From The Clapp Memorial, 1876, p. 222.
William Tailer, son of Hon. William Tailer, of Boston, was appointed Lieut. Governor of Massachusetts in 1711. Being a nephew of Governor Stoughton, he inherited his estate in Dorchester, including the old mansion house of Gov. S., on the westerly corner of what is now Savin Hill Avenue and Pleasant Street. He appears, however, to have lived a part of his life in a house, which he is supposed to have built, on the other corner of the street and avenue named. He was Captain of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Co., in 1712, was one of the commissioners to treat with the Six Nations at Albany, and commanded one of the regiments raised to take Port Royal. He died March 8, 1732, and was buried in Gov. Stoughton?s tomb. Dr. Gillam Tailer, who owned land fronting on Pleasant Street that later became the estate of Judge Everett and later of the widow Appleton, a son of William, graduated at Harvard College in 1735, and became a physician. He owned the land south-east of David Clapp?s lot, probably as far as that now and for many years past belonging to Samuel Downer, including the estate recently owned by Gov. Henry J. Gardiner [Gardner]. Dr. Gillam Tailer died July 17, 1757, aged 39 years. William Tailer, merchant in Boston, probably a brother to Gillam, was one of the heirs of the Lieut. Governor, and was a large land-owner in Dorchester. He inherited the mansion-house of the Lieut. Governor, already alluded to, which, with two acres adjoining , is represented in ancient deeds as bonded westerly by a road known by the name of Green Lane (supposed to be what is now Svin Hill Ave.), and southerly by way to Rocky Hill Meeting-house Hill). This homestead, with two lots adjoining, one called Howard?s orchard 4 acres, the other Pond orchard 4 12 acres, and a piece on the other side of Pleasant Street, called Hill Pasture 1 ? acres, was sold by him, March 20, 1758, to Dr. Sylvester Gardiner, of Boston, for 333 pounds 6s 8d.
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