^ %L (s' 3;^ 1 I t i \ C^SN^-^^ , THE GENEALOGY AND. HISTORY OF THE T AINT OE F AMI L Y, PROM THE PERIOD OF THEIR EMIGRATION FROM WALES, TO THE PRESENT TIME. BY CHARLES M. TAINTOR GREENFIELD: PRINTED BY MERRIAM AND MIRICK. 184 7^ I / 3 O^S J • • ■ • « binding) NUMBER I OF 1898.) PREFACE. The compiler of this genealogy having gained from various sources, knowledge of the genealogy of the Taintors, together with interesting facts in relation to their history, &c., has thought it would be desirable to preserve the same in an enduring form. He knows that many of the name would feel an interest in a work of this kind, and he presumes it will prove quite accep- table to all of them. It seems a praiseworthy under- taking, to him, to seek to preserve a remembrance of the early Fathers of New England : they were certainly deserving of an enduring memorial. And although so long a period has elapsed since their day, that but few facts in relation to their personal history can now be gleaned, yet these facts are sufficient to show that it is identified with the establishment of civil and religious liberty in the country of their adoption, and of their hirth ; and with all those wise institutions of which If PREFACE. their Descendants may justly be proud. To all who have, by transmitting him information, contributed to the success of his undertaking, he would express many thanks and his obligations, and hopes they will not now consign the subject to oblivion ; for it is quite possible that more knowledge of interest may come to light, which will demand a continuation, or supplement to this work. He hopes he shall be pardoned for the liberty he has taken in transcribing those letters for publication, that ap- pear in the work, without the knowledge or consent of their authors. His reason for their appearance is that they greatly enhance the interest of his undertaking, inas- much as they will be a source of much gratification to many of the numerous members of the Taintor Family ; and this is his apology for inserting them in his work. C. M. TAINTOR. ShelburnCj Mass., April, A. D. 18-47. TAINTOR GENEALOGY. FIRST GENERATION OF TAINTORS IN AMERICA WAS CHAKLSS TAINTOR; WHO WITH HIS SONS AND DAUGHTER, WERE IN NEW ENG- LAND, IN A. D. 1643. SECOND GENERATION. MicAEL, Charles, Jr., Joseppi, and Marie. THIRD GENERATION, in the line of Micael. Micael Taintor's wife was Elizabeth Children. John, born May, 1650, at Branford, Ct. Micaiell, born Oct., 1652. Elizabeth, born June, 1655. ^ ..^ , » - Johana, born April, 1657. ;■- Jssi al'. Q'ni^T, Sarie, . born Oct., 1658. m^ *So-*».< ':?I*v,^ . John Taintor married Dorcas Swain, of Bran- ford, Ct. Micaiell married Mary, daughter of Thos. and 1 * 6 GENEALOGY OF THE Hannah Loomis, of Windsor, in April, 1679 ; ana also Mdbel Butler, widow of Daniel Butler, of Branford, in Aug., 1697. Elizabeth married Noah Rogers, in 1673, at Branford. FOURTH GENERATION. Children of Micaiell and Mary Taintor. Micael, born Sept., 1680, at Windsor, Conn. John, born Oct., 1H82. Mary, born Sept., 1685. Joseph, born Nov., 1687. Sarie, born Nov., 1698, daughter of Micaiell and Mabel Taintor. Micael married Eunice Foote,of Wethersfield, in Dec, 1712. Mary married Edward Moore, of Windsor, and had sons and daughters. Joseph married Elizabeth Foote, in March, 1710. Sarah married Noah Clark, of Colchester, in 1719, and had sons. FIFTH GENERATION. Children of Micael and Eunice Taintor. Vniss, (Eunice) born April, 1717, at Colchester, Conn., Married Aaron Skinner, of Colchester. Michael, born Dec. 31, 1719. Married Sarah Loomis, of Colchester. TAINTOR FAMILY. Charles, John, Mary, Prudence, Sarah, Anne, born Feb., 1723. Married Aug., 1766, Mary, daughter of Rev. Thomas Skinner, of Westchester. born July, 1725. Married Esther Clark in 1751, and Sarah, daughter of Captain Gurshom Balkley, in 1758. born Nov., 1727. Married Col. David Wells, of Shelburne, Mass., in Jan., 1749, and died in Dec, 1815. Married Doct. John Watrous, born Dec., 1729 of Colchester. born April, 1731. of Colchester. born Oct., 1734. <J T- i' V Married Mr. Nathan'l Otis, Died, unmarried, Jan., 1755« FIFTH GENERATION. Children of Joseph and Elizabeth Taintor. born July, 1711, at Branford, Conn. Married Samuel Lewis, of Colchester, Feb., 1729. born Nov., 1714. Married Sarah Barker, April, 1743. born Oct., 1716. Married a Mr. Moore, of Windsor, Conn, baptized July, 1719. Married wid. Sarah Foote, May, 1746. born June 8th, 1723. Married Sarah Foote, 25th Sept., 1747. Nathaniel, baptized Nov. 1725. Married Submit Tyler, Jan. 1753. Mary, Joseph, Elizabeth, John, ''Michael, SIXTH GENERATION. Children of Michael and^Sgrah Taintor. Sarah, born Dec, SOth^'^^'e^lchester. Married Asa Strong. Michael, born March, 14th 1748. Married Lydia Loomis of Colchester, April, 1767, 8 GENEALOGY OF THE SIXTH GENERATION. Children of Charles and Mary Taintor. Anne, born at Colchester, July, 1767. Married Erastus Worthington. Charles, born Jan., 1769, and died al about three years of age. Eunice, born Dec, 1770. Married Cyrus Bill, of Leb- anon, Ct. Charles, born Dec, 1772. Married Sarah Fox, of Col- chester, Dec, ISOO. Sarah, born July, 1775. Married John C. Bulkley, of Colchester. Betsey, born Dec, 1777. Married Mr. Fox, of New London. Sophia, born Feb., 1780. Married Mr. Daniels of New York. Newhall, born July, 17S2. Married Miss Ruih Smith, of Haddam, Jan., 1809. Eudocia, born Aug., 1785. Married Sam'l Reid, of Col- chester. SIXTH GENERATION. Children of John and Esther Taintor, and of John and Sarah Taintor. Esther, I\Iarried Hon. Joseph Isham, of Colchester. Betsey, born at Colchester. Married Capt. Chas. Bulk- ley, of Colchester. John, born Sept., 17tJ0. Married Miss Hosford of Marlborough, Ct. Charles, born Dec, 17th, 1762. Married a Miss Abbe, of Windham. Gurshom. born May, 1765, and died Oct. 1775, Roger, born Dec, 1767. Married Nabby Bulkley, Dec, 1789. TAINTOR FAMILY. Solomon, Sally, Polly, born Oct., 1769. Dec, 1797. born Aug., 1773. in 1794. born May, 1777. of Pomfret. Married Judith Bulkley, Married Joshua 11 . Bulkley, Married Godfrey Grosvenor, SIXTH GENERATION. Children of Joseph and Sarah Taintor. Sarah, born Nov., 1743, at Branford. Married Mr. Norton, of Durham, Ct. Joseph, born Sept., 1745. Married Mary Wilson, of Windsor, Conn. Elizabeth, born March, 1748. Died in 1751. Benjamin, born June, 1751. r* SIXTH GENERATION. Child of John and Sarah Taintor. Jared, born at Branford, 1746. Married Rebecca Linsley. SIXTH GENERATION. Children of Michael and Sarah Taintor. Abigail, born Aug., 1748, at Branford. Married Asahel, Tyler. Michael, born June, 1752. Married Desire Bunnell. Mary, born Sept., 1755. Married Jonathan Munson. Medad, boi*n Nov., 13th, 1757. Married Anna Linsley, 1779. SIXTH GENERATION. Children of Nath'l and Submit Taintor. Elizabeth, born at Northford, March, 1754. Married Aaron Cooke, of Wallingford. 10 GENEALOGY OF THE Nathaniel, born June, 1755, and died IMarch, 1762. Rebecca, born June, 1757. Jlarried Dea. Benj. Maltby, of Norihford. 5^*^*^*^ Eunice, born Dec, 1760. Married^.^'Williams. Submit, born 1762. Married Jonathan Maltby of New Haven. Isaac, born Jan., 1766. SEVENTH GEXERATIOX. Children of Michael and Lydia Taintor. Lydia, born at Colcliester, Ct., Jan.. 1768. Married Closes Palmer, of Orford. N. H. Michael, born April, 1770. IMarried Martha Harris. Sarah, born Dec, 1771. Married Peter Moulton, of Or- ford, N. H. Asa, born at Orford, N. H., Sept., 1778. Married Damaris and Eliz. Converse of Lyme, N. H. Mary, born Sept., 1780. Died 1813, unmarried. Alfred, born 3Iarch, 17S5. Married Anne Chamberlaine, of Theiford, Vt. Charles, born April 16th, 1787. Married Phebe Hub- bard Welles, of Shelburne. Ms., 1810. John R . born April, 1791. Married Roxa Woodrufl', of Wolcott, N. Y. SETEXTH GEXERATIOX. Children of Charles and Sarah Taiyitor. Isaac Briggs, 'DO'- of Maria, born Oct., 1802. Married Skeneateles, N. Y., Dec, 1835. Charles, born Dec, 1805. Married Catherine E. Musier, of Albany, May, 1830. Sophia. born May, 1808. Jesse F., born Aug., 1810. Married Eunice S. Pierce, July, 1834. TAINTOR FAMILY. 11 Morton, born Sept.^ 1812. Married Mary Ann Avery, of N. London. Giles S., born May, 1814. Married Angeline B. Harris, of Philadelphia. John S., born Dec, 1815. ■William, born Jan., 1818. Married Mary Barrows, of Bozrah, Conn. SEVENTH GENERATION. Children of New hall and Ruth Taintor. Mary S., born at Colchester, April, 1810. Married Mat- thew 0. Wells, April, 1840. Kalph S., born Nov., 1811. Married Phebe H. Lord, of Lyme, June, 1834. Sophia D., born Sept., 1813. Harriet N., born Sept., 1815. Married Rev. Joseph S. Lord, of Harford, Cortland Co., N. Y., June, 1836. Charles, born Feb., 1818. Died July, 1840. Abigail B., born March, 1820. Married Eli L. Corbin, of McDonough, Chenango Co., N.Y., June, 1843. Charlotte, born April, 1822. Married Allach McCollom, of New Lisbon, Otsego Co., N. Y., Sept. 1843. Roger, born Aug., 1824. Ruth C, born Nov., 1826. Died Dec, 1826. Solomon, born April, 1828. RuthC, born Dec, 1831. Addison C, born Sept., 1836. SEVENTH GENERATION. Children of John and Sarah Taintor. Sarah, Married John Gilmore, and Israel Foole, of N. Y., and had sons and daughters. Abbe, Married Wm. Gibbons, of Savannah, Ga., and had sons and daughters. 12 CtENealogy of the SEVENTH GENERATION. Children of Charles and Mary Taintor. Eliza, born at Windham, Conn., Nov., 1794. Married Maj. Rufus L. Baker, of U. S. Army, in June, 1818, Giles, born July, 1802. Married Mary Nowell West, of Boston, May, 1836. SEVENTH GENERATION. Childre?i of Boger and Nabby Taintor. Clarrissa, died at 4 years of age, at Hampton, Ct. John A., born at Hampton, April, 1800. Married Adelia Croade, of Providence, R. Island, May, 1831. SEVENTH GENERATION. Children of Solomon and Judith Taintor. Edwin B., born at Hampton, Ct., May, 1800. Married Sally Penniman, ofN. Braintree, June, 1826 ; and Frances M. Prichard, of W. Brookfield, Ms., July, 1843. Caroline, born 3Iav, 1808, and deceased Aug., ISIO. Henry G., born Feb. 1813. Married Delia W. Ellsworth, of Windsor, Conn., Sept., 1839, who was born June, 1818. SEVENTH GENERATION. Children of Joseph and Mary Taintor. Joseph, born at Colebrook, Conn. Mary, Eunice, .loseph, married two sisters named Hotchkiss. TAINTOR FAMILY. 13 Eli, born April, 17S4. Married Miss Atkins, of Mid- dletovvn, Ct. Harvey, born 1787. Married Mary Martin, and died in 1823. SEVENTH GENERATION. Child of Jared and Rebecca Taintor. John, born 1769-70. Died 1777. SEVENTH GENERATION. Children of 3Iichael and Desire Taintor. John, lost at sea, aged about 20 years. Nathaniel, married Polly Hemingway. Lucy, married Merrick Linsley, of Euclid, Ohio. Sally, died aged about 24 years. Alanson, died aged 7 years. Olive, died aged about 40 years. Abigail, married Merrick Linsley, Esq., being his sec- ond wife. Lucretia, Alanson, born at Northford, Conn., about 1805, Married Susan L. Dooliiile, of Westmoreland, N. Y. SEVENTH GENERATION. Children of Medad and Anna Taintor. Sarah, born at Northford, Ct. Married Hon. Malachi Cooke, of Wallingford, Conn. Reuben, born 1785. Died 1813, unmarried. Anna, married Deac. Jesse Brockett, of Springfield, Ms. Eunitia, living in New Haven, Conn. Henry, born at Northford, now living at Clinton, Conn. Married Ann Maria Crane, of Killingvvorth, Ct., Aug., 1834. 14 TAlNtOR FAMILY. Grace, married David Finch, and died in Ga., 1833. Hannah, married Joel Potter, and now living in N. Haven. EIGHTH GEXERATIOX. Children of Michael and Martha Taintor. Joanna, horn at Orford, N. H. Died young. Josiah, born Feb. 1795. IMarried Comfort Fiske, and Barcina Crowningshield. Alexander T., born May, 1797. Married Ruth Robins of Deerfield. 