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OF 1898.) 


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 


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 

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. 

ShelburnCj Mass., April, A. D. 18-47. 



LAND, IN A. D. 1643. 

MicAEL, Charles, Jr., Joseppi, and Marie. 
THIRD GENERATION, in the line of Micael. 
Micael Taintor's wife was Elizabeth 


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 




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 


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 

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. 


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 








born Feb., 1723. Married Aug., 1766, Mary, 

daughter of Rev. Thomas Skinner, of 

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« 


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. 



Children of Michael and^Sgrah Taintor. 

Sarah, born Dec, SOth^'^^'e^lchester. Married Asa 

Michael, born March, 14th 1748. Married Lydia Loomis 

of Colchester, April, 1767, 




Children of Charles and Mary Taintor. 

Anne, born at Colchester, July, 1767. Married Erastus 


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 


Betsey, born Dec, 1777. Married Mr. Fox, of New 


Sophia, born Feb., 1780. Married Mr. Daniels of New 


Newhall, born July, 17S2. Married Miss Ruih Smith, of 
Haddam, Jan., 1809. 

Eudocia, born Aug., 1785. Married Sam'l Reid, of Col- 


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 

Gurshom. born May, 1765, and died Oct. 1775, 

Roger, born Dec, 1767. Married Nabby Bulkley, 

Dec, 1789. 





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, 


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. 


Child of John and Sarah Taintor. 

Jared, born at Branford, 1746. Married Rebecca 



Children of Michael and Sarah Taintor. 

Abigail, born Aug., 1748, at Branford. Married Asahel, 

Michael, born June, 1752. Married Desire Bunnell. 
Mary, born Sept., 1755. Married Jonathan Munson. 

Medad, boi*n Nov., 13th, 1757. Married Anna Linsley, 


Children of Nath'l and Submit Taintor. 

Elizabeth, born at Northford, March, 1754. Married Aaron 
Cooke, of Wallingford. 



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 

Isaac, born Jan., 1766. 


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. 

Children of Charles and Sarah Taiyitor. 

Isaac Briggs, 



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. 


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. 


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. 


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 


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. 


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. 


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. 


Children of Joseph and Mary Taintor. 

Joseph, born at Colebrook, Conn. 



.loseph, married two sisters named Hotchkiss. 



Eli, born April, 17S4. Married Miss Atkins, of Mid- 

dletovvn, Ct. 
Harvey, born 1787. Married Mary Martin, and died 

in 1823. 


Child of Jared and Rebecca Taintor. 
John, born 1769-70. Died 1777. 


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. 


Alanson, born at Northford, Conn., about 1805, Married 
Susan L. Dooliiile, of Westmoreland, N. Y. 


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. 


Grace, married David Finch, and died in Ga., 1833. 

Hannah, married Joel Potter, and now living in N. Haven. 

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 

0. H.. married Betsey Fisk. 

Mary M., married Joseph Robbins, of Deerfield, Mass. 


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. 


Children of Alfred and Anna Taintor. 

Anne, born at Orford, N. H. Married David Whit- 

Mary Ann, 
Eliza Ann, 



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. 


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. 


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. 



Children of Jesse F. and Eunice S. Taintor. 

Susan P., born at Cleveland, 0., June, 1836. 

Anna Maria, born June, 1838. 


Sarah B., born Feb., 1840. 
Mary L., born Sept., 1814. 
Issabella, born Oct., 1846. 


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. 


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. 


Children of John A. and Adelia Taintor. 

Louise, born July, 1832, at Hartford (?) 

Alice, born Dec, 1835. 


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. 

Child of Henry G. and Delia Taintor. 
Henry Ellsworth, born at Hampton, Ct., Aug., 1844. 



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., 

Charles, W., born Oct., 1822. 
Samuel J., born Sept., 1828. 

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. 


Child of Harveij and Mary Taintor. 

Fidelia, born at Colebrook, Conn. 

Mahala, married Mr. Seymour, and has two children, Jane 
and Ruth. 

Child of NatKl and Polly Taintor. 

Hiram, born at East Haven, Ct. Married Miss Ruth 

Hotchkiss, June, 1845. 

Children of Alanson and Susan L. Taintor. 

Olive, born at Euclid, Ohio, June, 1839. 

Mary, born June, 1840. 

Lucy, born Sept., 1843. 



