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Original Document in Possession of P.F. Taylor,

Yorkto York Town April 15th 1778.

Rec'd of Lt. Samuel Gill of 4th Virg'a Regiment One months pay for March 1778, as witness our hands--

John Smith 4th V.R. 8- Dollars
Daniel Collett Do 6,2/3
Jas (X) Pearthalls Do 6,2/3
Henry Despilin (X) Do 6,2/3
John Froshour, Do 6,2/3
Jones (X) Grove Do 6,2/3
Adam (X) Shurman Do 6,2/3
Thomas Ayris Do 6,2/3
Job Lucas Do 6,2/3
David Cochran Do 6,2/3
Charles Harris Do 6,2/3
John (X) Stackpole Do 6,2/3
John (X) Perkinson Do 6,2/3
James Lemon Do 6,2/3
John Bell, Do 6,2/3
John Wallis Do 6,2/3
Robert Cowan Do 6,2/3
Jacob (X) Sowder Do 6,2/3
Henry Duckwall Do 6,2/3
John (X) Smith Do 6,2/3
John Flash Do 6,2/3
Edmond Travis Do 6,2/3
Conrad Pennybaker Do 6,2/3
Andrew Skillen (X) Do 6,2/3
Henry (X) Barns Do 6,2/3
John (X) Drain Do 6,2/3
John (X) Horn Do 6,2/3
George (X) Johnston Do 6,2/3
James Knight, 4th Va Regt 7,1/3
James (X) Ryley 6,2/3
George James 8th Va Reg't 6,2/3
Stephen Vandine Do 6,2/3
William Warin 6,2/3
Coonrod Cansner 6th Va Reg't 6,2/3
His Note- (X) = signed x Mark

Note- The above paper endorsed "Rec'pts for the Cont'l service."

From the Taylor Diary, #1907-Z in the Southern Historical Collection. University of North Carolina Library, Chapel Hill. FOR REFERENCE ONLY: PERMISSION TO PUBLISH MUST BE REQUESTED. WARNING: MOST MANUSCRIPTS ARE PROTECTED BY COPYRIGHT.

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[Commission of Lieut. Samuel Gill. -mutilated] Original in Possession of P.F.Taylor-1913-

-ONGRESS -NITED STATES of New Hampshire,Massachusetts Bay -York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, -Georgia, TO Samuel Gill, Gentleman, -d Confidence in your Patriotism, Valour, Conduct and Fidelity -nstitutes and appoint you to be First Lieutenant -Regiment -for the defence of American Liberty,and for repelling every -carefully and diligently to discharge the Duty of First Lieutenant by doing and p---------------- manner of Things thereunto beAnd we do strictly charge and require all Officers and soldiers under your command to be obedient [to your orders as

First Lieutenant And you are to observe and follow such Orders and direction [from Time to

Time, as you shall receive from this or a future Congress of the United States [or Committee of Congress,

for that purpose appointed, or Commander in Chief for the time being of the [Army of the United States,

or any other your superior Officer, according to the Rules and Discipline of [War, in Pursuance of the

Trust reposed in you. This Commission to continue in Force until revoked by [this or a future Congress.

Dated this twelfth of January A.D.1777. By order of Congress, JOHN HANCOCK, PRESIDENT. Orders to Lieut. Gill.

Sir, You are to proceed to Virginia with a party of Discharged Soldiers. You will Draw provisions for them at the different stages as you may think Convenient. Attention must be paid that the Soldiers march with some Regularity,& particularly that they are prevented from Stragling and Injuring the Inhabitants, To Lieut Sam'l Gill Chas.Scott, B.G. 4th, Virg'a Regt.

Issue provision for a party of Discharged Soldiers under the care of Lieut. Gill upon his order. Feb'y 21st,.78 Chas Scott, B.G.

To the Commisarys between Camp and Leesburg, Virg'a.

Permit Lieut Gill to pass over all Ferries between Camp and Leesburgh in Virg'a free without cost. Feb'y 21st Chas Scott, B.G.

To the Keepers of all Ferries. Virginia

These are to certify that Lieru Sam'l Gill of 4th/Regiment- Gen'l Scott's Brigade has been on duty at the Gen'l Hospitals in Country & Valley Forge from 19th June to 21st Sept'r 1778. N[?] Craig[?],Col.Com't.