0. H.. married Betsey Fisk. Mary M., married Joseph Robbins, of Deerfield, Mass. EIGHTH GENERATION. Children of Asa and Damaris aiid Betsy Taintor. Lydia, born at Orford, N. H. Married Mr. Bishop of N. \^ Asa L., Damaris, married Mr. Bates, of N. York. Elizabeth C, married Mr. Barber, of Lyman, Vt. John W., Harriet, unmarried, lives in Charlestown, Ms. EIGHTH GEXEPvATION. Children of Alfred and Anna Taintor. Anne, born at Orford, N. H. Married David Whit- comb. Mary Ann, Eliza Ann, Sarah, Lydia, TAINTOR FAMILY. 15 EIGHTH GENERATION. Children of Charles and Phebe H. Taintor. Mary Hubbard, born June, 1811, at Shelburne, Mass. Died Nov., 1842, aged 31 years. Harriet E., born Sept., 1812. Charles Micaiell, born Dec. 4th, 1817. Married Mary Lord, of Lyme, Ct., Aug., 1846. David Welles, born Aug., 1822. Henry G., born Oct., 1831.J: Died Oct., 1832. EIGHTH GENERATION. Children of John R. and Roxa Taintor. Charlotte, born at Wolcott, N. Y., Nov., 1822. John B., born Sept., 1824. Mary E., born July, 1826. Sarah A., born Sept., 1828. Baxter M., born Sept., 1830. Lydia C, born Feb., 1833. Roxana C., born July, 1838. Charles A. L., born Jan., 1844. EIGHTH GENERATION. Children of Charles and Catharine E. Taintor. Charles M., born at Buffalo, N. Y., April, 1831. Henry F., born June, 1833. George R., born Sept., 1835. Died April, 1844. Giles E., born Sept., 1838. Edward C, born Jan., 1842. Sarah M., born June, 1845. EIGHTH GENERATION. « Children of Jesse F. and Eunice S. Taintor. Susan P., born at Cleveland, 0., June, 1836. Anna Maria, born June, 1838. 16 GENEALOGY OF THE Sarah B., born Feb., 1840. Mary L., born Sept., 1814. Issabella, born Oct., 1846. EIGHTH GEXERATIOX. Children of Ralph S. and Phebe H. Taintor. Joseph L., born at Colchester, Conn., Sept., 1835. Ralph S., born Sept., 1837. Phebe L., born at Pomfret, Ct., June, 1839. Charles N., born Nov., 1840'. James U., born Oct., 1844. Michael, born Aug., 1846. EIGHTH GENERATION. Children of Giles and Mary IV. Taintor. Frank Lathrop, born at Windham, Ct., March, 1837. Charles, born March, 1840. Abb}' Louise, born March, 1841. Henry Sherman, born April, 1842. EIGHTH GENERATION. Children of John A. and Adelia Taintor. Louise, born July, 1832, at Hartford (?) Alice, born Dec, 1835. EIGHTH GENERATION. Children of Edwin B., and Sally and Frances 31. Taintor. Lucy P. Taintor, born at Brookfield, Sept. 1828. Caroline, born Oct., 1830. Susan, born Oct., 1835. Eugenia, born Jan., 1845. EIGHTH GENERATION. Child of Henry G. and Delia Taintor. Henry Ellsworth, born at Hampton, Ct., Aug., 1844. TAINTOR FAMILY. 17 EIGHTH GENERATION. Children of Joseph and Damaris and Rebecca Taintor. Hiram, born at Colehrook, Conn., Sept., 1804. Cleopatra, born May, 1806. Married Mr. North. Edward, born Jan., 1811. Married Emily Bidwell, Feb., 1844. Charles, W., born Oct., 1822. Samuel J., born Sept., 1828. EIGHTH GENERATION. Children of Eli and Abigail Taintor. Jason A., born at Windsor, Ct., April, 1808. Married Ma- ria T. Green, June, 1828. Phineas W., born May, 1809. Married Mary Reed,Feb., 1842. Ervmg, born Dec, 1810. Married Eliza Burgess, of Harford, N. Y., March, 1834. Eli N., born Sept., 1815. Married Esther L. Carter, May, 1839. Albert J., born Jan., 1820. EIGHTH GENERATION. Child of Harveij and Mary Taintor. Fidelia, born at Colebrook, Conn. Mahala, married Mr. Seymour, and has two children, Jane and Ruth. EIGHTH GENERATION. Child of NatKl and Polly Taintor. Hiram, born at East Haven, Ct. Married Miss Ruth Hotchkiss, June, 1845. EIGHTH GENERATION. Children of Alanson and Susan L. Taintor. Olive, born at Euclid, Ohio, June, 1839. Mary, born June, 1840. Lucy, born Sept., 1843. 18 GENEALOGY OF THE EIGHTH GEXERATIOX. Children of Henry and Ann Maria Taintor. Grace, born at Clinton, Conn., Aug., 1835. Henry Reuben, born Nov., 1839. Died, June, 1844. Mary Almira, born July, 1845. NINTH GENERATION. Children of Josiah and Comfort Taintor. Mary S., born at Chesterfield, N. H., Sept., 1829. Michael W., born Sept., 1831. NINTH GENERATION. Children of Alex. T. and Ruth Taintor. Martha A., born IMarch, 1828, at Deerfield, Mass. Alex. W., born Nov., 1831. NINTH GENERATION. Children of 0. H. and Betsey Taintor. Joseph H., born 1828, and died Aug., 1846, at Deerfield, Ms. George M., born June, 1829. William L., born Oct., 1832. NINTH GENERATION. Child of Edward and Emily Taintor. Joseph, born May, 1845, at Colbrook, Ct. NINTH GENERATION. Children of Jason A., and Maria T. Taintor. Mary T., born May, 1829. William J., born Aug., 1835. Charles C, born June, 1838. Edward I., born Nov., 1840. ♦ - Martin F., born Dec, 1842. Died, June, 1845. NINTH GENERATION. Child of Fhineas JV. and Mary Taintor. Edgar Horatio, born Aug., 1844. Died Sept., 1844. TAINTOR FAMILY. 19 Burgess, Albert, Emeline, Erving, Jane E., Charles P., Abigail NINTH GENERATION. Children of Erving and Eliza Taintor, born at Harford, N. Y., Dec, 1834. born Jan., 1837. born Jan., 1839. born Sept., 1840. born Oct., 1842. boru Nov., 1844. NINTH GENERATION. Children of Eli N., and Esther Taintor, , born Oct., 1840, and died the same month. Fidelia L., born Jan., 1842, and died March, 1846. EliH. born Dec, 1843. THIRD GENERATION. Children of Joseph and Mary Tairitor, of Watertown. Ann, born at Watertown, Ms., 2d of 7m., 1644. Joseph, born 2d of 7m., 1645. Kebekah, born 18th of the 6m., 1647. Jonathan, born ye 10 : 7m., 1654. Married Elizabeth Warrin, in 1681. Sary, born the 20 : Nov., 1657. Simon, born 30 :-7 : 1660. Wife was Joanna. Dorothy, born Aug., 1663. FOURTH GENERATION. In the line of Joseph. Children of Jon. and Eliz. Taintor. Jonathan, born at Watertown, July, 1682. Married Mary • Randoll, March, 1702. Benjamin, born June, 1685. Joseph, born May, 1688. Settled in Marlboro,' Mass. 20 GE^•EALOGY OF THE FOURTH GEXERATIOX. Children of Simon and Joanna Taintor. Simon, born at Walertown, Ms., Feb., 1693-4. Married Rebecca Harrington, May, 1714. Mary, born Jan. 1695-6. Died Jan., 1697-8. John, born March, 1698-9. Married Joanna Harring- ton, May, 1720. Rebecca, born IMay, 1701. Mary, born Nov., 1703. Married Benjamin Hastings, ofWaiertown, Mass., April, 1726. Dorathy, born May, 1706. FIFTH GENERATION. Children of Jonathan and Mary Taintor. Randoll, born at Watertown, Jan., 1703, and deceased July, 1705. Susanna, born May, 1706. FIFTH GENERATION. Children of Joseph Taintor, of Marlboro'. Eldest daughter, married 3Ir. Smith, lived and died in Boyl- ston, Mass. Two younger daughters, were never married. John, lived in Boston. Jonathan, lived and died in Marlboro'. Joseph, married Sarah Brigham, of Marlboro'. FIFTH GENERATION. Children of Simon and Rebecca Taintor. Simon, born at "Watertown, April, 1715. Married Mary Bruce. Rebecca, born Jan., 1716. Married Timotbv Warr< n. Johanna, born Feb., 1717. Married Joshua Kendall. TAINTOR FAMILY. 21 Susanna, born Dec, 1720. Married Samuel Baker, of Bollon. Jonathan, born Aug., 1723. Sarah, married Joseph Bowker. Elisabeth, baptized Jan., 1729 at Westborough. Married Stephen Sadler. Joshua, baptized Feb., 1733. Sam'l, baptized May, 1736. FIFTH GENERATION. Childreti of John and Johanna Taintor. Mary, born at Watertown, June, 1721. Died Feb., 1745. Hannah, born Feb., 1723. Married Moses Stone, Nov., 1746. Rebecca, born Aug., 1725. Susanna, born July, 1727. Johanna, born Dec, 1730. Married Ebenezer Shedd of Charlestown, Nov., 1750. John, born Aug., 1732. Ann, born Aug., 1734. Married Daniel Watson, of Cambridge, Nov., 1757. Samuel, born March, 1737. Died Jan., 1759. Ayers, born July, 1741, Married Elizabeth Cooledge of Walthara. William, born June, 1746. Died March, 1759. SIXTH GENERATION. Children of John Tayntor of Boston. Jedadiah, and Joseph. SIXTH GENERATION. Children of Jonathan Tayntor of 3Iarlboro\ John, and Joseph. The latter died at Marlboro', in 1845, aged 78. Several daughters ; names unknown. 22 GENEALOGY OF THE SIXTH GEXERATION. Children of Joseph and Sarah Tayntor. Sarah, married Ebenezer Rice, of Holden, Mass. l^Iirriam, married Stephen Potter, of IMarlborough, Mass. Annes S. married C5'rus Kingsbury, of Worcester. Luc)'', married Abel Hubbard, of Holden, Mass. Lucretia, died young. Electa, '' " Patty, married John Perry, of Holden, IMass. Benjamin, married Dinah Houghton, of Worcester, N. Y. . Joseph, married Abigal Fuller, of Lanesboro', Mass. SIXTH GEXERATIOJT. Children of Simon and Mary Taiiiter. Simon, born al Westboro', 1741, died unmarried March, 1769. Abijah, born June, 1744, at Grafton. Married Sarah Small, Oct., 1772 Mary, Joel, born March, 1749. Married Abigal Goddard, Sept., 17S6, who died in May, 1790, aged 29 years, and Elizabeth Bancroft, Dec, 1798. Nahum, born Feb., 1751. Married Huldah Sibley, of Sut- ton. May, 1781. Hannah, born March, 1758. Married Joseph Bancroft, Sept., 1750. Anna, born July, 1760. Married Robert Goddard, April, 1780. Daniel, born 17G1. Married Rebeckah Jacobs, of Ward, Jan., 1792. David, born 1761. Married Katharine Houghton, of Sterling. SIXTH GEXERATIOX. Children of Benjamin Tainter, of Nervfane^ Vt. whose wife was Hannah Wood. Benjamin, married Margaret Hinds, May. 1776. TAINTOR FAMILY. 23 Jonathan, Stephen, Samuel, Hannah, married Jemima Root. Mary, Susanna, Sarah, SIXTH GENERATION. Children of John Tainter, Jr., of Watertown. baptized at Watertown, 1756. Married "Wm. Popenbury of Lexington, Sept., 1784. " 1758. Married Henry Gipson, Aug., 1776. baptized 1760. Married Matthew Pierce, Oct., 1777. Joanna, " 1762. Samuel, " 1763. Lizzie, " 1766. Hannah, " 1767. John, 'f 1770. Nathaniel, " 1774. SIXTH GEXERATION. Children of Ayres and Elizabeth Tainter. Elizabeth, baptized in 1768. Lucy, baptized in 1770. Married Mr. Fairbanks. William, baptized in 1772. Married Betsey Kilburn, of Lunenburg. Rebecca, baptized in 1774. Daniel A., baptized in 1779. Married Elizabeth Barnard. Sally, baptized in 1784. SEVENTH GENERATION. Children of Jedadiah Tayntor, of Marlboro^ N. H. Darius, born at Marlboro'. N. H. A daughter, married Major Wiswall, of Marlboro', N. H. 24 GE.NEALOGY OF THE SEVEXTH GEXERATION. Children of Benjamin and Dinah Tayntor. born at Worcester, jS". Y. Married Mr. Root. married Eliza Foster, of Sharon, X. Y. married Elisha Treat, of Decatur, N. Y. Olive, Benjamin, Sarah, Cyrus, Mary, Lovina, a widow in Decatur. Jonah, married Roby Luther, in Truxton, N. Y Philetta, married John Popple, of Rusia, N. Y. living in Decatur. Abigail, Joseph, Patty, Orsasmus, Lucy, Ira, Erastus. Cvrus K. R'uius H. SEVEXTH GEXERATIOX. Children of Joseph and Abigail Tayntor. born at Worcester, N. York. married Ann Bennett, of Eaton, N. Y. married Fisk Wellington. married Roxana Daniels, of Eaton. living in Lebanon, jN". Y. married Caroline Darrow of Eaton. married Marietta S. Beebe, of Fenner, N. Y. married Ruth Ann Beebe. SEYEXTH GEXERATIOX. Children of Abijah and Sarah Tainter. Stephen, born at Sutton. Mass., 1776. Married Polly Dyke, who died in July, 1834.— In Oct., fol- lowing, he married Lucretia Gates. Abijah, born 177S. -Married Mercy Shumway, and Han- nah Smith, and died 1530. Sally, born April, 17S1. SEVEXTH gext:ratiox. Oiildren of Joel, and Abigal and Elizabeth Tainter. Polly, born at Sutton, July, 1787. Married Salma Carter. TAINTOR FAMILY. 25 Nabby, born May, 1790. Died Nov., 1813. aged 23 years. Simon, born Oct., 1799, married Hannah Rice, Sept., 1822. SEVENTH GENERATION. Children of Nahum and Huldah Tainter. Mahettable, born al Sutton, married Simon Bancroft, of Sut- ton, 1805. Ellenor, married Col. Prentice Gushing, of Lowell. Died May, 1829. Nancy, married Rufus Sibley, of Millbury, April, 1817, and Otis Morse, of Lebanon, Ct. Harriet, married Luke Harrington, of Milbury, Nov., 1814. Roxa, married John Lilly, of Milbury, Nov., 1817. Harvey, born Jan. 1784, married Lucy Copeland, of Lei- cester, Sept., 1816. SEVENTH GENERATION. Children of David and Katherine Tainter. Katherine S., born May, 1790, married Benjamin Rugg, of Leominster, and died in 1845. Thomas S., born March, 1791. Died young. SEVENTH GENERATION. Children of Daniel and Reb ecca Tainter. Betsey, born at Sutton, Jan., 1794, married Reuben Mer- riam, of Leicester. Nancy, born March, 1795. Died young. SEVENTH GENERATION. Children of Jonathan and Jemima Tainter. Josiah W., born at Dummerston, Vt., Jan., 1782, married Miss Davis, of Somers, Conn., Aug., 1803. 