Zachary Taylor
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Zachary Taylor (1784 - 1850)

President Zachary Taylor
Born in Barboursville, Montebello, Orange County, Virginia, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 21 Jun 1810 in Louisville, Jefferson Co., Kentucky, USAmap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 65 in White House, Washington, District of Columbia, United Statesmap
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Preceded by
11th President
James K. Polk

Zachary Taylor
12th President
of the United States
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1849 –1850
Succeeded by
13th President
Millard Fillmore



Descendant of Isaac Allerton and William Brewster, Pilgrims.
President Zachary Taylor served in the United States Army in the War of 1812
Service started: 1808
Service ended: 1849
President Zachary Taylor served with the United States Army during the Mexican-American War
Service Started: 1808
Unit(s): unknown
Service Ended: 1849
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1758 Birth 1810 Marriage 1811 1st Child War of 1812 1849 Elected President 1850 Death

Zachary Taylor (24 November 1784 – 09 July 1850) was the 12th President of the United States (1849–1850) and an American military leader. Initially uninterested in politics, Taylor ran as a Whig in the 1848 presidential election, defeating Lewis Cass. He was a planter and slaveholder based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Taylor was born on a plantation in Orange County, Virginia, to a prominent family of planters of English ancestry. He was the third of five surviving sons in his family (a sixth died in infancy), and had three younger sisters. His mother was Sarah Dabney (Strother) Taylor. His father, Richard Taylor, had served as a lieutenant colonel in the American Revolution. Taylor was a descendant of Elder William Brewster, the Pilgrim colonist leader of the Plymouth Colony, a Mayflower immigrant, and one of the signers of the Mayflower Compact[1]; and Isaac Allerton Jr., a colonial merchant and colonel who was the son of Mayflower Pilgrim Isaac Allerton and Fear Brewster. Taylor's second cousin through that line was James Madison [2], the fourth president.

Leaving exhausted lands, his family joined the westward migration out of Virginia and settled near what developed as Louisville, Kentucky on the Ohio River. Taylor grew up in a small woodland cabin before his family moved to a brick house with increased prosperity. The rapid growth of Louisville was a boon for Taylor's father, who would come to own 10,000 acres (40 km2) throughout Kentucky by the turn of the century; he held 26 slaves to cultivate the most developed portion of his holdings. There were no formal schools on the Kentucky frontier, and Taylor had a sporadic formal education. A schoolmaster recalled Taylor as a quick learner. His early letters show a weak grasp of spelling and grammar, and his handwriting would later be described as "that of a near illiterate".

Family Life

Two years after being commissioned as a lieutenant in the United States Army, in May 1810 Taylor married Margaret Mackall Smith in Louisville. He purchased his first land that year in Jefferson County, Kentucky. He and Margaret had a total of six children (see below).

Margaret and their children sometimes accompanied Taylor to assignments at forts under his command. At other times, they lived on the plantation in Louisville. In the 1820s, following his purchases of land in Louisiana, the family moved to establish a new home in Baton Rouge. Through the years, Taylor speculated in land and bought many slaves to develop his properties; the Deep South was becoming the cotton kingdom.

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Personal Details

  • Born: 24 November 1784, Barboursville, Virginia, USA.
  • Spouse: Margaret Mackall Smith (21 September 1788 – 14 August 1852)
  • Name: Zachary Taylor
  • Marriage Date: 1810
  • Marriage Place: Jefferson, Kentucky[4]
  • Children:
    • Ann Margaret Mackall Taylor (1811-1875)
    • Sarah Knox Taylor (1814–1835)
    • Octavia Pannell Taylor (1816-1820)
    • Margaret Smith Taylor (1819-1820)
    • Mary Elizabeth Taylor (1824–1909)
    • Richard Taylor (1826–1879)
  • Later descendants: Richard Taylor's granddaughter, Anita Vincent Stauffer, married into the McIlhenny family of Avery Island, Louisiana, makers of Tabasco hot pepper sauce. John Taylor Wood's great-grandsons and other descendants have had active military and police roles in Canada.
  • Religion: Episcopal

Political Career

  • 12th President of the United States (04 March 1849 – 09 July 1850)
⇐ Preceded by 11th President James Polk
⇒Succeeded by 13th President Millard Fillmore
  • Political party: Whig
  • Profession: Major general

Military Service

Known as "Old Rough and Ready," Taylor had a 40-year military career in the United States Army, serving in the War of 1812, the Black Hawk War, and the Second Seminole War. He achieved fame leading American troops to victory in the Battle of Palo Alto and the Battle of Monterrey during the Mexican–American War.

