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Benjamin Elijah Taylor

Benjamin Elijah TAYLOR, the son of Abraham TAYLOR (1744 - 1819) and Hannah WOOWARD (1753 - ca. 1788) , was born 28 Sep 1780, East Bradford Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. Benjamin was a hatter and a farmer. He was a Quaker and later a member of the Methodist Church. Benjamin Elijah TAYLOR and Sarah "Sally" Robinson RIX married 24 Sep 1803, Gates County, North Carolina. Sarah "Sally" Robinson RIX was born 1781, present day Southampton County, Virginia. Sarah "Sally" Robinson RIX died 1 Dec1865, Davis City, Decatur County, Iowa while living with her sons. It has been said that Sarah was walking from one son's farm to the other son's farm. She had waited too late and it was getting dark. It is believed that she was attacked and killed by either wolves or wild boars. Her body was never found; only pieces of her dress. There is no stone for Sarah. Benjamin Elijah TAYLOR died 24 Sep 1852, Pike Township, Coshocton, Ohio, aged 71 years, 11 months and 26 days. Benjamin Elijah TAYLOR was buried in Anderson Cemetery, Coschocton County, Ohio.


excerpt from "History of Howard and Chariton Counties, Missouri"
"Written and Compiled From The Most Official Authentic And Private Sources,
ILLUSTRATED", "William Taylor", p. 909. St. Louis National Historical Company. 1883.

". . . Benjamin [Elijah Taylor 1780-1852], was a hatter by trade, and, later a farmer, and was a native of [Chester Co.] Pennsylvania. In an early day, when a young man, he went to [Gates County, North Caroline per family records] Virginia, where he met and was married [September 24, 1803] to Miss Sarah Rix, of that State. After his marriage he pushed on South, and settled in Northampton county, North Carolina, and there William E., the subject of this sketch, was born November 27, 1820. [Another son, Benjamin Rix Taylor, was born in Northampton Co. NC in 1816.] The father followed his trade in both Virginia, while in that State, and in North Carolina, but in the latter State he also engaged in farming. He soon discovered, however, that the South was no country for a man of more brains than money, for one of limited means, and especially an industrious mechanic. Accordingly, he turned the front of his emigrant wagon northward, and cast his fortunes with the progressive State of Ohio, where he arrived in 1821, and settled in Jefferson county. There he followed his trade, at Smithfield and York, with good results for four years, by which time he was in a situation to go on a farm of his own that he bought in Coshocton county. On this place he lived until his death, which occurred September 24, 1852. He was a man of great energy, superior intelligence, and of a liberal mind and generous heart. Though he died in the meridian of life, he was fast becoming one of the successful, wealthy men of his county."

  Benjamin Elijah TAYLOR and Sarah "Sally" Robinson RIX had the following children:
 Joseph Rix TAYLOR, born ca. 1804, Portsmouth, VA; died as a youth.
 Elizabeth Ann "Eliza" TAYLOR, born ca. 1804/05 NC;
died 1820/21 age 16, runaway team accident, Philadelphia, PA.
 Sarah Robinson TAYLOR, born 18 Jan 1808, Portsmouth VA;
married 5/6 Oct 1825 Richard SMITH (1792 - 1857), 8 children;
died 26 Mar 1887, Russiaville, Howard County, IN;
buried Russiaville Cemetery, Russiaville, Howard County, IN.
 Merab TAYLOR, born ca. 1809/10, Northampton County, NC;
married 22 May 1845 Coshocton County, OH John BARCROFT (1806 - );
died in Coshocton County, OH.
 infant TAYLOR, born Portsmouth, VA.
 Benjamin Rix TAYLOR, born 7 Oct 1816, Portsmouth, VA;
married 4 May 1837, Coshocton County, OH Lucretia HOFFSTATTER (1820 - 1890);
died 3 Feb 1895, Davis City, Decatur County, IA;
buried in Old Davis City Cemetery, Davis City, Decatur Country, IA.
 William Elijah TAYLOR, born 27 Nov 1820, Northampton County NC;
married 17 Nov 1843 Coshocton County, OH Maria ANDERSON (1821 - 1910);
moved to Missouri soon after mother's tragic death;
died 16/8 Feb 1892, Cunningham Township, Chariton County, MO;
buried Lakeside Cemetery, Cunningham Township, Chariton County, MO.
 Ann Pleasant TAYLOR, born 1822/23, Smithfield, Jefferson County, OH;
married 6 Feb 1840, Coshocton County, OH Charles Fremont SEAWARD (1820 - 1897), 9 children;
died 22 Jun 1907, Kokomo, Howard County, IN;
buried Russiaville Cemetery, Russiaville, Howard County, IN.