3 26 GENEALOGY OF THE Jonathan, Timothy, and Loren. Polly, Jemima, Lois, and Lucinda. i A-i'^^ lnfn:>^^ SEVENTH GENERATION. Children of William and Betsey Tainter. William C, born at Leominster, June, 1800, married Mary B. Hiscock, of Cambridgeport. Elizabeths., born April, 1802, resides in Fitchburg, Mass. Elmus, born March, 1804, married Abigail Green, of Lexington. Lewis, born Sept., 1806, married Lucinda Pearce, of Groton. Elijah F. born Aug., 1808, married Cordelia Briggs, of Watertown. Daniel A. born July, 1812, married Sarah Willis, of Boston. Solon S. born June, 1816, married Joanna Littlefield, ol Holliston. SEVENTH GENERATION. Children of Daniel A. and Elizabeth Tainter. Daniel A. born at Watertown, married Persis Richardson. George, residing in Watertown. EIGHTH GENERATION. Children of Benjamin and Eliza Tayntor. Gilford, living in Russia, N. Y. married Miss Wooden, of Russia. Mary Ann, and Alanson. EIGHTH GENERATION. Children of Lorenzo and Louisa Tayntor. Mary, Ursula, Marshal, Eunice, and Ellen. TAINTOR FAMILY. 27 EIGHTH GENEKATION. Children of Jonah and Robij Tayntor. Tharressa, and Mary. EIGHTH GENERATION. Children of Joseph and Ann Tayntor. Ann A., born at Eaton, N. Y. Eliza M., Homer B., and Amelia B. EIGHTH GENERATION. Children of Orsamus and Roxana Tayntor. Emma, and two died young. EIGHTH GENERATION. Children of Ira and Caroline Tayntor. Merriam J., Sarah L., Albert J., and Rufus N. EIGHTH GENERATION. Children of Erastus and Marriette S. Tayntor. Mary E., Adelbert R., Oscar Jr., and J. Munro. EIGHTH GENERATION. Child of Cyrus K. and Ann B. Tayntor. Eliza A. EIGHTH GENERATION. Child of Stephen and Polly Tainter. Sumner, died young. 28 GENEALOGY OF THE EIGHTH GEXERATIOX. Children of Abijah and Mercy and Hanah Taint er, Fanny, born at Milibury, Feb., 1800. married Burt. Leonard, born April, 1804. Went to N. York, when young. David, born Nov., 1805, married Eliza T. B. 3Iarble, Oct., 1836. Daniel, born Aug., 1807, married Betsey M. Marsh, April, 1833. Sumner, born Jan., 1810, died in Michigan, Jan., 1845. Willard, born Feb., 1812, married Hannah Goddard, of Worcester. Almira, born Oct., 1819, married Asa Burt, of Milibury, Dec, 1839. Sarah, born Aug., 1824. Died young. Sybil, born July 8th, 1825. Lucy, born Jan., 29th, 1826. Emeline, bora July; 1830. Died younj ig. EIGHTH GENERATION. Children of Simon and Hannah Tainter. Joel E., born June, 1823. Charles A., born Apil, 1834. Harriet E., born Aug., 1826. Elbriage G., born April, 1837. EIGHTH GEXERATION. Children of Harvey and Lucy Tainter. Isaac Keith, born on the birth day of his father, Jan., 1818- Married Harriet Newell Eddy of N. Provi- dence, Oct., 1845. Daniel, born Sept., 1819, married Sarah E. Johnson, of Worcester, May, 1840. Nahum, born June, 1821, married Ann E. Pierce, of Smithfield, R. L, May, 1845 Ephraim C. born July, 1823. Harvey S. born April, 1825. died Sept., 1827. Lucy K. born Dec. 1827. Died Sept., 1844. TAINTOR FAMILY. 29 Harvey S., born Oct., 1829. Carver, born July, 1831. Laura, born April, 1836, Celia L., born Oct., 1841. EIGHTH GENERATION. Children of Josiah W. Tainter of Whitingkam, Vt. Rebecca, born at Whitingham, Jan., 1806. married Ben- jamin Eames of Halifax, Vt., May. 1825. Betsey, born Sept., 1809. Married David Chase, Oct., 1829. He died, and she married Isaac Allerd. Noris v., born March, 1812. Married Sarah Martin, Sept., 1834. Lydia, born July, 1814. Married Joseph Farnum, Feb., 1837. Josiah W., Jr., born March, 1818. Married Elizabeth Russell, Nov., 1838. James M. born April, 1821. EIGHTH GENERATION. Children of Wm., T. and Mary B. Tainter. Mary E. and William H. EIGHTH GENERATION. Children of Lewis and Lucinda Tainter. George L., Frances E., and two others, names unknown. EIGHTH GENERATION. Children of Elijah F. and Cordelia Tainter. Delia Ann,^ Alfred B., Harriet A., and Theron E. EIGHTH GENERATION. Children of Daniel A., and Sarah Tainter, of Boston. Francis J., born at Boston, Dean W., Daniel Webster and George. 30 GEN^EALOGY OF THE TAINTOR FAMILY. EIGHTH GENERATION. Children of Daniel A. and Fersis Tainter, of Watertorvn. Elizabeth B., and Henry A. KEXTH GEXERATION. Children of David and Eliza T. B. Tainter. Hannah E., Mary E., and Abijah S. XIXTH GEXERATIOX. Children of Daniel and Betsey M. Tainter. Louise A., and George F. XIXTH GEXERATIOX. Children of Willard and Hannah Tainter. John X., and one younger. XTXTH GEXERATIOX. Children of Daniel and Sarah E. Tainter >. Calista B., born at Worcester, Nov., 1&40. Charles E., born March, iS46. XIXTH GEXERATIOX. Child of Isahnm and Ann E. Tainter. Henry A., born June, 1846. « KIXTH GEXERATIOX. Children of Norris D. and Sarah Tainter. Loren, born at V\'hitingham, and Lucinda. XIXTH GEXERATIOX. Children of Josiak Jr. and Elizabeth Tainter. Mary. born at Whifingham, Vt., and Lnana. BIOGRAPHICAL NOTICES OF INDIVIDUALS, ETC. Abijah Tainter, born in 1744, at Grafton, Ms., died in 1828, was a carpenter, bought a farm in Sut- ton, — he and wife were admitted into the church in that place Dec. 1790, and " were pious, honest and respectable." Alanson Taintor, son of Michael of Northford, Conn., resides in Euclid, Ohio. Alanson Tayntor, son of Benjamin, living in Russia, N. Y. Benjamin Tainter, son of Deac. Simon Taintei*, of Westboro', (his birth not recorded in Watertown records) was taken captive by the Indians at Adams, June, 11, 1746. In 1747, Feb. 15, " Benjamin Tain- ter, son to Lieut. Tainter, of Westborough, New Eng- land," and six others, " were brought down from Montreal to Quebeck" — he afterward settled in New* fane, Vt. Doct. Benjamin Tainter, resides in Gainesville^ Genesee Co., N. Y. 32 GENEALOGY OF THE Charles Taintor, of South Wales, migrated to America, with his family in consequence of religious persecution ; was deprived of a large estate in Wales, by confiscation — his home was Fairfield, Conn., — he was a commercial man, — was intrusted in foreign voyages and was lost at sea with Mr. Jagger, in Oct., 1654, with whom he was probably part-owner of the ship — he possessed real estate in Fairfield, which was sold by his sons Charles Jr. and Michael, in 1656, to John-S^HH-. ijLCT Charles TAI^'T0R, Jr., came from Wales, was a commercial man, and went to Virginia, about 1656 — nothing is known of him subsequent to that period. Capt. Charles Ta?ntor, was born at Colchester, 1723, lived on the farm where his grandfather set- lied, and died there in March, 1807. — He was wealthy, owning large real estate. He was a pious, influential man ; a worthy descendant of the Puritans. He was Town and Society Treasurer. His wife died in 1822. Charles Taintor, son of Capt. Charles, was an enterprising business man — was engaged in business in New London, Wilkesbarre, (Penn.) and Buffalo, where he died in 1827. Charles Taintor, born at Colchester, 1762, went South with the French Army, which quartered in TAINTOR FAMILY. 33 Colchester for one winter. He left Colchester, and commenced the mercantile business in Windham, in Dec, 1789, in which he has been eminently suc- cessful. He has been a member of Conn. Gen. As- sembly, and is still living in Windham, (1847). Charles Taintor, son of Deac. Michael, of Or- ford, N. H., went from Orford to Shelburne, Ms. in 1809, and taught school the following winter — he first suggested the idea of establishing the " first independent social library" in Shelburne, in 1822, — has been a grand juror from Shelburne, &c. Charles Taintor, of Buffalo, left his father's family in Wilkesbarre (Penn.) when about 5^ years of age, to reside with his grand-parents, in Colchester, with whom he lived till April, 1825. He then left Colchester and went to Buffalo, after spending six months, in Auburn, N. Y. — In his younger days, was, for two or three years clerk in a broker's office, after that, for about the same time in the U. S. Branch Bank, in Buffalo — then for a few years, was engaged in the exchange and brokerage business, in which he was unsuccessful, having lost a large amount by the forgeries and failure of Benjamin Rathbun, and also large amounts by endorsing, in 1836, and the general depreciation of property, and failures of others, soon swept away a " comfortable indepen- 34 GENEALOGY OF THE dence" — for the last few years has been and now is engaged in the lumber-trade, as well as horticulture and gardening, &c. Charles Taintor, son of Capt. Newhall, of Col- chester, graduated from Yale College, in Aug., 1839 — " was considered one of the first in his class. — I believe I can truly say his talents were of a su- perior order — his virtues and amiable qualities greatly endeared him to all who knew him ; in- deed, he was universally beloved : none knew him but to love, none named him but to praise. He left home in Oct., 1839, for Lousiana, ' to seek,' as he said, ' that fortune his native state denied him* — in seven months after reaching Harrisonburg, he fell a victim to the baneful influences of a southern clime." Daniel A. Tainter, son of Wm., resides in Bos- ton, was a ward officer, in 1844. David Tainter, son of Simon, was a Physician in Westboro', and died in 1791, aged 29 years. Edwin Bulkley Taintor, son of Solomon, of Hampton, graduated at Yale College, in 1821— a merchant in AV. Brookfield, since. Eli Taintor, son of Joseph, lived in Windsor, (Conn.) till 1835 — has been sheriff, and for several years past has been a Pension agent — now resides in Lee, Mass. TAINTOR FAMILY. 35 Erving Tainter, son of Eli, resides in Harford, Cortland Co., N. Y., and is a preacher there. EzEKiEL Tainter, was a sheriff in Madison Co., Wisconsin, in 1839. Frank Lathrop Taintor, eldest son of Giles, of Windham. Giles Taintor, son of Charles, of Windham, graduated at Yale College, in 1822 — resides in Windham. Giles S. Taintor, son of Charles of Buffalo, a merchant in Natchez, Miss., formerly cashier of the Commercial and Rail Road Bank at Vicksburg. Harvey Tainter, born at Sutton, N. Parish, 1784 — was a school-teacher for many years, from 1803 to 1819 — in 1810, June 1st, was commissioned Adjutant of the regiment of cavalry, in the 1st brig- ade and 7th division of Militia, which office he re- signed in 1816— in 1814, was appointed Marshal of a Court Martial, holden in Brookfield — has been select- man, assessor, treasurer, &c., in Leicester, at differ- ent times — a commissioner of three for setting off and dividing the real estates of three of the largest landholders in Leicester, amongst their heirs — has been juror lo courts holden at Worcester, and to the U. S. Court, at Boston, in 1833, and to the S. J. Court at Worcester, 1840 — in 1840 was appointed 86 GENEALOGY OF THE assistant Marshal for taking a portion of the 6th cen- sus of the Mass. district — was appointed a Coroner, in 1843, also a committee of three for changing the inside of Leicester meeting-house, in 1829, the cost of which was 83,484 — his wife is a lineal descend- ant from Gov. Wm. Bradford, John Alden, and also of Rev. James Keith, who came from Scotland in 1662. Horw Hexry Taintor, of Clinton, Ct., was born in Branford, where he resided many years — has been Rep. to Conn. Gen. Assembly from Branford — was whicr candidate for senator for Middlesex district in 1843 — in 1844 was elected senator over L'Homme- dieu, the democrat candidate, — has often been dele- gate to Whig State conventions, one of the County Committee, &c. is a merchant and Elliptic Spring manufacturer. Henry G. Taintor, son of Solomon of Hampton, is a merchant in Hampton, Conn. " Isaac Taixtor, son of Nathaniel, was left in infancy to the guidance of his mother, was a man of strict honor, and considered peculiarly shrewd in matters of business and money making. He was a farmer by occupation, considered a great judge of the value of lands, and literally, a land merchant — a buyer and seller of farms — At a little TAINTOR FAMILY. 