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Yardley Taylor in newly revealed daguerreotype and: is this Hannah Taylor?

Newly discovered daguerreotype of Yardley Taylor of Loudoun County, Virginia, showing him in late middle age.
Yardley Taylor (1794-1868) in a daguerreotype showing him in late middle age. The only previous known likeness of Taylor is of him as an older man, with a hearing trumpet, as shown on the Yardley Taylor page of Nest of Abolitionists. Image courtesy of Brian Murphy.
Possibly Hannah Brown Taylor wife of Yardley Taylor of Loudoun County, Virginia
Is this Yardley Taylor’s wife, Hannah? This daguerreotype of an unnamed Quaker woman was with the collection that included the Yardley Taylor daguerreotype, shown above. Image courtesy of Brian Murphy.
This handwritten note was with the Yardley Taylor daguerreotype, shown above, but a Hannah Taylor image was not attached. Image courtesy of Brian Murphy.

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!

2 comments on “Yardley Taylor in newly revealed daguerreotype and: is this Hannah Taylor?

  1. Cindy Palmer

    Yardley is my 4th GG, and I have photos of 3 of his children, including my 3rd gg Richard Henry Taylor. I am not sure how to get them to you?

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    • good morning, Cindy, how nice to connect with a Yardley and Hannah Taylor descendant! Yardley was a remarkable person and if you can share the three photos, I’d love to see them. Could you send them as an email attachement? If so, my email address is leeover@gmail.com Thank you for contacting me, Lee

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