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Taylor Cemetery ~ John Taylor ~ part of the Polk County Pioneer Cemeteries of Oregon
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John Taylor
BORN: 31 Mar 1841 DIED: 14 Aug 1912 BURIED: 16 Aug 1912 (Taylor Cemetery)
OCCUPATION:  Farmer; Painter
BIRTH PLACE:  Cass Co, Michigan
DEATH PLACE: Polk Co., Oregon
1850 MI CENSUS - Jno. Taylor, age 9, b. Michigan, is enumerated with James Taylor, age 56, occupation blacksmith, b. Maine, and Margaret Taylor, age 35, b. New York, along with Phebe A., age 20, b. New York, Esther, age 19, b. New York, Anderson, age 12, b. Michigan, and James, age 7. b. Michigan. Also enumerated with the family are Louisa Holmes, age 12, b. New York, Arthur Johnson, age 80, b. Ireland, Jonathan Macknite, age 22, occupation farmer, b. Delaware, William Macknite, age 20, occupation farmer, b. Delaware, and Howell Buchingham, age 23,. occupation blacksmith, b. Delaware.
1860 OR CENSUS - Jno. Taylor, age 18, b. Michigan, is enumerated with Margaret, age 47, b. New York, A., age 22, b. Michigan, and Jas., age 16, b. Michigan. 
1900 OR CENSUS - John Taylor, age 59, single, b. Mar 1841 in Michigan.
OSBH DC (Polk County 1912) #2415 - John Taylor, male, single, occupation painter, b. 31 Mar 1841 in Michigan, d. 14 Aug 1912 in Dallas, Oregon at the age of 71 y's 4 m's 14 d's, name of father James Taylor, maiden name of mother Margaret Johnson, informant Fred Johnson of Airlie.
Pioneer and Vereran of Polk Goes To His Long Rest.
Wednesday morning at the Dallas hospital John Taylor passed away after several weeks’ illness from acute nephritis. He was out on the streets a few days ago, but was not feeling at all well, and had to go back to bed. The funeral will be held from the Evangelical church on the Luckiamute tomorrow, and interment will be made in the Taylor cemetery. 
Deceased was born March 31, 1841, in Cass county, Mich, and came to Oregon in 1852, settling in Polk county, where he has lived almost continuously since, with the exception of the time he served in the regular army during the war, and a few years prior to 1887, which he spent in Gilliam county. He enlisted in the regular army under Captain Lafollett, Nov 19, 1864, serving at Vancouver and in Eastern Oregon, and was honorably discharged at Fort Yamhill June 30, 1866. His company was designated as Company A, First Oregon Infantry. He was a son of Judge Taylor, who was county judge of Polk county about 1857, and a brother of Anderson Taylor, who died some years ago. 
John Taylor was a peculiar man in some respects, but one of the best hearted ones we ever knew. Jovial to a great degree his many jests will be sadly missed by his oldtime friends. When we first purchased the Itemizer in 1883, he requested that we never allow his name to appear in our columns, he not caring for such notoriety, and until this day, when he can no longer make the request, we have failed to mention his comings or goings. He was a man of good deeds, but did not desire anyone to know of it. Not long since he was visiting a niece in Benton county, and found her sadly in need of a good stove. On his return to Dallas he purchased the best range Craven Bros had and had it shipped to her prepaid, but specified that no card be attached or any clue given as to the donor. A good portion of his life was spent on the Luckiamute, but he lived for several years in Dallas, where he followed the occupation of painter. He formerly owned a farm on the Luckiamute, but we believe that has been sold. He never married and has no nearer relatives than nephews and nieces, one of whom, Mr. Fred Johnson, was down today to look after the remains. He was a stepbrother of Berry Riggs, a former merchant of this place, and father of T.A. Riggs and Mrs. H.L. Crider.
Polk County Itemizer (Thurs) 15 Aug 1912, 2:5
Mar. 31 1841
Aug. 14, 1912
At Rest
Saucy Survey & Photographs
Branigar Survey
OSBH DC (Polk County 1912) #2415
1850 MI CENSUS (Cass Co., Milton, FA #21)
1860 OR CENSUS (Polk Co., Luckiamute, FA#707) 
1900 OR CENSUS (Polk Co., Luckiamute, ED 176, sheet 3B)
PCI 15 Aug 1912, 2:5

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