Biography of Dr. Martyn Taylor
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies

MARTYN TAYLOR, M. D., a substantial citizen and a leading physician and surgeon at Fort Recovery, was born at Lynn, Greenup County, Kentucky, January 28, 1869, and is a son of Dr. Martyn and Lydia Jane (Draper) Taylor.

The father of our subject was born on the Adirondack Mountains, New York, and was a son of Eliphalet and Lucy Jane (Ballou) Taylor. The former, a solidier in the Revolutionary War, distinguished himself at the battle of Bennington. The grandmother of Dr. Taylor was a descendant of Maturin Ballou, who came from Devonshire, England, to Rhode Island, in 1640. The mother of the late President Garfield was a daughter of Hosea Ballou, of the same family.

The father of the subject of this sketch was orphaned at 18 years of age, at which time he was a resident of Adrian, Michigan. He had enjoyed common school advantages only, but was determined to gain a medical education, and with this end in view continued teaching school until he had acquired sufficient capital to enter the medical department of the University of Michigan. He was graduated there, receiving his degree in the spring of 1852. During the Civil War he served from September 12, 1861, until May 28, 1863, in Company E, 33rd Reg., Ohio Vol. Inf., and then became acting assistant surgeon until the close of the war, being presents at many battles. He died at Sciotoville, Ohio, March 3, 1906.

In 1853 Dr. Martyn Taylor, Sr., married Lydia Jane Draper, and with his bride moved to Danby, Illinois, and in 186o, to Scioto County, Ohio. Three children were born to this union, the subject of, this sketch being the youngest. The mother still resides at Sciotoville.

Dr. Martyn Taylor, of Fort Recovery, lived in Kentucky until he was 10 years old, and then came to Mercer County; after living here one year, he moved to Scioto County, where he was mainly educated, being graduated from the Sciotoville High School. He then entered the Ohio Medical College at Cincinnati and was graduated in medicine in 1896. During his younger years, while preparing for collegiate duties, he taught school. Dr. Taylor located immediately in Mercer County and there are few professional men in this part of the State who more fully enjoy the confidence of the public. He has been very successful as a physician and surgeon and frequently is called to other cities on consultation. He has invested in property at Fort Recovery and all his interests are centered here.

On December 29, 1897, Dr. Taylor was married to Nora E. Zwickert, a daughter of Augustus Zwickert, of Sciotoville, and they have one daughter, Helen M., who was born October 4, 1900.

Dr. Taylor is a member of Fort Recovery Lodge, No. 539, F. & A. M., and also of the Knights of the Golden Eagle. He is a man of genial manner and engaging personality, is extremely generous and charitable and can always be called upon to assist in public spirited movements of a reputable character. His professional skill, as well as his frank, pleasant manner, has attracted to him many admirers.

History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
Chicago, Illinois

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