Why I have been away

I am so sorry to those of you who have started to follow my new page about my Taylors Montgomery’s and All the Branches. I had hip replacement surgery on 31 March 2021. Although the surgery went very well, I am just beginning to sit at my desk top computer to do anything.

I have found out via emails and DNA that my 4 times great grandpa Jesse(ie) Irvin/Irwin Taylor Sr. born about 1792 in old Wyeth County now Grayson County Virginia parents are not the William Taylor and Sarah Garrett/Garnett Foster that I first came upon as their parents from Bryan Taylor’s research that ended in 1995. Several years ago, while going back over my documentation on my Ancestry tree I had noticed that I had no documented proof of his parentage. Well all the research I had done going way way back prior to them coming to America was all wrong for my 4times great grandpa. Imagine the horrible feeling I had as many people had copied my research that I had worked tirelessly on. A couple of people who had written books and included my research as I was basically in the beginning back in 2000 on Ancestry was the only one researching this particular lineage. This was a devasting thing for me to happen as I took great pride in obtaining that documentation, all the back and forth on the Ancestry message boards, standard emails and waiting for records to be uploaded to Ancestry.com back in the day.

So new beginnings all over again for his parents and I have been told by several researchers that many of the older records from that early time period were destroyed by fire. Which i would assume they would be due to the war of 1812, the Civil war all in the area.

But I am on the hunt again as well as still looking for my maternal grandmother’s biological father as well. It only took about 15 years or so to track down and confirm my father’s own Biological father and locating family members who had pictures of not just him James Franklin “Frank” Dalton but of his parents David Marion “Mack” Dalton and Minnie Sanders along with many of their children. I was so happy when I found that information and was able to show my own father Cecil (nmn) Dalton just 3 years prior to his death in July 2013. My father’s mother’s name was Elsie Carie Taylor born 1898 in White Shoals Virginia, but the midwife recorded her as being born in Kentucky. I was lucky that she had told me that about the record being recorded for the wrong state !

I will be pulling from my tree information and pictures to post over the next several weeks to share unless I end up needing shoulder surgery again ! Until I post again, I wish each and everyone of you a Happy Kentucky Derby !

Tribulations on Writing

As the title states, I am have tribulations on what next to post about my large lineage. I want to make my writings here to sound just like me. A simple person, with simple sounding language as a Kentuckian sounds like. With having a natural comprehension problem in some areas of understanding written directions on developing my site to look like those who I follow. They themselves have wonderful looking sites with categories, drop down menu’s. At present tonight I have spent 1 and a half hours going back over all the settings, seeing where I did not add certain things and making a few changes. I am not by any means unintelligent, I am like many people who has to be shown how to do certain things. I have been writing for well over 15 years on my own on my computer prior to me seeking counseling for memories that unlocked their selves from the locked doors in my brain in 2006.

I had a 500 page book on my old Windows 98 computer and lost all of it except 100 pages. Yes, it was traumatic to me, so I hurriedly printed off what was left and it still lays there in a small box with a plastic cover to this date until I can re-type all of it again then get it published.

With starting this blog about my ever so large family tree, while still researching them plus checking Ancestry DNA and Gedmatch and even the Genetic aspect of my own DNA, well let’s just say I have my fingertips in many bowls so to speak.

Many of you know me via Facebook and previously on MYSPACE and earlier then that from the Ancestry message boards. Yes, we go back many years and you each know who you are ! If it were not for you then I would not had learned who all my father’s Taylor lines had married into or with.

Just thinking about the woman in the 1800’s having possibly 13 children, then each of those children having the same or close to the same number, in this day and age is mind-boggling.

Having to raise all those children on what little means they had or in some cases didn’t have, tells me that our Ancestors, the women had very strong backbones to say the least. And no, I will not leave out the men they themselves had the ethics, responsibilities and yes back bone to make sure their families were taken care of.

I myself can not imagine myself in their era and to tell you the truth I would not want too either. Reading was not a passion of mine until I began to find out about the olden days, and researching is something I always did when I worked, no matter what sort of job I held in Finance.

