Genealogy

“Uncle Jimmy” James Taylor

Died August 13, 1912, in Iola, Allen County, Kansas.

I received his death certificate from the Kansas Health Department today and received help finding his obituary.  I knew he was part of the IOOF in Cañon City, Colorado (his second wife Geraldine Denison and their son Samuel G. Taylor are buried in the city’s IOOF cemetery) and that he was active at some point in Iola, but it was unexpectedly relieving and heartwarming to see his funeral was well-attended by the local chapter.

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James Taylor, son of Joseph Taylor and Jane Doss was born June 12, 1830, in Montgomery County, Missouri and died August 13, 1912, in Iola, Allen County, Kansas. He was Sarah Jane Taylor’s father; her mother was his first wife, Mary Ann Brummet.
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James Taylor obituary in the Iola Register, August 14, 1912.
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The funeral of James Taylor in the Iola Register, August 15, 1912.

 

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James W. Taylor married Mary Ann Bromett Livingston County Missouri 1850

Trying to post this before tonight’s Finding Your Roots episode.

I noticed the 1850 census showing James and Mary living next to the of the rest of the Taylor family said they were married that year.

“State of Missouri
Livingston County
I, Jarred M Abnett (? could be wrong), a Justice of the Peace of the County of Livingston and State of Missouri do hereby certify that James W. Taylor and Mary A. Bromett were married by me on the tenth day of February A.D. 1850″

This is James Taylor’s first wife, the second being Jeraldine M. Dennison of Canon City, Colorado, the third Margaret “Maggie” Shuey of Iola, Allen County, Kansas.

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The Mystery of Sarah Jane Taylor: James and Mary A. Taylor 1850 Livingston County, Missouri

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.

#38 is Joseph Taylor, James Taylor's father.  This record states he is from Kentucky while the book states he was from Maryland.  Maybe he was originally from Maryland and made his way to Kentucky, then Missouri?
#38 is Joseph Taylor, James Taylor’s father. This record states he is from Kentucky while the book states he was from Maryland. Maybe he was originally from Maryland and made his way to Kentucky, then Missouri?
James Taylor 1850
#8 is James Taylor with his wife Mary A. (maybe “Polly Ann” Brumnitt who died in Utica?). No children living with them in 1850.
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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