RESEARCHER'S NOTES: In the 1980's, relatives/researchers Maxine Taylor and Ruth Taylor (of Lineus, MO) tried very hard to learn more on the Rix family. They did learn that thee were people bearing the name of Robinson and Rix in the Smithfield, OH, area when Benjamin and Sarah moved there. The family legend has it that Sarah's folks lived in old Nansemound Co., VA, and all of their records were destroyed by the British when they burned the courthouse during the War of 1812. These researchers had a theory that a Margaret Robinson may have married a Rix but no evidence has been found.
References state that old Nansemond County and part of the Isle of Wright County was used to reformulate the current name of Southampton County in the year 1749. However, the old name apparently persisted in common usage.

"History of Howard and Chariton Counties, Missouri"
"Written and Compiled From The Most Official Authentic And Private Sources,
ILLUSTRATED.", Pp. 908-10. St. Louis National Historical Company. 1883.

William E. Taylor, farmer and stock raiser. Among the successful farmers and stock raisers of Chariton county, Mr. Taylor occupies an enviable and conspicuous position. With nothing, or but little, to begin the activities of life, not even an education, except such as he had acquired mainly by his own efforts, he has risen to a degree of prosperity and public esteem that but few have reached whose advantages were far greater, His landed estates embraces two and a quarter square miles of territory, as fine land as there is in the county, all under fence, and about 1,000 acres in cultivation or in tame grass pastures. In numbers and quality his stock are in keeping with the magnitude of his farm.

He has nearly 1,000 head of fine merino sheep, and one of the finest herds of graded cattle in the county. He also feeds cattle and hogs for the wholesale markets, and is making of this, as of everything else he touches, a marked success. His farm is more than ordinarily well improved, his fences are substantial, his barns (of which he has two) are commodious and neat, and his cribs, granaries, sheds, and other outbuildings, correspond with the general character if the place. His residence is a large, well constructed two-story building, occupying a handsome site, and sets off to the advantage the general appearance of his farm.

Surely this biographical sketch of a man who has manifested not only the qualities of success he has, but the personal worth as a citizen he has shown is worth preserving in the history of this county. [Portion regarding his father, Benjamin Elijah Taylor can be found above.]

William E. grew up while his father was in the midst of his struggles to rise in the world, hence the son had practically no school advantages. But he afterwards made up for this by private study and self-culture. Reared on a farm, he adopted that as his permanent occupation, and has since followed it without interruption.

On the 17th of November, 1842, he was married to Miss Maria Anderson, of Coshocton county [Ohio], a daughter of Joshua Anderson, of that county. He followed farming in the county where he was reared until 1856, and then sold out and came West, settling in Decatur county, Iowa, where he improved a farm and lived for ten years. Selling his farm there in 1866, he came to Chariton county, Missouri, where he bought land where he now lives, which was partially improved. On this he went to work, completing its improvements, and engaged in farming and stock raising, according to the progressive ideas and methods pursued in the North. The results has been read above.

Mr. Taylor is not only a farmer and stock man of whom the county has every reason to to be proud, but he is a citizen, public-spirited and enterprising, of a class the county needs more of, and the more the better. As a neighbor and a friend he is highly esteemed.

Mr. and Mrs. Taylor have five children: Sarah [Elizabeth, born 27 Sep 1843, OH; died 29 Aug 1912, Sumner CO], now the wife of Pulaski Walter Post [1846 - 1929]; Miranda [born 1846, OH], the wife of Wm. A. Bennett; William E[lijah, born 1856, OH], G[eorge]. Ira, Rose and Almira J. Three are dead: Albert E., [born 1852, OH] died September 9, 1875, in his twenty-fourth year; Flora M., [born 1855, OH] died February 8, 1871, in her seventeenth year; and an infant son, A. B. Mr. and Mrs. Taylor are members of the M. E. Church.

