See below 400 year abridged history of Traylor families sent to me by Cal Traylor. I am from the families that moved from Virginia to South Carolina after the Revolutionary War.
AN ABRIDGED HISTORY
By Cal Traylor, 2/1998
TRAYLOR means = a person with trailing robes... no doubt dirty rags
dragging in the dirt...
1617-- In Essex, England, east of London, is the first known written
record of the name TRAYLOR. That was the birth of NICHOLAS TRAYLOR.(See:
LDS IGI ESSEX) His parents were not listed.
All the TRAYLOR family were dirt poor, no castles, no family crests, no
estates, no Wills. The family are not ... not ... of French Huguenot
origin, are not listed as a Crusader (thank you), and had no family
crest. In England, the first Traylor to be an officer was in WWII, and he
rose from the lower ranks. ==NOTE: I have searched many times in many
places in England, and for 15 years corresponded with British TRAYLOR
1682-- was the first recorded immigration of a TRAYLOR into America.
EDWARD TRAYLOR is listed in a group of sixteen immigrants being
"transported." That means passage for this group was paid by a Virginian,
who in turn received land from the Governor as reimbursement for
"transported" expense. In that Deed, for land in NEW KENT COUNTY, VA, the
sixteen are named. The records of New Kent have been lost to war, but a
copy of the Deed can be found in the VA state archives. (I have a copy.)
The Deed is dated in 1682, but the "transported" event may have been a
year or so earlier. ==NOTE: New Kent County is adjacent to Henrico
(hen-rye-ko) County, and the Appomattox River, and east of Richmond.
Along the Appomattox River in Henrico County is where most of the Traylor
family lived until the Revolutionary War. ==NOTE: The parents of our
Edward are not known. Today in England there are Traylors, and they can
not fill in the parents of our Edward, and do not find him listed.
Today, most of us as Caucasian can trace our ancestry to Edward the
immigrant. It is not uncommon to address the other person as COUSIN,
even though the person may be a cousin 37 times removes...
In the 1600's There was a labor shortage in the Colonies, and a labor
surplus in England, and some "head hunters" in England with contracts for
labor used all sorts of sleazy schemes to fill contracts, these wee David
EDWARD TRAYLOR the immigrant married a Martha ___ , she was not a
Randolph. ==NOTE: I have researched the Randolph line, and visited their
modest home in England. They do not have a Martha of the right age, they
were educated and we were not, they were in the upper social strata and
we were in the lower, and thus I reason that Martha was not a Randolph.
HILDRETH normally is a man's name. It has been stated that Edward the
immigrant had a daughter named Hildreth Traylor. There is no record of
such a Hildreth that we can find today, other than an error stated by
HINES, and ANJOU, 1930's researchers.
1701--William Traylor in Virginia was a land owner, per surviving Deeds.
It has been argued that William and another Henry were sons of Edward
Traylor the immigrant. There is a problem in making the dates fit, but
their ties are proven in the land Deeds and Wills that survive.
1776--Rev War: Gen George Washington at Valley Forge was accompanied by
Privates William Traylor Sr. and Jr. The army moved to the upper Delaware
River. December 23 the VA 5th Volunteers crossed to scout the enemy
positions; Dec 24 General Washington made his famous crossing, and was
given directions by the scouts, which included William Traylor Sr and Jr.
Later, about March 1777, Henry Traylor joined the unit. William Jr. was
reported "sick at Trenton." (We have their pay records.) Several Traylors
were listed as "patriots," meaning their goods were used by the
Revolutionary forces .. either voluntarily contributed, or confiscated
with Traylor given a receipt for the goods.
1778--About ten Traylor families move south out of the war zone, In GA,
NC, SC, there were government promoted enticements for settlers to
After the war, some of the families return to VA.
About 1800--David Crocket promoted Kentucky as a land of opportunity.
George Traylor moved west through the Cumberland Gap to establish a wagon
freighting terminal. Later, he obtained a permit for a grist mill, and
to operate a ferry. ==NOTE: Each hundred years we seem to make a major
1810--War, and we were there.
1885--Civil War, and we were there, on both sides, and in one case - on
both sides from one family. Now appear black people with the name
Traylor, either emancipated or freed slaves.
1900--The railroads had crossed the continent, and offered cheap rates
for "immigrant cars," box cars for the relocation westward of farmers
with their tools and animals. These new settlers would continue to ship
supplies in bound, and their products out bound. (1903-- My family sell
the farm in KY, and move to TX for two years, then to NM to homestead.)
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