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John Lloyd Taylor 1840 – 1916 #52 ancestors

July 2, 2020

Professional genealogist and podcaster Amy Johnson Crow has put out the challenge to genealogists and family historians, to write stories about 52 of their ancestors in 52 weeks. I am happily taking up the challenge, and look forward to writing stories, that will collate many years of research results. In most cases, the research for my ancestors is not complete, and possibly never will be complete, but I’m hoping to build a story of the lives they lived with the information I have to hand. I’m hoping to publish these stories in a book at the end of 2020. Each week a prompt will be given as the theme for the week.

Week 25: Solo

John TAYLOR  was born at Mount Hermon in the Parish of St. Thomas Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire Wales on 7 September 1840 to parents John TAYLOR and Martha LLOYD. John was their second child. The family arrived in Australia in approx 1841/42. After their arrival in Australia, John and Martha settled at Diamond Hill and later moved to Whittlesea.  As an adult John TAYLOR moved to Bundalong, as did other members of the family.

When first moving to Bundalong John worked as a labourer. His brother was had earlier brought land at Bundalong, so perhaps he was working as a labourer for him on his property. On 20 October 1879 he applied to lease 160 acres of land at Bundalong. On 9 February 1887, he made application for a grant to convert the lease to freehold. John farmed this land successfully, until his death. After his death, the property was sold to John Flanagan on 15 February,. 1917 for 1280 pounds. This sale was pre-arranged before his death.

John Taylor never married and died from heart disease at Yarrawonga, on 24 November 1916, at the age of seventy six years. He was buried in the Yarrawonga Cemetery on 25 November, 1916, at Plot 43S.


from ‘Yarrawonga Mercury, Tuesday November 28, 1916
The death occurred at Yarrawonga on Friday last, of an old resident of the district in the person of Mr. John Taylor, who has been a sufferer of disease of the heart for the past three years. The deceased who was unmarried, and born at sea was 76 years of age. The death took place on Saturday. The remains were interred in the Yarrawonga Cemetary by Rev. Dunstan conducting the service at the graveside.

*note that the above obituary and also John Taylor’s death certificate state that he was born at sea. This information, given by his brother, Charles Lloyd TAYLOR was incorrect. John Lloyd Taylor was definitely born at Haverfordwest, as his birth certificate shows.


This is the last Will and testament of me, John Lloyd Taylor of Bundalong, in the state of Victoria, Farmer. I revoke all former Wills and testamentary dispositions at any time heretofore made by me and declare this to be my last Will. I appoint my brother Charles Lloyd Taylor of Oaklands in the state of NSW, farmer, and George Forster Gillies of Ringwood, in the state of NSW, farmer, to be the executors and trustees of this my will. I give and bequeath the whole of my real and personal property, unto my trustees, upon trust, to sell, call in and convert into money such part thereof that shall not consist of money – and out of the proceeds of such sale and conversion, and out of my ready money, pay my just debts, funeral, and testamentary expenses, and to pay the sum of 50 pounds to my sister, Mary Taylor, and to divide the residue between the children of my deceased brother, William Lloyd Taylor, in such proportion, that my nephew Thomas Taylor, shall receive twice the share of each of the others, who shall share equally.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, this sixth day of January, One Thousand Nine Hundred and Thirteen.
Signed by the said John Lloyd Taylor, as and for his last Will and testament

from: The Argus, 16 December, 1916
Notice is hereby given, after the expiration of 14 days from the publication hereof application will be made to the Supreme Court of the State of Victoria in it’s Probate Jurisdiction that Probate of the last Will and testament of John Lloyd Taylor, late of Bundalong, in the said state, farmer, deceased may be granted to Charles Lloyd Taylor of Oaklands, in the state of NSW, farmer and George Forster Gillies of ‘Lucelle”, Barrington Ave, Kew, in the said state of Victoria, gentleman, the executors named in and appointed in the said Will.



Register of Births, District of Haverfordwest, Country of Pembroke, No 164, 1840 John LloydTAYLOR
Public Records of Victoria 3837/19. Land records of John TAYLOR Allot 56 .
Public Records of Victoria Will of John Lloyd TAYLOR 149/91 VPRS 7591 P0002 Unit No 557
Public Records of Victoria Probate and Andministration John Lloyd TAYLOR VPRS28 P0003 Unit No. 696
Probate TAYLOR John 1916, December 16. The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957), Retrieved June 25, 2020, from

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