[William Elijah Taylor died February 18, 1892, aged 71 years, 2 months and 21 days. Mariah (Anderson) Taylor was born December 13, 1821; and died April 20, 1910. They were buried in Lakeside Cemetery, Cunningham Township, Chariton County, Missouri.]



William Elijah TAYLOR, the son of Benjamin Elijah TAYLOR (1780 - 1852) and Sarah Robinson "Sally" RIX (1781 - 1865), was born 27 Nov 1820, Northampton County, North Carolina. William Elijah TAYLOR and Maria ANDERSON were married 17 Nov 1842, Coshocton County, Ohio. Maria ANDERSON was born 13 Dec 1821, Coshocton County, Ohio. They were affiliated with the Methodist Church. William Elijah TAYLOR died 16 Feb 1892, Sumner, Chariton County, Missouri. Maria ANDERSON died 20 Apr 1910, Sumner, Chariton County, Missouri. They were buried in Lakeside Cemetery, Sumner, Chariton County, Missouri.

William Elijah TAYLOR and Maria ANDERSON had the following children:
 Sarah Elizabeth TAYLOR, born 27 Sep 1843, Coshocton County, OH;
married Polaski Walter POST (1846 - 1929);
died 29 Aug 1912, Sumner, Chariton County, MO.
buried Lakeside Cemetery, Cunningham Township, Chariton County, MO.
   Sarah Elizabeth TAYLOR and Polaski Walter POST had the following children:    1. Laurent Burt POST, b. 1869; married 1st 8 Oct 1901, Linn Co. MO Cora G. SIDEBOTTOM (1882 - 1909);
      married 2nd Charlotte Augusta PAPE (1874 - 1967); d. 1947, Grant Co. NM; buried Masonic Cemetery, Silver City, Grant Co. NM.
   2. Flora Pearl (POST) GRONQUIST, b. 14 Apr 1871; married John August GRONQUIST;
      died in childbirth 19 Jun 1905; buried Lakeside Cemetery, Chariton Co. MO
   3. Arlington Vienna (POST) BRINKLEY, b. 20 Dec 1874, Chariton Co. MO; married Charles W. BRINKLEY (1855 - 1949);
       died 7 Dec 1963, Kansas City, Jackson Co. MO; buried Elmwood Cemetery, Kansas City, Jackson Co. MO
   4. Bliss Warren POST, b. 3 Oct 1886, Chariton Co. MO; d. 10 Feb 1887, Chariton Co. MO;
       buried Lakeside Cemetery, Chariton Co. MO
   5 Claudia Roscoe POST, b. 15 Feb 1888, Chariton Co. MO; d. 14 Jul 1888, Chariton Co. MO;
       buried Lakeside Cemetery, Chariton Co. MO
 Miranda Ann TAYLOR, born in 1846;
married William A. BENNETT;
died 1928, Baudette, MN;
buried in Lakeside Cemetery, Sumner, Chariton County, MO.
 Anderson Byron TAYLOR, born 1 Sep 1850, Coshocton County, OH;
died 21 Oct 1852, Coshocton County, OH;
buried in Anderson Cemetery, Coshocton County, OH.
 Albert Edwin TAYLOR, born 26 Jul 1852, Coshocton County, OH;
died 9 Feb 1875, Sumner Chariton County, IA.
 Flora Mariah TAYLOR, born 28 Feb 1855, Coshocton County, OH;
died 8 Feb 1871, Sumner, Chariton County, MO.
 William Elijah TAYLOR Jr., born 27 Nov 1856, Coshocton County, OH;
died 16 Oct 1841, Linn County, MO;
buried in Ladele Cemetery, Linn County, MO.
 George Ira TAYLOR, born 6 Jun 1862, Decatur County, IA;
married Estelle PRICE (1866 - 1934);
died 14 Oct 1933, Chariton County, MO.
 Rose Almyra TAYLOR, born 1863;
died Cherokee Territory, OK.


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  • TAYLOR Generation Two, Benjamin Rix and Lucretia (Hottstatter) Taylor family

  • TAYLOR Generation Three, Benjamin Franklin "Frank" and Permelia Ellen "Millie" (Smith) Taylor family

  • TAYLOR Generation Four, Children of Benjamin Franklin "Frank" and Permelia Ellen "Millie" (Smith) Taylor

  • TAYLOR Generations Five & Six, Descendants of Benjamin Franklin "Frank" and Permelia Ellen "Millie" (Smith) Taylor

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