Edward Taylor & Anne Turner
Family Tree
G3 Edward Taylor
Capel St Mary, SFK
Anne Turner
Sutton Bridge, LIN

= 31 Mar 1856
St. Matthew's Anglican Church, Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire

G2 Elizabeth Anne Taylor
(1857 - 1907)
Kate Taylor
(ca 1858 - ca 1858)
Kate Mary Taylor
= 1880
Ansley Bull
Thomas Edward Taylor
(1863 - 1911)
Lillian Taylor
Edward Taylor
Edward Taylor (c. 1873)
Edward was born on the 17th March 1833 at Capel St Mary in Suffolk, his mother's home village. The Taylor's moved about a lot and lived in Romford east of London (1835) and Gunton Park north of Norwich (1838) and the Marylebone area of London (1841-42).

Edward's father Thomas probably died in 1843/44, supposedly while saving a member of the aristocracy in a runaway carriage. While this hasn't been confirmed from official records, this story seems credible.

As a result of Thomas's death, Edward was given the opportunity for naval training. It appears that he entered military service in 1845 at the age of 11 or 12, as was required by the regulations: "...every Candidate must have attained the age of ELEVEN, and not exceed TWELVE years...". The family story says that he was trained on the Victory, however for most of her life (or at least until 1869) post-Trafalgar she was in Portsmouth as the C-in-C's flagship. What is more likely is that he entered the Upper School of the Royal Hospital, Greenwich, see the regulations. It would appear that the records of the school are held at National Maritime Museum, but are not accessible.

This in the mid-1800s was a Lower and Upper school and a Higher school called the Nautical School, principally for teaching navigation and nautical astronomy. The combined schools offered the boys an education suitable for entry into a sea-going career at various levels. The nautical education of the boys was extended by providing a land-based training ship in the grounds in front of the Queen’s House facing northwards towards the River Thames.

All boys were committed to enter sea service, specifically in the Navy, after 1848 or, later, the Royal Marines, as an alternative. He would have had to go to sea by 15 ... "either in the Royal Navy or Merchants' Service, or otherwise disposed of as may be determined."

In 1851 an inspector reported that the Upper School was 'far beyond any other known to me in scientific attainment'. In the 1880s better physical care and more nautically directed 'trades' training, made pupils an asset to all branches of the Navy.

He left the navy in about 1853 and joined the "London Fire Engine Establishment" (now the London fire-brigade), where he served from 12th September 1853 to 5th March 1856.

In about 1856 he went to sea with his (future?) brother-in-law and they were shipwrecked on the coast of Canada. Their families thought they were dead and were very surprised when they turned up again, unannounced in London.

Anne Turner
Anne Taylor (c. 1873)
Anne was born on the 20th August 1831 at . When she was 14 her father drove her to London from Sutton Bridge in a waggon where she worked as kitchen maid, nanny and cook.
Edward & Anne
Edward and Anne were married in 31 March 1856 at St Matthew's Anglican Church, Sutton Bridge.

Their first child Elizabeth Ann was born in late 1856 or early 1857 also at Sutton Bridge and was christened on the 11th January 1857 at St Matthew's, Sutton Bridge.

Their second child, Kate, died while very young, probably in London in l858.

Edward joined the police force (in London?) at about the time of their marriage.

In 1859 Edward and Anne were in where Kate Mary was born on 3 November 1859 (note her gravestone gives this as 3 November 1860 but I am more confident with Mervyn Bull's dates).

Edward was a police officer in Wainfleet.

Kirten-in-Lindsey, 1861
Kirten in Lindsey
Town Square Kirten-in-Lindsey - town hall at rear.
Edward, Anne and their family next moved to in northern Lincolnshire, 18 miles north of Lincoln, where Edward was sergeant of police.

In Kirton at that time was the Bridewell, or House of Correction (see opposite), the prison for the district, and the family probably lived there. The prison was shut down and the buildings, apart from the superintendent's house, were pulled down in 1871 and a new police-house built at one end of the site.

