Person:William Taylor (310)

William Henry Taylor
m. 18 JAN 1840
  1. Amanda Jane TaylorABT 1841 - 1878
  2. John Dudley Taylor1843 - 1902
  3. William Henry Taylor1845 - 1917
m. 06 FEB 1868
m. ABT 1876
  1. Charles W. Taylor1877 - 1939
  2. Martin D. TaylorABT 1880 -
  3. James Monroe Taylor1880 - 1912
  4. Alsie E. TaylorABT 1886 -
  5. George F. TaylorABT 1888 -
  • HWilliam Henry Taylor1845 - 1917
  • WAnna D.
m. 1916
Facts and Events
Name William Henry Taylor
Gender Male
Birth[1] 03 FEB 1845 Parke, Indiana, United States
Census[1] 1850 Warren, Illinois, United States
Property[3] 26 AUG 1867 Poweshiek, Iowa, United StatesLand Sale
Marriage 06 FEB 1868 , , Mahaska, Iowa,to Martha A Fisher
Census[4] 02 JUN 1870 Jackson Township, Poweshiek, Iowa,
Property[5] 09 JAN 1872 Poweshiek, Iowa, United StatesLand Sale
Marriage ABT 1876 to Martha J. Lowen
Census[8] 1885 Jackson Township, Poweshiek, Iowa
Marriage 1916 to Anna D.
Will[6] 28 DEC 1916 Poweshiek, Iowa, United States
Probate[7] 1917 Poweshiek, Iowa, United States
Burial[2] SEP 1917 Barnes City Cemetery, , Mahaska, Iowa,
Death[2][6] 20 SEP 1917 Poweshiek, Iowa, United States
  1. 1.0 1.1 1850 U.S. Census, Warren County, Ill., family 370, 1850.

    370 370 Samuel Darland 25 M Farmer Indiana
    Susannah 21 F Kentucky
    Mary Ann 5 F Iowa
    Isaac 2 M Illinois
    Levi S. 5/12 M Illinois
    Alsey Darland 55 F Widow S. Carolina
    Wm. H Taylor 6 F (sic) Indiana

  2. 2.0 2.1 Gravestone of William H Taylor, in Barnes City Cemetery, Mahaska County, Iowa.

    Inscription: "William H. Taylor/ February 3, 1845/ September 20, 1917"

  3. Poweshiek County, Iowa Deeds, Book O, pg 556, 26 Aug 1867.

    W½ SW¼ S34 T78 R14, , Poweshiek, Iowa
    Warranty Deed to William L Darland, 80 acres. (recorded 3 Nov 1868)

  4. 1870 U. S. Census Poweshiek County, Iowa, page 20, dwelling 137, family 137, 1870.

    137 137 Taylor, William 25 M W Farmer 2000 600 Ind
    Martha 26 F W Housewife Ind [Martha Fisher]
    Jane 48 F W Ky [Martha Darland]

  5. Poweshiek County, Iowa Deeds, Book 3, pg 480, 09 JAN 1872.

    N½NW¼ S20 T78 R14 Poweshiek County, iowa
    Quit Claim Deed to John D. Taylor & wife, 80 acres. (Recorded 12 Feb 1872)

  6. 6.0 6.1 Will of William Henry Taylor, in Poweshiek County, Iowa Probates, Box 826, 28 DEC 1916.

    Will of William Henry Taylor
    Know all men by these presents, that I, William H. Taylor of Poweshiek County, Iowa, being of sound mind and disposing memory, and knowing full well the uncertainty of this life and the certainty of death, do make, publish and declare this to be my last will and testament in words and figures as follows, to wit:
    It is my will, and I so direct, that all my just debts be paid after my decease as can be done without in jury(sic) to my estate.
    I give, bequeath and devise unto my grandson, William Russell Taylor, son of my own son James M. Taylor, the income and proceeds of the sum of Two Thousand Dollars ($2000.00) until he shall attain the age of thirty-five (35) years at which time I give and bequeath unto him the said sum of Two Thousand Dollars ($2000.00) absolutely.
    After the payment of the provisions made in paragraphs First and Second hereof, I give, bequeath and devise all of the rest and residue of my estate, both real and personal, wherever situated and wherever found, of which I may die seized and and owning unto my three sons Martin D. Taylor, Charles W. Taylor and George F. Taylor and unto my daughter Elsie E. Doan in equal shares, share and share alike. The bequest under this paragraph to include the sum of Twelve Thousand Dollars held in trust under the provisions of an Ante Nuptial Contract entered into between myself and my present wife and also any other property provided for in said contract.
    I hereby revoke any and all wills heretofore by me made.
    I hereby nominate and appoint my son Martin D. Taylor executor of this my last will and testament and request the Court to approve said appointment and exempt him from executing bond as such.

    Signed this 28 Day of Dec. 1916.
    William H. Taylor (his mark) J. J. Doonan, E.A. McClure Witnesses

  7. Estate of William Henry Taylor, in Poweshiek County, Iowa Probates, Box 826, after Sep 1917.

    Estate of William Henry Taylor
    Date of Death Sept. 20, 1917; Last Residence Barnes City, Ia.
    Executor: Martin D. Taylor
    wife: Anna D. Taylor, Barnes City, Iowa
    Charles W. Taylor Barnes City Son
    Martin D. Taylor Barnes City Son
    Elsie E. Taylor Doan What Cheer Daughter
    George F. Taylor Barnes City Son
    Maurice Russel Taylor San Antonio TX Son's boy

    Real Estate: about 3/4 acre sec 34 T78 R 14 lot 23, blk 10 OP Barnes City lot 7, blk 9 "
    Inventory Personal Property: household goods $400 to $500
    Notes & stock misc. c$11,400

  8. Poweshiek, Iowa, United States. 1885 Iowa State Census, 1885.

    1885 Iowa Census, Poweshiek County
    Taylor, Wm 78 14 34 SW SW 39 M M Farm Indiana
    Martha J. 37 F Ohio [Martha Lowen]
    Charles W 7 M Poweshiek
    Martin D 5 M Poweshiek
    James 4 M Poweshiek
    Martha 63 F Widowed Ind.

