John Taylor

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Resident slave-owner in Jamaica, father of Catherine Cole Johnston nee Taylor (q.v.), and guardian of George Whitehorne Lawrence II (q.v.), dying between 1811 and 1815.


There are papers of John Taylor held among the Powel Family Papers held by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, [accessed 27/04/2018]. The notes to the papers [p. 4] say that John Taylor owned two plantations, Harmony Hill and Running Gut, in St Ann's., but the Accounts Produce records are clear that Running Gut was in the hand of John Taylor as guardian of George Whitehorne Lawrence II (q.v.). Nevertheless, Robert Johnston, who had married John Taylor's daughter Catherine Cole Taylor, made a counter-claim for the compensation for the enslaved people on Running Gut by virtue of his wife's status as residuary legatee of her father: the counter-claim was rejected.

Further Information

Comfort Ann Lawrence nee Hind
Catherine Cole

Associated Estates (4)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1823 [EA] - → Other
1809 [EA] - 1811 [LA] → Owner
1815 [EA] - 1819 [LA] → Previous owner
1799 [EA] - 1807 [LA] → Guardian

In the hands of John Taylor as guardian of George Whitehorne Lawrence [II].

Relationships (4)

Ward → Guardian
Notes →
The Powel Family Papers in the Historical Society of Pennsylvania show 'Jacob Cole' as guardian of John Taylor: this appears to be Jacob Thomas Cole, although Jacob Thomas Cole might be the son of...
Father → Daughter
Guardian → Ward
Father-in-law → Son-in-law
Notes →
Johnston married Catherine Cole Taylor in 1818, several years after her father's...