37 over 50 years of age he died, leaving something over twenty thousand dollars." Joel Tainter, of Sutton, Mass., V(ras a Lieut, in the Revolutionary war. " Capt. John Taintor, eldest son of Michael from Wales, seems to have possessed many of the quali- ties and virtues of his father — he was much in pub- lic life — his alliance by marriage was evidently with one of the most respectable families of New Haven Colony — Dorcas Swain, daughter of Daniel and grand-daughter of Samuel Swain, is known by tradi- tion as one of the most comely maidens of the age, and wishing to confer every possible happiness upon her acquaintances, she married Mr. John Collins in six months after the death of her lord and husband John Taintor." " He (John Taintor) is known in the church his- tory of the town of Branford, and was evidently, a man armed to every good work, and ready to sustain the purity of the pure principles of the Puritan fath- ers." " He left no children, he died at Branford, Sept. 1699 — he left a will, in which, after several bequests to benevolant purposes, and certain provisions to his wife, he gave the main part of his estate to Joseph, youngest son of his brother Micaiell of Windsor." Capt. John Tainter, son of Simon of Watertown, 4 38 GENEALOGY OF THE was chosen Deacon of the church of Watertown in 1749. John Taintor, son of Deac. IMicael of Colchester, died in April, 1798 — was a man of influence and wealth in Colchester — was an inn-keeper in Colches- ter during the war of the Revolution, as well as be- fore and subsequent. His second wife (Sarah Bulk- ley) was grand-daughter of Rev. John Bulkley, first minister of Colchester, who was son of Gurshom and grandson of Peter Bulkley, three of the most eminent of New England Divines — her father was Capt. Gurshom Bulkley. Capt. John Taintor, son of Joseph of Branford, " was a man of standing and large estate for the times — he gave to the Ecclesiastical society in North- ford, a very handsome sum which they have since lost ; and he also gave to the " South school district of Northford," a handsome bequest, which makes it a free school." John Taintor, born in Colchester, Sept., 1760 — went south with the French Army — in 1791 he left Marlboro', Conn., where he had been a merchant, and commenced business in Lebanon — afterward a merchant in Windham — he and his brothers, Charles, Roger and Solomon were said to be worth over 400,000 dollars, more than twenty years ago. He TAINTOR FAMILY. 39 died in New York, at the residence of his sons-in- law, (Israel Foote) whilst there on a visit, in March, 1825 — was a member of Conn. Gen. Assembly. Doct. John R. Taintor, of Butler, N. York, stu- died at Dartmouth University, where he obtained his diploma. John A. Taintor, of Hartford, Conn., — merchant — graduated at Yale College in 1821 — has spent much time and traveled in every part of Europe in 1828 and '29, and in 1845 and '46, and as a source of amusement, has been at great pains and expense, for the improvement of fine wooled sheep, having selected and imported the choicest animals from the finest flocks in France, Spain, Germany, Prussia and Austria, the last year. Joseph Taintor, of Watertown, from Wales, ap- pears on the Watertown records in 1644. Farmer says he " was a proprietor of Watertown and Sud- bury about 1640," — in 1663 " Nathaniel Treadaway and Joseph Taynter, with the deacons, were chosen and empowered to act in all emergent occasions, to place people in the meeting-house as need do re- quire." " Joseph Taintor, youngest son of Esq. Micaiell, went from Colchester, where his father then lived and settled at Branford, as the heir of his uncle 40 GENEALOGY OF THE John. He was a man of quiet and retired habits — having by heirship a very ample estate, for the times, he appears to have given his attention to domestic pursuits — he was but about 12 years old when his uncle John left him his estate, but probably resided at Colchester, with his father, till his majority — he was known as a mild, amiable man, of industrious habits, and somewhat given to the acquisition of property — he stood amongst his neighbors, high, as a man of probity and integriiy, but declining public employment and responsibility — he died aged 41 years, and his wife near the same time, leaving an orphan family, his youngest son, Nathaniel, being but about three years old ; his oldest son, Joseph, but about 14 — but very little of his estate seems to have passed to his children at their majority — between the necessary expenses attending their youth and the rapacity of guardians, they were left to begin the world with but little except their hands, and what native or peculiar energy of character they might possess — some of them were apprenticed, in early life to trades, which they never subsequently fol- lowed." "Joseph Taintor, eldest son of Joseph of Bran- ford, settled on a part of the estate of his father, and died Oct., 1750, aged 36 — he was much such a man as his father." TATNTOR FAMILY. 41 Jesse F, Taintor, of Cleveland, Ohio, is Teller in a Banking House in Cleveland, and connected with another gentleman in the lumbering business. Capt. Joseph Taintor, of Colebrook, Conn, was Deacon of the church in Colebrook. Marie Taintor, from Wales, daughter of Charles sen., was married at Branford, Conn., Nov. 1662, to Thomas Pierson, son of Rev. Abraham Pierson of Branford. Mary H. Taintor, daughter of Charles, and Phebe H. Taintor, died in Nov., 1842 — of her it was written, " with a mind to appreciate, and a heart formed to love all that is good and beautiful in the natural and moral world, and that mind and heart devoted to Him, by whom it was bestowed, can we but hope that she will meet a rich reward." Medad and Michael Taintor, sons of Michael, and grandsons of Joseph of Branford, were similar in their pursuits, being farmers — men of irreproach- able character, firm and unwavering in their opinions and purposes : never submitting to a known wrong and never exacting what was not strictly and honestly their's — under easy and comfortable circumstances, they seemed neither ambitious of fame or covetous of great wealth, and presented an example of brotherly love and kindness worthy of imitation — having daily 4* 42 GENEALOGY OF THE intercourse, they seemed never more happy than in each other's society, and were never known from infancy for a moment to entertain for each other any other than feelings of kindness and love." Michael Tai:ntor, from Wales, was Master of a yacht trading to Virginia in 1653 — he settled in Branford, Conn, and died there in 1672-3. In 1667 Michael Taintor was one of four " employed and empowered by the town of Branford to buy the house and lands of Richard Harrison" — he and Thomas Harrison witnessed a deed in 1671 — in 1669 he was one of the number chosen on the part of Branford to settle the difficulties relative to the boun- daries between the towns of Branford and New Ha- ven — in 1670, he was one of a committee of eight, to settle the bounds between Branford and Guil- ford — he was judge of a court held at Branford in 1669 — he was a member of Conn. Gen. Assembly several sessions — the inventory of his estate, taken in 1672-3, was ^'166, 4.9. and lOtZ, — that of his son John, taken in Sept., 1699, was ^'493,75., and 2cZ. "From the deed made by Charles Jr. and Michael of Charles Sen.'s estate, and from the death of Michael only 19 years afier the death of his father, it seems he must have been somewhat in life before the death of his father, although his energies of character were not TAINTOR FAMILY. 43 called forth till Rev. Abraham Pierson and his peo- ple left the infant settlement to contend unaided with the hardship and trial incident to all new setde- ments ; and here we jfirst have notice of his promi- nence, perseverance, and patriarchal character — un- aided by that clerical influence so peculiar and neces- sary to those times, the plantation seems to have pro- gressed, and we find Michael Taintor and his son John, only seventeen years of age, signing the new planta- tion and church covenant, June 20th, 1667. We also find him, by state record, representative from Bran- ford. In him we find the Ship Master, and man of en- terprise, the legislator, and consistent christian profes- sor, the commissioner and judge, the puritan and patri- arch ; evidently bringing up his family in the fear of God. From all that can be known of him, it appears evident that he was a man of influence and discretion, and posterity for a series of time held his name in great respect and veneration, probably not so much from the splendor of his career, as from the disinterested nobleness, and integrity of his char- acter." His wife, Elizabeth, died July, 1659.- MicAiELL Taintor, son of Michael of Branford, went in early life to Windsor, and married Mary, daughter of Thomas Loomis. "In 1698, the legisla- ture of Conn, passed a resolution providing that a 44 GENEALOGY OF THE new plantation should be made at a place called Young's farms, between Middletown and Norwich, and the Rev. John Bulkley was appointed to lead out the new colony — among the most prominent per- sons enrolled in this enterprise, were Micaiell Taintor and his brother in law, John Loomis of Windsor, and this was the beginning of the present town of Col- chester." (See Trumbull's history.) He was " one of her majesty's justices of the peace" (Queen Anne's) a member of Gen. Assembly 26 sessions. Town Clerk of Colchester from its settlement until he died in Feb., 1730 — Register of deeds, and some- times selectman, &c. He settled one mile west of the present village of Colchester on a hill embracing the best soil in Colchester, and commanding a fine pros- pect to the east. It appears evident fron the honors conferred on him, and by the high estimation in which he was held by his contemporaries, that he was a man of high moral worth, and a man of supe- rior abilities and attainments, and an ornament to the town of which he was one of the " first principal planters." Deac. MicAELL Taintor, eldest son of Esqr. Micaell, was a farmer and a cooper, and died on the place where his father settled. He appears to have cared but little for public stations, and the attendant TAINTOR FAMILY. 