TALIAFERRO

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TALIAFERRO FAMILY SECTION

THE TALIAFERRO FAMILY IN LEGEND AND HISTORY

(Much of the information on this page came from http://www.sharpwriters.com/genealogy/taliaferro.html found on ancestry.com)

The TALIAFERRO family has, since the beginning of the history of the Virginia Colony, been an influential and cultured family. The name is pronounced as though it were spelled “TOLIVER.”

The legend as to the beginning of the family name is that Julius CAESAR, while inspecting the Roman military camp at Gaul at twilight, was surrounded by hostile Gaelic warriors. CAESAR’s bravery caused the leader of the band to spare his life. In the course of time that leader, himself a captive of CAESAR, was freed and made a personal attendant of CAESAR. Although Romans only were permitted to bear arms, an exception was made for that Gaelic leader, and he became known by the latin names of “telum” or dart, and “ferro” which means “to bear.” The family has been prominent for many years; the favorite wife of King John of England was Isabel, daughter of Count Aymer de TAILLEFER, the swordsmith.  To arrive at  the ancestry we can trace, we only have to move forward three hundred years.

BARTHOLOMEW TALIAFERRO AND WIFE JOANE LANE:

 

When Bartholomew TALLAFER applied for residency in London on March 4, 1562, he described himself as a subject of the Duke of Venice. After moving to London, he married Joane LANE on January 1, 1583/4, [NOTE] at St. Michael’s, Cornhill, London.
Bartholomew and Joane had nine children before his death about September 22, 1601. He was buried on that day at St. Olave’s, Hart Street, London. After his death, Joane remarried, on May 15, 1602, Thomas GRAYE of Whitechapel, County Middlesex, widower, at St. Olave’s. She was living in the fall of 1609. Her husband was buried June 12, 1617, at Whitechapel, and his will was dated May 12 of that year.

 

ROBERT TALIAFERRO, “THE IMMIGRANT” AND WIFE CATHERINE DEDMAN GRYMES:

 

Robert TALIAFERRO was baptized November 19, 1626, at Stepney, County Middlesize, England, at the age of eight days. He was the son of Francis TALIAFERRO and wife Bennett HAIE (or HALE). About 1653, he married Katherine DEDMAN, the daughter of Henry (?) DEADMAN/DEDMAN and Katherine ____ DEADMAN/DEDMAN GRYMES. Katherine DEDMAN, the wife of Robert TALIAFERRO, died after November 20, 1672. Robert died in or before 1677, probably in Gloucester County, Virginia.
He settled in York County, Virginia, as early as 1647 and held lands in Gloucester County.  Robert TALIAFERRO, the Immigrant, is normally described in the literature by that designation, probably to distinguish him from his son Robert. He and all his sons were protestants, and in the York County records, where the name first appears about 1645, the spelling is sometimes “Toliver,” showing that the pronunciation was then very much as it is now.