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Descendants of James Taylor (unknown birth & death dates;
married 23 or 25, 1821) and Ann Peter (unknown birth & death dates)

Second Generation


3. John Taylor . Son of James Taylor & Ann Peter. Born 1 May 1825 in Inverarity, Forfar, Scotland. Christen 16 May 1825 in Inverarity And Methy, Angus, Scotland. Died 4 Jan 1904 in Harvey Station. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Occupation Farmer And Trading. Religion Presbyterian.

    PANB #F15552, p. 295:   John Taylor to Elizabeth Swan on Aug 19, 1857, by Samuel Johnson.   Witness, William Taylor.


Elizabeth Swan (b. 1817, Northumberland; d.1882, Harvey Station) was the first wife of John Taylor.

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    After the death of Elizabeth, John married Phoebe A. Hartt, but left no family by either wife.

    John bought the woolen mill business at York Mills from George Lister, and he continued the business for several years.   He built a community hall in the center of Harvey village.   He was installed as an elder of the Presbyterian Church of Harvey on June 22, 1856.

    From church records:   John died Jan. 4, 1904, age 79, suffered from apoplexy, ill about 1 1/2 years.


Link to a transcript of a letter that John Taylor wrote to his brothers describing his 32 day voyage (15 Apr - 20 May, 1850) from Greenock, United Kingdom to Boston MA. According to www.ancestry.com (Boston Passenger Lists, 1820-1943, Microfilm Roll Number M277_34) 26 year old John Taylor sailed on the 424 and 87/95th ton Glasgow based "Lady of the Lake" under the command of John Duncan arriving in Boston on 21 May, 1850. It is known that the vessel at least stopped in Grenock UK based on the text of the letter above.

"Copy of Report and List of the Passengers taken on board the Lady of the Lake of Glasgow wherof John Duncan is Master, burthen 424 tons and 87/95ths of a ton, based from the Port of Glasgow for Boston."

Links below are to the complete passenger list of the Lady of the Lake. John Taylor is the 13th person on page one of the passenger list (see also above).

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Link to transcripts of two 1853 letters that John Taylor wrote to the Editor of the New England Farmer, a widely read agricultural journal of the time. These letters provide an interesting insight into agricultural practices used in the new community and also provide a first glimmer of the entrepreneurial spirit that will see Taylor become a very successful businessman following the outbreak of the second American civil war.



From a newspaper item (with picture of John Taylor), dated Saturday, 25 Nov 1893:

A Typical and Worthy Scotchman.


    His History Shows What Honesty and Perseverance Can Accomplish.


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Photograph of John Taylor from Saturday 25 Nov, 1893 newspaper article that provided a brief bigroaphy and paid tribute to his lbusiness acommplishments.



    The above portrait is from a photograph recently taken for the present occasion.   John Taylor, of Harvey Station, is the original.   He came to this country from Scotland in 1850; was born at Whigstreet, Parish of Inverarity and County of Forfar, in 1825, and is therefore about the same age as Lieut-Governor Boyd.   Mr Taylor settled on a lot of wilderness land at Tweedside, so-called, on the western shore of Oromocto Lake, in 1852, where the Swans and others had "got planted unco richt" two years previously.

    Tweedside is merely an extension of Harvey on the south.   It was originally termed the Campbell block, having been granted to Sir Colin Campbell.   The land was divided into ten lots and sold to these people by Andrew Inches, who was then or some time shortly after dubbed by George L. Hatheway, "the king of the crown land office."

    The road, instead of being a bridle path as has been said, was then at its best; better in fact than it is today, and no finer tract of land could then be seen between Fredericton and St. Andrews; and no finer farms can be seen on the same road at the present time.   The first frame house was erected by Mr. Taylor.   He went on with his farming for a number of years, but when the American war broke out he turned his attention to business and opened a trade between the villages and the citizens of St. Stephen and Calais.   This proved to be a lucky step for him and was a boon to the settlers as well.   Fortune favored him and he began to be favorably known to the merchants of not only these towns, but Fredericton and St. John as well.

    After the completion of the European and North American Railway (now the Atlantic division of the Canadian Pacific Railway) he sold his farm at Tweedside and removed to Harvey Station.   Here he continued trading, and seeing that business at that place promised well, he erected a large and substantial building, the upper portion of which was designed for use as a public hall; the lower divided into two commodious stores for his own use.   Previous to this he had become a shareholder in the York woolen mill, the largest mill of the kind in the province, and after a time became sole owner.   Carrying on this business took him away from home a great deal and he decided to sell, which he did at a good profit.   The mill while under his control got the reputation of manufacturing an extra fine quality of goods, which reputation it has satisfactorily sustained.   Mr Taylor has been twice married.   His first wife was a woman of fine attainments and a sister of John and Alex Swan of Tweedside.   She died in 1881.   Three years after he married Phoebe Amanda, eldest daughter of the late David Hart of Fredericton Junction, a lady esteemed by all who have the pleasure of her acquaintance.

    Mr Taylor has had no children of his own but has had the care of his brother's children, two boys and two girls, since they became orphans and all who know the young folks will say that he has fulfilled his duty to them in the fullest sense.

    He is still hale and hearty as his picture shows.   He enjoys the friendship of many prominent men through the province by whom he is esteemed and respected for his many excellent traits of character.

    Three times he has been privileged to visit his native land, thus having seven times crossed the Atlantic.

    In his time he has contributed a good deal to the press, largely for the St. Croix Courier.   His productions always show a keen foresight; a fine descriptive faculty, and an accurate estimate of men and matters.   It has been said of him that he is a close observer; as glib with the pen as a true Scotchman and a worthy representative of "The land o'cakes."  

      From newspaper obituary (1904):

    Harvey:   Our readers generally will regret to hear of the death of the sturdy Scotchman, John Taylor, which occurred at his home in Harvey on January 4th.   He had been in failing health for four years past.   He was born May 1st, 1825, near Fotheringham, in the parish of Inverarity, Forfair, Scotland, and came to this country in 1850.   He lived in Charlotte County for a while, and settled in Tweedside in 1854 and engaged in farming and trading.   He went to Harvey Station in 1876.

    He first married Elizabeth Swan, daughter of Henry Swan & Elizabeth Russell, 19 Aug 1857 in Harvey Settlement By Rev. Samuel Johnson . Born 1817 in Northumberland, Eng. Died 1882 in Harvey Station. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery.


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Gravestone of John Taylor (1825-1904) his first wife Elizabeth Swan (1817-1882) and his second wife Phoebe A. Hartt (1841-1905). Another face of the stone reads William Taylor 1832 - 1880 and his wife Margaret Atcheson 1840 - 1880. The final face of the stone reads Andrew Taylor 1866 - 1891; John W. Taylor 1865 - 1932. Photographs courtesy of Tim Patterson, 15 Jul 2006.



    It is believed that Elizabeth came to Canada in 1850 with her parents (mother?), brothers Alexander and John, and sister Sarah.

    At the time of the 1861 census, Elizabeth's mother was living with them.   In the 1871 census, an Alexander Nesbit, age 12, born in NB, lived with Elizabeth and John Taylor.

    He second married Phoebe Amanda Hartt, 17 Sep 1885 in York Co., NB By Rev. A. J. Mowatt.

Born 1841 in Parish Of Blissville, Sunbury Co., NB. Died 1905. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery.

    Witnesses to marriage were R. R. Carvell and John W. Taylor.

    Phoebe was the estest daughter of David Hart of Fredericton Junction.