- Born: 14 Oct 1810, Old Monkland, Lanark, Scotland
- Marriage (1): Agnes Hardie on 15 Dec 1834 in Bothwell, Lanark, Scotland
- Died: 21 Jul 1889, Coaldale, Bedford, Pennsylvania, United States at age 78
- Buried: Jul 1889, Duvalls Cemetery, Coaldale, Pennsylvania, USA
At the time of the 1841 Census John was a 30 year old coal miner living in Newarthill, Lanark. The family surname is spelled TAYLAR. His wife Agnes is 25, son Alexander, 5 and daughter Elizabeth, 1. They appear to be sharing a house with Agnes' sister Christian and her husband Alexander Tennant and their son James as well as two 25 year old men, Peter Burro and William Long, both born outside the County. They are living next door to Agnes and Christian's parents Peter and Elisabeth Hardie.
At the time of the 1851 Census John was a 40 year old coalminer living in Cambusnethan, Lanark. His birthplace was recorded as Old Monkland, Lanark. Living with him were his wife, Agnes, aged 39, born Bothwell, and children Alexander, 15, a coalminer born Bothwell and Henrietta, 8, a scholar born Bothwell. Living here also were nephew and niece, James and Cathren [sic] Tennant, aged 11 and 5 respectively. Both were born in Bothwell, James was working as a coalminer. These were the children of Agnes' sister Christian and her husband James Tennant. Another child was living with Agnes' brother, James Hardie and his family. It seems likely that the parents were deceased as no further record can be found for them.
It appears that wife Agnes and daughter Henrietta travelled to the US on the Thornton arriving in New York on 27 Oct 1856. Agnes is recorded as 40 years old (when she would have been 45) and Henrietta as 12 (when she was 14).
By the time of the 1860 US Census (9th June) John and the family can be found in Broad Top, Pennsylvania, USA. John is aged 49, a miner, born Scotland with a personal estate valued at $150 (no real estate). Living with him were wife Agnes, 48, born Scotland and children Alexander, 24, a miner, born Scotland; Catherine, 14, born Scotland (NB this is actually believed to be Catherine Tennant, their niece); John, 8, born Scotland.
Also living in Broad Top at this time was Agnes' brother, James Hardie, and his family.
By the time of the 1870 Census (23 July) John is still in Broad Top, a 59 year old coal overseer (?), born Scotland with real estate assets to the value of $200 and personal assets to the value of $180. Living with him is wife Agnes, 58, "keeping house" and son John, 18, unmarried, no occupation listed. Also living here is one John Gibbs, a 36 year old married coalminer born in Scotland.
At the time of the 1880 Census John is still in Broad Top, a 69 year old miner, born Scotland as are both his parents. Agnes is here too, 68, keeping house, born Scotland as are both her parents. And also living with them is a granddaughter, Mary Taylor, aged 9, born in Pennsylvania. Her father was born Scotland and her mother in Wales.
His memorial inscription incorrectly records his date of birth as 30 October, when it was 14 October.
Noted events in his life were:
• He worked as a Coalminer at the time of daughter Elizabeth's marriage on 12 Sep 1856.
John married Agnes Hardie, daughter of Peter Hardie ** and Elizabeth Cowan **, on 15 Dec 1834 in Bothwell, Lanark, Scotland. (Agnes Hardie was born on 7 Aug 1811 in Bothwell, Lanark, Scotland, christened on 11 Aug 1811 in Bellshill Relief Church,Bellshill,Lanark,Scotland, died on 21 Jul 1885 in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, USA and was buried in Jul 1885 in Duvalls Cemetery, Coaldale, Pennsylvania, USA.)