Portrait and Biographical
Dickinson, Saline, McPherson and Marion
Chapman Brothers, Chicago, 1893
CORNELIUS TAYLOR, living in Hayes Township,
Dickinson County, on section 35, is
one of the old settlers of this county, and
has witnessed much of its growth and has aided in
its development. Tioga County, N. Y., is his
birthplace. He was born December 31, 1831. His
father was David Taylor, and his mother in maidenhood
was Helena Tappan, both natives of New
York. They had a family of nine children, of
whom our subject was the third child and eldest
son. The father and mother both departed this
life in Tioga County, N. Y., where they had resided
for many years.
Cornelius Taylor grew to manhood and lived in
his native county until twenty-four years of age,
when he removed to De Kalb County, Ill., where
he purchased a farm in Squaw Grove Township.
Here he resided, following agricultural pursuits for
some twenty years. At the end of that time he
sold his property there and came to Dickinson
County, Kan., in February, 1876. Here he purchased
a farm of three hundred and twenty acres,
situated in Hayes Township, on section 35, where
he settled and has since been a resident. He now
owns and operates two hundred and forty acres of
arable land, having disposed of a portion of his
original farm, for which he received a good price.
Our subject was united in marriage to Miss Emma
Sherman, May 12, 1857, in De Kalb County, III.
She was a daughter of Albert and Abbie (Thurston)
Sherman, both natives of Massachusetts. The
mother passed away in Aurora, Ill., and the father's
death occurred in Hayes Township, Dickinson
County. Mr. and Mrs. Sherman were the parents of
twelve children, of whom Mrs. Taylor is one of the
younger members. She was born in Owego, Tioga
County, N. Y., November 6, 1840, and removed
with her parents to Illinois when about sixteen
years of age.
Unto our subject and his wife have been born
four children: Cora M., who is the wife of J. E.
Minott, of Aurora, Ill.; David, who married Miss
Belle Percy and is station agent of St. Mary's, Kan.;
Albert C, who married Miss Emma Byrne and resides
in Belleville, Kan.; and William E., who was
united in marriage with Miss Nellie Lamb and resides
in Belleville, Kan. The mother of these children
is a zealous and influential member of the
Methodist Episcopal Church.
In politics, Mr. Taylor's sympathies are with the
People's movement, and he is a member of the
Farmers' Alliance. In all things connected with
the well-being and progression of the people's interests
he takes a leading part. He is one of the
highly respected citizens of this community and
ranks high in the esteem of all. The pleasant home
of our subject is always thrown open to a wide
circle of friends and acquaintances.
(c) 2009 Sheryl McClure for
Dickinson County KS AHGP