In the summer of 2002 I received a genealogical bonanza, including a portrait album that is inscribed as a gift to my greatgrandmother by my greatgrandfather. The date is not given but I estimate from internal evidence that it must have been in the early 1890s. Unfortunately, although the first two pictures are obviously Chandler and Rosetta, no one else is identified and I have not yet determined who the rest of the people are. But since these are the best pictures I have of the couple, I have put them here, above. My only other picture of Chandler is an earlier one, shown below. Of course I have many pictures of Rosetta; more are on her own page and the Lupher page.
My greatgrandfather Chandler Price Taylor was born in Morristown, Belmont County, Ohio, in 1844. He was one of eleven children of George Washington Taylor and Frances Kendall Ayres. As a young man he served briefly in the Civil War; he enlisted in the 98th Ohio Volunteers on 11 Aug 1862. They were apparently sent almost immediately into battle and on 8 Oct of that year he was wounded at the battle of Perrysville, Kentucky. His right hand was severely damaged (you can see that he conceals it in the photograph above) and he was discharged on a surgeon's certificate on 15 Nov 1862.
I am not sure just what he did for the next few years, though one account says he was a farmer in Ohio, but in 1878 he turned up in Harvey County, Kansas, where he married my greatgrandmother Rosetta Lupher Gilson, then a young widow with one child. I am not sure just how or why she got to Kansas either, since she was born in Crawford County Pennsylvania; there is more about her elsewhere on this site. I do know that some of her Lupher relatives, including an older sister, were already in Kansas before she went. Chandler Taylor described himself on his marriage papers as a 'trader'; he does not say in what and I have often wondered.
Price Taylor 1844-1897
probably about 1880
and Rosetta Lupher Gilson, 1878
I don't think they stayed long in Kansas; their first daughter Mary Augusta Taylor was born there in 1879, but by the birth of their second daughter, my grandmother Eva Adelia Taylor in 1882, they were back in Morristown, Ohio where Chandler had been born. Their last daughter Nellie Lavina Taylor was also born in Ohio, in 1885, but by 1889 they were back in Crawford County, Pennsylvania where Rosetta had been born. Chandler bought a farm there, but soon he became a hotel keeper in Lincolnville, a summer resort area by a small lake. He was described as a hotel keeper at his death in 1897.
The photograph below, probably taken about 1890 - it was after they were back in Townville - shows Morris Gilson, Rosetta's son by her first marriage to John Gilson, and the three Taylor girls (back. left) Eva Adelia Taylor Frank, my grandmother; (right) Mary Augusta Taylor Pratt, and (sitting) Nellie Lavina Taylor Nelson, my grandaunt from whose collection this photograph, and nearly all my photographs of the Taylor and Lupher families, came.
The Taylor Children,
Back: my grandmother Eva and Mary Augusta.
Front: Nellie, and the girls' half-brother Morris Gilson.
The Three Taylor Sisters, about 1898
Mary Augusta, Eva Adelia, Nellie Lavina
For some reason I am inclined to tell this story in the order I found it out, rather than top-down as I have done most of them. I think the reason is that for a long time I was stuck on Chandler Price TAYLOR. I knew he had been born in Ohio but the family had conflicting stories about where in Ohio, which is a big state, and TAYLOR is a common name. And I chased some wild geese assuming that his mother's maiden name was Chandler. It wasn't, although that name did come from his mother's family.
Finally I found out: Chandler was one of eleven children of George Washington TAYLOR 1806-1864 and Frances Kendall AYRES 1817-1865. George TAYLOR was a prosperous farmer in Belmont County, Ohio; I have his interesting will, which is posted below.
George in turn was one of nine children of Noble TAYLOR 1776-1848, and Elizabeth LOCKWOOD 1778-1830. Noble's will is here. So I have a lot of TAYLORS. Noble is said by family sources to have been born in Albemarle County, Virginia, which is probably true but I have not been able to verify it so I have not put Virginia TAYLORs on this site.
The Will of George Washington Taylor 1806-1864,
transcribed from a copy received from Christel Taylor, April 2000.Will of George Taylor, Deceased.
In the name of the benevolent Father of all. I George Taylor of the County of Belmont and the State of Ohio, do make and publish this my last will and testament.
Item 1st. I give and devise to my son Noble Taylor the tract or parcel of land by me purchased from Shepherd, and so much of my other land lying immediately south of the above tract as will with the above make seventy five acres, making the road leading from the toll gate past the School House one of the lines, and the run leading from the pike southwardly through Shepherd land, the west line and the South line will be determined by the survey, and I further give to him so much of the lumber I now have on hand as will be necessary to erect a house and barn on his portion of the land.
