William Robert Taylor

Son of John Cook Taylor & Margaret F. Warren

Summary

Born: 16 May 1895, Rockcastle County, KY

Married: 1) Nellie Frances Ready, 21 March 1917, Leavenworth County, KS; 2) Larene M. McNeil, 16 May 1937, KS; 3) Opal Phillips, abt. 1942, KS

Died: 7 July 1975, Lawrence, Douglas County, KS

Buried: Oak Hill Cemetery, Lawrence, Douglas County, KS

Photo: Bill & Nellie

Son of John Cook Taylor & Margaret F. Warren

Bill & Nellie

Summary

Born: 16 May 1895, Rockcastle County, KY

Married: 1) Nellie Frances Ready, 21 March 1917, Leavenworth County, KS; 2) Larene M. McNeil, 16 May 1937, KS; 3) Opal Phillips, abt. 1942, KS

Died: 7 July 1975, Lawrence, Douglas County, KS

Buried: Oak Hill Cemetery, Lawrence, Douglas County, KS

William Robert Taylor spent many years believing his father was dead and not knowing that he was lost to a big part of his family.1Emma Ewers Taylor Hopkins, daughter of John Cook Taylor and Emma Jane Owens, maternal grandmother of author; told to author. Bill was born on 16 May 1895 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky, and was the only child of John Cook Taylor and Margaret F. “Fannie” Warren.2“U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936–2007,” database, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/60901 : accessed 10 Dec 2021), William Robert Taylor, SSN 712-03-2120; from Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936–2007; birth date and parents John Taylor & Margarette F. Warren. Emma Ewers Taylor Hopkins, “Our Family History” (KY, Loyall, 1969-1977), scanned copy of fill-in-the-blanks family history privately held by Linda F. McCauley, Mt. Vernon, KY; Linda is Emma’s granddaughter; p. 12, John Cook Taylor full name; p. 51, Fannie Warren John’s 2nd wife, mother of Bill.

John and Fannie separated when Bill was a small child, possibly an infant.3Emma Ewers Taylor Hopkins, “Memoir” (KY, Loyall, 1977), privately held by Faye Hopkins McCauley, Mt. Vernon, KY; Faye is Emma’s daughter. Their divorce was granted on 16 February 1898, before Bill was three years old.4FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008664487 : accessed 21 Jan 2022), digital film 008664487, image 276, Court Orders, Rockcastle Co., KY, 4: 489, John Taylor vs Fannie Taylor, divorce granted 16 Feb 1898. Later in life, Bill and his sister Emma told that John chased after the wagon begging Fannie not to take his son away but could not stop her.5Emma Ewers Taylor Hopkins, daughter of John Cook Taylor and Emma Jane Owens, maternal grandmother of author. William Robert Taylor, son of John Cook Taylor and Margaret F. Warren; Bill once showed his niece Faye Hopkins McCauley the road where John chased after the wagon. Fannie and Bill moved in with her parents, Fielden L. Warren and Jane Keeney, in the Skeggs Creek area, which is in the southwest corner of Rockcastle County near Pulaski County.61900 U.S. census, Rockcastle Co., KY, population schedule, Precinct 7, enumeration district (ED) 71, sheet 14A, dwelling 259, family 278, Fielden L. Warren; digital image, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7602 : accessed 2 Jan 2009); from NARA microfilm T623.