I suppose I am blessed to have the imagination and the automatic aspect of doing research in order to keep up my thirst when it comes to our Ancestors…. Till the next post……

25 years in the making

For 25 years I have been researching my families genealogy. My main reason for doing this was not just to learn about my own heritage, but to locate my father’s biological father. As being a Subscriber to Ancestry.com I was able to in 2010 just 3 years prior to my father who died in July 2013, finally show him a picture of his biological father that he never met or knew anything about.

My father’s name was Cecil Dalton his mother was Elsie Carie Taylor. My father was a child out of wedlock. He was born on November 13, 1922 in Page or some spell it Paige, Bell County Kentucky. He was not born in a hospital as many were born with the assistance of a midwife. This particular midwife when she recorded his birth listed him as a female instead of a male. While his mother was still alive I asked her several times why she never gave my daddy a middle name, she would laugh and said she really didn’t know. She had a middle name as did her mother and sister as well as all of her brothers, but she chose not to give him one.

When asking my Grandma about my Grandpa Dalton, she would never ever talk about him other to say his name was Frank. She took all the information to her own death bed.

Me being somewhat of a very nosey individual even when I was a teenager, I continued my research and was able to connect with 20 genealogist who had all sort of family in the same areas of South Eastern Kentucky where my father was born. I was also given the name of a cousin who had also researched up until l995. I took his research, added it to my tree and then began locating all the documentation, deleting those who never was proven to be part of the family of Taylors who came from North Carolina to Kentucky in the 1800’s. The first Taylor I have is my 3rd great grandfather, named Jesse Irvin Taylor who was supposedly born in Wyeth County, now known as Grayson County Virginia. From other researchers, it was said that a William Taylor and a Sarah Garrett/Garnett Foster were Jesse’ s parents, so I followed that for nearly 20 years. Had all the information going back to to England for the Taylors and all those related to him, such as Zachary Taylor, yes the President.

The plot thickens, while I was going back to upload all this information onto My Family Tree Maker, I happened to notice I had not obtained a birth record for my Jesse Taylor born about 1792 in Wythe County Virginia. After a week, I became very upset of all the work I had obtained and disconnected William and Sarah as his parents. Doing this at that time on Ancestry deleted them from my tree, but kept all of who was to be believed his brothers and sisters.

Jesse had served in the War of 1812, yes to me at first glance it seemed he would have been too young, but then I had to research more about that time period. Those who served started at an early age of even 14 or 15 years of age.

As Ancestry’s database grew and records were more available I continued to research all the various options available at that time. I did find several Jesse Taylor’s who served in that very war of 1812. I even found one that had an alias last name Paige or Page. As like many I documented that down to come back on until more records were released.

By this time I had already accumulated 7- 5 subject notes books of information that I had handwritten down along with the resources from where they came from to prove where I had obtained the information.

Jesse apparently met his wife in North Carolina after the War of 1812 and married her, they began to have children beginning in 1820 with my 2nd great grandpa William Riley Taylor being the first. This was a Ha Ha moment for me as you could imagine.

At one point and time Jesse his wife and all the children decided to come to Kentucky as Jesse had received land grants for 200 acres here as well as acres in Missouri. He sold those in Missouri and stayed in what we now know as Harlan Harlan, County Kentucky in an area known as Brownies Creek. It’s original name was MT Pleasant , Harlan County Kentucky.

From works emailed to me from a Descendant of the Davidson Family, it stated that Jesse Taylor, his wife and children traveled together down through Virginia to the Cumberland area up to Harlan area.

Jesse always went by his first name and named one of his son’s Irvin Jr, so this would mean that Jesse’s actual name was Jesse Irvin Taylor Sr.

By this time many people had copied my tree as I was the only one who was researching on Ancestry This branch of Taylors who had settled in Harlan County Kentucky as we now know it. I originally had Jesse’s middle name as Riley, but after learning of Irvin being a Jr., I changed Jesse’s middle name to Irvin and placed him as a Sr on my own tree.

More to come……..Peggy Sue Druck nee Dalton.

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