Item 2nd. I give and devise to my son Chandler P. Taylor a tract or parcel of land from the SouthEast corner of my farm containing seventy five acres, and bounded on the South by the lands of Wm. See and east by the lands of Shepherd & Dallas making the corner near the School house a point thence with the road leading past the School House to where the line between it and the land above given to Noble shall strike said road thence with the line of Noble's land ... so far as will be required to make the above named amount by running the west line so much east of south as to cross the road nearly at a right angle. And I also give a part of the lumber I now have on hand to said Chandler for the purpose of erecting a dwelling house on the land being given him.
Item 3rd. I give and devise the remainder of my lands after the above named fractions are surveyed off to my two sons William Augustus Taylor and Austin Orville Taylor. The above gifts and devises are made expressly upon the Condition following, viz: That I hereby reserve to myself or Executor the rents and possession of the above devised lands for the term of ten years. It is my will in order to create a fund to liquidate the legacies hereinafter named, and pay my Just debts and to support my family, that the stock, horses, cattle, sheep, and farming utensils be kept on the farm and that my sons Noble and Chandler use and employ them in working the land for the above named term of years, paying as rent for the same one third of the products of the farm, and that the sheep which I now have on hand be kept till their natural increase shall amount to three hundred head, and after that number is reached then a less number is not to be kept, and I reserve for the purpose of paying legacies one half the Clip and half the increase of the sheep. It is my will that my wife and unmarried Children shall continue to reside in the mansion house, have a garden and pasture for five head of cows free of rent, and that my sons shall keep up the repairs of farm and [can't read word], and of the stock and farming utensils.
Item 5th [sic, lost count I guess]. I devise and bequeath to my daughter Zeruiah Groves the sum of four hundred dollars to be paid as hereinafter prescribed.
Item 6th. I devise and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth S. Fry four hundred dollars to be paid as hereinafter prescribed.
Item 7th. I devise and bequeath to my daughter Margaret Harper four hundred dollars to be paid as hereinafter prescribed.
Item 8th. I devise and bequeath to my son Philander C. Taylor the sum of seven hundred dollars to be paid to him at such times and in such sums as may be necessary to enable him to acquire an education.
Item 9th. I devise and bequeath to my daughter Harriet L. Taylor an outfit of as much value as the other married sisters received and the sum of seven hundred dollars to be paid as hereinafter prescribed.
Item 10th. I devise and bequeath to my daughter Emaline A. Taylor an outfit like Harriet's and the sum of seven hundred dollars to be paid as herein prescribed.
Item 11th. I give and devise to my daughter Mary E. Taylor the sum of six hundred dollars to be paid as hereinafter prescribed.
Item 12th. I give and devise to my daughter Celestia M. Taylor the sum of six hundred dollars to be paid as herein prescribed.
Item 13th. I devise and bequeath to my beloved wife Frances K. Taylor a support from the rents of the land during her life, her support after the term of ten years has expired to be derived from the lands devised to the two younger boys. She is to occupy the mansion house during her life with such privileges as may be necessary to her comfort ad pleasure. I also give the furniture of the house to her, after giving each of the unmarried children such as they now claim. And I hereby nominate my wife as Guardian of our minor children and I enjoin on her to give to each a good education and training in Christian morals.
Item 14th. I do hereby nominate and appoint John W. Ayres Executor of this my last will and testament, hereby authorizing and empowering him to compromise, adjust, release, and discharge in such manner as he deems proper the debts and claims due me. I do also authorize and empower him to pay my Just debts and the legacies hereinbefore mentioned. The first legacy to due and payable in July 1866, the older children to be paid first and then in the order of their ages.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 23rd day of October in year 1863.
Signed and acknowledged by said George Taylor as his last will and testament in our presence and signed by us in his presence,
Isaac N. Taylor, Abner J. Keogue
The State of Ohio Belmont County Probate Court February 13th, 1864.
The last will and testament of George Taylor late of Belmont County Ohio, deceased, was this day brought into Court and presented for probate and it appearing to the Court by the testimony of Isaac N. Taylor and Abner J. Keogue the subscribing witnesses to said will, this day taken in open court, reduced to writing and filed, that said will was duly attested and executed, that the testator at the time of executing the same was of sound mind and memory, of full age and not under any restraint. Whereupon the Court approve said will and order that the same be recorded with the ... of now taken to prove the same. On motion the Court order that letters testamentary on said estate issue to John W. Ayres the executor named in said will upon his giving land with security in the sum of nine thousand dollars. Conditioned according to law, and Oliver Taylor and John Shepherd having offered are accepted as such security. The Court appoint James Gattman(?), George Armstrong and John Shepherd appraisors of the estate and effects of said deceased, bond filed and letters issued February 18, 1864.
[signed]Daniel Harris, Probate Judge
The State of Ohio, Belmont County ss. On the 18th day of February A.D. 1864 appeared before the Judge of the Probate Court of said county, Isaac N. Taylor and Adam J. Keogue the subscribing witnesses to a paper writing this day presented to said Court for Probate, purporting to be the last will and testament of George Taylor, late of said county, deceased. Came into Court and each having solemnly affirmed in open court.