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. 

Children of Josiah and Comfort Taintor. 

Mary S., born at Chesterfield, N. H., Sept., 1829. 
Michael W., born Sept., 1831. 


Children of Alex. T. and Ruth Taintor. 

Martha A., born IMarch, 1828, at Deerfield, Mass. 
Alex. W., born Nov., 1831. 


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. 

Child of Edward and Emily Taintor. 
Joseph, born May, 1845, at Colbrook, Ct. 

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. 

Child of Fhineas JV. and Mary Taintor. 
Edgar Horatio, born Aug., 1844. Died Sept., 1844. 



Jane E., 
Charles P., 



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. 


Children of Eli N., and Esther Taintor, 
, born Oct., 1840, and died the same month. 

Fidelia L., born Jan., 1842, and died March, 1846. 


born Dec, 1843. 


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. 


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. 



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. 


Children of Jonathan and Mary Taintor. 

Randoll, born at Watertown, Jan., 1703, and deceased 

July, 1705. 
Susanna, born May, 1706. 


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'. 


Children of Simon and Rebecca Taintor. 

Simon, born at "Watertown, April, 1715. Married Mary 

Rebecca, born Jan., 1716. Married Timotbv Warr< n. 
Johanna, born Feb., 1717. Married Joshua Kendall. 



Susanna, born Dec, 1720. Married Samuel Baker, of 

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. 


Childreti of John and Johanna Taintor. 

Mary, born at Watertown, June, 1721. Died Feb., 1745. 

Hannah, born Feb., 1723. Married Moses Stone, Nov., 

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. 


Children of John Tayntor of Boston. 
Jedadiah, and Joseph. 


Children of Jonathan Tayntor of 3Iarlboro\ 

John, and Joseph. The latter died at Marlboro', in 1845, aged 

Several daughters ; names unknown. 




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. 


Children of Simon and Mary Taiiiter. 

Simon, born al Westboro', 1741, died unmarried March, 


Abijah, born June, 1744, at Grafton. Married Sarah 

Small, Oct., 1772 


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, 


Daniel, born 17G1. Married Rebeckah Jacobs, of Ward, 

Jan., 1792. 

David, born 1761. Married Katharine Houghton, of 



Children of Benjamin Tainter, of Nervfane^ Vt. 
whose wife was Hannah Wood. 

Benjamin, married Margaret Hinds, May. 1776. 




married Jemima Root. 





Children of John Tainter, Jr., of Watertown. 

baptized at Watertown, 1756. Married "Wm. 
Popenbury of Lexington, Sept., 1784. 
" 1758. Married Henry Gipson, Aug., 

baptized 1760. Married Matthew Pierce, Oct., 

Joanna, " 1762. 

Samuel, " 1763. 

Lizzie, " 1766. 

Hannah, " 1767. 

John, 'f 1770. 

Nathaniel, " 1774. 


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 


Rebecca, baptized in 1774. 

Daniel A., baptized in 1779. Married Elizabeth Barnard. 

Sally, baptized in 1784. 


Children of Jedadiah Tayntor, of Marlboro^ N. H. 

Darius, born at Marlboro'. N. H. 

A daughter, married Major Wiswall, of Marlboro', N. H. 




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. 






Lovina, a widow in Decatur. 

Jonah, married Roby Luther, in Truxton, N. Y 

Philetta, married John Popple, of Rusia, N. Y. 

living in Decatur. 








Cvrus K. 

R'uius H. 

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. 

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. 


Nabby, born May, 1790. Died Nov., 1813. aged 23 years. 

Simon, born Oct., 1799, married Hannah Rice, Sept., 



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., 

Roxa, married John Lilly, of Milbury, Nov., 1817. 

Harvey, born Jan. 1784, married Lucy Copeland, of Lei- 
cester, Sept., 1816. 


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. 


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. 


Children of Jonathan and Jemima Tainter. 

Josiah W., born at Dummerston, Vt., Jan., 1782, married 
Miss Davis, of Somers, Conn., Aug., 1803. 



Jonathan, Timothy, and Loren. 

Polly, Jemima, Lois, and Lucinda. i A-i'^^ lnfn:>^^ 


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 

Lewis, born Sept., 1806, married Lucinda Pearce, of 

Elijah F. born Aug., 1808, married Cordelia Briggs, of 

Daniel A. born July, 1812, married Sarah Willis, of Boston. 
Solon S. born June, 1816, married Joanna Littlefield, ol 



Children of Daniel A. and Elizabeth Tainter. 

