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The Taylor Family 
 
The following members of the Taylor family have been identified in Calum's and Jamie's ancestry, in 19th Century Antrim and Belfast, Ireland:
Arthur Taylor (1797 - 14/12/1892) m: Ann
Arthur Taylor (abt 1813 - 23/9/1882) m: 1) Ann Graham, 2) Isabella Hall, 3) Jane Coulton, 4) Mary McGlade
Arthur Taylor (11/8/1848 - 29/10/1929)  m: 1) Elizabeth McNeil, 2) Christina Kane
Matilda Jane Taylor  (28/5/1874 - 3/2/1917)  m: John Montgomery
Isabella Taylor  (16/4/1876 - after 1912)
 
 

NB: Family history charts can be accessed at http://www.tribalpages.com/tribes/chrispaton

Earlier Taylors
 
It seems that our earliest confirmed member of the family was Arthur Taylor born in 1797. Although his baptismal record has as yet to be found, the name Arthur Taylor was passed down through three subsequent generations.
 
It seems possible that Arthur born 1797 may have also been the son of an Arthur Taylor. If so, a candidate is noted as having been baptised at Rosemary Street Presbyterian Church on 10 FEB 1750 or 10 FEB 1751. He was noted as the son of an Adam Taylor.
 
Several trade directories in the late 1830s and early 1840s also note the existence of an Arthur Taylor and Company, a wine and spirit merchant based at 27 North Street, Belfast.
 
Further work needs to be carried out to stand up either or both connections as being related to our line.
 

Arthur Taylor
b: 1797   d: 14/12/1892
 
Arthur was Calum's and Jamie's six times great grandfather.
 
Information on Arthur, including his wife's first name Ann, was established from his grandson's Old Age Pension application in early 1918. The grandson (also called Arthur) could not be found in the 1851 census for the area stated as his residence; the application also noted, however, that his grandfather was to be found at McLellands Lane or McLellands Entry, by Lime Street, and that Arthur junior had lived with him for a time. A search for this address by the Public Record Office of Ireland confirmed Arthur's presence along with that of his wife Ann, and stated that the couple had married in 1819. Arthur's and Ann's record was found in Volume 295 of the now sadly destroyed records (Source: PRONI). 
 
It is possible that Ann was a second wife - if Arthur's son was born in 1813, it was clearly six years before 1819. The 1819 Belfast directory does not record an Arthur Taylor at Peter's Hill, but there is a William Taylor, shoemaker, at 25 Peter's Hill, who could have well been related (Source: LennonWylie.co.uk).
 
We also know that Arthur was a postman in Belfast, as recorded in the wedding record for his son Arthur in 1857. He was also referred to in 1858 as a labourer, in his son's subsequent wedding record.
 
Arthur Taylor was noted in the 1856 Belfast and Ulster Street Directory as living at 61 York Street, and operating 'cars for hire' (Source: FindmyPast; Belfast and Ulster Street Directory, 1856).
 
NB: It should be noted that in the 1843-44 Post Office Belfast Annual Directory, two additional entries of note in the York Street area were for a James Taylor, car-owner of 20 York Lane, and John Taylor of the posting establishment, 67 York Street, residence 49 York Street both of whom may have been related. In an earlier 1831-32 directory, a John Taylor was also noted on York Street as running the 'livery stables'. In Matier's directory from 1835 this John had a considerably lengthier description, noted as Taylor, John, tavern keeper, livery stables and posting establishment, 4 Little Patrick Street, and 69 York Street. In Martin's Belfast Directory 1840, this John was noted as being owner of a livery and posting establishment, 67 York Street, dwelling house 47 York Street. Could he have been Arthur's father? (Arthur's son Arthur did name his first son John).
 
Arthur moved his business in 1856 to Curtis Street, as noted in the Belfast Mercury on Tuesday 9th September and in The Ulsterman on Wednesday 17 SEP 1856 (and in other editions for a few weeks after):
NOTICE OF REMOVAL
 
ARTHUR TAYLOR respectfully informs his numerous Customers, and the Public generally, that he has REMOVED his POSTING ESTABLISHMENT from 61, York Street, to 16, CURTIS STREET, about one minute's walk from his former residence, where all Orders will be punctually attended to, on the shortest notice.
 
Arthur was then noted in the 1858 Belfast and Ulster Directory with his posting establishment at 16 Curtis Street, and as a car owner (there are in fact two separate entries on the alphabetical lisitng page for Taylors). Arthur is again found at Curtis Street in 1860 in Griffith's Valuation, which notes the street to be in the townland of Townparks, parish of Shankill, and in St. Ann's Ward of Belfast. His landlord was Hill Hamilton, and his annual rent 5 10s (Source: FindmyPast.com; Griffith's Valuation). 
 