45 responsibility — he was a mild and amiable man distinguished for nothing more than he was for his high sense of honor, his integrity and love of justice and truth. He was held in such high estimaiion by his contemporaries that his word was a bond, and his love of justice and truth (as manifested in his life) was proverbial — he was temperate and of in- dustrious habits, and died at the advanced age of ninety-one in March, 1771. Michael Taintor, eldest son of Deac. Micaell, settled on a good farm in Westchester, (Colchester) and died at the early age of 29, in 1748, Nov., leaving a handsome estate to his infant children. Deac. Michael Taintor, son of Michael of West- chester, was brought up at his grandfather's. On be- coming of age he engaged in sea-trading, and re- sided for a while in Charleston, S. Carolina : — not being one of fortune's favorites, he lost his property and removed 200 miles from his native place, up the Conn, river, and cleared up a farm in Orford, N. H., where he at length acquired a competency. The Revolutionary war commenced soon after his emi- gration, a-nd his patriotism constrained him to enter the war as a volunteer, having some commission — he was afterward engaged in agricultural pursuits, and was also a cooper. He was chosen Deac. of 46 GENEALOGY OF THE the first Congregational church in Or ford — was a sealer of weights and measures, and a royal arch mason — in his younger days, he studied medicine, but never practised — he died in April, 1831. Capt. Morton Taintor, of Natchez, j\Iiss., is Auction and Commission merchant there. He was appointed Capt. of Mississippi ]\Iilitia, in 1847. Nahum Taintor, entered the revolutionary war, a volunteer, in the company of Capt. Andrew Elliott, in 1775 — was sergeant in a campaign to White Plains, in 1776, and also at the taking of Burgoyne, in 1777. In April, 1783, he bought a lot of land in Leicester, and the next year began to clear his land, and build a house — he lived an honest man, and died July, 1816. Nahu3i Tainter, son of Harvey of Leicester, educated himself for a minister of the gospel, keep- ing school winters in Worcester, East and West Bridgewater, and W^estport, Mass. He commenced preaching in 1843, being 22 years of of age — he is now preaching at Chilmark, (Martha's Vineyard) Mass. Nathaniel Taintor, son of Joseph of Bran ford, " was noted for industry and skill in matters of finance, and acquired a fortune, for the short time he lived and the sphere of his operations. His brother TAINTOR FAMILY. 47 Michael, was a quiet, unaspiring man of feeble health, remarkable for his quiet industry, and honesty of character and purpose." Capt. Newhall Taintor, resides on the old place 't^^here Esq. Micaiell settled about 1700 — he has been very extensively engaged in business, and has held many important posts — has been Representative to Gen. Assembly of Conn., Justice of the peace. Selectman and Constable, Deputy Sheriff 16 succes- sive years, has presided at the freeman's meetings, &c. — in masonry he was Knight templar. Rev. Orsamus Tayntor, Sheridan, Chataque Co., New York. Ralph S. Taintor, son of Capt. Newhall, resides in Pomfret, Conn., has been justice of the peace, delegate to the Whig State convention, in 1843, &c. Roger Taintor, of Hampton, Ct. died April, 1831 — he commenced the mercantile business in Hamp- ton, in 1797. He represented the town of Hampton, in Gen. Assembly of Conn. Dea. Simon* Tainter, of Westborough, Mass., son of Simon of Watertown. In 1763, April, " Si- mon Tainter, gentleman," of Westboro' made his will, in which he bequeathed his " silver cup'''' to his grandson, Simon Tainter. In the journal of the Rev. Mr. Parkman of Westboro', for 1757, now in the 48 GENEALOGY OF THE Antiquarian Hall, Worcester, he says, " Jan. 30th, Mrs Hastings and Mrs. Whitney of Watertown, sis- ters of Lt. Tainter dined here." " April 13th," my wife rode to Boston to-day and Lt. Tainter waited on her. — 15th, my wife, with Deac. Tainter returns from Boston." Simon Tainter, son of Dea. Simon of Westboro', *' was constable in Sutton, in 1764-5 — was chosen one of a committee to take care of, and provide for the families of such persons as are in the Continen- tal service, Dec. 19th, 1777 — also one of a commit- tee to inspect and prosecute all breaches of law, agreeable to a late act of the Gen. Assembly, &;c. March 8th, 1779 — in 1756, was chosen one of a committee to treat with the Rev. Mr. Wellman, about his salary — also 1763, was chosen one of the Parish committee." Solomon Taintor, son of John, commenced busi- ness in Hampton, in 1797, was a member of Gen. Assembly, and died in April, 1827. Doct. Stephen Tainter, son of Benjamin, of Newfane, Vt. Practised in Whitingham, Vt., and in Sandgate, New York — had three daughters, names unknown. Stephen Tainter, of Millbury, farmer, was a member of the Cong, church — " was pious, honest, and respectable." TAINTOR FAMILY. 49 Capt. William Tainter, son of Ayres Tainter, of Leominster. William C. Tainter, Boston, has been for many- years a Restaurateur. William Taintor, son of Charles, who died in Buffalo, is engaged in mercantile business, near Michigan city, Indiana. Several whose Mothers were Tainlors. Lieut. Charles T. Baker, of the U. S. Army. William B. Brockett, dealer in periodicals and other publications, at Springfield, Mass. Eliphalet a. Bulkley, Esq., lawyer, of Hartford, Conn. John T. Bulkley, Colchester, Conn. Chas. T. and John G. Grosvenor, Geneva, N. Y, Ralph IsHAM, merchant of Colchester, died in 1845. Rev. Erastus Maltby, of Taunton, Mass. Doct. Peter Moulton, of New Rochelle, N. Y. Capt. Nathaniel Otis, for many years kept the " Coffee House," in New London, Ct. Deac. John Otis, of Colchester, Conn. Deac. David Otis, of Colchester. Deac. Aaron Skinner, removed from Colchester to Shelburne, in 1773. Was Lieut, in the Revolu- 5 50 GENEALOGY OF THE tionary war, justice of the peace, Town clerk of Shelburne, Representative to Gen. court, &c. Deac. David Skinner, of j\Iarlborough, Conn. Doct. John R. Watrous, of Colchester, Conn., was a surgeon in the American Revolutionary Army. President of the Conn. Medical Society, held impor- tant public posts in his native town, and died in Dec, 1842, aged 87 years. David Welles, Jr., rendered aid in the Revolution- ary war, in the capacity of an Adjutant, was chosen Major, which office he did not accept. He died in Shelburne, 1816, aged 66 years. William Wells, Esq., of Shelburne, Mass. Capt. Walter Wells, P. ]\I., Shelburne Mass. Copy of a Letter. " Fitchburg, June 21th, 1846. Mr. Charles M. Taintor, iSzV, — " Having seen a copy of your letter to Mr. Harvey Tainter of Leicester, and, also, on a recent visit to Boston, found that you had, sometime since, written to a brother of mine residing there, on the subject of our ancestry, T take pleasure in com- municating to you the little knowledge I icas in pos- session of, together with what I was able to learn during my short stop, on my return, at Watertown ; TAINTOR FAMILY. 51 and regret, exceedingly, that your communication has not received an earlier answer. I obtained of Mr. Weisse, the Unitarian Clergyman of Watertown, a church record. The dale of the book extended back nearly two centuries. In 1687, 1 found, among the baptisms, the following record, " I baptized two children of Jonathan Tainter, called Jonathan and Benjamin. In 1688, Joseph Tainter, son of Jona- than Tainter." — I could find no further entries until 1725, when I found a record of the baptisms, or the commencement of it, of the family of Deacon John Tainter, of whose family my grandfather was one. **#*-**- Ayres Tainter removed with his children to Leominster, about the year 1790, (his wife being dead.) In ihe year of 1799, Wil- liam Tainter married Betsey Kilbourn of Lunenburg, who died in 1819— he died in 1824 Daniel A. Tainter returned to Watertown — married Elizabeth Barnard — he died there in 1839. Their children are Daniel A. and George, both of whom reside in Watertown The source from which I derived the little information I possess, cannot, of course, be perfect, not having any dates of births or deaths, nor of marriages ; and probably the baptisms are not all of them recorded, of my grandfather's family, — that of Daniel Adams was 52 GENEALOGY OF THE omitted, although there is no doubt of its having been performed, as he was named for the minister. In one case it was stated that a portion of the record, " was taken from the interleaved almanacs of the pastor, after his decease, by a son." Although there is no record of a " John" in the family of Jonathan Tainter, yet, I think there is very little doubt of his be- ing of that family ; if so, we can trace our descent from Joseph Tainter, through Jonathan, John, Ayres, and William Tainter, six generations ; and the children of my brother"'s, some of whom have nearly arrived at manhood, are of the seventh. It has been for years, a subject of deep regret to me, that during my grandfather's life I had not obtained and comi- mitted to paper, some genealogical facts of my an- cestry. I recollect to have heard him converse with people who visited him, from Watertown, but have not been able, for many years, to recall to mind any facts of earlier date than of his own family — that, probably, being all I felt interested in at the time, for he returned to W. several years before his death, which took place there in 1824. I am very glad to hear of your intentions in regard to publishing a book, and should I be able to collect anv further in- formation, if it is not too late, I will gladly commu- nicate it to you. Should you succeed in your plan. TA^NTOR FAMILY. 53 if you will send half a dozen to me at Fitchburg, I will remit the money for them, to you, by mail. Respectfully, Elizabeth E. Tainter." " Fitchburg, Sept. 5th, 1846. "Mr. C. M. Taintor, I have deferred replying to your letter, daily expect- ing to receive answers to letters which I addressed to friends in Watertown. Lest you should infer my interest in the subject had abated, I will give you the little additional information in my possession, and assure you if I can derive more from any source, I will forward it to you directly. — Ayres Tainter mar- ried Elizabeth Cooledge, of Waltham, — her brother, Gen. Jonathan C, died but a few years since at that place I hope to be able to learn the name of the wife of Deacon John Tainter, as there is, or was recently, living in W., an aged lady who was acquainted with the family in her early years, and who, at times, is quite communicative and intelligent, as I have been informed. " For biographical sketches" of our family, mea- ger indeed are the materials for furnishing any ; so far as my knowledge extends, no one has been far famed for " learning, talent, wealth or power." — 5* 54 GENEALOGY OF THE Perhaps, however, the military prowess of some of them should be remembered — my father was com- mander of a company of Militia ! and in the church records at Waterton, I learned that in 1749, Captain John Taintor was chosen by the church to the office of Deacon^ two offices which would seem in our *' Peace" days, to be rather incongruous. — In regard to writing to the gentleman of our name in Wales, if you have not received an answer to your letter, I will gladly write, although I think he would be more likely to answer so pertinent a letter as you would address him, than any thing from my pen : yet, if you advise it, and will furnish me with some leading questions, I will write with pleasure. Should you or your's have occasion to pass through our village, a call from you would afford me much pleasure. — At the residence of A. Crocker, Esq. Respectfully Yours, E. E. Tainter." " Clinton, 2oth Dec. 1846. Dear Sir. — Your last letter has lain by me a long time unanswered — not because I did not properly ap- preciate it, but from many causes. Soon after its re- ceipt I was taken ill, and confined for a time by sickness — then many pressing cares came in, and so I have de- TAINTOR FAMILY. 