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This compilation comes from a number of sources. Many/most have not been thoroughly checked for accuracy, but it is a start... Averil Jarlov's grandfather, Trevor Clive Taylor, was a grandson of John Jude Taylor.
John Jude Taylor was born on or about 23 March 1830, possibly in Bury St., Edmund, Suffolk, England.
He left England in the 1850s as part of the 99th Regiment of the British Army, and probably served in Australia and Norfolk Island before coming to New Zealand, transferring to the 66th Regiment in New Zealand.
Family stories have it that he was born John Jude, but changed to using his mother's maiden name (Taylor) as he was either being teased that it was a girl's name or that it had Jewish connotations.
In the early 1860s, while still in the 66th Regiment, he was stationed in Napier for some time, then went off to fight in Taranaki. Upon his return, he married Ellen Morrison on 23 December 1862. Her maiden name was Lavin.
John Jude Taylor was appointed as the postmaster at Peka Peka, from 1 July 1864.
The Hawkes Bay Herald on 2 Dec 1865 refers to "Notice of the opening the commodious Clyde Hotel, Wairoa. J J TAYLOR publican." In the 1870s it also included "The Cottage", a spot in "old Wairoa where most of the rogueries, and shady land deals were hatched. It was a kind of annexe, or outpost of the Clyde Hotel, the licensee of which in the 'seventies was the late John Jude Taylor, an estimably honest and genial host, but tolerant to a degree of the doings of "the gentlemen" who foregathered in the building o' nights, and stayed there till the waiters appeared in the early morning to clean up and to bury the "dead marines." It stood on the Marine Parade site..." (from http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-LamPion-t1-body-d4.html)
On 25 January 1868, the Hawkes Bay Herald announced that Taylor had been granted block 26 at Mohaka.
One of Ellen's family, probably her brother, took up land near Mohaka where he farmed, with his wife and a couple of children. When Te Kooti raided Mohaka on 10 April 1869 they attacked the local people, including John Lavin and Alfred Cooper, local sheep farmers. Lavin and his wife found their two kids had been tossed on bayonets and killed, and Lavin, faced with a similar fate, shot both his wife and himself. They were found like that on the hillside, the kids by the stream where they played. (Information from a letter from Clyde Taylor to Beryl Taylor Andersen-Jarlov, 9 July 1994.)
Captain John Jude, then a volunteer officer, was appointed as Captain of the Wairoa (Hawkes Bay) Rifle Volunteers, commisioned on 1 May 1869.
In the period from 1864 until 1873, John Jude and Ellen had eight children in total.
The oldest boy was William Simon, born 15 June 1864. According to his younger brother Jack (real name John Jude) "He fell from a tree when quite young and had a long illness and fell again on a polished floor. He was lame for life and was never strong." He died in 1907.
Mary Louisa was born 18 August 1865, at Lambert Redoubt. She married James Henry Claridge in 1889 and lived until 1945.
Nellie (Catherine Ellen) was born in 1866 and lived until 1946. She married George William Fougere, and appears to have lived most of her life in Inglewood, Taranaki.
The fourth child, Emily Sarah, is a sad story. She was born 8 Oct 1867, at the Clyde Hotel in Wairoa. On 26 April 1868, at the age of 6 months, the infant was left in charge of a girl named Margaret Gilligan, who placed her on a sofa while she left her to talk to a woman in another room. The child fell off the sofa. The corner's verdict was "concussion of the brain, caused by falling off a sofa to the ground".
David Thomas Taylor, the direct ancestor, was born in Wairoa on 8 February 1869. This paper does not plan to go into more detail about his life and family, apart from the fact that he married Alice Evelyne Hughes in Auckland on 20 April 1896 and had five sons with her. He died in Wellington on 21 January 1951.
John Jude Taylor was born 31 July 1870 and named for his father, though in later life he was known more as "Jack". He died 8 November 1961.
George Taylor was born 31 December 1871 in Mohaka. He died 13 November 1944.
The last child was another boy, Edward Henry Taylor, born 14 January 1873. He appears to have always been known as "Ted". According to brother Jack, "In the war a bullet passed so close to his face as to destroy his sight." Ted appears to have emigrated to Australia, and married Jessie Ellen O'Keeffe.
There is an Edward Henry Taylor who was an Orderly Regimental Sergeant in the 7th New Zealand Contingent, which embarked on the SS "Gulf of Taranto", 6 April 1901 for the Boer War. It is not certain that this is the same person, but it seems quite likely.
In late 1915, Ted was a station manager, living at Capley, Racecourse Road, Ascot, Brisbane, Queensland. His wife (listed as next of kin) was living "c/o Mr Butt, Zillmere Road, Zillmere, Queensland", when he went off to WWI as a Sergeant in the Australian Remount Unit 2, Squadron 7. His unit left from Sydney, New South Wales, on board the HMAT RMS Orontes on 10 November 1915, and he returned to Australia 29 April 1916. Ted died after "many operations" (for his sight, presumably) in 1939 - according to his brother Jack. The death index has it as 1941, in Queensland, Australia.
Ted and Jessie appear to have had at three children - girls Patricia Edith and Napier Ellen and boy Roy Edward Jude. The second name for the girls seems significant: Ellen was Ted's mother's name (but, admittedly, also his wife's middle name!), and the name Napier is repeated in that of a son of Ted's brother David Thomas, who named his youngest boy Basil Napier. The boys name of "Jude" ties in well with this whole story!
John Jude Taylor died young, at the age of 44, on 3 May 1874 in Clyde. He was buried in the cemetery in Wairoa, where his stone was last seen by the family by Clyde Taylor about 30 years ago, claiming "the pious inscription is legible still."
Ellen Morrison Taylor lived another 55 years, dying at the age of 94 on 3 January 1929.