In 1861 Arthur is still noted there, and as a car owner (Source: 1863 Belfast and Ulster Directory; LennonWylie). In 1863-64 he is still listed as such, and again in 1870. By the time of the 1877 directory (the next available on the PRONI site), the house has been occupied by an Edward McNally (Source: PRONI Street Directories). During his time at Curtis Street, the Revaluation Books confirm that Arthur continued to pay annual rent of 5 10s for his house and yard (Source: PRONI: VAL 12/B//43/C/1 p.148 1863-1881).
 
Arthur appeared at least twice in the Belfast newspapers for prosecutions for minor misdemeanours. On 12 JUN 1868, he would appear to have been answering the court on June 10th after being a little worse for wear with the drink (Source: Belfast Morning News 12 JUN 1868):
BELFAST POLICE COURT...
 
Arthur Taylor was charged by Sub-Constable Pickett with being drunk yesterday in charge of a horse and car in Great Patrick Street. Car Inspector Duff states that this was the first charge against the prisoner. In reply to Mr. Orme, Taylor stated that he had been driving a car for 40 years. Fined 5s and costs.
Less than a year later the Belfast Newsletter mentioned him in a story on 18 MAR 1869, after another slight brush with the law:
BELFAST POLICE COURT, Yesterday, the presiding magistrates at this court were J. C. O'Donnell, Esq., R.M., and E. Orme, Esq, R.M...
 
Arthur Taylor, car-driver, Curtis Street, was summoned, at the instance of the Mayor, Aldermen and Burgesses, for driving his cab on the wrong side of the street, on the 10th inst., whereby a gentleman's carriage was injured. The defendant made a satisfactory apology for his misconduct, and the charge was withdrawn.
Arthur eventually passed away on 12 DEC 1892 at Nazareth House, Belfast. He was noted as a 95 year old cab driver and widower, with the cause of death being general debility, suffered for six months and certified by a doctor. The informant on 15 DEC 1892 was Mary Paul, of Nazareth House. (Source: GRONI D/1892/57/1007/30/470; GROI ref is 1892 Q4 Vol 1 p.314 Belfast).
 
CHILDREN of ARTHUR TAYLOR and Ann:
Arthur Taylor
b: 18?? -
 
Calum's and Jamie's five times great grandfather - see below.
 

Arthur Taylor
abt 1813 - 23/9/1882
 
Arthur was Calum's and Jamie's five times great grandfather.
 
Arthur was the son of Arthur Taylor, postman, labourer and car-driver. He was born in approximately 1813.
 
Arthur appears to have first married an Ann Graham, at some stage just prior to 1831. The couple had four children between 1831 and 1837, though their baptismal entries are vague in details, offering little more than the names of the parents, the dates of baptism and the denomination as Anglican (St. Anne's, Shankill). However, the marriage records of three of the four children subsequently refer to their father as 'Arthur Taylor, sawyer' (in one case, 'carpenter').
 
In the 1843-44 Post Office Belfast Annual Directory Arthur Taylor, sawyer, is noted as residing at 17 Seymour Lane.
 
Presumably Ann died not long after their fourth child Elizabeth, for at some stage in Belfast, prior to 1848, Arthur then remarried to Isabella Hall and had at least two sons.
 
In 1856, Arthur was noted in the Belfast and Ulster Street Directory as a sawyer, residing at 16 Cargill Street Upper in Belfast, just off Boundary Street (Source: FindmyPast; Belfast and Ulster Street Directory 1856).
 
Also in 1856 it appears that Arthur may have got himself into a spot of trouble with the law. On Monday 5th May an article in the Belfast Newsletter states what happened:
BELFAST POLICE COURT - Saturday
 
LARCENIES
...
Arthur Taylor was also ordered to be imprisoned one month, in default of paying a fine of 20s and costs for having stolen a saw, the property of his late employer David Ruddell, and pawned it with Mr James McCleery.
 
Arthur and Isabella appear to have only had two children, and it would seem that Isabella died shortly after. Arthur remarried on 25 MAY 1857 to a Jane Coulton, daughter of Glenn Coulton, tailor. Arthur was noted as a sawyer, and a widower, and as the son of Arthur Taylor, postman. The witnesses were a William McClintock and an Isabella McClintock, with the ceremony performed after banns at St. Anne's Church of Ireland by the Reverend T. F. Miller.
 
This weddding was noted in the Belfast Weekly News dated 30 MAY 1857, with a slightly different surname spelling for Jane noted (Source: EddiesExtracts):
At St. Anne's Church, by the Rev T. F. Miller, Arthur Taylor, to Miss Jane Coltan, both of Belfast.
 
Jane did not survive long herself. It would seem that just a year later, on 24 NOV 1858, Arthur remarried for a fourth time, this time to Mary McGlade, daughter of soldier James McGlade. Both were noted as being of full age and Presbyterian. Arthur was again noted as a sawyer and a widower, and the son of Arthur Taylor, now designated as a servant. The witnesses were Thomas McCormick and Elizabeth Salters, and the ceremony carried out at Rosemary Street 2nd Presbyterian Church by Rev J. Porter.  
 
