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The Mystery of Sarah Jane Taylor: Following the lead

from the information provided in
From the information provided in “History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott”

Assuming the Sarah Jane “Artega” [sic] (Ortega) of Santa Fe mentioned in History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott is my Sarah Jane Taylor de Ortega, this would be her family tree according to the text.

Her parents would be Polly Ann Brumnitt and James Taylor of Iola, Kansas (who was on his 3rd marriage at the time the book was written).  James Taylor was born in Montgomery County, Missouri, June 12, 1830.  Polly Ann Brumnitt “died at Utica, Missouri”.  That is all that is mentioned of her.  They had three children together, Sarah Jane Taylor being the only one surviving at the time the book was written.

James Taylor’s parents are Joseph Taylor (b. 1804 Maryland d. 1885 Boone County, Missouri) and Jane Doss (b.1806 d. 1875). Their children (and James’ siblings) were:

  • Mary Taylor (married to James Hicks, Chillicothe, Missouri)
  • Artemicia Taylor (married to Hampton Livingston, Davis County, Missouri)
  • Susan Taylor (married to William Parks, Boone County)
  • Lucretia Taylor (married to George Hubbard, Montgomery County)
  • Martha Taylor (deceased, married to Thomas Patton, Montgomery County)
  • Catherine Taylor (of Boone county, Missouri, married to John Patton deceased)
  • Wesley Taylor (of Kincaid, Anderson County, Kansas)
  • Samuel Taylor, deceased
  • Thomas Taylor, of Oklahoma
  • Julean Sharp, [sic] (should be Julie Ann Sharp of Pattensburg, Davis County, Missouri.

James Taylor’s second wife was Jeraldine M. Dennison.  Their children (and Sarah Jane Taylor’s half siblings) were:

At the time the book was written, James Taylor was married to Margaret “Maggie” Shuey.  They were married in Johnson County, Kansas. They had one son “who has been an invalid all his life.” [source]

According to Find A Grave James Taylor died in 1912 and is buried with his third wife Margaret Shuey and their son David Allen Taylor.

If this is your family please comment or email me!

History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas 1901 Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kansas
History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas 1901 Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kansas
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7 thoughts on “The Mystery of Sarah Jane Taylor: Following the lead”

    1. Thank you Elle. My Sarah Jane Taylor’s haplogroup is V7. I don’t know if she had a sister, or how old her 2 siblings were when they died. I hope Polly Ann Brumnitt’s mother had more daughters and maybe someday one of their direct female line descendants will test.

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    1. Hello cousin! I’m glad you found this blog. Have you had any success finding their parents? Everyone says they were from Kentucky, including the census, but the book I cited clearly states Joseph was born in Maryland. I think they met and married in Kentucky.

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