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Mr. Taliaferro returns to New Jersey

I must say goodbye to the portrait of Felix Taylor Taliaferro.  That last name here is pronounced as  "Tolliver."  

Another branch of his family discovered him on the blog and asked to buy him back, which I think was a good thing.

He had moved to Alabama from Virginia to be a cotton merchant. The Civil War ruined the cotton export industry in Mobile where he was, so he moved back to Virginia, then to New Jersey. 

He has been very happy here in Alabama but it is only fitting that he be returned to become an heirloom in his rightful place with his own descendents. 


  1. How generous of you to let Mr Taliferro go home to be with his family.

    It's amazing they found him settling in Alabama with you

    I just love the old portrait paintings

    Happy New Year

  2. What a wonderful portrait...and aiy....that would be hard to let go of...but, in my heart, I know it is good that he has "gone home." Life is a weaving of strange occurrences, no? Wishing you a wonderful new year ahead filled with magic and miracles.... Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

  3. Well done!
    I hope the new owners will cherish this painting as much as you have.

  4. Wow, that is amazing that his descendants found him through your blog! I wish I could find a family portrait out there of my ancestors. Lucky family they are and such a kind person you are to sell it to them. I know they will enjoy it.
    Wishing you a wonderful 2016 Marshel. Have fun at those auctions on New Year's Day!

  5. I believe he was from Orange County Courthouse, VA, May I ask the location of the relatives? My uncle's name was the same. Please reply

  6. Could your beautiful Mr. Taliaferro be related to Meriwether Lewis's great-grandmother Mary Taliaferro?

    1. I don't know. He was from Orange County VA and his mother was a cousin of President Zachary Taylor. I have not researched much on his paternal line as it is not mine. I did have the exact names and relationships that proved his kinship to President Taylor.


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