In Griffiths Valuation, published November 1860, Arthur is still noted at 16 Upper Cargill Street, Belfast, leasing a house and yard from Alexander Green at an annual rate of 3 (Source: FindmyPast.com; Griffith's Valuation). The house was off Boundary Street in the townland of Townparks, parish of Shankill and ward of St. Ann's.
 
In the 1861 Belfast and Ulster Street Directory, Arthur was still listed as living at 16 Upper Cargill Street, and as working as a sawyer. In 1870 he is found at 116 Boundary Street, again noted as being a sawyer (it should be noted that in 1863-64, there was a John Taylor at 8 Boundary Street, noted as a stonesawyer). And in his son's wedding entry to Christina Kane in 1873, Arthur senior was further recorded as a sawyer, and as still being alive.
 
Arthur eventually died on 23 SEP 1882, aged 69, at 5 Lyon's Court, Belfast. He was noted as both a sawyer and a widower, with the cause of death given as senile decay, as suffered for 4 years. His daughter in law Sarah Taylor, of 5 Lyons Court, was the informant to the registrar on 23 SEP 1882 - four years earlier Sarah Taylor (nee Connor) had given birth to Arthur's granddaughter Sarah Jane at the same address (GRONI: D/1882/49/1007/31/151 Urban 3; the GROI ref is 1882 Q3 Belfast Vol. 1 p.182).
 
 
CHILDREN of ARTHUR TAYLOR and ANN GRAHAM:
John Taylor
b: abt 2/10/1831
 
John was baptised at St. Anne's Church of Ireland, Shankill, Belfast, on 2 OCT 1831, by the Rev. R. T. Hindes.
 
On 13 DEC 1873 John married Elizabeth Quinn. He was noted as a Presbyterian gardener, son of Arthur Taylor, carpenter. Elizabeth was the daughter of David Quinn, farmer, and also Presbyterian. Both were of full age. The witnesses were Charles Townsley and Margaret Morrow, and the marriage itself was carried out at Great Victoria Street Presbyterian Church, after license, by Rev. R. Montgomery.
 
 
William Taylor
b: abt 18/8/1833
 
William was baptised at St. Anne's Church of Ireland, Shankill, Belfast, on 18 AUG 1833, by the Rev. R. H. Moffat.
 
 
Richard Taylor
b: abt 21/6/1835
 
Richard was baptised at St. Anne's Church of Ireland, Shankill, Belfast, on 21 JUN 1835, by the Rev. R. J. Hinds.
 
On 16 AUG 1863, Richard married Sarah Connor. Richard was a labourer from Belfast, son of Arthur Taylor, sawyer, and of full age. Sarah was the daughter of James Connor, gardener, and also of full age. The marriage was performed at Trinity Belfast Church of Ireland by license, by the Rev. T. Campbell. The witnesses were A. Rolins and Elizabeth Connor.
 
In 1877, Richard is noted at 5 Lyons Court, and as a mechanic. In his daughter's birth record a year later he is noted at the same address as a labourer (Source: LennonWylie.co.uk).
 
CHILDREN of RICHARD TAYLOR and SARAH CONNOR:
William John Taylor
b: 12/7/1867
 
William John was born in Belfast in 1867 (Source: GRONI U/1867/51/1007/5/149 Belfast).
 
 
Eliza Jane Taylor
b: 9/7/1869
 
Eliza Jane was born 9 JUL 1869 at Belfast urban district no.5 (Source: Emerald Ancestors/GRONI U/1869/51/1007/8/118 Belfast Urban 5).
 
 
Arthur Taylor
b: 7/9/1871
 
Arthur was born 7 SEP 1871 at Belfast urban district no.5 (Source: Emerald Ancestors/GRONI U/1871/51/1007/11/480 Belfast Urban 5).
 
 
Mary Taylor
b: 22/3/1874
 
Mary was born 22 MAR 1874 at Belfast urban district no.5 (Source: Emerald Ancestors/GRONI U/1874/51/1007/15/101 Belfast Urban 5).
 
 
Richard Taylor
b: 12/6/1876
 
Richard was born on 12 JUN 1876 in Belfast (Source: GRONI U/1876/49/1007/37/351 Belfast).
 
 
Sarah Jane Taylor
b: 7/12/1878
 
Sarah Jane was born on 7 DEC 1878 at 5 Lyons Court, Belfast (urban district no. 3). Her father was noted as a labourer and her mother was the informant. She was baptised on 20 DEC 1878 (Source: RootsIreland/GRONI U/1878/49/1007/45/173 Belfast Urban 3).
 
