Dec. 25, 1793 Richmond Richmond City Virginia, USA
Apr. 5, 1871 Boston Suffolk County Massachusetts, USA
FATHER TAYLOR, THE SAILOR PREACHER
From the ages of seven to seventeen, he was at sea, then settled in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1811. Shortly after, the War of 1812 erupted and he joined an American privateer, "The Black Hawk." He was captured by a British warship and eventually carried to Dartmoor Prison, England, as a prisoner of war. After the war, he returned to Massachusetts, and in 1819 was ordained a Methodist preacher. He also married Deborah D. Millett in Massachusetts that year. In 1820, he joined the A. & F.M. (Freemasons).
Having spent his youth at sea, the Reverend Taylor used many quaint nautical phrases in his sermons. In 1829, he was appointed Mariner's Preacher by the Port Society of Boston, and in 1833 the organization erected its Seamen's Bethel, where "Father" Taylor served for the rest of his life.
In addition, in 1847, the U.S.S. Macedonian was loaned to private citizens, by Congressional approval, to ship food to Ireland during its famine, and "Father" Taylor served as its Chaplain. He also gave public addresses in Cork, Ireland, and Glasgow, Scotland.
For further information, see the book: FATHER TAYLOR, THE SAILOR PREACHER. INCIDENTS AND ANECDOTES OF REV. EDWARD T. TAYLOR, FOR OVER FORTY YEARS PASTOR OF THE SEAMAN'S BETHEL, BOSTON by Rev. Gilbert Haven & Hon. Thomas Russell (Boston: B.B. Russell, 1873).