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Rev. John L. Taintor

Male 1798 -


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  • Name John L. Taintor  [1
    Prefix Rev. 
    Born 8 Dec 1798  Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1798 - 1809  Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Residence 1809 - 1813  Pembroke, Merrimack, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Residence 1813 - 1814  Plattsburgh, Clinton, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Lived with his uncle, Timothy Lewis 
    • [John] spent the years 1813-1814, with his uncle, Timothy Lewis, at Plattsburg, N.Y., where he witnessed the battle of Lake Champlain.

      He with some other boys stood upon pin stumps, their curiosity to see overcoming their fear of danger, notwithstanding the balls were flying past in every direction, but they were observed by some American officers and ordered off. Soon after leaving the stumps, they say some 15 or 20 British soldiers who in the heat of the battle, had taken refuge in a log hut on the outskirts of the field. Drawing an old cannon down the hill, they fired at the building to the best of their ability, until their firing attracted the attention of a company of riflemen who had been secreted in the grass hard by, and who came to their assistance, taking prisoners those who were alive. [1]
    Residence 1815  Charlestown, Suffold, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Lived with Rev. Dr. Morse 
    • In the spring of 1815, he received a letter from Boston, requesting him to return home ... Soon after his return home, his parents removed to the neighboring town of Charlestown. [1]
    Education 1818  Foreign Mission School, Cornwall, Litchfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • [John] remained in Dr. Mores's family about three years, and was sent by him to Mr. Evart's Seminary, and to the Foreign Mission School, at Cornwall, Conn. While residing with Dr. Morse, he became a member of his church, and was engaged with his friend and class-mate, Rev. John Todd, D.D. of Pittsfield, Mass., in establishing Sabbath Schools in the neighboring towns. [1]
    Residence 1821  Hudson, Columbia, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Occupation 1821  Hudson, Columbia, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Part-time preacher and teacher 
    Occupation 1822 - 1852  Coxsackie, Greene, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    School Administrator 
    • In the fall they left Hudson and settled in Coxsackie, where they took charge of another school for some thirty years, and where he renewed his Theological studies with the Rev. G.R. Livingston. His health failing, he retired for one or two years and employed his time in going through a thorough course in Greek, Exegsis, Theological and Sacred History, while at the same time he prepared and wrote a short system of doctrines and Church Government, for a testbook, about 200 pages; and while at Auburn Theological Seminary, a volume of notes on Didactic Theology and Church Government, also a course of Lectures on Sacred History.

      Soon after closing these studies, a question was agiated, whether he held to the fundamental doctrines of the Presbyterian Church. It was well known that he had rejected three cardinal points in the Calvinistic creed ... To avoid being drawn into the labyrinth of another religious controversy, he withdrew his connection with the Presbytery ... [1]
    Residence 1822 - 1857  Coxsackie, Greene, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Occupation Abt. 1852 - 1857  Coxsackie, Greene, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Mercantile Business 
    Physical Description 1858  [1
    • Mr. Taintor is short in stature, with curly iron-gray hair, but not bald, and though 60 years of age, he is active as any young man that we ever saw, performing whatever he does with a sort of steel-trap accompaniment, which peculiarity it is understood extends to his sermons, his bearers seldom indulging in sleep. [1]
    Occupation Abt. 1857 - 1859  Cleveland, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Clergyman 
    Residence Abt 1857 - 1860  Cleveland, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    • [John] spent a few years in mercantile business, and then sold his place in Coxsackie, and emigrated in company with three other families to the western part of the State, to Cleveland, Oswego, Co., and located about two miles north of Oneida Lake, living the first season in a log house, in the midst of the forest.

      The writer had the pleasure of spending several days at his humble but pleasant home in the winter of 1858. It commands a prospective view of the Lake, a young orchard and a forest of pine stumps, with the blue hills of Lawrence stretching far in the distance. [1]
    Person ID I1480  CHS Genealogy
    Last Modified 19 Mar 2021 

    Family Judith Ann Dean,   d. Abt. 11/10/1858 
    Married Jun 1822  [1
    Last Modified 17 Oct 2015 
    Family ID F393  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S108] A History and Genealogy of the Descendants of Joseph Taynter, Dean W. Tainter, (David Clapp), 68-69 (Reliability: 1), 1859.

    2. [S32] 1860 United States Federal Census, 32 (Reliability: 2), 27 Jun 1860.
      State: New York; County: Oswego; Town: Constantia; Village: Cleveland; ED Date: 06/27/1860; Sheet No: 32