From the Taylor Diary, #1907-Z in the Southern Historical Collection. University of North Carolina Library, Chapel Hill. FOR REFERENCE ONLY: PERMISSION TO PUBLISH MUST BE REQUESTED. WARNING: MOST MANUSCRIPTS ARE PROTECTED BY COPYRIGHT.

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[LETTERS OF FRANCIS TAYLOR, Originals in Possession of P.F Taylor, 1913]

Orange 2d, April 1797.

Dear Dicky I have never had a line from my friends in Jefferson since the fall- Capt A.Fontaine informed me you left the water a day or two befor Christmas, & with some others, intended to travel through the woods to get back to Kentucky- I have not heard since from you, but hope you got safely down. I am very solicitous to hear from you, and other friends; and hope you have already wrote as you promised.

I have heard that your cousin Edmund is married to one of Col. Trruston's daughters- He got here eight or nine days after you- and talked of trying to overtake you; and has never wrote me.

I had a letter from F.S. Taylor lately, he says they go on with store as well as he could expect- that the French had taken their goods- £1,600.- coming from England, for which he seems much displeased with them- the goods fortunately were insured- He writes that Maj'r Lindsay has been very ill and still very low- and altho' he left the Naval Office, was obliged to do most of the business still; Frank does not expect to marry this year, but I expect he is engaged, as you heard when you was at Port Royal. I wish to hear whether your uncle Ben, you, Colby, Mr. Woolfolk and your cousin Wm. Taylor, have all got to work on your place as intended.

I will write nothing about your old acquaintances, as your uncle Reuben and cousin James can give you a full account. I wish I was able to be out with you, but my health has been pooere of late than for some years before.

I intend to write more fully in my next, request you and your brothers will write what's going onward. I hope your father will excuse my not writing to him, as I had nothing particular now; I hope he and all his family have health- Present my love to him, your mother, and all your brothers and sisters, and wishing that you may all enjoy much happiness, I am Dear Dicky Your affect'e uncle Fra. Taylor. Tell your brothers I had so many letters to write I could not answer theirs, but hope they will continue to write and let me know what they are doing, and the news, crops &c &c

To Mr. Richard Taylor Jr. Beargrass Creek, Jefferson county, Kentucky Favored by Maj'r J.Taylor.

NOTES. Richard Taylor Jr, nephew of the diarist; was son of Commodore Richard Taylor. He married, his cousin, Mary Taylor, daughter of Edmund Taylor, brother of Commodore Richard. Richard Taylor Jr. "Black Dick," was Surveyor of the Lands set apart in Western Kentucky, for the Officers and soldiers of the Revolution. Edmund Taylor was son of Edmund and Sarah (Stubbs) Taylor and was brother of Mary, who married Richard Taylor Jr., He married Eloise Thruston, daughter of Rev. and Col. Charles Mynn Thruston. "F.S."-Francis Stubbs Taylor, was son of Edmund and Sarah (Stubbs) Taylor, and married Oct. 25, 1797, Sarah (or Ann) Lindsay, daughter of Maj'r William Lindsay, U.S.A. "Colby" Taylor was fifth son of Commodore Richard. "Cousin William Taylor," was son of Jonathan and Ann (Berry) Taylor. He married Susan H.Gibson, and was called "Big Foot Billy." "Maj'r J. Taylor Jr," was James F. Taylor, son of James, the Clerk, and Ann (Pendleton) Taylor, He married Dec. 27,1795, Frances C. Moore. "Uncle Reuben," was Capt. Reuben Taylor, brother of Col. Francis and Com. Richard.