55 layed till now — again, to congratulate a married man in the " honey moon," is but common-place — I have therefore waited till the " sober, second thoughts" of a married life have, I trust, learned you somewhat to appreciate the blessing of a helpmeet, and come late to wish you a continual increase of enjoyment. My health for two years past has been rather unstable, but under the influence of the morning shower-bath, I am regaining my former vivacity of mind and strength and agility of body. I am for cold water inside and outside. The properties of water have, I think, been but very little understood in this our world. I should judge from your's, that you was expecting something from me (as I once intimated) respecting my own history — but on reflection, I have thought best to say nothing of my own career, at present, ev- en to confidential friends. True, my life has really been somewhat checkered, and marked by singular incidents, but God in every event has been better to me than my deserts, and my chief, nay, only regrets are, that I have not given to Him my talents, all my being. Excuse me, I am not about to preach a ser- mon, but I must be allowed to say that I feel as if the relationship between God and his creature, man, was not in general properly understood. It is record- ed of Enoch that he walked and talked with God, and 66 GENEALOGY OF THE was not, for God took him. I see no reason why men cannot now attain to the same degree of holiness and gracoi To this high attainment, or to a daily communion with God by prayer, I hope it is the ob- ject both of you and myself to arrive, having a certain knowledge of pardoned sin, and being brought nigh, by the blood of the atonement. You, having passed the dangerous and trying period of youth, and ob- tained the wife of your affections, can probably never have a more favorable season for growth in grace than the present, which allow me earnestly to desire you to improve, and don't believe a single sugges- tion that may be made to you from any quarter, that age with or without a fortune, is a more favorable time. Regarding the matter of our ancestors, I have learned nothing new. Some of our friends this way are getting rather impatient to see the work. I, myself, have been hoping to see it this winter. Perhaps you may have progressed so far with it, that you can form some opinion when you can put it to press, and what will be the probable cost, and whenever you can find leisure, to write me, I shall be glad to hear from you. Yours Truly, Henry Taintor." TAINTOR FAMILV. 57 " Fitchburg, Jan. Ist. 1847. Mr. Taintor, Sir^ — Soon after receiving your last, I directed a letter to the address you furnished me, and as I had nothing further to communicate at that time, thought I would wait until a sufficient time had elapsed for " our kinsman" to receive and answer it. I have heard nothing, however, from that source, as yet, and entertain but a very faint hope that I ever shall — indeed it would he presumption in me, to expect an answer, if a communication from your pen re- mained unanswered. — T have succeeded in eliciting an answer to a letter, addressed, " George Tainter, Watertown," which I will inclose and send to you, as the sickness of friends deprives me of the little leisure I should otherwise have for writing. — I learn by it, that the wife of Deac. John Tainter was Jonanna Harrington, a fact I have been unable to learn from any source until I received this letter, which I inclose with the request that it may be returned at the earliest convenient opportunity, as I intend to rear a genea- logical tree, the first season that is fruitful for lei- sure. — I mtist hastily close, after wishing yourself and family the congratulations of the season — " A happy New year." Yours, E. E. Tainter." 58 GENEALOGY OF THE " Natchez, Jan. 1th, 1847. ]\Ir. Charles I\I. Taintoe, [Shdhurnt., Mass..,) Dear Sir, — I have the pleasure to acknowledge the receipt of your esteemed favor of Nov. 26lh, and in reply, would assure you that nothing would afford me greater pleasure than to contribute my mite of information, towards the work you intend publishing. — But, unfortunately for me, I do not pos- sess a single scrap of record, except some loose memoranda which I picked up at my uncle Newhall Taintor's, in Colchester, some two or three years since, and are only items, with which you are fully acquainted. ]\Iy brother, Jesse F. Taintor, who resides at Cleveland, Ohio, is in possession of our family record, and is more fully acquainted with the family history than myself, and will take pleasure in promoting your views — permit me to com.mend you to him — I will write to my brother on the subject, and furnish him with such statistics of the two fami- lies living here, as will enable him to furnish you with a complete history of my father's family. — In my wanderings through the United States, which have not been inconsiderable during the last twenty years, I have never met with any of our name, (ex- cept those with whom we are directly connected,) with a single exception, and that was at Old Windsor, tAlNTOR FAMILY. 69 Conn., in 1831-2 — I think they afterwards moved to Ohio. — My acquaintance with that family was confined to a single member, whose name I have forgotten, having met him only once or twice, in Hartford. — Not having the good luck, as is the case with some of the family, to be born to a fortune, I have necessarily, been all my life, a creature of circumstances, and they of late years have not proved so propitious as I could at this moment desire, and cannot, therefore, volunteer any pecuniary aid in your undertaking, but when accomplished, as I sincerely hope it may be, myself and brother here, will expect some copies of the publication, and will most cordially contribute our proportion towards re- munerating you for expenses incurred — Although our Cognomen, " Yankee," is used in this southern land as a term of reproach, yet it has ever been my pride, and boast, to claim descent from " the Puri' tans,'''' and the result of your labors, will, I trust, enable us to transmit this glorious recollection to our posterity, substantiated by incontestible evidence. — If not infringing too much on your time and patience you will confer a favor by writing to me occasionally, as your work progresses. I am, dear sir, very truly, your obliged friend and servant, Morton Taintor." 60 GENEALOGV OF THE ''Lebanon (N. Y.) Jan. 5th, 1817. t? Dear sir, — It was by accident that I received your letter a long time after date, it having been sent to the wrong post office ; my address is at Eaton Village, where we go to meeting, and where we transact our business : my farm being on the town line. My health has been such that I have neglected to answer your letter until this time, and it may now corue too late to answer your purpose. I have been constantly threatened for more than a year, with the numb palsy or apoplectic fits, consequently my hand has become so tremulous that I cannot write legibly, and shall, therefore, be under the necessity of getting this transcribed. — I am the only survivor of our family, who can furnish you with the desired information, having neither father, mother, brother nor sister living. I can trace our pedigree no farther back than my grandfather, but I have received orally from my father, that our family were supposed to be of Welsh descent, that there were two families of the name, that came to America : one settled in Con- necticut, and the other came to Boston, Mass. ; from the latter I am a descendant. I have thought proba- ble that the two families might be of different origin, as we spell our names differently from the Conn, family, but on looking over some old papers of my TAINTOR FAMILY. 61 father's, in my possession, since I received your let- ter, I found a letter written by my grandfather to my father, dated Jan. 2d, 1764, in which he writes his name " Tainter" — I found another written by my father's eldest brother, dated Aug. 15th, 1750, six years previous, besides several other papers of different dates, in all of which he spells his name " Tayntor :" why this disagreement in the orthogra- phy at the same time, between father and son, is a question I am not able to solve ; but from this cir- cumstance I am led to conclude that we are all of the same origin. You say in your letter that Charles Taintor had three sons, one of them named Joseph, another strong circumstance that favors the conclu- sion that we sprang from that family, as that was my grandfather's name, and has been perpetu- ated in our family as a favorite name, each of my uncles having a son of that name, my father two, one having died in childhood before my day, and I have one son bearing that name. I think I have heard my father say that he had an uncle, named Benjamin, and who was a seaman, had sailed on board a hundred and twenty gun-ship, had been in great battles, &c. I think it probable that a genera- tion between my grandfather, and one of the sons of Charles Taintor, might connect the two links. 6 62 GENEALOGY OF THE All that I know of my grandfather is, that he settled in the town of Marlborough, !Mass., twenty-eight miles west of Boston, but at what time, or from whence he came, I know not ; there he lived and died ; he had three sons and three daughters — the eldest daughter married a man bv the name of Smith, lived and died in the town of Boylston, Mass., the other two were never married. His sons, John, Jonathan and Benjamin. John lived in Boston, a part of his days; had two sons, (which are all that I know^ of) Jedadiah and Joseph. Jedadiah settled in New ]\Iarl borough, N. H., lived and died there ; he had one son, and one daughter that lived to mature age. His son (Darius) left home when a minor, and it is not known what become of him — his daughter married ]Major Wiswall, and was living on the home- stead, four years ago, when I visited them. The other son, Joseph, was a roving character, both by sea and land — the last account that I ever had of him, he was in some of the southern states — I know not whether he ever had anv familv. The second son, Jonathan, lived and died on the homestead of my grandfather — he had two sons, and a number of daughters, whose history I am not able particularly to give — his sons were John and Joseph : they were both living on the homestead of my grandfather, the TAINTOR FAMILY. 63 last I knew of them. j\ly father, the youngest, mar- ried Sarah Brigham, of the same town ; lived in a number of places in the state of Mass., and raised a family of nine children, that lived to mature age, (and one dying in childhood) — seven daughters and two- sons. ****** ]\fy sister Sarah lived and died in Hubbardston, Worcester Co., — left three children, E,ollen, Ebenezer, and Sarah, who went with their father south to the Cherokee nation ; being appointed a missionary to that place : he re- turned to Tennessee, settled and died there — his chil- dren are now settled in Illinois. . . . Annis S. and Lucy settled in Alstead, N, H. — Annis S. had one son, Cyrus K., Jr. ; she died when he was two weeks old — her son was brought up in Worcester, Mass., educated at Brown University, Rhode Island, and sent a missionary to the Choctaw Indians, more than forty years ago — he is now among that nation if living. My brother Hubbard removed to Putney, Vt., where they lived and died, having had a family of nine children, four of whom only were living the last that I knew of them. I left New England in the sixteenth' year of my age in connection with my father and brother, and came to Worcester, Otsego Co. New York, where my brother was married to Dinah Houghton of the same place 64 GENEALOGY OF THE Olive married Root, had one son ; she is now dead ; her son was adopted by my brother, and bears our name, (Lorenzo Tayntor) My father died in Worcester, Otsego Co., instantly, supposed to be a fit of apoplexy, 49 years ago. I married Abigail Fuller of Lanesborough, Berkshire Co. Mass. — we had three children in Worcester — we removed to this place forty years ago — we have raised a family of nine children that lived to mature age besides two that died in infancy There is one thing worthy of no^e in regard to our race. Although many of the families are numerous, the greater part of them are females ; the reason whv the name has increased no more. None of the race before me have more than three sons, and most of them no more than two in a family. I have been the means of propagating the name more extensive- ly than any other one of our family, having had seven sons, five of whom are now living, and have families. I would here state that a branch of the Tavntor family emisrated from the town of West- borough, Mass., as I have been informed, and settled in the town of Ne.wfane, or Durnmerston, Vermont, but I know nothing of their connection with our family, or any thing of their history. No luminous star has ever risen in our family, dazzling with polit- TAINTOR FAMILY. 