This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1883. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... THE TAILER FAMILY AND ESTATES. Lieutenant-governor William Tailer, for thirty years a resident in Dorchester, and during that time the owner of much of the south-eastern portion of Jones's Hill, was son of William Tailer of Boston, and was born Feb. 25, 1675-6. His father was a wealthy and enterprising merchant, and "of exceeding good repute." Rev. Noadiah Russell, a cotemporary, says of the father in his diary: "He was a brave, accomplisht gentle man as any in Boston in outward respects." He married, Aug. 25, 1664, Rebekah, daughter of Col. Israel Stoughton and sister of Lieut.-Gov. Stoughton. That the elder Mr. Tailer was considered one among the leading men of the day may be inferred from the fact that at the imposing funeral of Governor John Leverett, March 25, 1678-9, he and three others "carried each a Banner Roll at the four corners of the hearse." Notwithstanding his wealth and station, he fell into a deep melancholy, and on the night of July 12, 1682, hung himself with the reins of a bridle in his own counting-house. His mental dejection was noticed by others some mouths before his death, and in speaking of it himself he attributed it to some great losses at sea. The diarist already mentioned says of his funeral: "He was buried in his own Tombe in Boston, 13th 5th at night, about 11 of y" clock." Bradstreet Bays: "His death was much lamented, especially as to the Oircum stances." From the fact that one of the Mather ministers visited Mr. Tailer during his season of despondency, it is supposed that he was, nominally at least, included in the Puritan fold, although his son William was afterwards an Episcopalian. But neither he nor his wife was a church member. We learn from the Dorchester Church records that Mrs. Tailer, being desirous of having her child...
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