If you don’t blog about your genealogy journey you really should think about doing it because it’s so much fun. Yes, it is embarrassing if you make a public mistake but this is a great platform to get feedback and ideas from other people and potential collaborators may find you! I’ve had good luck with our DNA matches, but surprisingly some of the best contributors to my family tree have come from other interested people finding this blog (and a lot of help from various Facebook genealogy groups).
I still am too cheap to renew my Ancestry.com subscription so I visited the library for research yesterday. Unfortunately I got distracted by books and time escaped me so all I found were these: Joseph Taylor (#38) on the
first page followed by the rest of the family. Living next to them is a young James Taylor (#8) and his wife Mary A. Polly is a nickname for Mary so I’m guessing this is the Polly Ann Brumnitt mentioned in the book. I didn’t notice they were a separate household at the library so I didn’t search for anything else.
Bennie, one of the collaborators on The Mystery of Sarah J. Taylor, emailed me with this information: “Salt River Township in the county of Shell State Missouri 1860 census under Geraldine Dennison page 32 lines 5,6,8 mention Jane Taylor ect. Geraldine Dennison married James Taylor in July 16 1857 in Livingston Missouri. She died in Canon Colorado in 1875 and is buried at Greenwood cemetery in Canon. This woman was Sarah Jane’s stepmother.” Collaboration is so much fun!
I also found James Taylor on the 1880 census in Missouri married to the third wife mentioned in the book, Margaret “Maggie” Shuey.
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: