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Benjamin Franklin "Frank" and Permelia Ellen "Millie" (Smith) Taylor

viii. Benjamin Franklin "Frank" TAYLOR, the son of Benjamin Rix TAYLOR (1816 - 1895) and Lucretia HOFFSTATTER (1820 - 1890) , was born 1857, Agency City, Wapello County, Iowa. Benjamin Franklin "Frank" TAYLOR married 1st unknown in April 1876, Missouri, and divorced ca. 1876. Benjamin Franklin "Frank" TAYLOR married 2nd in 1877, Missouri Cora REDMOND, and divorced ca. 1878.

Benjamin Franklin "Frank" TAYLOR married 3rd 23 Dec 1879, Cainsville, Harrison County, Missouri, Permelia Ellen "Millie" SMITH. Permelia Ellen "Millie" SMITH, the daughter of Andrew Jackson "Jack" SMITH (1835 - 1889) and Margaret Jane CARLE (1837 - 1920), was born 06 Aug 1859, Louisa County, Iowa.

Benjamin Franklin "Frank" TAYLOR died in Jul 1915 in the Sanitarium, State Hospital at Clarinda, Page County, IA. He was buried in Franklin Cemetery, Decatur County, IA. gravestone

Permelia Ellen "Millie" SMITH died 5 Dec 1941, Garden Grove, Decatur County, IA. She was buried in Franklin Cemetery, Decatur County, IA. gravestone

Obituary ~ Permelia Ellen (Smith) Taylor
August 06, 1859 ~ December 05, 1941

Pamelia (sic) Ellen Smith, daughter of Andrew Jackson and Margaret Smith, was born at Ehrick Junction, Louisa County, Iowa, August 6, 1859, and departed this life at the home of her son Walter at Garden Grove, Iowa, December 5, 1941, at the age of 82 years, 3 months and 29 days.

She was united in marriage to Benjamin Franklin Taylor in Harrison County, MO in 1879 and to this union 12 children were born. Her husband and four children preceding her in death.

She leaves to mourn her passing her eight children: Mrs. John L. [Etta Mae] Scott and Walter E. Garden Grove; George H. and James Lowell of Marshall, MO; Mrs. H. W. [Margaret Lucretia] Logan of Kansas City, MO; Wesley of Los Angeles, California; Mrs. Charles [Ida Belle] Finckbone of Guthrie, Minnesota; and Mrs. Bernard [Fern Marie] Marshall of Waterloo, Iowa; 2 brothers, Al and Bob, also one sister, Lizzie Nixie, all of Garden Grove; Rachel of Brainerd, Minnesota, Lydia of Osceola, Iowa; also 50 grandchildren.

She was converted and united with the Church of the Brethren, during the revival meeting in the summer of 1914 conducted by J. F. Burton, along with some of her children and grandchildren and lived and died in that faith. She was a kind and loving mother, a good neighbor and a true friend.

The pallbearers were Everett Wagner, Kenneth Mitchell, Glenn Boor, Leslie Shaw, Walter Bond and Everett Jones.

The singers were Angie Garber*, Anna Duffield, Miss Perks and Miss Manchester.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Franklin church by Rev. A. L. Sears with Rolla A. Leonard** in charge. Burial was in the Franklin cemetery.

The following out-of-town people attended the funeral: Mr. and Mrs. B. Marshall, Waterloo; Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Logan and Helen Louise. Kansas City, MO; Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Durham, Waterloo; George Brooks, Kansas City, MO; Mr. and Mrs. Ariel Knapp and family, Redding; Mr. and Mrs. Lee Krouch, Kansas City, MO; Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Overholtzer and family, Mercer, MO; Mr. and Mrs. Roy Scott, Des Moines; Mr. and Mrs. Guye, Des Moines; Donald Overholtzer, Kansas City, MO; Mr. and Mrs. Ida Finckbone, Guthrie, Minnesota; Mr. and Mrs. Gene Morgan, Des Moines; Sam Overholtzer, Leon; Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Taylor, Marshall, MO; Mrs. Lydia Watson, Osceola; Mr. and Mrs. Levi Brooks of Lamoni; and George Brooks Jr. of Kansas City, Mo.


We desire to express our very deep appreciation of the many kindnesses shown us and for the sympathy and help of all during the illness and death of our loved one.

Mr. and Mrs. John Scott, Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Taylor and Family.

* Angie Garber, the daughter of Rev. Frank Angelo and twin sister of Alice, was a missionary to the Navajo tribe in New Mexico.
** Rolla Leonard was the undertaker from Garden Grove.

Note: The Church of the Brethren most likely was Crown Chapel, east of there, a spinoff of the more stricter Dunkard Church, and it started in 1914. Legend was that Millie was caught outside working in the garden without a bonnet one which was not permitted by the strict church. Hence, she was removed from tbe church membership.

The old Franklin Dunkard Church was moved from its original location before 1919. Mr. Carl Gittinger used the church as a residence. The congregation built a new church.