65 ical fame, or military glory, though holding an equal share in the lower grades of public stations in socie- ty. None over rich, nor abjectly poor, or vagrants, but generally occupying a state of mediocrity in society. I know of none ever guilty of felony or punished for scandalous crime ; being the descend- ants of the old Puritan stock, sbme of their spirit and habits have been retained through all succeed- ing generations ; generally moral, and most of them professors of religion : my grandfather and father, were both deacons of Congregational churches ; but I have been a broken link in the succession, or rather a swivel in the chain, having turned Baptist. My wife also was of the denomination, and all my chil- dren, both sons and daughters, son in law and daugh- ters in law, and some of my grandchildren. My son Joseph, is now senior deacon in the Baptist church in Eaton village, of which all of our family, living here, are members. My second son Orsamus, is a Baptist Elder, and Pastor of a church in the town of Sheridan, Chatauque Co. I know of nothing more of interest, respecting our family. If there is any thing 'further, in which I can serve you, please drop me another line, and if I am able, I will attend to it. Perhaps I have written much superfluous matter, but you can select what will be of service to *6 66 GENEALOGY OF THE you. I should be glad to see your book, when pub- lished, or at least, that some of my family should have one in their possession. Respectfully yours, Joseph Tayntor. Mr. Charles M, Taintor. Transcribed by Joseph Tayntor, Jr., a true copy." « Buffalo, Feb. 6th, 1847. C. M. Taintor, Esq. — Sir : Yours of 23d ult. was received, by me two or three days after I had written you, giving you what information 1 possessed, which letter I trust you have received. My brother at Cleve- land informs me that he has also written you in full. I have desired him to again request my brothers at Natchez, to write you, which I have no doubt they will do ; — and regret very much the delay occasion- ed by me. — I think there are no Welchmen in Buffa- lo who would be likely to know anything of our an- cestors. Allow me, sir, in conclusion, to express my desire for the success of your enterprize, and for your own individual welfare. With much respect, I remain yours, Charles Taintor." TAINTOR FAMILY. 67 " Leicester^ April 11, 1847. Mr. Chas. Micaiell Taintor. — Bear Sir: I sent per stage yesterday, a copy of my Register, with directions, to Greenfield P. O. You may send " some copies of your work" to Worcester, directed to he left at the " American Temperance House ^'''^ for the Leicester coach, and I shall receive them, or you may send by Railroad to Simon Tainter, Clappville. I will act as agent, if you please, for the sale of some of your Books, but I can't give you great encouragement, and think you had better not send many at first. Please write a line by mail, with a bill, and your retail price. I had a wish, and some hopes of going to Marlboro' to obtain a copy from the records there, and omitted writing on that account, but I regret I have been un- able to do it. I hope you will continue your corres- pondence with me, and your researches, after the publication of your book, into the estate, genealogy and history of our ancestors, and particularly into Wales. I wrote a letter of inquiry, yesterday, to S. J. Sylvester, of the N. Y. Reporter ; and if I obtain any information, I will communicate it to you. If you do not publish the " very interesting letter from Mr. Joseph Tayntor, of Lebanon, N. Y.," please send me a copy of it. Sincerely, Harvey Tainter.'^ 63 GENEALOGY OF THE " Clinton, (Conn.) 27th April, 1847. Dear Sir. — Your communication of 13th inst. an- nouncing that your genealogy of our family would probably be published in June, was duly received. I think with you, that more interesting facts in connec- tion with the antiquity of our name may yet be de- veloped, which may render a second edition neces- sary. You are already informed that my own health for some two years past, has been rather unstable. My oldest daughter, now a girl twelve years of age, has also been in rather feeble health for about the same length of time, in consequence of which, I have it in contemplation, (should the causes continue), to take a tour in Europe, with my family — spending the summer in England, Wales, and the north of France, and the winter in Italy. Should I do so, I shall cer- tainly visit the land of our Sires, and endeavor to ob- tain a more thorough knowledge of the antiquity of our family than we at present possess. My leisure will enable me to spend much of the summer in Wales ; when I shall not fail to renew an acquaintance with our kith and kin after a separation of some two hun- dred years ; and whatever of information I may gath- er shall be readily transmitted to you for your inform- ation and publication. I know something of the vex- ations and troubles you must have had in getting up TAINTOR FAMILY. 69 your Book^ and I can truly sympathize with you when I reflect how little gratitude, or aid, you have had, or are likely to receive. Every day shows me more of fallen human nature, of selfish and ungrateful man. I hope you are not disheartened, and will pursue and finish what you have so nobly conceived and begun. * * * ^ ^ Yours, truly, Henry Taintor." « A'atchez, April 28tk, 1847. Chas. M. Taintor, Esq., Shelburne^ Mass. My Dear Sir : Your esteemed and welcome com- munication of 15th inst. is this morning at hand, and I hasten to avail myself of your kind indulgence, and peradventure may find my name recorded in the Book. It is quite inutile in me to enter into a lengthy apology for having so long deferred conveying to you the information which you requested respecting my own and brother's family — the fault is not wholly mine, yet I am willing to be the " scape goat" — that rascally old thief, Procrastination, comes in for a share. Without reflection or arrangement I will now jot down some items, which, if you deem of any in- terest, you can use in your compilation — if not, why, there can be nothing lost, nor any harm done. Be- 70 GENEALOGY OF THE ginning with myself as the eldest — I was born at Wilkesbarre, Pa., Sept. 19, 1812 — removed when two years old, with my parents, to Ithica, N. Y., and soon after to Auburn, where we lived till 1825, when the family removed to Buffalo. I left there intending to go to sea in 1830, having prepared myself with a tol- erable stock of knowledge of navigation. On visiting my Grandparents in Colchester, during that summer, I became so enamored of the beautiful village, and one or more of its smiling lasses, that I gave up my notions of going to sea, as a profession. I went to Mobile in the fall of that year, returned the following spring to Hartford, where I lived two years, from thence to Colchester, where I married on the 19th Sept., 1833, (being just twenty-one years old) Mary Angelina Avery, who was born in North Stonington, Conn., Jan. 8, 1811, and removed^to Buffalo in the spring of 1834. Our progeny are as follows : Ed- ward Morton, born in Buffalo, Aug., 1834, died in Colchester, Feb^, 1837. John Edward, born in Col- chester, Dec. 1836. Morton Avery, born in Natchez, Miss., April, 1841. Kate Fleming, born in Natchez, May, 1845. As I have began some account of my wanderings, I will finish up to this time. I left Buffa- lo after " the Crash'''' in 1836, came South with my brother Giles, spent that winter in New Orleans, re- TAINTOR FAMILY. 71 turned to Colchester in June, 1837 : and finally left for a permanent residence in Natchez, in April, 1838, where I now am, and where it is probable I shall fin- ish my mortal career. My business for the last nine years, has been that of crying for the public good, in other words, an Auctioneer. And as you requested me to mention whether I had held any public office, civil or military, I will suppress my modesty, and state, that in 1832-3 I was honored ! with the ap- pointment of Brigade Quarter Master in a Brigade of Conn. Militia. I am now Capt. in the Miss. Militia, and hold the more honorable (in my estimation) po- sition of Grand Treasurer of the Grand Lodge I. O. O. F., of this State. I have not written all the above about myself with any expectation, or wish of print- ing it in the Book; but having began, I could not find a stopping point until I got to Natchez. I have said nothing of my father, as I presume you have that from my brother, or from uncle Newhall. My broth- err's family is as follows : beginning with himself. Giles Skinner Taintor, born at Colchester, May, 1814, married at Mount Olympus, Madison Co., Miss., Oct. 9, 1839. Angelina B. Harris, who was born in Pitts- ylvania Co., Virginia, Aug. 1819. Their children are as follows : Harris Greene, born Aug. 1840, at Vernon, Miss., died at same place, Nov. 1840. Atch- 72 GENEALOGY OF THE son Girault, born at Natchez, Nov. 1841. Hor-* ace Latham, born Jan. 1844. Giles Fox, born Aug. 1846. My brother Giles, as before mentioned, came to Miss, with me in 1836-7, and has ever since lived here. He Vv^as for some years Cashier of the Branch of the C. and R. R. Bank of Vicksburo;, located at Ver- non. After the winding up of its affairs, he came to reside in Natchez, and has been engaged in mercan- tile pursuits. Should it ever be my good fortune to re- visit Old New England, I shall take great pleasure in availing myself of your cordial invitation to make you a call, and partake of your home-brew'd cheer. I have often wished that the Fates, or whatever rules the fortunes of men, had made me a " Farmer," and I have long looked forward to the period v/hen like yourself, I might quietly ensconce myself on some snug spot, away " down east ;" but as age and cares advance, one after another, fade those cheering ex- pectations. I shall, however, not soon lose the hope of meeting you, and enjoying your New England hos- pitality. I have written this with half a dozen talk- ing to and around me, and I will beg you to overlook any bad English you may meet with in it. Hoping to hear from you again soon, I remain very truly your friend, Morton Taintor." TAINTOR FAMILY. 