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In the spring of 2007 Geoff Walker contacted me about the Taylor family of Gomersal. Geoff shared the following information on the Taylor family.

John Taylor

Birth: born 1736, and died 1805.

Marriage: ANNA WARING. She was born 1739, and died 1817.

Notes for JOHN TAYLOR: Known to have hosted John Wesley. Joined New Connection Methodists and built a small chapel.

Child of JOHN TAYLOR and ANNA WARING:

  1. JOSHUA TAYLOR

    Birth: b. 1766, Gomersall; d. 28 Dec 1840, Red House Gomersall.

    Marriage: ANN TICKELL 1810 in Gomersall. She was born 1781 in Workington Cumbria.

    Notes for JOSHUA TAYLOR: A successful banker & businessman from a long line of respected, but unconventional, Yorkshire textiles family. He was a fierce radical in religion & politics and instilled in his six children independence of thought & action as well as freedom of expression. Joshua was an educated, cultured & strongly cosmopolitan influence on his family, he exported cloth to Europe & America and they often travelled in Europe as well as having relatives living in Brussels. Charlotte Bronte wrote...the society of the Taylors' is one of the most rousing pleasures I have ever known (Charlotte Bronte to Ellen Nussey 15 April 1839)

    Notes for ANN TICKELL:

    • Ann was very displeased with her dour representation as Mrs Yorke in Charlotte Bronte's novel 'Shirley' She openly abused Charlotte for writing 'Shirley' in a letter to her son.
    • 1841 Census Gomersall aged 60 widowed with four of her children (John, Joseph, Mary & William) in or near Polland Hall. Occ. Independent.
    • 1851 Not seen

    Children of JOSHUA TAYLOR and ANN TICKELL:

    1. JOSHUA TAYLOR, b. 06 Jul 1812, Gomersall

      Marriage: JANE LISTER CHARLESWORTH 1838 in Dewsbury. She was born 1817 in High Town Liversedge.

      Notes for JOSHUA TAYLOR:

      • 1841 Census Gomersall aged 25 with his wife & son in Spen Bank. Occ. Cloth Merchant
      • 1851 Census Gomersall aged 38 with his wife & children in Low Lane Little Gomersall. Occ. Cloth Merchant
      • 1861 Census Gomersall aged 48 with his wife & children in Great Gomersall. Occ. Cloth Merchant & Mill Owner.
      • 1871 Census Gomersall aged 58 with his wife & children in Hill Top. Occ. Woollen Merchant. Also there are Annie Taylor Niece 16 b New Zealand & Mary Doublet 45 Cousin b France.
      • 1881 Census not seen

      Notes for JANE LISTER CHARLESWORTH:

      • 1841 Census Gomersall aged 25 with husband & son in Spen Bank.
      • 1851 Census Gomersall aged 35 with husband & children in Low Lane Little Gomersall.
      • 1861 Census Gomersall aged 44 with husband & children in Great Gomersall.
      • 1871 Census Gomersall aged 55 with husband & children in Hill Top.
      • 1881 Census not seen

      Children of JOSHUA TAYLOR and JANE CHARLESWORTH:

      1. JOSHUA TAYLOR, b. 1840, Gomersall.

        Marriage: ANN ELIZABETH BOOTH 1868 in Dewsbury, daughter of JAMES BOOTH and MARY SIGSTON. Ref: 1868 Sept Dewsbury 9b 769. She was born 1838 in Liversedge.

        Notes for JOSHUA TAYLOR:

        • 1841 Census Gomersall aged 1 with parents in Spen Bank.
        • 1851 Census Gomersall aged 11 with parents & siblings in Low Lane Little Gomersall.
        • 1861 Census Gomersall aged 21 with parents & siblings in Great Gomersall. Occ. Cloth Manufacturer
        • 1871 Census Gomersall aged 31 with his wife and son at Spen Hall. Occ. Cloth Manufacturer. Also there were Hannah Crossley 36 Occ. Nurse & Ann Barnes 27 Occ. Domestic Servant.
        • 1881 Census Gomersall aged 41 with his wife & two sons at Leeds & Elland Rd in Spen Hall. Occ Cloth Manufacturer & Dyer. Also there were Hannah Crossley 46 Occ. Housemaid & Fanny Martha Baker 39 Occ. Cook.
        • 1891 Census Gomersall aged 51 with his wife in Spen Hall. Occ Manager in Woollen Cloth Manufactory Also Hannah Crossley 56 General Servant Domestic.
        • 1901 Census Grange Lancashire aged 61 widowed & a Boarder at Esplanade. Occ. Independent Means. This appears to be a Retirement Home.

