Patriot Joel Taylor, the patriot ancestor of James C. Taylor, supported the cause that led to the declaration of American Independence from Great Britain in 1776 and the founding of the United States of America.
James C. Taylor is a direct male descendent of Joel Taylor, Born 4 March 1764 in Merrimack, Dunstable, New Hampshire.( Massachusetts ). He was the third son of Timothy and Rachael Taylor who was a tavern and stage coach stop owner on the road between Concord, Massachusetts and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in Merrimack, New Hamphshire. He was one of the six men who were enlisted from Dunstable, Massachusetts to the Second Massachusetts Regiment of the Continental Army by Commissioner, Brig. General John Glover at Springfield, Massachusetts , July 7, 1780. Joel was 16 years old, 5 foot 7 inches in stature, light in complexion; marched to camp July 7, 1780, under the command of Captain Dix. He was one of the men that the town of Dunstable raised for a six month service and returned by Brig. Gen. Paterson as having passed muster in a return dated Camp Totoway, October 25, 1780. Private Joel Taylor was discharged Jan. 7, 1781. His service to his city, state and the United States was 6 Months and 13 Days, including travel (220 miles) home.
After the Revolutionary War was over he left Merrimack and went by stage to Rupert, Vermont. It was here that his 50 acres plot of land for service in the Revolutionary War was located, 2 miles North of the village of Rupert. He stayed at the house of his friend Jonathan Farrar while he cleared the land across the road from the Farrar home. He married Hannah Farrar in 1784, the daughter of Jonathan and Mary Farrar another Revolutionary soldier, Jonathan had been at the Battle of Concord and "the shot heard around the world," and Joel met him while on duty in Massachusetts . With the money he made from clearing other peoples lands (with his axe he was able to clear an acre of land a day), he continued to buy (swampy) wet land and drain it.
On the land that he cleared at the foot of Rupert (Taylor) Mountain he planted Apple Trees and Sugar Maples. He became one of the most successful businessmen in the early 1800's in Vermont with his apple products.
In 1781, he built a two story Colonial home with a Black Walnut Stair Case with marble floors and marble front steps. First floor ceiling and dining room were intricately hand carved. The Taylor homestead included over 2000 acres of prime apple trees. The Last Taylor in the Rupert Community abandoned the colonial house in 1927 and the house was burned down by an arsonist in 1947.
Joel Taylor died 19 January 1846 at the age of 82. He and his family were members of the Church of Christ in Rupert and he is buried with his wife, Hannah Farrar Taylor in The Old Cemetery, Rupert, Bennington County, Vermont. In the Year 2000, The Son's of the American Revolution placed an SAR Marker in front of the gravestone of this Revolutionary Soldier.