Scott HARRISON was the son of President William Henry HARRISON and Anna Tuthill SYMMES.
(Of note, actress Elizabeth TAYLOR (1932-2011)Elizabeth TAYLOR, daughter of Francis Lenn TAYLOR (1897-1968) and Sarah Viola WARMBRODT. Francis TAYLOR was the son of Francis Marion TAYLOR and Elizabeth ROSEMOND. Francis Marion TAYLOR was the son of Peter TAYLOR (1829-1921) and Margaret Jane PERIGO. Peter TAYLOR was the son of Lewis TAYLOR (1780-1874) and Rachel BAKER. Lewis TAYLOR was the son of Joseph TAYLOR (1741/2-1815) and Francis ANDERSON. Joseph TAYLOR was the son of John Powell TAYLOR (1696-1780) and Catherine PENDLETON. John Powell TAYLOR was the son of Sheriff James TAYLOR (1635-1698) and Mary GREGORY. Sheriff James TAYLOR was the son of John “Immigrant” TAYLOR (1607-1652). John “Immigrant” TAYLOR was the son of Capt. Thomas J. TAYLOR and Margaret SWINDERBY.