        Notes for ANN ELIZABETH BOOTH:

        • 1871 Census Gomersall aged 33 with husband & son at Spen Hall.
        • 1881 Census Gomersall aged 41 with husband & two sons at Spen Hall.
        • 1891 Census Gomersall aged 53 with husband in Spen Hall.
        • 1901 Census had died by this date

        Children of JOSHUA TAYLOR and ANN BOOTH:

        1. JOSHUA JAMES TAYLOR, b. 21 Aug 1869, Gomersall; d. 03 Jun 1936, North Cowichan.

          Notes for JOSHUA JAMES TAYLOR:

          • 1871 Census Gomersall aged 1 with his parents at Spen Hall.
          • 1881 Census Gomersall aged 11 with his parents & brother at Leeds & Elland Rd in Spen Hall.
          • 1888 Attended Emmanuel College Cambridge BA, MA, MB and M Chir.
          • 1891 Census Settle aged 21 a visitor at the Golden Lion Hotel in Duke St. Occ. Medical Student
          • 1895 MD
          • 1898 D.P.H
          • 1899 St Bartholomew's Hospital House Surgeon worked also at Darlington & Salop Royal Infirmaries
          • 1901 Census not clear
          • 1910 In practice in Liphook Hants
          • 1920 in practice in Shrewsbury
          • 1930 in practice in Ditchling Sussex
          • 1936 Then living in Maple Bay Duncan Vancouver Island British Columbia where he died aged 66
        2. THOMAS SIGSTON TAYLOR, b. 06 Apr 1873, Gomersall; d. 24 Apr 1952, The Laurels Hailsham;

          Marriage: MAUDE FRANCES REDGRAVE, 26 Aug 1908, Hailsham Sussex2; b. 1879, Ashford Kent. Marriage Notes for THOMAS TAYLOR and MAUDE REDGRAVE: Witnesses: A.R. Quinton & E.H. Redgrave

          Notes for THOMAS SIGSTON TAYLOR:

          • 1881 Census Gomersall aged 7 with his parents & brother at Leeds & Elland Rd in Spen Hall.
          • 1891 Census Giggleswick aged 17 a Boarder at the Giggleswick Royal Grammar School.
          • 1892 King's College Cambridge where he gained a BA, B Chir and MA
          • 1901 Census London aged 27 at St Thomas's Hospital. Occ Medical Practitioner
          • Career History: House Surgeon at St Thomas's House Physician at The Brompton then practiced in Shrewsbury before moving to practice in Hailsham. Medical Officer of Health for the Hellingly District and a J.P. for Sussex
          • 1908 Marriage aged 35 Occ. Doctor of Laurels North St Hailsham. Father Joshua Occ. Cloth Manufacturer

          Notes for MAUDE FRANCES REDGRAVE:

          • 1908 Marriage aged 29 Occ. Tuition of South View Western Rd Hailsham. Father James Redgrave (Dec) Occ. Corn Merchant.

      2. THOMAS TAYLOR, b. 1842, Gomersall.

        Notes for THOMAS TAYLOR:

        • 1851 Census Gomersall aged 9 with parents & siblings in Low Lane Little Gomersall.
        • 1861 Census Gomersall aged 19 with parents & siblings in Great Gomersall. Occ. Wool Dyer
        • 1871 Census Gomersall aged 29 with parents & siblings in Hill Top. Occ. Master Dyer.
        • 1881 Census not seen
        • 1891 Census not clear possibly a Bookkeeper in Lower Bebington Cheshire
        • 1901 Census not clear

      3. RICHARD TAYLOR, b. 1843, Gomersall.

        "On Richard Alfred Taylor's Christening mug, which I have in front of me, his birth date is 17th October 1843."