  • Military service Allegiance United States
  • Service/branch: United States Army (1808–1849)
  • Highest Rank Achieved: Major general
  • Commands Army of Occupation
  • Battles/wars
  • War of 1812
  • Black Hawk War
  • Second Seminole War
  • Battle of Lake Okeechobee
  • Mexican–American War
  • Battle of Palo Alto
  • Battle of Resaca de la Palma
  • Battle of Monterrey
  • Battle of Buena Vista

Most Distant Known Ancestors

Paternal James Taylor Link to 10 Generation Paternal Chart

Maternal Sarah Dabney Strother Link to 10 Generation Maternal Chart

Mayflower Connection

(4th Great grandfather of Zachary)
Elder William Brewster a passenger on the Mayflower

(3rd Great grandparents of Zachary)
Isaac Allerton (1585-1658) and
Fear Brewster (1606-)
(2nd Great grandparents)
Isaac Allerton, Jr. (-1702) and
Elizabeth Willoughby (1635-)
(Great grandparents)
Hancock Lee (1653-1729) and
Sarah Allerton (1670-1731)
Zachary Taylor (1707-bef.1768) and
Elizabeth Lee (1707-c1750)
(Parents of Zachary)
Richard Lee Taylor (1744-1829) and
Sarah Dabney Strother (1760-1822)
Zachary Taylor (1784-1850)


  • Taylor County in four US states - Florida, Georgia, Iowa and Kentucky - are named in President Taylor's honor.

External Links


  2. Show relationship in WikiTree
  3. Find A Grave: Memorial #1023 : Zachary Taylor Gravestone
  4. "Kentucky Marriages, 1785-1979," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 10 Apr 2014), Zachary Taylor and Margaret Smith, 1810; citing Jefferson, Kentucky, reference bk 1 p 67; FHL microfilm 482706. Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M00574-7 System Origin: Kentucky-EASy GS Film number: 482706 Reference ID: bk 1 p 67
  • 1850 Census: "1850 United States Federal Census"
    The National Archives in Washington D.C.; Record Group: Records of the Bureau of the Census; Record Group Number: 29; Series Number: M432; Residence Date: 1850; Home in 1850: Washington Ward 1, Washington, District of Columbia; Roll: 56; Page: 63a; Line Number: 1
    Ancestry Sharing Link - Ancestry Record 8054 #19364711
    Backay Faylor (66), President Us, in Washington Ward 1, Washington, District of Columbia, USA. Born in Virginia.
  • He died 9 Jul 1850 at 10:35 pm.
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As a member of the US Black Heritage Project, I have added categories using the standards of the US Black Heritage Exchange Program. This helps us connect enslaved ancestors to their descendants. See the Heritage Exchange Portal for more information.
posted by Gina (Pocock) Jarvi
Comparing Kit A900768 (Felix Gerard Banks)

[Migration - F2 - A] and Kit QG9415421 (*Amy) [23andMel Minimum segment threshold size to be included in total = 200 SNPs Minimum segment cM to be included in total = 5.0 CM Mismatch-bunching Limit will be adjusted dynamically to 60 percent of the segment threshold size for any given segment. Chr B37 Start Pos'n B37 End Pos'n Centimorgans ((M) SNPS 18 56.670.406 59 569.880 6.2 230 Largest segment = 6.2 cM Total Half-Match segments (HIR) 6.2cM (0.172 Pct) Estimated number of generations to MRCA = 7.6 1 shared segments found for this comparison.

posted by Amy Hamilton
Taylor-72118 and Taylor-223 appear to represent the same person because: clear duplicate
posted by Robin Lee
My great grandmother use to tell me that we was related to zachary taylor Im do some research and find out how im related to him
posted by Joshua Wood
His eldest daughter married into the Wood family....could be your connection....welcome to WikiTree.
posted by Robin Lee
Image 560 of Zachary Taylor Papers: Series 2, General Correspondence, 1814-1850; 1814-1850

Library of Congress, Manuscript Collections,

posted by Arora (G) Anonymous
May we add the cemetery

Category: Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky and that there is no headstone but the family Vault. it is listed as a source

posted by Carole Taylor

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