Born: 1716 at Ireland
Died: February 23, 1781 (aged 64, 65) at Parsons-Taylor House, Easton, Pennsylvania
Spouse: Ann Taylor Savage (m. 1742)
Children: He had two children
Member, Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania (1777)
Pennsylvania Delegate to the Continental Congress (1776 – 1777)
Facts about George Taylor
Though his exact birth date is unknown, along with many details of his early life, according to most sources, signer of the Declaration of Independence George Taylor was born in 1716 in Northern Ireland, the son of a minister. He emigrated to America on an indenture when he was 20.
Upon his arrival, he found employment with Samuel Savage, owner of an iron-works in Bucks County. Though starting as a manual laborer, he was soon found more useful as a clerk. After Savage’s death, Taylor married his widow, Ann, with who he had two children. Later, after her death in 1768, he went on to have five more children with his housekeeper out of wedlock.
While Taylor is a signer of the Declaration of Independence, he was not an original member of the Continental Congress and was not present when it was ratified. Having been chosen by the Pennsylvania delegation to replace a representative who refused to ratify and sign the document on July 20, he arrived in Philadelphia only in time to sign it with the rest of the delegates of August 2, 1776.
Upon his marriage to Savage’s widow, Taylor became owner of the Durham iron works. On August 2, 1775, exactly one year before the Declaration’s signing, Taylor’s iron works was contracted by Pennsylvania’s Committee of Safety to provide cannon shot, making Taylor’s iron-works the first to supply cannon balls for the Continental troops. That year, he also served as a colonel in the Bucks County Militia and a representative for the provincial assembly.
Taylor’s service to the Continental Congress was fairly short-lived. After he was one of seven members of the Pennsylvania delegation that was not re-nominated in February of 1777, he was appointed to the Pennsylvania Supreme Executive Council, an early state legislative body formed to govern the Commonwealth under it’s new constitution. However, he fell ill after only a short time, and retired from the council, ending his career of public service.
George Taylor died at the age of 65 on February 23, 1781, at his residence in Easton, now known as the Parsons/Taylor House. He was originally interred across the street, in the cemetery of St. John’s Lutheran Church. His grave was moved in 1870 to its present location in Easton Cemetery for the erection of the now-former Taylor School, on the corner of South Fourth and Ferry streets, where the church’s parking lot is today. In his will, he left‚$500 to his eldest grandson, and also‚$500 to Naomi Smith, his companion and housekeeper, “”in Consideration of her great Care & Attendance on me for a Number of Years.””
George Taylor Childhood
Born in Ireland, Taylor immigrated to the American colonies at age 20, landing in Philadelphia in 1736. According to early 18th century biographies of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, he was the son of a Protestant clergyman. To pay for his passage, Taylor was indentured to Samuel Savage, Jr., iron-master at Warwick Furnace and Coventry Forge. He started as a laborer, but it is believed that when Savage discovered Taylor had a certain degree of education, he promoted him to bookkeeper
Where is George Taylor buried?
George Taylor was buried in St. John’s Lutheran Church cemetery across from his residence at Fourth and Ferry Streets in Easton.
How did George Taylor die?
He died in failing health on February 23, 1781, at the age of 65.