        Mary Moogk, July 29, 2009

        Notes for RICHARD TAYLOR:

        • 1851 Census Gomersall aged 7 with parents & siblings in Low Lane Little Gomersall.
        • 1861 Census Gomersall aged 17 with parents & siblings in Great Gomersall. Occ. Apprentice Cloth Manufacturer.
        • 1871 Census Gomersall aged 27 with parents & siblings in Hill Top. Occ. Manufacturer & Dyer
        • 1881 Census Gomersall aged 37 Head with Mary Doublet 51 Cousin & Housekeeper in Low Lane. Occ. Cloth Manufacturer.
        • 1891, 01 Census not seen

      4. EDWARD TAYLOR, b. 1847, Gomersall.

        Marriage: THERESSA. She was born 1848 in Ireland.

        Notes for EDWARD TAYLOR:

        • 1851 Census Gomersall aged 5 with parents & siblings in Low Lane Little Gomersall.
        • 1861 Census Pudsey aged 13 a pupil at Fulneck Boys Boarding School.
        • 1871 Census Gomersall aged 25 with parents & siblings in Hill Top. Occ. Master Dyer
        • 1881 Census Foots Cray Kent aged 35 with his wife & children in Hasherley Rd Meadowsley. Occ. Manager Woollen Merchant
        • 1891 not seen

        Notes for THERESSA:

        • 1881 Census Foots Cray Kent aged 34 with husband & children in Hasherley Rd Meadowsby.
        • 1891 not seen
        • 1901 Census Foots Cray Kent aged 54 widowed with her children at Meadowsby

        In 2016 Sharon Slater wrote: "Edward Taylor (1847) the son of Joshua Taylor was the Managing Director of the Limerick Clothing Factory from 1889 until his death in 1899."

        Children of EDWARD TAYLOR and THERESSA:

        1. EDWARD REGINALD TAYLOR, b. 1873, Birstall.

          Notes for EDWARD REGINALD TAYLOR:

          • 1881 Census Foots Cray Kent aged 8 with his parents & sister in Hasherley Rd Meadowsley.
          • 1891 not seen
          • 1901 Census Foots Cray Kent aged 28 with his widowed mother & sister at Meadowsby. Occ. Solicitor
        2. SUSAN MARY TAYLOR, b. 1877, Birstall.

          Notes for SUSAN MARY TAYLOR:

          • 1881 Census Foots Cray Kent aged 4 with her parents & brother in Hasherley Rd Meadowsley.
          • 1891 not seen
          • 1901 Census Foots Cray Kent aged 24 with her widowed mother & brother at Meadowsby.

      5. SUSAN TAYLOR, b. 1848, Gomersall.

        Notes for SUSAN TAYLOR:

        • 1851 Census Gomersall aged 2 with parents & siblings in Low Lane Little Gomersall.
        • 1861 Census Gomersall aged 13 with parents & siblings in Great Gomersall.
        • 1871 Census Gomersall aged 22 with parents & siblings in Hill Top.
        • 1881, 91, 01 Census not clear

      6. EMILY TAYLOR, b. 1850, Gomersall.

        Notes for EMILY TAYLOR:

        • 1851 Census Gomersall aged 1 month with parents & siblings in Low Lane Little Gomersall.
        • 1861 Census Gomersall aged 11 with parents & siblings in Great Gomersall.
        • 1871, 81, 91, 01 not seen

    2. JOHN TAYLOR, b. 1813, Gomersall; d. 1901

      Notes for JOHN TAYLOR:

      • 1841 Census Gomersall aged 25 with his widowed mother & siblings in or near Polland Hall. Occ. Cloth Manufacturer
      • 1851 Census Gomersall aged 37 Head with one servant at Papely. Occ. Woollen Merchant
      • 1861 Census Cleckheaton aged 47 with his sister Mary, sister-in-law Amelia from Holland & 2 servants all at West Villa in Wyke. Occ. Dyer
      • 1871, 81 Census not seen

    3. JOSEPH TAYLOR, b. 1815, Gomersall; d. 1857;

      Marriage: AMELIA RINGROSE.

