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Transcribed by Harlan R. Jessup

25 Taunton Ridge, Newtown, CT  06470

The genealogical collection of Newtown's Cyrenius H. Booth Library includes Bible records from a number of Newtown/Danbury area families, including:  BEARDSLEY, BEERS, BURR, FAIRCHILD, HAWLEY, PECK, OLIVER, TAYLOR, and WINTON.  The family record pages have been removed from these Bibles and are kept in vertical file folders.  They are being published as a series in Connecticut Ancestry Spellings are maintained in these transcriptions, and word arrangement simulates that of the original record. 

Abel TAYLOR Family

  This Bible was published by M. Carey & Son, Philadelphia, in 1818.  Undated notes on stationery of Miss Jessie I. Henderson, Whisconier Hill, Brookfield Center, CT, include copies of some of the Bible record, adding "Miriam Lawrence Taylor - a member of D.A.R. thru her great-grandmother Sarah Ann Smith."  And in pencil on the same page, "Gift from Miss Jessie Henderson for Hist. Soc.?" 

  On a second sheet of the same notepaper and in a different hand we read, "These houses were all in Newtown before Newbury was formed.  Daniel Smith died July 25, 1839, in 70 yr. of his age. Born 1769.  Lived in the old red house that was torn downwhen Millers owned the property."



Abel Seelye Taylor Married to Sarah Ann Smith  June 5th  1816

Thomas~ Married to Miriam Lawrence  November 10th  1841

Gran[d]son Almon Henry Taylor Married to Margaret Brown  Sept Oct 12th  1865


Births (column one)

I Abel S. Taylor was born September 30th  1792.  my Fathers name was Joshua who was the son of Mathew who was the son of Nathan who was the son of Thomas, one of the first settlers of Danbury.

my Mothers name was Eunice, daughter of James Seelye, born November 20th  1757.

my wife Sarah Ann, daughter of Daniel & Anna Smith born March 11th  1799

my son Thomas Smith [Taylor] born May 28th  1819

grandson Almon Henry [Taylor] born July 14th  1843

great grandson William Brown Taylor Born July 14th  1867


(column two)

Brothers & Sisters

Azel born March 27 1784, Died August 10th  1850

Sally born April 11th  1786, Died June 1806

Eunice born October 11, 1788, Died December 11, 1832 [Nov. 11 in d. record]

Levi born October 11 1790, Died Decm 25th  1833

Abel born September 30, 1792

Joel born Feby 14, 1795, Died June 6, 1870

        [interlined]  Linda Died May 2, 1870

Clarissa born Feby 14, 1797

Chlorinda born Novbr  19, 1799

Esther born Janry 27, 1804, [died] Decbr 14, 1867


Great Grand Child Mariam Lawrence Taylor born January 20th  1869

Great Grandson Almon Henry Taylor born Aug 30th  1873         


(column three)

Smith Family

Daniel Smith Born Sept  18, 1769

Anna Sherman Born Janry  1st  1770

Sarah Hoyt Born Decbr 17, 1774

Russel Smith Born Augst 21, 1796

Cyntha Knapp Born [blank]

Sarah Ann Smith Born March 11, 1799

Julia Smith Born July 10, 1802

Zar Smith Born March 30, 1805

Polly [Seline?] Born March 7, 1807

Daniel [ Hanson?] Born Novr  [22?], 1809

Henry Hoyt Smith Born June 5, 1814

Emeline Smith Born July 5, 1817


Zar Smith at the time of his death left a widow and four Children:  Mortimer, Almira, Mary A. & Kit


Deaths (column one)

Joshua Taylor died August 27th  1804 aged 52 years

Anna Smith Died September 19th  1810 in her 41st year

Sally Taylor Died June 23d  1806  aged 20 Years

Daniel Smith Died July 25th  1839 in the 70th  year of his age in the full hope of a         better ressurection beyond the grave

Eunice Taylor Died August 10th  1847 in the 90th  year of her age.  was helpless         more than 16 years, and Bloind about 15. - had Nine Children, 43 Grand                   Children, 27 Great Grand Children, total 79

