A collector recently came across the items shown here, when at auction in Pennsylvania. Mr. Brian Murphy, the new owner of these daguerreotypes, contacted me when he began researching to find out more about Yardley Taylor. Mr. Murphy has been generous, allowing the images of Yardley Taylor, and possibly Hannah Taylor, to be shown here.
This image of Yardley Taylor in late middle age is the best likeness of him I have seen; the only other picture is on the Yardley Taylor page, showing him as an older man. The daguerreotype came with a handwritten note (above): “Yardley & Hannah Taylor of Loudoun Co Va.” Unfortunately, the Hannah Taylor image was not attached to this note, though the collection of items did have one other image (upper) that might indeed be Hannah. This woman is the right age and wearing Quaker attire.
There were items in the collection that had the name ‘Warner’ and also ‘Thomas Yeardley’ as well as Bucks County, Pennsylvania, from where Yardley Taylor’s family emigrated to Loudoun County, Virginia; it is therefore apparent the Yardley and Hannah Taylor daguerreotypes were not unconnected to other documents. It is only a conjecture, however, and this particular woman is Hannah Taylor.
Some of the Taylor children probably resemble their mother, Hannah, and their images might show similarities to this unidentified woman. If anyone can help solve this mystery, please get in touch!