Biography of Caleb Taylor
Ottawa & Sandusky Counties, OH Biographies





CALEB TAYLOR (deceased) was born in Maryland, October 20, 1800. His parents moved to Virginia when he was a lad of seven years, and after living there two years located in Belmont county, Ohio, where they remained until 1828, in that year moving to Richiand county, Ohio.

In the spring of 1822 Caleb Taylor was united in marriage, in Belmont county, with Sarah Yost, who was born in that county, October 21, 1802. Her parents were of German ancestry. For nine years, or until 1837, Caleb Taylor worked at his trade of blacksmithing and also at farming, and in that year located in Sandusky county, Ohio, on an eightyacre tract of timberland, the greater part of which he had cleared by the time of his death. He passed away on January 12, 1871, at the age of seventy one years. Mr. and Mrs. Caleb Taylor had eleven children, as follows: John, a carpenter, who married Barbara Shrively, and had six children; Elizabeth, who married Eli Reeves, a retired carpenter of Gibsonburg, Ohio; Lydia, who lives in Oregon, married to Christian Rheinhart, by whom she had five children; Ben, who died in 1864 in the war of the Rebellion; William, who died at the age of seventeen; George, who died in Michigan June 12, 1893, at the age of sixty years; J. B., a resident of Gibsonburg, Madison township, who married Cynthia Campbell, and has had two children; Enoch, born April 1, 1837; Hannah, who married Eli Rheinhart, a farmer of Indiana; Mary J., who married James Wells, a weaver, and lives in Bradner, Wood Co., Ohio; and Aaron, who died in infancy. Mrs. Taylor is still living, at the advanced age of ninetytwo, having her home with her daughter at Gibsonburg part of the time, and on the old homestead. She has for the greater part of her life been a devout member of the German Baptist Church.

Enoch Taylor, a son of Caleb Taylor, always lived at home, excepting the time he was in Steuben county, Ind., where he bought forty acres of land on which he lived two years. On December 1, 1864, he was united in marriage with Elizabeth Rheinhart, who was born June 4, 1844, and they have had five children, namely: Martha A., who died young; L. C., a school teacher in Gibsonburg, Madison township, who received most of his schooling at the district school, attended school one term at Angola, Ind., and one at Fostoria, Ohio (he married Eliza Schneider); GeorgeW., born January 29, 1875, who works at home; Mary E., born March 31, 1877; and Orphia, born March 28, 1883. Mrs. Taylor's parents, Christian and Barbara (Raymer) Rheinhart, were natives of Pennsylvania.

In 1863 Enoch Taylor took his father to a railroad station, and on their return home the team became frightened and ran away, throwing him out and fracturing his right shoulder, which injury has caused him a great deal of inconvenience in later years. In 1876, by a kick from a horse in the forehead, his skull was fractured, and he was picked up for dead, but after two months he was able to get around again. Since then his eyesight has been impaired. He has always worked hard from his youth, and since the death of his father has had charge of the old homestead.

From:
Commemorative Biograohical Record
of the Counties of
Sandusky and Ottawa, Ohio
J. H. Beers & Co. 1896


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