In going through my great-grandmother’s notes this morning I found this sheet, in her handwriting, a list of primarily Edwards family members, with a marriage to a Taylor, a Linton and a Montgomery. This was one of those days when I truly ‘read’ what was in front of me – instead of scanning and going to the next. What popped out this morning was the middle name of Susan Clark Edwards’ husband, and my third great-grandfather, John C. Taylor. I always thought the ‘C’ stood for Cotton.
But if you look carefully you will see John’s middle name is ‘Compton’. I’ve tried looking for years and years to find a connection with the Cotton family, and all those years I was barking up the wrong family tree! But this finally means that the mother and father of John Compton Taylor are John Taylor, the youngest son of Henry Taylor and his second wife, Susannah Compton [note the last name!], and Mary Ann Hawkins. So John Compton Taylor’s middle name comes from his grandmother’s maiden name. It all makes sense now. Henry Taylor’s will, in the Loudoun County, Virginia, Will Book A, Pages 318-319, written on March 29, 1770, and probated August 12, 1771, gives to his ‘well-beloved wife Susanna Taylor the lot of land I now live on and the half of my removable estate (except what I bequeath to my former wife’s children)’. Henry then makes bequests to his children, and a son-in-law, William Cotton – that name again! And his last bequest ‘I give and devise to my youngest son, John Taylor, all the rest and residue of my movable estate to be immediately possessed with it after my death. I further devise to my said son, John Taylor, the plantation (or lot of land) I now live on and all the movable estate I bequeathed to my wife Susanna to be immediately in his possession after the death of his mother.’ This very important sentence tells us John is the son of Susanna Compton. It is so gratifying to search for one piece of information for so long and finally find it! Never give up!
Now, back to the notes. The beginning is a list of birth and death dates for Edward Barbour Edwards and Nancy Linton’s children. Edward Barbour Edwards was the son of Jonathan Edwards and Sarah Barbour. Nancy Linton is the daughter of Captain John Linton and Ann Nancy Mason.
Edward Barbour Edwards born April 21, 1768, died September 1824, married Nancy Linton about 1796. Names of children:
- Susan Clark Edwards born 1797 died December 24, 1836
- John L. Edwards born 1800, died July 23, 1883
- Catherine Keturah Edwards born 1803, died 1873
- Johnathan Edwards born 1806 died about 1890
- Benjamin Mason Edwards born 1808, died 1850
- Ann B. Edwards born 1812, died 1830
- Mary Edwards born 1814, died 1904
- Martha Edwards born 1817, died December 10, 1880
Susan Clark Edwards married John Compton Taylor in 1827. Their eldest daughter, Catherine, was born 1828 and their youngest son, Benjamin Springer Taylor, was born November 29, 1833.
Catherine Taylor married Edward Linton in or about 1851. They have two children, Alice Clark Linton and Frances Linton Montgomery.
Written between those last two lines is Edgar Linton, Annie Linton, Mary Linton, also children of Catherine and Edward Linton.