In early 1908, Fannie’s parents moved to Kansas.7“Personal,” Mt. Vernon (KY) Signal, 3 Jan 1908, p. 3, col. 1; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 11 Jan 2022); Rev. F. L. Warren leaving for Kansas in near future. “An Interesting Couple,” Atchison (KS) Weekly Globe, 15 Oct 1908, p. 8, col. 7; digital image, Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 13 Dec 2021); says the Warrens moved to Kansas less than a year ago. Fannie and twelve-year-old Bill went along with them.8“Logsdon,” unidentified Kansas newspaper, May or Jun 1926, clipping held by Sandra Taylor York, CA, scanned copy provided to Linda McCauley, Mt. Vernon, KY, 2021; came to Kansas in 1908. Fannie’s brother Matthew also moved to Kansas around this time.91910 U.S. census, Atchison Co., KS, population schedule, Benton, enumeration district (ED) 11, sheet 2B, dwelling 37, family 37, Matthew Warren; digital image, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7884 : accessed 5 Dec 2021); from NARA microfilm T624, roll 431; Fannie’s brother Matthew in KS. Her sisters Eliza and Lucy had already lived in Kansas for many years.10“Personal,” Mt. Vernon (KY) Signal, 10 Jan 1908, p. 3, col. 1; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 11 Jan 2022); R. S. Cress, Eliza’s husband, said to have gone to Kansas 12 years earlier. “Kansas, U.S., County Marriage Records, 1811-1911,” digital image, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/61371: accessed 11 Jan 2022), W. A. Cress and Lucy G. Warren, 17 Mar 1886, Brown Co., KS; from Marriage Records, various KS District Courts and KS State Historical Society.

Fannie married Jeremiah Logsdon in 1908, probably in Leavenworth County.11“Logsdon,” unidentified Kansas newspaper, May or Jun 1926; married J. F. Logsdon in 1908. 1910 U.S. census, Leavenworth Co., KS, population schedule, Easton, enumeration district (ED) 86, sheet 7B, dwelling 145, family 143, Jerry Logsdon; digital image, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7884 : accessed 5 Dec 2021); from NARA microfilm T624, roll 444; Fannie married to Logsdon, she & Bill living in Kansas. 1900 U.S. census, Pulsaki Co., KY, population schedule, Dallas District, enumeration district (ED) 113, sheet 11A, dwelling 195, family 195, Jeremiah Logsdon; digital image, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7602 : accessed 5 Dec 2021); from NARA microfilm T623; first name Jeremiah. Jerry was a widower who had lived in Pulaski County, Kentucky, and may have moved to Kansas around the same time some of the Warrens did.121900 U.S. census, Pulsaki Co., KY, pop. Sch., Dallas District, ED 113, sheet 11A, dwell. 195, fam. 195, Jeremiah Logsdon. Jerry had two sons, Virgil and Logan, from a previous marriage, and he and Fannie had two sons together.131910 U.S. census, Leavenworth Co., KS, pop. sch., Easton, ED 86, sheet 7B, dwell. 145, fam. 143, Jerry Logsdon; Jerry’s sons Virgil & Logan living with him. Oscar Kenneth was born in 1914 and Herman E. in 1917.141920 U.S. census, Jackson Co., KS, population schedule, Garfield Township, enumeration district (ED) 57, sheet 1B, dwelling 20, family 20, Jerry F. Logsdon; digital image, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/6061 : accessed 4 Sep 2013); from NARA microfilm T625, roll 534; Oscar K. age 5, Herman E. Age 2 3/12.

