On This Day in 1744

266 Years Ago Today
April 3, 1744 – January 19, 1829

Colonel Richard Lee Taylor was one of three 1st cousins, 8x removed, born to Zachary Taylor and Elizabeth Lee in Orange County, VA. This connection is based on other’s guestimates that our Franky Lea was the daughter of William of Cobbs Creek Lea. Until proven, we do not know for sure. Siblings include:

  1. Zachary Taylor (not the president)
  2. Frances Taylor
  3. Colonel Richard Lee Taylor
    was an officer in the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War, and the father of the 12th President of the United States, Zachary Taylor.

Taylor was born in Orange County, Virginia in 1744 to Zachary and Elizabeth (Lee) Taylor. He was a graduate of the College of William and Mary. In 1769 he explored the Ohio River and Mississippi River with his older brother, Hancock Taylor, travelling from Pittsburgh to New Orleans. When the American Revolution began, Taylor became an an officer in the Virginia Continental forces, and fought in the battles of Brandywine, Monmouth, Trenton, and White Plains. He was discharged as a lieutenant colonel.

Taylor married Sarah Dabney Strother in 1779. They lived first at his plantation, “Hare Forest”. However, he had acquired 8,000 acres (32 km2) throughout Kentucky, and with the return of peace in 1783, he started clearing the land to move his family there. They did so in 1785, and by 1790 he had built his home “Springfield”, known today as the Zachary Taylor House.

During the Northwest Indian War, Taylor served as a volunteer in the Kentucky militia under Major John Adair. He was injured in a disastrous 1792 battle with Indians under Little Turtle near Fort St. Clair, site of the present Eaton, Ohio.

By 1800, Taylor had enlarged “Springfield” to 700 acres (2.8 km2) by 1800. He remained active for the remainder of his life in Kentucky politics.[2] [4] He donated 60 acres (240,000 m2) for the creation of Taylorsville, Kentucky, which was named in his honor.[5]

Richard Taylor died in 1829 at the age of 85. He was buried in the family cemetery, now part of the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery.
252 Years Ago Today
April 3, 1757 – November 25, 1821

Lawrence “luke” Kelley, my 4th great granduncle was one of eight children born to John and Amy Kelley.

One thought on “On This Day in 1744

  1. I love this site and especially this post. As I move into my 60's I am more and more drawn to learn about the family in the past. Thanks for your work.Loretta _ a great- grand daughter of Abraham and Mary Counts Kiser.

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