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Holt County, MO Biography

Mr. W.F. TAYLOR, Holt Co. recorder of deeds, native of the Platte Purchase, was born Oct. 18, 1845 in Buchanan County near St. Joseph. His father, G.W. TAYLOR, was a native of Middle Tennessee and married Nancy GAHAGAN, born in Alabama. G.W. TAYLOR was one of the earliest settlers of the Platte Purchase making his home near Old Sparta, the first county seat of Buchanan County, in 1838. W.F. Taylor's family, when he was 8 or 9 years old, moved to Holt Co. and settled in Union township two miles east of Craig on the farm now occupied by Daniel Van Wormer. Mr. Taylor was raised in that neighborhood. At one time his father owned the place at Mound City now occupied by Jacob GROESBECK, embracing the land on which Mound City is now built. Mr. TAYLOR mainly obtained his education in the common schools, except one year when he attended the seminary at Fillmore in Andrew County. He taught school 5 years in the area where he was raised. He was elected recorder of deeds in Nov. 1874 as an independent largely supported by the farmers of the county. He was married Jan. 4, 1876 to Mary HELTZELL of Holt Co.

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