1. CYRUS TAYLOR was born November 10, 1784 in New Jersey (perhaps Galoway) to parents unknown. He had an older brother named Royal, born in 1783, and a sister named Phebe. The family moved to Ellisburgh, NY, in the very early 1800s soon after Cyrus' birth, and cleared and settled the land upon which they built a log cabin. About 1820 a clapboard house was erected on the property, and in 1842 a deed was received from the W.C. Pierrepont Estate. In 1844, Cyrus was deeded land for the farm, either part or all of it. On January 16, 1850, Cyrus and Betsey sold the farm to their daughter Angeline and son-in-law George Bettinger for $2000. According to the agreement, George would pay the Taylors $1000 within the first two years and the remaining $1000 in annual $40 payments. On January 16, 1850, Cyrus received $750, and on January 14, 1851 he received $250. Every January 16th from 1852 to 1855 he received $40 payments. Also on January 16, 1850, Cyrus and Betsey rented a bedroom in the Bettinger Farm until their death for $20.
In the 1850 census of Ellisburgh, Cyrus and Betsey were living with George and Angeline Bettinger and their three children. Also living with the family was a 24-year-old helper named June Glass. In 1853, Cyrus bought a pair of shoes for himself from Lyman Albro, a shoemaker in Ellisburgh.
In the 1855 census of Ellisburgh, taken in mid-year, Cyrus was not living with his wife Betsey and the Bettingers although he was there in January. A receipt dated September 12, 1855 from Cyrus Taylor in Mannsville to George Bettinger stated; "received of George Bettinger one dollar in full of all demands to debts", although the remaining $1000 for the farm had just begun to be paid back. In his will made March 26, 1856, he left all his belongings to his wife Betsey and upon her death to their son Philetus Swift. He left each of his 4 living daughters $1 each. It is possible that Cyrus had a disagreement with the Bettinger household and went to live with his son Philetus in the Spring of 1855 until his death November 12, 1856. He was buried in Brewster Cemetery, Ellisburgh.
He married on April 6, 1809
BETSEY NASH, daughter of OLIVER & POLLY (HOOKER) NASH who was born July 22, 1787 in Brattleboro, VT. She was 21 years old. Over the next 11 years, Cyrus and Betsey had 5 girls and 1 boy. Betsey died October 2, 1856, and was buried in Brewster Cemetery, Ellisburgh.
2 i CAROLINE TAYLOR
3 ii MIRANDA TAYLOR
4 iii ANGELINE M. TAYLOR married GEORGE BETTINGER (Click above for their family.)
5 iv PHILETUS SWIFT TAYLOR
6 v AMANDA M. TAYLOR
7 vi ROXY JANE TAYLOR
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