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John Taylor Battle of Trafalgar

Postby tpiy » Sat Mar 28, 2020 2:05 pm

I am researching a family tree that includes a John Taylor from Lichfield, who according to family legend fought at the Battle of Trafalgar, possibly as a Sergeant in the Royal Marines. The legend was spread by his Granddaughter in the 1860’s. I have looked on the Trafalgar Roll and on Forces, medal records but there is no clear connection. His date of birth is unclear as different census and death records suggest 1774, 1778, and 1781. John married Ann Worrall on 14 May 1822, and Ann Sallard on 19 Apr 1835. He had 4 children Sarah 1824, Emma 1827, George 1829, and Ann 1832. I have attached 4 photos of what I have been told is an old Naval Chest that is believed to have belonged to him which is 15” x 13” x 18.25” high. Could anybody advise whether the chest is from the right period and also suggest where I might look further to prove any possible connection? Thanks for any help you might be able to give.

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Re: John Taylor Battle of Trafalgar

Postby MoVidger » Sat Mar 28, 2020 3:27 pm

Have you tried searching this TNA database? https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/trafalgarancestors/
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Re: John Taylor Battle of Trafalgar

Postby tpiy » Sat Mar 28, 2020 4:03 pm

MoVidger wrote:Have you tried searching this TNA database? https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/trafalgarancestors/
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Re: John Taylor Battle of Trafalgar

Postby tpiy » Sat Mar 28, 2020 4:06 pm

MoVidger wrote:Have you tried searching this TNA database? https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/trafalgarancestors/


I have looked at the site previously but though there are a number of John Taylors none seem to fit both in terms of age and the places where some of the individuals came from. Thanks for the suggestion.


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Re: John Taylor Battle of Trafalgar

Postby junkers » Sat Mar 28, 2020 8:17 pm

There is no obvious record on the "Trafalgar Rolls" page at TNA. If he served in the Royal Marines he should be in the ADM 157 records at TNA.
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Re: John Taylor Battle of Trafalgar

Postby tpiy » Sat Mar 28, 2020 9:29 pm

junkers wrote:There is no obvious record on the "Trafalgar Rolls" page at TNA. If he served in the Royal Marines he should be in the ADM 157 records at TNA.


How do I access the ADM 157 records at TNA? Are they available online, for purchase? Thanks for your help. Much appreciated.


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Re: John Taylor Battle of Trafalgar

Postby junkers » Sat Mar 28, 2020 10:26 pm

You can find basic details at https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/. They are not online and there will be several months' delay for any purchases due to the coronavirus.
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