History and Genealogy of the Descendants of Joseph Taynter: Who Sailed From England April, A. D. 1638, and Settled in Watertown, Mass (Classic Reprint)
The ship Confidence, a large vessel for those times, but no larger than an ordinary sized schooner of the present day, reached the shores of New England in the summer of 1638, with about 110 passengers on board. Among these passengers were Nicholas and Jane Guy, their daughter Mary, and hired men, Joseph Tayntor and Robert Bayley. Of the few settlements around Boston they chose Watertown, and it is most likely they had friends there, as most of the passengers went to Newbury and Sudbury.
Were we to indulge a little in romance, we might say that Joseph Tayntor, enamored with the charms of Mary Guy, came over with the family to this country, as it appears that they were married soon after their arrival. It might be further imagined that, pleased with the prospects of the New World, young Tayntor wrote home for his parents to follow, which may account for the appearance, a few years after, in Connecticut, of Charles Tayntor and his family. It is very probable that they first arrived in Boston, and from thence went with Cambridge and Watertown people (who were the first settlers of Connecticut) to Branford. How early this may have been, it is useless to conjecture, the early records of Connecticut being very incomplete. But the name of one of the sons is found in Windsor as early as 1643.
The account of a number of the early forefathers of our family, is in the following pages brief. They perhaps are deserving of more extended biography, but we have been unable to prepare them from the scanty materials which have accumulated in the silent lapse of time: but from such as there are, extracts have been given, partially as illustrative of their standing in society, and partially as items of curiosity and interest. That our fathers acted well their part in the stirring scenes of the past, in the wars and privations of the land, these pages amply testify. As a whole, humble but highly respectable, they appear to have been actively interested in all matters pertaining to the civil and religious affairs of the community in which they lived, supporters of the gospel, and peaceful members of society.
Several of their family letters, clothed with the moral and religious sentiments peculiar to the early settlers of New England, we have found preserved in unexpected quarters.
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