John Taylor was born in 1752 at Fintry, Stirlingshire, Scotland, the son of Andrew and Janet Buchan Taylor. He was a merchant for a while at Glasgow and was living in New York City as a merchant by 1777. He returned to Glasgow and married Margaret Scott there in 1783. They had nine children, 1784-1797. John retured to New New York in 1784; Margaret stayed in Scotland until after the the birth of their first child and followed him in 1785. Margaret Taylor died in 1797 and he married 2) a widow, Jane Davis, in 1799. She died in 1823. He married 3) Eliza Avery in 1826. They had a daughter, born in 1827, who died young. John Taylor died at New York in 1833.