 
Elizabeth Taylor
b: abt 30/8/1837
 
Elizabeth was baptised at St. Anne's Church of Ireland, Shankill, Belfast, on 30 AUG 1837, by the Rev. T. Hincks.
 
On 22 JUL 1856, 19 year old Elizabeth married 21 year old Robert Frazer, a sail maker from Belfast, son to rope maker Robert Frazer. Elizabeth was also noted from Belfast, and the daughter of Arthur Taylor, sawyer. The witnesses were Francis Agnew and Frances Armstrong, with the ceremony performed at St Anne's Church of Ireland after banns by the Rev W. Anderson.
 
CHILDREN of ELIZABETH TAYLOR and ROBERT FRAZER:
Arthur Frazer
b: 1857
 
 
Mary Jane Frazer
b: 1859
 
 
Robert Frazer
b: 1860
 
Robert was born in 1860, but presumably died in infancy.
 
 
Robert James Frazer
b: 28/6/1866
 
Robert James was born in Belfast on 28 JUN 1866 (Emerald Ancestors)
 
 
CHILDREN of ARTHUR TAYLOR and ISABELLA HALL:
James Taylor
b: 1847
 
James was born in approximately 1847.
 
James married Mary Donnelly on 7 DEC 1872 at St. Anne's Church of Ireland, after banns, with the the ceremony performed by Reverend R. Hannay. James was a 25 year old labourer, resident at Greenland Street, and son of Arthur Taylor, sawyer. Mary was 21, resident at Boundary Street, and the daughter of Robert Donnelly, labourer. The witnesses were James' brother Arthur Taylor, and his future sister in law, Christina Kane.
 
CHILDREN of JAMES TAYLOR and MARY DONNELLY:
Mary Eliza Taylor
b: 3/4/1874
 
Mary was born at 11 Croziers Row, Belfast (urban district no. 5), on 3 APR 1874. Her father was noted as a labourer, and acted as the informant. James was noted as signing with an X. Mary was christened on 18 APR 1874.
 
 
Rachel Taylor
b: 1/2/1876
 
Rachel was born in Belfast on 1 FEB 1876, at 38 Downing Street, urban district no.3. Her father was noted as a labourer, and the informant was her mother, noted as Mary Taylor. She was christened on 22 FEB 1876.
 
 
James Taylor
b: 22/4/1878
 
James was born at 13 Croziers Row, Belfast (urban district no.5), on 22 APR 1878. His father was a labourer, and his mother acted as the informant. James was christened on 11 MAY 1878.
 
 
William John Taylor
b: 10/3/1887  d: 27/6/1887
 
William John was born on 10 MAR 1887, but died a few months later on 27 JUN 1887. At the time of his death his home address was stated to be 13 Croziers Row. William was buried at the City Cemetery Public Ground on 28 JUN 1887, after his death at the Union Infirmary. The burial record notes he was Anglican and four months old, cause of death 'carosmus' (Source: Belfast City Cemetery burials 7545.581).
 
 
Arthur Taylor
b: 11/8/1848
 
Calum's and Jamie's four times great grandfather - see below.
 

Arthur Taylor
11/8/1848 - 29/10/1929
 
Arthur was Calum's and Jamie's four times great grandfather.
 
Arthur was baptised in a Church of Ireland ceremony on August 11th 1848 in the St. Anne's parish of the Shankill district of Belfast, Ireland. The baptism was recorded by R. Outton.

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As a child, Arthur lived at some stage at Abbey Street, near Peter's Hill in Belfast. In 1918 Arthur believed his family would be found here in the 1851 census, as part of an Old Age Pension application. He was incorrect in this, as his entry could not be found, but he may well have lived in the area circa the early 1850s - we know he was certainly there in 1871, when his first son was born.
 
As a follow up to this, he also suggested that as a child he had lived with his grandfather Arthur Taylor, who was resident at McLelland's Entry or McLelland's Lane. Again, he was not found in the census, although his grandparents Arthur and Ann were. A third suggestion to the pension folk was to try Cargill Street for him in 1851, again unsuccessful. We certainly know that from 1856 that his father was resident there, however, presumably with young Arthur around there also.
 
Arthur in fact married twice in his early adult life. On December 7th 1867 he married 22 year old mill worker Elizabeth McNeil, daughter of weaver Michael McNeil. The ceremony took place at St. George's Church of Ireland in Belfast's Shankill townland, was performed by the Reverend E. K. Howe, and witnessed by William Bailie and Mary Anne Everett.  Arthur's father, Arthur, was listed as a sawyer, whilst Arthur himself was noted as a hackle maker, aged 19 and resident in Belfast. The couple are known to have had at least two sons and a daughter, providing further useful address information. In November 1868, Arthur was resident at 148 Peter's Hill; in May 1870 he was at 1 Brady's Lane; and in November 1871 he was at 6 Craven Street.
 