Daniel A. born at Watertown, married Persis Richardson. 
George, residing in Watertown. 


Children of Benjamin and Eliza Tayntor. 

Gilford, living in Russia, N. Y. married Miss Wooden, of 

Mary Ann, and Alanson. 


Children of Lorenzo and Louisa Tayntor. 
Mary, Ursula, Marshal, Eunice, and Ellen. 



Children of Jonah and Robij Tayntor. 
Tharressa, and Mary. 


Children of Joseph and Ann Tayntor. 

Ann A., born at Eaton, N. Y. 
Eliza M., Homer B., and Amelia B. 


Children of Orsamus and Roxana Tayntor. 
Emma, and two died young. 


Children of Ira and Caroline Tayntor. 
Merriam J., Sarah L., Albert J., and Rufus N. 


Children of Erastus and Marriette S. Tayntor. 
Mary E., Adelbert R., Oscar Jr., and J. Munro. 


Child of Cyrus K. and Ann B. Tayntor. 
Eliza A. 


Child of Stephen and Polly Tainter. 
Sumner, died young. 



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 

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 



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. 


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. 


Harvey S., born Oct., 1829. Carver, born July, 1831. 

Laura, born April, 1836, Celia L., born Oct., 1841. 


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., 

Lydia, born July, 1814. Married Joseph Farnum, Feb., 


Josiah W., Jr., born March, 1818. Married Elizabeth Russell, 
Nov., 1838. 

James M. born April, 1821. 


Children of Wm., T. and Mary B. Tainter. 
Mary E. and William H. 


Children of Lewis and Lucinda Tainter. 
George L., Frances E., and two others, names unknown. 


Children of Elijah F. and Cordelia Tainter. 
Delia Ann,^ Alfred B., Harriet A., and Theron E. 


Children of Daniel A., and Sarah Tainter, of Boston. 

Francis J., born at Boston, Dean W., Daniel Webster and 



Children of Daniel A. and Fersis Tainter, of Watertorvn. 
Elizabeth B., and Henry A. 


Children of David and Eliza T. B. Tainter. 
Hannah E., Mary E., and Abijah S. 


Children of Daniel and Betsey M. Tainter. 
Louise A., and George F. 


Children of Willard and Hannah Tainter. 
John X., and one younger. 


Children of Daniel and Sarah E. Tainter >. 

Calista B., born at Worcester, Nov., 1&40. 
Charles E., born March, iS46. 


Child of Isahnm and Ann E. Tainter. 
Henry A., born June, 1846. 


Children of Norris D. and Sarah Tainter. 
Loren, born at V\'hitingham, and Lucinda. 

Children of Josiak Jr. and Elizabeth Tainter. 
Mary. born at Whifingham, Vt., and Lnana. 


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 

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. 


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 


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- 


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 

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. 


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 

Giles Taintor, son of Charles, of Windham, 
graduated at Yale College, in 1822 — resides in 

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 


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 

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 

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 


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, 


was chosen Deacon of the church of Watertown in 

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 


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 

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- 

" 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 


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- 

"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." 


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 

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 


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 


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 


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 

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 


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 


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) 

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 



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 


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 


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 

Stephen Tainter, of Millbury, farmer, was a 
member of the Cong, church — " was pious, honest, 
and respectable." 


Capt. William Tainter, son of Ayres Tainter, of 

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, 

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- 



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 ; 


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 


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. 


if you will send half a dozen to me at Fitchburg, I 
will remit the money for them, to you, by mail. 

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." — 


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- 


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 


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 

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." 


" 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." 


E. E. Tainter." 


" 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, 


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." 


''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 


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. 


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 


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 


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- 


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 


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." 


" 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. 


Harvey Tainter.'^ 


" 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 


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- 


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- 


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- 


son Girault, born at Natchez, Nov. 1841. Hor-* 
ace Latham, born Jan. 1844. Giles Fox, born Aug. 

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." 


" 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 

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 


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." 


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 


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 


'* 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. 





















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, 


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. 


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. 


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 

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 


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 

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 

by Micaiell Taintor and Joseph Pratt. 



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. 




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