James married Sarah Melvin in 1817, in Madison Co, OH. Her parents, Joseph Melvin and Phebe Van Vactor, were originally from Berkely/Jefferson County VA/WV, where Phebe was born, but moved to Greene Co, TN just before the turn of the century. Benjamin's father died in 1804, and left a bequest of $300 to his son; his will was probated in 1808, and it is at this time that Benjamin moves to Madison County OH. It seems likely that this move was enabled by his inheritance. Initially, James and Sarah probably settled near her parents "in the Glade" area of Madison County.
James and Sarah relocated to Parke Co, Indiana, about 1823 (Beckwith, 1880:b320), settling in Wabash township, and seem to have remained there the rest of their lives. Over the course of their marriage James and Sarah raised thirteen children. Sarah was just over forty at her death in 1839. James remained in the same area until his death of "fever", in 1850, at about age 55. James and Sarah were buried in the Hixon Cemetery a few miles outside of Mecca, Parke Co Indiana.
In 1880 census he is shown living in household of his widowed sisterinlaw Ama Taylor, widowed wife of Robert Taylor, in Fillmore Co, Nebraska. A POD of Montezuma IN seems unlikley. Note that he gives his fathers POB as Ireland.
In 1880 census Silas is shown as widower, with a Davis in household listed as brotherinlaw. In 1870 he is shown with wife Lucinda. Hence wife was probably Lucinda Davis. Note that in 1880 census he indicates his fathers POB as Ireland.
1) Hazel L. Clauter undated. Hazel was the great granddaughter of John L., and was raised by her grandmother, his daughter. In an undated letter to TL. Willis she tells us that "When John was one year old his parents moved to Parke Co, In." That would place the move to about 1826. Beckwith 1880:320a indicates that the family was in Parke Co, IN by 1823. Some of the facts stated by Hazel, such as John L. being the eldest child, do not match up with other data about the family. Some of her data is, however, based on a "faded and torn page from the family bible" in the possession of "Mrs. Howard", and which apparently identified Johns parents as James and Sally Taylor; Hazel also states that "I have the John Taylor Family Bible".
(2) Lyford, Parke Co IN is sometimes given as the POB for Robert and Sarah's children. Lyford is actually in Florida Township. Beckwith, 1880:b320, siting son Silas Taylor, tells us that Robert Taylor lived out his life in Wabash Township. if so the Lyford POB for his children that is sometimes given is unlikely. Silas himself moved to the Lyford area (specifically Clinton Locks), and it may be that his descendants simply thought he was born and raised there.
"In pioneer days there was a Methodist church on a hill on the William Hixon farm in section 19, Wabash
Township. A number of settlers were buried just below the bluff. In 1868 the society moved to a new
location about two and a half miles south of Armiesburg on the Terre Haute and Lafayette Road. They
named the church Bethel. Some of the members and attendants of Bethel Church were the Hixon, Cook,
Justus, and McCullough families. Reverend C. V. Gustafson was a recent pastor, but they do not have
a regular one at present. About 1868 Mr. Hixon deeded the trustees a new burial lot, located one mile
north of the new church. The Camper Cemetery is an old graveyard located about a half-mile north of the
church." (Banson, 1927)
State of Ohio, Madison County. I do hereby certify that I have solemised n the Bonds of Matrimony James Taylor and Sarah Melvin agreeable to liscensed issued from the clerks office of said gounty, given under my hadn and seal this 23 Day of August 1817. Jacob Hooper, JP.
Transcribed from photocopy of marraige record provided by the Chief Dputy Clerk of madison County, London Ohio, in response to a request from TL Willis 29 April 1981.
To the Honorable Court of Madison County, this is to inform you that I give up my right of administrationunto Benjamin Melvin of the estate of Joseph Melvin Deceased, giveing under my hand this 9 day of December 1817, Phebe Melvin. Attest John Melvin.
Transcribed from photocopy of marraige record probably provided by the Chief Dputy Clerk of madison County, London Ohio, in response to a request from TL Willis 29 April 1981.
The eldest male is between 40 and under 50, consistent with this being James T. Taylor. Eldest female is between 15 and 20, and is presumably an unmarried daughter; This is consistent with wife Sarah Melvin having already died by 1839. James is living two households away from a Clarissa Taylor (c1785-?) age between 50 and 60; this is believed to be James sister. There is also a James Justus living a few households away; he is probably the brother of Katherine Justice who married Phillip Wannamaugher (?-1835). Katherine Justus is probably the Catheine Wannamaugher shown on the next page of the census record. On that same page is William Fryatt, James Wannamaugher, Benjamin Givens, Elizabeth Givens, and Elijah Givens. These are related to Quitera May Patten of two generations later on. Benjamin Givens is probably the husband of her daughter Nancy Ann,
Jackson, Ron V., Accelerated Indexing Systems, comp.. U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules Index [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: MyFamily.com, Inc., 1999. Original data: Compiled and digitized by Mr. Jackson and AIS from microfilmed schedules of the U.S. Federal Decennial Census, territorial/state censuses, and/or census substitutes.
Included in the 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880 U.S. censuses were mortality schedules that asked questions regarding those who died in the twelve months prior to the enumeration. This database is an index to several of these schedules. The schedule lists the deceased name, sex, age, color, whether widowed or not, place of birth, month of death, occupation, and cause of death. In 1870 the parents' birthplaces were added.