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    1. [MARYLAND-ROOTS] Abraham TAYLOR (~1660? ? - 1719 Baltimore Co, MD) -- Origin?
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    3. I'm searching for the origins of Abraham TAYLOR who arrived in Gunpowder Hundred, St. John's Parish of Baltimore County in or before 1694. I would appreciate any information or suggestions as to research approaches. Abraham TAYLOR seems to have been in his mid-thirties on arriving in Gunpowder; he was married and had three children ages 5 to 9 (Abraham, John & Lettice). His wife Jane's maiden name is believed to be COURKIN because Abraham later gifted land to a John COURKIN; a likely explanation is that Courkin was his brother-in-law. He was not named on Baltimore County's 1692 or 1694 tax lists. The 1695 tax list shows two other tithables in his household: Robert TAYLOR and Mark SWIFT. Robert may have been a brother or his father. SWIFT may have been a close friend; Abraham would later become guardian of SWIFT's son, also named Mark SWIFT. A deed for land he purchased in 1694 describes him as "a blacksmith of Kent County" but I've not found a record of him there. Page 360, items 10 & 11 of the Baltimore County Granttes Index show him purchasing 100 acres of Ayres Addition and 100 acres of Wainsworth from a John DEVGHE. Item 12 shows a bond between him and Deveghe, with Abraham as grantee. He also made later land purchases. In 1695, he was named as one of six vestrymen for St. John's Parish. He spent the rest of his life there; his will was made 10 Jul 1719 and proved 6 Aug 1719. The overall picture is that Abraham TAYLOR was sufficiently well off in 1694 to acquire a fair amount of land and to be accepted as a leader in the community. This suggests that he was not a recent immigrant to America. BTW, he is NOT Lawrence TAYLOR of Goodspeed Plantation, Spesutia Hundred, St. George's Parish, Baltimore County. The two have often been confabulated but were completely separate and apparently unrelated men. Thank you in advance. -rt_/)

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