According to the notes of Elizabeth Lankford Jones as recorded at the Transylvania County Historical Society:
“Nancy Taylor (‘Indian Nancy,’ born circa 1740 in Tryon, North Carolina) the Indian died at the age of 110. She smoked a soapstone pipe with a long stem. She would lie in the bed and reach her pipe in the fireplace and light with ashes. One night about ten o’clock they heard her pipe fall to the floor, next morning she was dead in the bed when they called her to breakfast. ”
Nancy Taylor married Lewis Taylor (1708-1768). Their daughter was Sybil “Sibbley” Taylor (1772-1842) who married Robert W. Lankford (1752-1831) and their daughter was Elizabeth Lankford Jones who recorded the family notes at the Transylvania County Historical Society.
Nancy Taylor would be my great-great-great-great-great grandmother. I would love to learn more about her, her parents, and her family.