  9.   1860 US Census Mahaska County, Iowa, 1860.

    722 703 Alsey Darland 63 F Housewife 960 346 S. Carolina
    Martha Taylor 34 F Indiana [Martha Darland]
    John D. Taylor 16 M Farm Laborer Indiana
    Wm. H. Taylor 15 M Farm Laborer Indiana

  10.   W. H. Taylor, in Parker, Leonard Fletcher. History of Poweshiek County, Iowa (Chicago:S.J. Clark Publishing Co,Inc, 1911), vol II, pg 58.

    W. H. TAYLOR.

    Perhaps no resident of Barnes City, Iowa, occupies a more prominent place among the builders of the town than does W. H. Taylor, whose generous donation of land made possible the establishment of enterprises around which, as a nucleus, the flourishing little village has had its growth. Born in Parke county, Indiana, on the 3d of February, 1845, he is a son of William and Martha (Darland) Taylor, also natives of that state. There the father passed away when the son was but a year old, and subsequently his wife and her mother, Mrs. Alsey (Reynolds) Darland, also a widow, removed to Warren county, Illinois, where they resided until about 1857. They then came to Poweshiek county, Iowa, where both passed away. W. H. Taylor, of this review, was the youngest and is now the only living member of a family of three children, the others being: Amanda, the deceased wife of George Anderson; and John Dudley.

    W. H. Taylor was a lad of twelve years when he took up his abode in Poweshiek county, and since the age of twenty-three years he has made his home upon his present farm. When twenty-one years of age he purchased eighty acres of this farm, to which he later added as he prospered in his agricultural pursuits until he became one of the most extensive landowners in his section of the county, a fact which speaks strongly of a life of industry, perseverance and ambition on the part of one whose start in life was in no way auspicious and whose gradual rise in the business world came as the result of his own well directed efforts. At one time he owned all of section 34, Jackson township, eighty acres of section 33 and eighty acres of section 27, all lying in one body, and constituting one of the finest and most valuable estates in the township. Twenty acres of this property is within the corporation limits of Barnes City and upon this tract Mr. Taylor now makes his home. He has disposed of much of his land to his sons, although the entire tract still remains in the possession of the family. It is equipped with five good sets of buildings, occupied by two sons, a son-in-law and two tenants, and is a well improved property, all of the up-to-date conveniences and accessories of a model farm having been introduced by Mr. Taylor. In 1897 he built a large barn, forty-eight by ninety-six feet, and in the following year erected his present handsome fourteen-room dwelling, equipped throughout with all of the latest improvements. In former years he operated this place himself, actively engaged in general farming and stock-raising, but during the past few years has rented the land. In 1892 he became identified' with the commercial interests of Barnes City as proprietor of a general mercantile business operated under the firm style of W. H. Taylor & Sons. For about seven years this enterprise had a continuous and successful growth under his management, becoming one of the most important business concerns of the town, and then, in 1899, he withdrew from active life, leaving the entire direction and management of the business to his sons, who have since conducted it under the original name of W. H. Taylor & Sons. He is now living retired, enjoying in well earned rest a fortune which is at once substantial and honorable.

    Mr. Taylor was married, in 1868, to Miss Martha Ann Fisher, whose death occurred in 1872. For his second wife he chose Miss Martha Jane Lown, whom he wedded on the 17th of April, 1876. She was born in Marion county, Ohio, on the 13th of May, 1847, and in 1856 came to Iowa with her parents, Thomas and Jane (Hodson), both natives of England. Her father had come alone to this county in early manhood, while the mother had been brought to Ohio by her parents when only eight years of age. They were married in Richmond county, Ohio, and both passed away in Iowa county, Iowa. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Taylor were born five children, as follows: Charles W., a member of the firm of W. H. Taylor & Sons; Martin D., also a member of that firm; James M., a resident of Texas, who has an interest in the firm; Elsie E., the wife of James Doan, of Barnes City, who is likewise one of the firm; and George F., now operating a part of the home farm. At one time all of these children were connected with their father in the active management of the business of W. H. Taylor & Sons.'

    Mr. Taylor belongs to the Christian church, whose teachings form the guiding influence in his life, and fraternally he is identified with the Masonic order. A stalwart democrat, he has never been active in politics, however, further than casting his ballot at the polls, but he is nevertheless deeply interested in the welfare of the community, and his name is foremost upon the list of the town's public-spirited citizens and benefactors. It was his donation of nine acres of land to the Rock Island Railroad Company for a right of way and a site for a station that decided the location of the town of Barnes City at this point, and thus with its very founding his name is connected. He also gave a tract of three acres as a site for the Barnes City Tile Factory and in this way brought to the village one of its well known and important industries, and he also assisted largely in the erection of all three of the church edifices here. An excellent example of the self-made man. he has every reason to be proud of the success which he has achieved and the high place which he has won in the community, for his life has been one of noble purposes and has found its reward in the high regard, respect and good-will in which he is held by all who know him.
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