Elizabeth died on November 15th 1871, aged 28 and resident at 6 Craven Street. The cause of death has not yet been ascertained, as a death certificate cannot be located, but her own daughter Eliza had died the previous day of bronchitis. Both were buried at Belfast City Cemetery on the 16th, Eliza senior in lair H340 and her daughter in H339 (Source: Belfast City Council cemeteries database). 
 
Arthur remarried to Christina Kane, daughter of watchman James Kane. The marriage took place on August 2nd 1873, in a service performed by the the Reverend J. Spence at St. Anne's Church of Ireland, in the Shankill townland. Both Arthur and Christina were described as residing in Belfast, with Arthur listed as a 25 year old labourer and widower. His father, Arthur, was noted as a sawyer. The witnesses to the wedding were a C. Kane and a J. Rogers
 
In his daughter Matilda's marriage entry in the Belfast register for January 5th 1892, Arthur was later described as a mechanic.
 
As already noted, Arthur applied for a state pension in early 1918 when aged 69/70.  (Source Film ID 0258526; transcript accessed Ireland-Genealogy.com ID no:362)
 
Arthur died on October 29th 1929 aged 82 at Union Infirmary, Belfast, and was buried at the City Cemetery (Public Ground) on November 2nd. His cause of death was senility and myocardial degeneration, and his religion noted as Episcopalian (Source: Belfast City Council cemetery database). His death certificate adds that he was a widower - the informant to the registrar was J. Mahood, occupier at 51 Lisburn Road (Source: GRONI D/1929/50/1007/193/31 Belfast Urban 4).
 
 
CHILDREN of ARTHUR TAYLOR and ELIZABETH McNEILL:
William Taylor
b: 14/11/1868
 
William was born to Arthur and Eliza (sic) at 148 Peters Hill in Belfast urban district no. 5, on November 14th 1868. His father was noted as a labourer, and the informant was a Jane Hodgson (she was present at the birth but noted as illiterate).  
 
 
 
Robert Taylor
b: 29/5/1870
 
Robert was born to Arthur and Eliza (sic) at 1 Bradys Lane, Belfast urban district no. 5, on May 29th 1870. His father was noted as a labourer, and his mother was the informant. A note explains that she signed with an X. Robert was christened on 3 JUN 1870 (source Emerald Ancestry website, uncited).
 
 
 
Eliza Taylor
b: 29/4/1871 d: 14/11/1871
 
This baby girl was initially found to have been born to Arthur Taylor and Eliza M'Neill (sic) on April 29th 1871, in Belfast urban district no. 3 (source Emerald Ancestry website, uncited).
 
Eliza died in infancy on 14 NOV 1871 at 6 Craven Street, the cause being bronchitis, as suffered for four days (uncertified). She was noted as being the child of a labourer. The informant was Mary Sparks, present at the death, who resided at Romford Street (GRONI: D/1871/49/1007/12/314).
 
From the Belfast City Council cemetery database and the Roots Ireland website it was mistakenly noted that she died on November 16th 1871, the day after her mother's own death, rather than the day before. She was buried in lair H339 at Belfast City Cemetery, next to her mother in H340. Her address at the time of death was 6 Craven Street.
 
 
CHILDREN of ARTHUR TAYLOR and CHRISTINA KANE:
Matilda Jane Taylor
b: 28/5/1874
 
Calum's and Jamie's great great great grandmother - see below.
 
 
 
Isabella Taylor
b: 9/4/1876  d: after 1912
 
Isabella was born in 25 Cargill Street, Belfast, on April 9th 1876. Her parents were Arthur Taylor, labourer, and Christina Kane. The informant was Rosina McLelland, who was illiterate and signed with a mark (Source: RootsIreland, Urban 5, Belfast).
 
 
 
Arthur Taylor
b: 9/4/1879  d: 27/6/1914
 
Arthur's birth was registered before he was christened, and so he was recorded as an unnamed child. He was born April 9th 1879 at the Lying In Hospital in Belfast. The sponsor was noted as the Chief Resident Officer in the Lying In Hospital, and the parents as Arthur Taylor, labourer, and Cristina Kane. Arthur's address was 5 Cargill Street, Belfast (Source: RootsIreland, Urban 2, Belfast). The fact that it was Arthur is later confirmed by his military service record.
 
Arthur signed up to the Royal Irish Rifles on 19 MAR 1898 at Belfast, as a 19 year old labourer, having already served time with the militia. At his medical examination he was noted as 5 feet 4 1/2 inches tall, 115 lbs in weight, and with a chest measurement of 34 to 35 1/2 inches. His complexion was fresh, he had brown hair and fair hair, and was noted as Anglican by way of religion. In the section noting distinguishing marks it records that Arthur had a tattoo of a girl on his right and left forearm, a compass and square on the back of his left hand, and a flag on the back of his right hand. He appears to have been called up to serve, most likely for Boer War service. (A later record notes his next of kin as his younger brother David, who was serving in the Royal Navy, and his sister, married to a Mr Montgomery at 6 Cavour Street, Belfast.)
 
