Jane Augusta Taylor

20 February 1829–1907 (Age 77)
Pittsfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Jane Augusta

When Jane Augusta Taylor was born on 20 February 1829, in Pittsfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States, her father, Peter Van Rensalaer Taylor, was 30 and her mother, Ruth Green Bentley, was 29. She married James Melville Benham on 5 January 1858. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. She lived in New York, United States in 1870 and Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States for about 20 years. She died in 1907, in Pittsfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Pittsfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States.

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James Melville Benham
Jane Augusta Taylor
Marriage: 5 January 1858
Beulah Augusta Benham
Bessie Taylor Benham

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5 January 1858


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World Events (8)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 1

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.
1834 · The City of Brooklyn is Incorporated

Age 5

An act of incorporation in 1834 turned the village and town of Brooklyn to the city of Brooklyn. The city was divided into nine wards.
1861 · The 14th Brooklyn is Known as The Red Legged Devils

Age 32

The 14th Regiment New York State Militia, or 14th Brooklyn, was constituted on May 13, 1847. The 14th Brooklyn received the nickname “The Red Legged Devils” due to their vibrant red trousers. At the time, most Union regiments wore blue. The volunteer militia, led by Colonel Alfred M. Wood, consisted primarily of abolitionists from Brooklyn. They served between the years of 1861 through 1864 and were known for their grit and determination and never stood down from a fight.

Name Meaning

English and Scottish: occupational name for a tailor, from Old French tailleur (Late Latin taliator, from taliare ‘to cut’). The surname is extremely common in Britain and Ireland, and its numbers have been swelled by its adoption as an Americanized form of the numerous equivalent European names, most of which are also very common among Ashkenazic Jews, for example Schneider , Szabó , and Portnov .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Jane A Taylor in household of P V R Taylor, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Jane A Benham in household of James Benham, "New York, State Census, 1865"
  • Jane Benham in household of James Benham, "United States Census, 1880"

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