Resources – James Brainerd Taylor

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James Brainerd Taylor–Proper

Middle Haddam (Chatham), Middlesex County, Connecticut

Home church and instrumental in a revival:
Christ Church (Episcopal), Middle Haddam, Connecticut

Church where public profession of faith was made:
Cedar Street Presbyterian Church (now Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church), New York City

Church taught at and assistant superintended for African-Americans:
St. George's Episcopal Church (now Calvary-St. George's), New York City

Location that proved instrumental in his call to the ministry (upon seeing departing missionary John Scudder):
Fulton Street along the East River, New York City (today's South Street Seaport Museum and historic district)

Schools attended:
The Lawrenceville School (Lawrenceville, New Jersey)
Princeton University (Princeton, New Jersey)
Yale Seminary/Divinity School (New Haven, Connecticut)

Involved in revival (one of many):
First Presbyterian Church (Rahway, New Jersey)

Primary founder of one of America's earliest student-led religious societies:
Philadelphian Society of Nassau Hall (now Princeton Evangelical Fellowship at Princeton University)

Licensed as an evangelist:
First Church of Christ, Congregational (East Haddam, Connecticut)

School died at:
Union Theological Seminary at Hampden-Sydney College (Prince Edward County, Virginia) [seminary moved to Richmond in 1898]

Cemetery re-interred at:
Hampden-Sydney College Church Cemetery

Cemetery where obelisk placed:
Union Hill Cemetery, Middle Haddam, Connecticut

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A New Tribute to the Memory of James Brainerd Taylor by Fitch W. Taylor (1838, book now digitalized online via Google Books)

Memoir of James Brainerd Taylor by John Holt Rice and Benjamin Holt Rice (1833, book now digitalized online via Google Books)

Princeton Review's January 1834 review of the Memoir of James Brainerd Taylor by Henry C. Axtell (1802–1854)

Most reprinted edition (second edition) of the Memoir of James Brainerd Taylor:
American Tract Society

Original manuscript (letter):
Hartford Seminary Library (in Asahel Nettleton papers)

Original manuscript (bond):
Princeton University Mudd Manuscript Library (in "Miscellaneous–Bonds of Students Receiving Aid to Become Presbyterian Ministers, 1810–1854")

Original manuscripts (3 letters):
Yale University Divinity School Library (in Noah C. Saxton papers)

Ancestral connection (first cousin, four times removed):
David Brainerd (1718–1747), First Great Awakening missionary

Brainerd-Brainard Genealogy

The Genealogy of the Brainerd Family in the United States
(1857 book by David D. Field)

Ancestral connection (collateral descendant, most likely):
Jeremy Taylor (1613–1667), Anglican Bishop, chaplain to England's King Charles, "The Shakespeare of Divines," "The C. S. Lewis of the 17th century," and devotional author of Holy Living and Holy Dying

Read and was influenced by:
Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758), First Great Awakening theologian-pastor-missionary and biographer of The Life of David Brainerd (1749)

Was often compared to other 19th-century ministers who died young:
America's David Brainerd (his distant cousin), Scotland's Robert Murray M'Cheyne (1813–1843) and England's Henry Martyn (1781–1812)

Key ministerial mentors (fathers in the ministry):
Itinerant evangelists Asahel Nettleton and Noah C. Saxton and pastors Frederick William Hotchkiss and John Holt Rice

Portrait artists:
Samuel Waldo and William Jewett (New York City)

Cause of early death:

Younger brother:
Fitch W. Taylor (Episcopalian church planter in Apalachicola, Florida, Senior U.S. Navy chaplain, author of A New Tribute to the Memory of James Brainerd Taylor and other books)

Older brother:
Jeremiah H. Taylor (Episcopalian, lay minister, Civil War chaplain, author of Sketches of the Religious Experience and Labors of a Layman [1860], New York City philanthropist)

Older brother:
Knowles Taylor (New York City philanthropist, primary benefactor of the founding of Union Seminary in Virginia and Union Seminary in New York City)

Memoir (1835) on John Holt Rice (1777–1831), co-compiler of the Memoir of James Brainerd Taylor (1833)

James Brainerd Taylor Marsh (one of many named after him in mid-1800s)

Historical Social Context:
Second Great Awakening (1790–1830) and Jacksonian Democratization

Historical Philosophical Context:
Scottish Common Sense Realism

Evangelical Protestant, Calvinism and New Divinity/Hopkinsianism (Samuel Hopkins)

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Helpful Libraries and Museums

Brainerd Memorial Library (Haddam, Connecticut)

Congregational Library (and Congregational Christian Historical Society), Boston

Connecticut Conference Archives, United Church of Christ (Congregational)

Connecticut Historical Society Museum and Library

Connecticut River Museum (Essex, Conn.)

Connecticut State Library

East Hampton Public Library (Connecticut)

Godfrey Memorial Library: A Library of Genealogy and History (Middletown, Connecticut)

Hartford Seminary Library (Connecticut)

Middle Haddam Public Library (Connecticut)

Museum of the City of New York

Museum of Connecticut History

New Jersey State Library

New York Public Library (New York City)

Lawrenceville School Archives and Bunn Library (N.J.)

Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.)

Princeton Theological Seminary Library

Princeton University Mudd Manuscript Library

Russell Library (Middletown, Connecticut)

Yale University Divinity School Library

Yale University Sterling Memorial Library

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Related Historical Societies

American Historical Society

American Society of Church History

Chatham Historical Society (Cobalt, East Hampton and Middle Haddam, Connecticut)

Connecticut Historical Society

Farmville-Prince Edward Historical Society (Virginia)

Haddam Historical Society (Connecticut)

Historical Society of Princeton (New Jersey)

Lawrence Historical Society (Lawrenceville, N.J.)

Middlesex County Historical Society (Connecticut)

New England Historic Genealogical Society

New Haven Colony Historical Society (Connecticut)

New Jersey Historical Society

New-York Historical Society

Portland Historical Society (Connecticut)

Presbyterian Historical Society (Philadelphia)

Virginia Historical Society

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