Bill married Nellie Frances Ready, daughter of Torrence H. and Zella Ready, on 21 March 1917 in Leavenworth County.15“Leavenworth County, Kansas, U.S., Marriage Records, 1900-1920,” database, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/6267 : accessed 5 Dec 2021), William Robert Taylor and Nellie Frances Ready; from Leavenworth County Marriages 1900-1920, Leavenworth County Clerk; marriage date and location. 1910 U.S. census, Leavenworth Co., KS, population schedule, Easton, enumeration district (ED) 86, sheet 5B, dwelling 98, family 101, Torrence H. Ready; digital image, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7884 : accessed 5 Dec 2021); from NARA microfilm T624, roll 444; Nellie living with parents Torrence H. And Zela Ready. Nellie was born on 6 July 1902 in Kansas.16Find a Grave (https://www.findagrave.com : viewed 17 Jan 2022), memorial 52082607, for Nellie F. Ready Starr, (Westminster Memorial Park, Westminster, Orange County, CA), digital image, 29 Jan 2020, by Chuck Schubert. Sandra Taylor York to Linda McCauley, emails, Dec 2019, “Documenting the Details Comment: Taylor;” privately held by McCauley; Nellie married a man named Starr. 1910 U.S. census, Leavenworth Co., KS, pop. sch., Easton, ED 86, sheet 5B, dwell. 98, fam. 101, Torrence H. Ready; Nellie born in Kansas. Bill and Nellie lived in Easton and had three sons—Orin Edward, born on 13 November 1919; Donald Warren, born on 17 February 1921; and Verne Kenneth, born on 16 August 1922.171920 U.S. census, Leavenworth Co., KS, population schedule, Easton Township, enumeration district (ED) 91, sheet 5A, dwelling 101, family 101, William Taylor; digital image, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/6061 : accessed 4 Sep 2013); from NARA microfilm T625, roll 537; Bill, Nellie, & Orin.1930 U.S. census, Leavenworth Co., KS, population schedule, Easton, enumeration district (ED) 52-8, sheet 1B, dwelling 27, family 31, William R. Taylor; digital image, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/6224 : accessed 13 Nov 2021); from NARA microfilm T626; Bill, Nellie, Orin, & Verne. Find a Grave (https://www.findagrave.com : viewed 1 Nov 2007), memorial 3665614, for Orin E. Taylor, (Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, Fort Leavenworth, KS), digital image, 20 Oct 2007, by Ed n Edna Lane; Orin’s birthdate. Find a Grave (https://www.findagrave.com : viewed 10 Dec 2021), memorial 26903939, for Donald Taylor, (Easton Cemetery, Easton, KS), digital image, 20 Jul 2008, by Gary Stafford; birthdate on headstone 17 Feb 1920, year incorrect, see obituary. “Death of Donald Taylor,” Leavenworth (KS) Post, 21 Oct 1921, p. 1, col. 7; digital image, Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 12 Dec 2021); birth and death year 1921, not 1920 on grave marker. “U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936–2007,” database, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/60901 : accessed 10 Dec 2021), Verne Kenneth Taylor, SSN 509-14-2161; from Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936–2007, Verne’s birthdate.

Bill spent much of his life believing that his father was dead, because that is what his mother told him.18Emma Ewers Taylor Hopkins, daughter of John Cook Taylor and Emma Jane Owens, maternal grandmother of author. On her deathbed in 1926, Fannie told Bill that his father had not died all those years ago and was probably still living in Mt. Vernon, Kentucky. Bill returned to Rockcastle County about 1931 for the first time since he left about twenty-three years earlier. He traveled by train and did not contact his father before making the trip. When he got off the train in Mt. Vernon, he asked about John Taylor and someone gave him directions to John’s house.19Emma Ewers Taylor Hopkins, daughter of John Cook Taylor and Emma Jane Owens, maternal grandmother of author.

John did not know what had become of Bill. He did not know where Fannie had taken him or even if he was alive. But when he answered the knock at his door that day, he took one look at the man standing before him and said, “That’s my boy.”20Emma Ewers Taylor Hopkins, daughter of John Cook Taylor and Emma Jane Owens, maternal grandmother of author.

The Taylor family welcomed Bill with open arms. He learned he had five half-siblings—four sisters and one brother.21Emma Ewers Taylor Hopkins, daughter of John Cook Taylor and Emma Jane Owens, maternal grandmother of author. His sister Emma wrote this about meeting Bill:

“I did not see him till I was 30 yrs. old. He came to visit Papa. We were so glad to see him and he felt as much like a brother as my whole brother, Hartford, did. He came back every year after that and was home when Papa died.”22Emma Ewers Taylor Hopkins, “Memoir” (1977).

Bill did indeed return to Kentucky every year to visit until the late 1960s, when he could no longer make the trip. Besides his Taylor family, relatives of his mother still lived in Rockcastle County and Bill would see them as well. Even after his father died in 1953, Bill continued his annual visit and always stayed with his step-mother, Emma Jane. Bill’s sister Emma visited him in Kansas a few times.23Uta Faye Hopkins McCauley, daughter of Elmer D. Hopkins and Emma E. Taylor. Linda F. McCauley, granddaughter of Elmer D. Hopkins and Emma E. Taylor.