73 " Harford, Cort. Co., JV. F., May 26th, 1847. iMr. Charles M. Taintor. — Dear Sir : I have been informed by my Father, Eli Taintor, of Lee, Mass., that you are preparing a work on the genealogy .and biography of the Taintor family in America, and that you would like to have a statement of the births, marriages and deaths of my family ; I therefore, without any further ceremony submit the following as my family record. ****** ^nd 1 would here say that 1 have lately returned from a tour West, and have seen some of the Taintor fami- ly living in Genesee Co., and from them have learn- ed the following facts. Benjamin Taintor, brother to my Grandfather, Joseph Taintor, married Hannah Norton, of Durham, Ct., and removed to West Stock- bridge, Mass. ; from there he emigrated West, and settled in Bloom field, Munroe Co. ; from there he re- moved to Batavia, Genesee Co., where he died Dec. 1822. His widow died April, 1825. Their children were Jesse Taintor, who now lives in Hariland, Huron Co., O. Hannah, who lives in Batavia. Nancy, wife of John Gallup of New Stead, Erie Co. Rebecca, wife of Edward Chapman, of Batavia. Sally, who died in August, 1816. Mary, the widow Lawson of Batavia. John, who died in New London, Huron 7 74 GEISEALOGY OF THE TAINTOR FAMILY. Co. O., about 20 years ago. His family now live in Illinois. Daniel, died in Jackson, Jackson Co. Mich., in March last. Augustus, who now lives in East Troy, Wisconsin. ********* The above is all I know of importance respecting any of the name in this State, with the exception of Fidelia and Ruth Taintor of Poughkeepsie, daughters of my uncle Harvey: and the descendants of Ste- phen Taintor of Coxsackie, Greene Co., one of whom, Alida B. Taintor, graduated at the " State Normal School," at Albany, March 10th, 1846. I am engaged with my Father in the Pension bu- siness, and will necessarily be around the Country considerably. If I learn anything of importance re- specting any of the name, I will transmit it to you. Yours Respectfully, Erving Taintor." APPENDIX. Copy of the will of Micaiell Taintor, Esq., recorded " Feb. ye 9th, 1729-30 :" In the name of God amen, in the yeare of our Lord An- no : Dom. 1729-30, I Micaiell Taintor of Coulchester in the county of Hartford, in his Majestie's Coloney of Con- necticut, in New England, being weak of body, but per- fect in mind and memory, thanks be given to God, (therefore calling to mind the mortality of my body), and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die ; do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament, that is to say principally and first of all I give and recomend my soule into the hands of God that gave it, hoping through the merits, death and passion of my Saviour, Jesus Christ, to have full and free pardon of all my sins, and to inherit eternal life, and my body T commit into the earth to be decently buried, nothing doubting but att the Generall Resurrection I shall receive the same againe by the migh- ty povi^er of God : and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life, I give and dispose of the same in the following manner and form, (that is to say), first T will that my just depts be well and truly paid by my executor hereafter named It. 1 give to my two daughters, Mary and Sarah, to each of them,' twenty pounds out of my moveable estate, all the rest of my moveable estate 1 give to my loving wife during the time of her natural life, and after her death to be equally divided between my two daughters, Mary and Sarah ahovesaid, but if the said Mary and Sa- rah should die, or either of them should die before my wife, that then the estate above'said to be divided, the one 76 APPENDIX. half to the surviving daughters of Mary aforesaid, and the other half unto the surviving daughters of Sarah afore- said ; and further I give to my wife and my son John the use of all my lands : viz. my homelots, the whole about 60 acres, together with my dwelling-house, barn, and or- chards, during the time of both their naturall lives : and also my hundred acre lot lying on the east side of the town plott : and after the decease of my wife and my son John, I give unto John Taintor, son to my son JNIichaell Taintor, and to INlichaell Taintor, son of my son Joseph Taintor, late of Branford deceased, all my forementioned housing and lands and orchards, to be equally divided between them, also to each of them a fifty pound right in the commons and undivided land in Coulchester : and if John, son of my son Michaell die before my wife and my son John afore- said that then the aforesaid one half of my housing and lands I give to the surviving male heires of my son Michaell, so likewise if ]Michaell, son to my son Joseph aforesaid, die before my wife and my son John aforesaid, that the other half to be divided be tween the surviving male heires of my son Joseph afore- said deceased : further I do hereby make my wife sole executrix to this my last will and testament — further I give to my son Michaell Taintor one hundred pound right in the commons and undivided land within the township of Coulchester — further I give to my son John all my wear- ing apparrell, both linen and woolin — further I give to my son Michaell, and my daughter Mary, and my daughter Sarah all my right in the commons and undivided lands in the townsliip of Windsor which ought or doth accrue to me by vertue of the patent granted by the Gen. Assem- bly to the town of Windsor. Hereunto I set my hand and seale as my last will and testament. MicAiELL Taintor." l. s. Samuell Knight, ^ David Hamiltone, J George Holmes. j APPENDIX. 77 '* A true Inventory of all and singular the e^oods chat- tels and bonds of Mr. Michaell Taintor Esqr. of Colches- ter deceased is as followeth, imprimus his bonds 61 lbs., 13s., and 2 lbs., lis., 2d., jC64 4s. 2d. His wearing- cloathes all of them at £11 18s. Eight old books at 17d., jCl2 15s. 0-1 feather bed, 2 boulsters and old Gi- kin, £2 10s. ; 3 Coverlids, £3, £5 10s. Od. To 1 paire curtains, £2 16s., 1 pillow. Is. 6d., a bedstead 10s., a bedcord 3s., a pair of Holland sheets jC2, £5 10s. 6d. 4 pair sheets, old, £l 10s., 2 Garlick nap- kins, 8s., 4 old towels and 2 table cloths, 2s. 6d., £2 Os. 6d. To 4 old towels and a table cloth 2s. 6d., 1 table cloth 3s., 6 1-2 yds. tow cloth, 19s. 6d., 1 sheet, 6s. £l Us. Od. To 1 old bedstead and cord, bed boalsters and coverhig and all at £l Os. Od. To 4 bushs. Indian corn, 18s., foure bush- ells riemeal, 20s., £l 18s. Od. To 1 bush, and 1-2 of wheat, 12s., 1-2 bush. malt, 2s., 14s. Od. To 3 1-2 hogsheads at 2s. each, 6s,, 1 wash- ing tub with two old behives, 3s. 9s. Od. Halfe bush. Indian meale 2s. one 1-2 bush. and one 1-2 peck measure 2s. 6d. 4s. 6d, To 2 old swords 4s., one old cask and hops 4s., one old brass kettle 15s. £1 3s. Od. To 1 barrell and meat 9s., 3 baskets 3s., one churn- 2s. 14s. Od. One tub and 1 pail and 1 pigen 3s., one brass kettle jC3, a iron pot and hooks, 8s., jC3 lis. Od. Two sives 3s., one dy-tub Is. 6d., one paile Is., 3 1-2 tubs, 3s., 8s. 6d. Eight pound suit 4s., nine trays and hotels 9s., sope 8s., £l Is. Od. r £3 7s. od. £1 lis. Od. £5 19s. Od. 18s. 6d. 15s. Od. £•2 4s. Od. 1.5s. Od. 78 APPENDIX. One paile, '2s., foure dishes 4s., 1 flesh fork Is., pork and barrell £3, One bell-mettle-skillet 6s., 6 barrell s 15s., 2 hogsets 10s., One half barrell 2s., and one old brass ket- tle 6s., one frying pan 10s., 2 keilers 4s., 24 run of woolin yarn 45s., woosted yarn 9s., 25 run of linneu yam £2 3s., Shoe leather 5s. 6d., a warming pan 5s., 8 pound of tallow 8s., Three old 6s., two old axes, a old cooper axe, and 2 old bits 9s., 7 pounds and 1-4 old pewter 12s., 3 pew- ter platters 24s., 2 pewter basons 8s., One porringer, one half pint cup and dram cup, 5s., one tankard, 1 old quart, 10s., To 3 knifes and 2 forks 4s., one 5 quart glass bottle 4s. , 2 paire of tramels 14s. , a pair fire tongs and fire slice 7s., 1 paire of bellows and old grindstone 7s. 6d., old cobirons 8s. £2 16s. 6d. 11 chaires 22s., 1 gun, and looking glass and houre glass 5s. £2 7s. Od. 1 old ads Is., 1 old candlestick Is., 1 feath- er bed and boalster and 2 coverlids and bedstead and cord £8, — 1 quoshens 8s. and 1 old ditto Is. £8 lis. Od. Six spoons 4s., two barrels of syder 24s., an old yoke and piece of chaine 6s. 6d., £\ 14s. Od. Eleaven Sheep at jC6 14s., one bull jC4, — 2 year old heifers £3, £\3 14s. Od. 2 cows jC6 5s. each with a calf £\2 lOs., one cow at £b 10s., 1 mare at jC6. one colt, £6, ' £3Q : 0- Pd. 1 sow and 2 pigs 40s., a great table and foarme £1, 1 drinking glass Is., X3 • 1- Od. 1 chest 8s., one box 3s., one trunk 10s. £1 : 1- Od, £181 Is. 8d, APPENDIX. 79 The foregoing inventory was taken by us and appris- ed, being- under oath thereto, this 2d day of Aprill 1723. Samuell Loomis, William Roberts." The foregoing inventory is a curiosity, inasmuch as it shows what the " goods and chattels" of an opulent fam- ily of a century and a quarter ago consisted of. R. HiNMAN, late Secretary of State for Conn., has re- cently published the names of the first settlers of Conn., from 1635 to 1665, and he has discovered that " Taynter was a deputy in 1643, and 1646, and frequently held ofii- ces." On the same authority, I learn that a Taintor was in Windsor in 1643 ; only 6 years after the settlement of that town. Prof. Wm. Tyler of Amherst, Mass., has found in " Statutes of the Realm," 6th vol., which are in Amherst College Library, that Thomas Tainter, in 4th William and Mary, A". D., 1692, was a commissioner for Co. of Wilts. , He also found the same name, and he presumes the same man, several times as a commissioner for Wilt- shire, for the assessment of taxes. 80 APPENDIX. Capt. Newhall Taintoe has now in his possession an oaken chest, ornameated in ancient style, which the an- cestors of the Taintors brought out of Wales. DocT. Benjamin Taister of Gainesville, N. York, has three daughters — one married Adolphus Hewit ; one married Sheffield Burdick, and the other Eichard- soD. I have not been able to learn his genealogy. I have as yet no proof that Joseph Taintor of Water- town was son of Charles Sen'r., ofFairSeld, yet it is highly probable that he was his son, which accords with the tradition of three brothers coming over to New Eng- land — the truth of the matter is vet to be learned. The following items of information, I received too late to insert in their proper places : Joseph Taintor died at Colebrook, Conn., Jan., 1829, aged 84 years — his widow died in July, 1633, aged 60 yeare. His daughter Mary married Roger Mather of Windsor, Conn., and died in 1825. APPENDIX. 81 His son Joseph was born in 1782, married Damaris and Rebecca Hotchkiss in 1803, and in March, 1820. He died at Colebrook, July, 1831. I have also seen in the " New Haven Palladium," that Henry G. Taintor, of Hampton, is chosen one of three del- egates from Windham Co., Conn., to attend the River and Harbor Convention, held at Chicago, on the 5th of July, (1847.) I am indebted to Nathaniel Goodwin, Esq., of Hartford, for the following from Fairfield Records, viz. : " June 14, 1656. John Burr hath purchased of Charles Tainter and Michael Tainter, the following parcels of land and housing, as by a deed under their hands, bearing date June 14, 1656, may appear, viz. : One houselot, bounded east by the Common Street, with the buildings thereon. Five acres of land in the Old Field. Four and 1-2 acres of meadow in Sascoe Neck." ''Mr. Charles Tainter's Estate in Fairfield." • * " At a Court, Oct. 20, 1658. This Court orders, that the Inventory that John Banks hath put into the Court, concerning that estate his father Tainter hath left in Fairfield, shall be recorded ; and 82 APPENDIX. Thomas Staples is desired to take care of it, until either his heir, executor, or administrator demand it. And it may be delivered them, provided they give in sufficient security that the estate shall be forthcoming, to be at the next Court, (that shall follove after such delivery) of this jurisdiction. Pr. me, William Hill, Secretary." Copies of some ancient papers, in my possession. " Remembrance Brown and James Browne personally appeared this third day of August, one thousand seven hundred and five, and acknoliged the within written in- strument to be their own fre and volontary act and deed, before me, Micaiell Taintor, Justice of the Peace." " March ye 6th, 1717 — found in a perrishing condistion a bay mare of about six years old, branded with N on the left side before and with E on the left side behind, a star in the forehead :, and a bay mare of five years old brand- ed with N on the left side before and with E on the left site behind, a star in the forehead, and a bay hors coult of one year coming : a star in the forehead — brought in by Clement Cithophell and Samuell Brown of Colchester. Aprised ]\Iarch 12th, 1717 : the bigest mare aprised with the coult at five pounds, and the lesser mare at forty shillings by Micaiell Taintor and Joseph Pratt. ?j ERRATA. Page 7th. — It should read Prudence married Mr. Nathan- iel Otis, and Sarah Dbct. John Watrous. Page 7th. — After Dec. 30th, insert 1745. Page 32. — For John Bum, read John Burr. <► ^ X HFC 4 - ,.„.