      Notes for JOSEPH TAYLOR:

      • 1841 Census Gomersall aged 25 with his widowed mother & siblings in or near Polland Hall. Occ. Cloth Manufacturer.
      • He travelled to Brussels with Charlotte and Emily Bronte, and his sisters.
      • In 1850, he married.
      • He was a witness to the marriage settlement between Charlotte and Rev Nicholls
      • 1851, 61, 71 Census not seen

    4. MARY TAYLOR,

      Birth: b. 26 Feb 1817, Gomersall; d. 01 Mar 1893, High Royd Gomersall.

      Notes for MARY TAYLOR:

      • "Quiet but self-possessed, she was an admirable businesswoman, with a way of going straight to the point that was at times disconcerting...Miss Taylor was indeed a remarkable woman - probably in her mental endowments the strongest woman who came within the Bronte circle". Cleckheaton Guardian 24 Dec 1903.
      • Mary Taylor of Red House Gomersall was Charlotte Bronte's close lifelong friend. This cherished friendship influenced Charlotte's life and her novels. The radical & boisterous Taylor family of Red House were described as the 'Yorke' family in Charlotte Bronte's novel 'Shirley'. Charlotte described the family so well that Mary wrote "There is a strange feeling in reading it of hearing us all talking" (Mary Taylor to Charlotte Bronte 13 Aug 1850)
      • Mary Taylor appears as 'Rose York' and her character relates strongly to what we know of Mary.
      • In 1845 after finding that there was no suitable employment that she desired or wished to undertake in England & Mary sailed for Wellington New Zealand. Although this was a pioneering expedition through hard work and money sent from England she set up a small shop with her cousin Ellen Taylor which became a thriving business until her return to England in 1860.
      • After her return she made frequent visits to Switzerland and published in 1875 'Swiss Notes by Five Ladies'. She wrote just one novel "Miss Miles" published in 1890.
      • 1841 Census Gomersall aged 20 with her widowed mother & siblings in or near Polland Hall.
      • 1851 In New Zealand
      • 1861 Census Cleckheaton aged 44 with brother John, widowed sister-in-law Amelia from Holland & 2 servants all at West Villa in Wyke.
      • 1871 Census not seen
      • 1881 Census Gomersall aged 64 at the home of Mrs & Rev Robert F Taylor Vicar of Gomersall on Leeds & Elland Rd. Occ. Spinster
      • 1891 Census Gomersall aged 74 at High Royd House Spen Lane. Occ. Lives on her own means.
      • 1893 died.

    5. MARTHA TAYLOR, b. 1819, Gomersall; d. 1842, Brussels.

      Notes for MARTHA TAYLOR:

      • 1841 Census not seen as Martha was at a finishing school in Brussels & probably contracted Cholera which was epidemic in Europe at the time and died in October 1842.
    6. WILLIAM WARING TAYLOR, b. 1821, Gomersall; d. 1903, New Zealand.

      Marriage 1: MARY KNOX 1848 in New Zealand. She was born 10 Feb 1827 in Edinburgh.

      Marriage 2: MARY ELIZABETH BROWN 21 May 1879 in New Zealand.

      Note: In July 2015 Peter Taylor wrote: "It was William Waring Taylor's son William Taylor (my great grandfather) who married Mary Elizabeth Brown (my great grandmother)."

      Notes for WILLIAM WARING TAYLOR:

      • 1841 Census Gomersall aged 20 with his widowed mother & siblings in or near Polland Hall.
      • 1851 - 1901 Census not seen

      Child of WILLIAM TAYLOR and MARY KNOX:

      1. CAROLINE WARING TAYLOR, b. 12 Oct 1857, Tawa Flats NZ.

In January 2015 I received an email from New Zealand:
"Nga Tawa, a school of note for young ladies, began life at Wyke, Shannon NZ by the grand-daughter of William Waring Taylor. He is buried in Shannon with his son Robert. The family today still has a little of the air recorded in Charlotte's history of them."
In August 2015 Dana Huthnance wrote:
Wyke was later managed by Keith Elliot's ( VC) brother a family friend and was not in dis-repair as some photographs now indicate.'

Nga Tawa


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