Bill farmed during the early years of their marriage and his occupation was laborer in 1930.24“U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918,” digital image, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/6482 : accessed 30 Aug 2007), William R. Taylor, serial no. 1517, Leavenworth Co., KS; from U.S., World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, M1509, NARA, Washington, D.C; occupation farmer. 1920 U.S. census, Leavenworth Co., KS, pop. sch., Easton Township, ED 91, sheet 5A, dwell. 101, fam. 101, William Taylor; occupation farming. 1930 U.S. census, Leavenworth Co., KS, pop. sch., Easton, ED 52-8, sheet 1B, dwell. 27, fam. 31, William R. Taylor; occupation laborer. Bill and Nellie divorced between 1930 and 1937. Nellie married a man named Starr. She died on 24 May 1995 in California and was buried in Westminster Memorial Park in Orange County.25Find a Grave (https://www.findagrave.com : viewed 17 Jan 2022), memorial 52082607, for Nellie F. Ready Starr, (Westminster Memorial Park, Westminster, Orange County, CA), digital image, 29 Jan 2020, by Chuck Schubert. Sandra Taylor York to Linda McCauley, emails, Dec 2019, “Documenting the Details Comment: Taylor;” privately held by McCauley; Nellie’s last name Starr.

On 16 May 1937, Bill married Larene M. McNeill, but their marriage was apparently short.26Sandra Taylor York to Linda McCauley, emails, Dec 2019, “Documenting the Details Comment: Taylor;” privately held by McCauley; marriage to Larene documented in Bill’s Bible. By 1940, Bill, Orin, and Verne had moved to Lawrence in Douglas County and lived on New Hampshire Street. Larene was not with them, and Bill’s marital status was widowed. Whether she died or they separated is unknown. Bill worked as a building carpenter for the Union Pacific Railroad.271940 U.S. census, Douglas Co., KS, population schedule, Lawrence, enumeration district (ED) 23-15, sheet 2B, household 56, William Taylor; digital image, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/2442 : accessed 10 Dec 2021); from NARA microfilm 627, roll 1229; Nellie not with Bill, Orin, & Verne, Bill’s occupation. He worked for the railroad until he retired.28“William Taylor,” Leavenworth (KS) Times, 8 Jul 1975, p. 5, col. 2; digital image, Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 12 Dec 2021).

In 1942, Bill lived at 631 N. 9th Street in Lawrence. Opal Phillips, living at that same address was listed on Bill’s World War II draft registration card as the person who would always know his address.29“U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942,” digital image, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1002 : accessed 11 Jan 2022 ), William Robert Taylor, serial no. 2256, Douglas Co., KS; from Records of the Selective Service System, 1926–1975, Record Group 147, NARA, St Louis, Missouri. Bill and Opal apparently married some time after he registered for the draft on 27 April 1942.30Find a Grave (https://www.findagrave.com : viewed 23 Jan 2022), memorial 9591939 for Opal Phillips Taylor, (Memorial Park Cemetery, Lawrence, Douglas County, KS), digital image, 3 Dec 2007, by A. & R. Opal’s parents were Elmer E. Phillips and Jessie Mae Castle.311940 U.S. census, Douglas Co., KS, population schedule, Lawrence, enumeration district (ED) 23-16, sheet 2A, household 32, Jessie Phillips; digital image, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/2442 : accessed 23 Jan 2022); from NARA microfilm 627, roll 1229; daughter Opal, single. 1910 U.S. census, Douglas Co., KS, population schedule, Grant Township, enumeration district (ED) 71, sheet 2B, dwelling 21, family 21, Elmer E. Phillips; digital image, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7884 : accessed 5 Dec 2021); from NARA microfilm T624, roll 438; daughter Opal, wife Jessie. “Kansas, U.S., County Marriage Records, 1811-1911,” digital image, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/61371: accessed 23 Jan 2022), Elmer E. Phillips and Jessie M. Castl2, 17 Apr 1897, Douglas Co., KS; from Marriage Records, various KS District Courts and KS State Historical Society. She was born on 1 April 1900 and died on 18 May 1946. Opal was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence.32Find a Grave, memorial 9591939, Opal Phillips Taylor, gravestone photo by A. & R.