Arthur appears to have been based at the RIR depot in Belfast until 14 DEC 1898, and then to the 2nd battalion on 25 FEB 1899. On 15 MAR 1899 he was promoted to Lance Corporal, and on 25 OCT 1899 set sail for South Africa to fight in the Boer Wars, for which he was later awarded the South Africa War Medal. He set sail for the UK again on 28 APR 1900, where he would remain for just under twelve years.
 
Arthur was promoted to Corporal on 1 JAN 1902, and on 31 JUL 1902 he was paid a war gratuity of 6 5s. On 18 DEC 1902 he passed his third class certificate of examination. On 15 NOV 1902 he reverted to the rank of Private, but bizarrely seems to have been appointed back to the rank of lance Corporal on the same day. He was again made up to a Corporal on 4 JAN 1903. On 20 APR 1903 he was sentenced to be reduced back to a Private again for absence without leave, and fined 1d.
 
On 31 APR 1903 Arthur extended his duration of service to a term of 8 years. He married Annie Myers in Belfast's Shankill parish on December 11th 1903, at Trinity Church of Ireland. The witnesses, as noted in his army service record, were a James Rodgers and Sarah Taylor. Arthur and Annie went on to have five children. 
 
Arthur was posted to the depot on 20 JUN 1904, and then appointed as an unpaid Lance Corporal on 6 JUL 1904, and with payment from two days later. On 26 SEP 1905 he passed his professional examination for promotion to Corporal, and on 8 DEC 1905 passed his 2nd class certificate of examination. On 6 MAR 1906 he was permitted to extend his service to 12 years with the colours. On 23 DEC 1906 he was promoted to Corporal, and then on 22 SEP 1909 was transferred to the 3rd battalion. On 4 JAN 1910 he re-engaged to complete service at 21 years. On 11 MAY 1911 Arthur was promoted to sergeant, and then on 4 AUG 1911 transferred to the 2nd battalion.
 
On 9 OCT 1912 Arthur was again transferred, this time to the 1st battalion, with whom he set sail for India. Sadly, it was in India where he would finally end his days, dying of cholera on 27 JUN 1914 at Kirkee. He had served in the army for 16 years and 101 days. The following is from the medical report:
Severe vomiting and diarrhea from 5am till noon on 26-6-14, when vomiting and diarrhea ceased. He collapsed on admission, but improved on being put to bed with help. As the improvement did not continue by perti[..] Labour he was given intravenously with wonderful improvement. He got worse on following morning & saline 1 1/2 [..] to pint given but he got worse in spite of it & died when it was given.
 
L. G. Nash
Major, RAMC
Commanding Station Hospital, Kirkee.
 
The War Office was informed 2 JUL 1914:
Sir,
 
I am directed to inform you that a telegram, of which the following is a copy, has been recieved from a General Officer Commanding 6th (Poona) Division. "Regret to report death of 5518 Sergent Taylor 1st battalion Royal Irish Rifles died of cholera.Kirkee June 27th".
 
I am therefore to request that you will cause the next of kin of the deceased soldier to be informed accordingly, expressing the sympathy and regret of the secretary of State
 
I am Sir, Your obedient Servant 
 
H. G. Fitton
Brigadier General,
Director of Recruting and Organization. 
 
On 10 JUL 1914 an auction of Arthur's clothing was held, raising 19 rupees. The following items were sold to others in his unit - helmet, khaki trousers (3 pairs), putties, three khaki jackets, flannel shirts, jerseys, tartan jackets, cotton shirts, two F S caps, a holdall, two pairs of boots and two w. jackets and a pair of trousers. A week later a grave was dug at Kirkee cemetery on 17 JUL 1914 at a cost of Rupees 1/8/-, with Arthur's body received from O C F Company. Interestingly, on 20 JUL 1914 a subsistence allowance was given to Annie for herself and four children, of seventy rupees. This suggests that one of the children may have been deceased. 
 
In 1925 Mary requested the army to send her confirmation of her husband's death and daughter's birth in India:
49 McTier Street
Belfast
1/12/25
 
Sir
 
Could you please forward me the following certificates of my Husband's death who died at Kirkee, India, on the 27th June 1914, Regimental no. 5518 Sergeant Arthur Taylor, 1st Battalion Royal Irish Rifles and also a birth certificate of a child born at Kamptee India on the 26th May 1913 name Matilda Jane Taylor.
 
Sir if you have these would you kindly send as soon as possibleas I am putting in for the widow's and orphan's pensions which is payable on 4 January 1926. Please oblige
 
Yours respectfully
Annie Taylor
49 McTier Street
Belfast
 
The requested confirmation was sent of this event by the army:
Mrs Annie Taylor
49 McTier Street
Belfast
 
Madam,
 
1st instant, and to attach hereto the information asked for.
 
