John P. Taft

Brief Life History 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 42 years and Homer, Homer, Cortland, New York, United States in 1905. 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

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  • John P Taft, "New York State Census, 1892"
  • Legacy NFS Source: John P. Taft - Government record: Census record: birth-name: John P. Taft
  • John P Taft, "New York, State Death Index, 1880-1956"

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World Events (8)

1825 · The Crimes Act

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

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.


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

Name Meaning

English (mainly Staffordshire and Derbyshire): variant of Toft .

Jewish (Ashkenazic): artificial or metonymic occupational name from German Taft ‘taffeta’.

History: Robert Taft (born c. 1640), lived in Braintree, MA, and subsequently Mendon, MA. — Alphonso Taft (1810–91), jurist and politician born in Townshend, VT, was the father of William Howard Taft (1857–1930), 27th president of the US and chief justice of the US Supreme Court.

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

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