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Virginia, Orange, 24th October 1797. Dear Richard I am pleased to hear you are so agreeably married, and wish you and your consort a great deal of happiness, which will depend much on your united efforts to please each other; and live in harmony with your neighbors. I am pretty certain you have industry, which will be necessary in your new situation. I heard of the severe trip you had going out last winter. I frequently thought of you and was glad when I heard you got so well through it. Maj'r Lindsay died about the 1st September, at Rhode Island, where he went early last summer. Frank Taylor is making interest to succeed him in the office, and is gone to Philadelphia about that business-he is strongly recommended. I expected his chance would be good, but some think Mr. Bedinger will be appointed, from being an officer in that line. Frank has been at much expence and fatigue in attending on those who have the appointment, which perhaps will at last be given to some favorite, if he fails in his application I think he will not be in good humor with those at the helm of affairs. The Yellow Fever has been very fatal in Philad'a this year. Baltimore, Norfolk and Charleston have also felt its effects and it is still raging by the last accounts. I hope we will have no war with France, and are quite averse to it, it they do not begin it. The English, French and Spaniards continue taking our vessels, and the prospect of a general peace in Europe is doubtful. I have but little time to write now. Your father and brothers will excuse my not writing to them:- Pray remember me to all the family and accept my best wishes for your prosperity and happiness. I hope you will not forget your promise of writing often to

Dear Dicky Your affectionate uncle Fra.Taylor. Mr. Richard Taylor Jr. Beargrass Creek Jefferson county Kentucky.

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Letters of COL. FRANCIS TAYLOR. Virginia, Orange, 21, April 1798.

Dear Dicky Your brother Thompson was here, ten days ago, returning from Caroline to Kentucky. He informed me that he left home the middle of February, and then left our friends well, to hear which gave me much satisfaction; having heard nothing from you since last fall. I take it unkind that none of you will write. I have been so sickly that I can do nothing with much pleasure - particularly in the night, so that my friends must not be surprised if they hear of my taking leave, neither do I desire that any of them should grieve when that even takes place, as it must in course with everybody.

Thompson was here so short a time that I did not get informed of half what I wished - I request you to write how you like your situation, what improvements you make &c. &c.

I make no doubt you have heard that your cousin F.S. Taylor was unsuccessful in his application to get the Collector's place at Norfolk - He was highly recommended by many of the principal men in this state and [others]-was at great expence & went through much fatigue, from the deceitful promises of Wolcot - who finally told Frank that the President made a total objection to his age-

Frank made a voyage in January to Charleston, being employed to receive money there for sundry merchants in Norfolk, which he was empowered to lay out, and was to share in the profits, besides having his expences borne. He informs me that his trip was not profitable, so that he lost his time and was in imminent danger of loosing his life, being in a severe storm, in which the Sloop on which he was on board upset but afterwards righted &c.- However he seems not discouraged, but shall continue, he says, to persevere- The partnership of Taylor, Leckie and Co. was about to be dissolve & Frank informed me that he was about engaging with, I think, Mess'rs Armistead and Randolph, in a new company. I wish he may propser because I think he deserves it.

Your cousin Edmund wrote to brother James that he had put off going to Kentucky till next Fall or Spring- Your uncle James will start in a few days to take a view of his land on [Harrot's] creek, and says if he can make things answer, and he likes the Kentucky country, he intends to have a house built there to remove to-

Brother Reuben continues to talk of going, as does Major James: - I think the latter will move first, tho' some time ago he seemed inclined to remain in this country.

Dear Dicky, I take the liberty to recommend, what I am inclined to think will suit your natural disposition, that is, to endeavour to prefer having every body (in particular your neighbors) for friends, which is easy enough to be done, by minding your own business and not intermeddling with other peoples, never listen to foolish tale bearers, nor publish what they say- do such kind offices as your situation will allow and nothing illnaturedly, to any, unless compelled by necessity by attemps from others to impose on you, which will seldom happen, without you lay out for it.

I could write much more but I think the above sufficient. I must refer you to your uncle James for information about our friends, the news &c.

I request you will present my affectionate regard to your father, mother, brothers and sisters, and my warmest wishes for your and cousin Taylor's happiness and prosperity, to hear of which will be the sincerest satisfaction to

Your affectionate uncle, Fra' Taylor.

Thompson told me Brother Ben was getting well fixed, please tell him that I wish him to have a spare room in his house, for if ever I get well enough to get to Kentucky I want him to let me live with him till I get some place of my own; but that is not what I seriously expect to.

Mr. Richard Taylor jun'r County, Kentucky.

In care of Capt. J.Taylor. [Note- Capt.J. Taylor, was James Taylor, the Clerk of Orange, eldest son of Col. George and Rachel (Gibson) Taylor. "Maj'r" James Taylor, was son of James, the Clerk. He was always called "Maj'r but I find no record of U.S.Army service.--PFT]

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