Biography of John Taylor
Madison County, Ohio Biographies





JOHN TAYLOR, farmer, P. 0. Plain City, was born on the farm where he now resides May 27, 1806 . His father, John Taylor, Sr., who was born in Berkeley County, Va., June 2, 1771, was one of the first settlers of Madison County, and the first settler of Darby Township, as it is now known, He married Elizabeth Mitchell, a native of Little York, Penn., of Scotch descent, by whom he had two children, twins, John and Margaret, The latter died August 27, 1811, Our subject was married, February 28, 1833, to Eliza Mitchell, by whom he has had seven children, viz., David M., Matilda, Elizabeth, James M., Ferguson, Eva, deceased, and Sarah, deceased, The survivors are all married and doing well, Mr. Taylor only received a limited education, but he has spared neither trouble nor expense in giving his children every educational advantage, He owns a fine farm of 435 acres, on which was built the first brick house in the county. He has raised several fine thoroughbred horses, among which were the celebrated Printer and Speculator, both originators of a new breed, and at that time said to be the best general purpose horses in Ohio, He also introduced into this county a very superior species of weevil proof wheat and the Rappahannock wheat, the latter having been sent to him from the Department of Agriculture at Washington, He also imported and bred the Leicestershire combing wool sheep From his land the stones were taken to make the burrs for the first grist mill on Big Darby, which was the first mill in the county. These stones resemble the French buhr stones, and seem to be of glacial deposit, Mr, Taylor has given his children 1,000 acres of land, 160 acres to each of the two daughters and the rest equally divided between three sons, He is a wide awake, energetic farmer, always ready to help a worthy cause and a good citizen.

From:
History of Madison County, Ohio
Published by: W. H. Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois
1883


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