They must have moved there in about 1860 as we know they were in Wainfleet in 1859 and they appear in the 1861 Post Office Directory (extract opposite) and the 1861 census:

Thomas Edward, their only son was born there on 16th June 1863 (or 16th June 1862 - Mervyn Bull).

Kirton in Lindsey, Lincolnshire, 1861 Census

Edward Taylorabt 1833Ipswich, SuffolkHead, Sergeant of Police
Ann Taylorabt 1832Sutton Bridge, LincolnshireWife
Elizabeth A Taylorabt 1857Sutton Bridge, LincolnshireDaughter
Kate Taylorabt 1860Wainfleet, LincolnshireDaughter
Post Office Directory 1861 p158, 159

KIRTON-IN-LINDSEY is an ancient market town, railway station, and large parish, in Corringham hundred and deanery, parts of Lindsey, Brigg union, diocese of Lincoln, and archdeaconry of Stow, North Lincolnshire. It is beautifully situated on the western side of a commanding eminence, on the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire railway, l50 miles north-by-west from London, 10 north-east of Gainsborough, 18 miles north of Lincoln, and 8 miles south-west from Glanford Brigg. On Kirton Green stands the Courthouse, a detached brick building, where the manorial courts are held and the records kept. The church of St. Peter and St. Paul is an ancient structure, of large dimensions, of the Early Pointed architecture, consisting of nave, aisles and chancel, with a tower at the western portion containing a clock and 6 hells. The church is undergoing a thorough restoration, and the chancel is to be rebuilt The living is a discharged vicarage, value £160 per annum; it is in the patronage of the Bishop of Lincoln. The Rev. John P. Stuart, M.A., is the Incumbent, and the Rev. Thomas C. B. Chamberlin, B.A., is the curate. Here are chapels for the Baptists, Wesleyans, Primitive and Reformed Methodists. The Bridewell, or House of Correction, is a large stone building, consisting of a centre and two wings; the north wing being occupied by the female, and the south wing by the male prisoners. Quarter sessions for the division of Lindsey are held here; the sessions court being held in the centre of the building, which is also used as a chapel for the prison. On the Green is a Grammar school endowed by Lady Wray in the reign of Queen Elizabeth; there are two fellowships and six scholarships, but they have not been claimed for many years. It is at present conducted on the National system. A few years since an Infant school-house was erected near the church, for infants of both sexes, at which large numbers of children attend; founded by the Rev. Robert Ousby, MA. There is also a Wesleyan day school. There are charities of the annual value of £14 per annum, for the benefit of poor widows, and poor generally, of this parish. The Manchester and Sheffield Company have erected a neat station and warehouses about half a mile north of the town; and near to it is a tunnel 1,300 yards In length, which passes the Hill known here by the name of the Cliff. The market Is held every alternate Saturday. The corn market is held on Friday, it being an extensive one for the north division of the county: the corn is sold by sample. The spring markets commence on the first Saturday after Good Friday, for cattle, and continue for five alternate Saturdays; and the winter markets commence on the Saturday before the 11th of October, and continue for five alternate Saturdays. Here are also two large cattle fairs for stock, July 18th and December 11th, which are held on the Green. The land is of the most fertile description. John William Pashley, Esq., of Gainsborough, is lord of the manor. Acreage is about 5,000; and the population In 1851 was 1,948. The manor and soke of Kirton was formerly part of the Duchy of Lancaster, but was sold to the late John Julius Angerstein, Esq. Here is an iron ore mine, lime kilns, brick and tile yard, rope walk and steam and wind mills.

Public Establishments
County Bridewell, or House of Correction for Lindsey Division, Joseph Snow, governor; Mrs. Ann Snow, matron; Rev. John Winfield Hallam chaplain; Henry George, esq. surgeon; Charles John Colton, schoolmaster; Mrs. Ann Snow, schoolmistress; Edward Fowler Briggs, chief warder; Thomas D. Smithson & Christopher Foster, under warden; George Shadford, cook & porter; Miss Jane Bartler, female warder; James Fraser, of Gainsborough, superintendent of police; Edward Taylor, sergeant of police; Alexander McBrien, policeman

In 1864 the family were living in , near Willington, Durham and their youngest daughter Lillian was born there on the 2nd October 1864.

