Richard Lee Taylor (Colonel) was born 3 April 1744 in Orange County, Virginia, United States to Zachary Taylor (1707-bef1768) and Elizabeth Lee (1707-c1750) and died 19 January 1829 Louisville, Kentucky, United States of unspecified causes. He married Sarah Dabney Strother (1760-1822) 20 August 1779 in Orange County, Virginia, United States.


Offspring of Richard Lee Taylor and Sarah Dabney Strother (1760-1822)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Hancock Taylor (1781-)
William Dabney Strother Taylor (1782-1808)
Zachary Taylor (1784-1850) 24 November 1784 Montebello, Barboursville, Orange County, Virginia, United States 9 July 1850 Washington, D.C., United States Margaret Mackall Smith (1788-1852)
George Taylor (1790-)
Elizabeth Lee Taylor (1792-1845)
Joseph Pannill Taylor (1796-1864)
Strother Taylor (c1797-)
Sarah Strother Taylor (1799-1851)
Emily Richard Taylor (1801-1841)

He was an officer in the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War, and the father of the 12th President of the United States, Zachary Taylor.

During the Northwest Indian War, Taylor served as a volunteer in the Kentucky militia under Major John Adair. He was injured in a disastrous 1792 battle with Indians under Little Turtle near Fort St. Clair, site of the present Eaton, Ohio.

By 1800, Taylor had enlarged "Springfield" to 700 acres (2.8 km2) by 1800. He remained active for the remainder of his life in Kentucky politics.[1] [2] He donated 60 acres (240,000 m2) for the creation of Taylorsville, Kentucky, which was named in his honor.[3]

Richard Taylor died in 1829 at the age of 85. He was buried in the family cemetery, now part of the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery.


  1. ^ Kleber pg.868.
  2. ^ Hayne pg.3
  3. ^ Bailey, Bill. Kentucky State Parks. (Glovebox Guidebooks of America, 1995). pg.299-301

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