Lemuel Taylor

Male 1823 - 1889  (65 years)


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  • Name Lemuel Taylor  [1
    Born 26 Mar 1823  Aurelius, Cayuga Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1 Feb 1889  Jordan, Green Co., WI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • From: Allan Horrocks
      The following is taken from a writing entitled "Mother's Stories", which
      I believe was written by the daughter of Lemuel's fourth daughter (Elinor
      Taylor Monroe):

      "We now come to a period of time(1825 and on) that Mother was familiar
      with, for her father was the oldest son of one of the young scouts who
      had chosen Stoney Creek for the Taylor clan. When Lemuel was ten years
      old, his father died. His mother was left with three children and the
      grist mill. Necessity, if not sentiment, resulted in a marriage which his
      mother hoped would provide a father for her three children, as well as an
      operator for the grist mill.

      This hope did not materialize. When he was 12, Lemuel was "bound out", or
      indentured to a mill wright. This meant for the next six years he would
      serve a master who would be obliged to feed and clothe him, and to teach
      him the trade of mill wright, or builder of mills. Lemuel said that his
      master was not unkind. However, the mistress served his meals seperately
      from the family. The portions were small for a growing boy, and Lemuel
      often went to bed hungry. As a result, no one ever arrived at my
      grandfather's house without being invited to stay for supper. Peddlers
      were aware of this fact and always arranged their routes to end in the
      late afternoon at the Taylor farm.

      There is a gap in mother's stories; they do not cover the period during
      which Grandfather completed his period of servitude and moved to southern
      Wisconsin. Perhaps the fact that both his brother and his sister and her
      husband had settled in this area helped to determine his choice. Perhaps
      there was cheap land available.

      So now we find Lemuel, a prosperous farmer, married and the father of
      three children. The year was 1867. The fourth daughter was born in 1867
      and was followed by two more girls. On the surface Lemuel appeared a
      prosperous farmer; in reality his real interests lay elsewhere. The first
      evidence of that interest can be seen on many farm gates in southern
      Wisconsin. It was a device by which the farmer could get down from his
      wagon, open the gate, and drive his team through the fence. As the result
      of weights attached to it, closed without the farmer getting out the
      second time. I don't know if grandfather ever patented this device, but I
      do know his brother was very successful in selling it throughout southern
      Wisconsin.

      This was follwed by three other improvements which were patented and were
      Commercially successful in varying degrees. They were:
      1. An improved method for refining sorghum molasses
      2. An improved beehive
      3. A method to introduce running water into the house
      Mother said that of all his inventions, the last mentioned was the least
      successful.

      In addition to running a successful farm operation, and developing these
      various labor-saving devices, Grandpa found time to serve on the village
      school board.

      The following is taken from:
      Ancestry and Descendants of Lemuel Taylor Pioneer to Oakland County,
      Michigan in 1823 Compiled by Sarah Van Hoosen, Rochester, MI

      "Lemuel Taylor, in the company of his brother Peres Miner walked to
      Wisconsin. These brothers were individualists and thinkers, From a
      material standpoint they were good farmers and were likewise inventors.
      One of their innovations was a pump used for drawing water from a distant
      creek or spring. Lemuel was a strong family man, as evidenced by the
      many letters he wrote to his sisters who remained in Michigan."

      Lemuel Taylor died intestate; i.e., without a will. The court assigned
      John Hansen as Administrator. Heirs indentified in the final settlement
      are:
      1. Mary Ellen Taylor, his widow, residing at the town of Jordan, County
      of Green in the State of Wisconsin
      2. Mrs. Mary Nelson a daughter of full age residing in the town of
      Jordan, county of Green in the state of Wisconsin
      3. Lee Taylor a son of full age residing in the town of Jordan, County of
      Green in the state of Wisconsin
      4. Mrs. Nellie Monroe a daughter of full age residing at West Dubugue in
      the state of Iowa
      5. Mrs Annie Brown a daughter of full age residing at Darlington, county
      of Lafayette in the state of Wisconsin
      6. Mrs. Julia Butts a daughter of full age residing at the town of Jordan
      county of Green in the state of Wisconsin

      The widow, Mrs Taylor had an allowance of the household furniture and
      $100.00.
      Personal property was inventoried, appraised at; $11,650.04; Cost
      assigned against the estate was: 2,878.27; Net amount $8,771.77

      Each recieved $1,410.00 upon direction of the court. By todays standards
      he was a moderately wealthy man. The homestead passed to Ferdinand Butt
      via an agreement made on 6/14/1893, wherein they had executed a contract
      to sell all but 7 1/2 acres.

      The following is data extracted from census data:

      1850 Census- Lemuel was listed as 27, occupation was millwright. He was
      not the head of the household but was a boarder with Nehmiah Ellis

      1860 Census- Lemuel was listed as head of the household;
      Lemuel 37(m) Millwright New
      York
      Mary E. 29 Maine
      Mary 1 Wisconsin

      1870 Census- Lemuel was listed as head of the household;
      Lemuel 47(m) Farmer New York
      Mary E. 40 Keeping House Maine
      Mary 10 Wisconsin
      Lee 9 Wisconsin
      Jane 6 Wisconsin
      Ellen 4 Wisconsin
      Anna 1 Wisconsin

      Mary Stevens 67(f) Keeping House Maine
      (note: at this time Mary Stevens was living in a house on the
      property)

      1880 Census- Lemuel was listed as the head of the household;
      Lemuel 57 Farmer New
      York
      Mary E. 50 Wife
      Maine
      Jane 16
      Wisconsin
      Ella(Ellen) 14
      "
      Annie 11
      "
      Julia 8
      "
    Person ID I04634  Irish
    Last Modified 3 Jan 2008 

    Father Elisha Taylor,   b. 19 Aug 1791, Stillwater, Saratoga Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Sep 1834, Avon Twp., Oakland Co., MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years) 
    Mother Mary Miner,   b. 14 Nov 1796, Stonington, New London Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 May 1864, Avon Twp., Oakland Co., MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Married 22 Aug 1819  Cayuga Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F0616  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Ellen Stevens 
    Married 28 Nov 1858  Jordan, Green Co., WI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Mary Morton Taylor,   b. 19 Aug 1859, Jordan, Green Co., WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Nov 1943, West Plains, Howell Co., MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     2. Lee Taylor,   b. 10 Apr 1861, Jordan, Green Co., WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Sep 1951, Steamboat Springs, Routt, CO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
     3. Jane 'Jennie' Taylor,   b. 27 Aug 1863, Jordan, Green Co., WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Mar 1896, Green Co., WI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years)
    +4. Elinor 'Nellie' Taylor,   b. 20 Mar 1866, Jordan, Green Co., WI Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Annie Taylor,   b. 12 Aug 1868, Jordan, Green Co., WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1946  (Age 77 years)
    +6. Julia Cora Taylor,   b. 10 Jan 1872, Jordan, Green Co., WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Mar 1933, Jordan, Green Co., WI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
     7. Alice Louise Taylor,   b. 22 Sep 1874, Jordan, Green Co., WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Nov 1875, Jordan, Green Co., WI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
    Family ID F1977  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 26 Mar 1823 - Aurelius, Cayuga Co., NY Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 28 Nov 1858 - Jordan, Green Co., WI Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1 Feb 1889 - Jordan, Green Co., WI Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S007008] Allan Horrocks.