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Title: The Story of Little Robert
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileWhite, Moses/11
SenderWhite, Moses
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationdoctor
Sender Religionunknown
OriginHartford, Connecticut, USA
DestinationPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
RecipientBradbury, Samuel
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshipre little Robert Taylor being sent to Ireland
SourceThe Taylors of Shanrod, Co Down. Copyright retained by Heather Taylor, 46, Coolshinney Rd., Magherafelt, BT45 5JF, rookvale@hotmail.co.uk
ArchiveThe Centre For Migration Studies
Doc. No.701103
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by JM, 30/01/2007
Word Count798
NoteN.B. includes copy of letter by Robert Taylor Sr.
TranscriptThe Taylors of Shanrod, Co Down

[The Story of Little Robert

In 1858 Robert and Susanna Taylor are living at the farm in
Shanrod, Co Down with their unmarried children Nathaniel and
Eliza. Robert is 65, Susanna 56. Their son John has qualified
in medicine at Glasgow. He may have practised for a time in
Banbridge, Co Down. He has emigrated to Hartford, Connecticut.
He is married to Mary Anne Bradley and they have two children.
Little Robert is 9.

In the Hartford Daily Times, Saturday evening, August 21, 1858
the following notice appeared;

In Portland, Aug 21st, of dysentery, John Taylor M.D. aged 31.
His remains will arrive in Hartford for interment in Zions Hill
Cemetery, at half past 12 tomorrow (Sunday).

Nine months later the following letter was written by Dr Moses
White (he is presumably married to a sister of Mary Anne.]

[Page 1]
Mr Bradbury Hartford May 15th 1859

Dear Sir I received your letter of
Jany 14th I would have written to you Sooner but for the
verry [very?] unsettled State of my Sisters affairs. At
the time the Dr died he was then living in Portland a
distance from here of 14 miles. I attended him during his
Sickness & near to the time he breathed his last. We then
had his remains brought up here & placed in the family
burying ground, & in a few days after we had my Sister &
the Children brought up here to the city. They were left
in a poor miserable way not having one dollar in the house
the time he died. She loosed her youngest child in the
winter . So that left her but one of the two she had to
the Dr, with little Robert who is a fine boy. his
Grandfather Mr Taylor had written to my Sister to Send
Robert home. My Sister concluded it was better for Some of
his relations here to take that responsibility on them &
she would be willing to give him over to them. As your purpose
[propose?] to take charge of him or keep him to Some arrangement
is made with his Grandfather. I could if you wish give him
in Charge of the Captain of one of the Steam propellers going
weekly to your city who would take good care of him &
deliver him safe to you, he has been living with me for the
last two or three weeks, as my Sister was obliged to give up
housekeeping & is now boarding out. She is obliged to work
in a store to support the other child. you will please write

[Page 2]
me when convenient what you would wish to have
me do in the matter poor Taylor could have
done well here but he was rather foolish for himself
& [worse?] for his family.
With kind regards to your family
I remain truly yours
Moses White MD

PS I understand Mr Taylor has written to Mr
Wallace of Philadelphia to have Robert there as it
be more convenient to have him sent home there
being no direct way of doing so here. you might speak
with Mr Wallace on the subject perhaps he
had some more communication from Mr Taylor.
M.W. [Moses White?]

[Mr Wallace is probably a relative-Susannas maiden name was
A second letter a few days later concerns details of the arrangements for the boys passage.]

Robert Taylor


Mr Samuel Bradbury
Mr David Graham & Co