No. 5518, Sergeant Arthur Taylor, 1st battalion, Royal Irish Rifles, die at Kirkee, India, on 27th June 1914.
 
Matilda Jane, daughter of above named, was born at Kamptee, India, on 27th May 1913.
 
I am, Madam
Your obedient servant
? Colonel in charge of Infantry Records.
 
 
Children of ARTHUR TAYLOR and ANNIE MYERS:
Arthur John Taylor
b. 11/6/1905
 
Arthur was born in Londonderry on 11 JUN 1905 and subsequently baptised there by the Rev. Adams on 28 JUN.
 
 
Gertrude Mary Taylor
b. 1/1/1908
 
Gertrude was born in Aldershot, England, on 1 JAN 1908 and subsequently baptised there on 23 JAN by Rev. W. H. L. Miller.
 
 
Annie Taylor
b. 31/1/1909
 
Annie was born in Aldershot, England, on 31 JAN 1909 and subsequently baptised there on 15 FEB by Rev. W. H. L. Miller.
 
 
David M. Taylor
b. 15/3/1910
 
David was born in Dover, England, on 15 MAR 1910, and subsequently baptised there on 30 MAR by Rev. J. J. O'd Donohoe.
 
 
Matilda Jane Taylor
b. 27/5/1913
 
Matilda was born in Kamptee, India, on 27 MAY 1913, and baptised there on 22 JUN by Rev. P. G. Winning. Her birth was confirmed in a later undated letter to her mother, following her father's death, as noted above.
 
 
David Taylor
b: 2/7/1882
 
David was born on July 2nd 1882 at 29 Boundary Street, Belfast. His parents were Arthur Taylor, a labourer, and Christine Kane. The informant was A. Clegg (Source: RootsIreland, Urban 2, Belfast).
 
David was noted in his brother Arthur's army service record as serving with the Royal Navy prior to 1914. He signed up initially as a boy in the RN's servcie from January 1898, but later signed up for continuous service engagement at Devonport, England, from 2 JUL 1900 (his eighteenth birthday) for a 12 year period, his RN service number being 197716. At the time of engagement his occupation was noted as being a shoemaker. He was five feet four and a half inches in height, had black hair and brown eyes, and a dark fresh complexion. He had the initials TD and and anchor tattoed onto his left forearm, and an anchor on his right forearm.
 
His first ship was the Black Prince, on which he served as a Boy 2nd Class from 29 JAN 1898, and then from 9 NOV 1898 as a Boy 1st Class, until 16 MAR 1899. On 17 MAR 1899 he transferred to the Minotaur until 23 MAY (conduct VG), and then on the Agincourt from 24 MAY to 12 JUN. On 13 JUN 1899 he served on the Vivid I until 19 SEP, and then on the Terrible from 20 SEP (conduct VG). He was promoted to Ordinary Seaman on his 18th birthday, continuing his service on the Terrible until 21 NOV 1900 (conduct VG, 31 DEC 1900).
 
On 22 NOV 1900, David served on board the Barlleur, until 22 JAN 1902, at which point he returned to the Vivid I until 11 MAR. He transferred to the Jib (?) until 11 FEB 1903, and then on the Royal Oak (for the first time with his conduct listed as 'Fair', rather than VG). On 30 SEP he was promoted to Able Bodied Seaman. On 27 APR 1904 he transferred to another ship (name illegible on digitised record), but from 8 MAY 1904 served on the Cambridge, until 19 NOV. he served briefly on another vessel (name illegible) for a month only, before transferring to the Bulwark, serving on board for two years from 1 JAN 1905 to 11 FEB 1907. At various stages his conduct was noted as Good or VG.
 
From 15 MAR 1907 to 4 MAY 1908 David was on the Vengeance, and then returned to the Vivid I on 5 MAY 1908 to 6 AUG. At this point, he was committed to the Cells for 5 days, cause unknown, returning to duty on 12 AUG, and continuing his service until 30 SEP 1908. On 1 OCT he moved to the Leander, staying on board for just under a year until 9 AUG 1909, and then saw service on the Majestic from 10 AUG 1909 to 1 AUG1910. He then appears to have had a somewhat unhappy posting on board the Cornwallis from 2 AUG 1910 until 14 FEB 1912, with two periods in the cells, from 3 JAN to 7 JAN 1911, and then for ten days from 1 MAR to 10 MAR 1911. 
 
ON 12 FEB 1912, David returned again to the Vivid I until 25 MAR 1912. On 26 MAR he returned for another stint on the Leander, until 30 JUN 1912, and then from 1 JUL 1912 to 4 JUL 1912 he spent four days on his final posting, once again on the Vivid I, although was officially shore based. His continuous service expired at this point, and it is presumed he then left the Royal Navy. (Source TNA ADM/188/342/0/164).
 
