I have found additional circumstantial evidence to support the conclusion that Benjamin Taylor who married Elizabeth Grinnell is the same Benjamin Taylor who moved to Amsterdam, Montgomery Co., then to Brownville, Jefferson Co., New York:
- In the book "Charts and Chronicles of Mathew Grennelle's Descendants" compliled by E. W. Grinnell, it is stated that Caleb Jenckes Grinnell, born 1770 in Little Compton, RI, was living in Johnstown, Montgomery Co., New York in 1793 where he married his wife Mary Seymour.
It is important to note that Caleb married his wife AFTER moving to Montgomery County, New York. This suggests that he had left Little Compton for Montgomery County New York for some reason other than having in-laws there.....
In fact, it turns out this Caleb J. Grinnell was the BROTHER of the Elizabeth Grinnell who married Banjamin Taylor, son of William Taylor and Deborah Gray.
It is plausible that Caleb came to Montgomery County with his sister and her husband.
Assuming that is true, why did the Taylors leave Little Compton and Prudence Island to go to Amsterdam? There is no identified marriage between a Taylor and an Allen or Pearce yet....
However recall that in 1790, a Peter Taylor fitting the age of the one by that name living next to Benjamin Taylor at Amsterdam and Brownville was living on Prudence Island next to the James Allen family that moved to Brownville.
In another book, "Some Prudence Island Allens with a Few Connected Families, Vol. 1" by Devere Allen (1947) it is stated that James Allen (hsb. of Martha Pearce) of Prudence Island was granted 100 acres of land two miles from the present village of Amsterdam, Montgomery Co., New York (then called Veddersburg) as payment for his service in the Rhode Island troops that supported Ethan Allen in the capture of Fort Ticonderoga.
100 acres is a lot of land, and virtually every one of James' children left Prudence Island to come live on that land in Amsterdam at one time or another. One of those children, Martha, moved to Johnstown (same place Caleb Grinnell lived). Later on in the early 1800s, two other children who came to Amsterdam, Cyrus and Caleb Allen, moved to Brownville, Jefferson County, New York.
At the same time, Benjamin Taylor left Amsterdam and showed up in Brownville too. And so did Peter Taylor.
Whatever the relationship was between Benjamin Taylor and the James Allen family, it is clearly evident that Benjamin Taylor followed the Allen family first to Amsterdam (probably for land) and then finally to Brownville.
Related, it is worth noting that Samuel Allen, the grandson of James Allen and Martha Pearce, who died in 1814 at age 18, is buried in the same family farm burial yard in Brownville as Richard Taylor and his wife Rachel, whom one researcher alleges were the parents of Juliana Taylor who married the Cyrus Allen, the son of John & Martha who died in 1799 in Rhode Island while out at sea.