In 1946, Bill lived at 1547 Kentucky Street in Lawrence.33 “Kansas, U.S., City and County Census Records, 1919-1961,” digital image, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/2270: accessed 23 Jan 2022), 1946, William R. Taylor, 1547 Kentucky St., Lawrence, KS; from State Board of Agriculture Population Schedules and Statistical Rolls, cities (1919-1961) and counties (1953-1979, Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka. By 1958, he was back at 631 N. 9th Street.34“Kansas, U.S., City and County Census Records, 1919-1961,” digital image, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/2270: accessed 23 Jan 2022), 1958, William R. Taylor, 621 N. 9th St, Lawrence, KS; from State Board of Agriculture Population Schedules and Statistical Rolls, cities (1919-1961) and counties (1953-1979, Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka. From 1959 to 1963, and probably longer, Bill lived at 856 Lyons Street in Lawrence.35“Kansas, U.S., City and County Census Records, 1919-1961,” digital image, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/2270: accessed 23 Jan 2022), 1959, 1960, and 1961, William R. Taylor, 856 Lyons, Lawrence, KS; from State Board of Agriculture Population Schedules and Statistical Rolls, cities (1919-1961) and counties (1953-1979, Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka. Polk’s Lawrence (Douglas County, Kansas) City Directory 1963 (Kansas City, Mo: R. L. Polk & Company), p. 236, entry for Wm. R. Taylor; digital image, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/2469 : accessed 22 Jan 2022) > Kansas > Lawrence > 1963 > Polk’s Lawrence City Directory > image 184.

Bill was eighty years old when he died on 7 July 1975 in Lawrence Memorial Hospital. His funeral was held at the Rumsey Funeral Home in Lawrence and he was buried there in Oak Hill Cemetery.36“William Taylor,” Leavenworth (KS) Times, 8 Jul 1975. Find a Grave (https://www.findagrave.com : viewed 5 Dec 2021), memorial 23891787, for William Robert Taylor, (Oak Hill Cemetery, Lawrence, KS), digital image, 10 Jan 2008, by A & R.

Orin Edward Taylor

Orin enlisted in the U.S. Army on 1 April 1941 at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. He had attended one year of college and worked as an automobile service man since graduating from high school. Orin was single and had no children.37“U.S., World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946,” database, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/8939 : accessed 1 Jan 2022), Orin E. Taylor, 1 Apr 1941, Ft. Leavenworth, KS; from NARA, World War II Army Enlistment Records, Record Group 64, College Park, MD.

While his father had been visiting his Kentucky family for several years by then, Orin had never met them. He decided he wanted to meet his grandfather and other relatives before reporting for duty. He made the trip alone from Kansas to Kentucky. His grandfather and the rest of the family welcomed him, just as they had his father about ten years earlier.38Uta Faye Hopkins McCauley, daughter of Elmer D. Hopkins and Emma E. Taylor; Faye remembered the visit. Even though the U.S. had not yet entered World War II, you have to wonder if Orin made that trip in case it was his only chance to meet them.

Orin was a 1st Lieutenant serving in Company E of the 4th Ranger Battalion.39“U.S., National Cemetery Interment Control Forms, 1928-1962,” digital images, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com/search/collections/2590 : accessed 5 Jan 2013), Orin E. Taylor, serial no. 01295961; from Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General, 1774–1985, Record Group 92, NARA, College Park, MD; 4th Rangers, Co. E. He was sent overseas in 1943 and was wounded in Italy on 13 November. Details about his injuries are unknown, but he was hospitalized until 12 December.40“Lieut. Orin E. Taylor,” Tonganoxie (KS) Mirror, 16 Mar 1944, p. 2, col. 6; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 20 Jan 2022).