What became of David after his Royal Navy career has as yet to be established. A David Taylor is reported as having died at the Union Infirmary in Belfast on 31 JAN 1935, aged 53, which matches our David's birth year. If this is him, he was buried on 15 JUN 1935 at Belfast City Cemetery Public Ground. His occupation was noted as a labourer, the cause of death being lobar pneumonia (Source: Belfast City Council burials; 4450-3964). 
 
   

Matilda Jane Taylor
28/5/1874 - 3/2/1917
 
Matilda was Calum's and Jamie's three times great grandmother.
 
Matilda was born at the home of James Kane, her maternal grandfather, 5 Cargill Street in Belfast, County Antrim, Ireland, on May 28th 1874, and was baptised shortly after on June 10th. In the baptismal entry for her birth, her father was listed as a labourer, and the sponsor was noted as Ann McClelland
 
Matilda married clerk John Montgomery on January 5th 1892 at St. Enoch's Church of Ireland in Belfast. She was described as being a spinster of full age, i.e. 21 or older, with her father Arthur listed as a mechanic. The witnesses to the wedding were John McCormick and Isabella Montgomery, presumably a relative of her husband, whilst the minister was the Reverend William Wallace.
 
On March 6th 1895 Matilda was living at 50 Seaview, off the York Road in Belfast, where she gave birth to her daughter Charlotte.
 
In the 1901 census, Matilda was noted as being the head of the house at the family home on Cavour Street, perhaps implying that her husband John, a seaman, was away at sea when the record was taken.
 
In the 1911 census, Matilda was noted as residing with her family at 6 Cavour Street in North Belfast (parish of Shankill), of being 36 years old and able to read and write, born in Belfast, and Church of Ireland by way of religion. She was stated to have been married for 19 years and of having mothered six children, with only three alive at the time of the census.

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Matilda's signature on the loyalty Declaration of 1912

The next we hear of Matilda is on Saturday, September 28th 1912, or "Ulster Day", the date on which she signed the Declaration of Loyalty to the British Crown, an act of opposition to the possible ceding of Home Rule to Ireland by the British Liberal Government. Whilst her daughter Charlotte signed the declaration at Clifton Street Orange Hall in North Belfast, Matilda opted to sign the document at Belfast City Hall, in the city centre. It is not yet known where (or even if) her husband John signed the parallel Ulster Covenant (the men's equivalent). Like most Ulster Protestants, Matilda no doubt went to a church service before the act of signing, such was the almost religious zeal in which the cause of both the Covenant and the Declaration were treated. As well as recording her signature, the declaration also lists the fact that Matilda was living at the time at 6 Cavour Street,  Belfast (PRONI:D1327/3/5324).
 
Matilda died on 3 FEB 1917 at 6 Cavour Street, at the age of 42. In her death record she was noted as married to John Montgomery, fireman, and the certified cause of death was malignant disease of stomach, dropsy and anasarea. The informant to the registrar on 5 FEB was her cousin Sarah Gibson, from 42 Bracken Street, Belfast (Source: GRONI/GENI D/1917/48/1007/78/444 Belfast Urban No.2).  
 
Matilda was buried at Belfast City Cemetery on 7 FEB, her lair number being P2 236. In the burial record the cause of death was stated now to be an ulcer of the stomach, with her age listed as 43 and her religion as Presbyterian. Her address was noted as 6 Cavour Street, and the registered proprietor of the ground was James Taylor, who purchased it on February 27th 1904. The cost of her burial was 7s 6d. (Source: Belfast City Council Cemetery database)
 
 
CHILDREN of MATILDA TAYLOR and JOHN MONTGOMERY:
William John Montgomery
b. 19/3/1893  d. 26/2/1904
 
 
Charlotte Harper Montgomery
b: 6/3/1895  d: 29/4/1974
 
Calum's and Jamie's great great grandmother - see Montgomery page.
 
 
George Rodgers Montgomery
b. 6/8/1898  d. 31/3/1900
 
 
David Taylor Montgomery
b. 3/1/1902  d. 19??
 
 
Mary Harper Montgomery
b. 7/9/1904  d. 19??
 
 
Christina Montgomery
b. 18/5/1907  d. 22/2/1909
 
 
Robert Montgomery
b. 12/9/1911  d. ????
 

Connecting to Calum and Jamie
 
Charlotte Harper Montgomery married Ernest Graham in 1919.
 
Son, Ernest Graham, married Martha Jane Elisabeth Watton Smyth in 1943.
 
Daughter, Charlotte Harper Graham, married Colin Paton in 1969.
 
Son, Christopher Mark Paton, married Claire Patricia Giles in 2000.
 
Sons, Calum Graham Paton and Jamie Christopher Paton.