Zachery Taylor
Zachary Taylor (1784-1850)
12th President of the United States

Ancestry: English
Height: 5 ft. 8 in.
Religion: Episcopalian
Political Party: Whig

The 12th President of the United States. Taylor was the first professional soldier to become
President, being elected as a result of his military victories in the Mexican War. His Presidency
was brief (16 months) and his accomplishments few. However, he took a strong stand against the
threat of Souther secession over the slavery question, though a Southerner and a slaveholder

While not considered a brillian general, Taylor was an able commander, highly respected by his
troops. They affectionately reffered to him as "Old Rough and Ready," alluding both to his careless informal style of dress and to his cool courage and ireon determination in battle.

Zachery Taylor was born in Orange County, Virginia, on November 24, 1784. He was the third child (of eight surviving children) born to Colonel Richard Taylor and Sarah Strother Taylor. In 1785 the family moved to Kentucky. There young Taylor grew up on the family plantation near Louisville. He receive little formal education. He spent his early adult years working on the plantation, except for a brief service with the Kentucky militia in 1806.

Taylor married Margaret Mackall Smith (1788-1852), the daughter of a Continental Army major, in 1810. The Taylors had six children, four of whom survived to adulthood-Ann, Sarah, Mary Elizabeth, and Richard. During her husband's long army career, Mrs. Taylor followed him from on frontier post to another. As First Lady, she rarely made public appearances.

(more later...)

1991 New Standard Encyclopedia – Standard Education Corporation – Chicago.

President Zachery Taylor was my 4th cousin, eight times removed.

He was 3rd great-grandson of John Taylor I and Elizabeth Taylor, my 11th great-grandparents.

The Lineage:

15th. John Taylor (b.1478) m. Susan Rowland (b.1482)
14th. Dr. Rowland Taylor (b.1510) m. Margaret Tyndale (b.1510)
13th. Thomas Taylor I (b.1548) m. Elizabeth Burwell (b.1552)
12th. Thomas Taylor II (b.1573) m. Margaret Swinderby (b.1578)
11th. John Taylor I (b.1607) m. Elizabeth Taylor (b.1610) (maiden name unkown)
..........James Taylor I (b.1635) m. Frances Walker (b.1640)
...............James Taylor II, Colonel (b.1669) m. Martha Thompson (b.1679)
....................Frances Taylor (b.1700) m. Ambrose Madison (b.1700)
.........................James Madison, Colonel (b.1750) m. Eleanor Rose Nellie Conway (b.1730)
..............................James Madison, Jr., 4th President (b.1750/51) m. Dorothea Payne (b.1768)
..........Zachary Taylor I (b.1707) m. Elizabeth Lee (b.1709)
..............Richard Taylor, Colonel (b.1743) m. Sarah Pannill Dabney Strother (b.1760)
..................Zachery Scott Taylor, 12th President (1784 VA-1850 DC) m. Margaret Mackall Smith
......................Sarah Knox Taylor (b.1814) m. Confederate President Jefferson Davis (1808-1889)
10th John Taylor, II (b.1627 England) m. Alice (Gascoyne) Gascoigne (b.1628 England)
9th. John Taylor, III (b.1654 VA) m. Ann Vezey (b.1658 VA)
8th. Elizabeth Taylor (b.1656) m. Edmund Basye, Sr. (b.1645 England)
7th. Edmund Bayse, Jr. (b.1675 VA) m. Lydia Karenhappuch (b.1703 VA)
6th. Leannah Basye (b. 1725 VA) m. John Webb I (b.1720 PA)
5th. John Webb, II (b. 1745 VA) m. (1)Hannah Woodward Riveer (b.1750 TN)
4th. Elizabeth Leannah Basey Webb (b.1771 VA) m. Mark Lambert Jackson (b.17663 VA)
3rd. Susannah Ann Elizabeth Jackson (b.1798 VA) m. Lemuel Manire (b.1792 NC/KY)
2nd. David Crockett Manire (b.1832 TN) m. Martha M. Reid (b.1835 TN)
Great-Grandparents: Mary Tennesse Manire (b.1866 TN) m. William Glenn Cole (b.1857 TN)
Grand-parents: Robert Marvin Cole (b.1900 TN) m. Mary Irene Hill (b.1906 TN)
Parents: Dora Leopal Cole (b.1931 TN) m. Kenneth Allen Freeman (b.1931 TX)
Self: Alan Cole Freeman (b.1953 TN) m. Frances Anne Hyman (b.1958 TX)

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