Pete and Marie Taylor told Rebecca Miller that Frank was under financial strain, losing money, hard times, hard work on the farm and would leave the farm. Millie wouldn't know when he would come and go. Perhaps he hit the bottle some too. Frank would be home long enough to father another child (at the end of the line of children), and then leave again. Pete Miller stated that one day he "just sat down on the porch and never said another word." Perhaps he suffered a stroke? He was erratic enough that Millie needed help and somehow he was placed in the sanitarium, State Hospital at Clarinda, IA for everyone's peace of mind. It was said that Frank had grown up in a prosperous home, had all that he wanted, big farm and plenty of money so these hard times was a drastic change which Frank apparently took hard. His poor example likely gave some reason for the fact that Elmer and George never seemed to get along, fighting as boys then occasionally never talking as adults.


Benjamin Franklin "Frank" TAYLOR and Permelia Ellen "Millie" SMITH had the following children:
 Jennie June TAYLOR, born 10 Dec 1881, Davis City, Decatur County, IA;
married 13 Feb 1901, Davis City, Decatur County, IA George Warren BROOKS (1877 - 1958), 6 children;
died 13 Apr 1938, Kansas City, Jackson County, MO;
Inter. Mound Grove Cemetery, Independence, Jackson County, MO.
 Etta "Mae" TAYLOR, born 13 Jan 1882, Decatur County, IA;
married 8 Nov 1898, Decatur County, IA John Luther SCOTT (1873 - 1947);
died 28 May 1945, Decatur County, IA;
Inter. Franklin Cemetery, Decatur County, IA.
 Minnie Almeda TAYLOR, born 28 Oct 1883, Decatur County, IA;
married ca. 1901 Samuel Jenue "Sam" OVERHOLTZER (1869 - 1949);
died 00 May 1934; Inter: Franklin Cemetery, Decatur County, IA.
 Grover Frank TAYLOR, born 15 Aug 1885, Davis City, Decatur County, IA;
died of appendicitis in 1898, Decatur County, IA
Inter. Franklin Cemetery, Decatur County, IA. gravestone
 George Harvey TAYLOR, born 19 Jun 1887, Davis City, Decatur County, IA;
married 1st 12 Oct 1911, Lancaster, Schuyler County, MO Mary Ellen PHIPPS (1891 - 1940);
married 2nd in 1942 Mildred HUNT ( - );
died 30 Nov 1958, Knoxville, TN;
Inter. Harmony Cemetery, Miami, Saline County, MO.
 Margaret Lucretia "Maggie" TAYLOR, born 18 Jun 1889, Decatur County, IA;
married Jackson County, MO Harry W. LOGAN (1882 - 1956);
died in 1961, Kansas City, MO;
Inter. Floral Hills Cemetery, Kansas City, Jackson County, MO.
 Sarah Ellen TAYLOR, born 7 Feb 1891, Decatur County, IA;
died in 1894, Davis City, Decatur County, IA.
 James "Lowell" TAYLOR, born 28 May 1892, Davis City, Decatur County, IA;
married Clara Edna RUARK (1900 - 1988);
World War I Veteran, Sgt. Medical Department, MO;
died 11 Aug 1965, Slater, Saline County, MO;
Inter. Slater City Cemetery, Slater, Saline County, MO.
 Ida Belle TAYLOR, born 1 Oct 1894, Newtown, MO;
married 5 Apr 1912, Decatur County, IA Charles Allen FINCKBONE (1891 - 1979);
died 27 Jan 1954, Guthrie, MN
Inter. Guthrie Cemetery, Hubbard County, MN.
 Fern Marie TAYLOR, born 18 May 1897, Leon, Decatur County, IA;
married 1st unknown WATSON;
married 2nd Jessie DURHAM;
died Glendale, CA;
Inter. Forest Lawn, Glendale, CA.
 Walter Earl "Pete" TAYLOR, born 12 Mar 1899, Leon, Decatur County, IA;
married 20 Feb 1925 Osceola IA, Marie Beryl LEONARD (1905 - 2002);
died 3 Sep 1983, Humeston, Wayne County, IA;
Inter. Garden Grove Cemetery, Garden Grove, Decatur County, IA.
 Wesley "Elmer" TAYLOR, born 17 Nov 1902, Leon, Decatur County, IA;
married 2 Aug 1927, Kansas City, Wyandotte County, KS Alma Madeline GUYE (1905 - 1984);
died 5 Jul 1984, Quail Valley, Riverside County, CA;
Inter. Fairhaven Memorial Park, Santa Ana, Orange County, CA.


FAMILY NOTES: Wesley "Elmer" Taylor was a general contractor in construction, Chino California to Quail Valley. He helped built the old Fox Theater.


Margaret (Carl) & Andrew J. Smith
Permelia Ellen "Millie" (Smith) Taylor's parents

Taylor Family


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  • TAYLOR Generation One, Benjamin Elijah and Sarah Robinson "Sally" (Rix) Taylor family

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