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Mary Waters (Taylor) Wright (1801 - 1885)

Mary Waters Wright formerly Taylor
Born in Adair County, Kentuckymap
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Wife of — married 4 Dec 1826 in Adair Co, Kentuckymap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 83 in Clark County, Missourimap
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Mary Waters Taylor was born in Kentucky 6 days before portions of Green County, KY were made into Adair County, KY of December 11, 1801. Adair County Kentucky was named after Major General, Revolutionary & Indian War veteran, Kentucky constitutional convention delegate, & Kentucky House of Representatives member John Adair (1757 SC-1840), with whom the Taylor family was acquainted.

Mary's parents were George Taylor (1761 Albemarle Co, VA - Schuyler Co, IL 1834) & Ann Waters (1765-1836).

Her grandfather Zachariah Taylor (1739-1794) served in the Revolutionary War.

President Zachary Taylor's great great great great grandfather Thomas Taylor (1574-1618) was also her father's great great great great grandfather, so she was the President's 5th cousin once removed. Genealogists think the wife of Thomas Taylor (1574-1618), named Margaret Swinderly (1578-1672) was born in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The FTDNA Taylor surname project, with over 1050 participants, has had a person test whose lineage coincides, at R-M269, with our lineage's Rowland Taylor (1510 Northumberland-1563 Suffolk). There are 100 genetically distinct subfamilies of R-M269 in the Taylor project, as well as same R1a men (R-M269 is R1b), & haplogroups A, E, G, I, J & Q.

She married Moses Wright 1826 & had 10 children; 4 boys. Moses died 1860 but she lived till 1885.

Her parents moved to Illinois in 1828.


  • Parker, N.H. Missouri As It Is In 1867: an illustrated historical gazetteer of Missouri. Philadelphia, PA: J.B. Lippincott, 1867.
  • Goodspeed Publishing Co. History of Lewis, Clark, Knox, and Scotland counties, Missouri from the earliest times. St. Louis, MO: The Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1887
  • Moser, A.P. A Directory of Towns, Villages, and Hamlets Past and Present

of Clark County, Missouri

  • Clark County Registry of Deeds Real Estate records

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