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Published by Brink, McDonough & Co., Philadelphia 1879

Page 200

ARTER TAYLOR was one of the oldest settlers of Gillespie township. He was born in the Greenville district of South Carolina, February 13th 1813. His grandfather came to South Carolina from the north of Ireland, and died three years after reaching America. He had two sons, William and Richard, both of whom served seven years in the Revolutionary war. Richard was the father of General Zachary Taylor, elected in 1848 President of the United States. William was the father of the subject of this sketch. He was born in Ireland, and was three years old when he came to South Carolina. In the war of the Revolution he was in several battles, among which was King's Mountain, and afterward served in a volunteer rifle company against the Chickasaw, Creek and Choctaw Indians, who made considerable trouble on the South Carolina border. He moved to the Cherokee country, in Georgia, and died there when nearly a hundred years old.

Arter Taylor was the youngest of sixteen children, and was raised in South Carolina. In the fall of 1831, he visited some relatives, on Duck river, in Tennessee, and from that place, in company with his brother, Dick Taylor, came on to Illinois, reaching Madison county in October, 1831. In the spring of 1832, he volunteered in the Black Hawk war, took part in the campaign of that summer, and returned to Madison county in the fall, thence went back to South Carolina. In the spring of 1835, he returned to Illinois, in company with his nephew, Randall Clark. He staid at Bloomington from April to August, and then came to Gillespie township, where his sister, Nancy, mother of the wife of Giles M. Adams, was then living. He was farming in section twenty till 1837, and then moved to the place where now lives. He was married February 13, 1836, to Sarah Ann Rose, who was born in the year 1814, near Frenchtown, Hunterdon county, New Jersey. He went to California in 1849 among the first emigrants to the Pacific Coast, was mining gold, and returned to Illinois in January, 1851.

Mr. and Mrs. Taylor have seven children living, five boys and two girls. He has always been a democrat in politics. He is now one of the old settlers of the county, and has seen many changes take place during the forty-four years he has lived in it.

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