John P. Taft

January 1822–7 December 1907 (Age 85)
New York, United States

The Life of John P.

When John P. Taft was born in January 1822, in New York, United States, his father, Bezaleel White Taft, was 23 and his mother, Nancy Palmer, was 24. He married Laura Miner about 1848, in New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He lived in Spafford, Onondaga, New York, United States for about 30 years. He died on 7 December 1907, in Homer, Cortland, New York, United States, at the age of 85, and was buried in Spafford, Spafford, Onondaga, New York, United States.

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John P. Taft
Laura Miner
Marriage: about 1848
James Crowfoot Taft
Fleda Crowfoot Taft

Spouse and Children

about 1848
New York, United States


    James Crowfoot Taft


    Fleda Crowfoot Taft


Parents and Siblings




    Marcia A Taft


    Thomas J. Taft


World Events (8)

1825 · The Crimes Act

Age 3

The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.
1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

Age 5

During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.

Age 24

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Name Meaning

English: topographic name or habitational name from a dialect variant of Old and Middle English toft ‘curtilage’, ‘site’, ‘homestead’, also applied to a low hillock where a homestead used to be. Compare Toft .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • John Taft, "New York State Census, 1875"
  • John Taft, "United States Census, 1870"
  • John Taft, "United States Census, 1850"

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