TAYLOR, GEORGE, (deceased), at an early period one of the most prominent and successful farmers of Morgan County, Ill., was born near Fisherville, Ky., twenty miles from Louisville, on July 20, 1805. He was a son of Henry Taylor and Frances (Dale) Taylor, natives of Virginia. The mother was a member of an old Virginia family, and her marriage to George Taylor's father occurred in Kentucky.
In boyhood, Mr. Taylor received his mental training in the district schools in the vicinity of his birthplace, in the fall of 1833, journeying to Morgan County, Ill., where he entered Government land twelve miles southeast of Jacksonville. He afterward bought land adjoining this and also purchased another tract in Sangamon County. About the year 1872 he located at Jacksonville, where he died September 23, 1886. He was a very industrious farmer, and his diligence and thrift resulted in the accumulation of a handsome competence.
On July 18, 1827, Mr. Taylor was united in marriage with Polly E. Tucker, a native of Kentucky. This union resulted in ten children, namely: Maximilia, wife of John W. Swigert, of Edinburgh, Ill.; Edward A., of Jacksonville; Benjamin H., deceased; William P., of Sangamon County, Ill.; c. Riggs, of Jacksonville; Phoebe J., widow of George Scott of Norfolk, Va.; Sarah F., wife of Edward T. Tellings, of Broadlands, Ill.; George Z., who occupies a portion of the home farm in Morgan County; John H., of Mattoon, Ill.; and Shelby D., of Champaign, Ill. The mother of this family died January 22, 1894.
The Taylor family was of sturdy stock, and George Taylor typified in his career the robust and sterling traits of his progenitors. He wasted no time but applied himself with diligent perseverance to every task which confronted him. He was instinctively honest, and all his actions were inspired by a spirit of rectitude and equity. As a farmer, he was intelligent, methodical and thorough, and as a citizen was deeply concerned in the moral, industrial and educational welfare of the community in which his lot was cast. A firm Republican in politics, in religion he adhered to the Christian Church. His life was eminently useful, and he enjoyed to a rare degree the confidence and respect of his neighbors and associates.