The 4th Rangers were among the forces that went ashore near Anzio, Italy, on 22 January 1944 as part of Operation Shingle.41Kenneth Finlayson and Robert W. Jones, Jr., “Rangers in World War II, Part II, Sicily and Italy,” Office of the Command Historian, U.S. Army Special Operations History (https://arsof-history.org/articles/v3n1_rangers_wwii_page_1.html : accessed 24 Jan 2022). Orin was killed in action nine days later on 31 January 1944.42“U.S., National Cemetery Interment Control Forms, 1928-1962,” Orin E. Taylor, serial no. 01295961.

Bill received a letter from the War Department dated 2 November 1945 advising that Orin was buried in the U.S. Military Cemetery in Nettuno, Italy in plot C, row 22, grave 400.43War Department to William R. Taylor, letter, 2 Nov 1945; original held privately by Sandra Taylor York, CA, scanned copy provided to Linda McCauley, Mt. Vernon, KY. That cemetery is officially named Sicily-Rome American Cemetery today.44“Sicily-Rome American Cemetery,” American Battle Monuments Commission (https://www.abmc.gov/Sicily-Rome : accessed 24 Jan 2022).

Orin’s mother told her grandchildren that they left Orin buried in Italy “with the other boys.”45Sandra Taylor York, granddaughter of William Robert Taylor and Nellie Frances Ready. However, Orin is not found in a search of the American Battle Monuments Commission register of burials and memorials, which contains records of World War I and World War II overseas military cemeteries. Individuals who died overseas and were repatriated to the U.S. for burial are not included in this register.46American Battle Monuments Commission (https://www.abmc.gov : accessed 27 Dec 2021); searchable database of records for those buried in World War I and II overseas military cemeteries; search for Taylors in Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and a general search of the database.

Orin has a headstone in Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.47Find a Grave (https://www.findagrave.com : viewed 1 Nov 2007), memorial 3665614, for Orin E. Taylor, (Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, Fort Leavenworth, KS), digital image, 20 Oct 2007, by Ed n Edna Lane. His National Cemetery Interment Control Form (QMC 14) shows he died on 31 January 1944 and was interred in Fort Leavenworth on 6 August 1948. His headstone was ordered on 14 October 1948. Remarks include that authorization was teleg. KCQM (telegram, Kansas City Quartermaster Depot) dated 27 July 1948 and OQMG form 315 sent to next of kin was returned.48“U.S., National Cemetery Interment Control Forms, 1928-1962,” Orin E. Taylor, serial no. 01295961. Instructions for form OQMG (Office of Quartermaster General) 315 state the form is sent to next of kin and that QMC form 14 and is annotated when form 315 is returned by the next of kin. The purpose of form 315 is to obtain from the next of kin the birth date, religious emblem, and state to be included on the headstone. Since Orin is not listed in the burials in the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and his QMC-14 states he was interred in Fort Leavenworth Cemetery, it appears Orin’s remains were returned to Kansas from Italy more than four years after his death.

After Orin died, his mother joined the U.S. Army and served from 10 July 1944 to 31 October 1945.49Sandra Taylor York to Linda McCauley, emails, Dec 2019, “Documenting the Details Comment: Taylor;” privately held by McCauley.

Donald Taylor

Donald only lived eight months. He died at St. John’s Hospital in Leavenworth on 21 October 1921. Donald got something caught in his throat while playing and had been gradually strangling to death over the past two days. After a funeral held at the Methodist Church in Easton, Donald was buried in Easton Cemetery.50“Death of Donald Taylor,” Leavenworth (KS) Post, 21 Oct 1921, p. 1, col. 7; digital image, Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 12 Dec 2021).

Verne Kenneth Taylor

Verne married Marjorie Jean Bunds on 29 August 1942 in Jackson County, Missouri.51“Missouri, U.S., Jackson County Marriage Records, 1840-1985,” digital image, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/8700: accessed 11 Jan 2022), Verne Kenneth Taylor and Marjorie Jean BUnds, 29 Aug 1942, Jackson Co., MO; from Marriage Records, Jackson County Clerk, Kansas City. Less than four months later, he joined the U.S. Army on 7 December 1942 and served until 19 February 1946. Verne and Marjorie had four children and divorced in 1970 in California.52Emma Ewers Taylor Hopkins, “Our Family History” (1969-1977); p. 15, names children. “California, U.S., Divorce Index, 1966-1984,” digital image, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1141 : accessed 11 Jan 2022), Verne K. Taylor and Marjorie J. Bunds, May 1970; from California Divorce Index, 1966-1984, Center for Health Statistics, Dept of Health Services, Sacramento.

