History and Genealogy of the Descendants of Joseph Taynter, Who Sailed from England April, A.D. 1638, and Settled in Watertown, Massachusetts


In 1638, the pilgrim forefather of the Watertown Tainters boarded the Confidence in England to travel to New England. "Joseph Taynter came to this country in the service of Nicholas Guy, a carpenter, whose daughter he married soon after their arrival and settlement at Watertown." "From the old records of Watertown [Massachusetts], we learn that he was an active and prominent man among the early settlers of the town, and that he was for many years, between 1640 and 1680, one of the Selectmen, Constables, Tything-men, &c." Numerous excerpts from early Watertown records, which include Joseph Taynter's name, are included. From these records "the reader will infer that he was an educated man, a man of standing in the Church, and one possessed of the good will and respect of his fellow-townsmen." This volume details eight generations of Joseph Taynter's descendants. Genealogical sketches provide varying amounts of biographical information; some include excerpts from letters, wills, and other original documents; a few are enhanced by facsimile reprints of the subject's signature. Indices to Christian names and family names allied by marriage, poetry, and a brief history of Watertown add to the value of this work.

Dean W. Tainter

(1859), 2015, 5½x8½, paper, index, 104 pp.

ISBN: 9780788450440