Step mother

        Sarah Smith Died November 25th  1849  Aged 75

our own Great Grand Child William Brown Taylor Died December 2d  1867

Great Grandson Almon Henry Taylor died Oct 23, 1873


(column two)

Azel Taylor      Died  August 10, 1850

Sally "       " June [blank] 1806

Levi "       " Decbr 25, 1833

Eunice      "         "     Novbr  11, 1852

Joel  "       " June 6, 1870

Linda, wf Joel     "     May 2, 1870

Esther Dibble      "     Decbr 14, 1867

Abel S. Taylor    "     Jan 12, 1875  age 82

Clarissa               "     Nov 25, 1875  age 81

Thomas Smith Taylor So. of Abel S. Taylor died Oct 4th 1898

        age 79 yrs. 4 mos. 6 days

Almon Henry Taylor  son of Thomas S. Taylor died Dec. 7th  1917

        age 74 yrs. 4 mos. 23 days


(column three)

Russel Smith Died August 26 1855

Cyntha      "         "     March 27, 1847

Zar Smith  " October 21, 1866

Sarah Ann Taylor died Sept 4th 1885  Wife of Abel S. Taylor

        age 86 yrs. 5 mo. 23 da.


Mariam Lawrence wife of Thomas S. Taylor died Aug. 23rd 1902

        age 83 yrs. 9 mos. 10 days

Margaret Brown Taylor  wife of Almon H. Taylor died Nov 15th  1921

        age 7y yrs. 1 mo. 15 da's

[blue pen, modern hand]

Miriam Lawrence Taylor daughter of Almon Henry Taylor and Margaret Brown        Taylor died Sept 5, 1957.  Aged 88 yrs. 7 months 16 days.




Laban N. OLIVER Family


This Bible, published by Edmund Cushing, Lunenburg , MA, 1830, contained but a single leaf of family data recorded on separate strips of paper glued onto the Family Record page.  Removal of these separate strips revealed an earlier record written in clear hand, apparently all at one time, and including dates but not places of the children's births.  In two cases, noted below, the names on the pasted strips are variants of the earlier record.



Laban N. Oliver born in N. York [Nov 1st  1801, added in pencil]

Celany Jane Oliver born in Huntington, Fairfield County, Con.

    1798 Feb 1st [m. & d. added and year corrected from 1801, in pencil]

Mary Frances Oliver was born in Dutches County NY

    Sept 7th  1823

Henry Wallis Oliver born in Huntington Fairfield County Conn.  

    July 22d  1825

Richard Laban Oliver born in Torrington Litchfield County Conn  

    March 30th  1826

Huldah Jane Oliver was born in Torrington Litchfield County Conn

    Oct 17th 1828

George Dexter Oliver born in Winchester Litchfield Cou Conn

    December 5th  1830

Eli Josiah [Josiah Eli in earlier record] Oliver born in Goshen Litchfield County Conn   March 1st  1832

Charles Edger Oliver born in Goshen Litchfield County Conn

    Oct 20th  1834

Sidney Shelton [Sidney Dexter in earlier record] Oliver born in Goshen Litchfield County Conn   June 24th  1836

Amanda Eliza Oliver born in Plymouth Litchfield County Conn

    April 23d  1839


Marriages (continued in Births columns)

Sidney S. Oliver Married Ann L. Knights New Years eve 1857 In Monson

Huldah [Jane , in pencil] Oliver Married to James [P, added] Mc Cabe March 12th  1849   New Haven


Marriages (continued)

Mary F. Oliver Married to Otis Baily  Jany 1st 1854 in Ware Village  [pencilled "X's" over groom's names]

Amanda E Married to Andrew J Morgan   Nov 25, 1855 [corrected in pencil from Nov 26, 1856]



L.M. Oliver Died March 3d  1867 at West Goshen at Huldahs was burried in Goshen March 7th  1867

Celany Jane Oliver died in Hartford Conn. 1882. Aged 84 Years.

Charles Edgar Oliver Departed this life Sept 10 1854   Aged 19 y 10 mo 10 days

Richard left home & went into the Army staid his time out but has never returnd 1856 - - 1861

    He went to Frazier River Gold Fields in 1858 never heard of after.

Eli Josiah Oliver Died in Springfield Ohio in 1908

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