Verne died on 18 November 2000 in California. He was buried in Riverside National Cemetery.53Find a Grave (https://www.findagrave.com : viewed 24 Jan 2022), memorial 72058671, for Vern K. Taylor, (Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, Riverside County, CA), digital image, 6 Sep 2021, by landjnero.

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1 Emma Ewers Taylor Hopkins, daughter of John Cook Taylor and Emma Jane Owens, maternal grandmother of author; told to author.
2 “U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936–2007,” database, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/60901 : accessed 10 Dec 2021), William Robert Taylor, SSN 712-03-2120; from Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936–2007; birth date and parents John Taylor & Margarette F. Warren. Emma Ewers Taylor Hopkins, “Our Family History” (KY, Loyall, 1969-1977), scanned copy of fill-in-the-blanks family history privately held by Linda F. McCauley, Mt. Vernon, KY; Linda is Emma’s granddaughter; p. 12, John Cook Taylor full name; p. 51, Fannie Warren John’s 2nd wife, mother of Bill.
3 Emma Ewers Taylor Hopkins, “Memoir” (KY, Loyall, 1977), privately held by Faye Hopkins McCauley, Mt. Vernon, KY; Faye is Emma’s daughter.
4 FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008664487 : accessed 21 Jan 2022), digital film 008664487, image 276, Court Orders, Rockcastle Co., KY, 4: 489, John Taylor vs Fannie Taylor, divorce granted 16 Feb 1898.
5 Emma Ewers Taylor Hopkins, daughter of John Cook Taylor and Emma Jane Owens, maternal grandmother of author. William Robert Taylor, son of John Cook Taylor and Margaret F. Warren; Bill once showed his niece Faye Hopkins McCauley the road where John chased after the wagon.
6 1900 U.S. census, Rockcastle Co., KY, population schedule, Precinct 7, enumeration district (ED) 71, sheet 14A, dwelling 259, family 278, Fielden L. Warren; digital image, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7602 : accessed 2 Jan 2009); from NARA microfilm T623.
7 “Personal,” Mt. Vernon (KY) Signal, 3 Jan 1908, p. 3, col. 1; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 11 Jan 2022); Rev. F. L. Warren leaving for Kansas in near future. “An Interesting Couple,” Atchison (KS) Weekly Globe, 15 Oct 1908, p. 8, col. 7; digital image, Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 13 Dec 2021); says the Warrens moved to Kansas less than a year ago.
8 “Logsdon,” unidentified Kansas newspaper, May or Jun 1926, clipping held by Sandra Taylor York, CA, scanned copy provided to Linda McCauley, Mt. Vernon, KY, 2021; came to Kansas in 1908.
9 1910 U.S. census, Atchison Co., KS, population schedule, Benton, enumeration district (ED) 11, sheet 2B, dwelling 37, family 37, Matthew Warren; digital image, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7884 : accessed 5 Dec 2021); from NARA microfilm T624, roll 431; Fannie’s brother Matthew in KS.
10 “Personal,” Mt. Vernon (KY) Signal, 10 Jan 1908, p. 3, col. 1; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 11 Jan 2022); R. S. Cress, Eliza’s husband, said to have gone to Kansas 12 years earlier. “Kansas, U.S., County Marriage Records, 1811-1911,” digital image, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/61371: accessed 11 Jan 2022), W. A. Cress and Lucy G. Warren, 17 Mar 1886, Brown Co., KS; from Marriage Records, various KS District Courts and KS State Historical Society.
