Note: (Medical):Matthew Taylor, Esq. From the town records of Londonderry, New Hampshire, it appears that Matthew Taylor was a man of prominence, and took his full share of public work and church affairs. -- 5 March 1728/29 he was voted for "Hawards" for the year (any ideas on what this was) Thanks goes to my niece, Dianne Taylor Munroe, from Pictou County, Nova Scotia who has worked hard on finding out the meaning of "Hawards" for us--this is what she found. The word is actually of Old English Origin from "hay" and " ward" and refers to the "hayward" or person having charge of fences and enclosures of a manor, townwship or parish. In "the interpreter: or booke containing the signification of words 1607 (1637, 1672) " John Cowell provided the following: "Hawards..signifieth with us one that keepeth the common heard of the towne." It is therefore suspected that the reference to "haward of the year" meant that the person had been appointed as the haward for the community. -- 20 December, 1731 he was one of a committee to meet at "William Humphrey's House upon tuesday ye 21st of this Instant to Consider of Sending a Call or Calls to Ireland in order to have a second minister for their congregation --19 April, 1737 he was voted one of the constables for the easterly side of Beaver Brook. --27 November, 1738 he was voted to collect the schoolmaster's money --12 July, 1739 there was a committee of five men chosen to treat and agree with James Aiken and Matthew Taylor that is to "make a return of their seats or pews in ye old meeting house of sd Londonderry to the select men of Londonderry afore sd to be sold according to their Convenant or agreement with sd select men" --5 March, 1753 he was voted as one of the surveyors for the easterly side of beaver brook --5 March, 1755 he was chosen a taythingman (anyone open to suggestions on what this occupation was?) Dianne Taylor Munroe has also found the meaning for "tithingman". 1. The chief man of a tithing; a headborough 2. A peace officer, an under constable 3. A parish officer elected annually to preserve good order in the church during divine service, to make complaint of any disorderly conduct and to enforce the observance of the sabbath. --5 March, 1760 he was chosen one of the surveyors for the easterly side of beaver brook Matthew Taylor's Will Probate Records, VOL. IX, 1767-1771 New Hampshire Wills In the name of God amen, I Mathew Taylor of Londonderry in the province of Newhampsh~re ~n New England being at present ~n somewhat of pain and Disorder of body but of perfect mind and memory Thanks be Given to almighty God for the same this twenty second Day of January one thousand seven hundred and seventy **** Imprimis I Give and Bequeath to my well beloved wife Jennet Tayler Two Cows and the Horse that I am at present owner of to be for hir use During hir Natural Life and to be at hir Disposal amongst hir children at hir Death besides the provision I have all ready made for hir by a Bond from my son Adam Tayler and another from my Son Samuel Taylor Towards hir support ---item 1 Give and Bequeath to my Son John Taylor seven pounds Ten shillings lawfull Money ---item I Give and Bequeath to my Son Mathew Taylor Now is Nova Scotia Six pounds five shillings Lawfull Money ---item I Give and Bequeath to my Son William Taylor, two pounds Ten Shillings Lawfull Money ---item I Give and Bequeath to Six Grand Chilldren Viz Jean Anderson Mathew Anderson John Anderson hugh Finley Samuel Finley and Robert Finley in Equall shares ten pound Lawfull Money to be divided amongst them--- Item I Give to My son David Taylor twenty shillings Lawful Money--- Item I Give to My son Adam Taylor one pound Lawfull money--- Item I Give to My son Samuel Taylor one pound Lawfull Money and also the one half of all My farming Tools that I at present posses and the other half of said farming Tools I Give to My Son Adam Taylor---item I Give to My Grand Daughter Agnass Cuningham Nine Dollars or a Heifer with Calf ---item I Give and Bequeath to My Daughter Ellenor archbold that was for Gott in the first of My Bequeathment as She was my oldest Daughter, Eighteen shillings Lawfull money and if there ~s any of my personal Estate Left after My Just Debts and funeral Charges as before Mentioned and the before Mentioned Legasys are paid I allow the same to be Divided in the following Manner viz John Taylor one part Ellenor archbold one part Mathew Taylor one part William Taylor one part My Daughter Jennets Six Chillren before Mentioned one part to be Divided amongst them in Equal shares David Taylor one part adam Taylor one part Samuel Taylor one part of the Remains of My aforesaid personal Estate and I allow all My out Lands To be sold By my Executor hereafter to be mentioned in any manner that He shall Think most proper and Divided in the Same manner as the aforesaid Remains of My personal Estate the above Legasys to be appaid in Eighteen months after my Decease or Sooner if practicable-- And I allow My well beloved Son John Taylor to be My Sole Exec' of thiss my Last will and Testament hereby Renoucning all other wills forms Requists and Executors In witness to all herein Contained I have hereunto affixed my hand and Seal this twenty Second Day of January annoque Domini 1770. His Matthew X Tayler Mark Witnesses were John McKeen, John Barnet, James MacGregore (Proved Jan. 31, 1770) (Inventory of real estate, attested April 24, 1770; amount, 74 pounds 19 shillings; signed by Samuel Barr and James McGregore; another of personal estate, attested May 9, 1770; amount, 66 pounds, 14 shillings, 4 pence; signed by James McGregore and John McKeen)
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