In about 1865 - 86, while off duty, Edward was at the pub and had been drinking when a murder was reported and he arrested the murderer. As a result however he was demoted from Sergeant for drinking on duty. Incensed he left the police force and the family returned to London.

London again
In the 1871 census Edward was living at and was working as a painter. The Taylors seemed to have an attraction to Battersea as a number of the family lived there over the years.

1871 Census, Battersea, London, 11 Broughton Street
Name Est birthdate Birthplace Relationship
Edward Taylor abt 1833 Capel, Suffolk Head, Painter
Ann Taylor abt 1832 Sutton West, Lincolnshire Wife
Kate M Taylor abt 1860 Wainfleet, Lincolnshire Daughter
Thomas E Taylor abt 1863 Kirten Lindsey, Lincolnshire Son
Lillian Taylor abt 1865 Sannybrow, Durham Daughter
New Zealand
Graves of Thomas Edward Taylor & Family (spire),
Edward and Anne Taylor (left of TE Taylor) and
James and Lillian (nee Taylor) McCullough (foreground).
Addington Cemetery.
On the 23rd August of 1873, the Taylor family emigrated from London on the Cardigan Castle, arriving at Lyttelton on the 15th Nov 1873.

On the voyage they were accompanied by Antoine Peat alias Anthony Taylor. They were paid 100 pounds to smuggle him out of the country, presumably as Anthony had committed a crime. Anthony was probably the son of Willis Peat who was living near to the Taylors in Battersea in 1871. Willis was the late Captain of the HMS Independent, perhaps Edward had served with him in the Royal Navy? Alternately his wife, Caroline Peat, was from Stratford St Mary and may have been a friend of the Bickmores.

In New Zealand they lived at and Edward worked as a Painter and Insurance Agent.

Edward died on the 19th April 1907 and Anne on the 22nd April 1922.

They are buried in plot 606 at Addington Cemetery in Christchurch, next to their son Thomas and his family and their daughter Lillian.

Elizabeth Anne Taylor (G2)
Elizabeth married Thomas Dowdle of Papanui, Christchurch on the 19th June 1876.

In April 1881 Thomas Dowdle was out shooting rabbits with his father-in-law Edward and his brother-in-laws, Thomas Taylor and Ansley Bull. Thomas was accidentally shot in the foot by Thomas Taylor and died on infection a few days later in Christchurch hospital.

Elizabeth was remarried to Henry Wright.

Elizabeth died on the 10th September 1939 aged 86, and is buried in Bromley Cemetery (block 31, plot 282).

{more to come}

Kate Mary Taylor (G2)
Kate's story.
Thomas Edward Taylor (G2)
Thomas Edward Taylor deserves his own section. He was a prominent prohibitionist, MP and Mayor of Christchurch.

He married Elizabeth Best Elison in Christchurch on the 18th April 1892 and they had 6 children.

Tragically he died aged only 48 on the 27th July 1911 and is buried in the Addington Cemetery.

{more to come}

Lillian Taylor (G2)
Lillian Taylor married James McCullough on the 1st February 1897.

Lillian died on the 26th March 1951 and her husband James died on June 5 1952.

{more to come}

Notes & References
  1. I am indebted to my cousin Geoffrey Ray for most of the information on these pages. Geoff has been researching these families for many years and through his painstaking research he has assembled a considerable part of their history.
  2. I would also like to acknowledge the work of Mervyn Bull, another cousin. Unfortunately much of this has been lost, but the remnants have proven extremely accurate and have helped greatly in assembling this information.
  3. Thanks also to my two 'new' cousins who have sent me invaluable information including many photographs; Alister Smith and Richard Laurie.
  4. IGI
  5. England Censuses for 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901