Stephen Slade Taylor
STEPHEN SLADE TAYLOR
    Born 29 June 1818 in Butler Co. KY, he was only 11 years old when his father died.
Having almost all of his uncles in the Baptist ministry, Stephen Slade followed in their
footsteps. This was about the time that Alexander Campbell was preaching and teaching in
the KY area and caused much unrest among the Baptists. Some of his family decided that
Stephen Slade was embracing these teachings and were very concerned. Family oral history
says that although his uncle Alfred performed the wedding ceremony in 1844, that he spent
the night outside of the newly wed's door, "because Stephen was not strong in the faith".
Stephen continued to preach and a son, Hannibal Giddings Taylor, was born to Stephen Slade
and Eleanor Aston Maddox Taylor in January of 1846, another son, Ephriam Kelly Taylor, Nov.
1847 and a daughter, Aurilla Eliza Jane Taylor, was born in Ohio Co. KY in Feb. of 1850.
Family oral history continues that one day Stephen returned home at noon, noticably
upset and informed the family that they were leaving for Texas, and they did! That afternoon,
by buggy! They made it to Johnson County, IL, the Vienna township, by census taking time,
the baby is 7 months old. Arriving in Texas the family settled first in Rockwall County where
Stephen Slade studied medicine for a year under Dr. Cubley. While there they attended a
meeting and joined the Christian Church. Another daughter, Mary Joanna was born in 1852, by
1854 the family was living in what was then Johnson Co. TX, later Hood County. In 1857 Stephen
Slade is credited with the establishment of the Christian Church in Weatherford, Parker Co. TX.
In 1857 the family moved to Golconda, (that is a whole story in itself!) which was later named
Palo Pinto and became the county seat of Palo Pinto Co. Dr. Taylor held church in his home until
a building was erected in 1882, the first church in Palo Pinto. Dr. Taylor was the first Doctor
and the first preacher in the new county. He became known as "Medicine Man" An indian told
Stephen's son, Pleasant John, "Me know Dr. Taylor, he Medicine man. Indian no kill Medicine Man".
Dr Taylor continued his life preaching and establishing churches, he was instrumental in the
establishment of Texas Christian University and Ad Ran College.
More children were born to this family after arriving in Palo Pinto County, until they
numbered 9, they were:
1. Hannibal Giddings Taylor born Oct. 1, 1846, married Mary Jane Bevers.
2. Eephriam Kelly Taylor born 14 Nov. 1847, married Samantha Jane Hutchison.
3. Aurilla Eliza Jane Taylor born Feb. 20, 1850 married Samuel Houston Bevers.
4. Mary Joanna Taylor born 6 Aug 1852 married Jere Benjamin Hart.
5. Elizabeth Caroline Taylor born 8 July 1855 married Lemuel Washington Vaughn.
6. Pleasant John Taylor born 20 Oct 1856 married Nancy Eurilla Houx.
7. Martha Amelia Taylor born 30 March 1859 married John C. McLaren.
8. Sarah Susan Taylor born 5 April 1863 married Creed Mathias Click.
9. Sylvester Slade Taylor born 3 April 1867 married Lillie L. Dalton.
Fron these 9 children Stephen Slade and Eleanor had preachers, actors, law enforcement
officers and almost uncountable descendants. In the early years, due to unrest of the Indians,
Dr. Taylor and 3 of his sons saw service as Texas Rangers for protection of the early settlers.
Stephen Slade Taylor died 13 June 1898 and Eleanor Aston Maddox Taylor died 14 July
1903, both are buried in the Palo Pinto Cemetery.
By great grandaughter, Bobbie Watson Ross, from book "Bevers and Taylor, Pioneer families of Palo Pinto
County Texas", 1996, by Bobbie Ross.