The said Isaac N. Taylor for himself upon his solemn affirmation saith, that he saw the testator sign the said paper writing as and for his last will and testament, that he subscribed the same as a witness thereto in the presence of the testator and at his request, that the testator at the time of signing was of sound mind and memory, twenty-one years of age, and not under any restraint.
[signed] Isaac N. Taylor
And the said Abner J. Keogue for himself upon his solemn affirmation saith that he heard the testator acknowledge the signing said will, that he subscribed the same as a witness thereto in the presence of the testator and at his request, that the said testator at the time of acknowledging the signing said will was of sound mind and memory, twenty one years of age, and not under any restraint.
Taken, reduced to writing, and subscribed in open Court, at my office in St Clairsville, this 18th day of February A.D. 1864.
Attest, David Harris, Probate Judge.
The State of Ohio, Belmont County ss. I, David Harris, Judge of the Probate Court in and for said County, do hereby certify the foregoing to be a true and complete record of the will of George Taylor deceased, with the entry of the Probate thereof with the testimony of witnesses to prove the same.
[signed]David Harris, Probate Judge Back
The Will of Noble Taylor 1776-1848,
transcribed from a copy received from Christel Taylor, April 2000
I Noble Taylor of Belmont County, Ohio, do make and publish this my last will and testament.
My two sons Israel and George Taylor I have already provided for.
I give and devise to my daughters Rebecca Dowdle, Mary Israel, Sarah Smith, and Elizabeth Robey all my household goods of every description and all my horned(?) cattle, share and share alike except one Bureau one bedstead bed and bedding, one side saddle, and one cow which I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Rebecca Taylor. I give and bequeath to my grand daughter Elizabeth Ann Taylor daughter of George Taylor one bed stead one bed and bedding, which hereby except out of the bequest to my ... daughters. I give and devise to my son Oliver Taylor and to his heirs and assigns forever all the balance of my estate real and personal, and he is to pay all my just debts, funeral expenses, and fulfill all my contracts of [any?] description. I do hereby nominate and appoint my son Oliver Taylor Executor of this my last will and testament hereby authorizing him to compromise, adjust and discharge in such a manner as he may deem proper the debts and claims due me, I do also authorize and empower him to collect all debts due and demands due or owing to me by suit(?) or other cause(?) without taking out letters of administration. I do hereby revoke all previous wills by me made. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 29th day of April A.D. 1848.
Signed sealed and acknowledged by said Noble Taylor as his last will and testament in our presence and signed by us in his presence.
[signed]David Harris, Henry Steele
The State of Ohio Belmont County Court of Common Pleas 1nn September A.D. 1848
This day was brought into Court and presented for probate and ... a will of Noble Taylor and it appearing to the satisfaction of the Court by the testimony of David Harris and Henry Steele reduced to writing and filed that said will was duly attested and executed, that the testator at the time of making the same was of sound mind and memory, twenty one years of age, not under any restraint. Therefore the Court do approve said will and decide that the same be recorded together with the testimony. And on motion the Court grant unto Oliver Taylor
the Executor named in said will Letters Testamentary infore the estate of said deceased. And the said Executor beng the residuary legatee of the estate of said deceased the court do require him to give bond with security in the ... of $8000 [I think, hard to read] conditioned for the payment of the debts and legacies of said deceased and George Taylor and John Hoberg(?) having offered are accepted as security.
The State of Ohio Belmont County
At a term of the Court of Common Pleas of said county begun and held in the Court house of said county on the 18th day of September A.D. 1848 David Harris and Henry Steele the subscribing witnesses to a paper writing this day presented to said court for probate, purporting to be the last will and testament of Noble Taylor, late of said county, deceased, came into court. Each being solemnly sworn and affirmed in open Court, the said David Harris for himself upon his solemn affirmation saith, that he saw the testator sign the said paper writing as and for his last will and testament, that he subscribed the same as a witness thereto in the presence of the testator and at his request, that the testator at the time of signing was of sound mind and memory, twenty one years of age, and not under any restraint.
And Henry Steele for himself upon his solemn oath saith that he saw the testator sign said will, that he subscribed the same as a witness thereto in the presence of the testator and at his request, that the said testator at the time of signing said will was of sound mind and memory, twenty one years of age, and not under any restraint.
Taken, reduced to writing, and subscribed in open court,this 28th day of Sept, 1848 [signed]Janus V. Leary Dept ...
I, Robert M. Miller, clerk of said court do hereby certify the foregoing to be a complete record of the will of Noble Taylor, deceased, together with the ... of ... thereof and the testimony taken to prove the same.
[signed]Robert M. Miller, [can't read last line but probably his title, clerk of court]. Back
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