James Madison Papers

R. H. C. Taylor to James Madison, 1 May 1833

Louisville Ky May. 1. 1833

Dr Sir

The heirs of my father the late Majr Wm Taylor Sr. have a Claim against the State of Virginia for Services rendered during the Revolutionary war. To obtain which it is material that we afford living evidence of his Service and rank, a memn in his own hand says that he joined Col. Talliaferros Company as a minute man in 1775. Soon after the battle of the great or long bridge he was taken into the Continental Service as 1st. Lieut under Uncle Frank. in the 2nd Va Regt. In the Same Regt I have his commission to show (dated 21st Novr. 1776.) that he had been promoted to a Captaincy—I have also Col. John Gibsons letter to my father stating that he regretted his being a Junr. Majr. 9th Regt Va. Line as on that account at the reduction of the army he (my father) was arranged out of the Service This communication is dated 26 Feby 1781——

On this Subject I addressed you some time since requesting that you would afford me such information relative to this matter as you might be in possession of. Not having heard from you I presume the letter must have miscarried. We have also an interest in the claims of Uncle’s Francis & John. Should you know any thing of the Services of either, or all please depose to it and send the deposition to me at this place with a Memn of the expense you may be put to Respectfully Yrs

R. H. C. Taylor


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