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Taylor, J. L.

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Taylor, J. L.
March 04, 2007 04:54PM
History of Bourbon, Scott, Harrison and Nicholas Counties, Kentucky, ed.
by William Henry Perrin, O. L. Baskin & Co., Chicago, 1882. p. 493.
[Bourbon County] [Paris City and Precinct]

J. L. TAYLOR, merchant; P. O. Paris; was born April 27, 1829, in
Cynthiana, Harrison Co.; son of John M. Taylor, a native of Prince
William County, Va.; born Jan 17, 1778, son of William Taylor, a native
of Maryland, who afterward removed to Virginia. John M. received a
collegiate education in Richmond, Va., and in 1808, he came to Fayette
County, Ky., and contracted for 1,000 acres of land and returned to
Virginia to receive his inheritance, but his guardian had squandered it,
and he was left penniless. He returned to Kentucky, and engaged in
teaching in Fayette County; afterward came to Bourbon County, where he
taught several years very successfully, In 1840, he was appointed to
take the census of the county; he located at Centerville, where he
engaged in selling foods, and was Postmaster at that place. In 1844 he
removed to Millersburg, and while there was elected County Assessor,
being twice re-elected. In 1855 he removed to Woodford County, to live
with his son, E. W. Taylor, where he died the year following. He was a
man highly respected in the community, wherever known, and will be long
remembered for his many virtues and sterling qualities. In 1808 he was
married in Virginia to Elizabeth Webb, who was born 1785, daughter of
Foster Webb, Prince William County, Va., she survived her husband four
years; to them were born five sons and one daughter, viz: Richard,
Edward W., F. B. John M., J. L., and Emily. Richard, F. B. E. W. and
J. L. became merchants; John M., a farmer. Joseph L. at the age of
fourteen engaged as a clerk for his brothers at Millersburg, and afterward
associated with them in business for a time. June 29, 1853, he married
Miss Batterton, who was born in Millersburg, in 1836; daughter of James
Batterton and Laura Varnon; she died October, 1868; she bore him two
children, Oscar R. and Mollie, wife of J. G. Weatherby, of Paris; Oscar R.,
now of Cincinnati, in commercial life. After merchandising fours years in
Millersburg, Mr. Taylor removed to Versailles, where he engaged in
business, remaining there until 1868, when he afterward removed to Harrison
County, and engaged in farming for a time; afterward he removed to
Covington, Ky., in 1871, and was engaged in business at Cincinnati, where
he remained until April, 1880, when he came to Paris, and has since
remained engaged in merchandising, under the firm name of J. L. Taylor &
Co., and carries the largest stock of ready-made clothing in Paris. In
March, 1870, he married Mrs. Margaret Shawhan, of Harrison County. Mr.
Taylor has been a member of the Christian Church since 1849, his father
being a convert under the preaching of Rev. Barton Stone.
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