This record suggests Joseph Taylor was born in 1803, which is a year off from the book ““History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas” previously reported here which sounds legitimate to me. It was given to me today by Mr. Baker Jr. in the Missouri Genealogy group on Facebook (His work can be seen here http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GYIU6NS). After struggling to understand it in context and Googling what it could mean I confessed to Mr. Baker that I didn’t know what the document was or what its significance could be. All I got from it was that Joseph Taylor was probably arrested for something. At the age of 62!
Dennis of the Missouri History Museum‘s Library and Research Center filled in the blanks for me: “I filled in the portions that you noted as unintelligible: “I further state that both of my said sureties have left this state, Cravens [referred to as Thos. Cravens in the top portion of the document] having gone across the plains, Hicklin [referred to as F. Hicklin in the top part of the document] left the state.”
The gentleman who shared these with me said “It appears that they just paroled him to his home area and he wanted to go elsewhere. Most records are incomplete. He had probably either been arrested, or was just classified as “disloyal”. Most people with Southern roots were considered disloyal. I think the main objective of doing that was to make them post a large bond to “prove” they were loyal. People were sent to prison in St. Louis for toasting Jeff Davis in a bar, and nothing else…”
I am interested in the part where Joseph says he has two sons in the military service of the United States. What does that mean?
UPDATE 19 July 2015:
Dennis responded to my email (with help stated above): “Based on the document that states “I have two sons now in the military service of the United States,” this certainly seems to suggest that he has two sons fighting on the Union side.”