11 “Logsdon,” unidentified Kansas newspaper, May or Jun 1926; married J. F. Logsdon in 1908. 1910 U.S. census, Leavenworth Co., KS, population schedule, Easton, enumeration district (ED) 86, sheet 7B, dwelling 145, family 143, Jerry Logsdon; digital image, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7884 : accessed 5 Dec 2021); from NARA microfilm T624, roll 444; Fannie married to Logsdon, she & Bill living in Kansas. 1900 U.S. census, Pulsaki Co., KY, population schedule, Dallas District, enumeration district (ED) 113, sheet 11A, dwelling 195, family 195, Jeremiah Logsdon; digital image, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7602 : accessed 5 Dec 2021); from NARA microfilm T623; first name Jeremiah.
12 1900 U.S. census, Pulsaki Co., KY, pop. Sch., Dallas District, ED 113, sheet 11A, dwell. 195, fam. 195, Jeremiah Logsdon.
13 1910 U.S. census, Leavenworth Co., KS, pop. sch., Easton, ED 86, sheet 7B, dwell. 145, fam. 143, Jerry Logsdon; Jerry’s sons Virgil & Logan living with him.
14 1920 U.S. census, Jackson Co., KS, population schedule, Garfield Township, enumeration district (ED) 57, sheet 1B, dwelling 20, family 20, Jerry F. Logsdon; digital image, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/6061 : accessed 4 Sep 2013); from NARA microfilm T625, roll 534; Oscar K. age 5, Herman E. Age 2 3/12.
15 “Leavenworth County, Kansas, U.S., Marriage Records, 1900-1920,” database, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/6267 : accessed 5 Dec 2021), William Robert Taylor and Nellie Frances Ready; from Leavenworth County Marriages 1900-1920, Leavenworth County Clerk; marriage date and location. 1910 U.S. census, Leavenworth Co., KS, population schedule, Easton, enumeration district (ED) 86, sheet 5B, dwelling 98, family 101, Torrence H. Ready; digital image, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7884 : accessed 5 Dec 2021); from NARA microfilm T624, roll 444; Nellie living with parents Torrence H. And Zela Ready.
16 Find a Grave (https://www.findagrave.com : viewed 17 Jan 2022), memorial 52082607, for Nellie F. Ready Starr, (Westminster Memorial Park, Westminster, Orange County, CA), digital image, 29 Jan 2020, by Chuck Schubert. Sandra Taylor York to Linda McCauley, emails, Dec 2019, “Documenting the Details Comment: Taylor;” privately held by McCauley; Nellie married a man named Starr. 1910 U.S. census, Leavenworth Co., KS, pop. sch., Easton, ED 86, sheet 5B, dwell. 98, fam. 101, Torrence H. Ready; Nellie born in Kansas.
17 1920 U.S. census, Leavenworth Co., KS, population schedule, Easton Township, enumeration district (ED) 91, sheet 5A, dwelling 101, family 101, William Taylor; digital image, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/6061 : accessed 4 Sep 2013); from NARA microfilm T625, roll 537; Bill, Nellie, & Orin.1930 U.S. census, Leavenworth Co., KS, population schedule, Easton, enumeration district (ED) 52-8, sheet 1B, dwelling 27, family 31, William R. Taylor; digital image, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/6224 : accessed 13 Nov 2021); from NARA microfilm T626; Bill, Nellie, Orin, & Verne. Find a Grave (https://www.findagrave.com : viewed 1 Nov 2007), memorial 3665614, for Orin E. Taylor, (Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, Fort Leavenworth, KS), digital image, 20 Oct 2007, by Ed n Edna Lane; Orin’s birthdate. Find a Grave (https://www.findagrave.com : viewed 10 Dec 2021), memorial 26903939, for Donald Taylor, (Easton Cemetery, Easton, KS), digital image, 20 Jul 2008, by Gary Stafford; birthdate on headstone 17 Feb 1920, year incorrect, see obituary. “Death of Donald Taylor,” Leavenworth (KS) Post, 21 Oct 1921, p. 1, col. 7; digital image, Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 12 Dec 2021); birth and death year 1921, not 1920 on grave marker. “U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936–2007,” database, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/60901 : accessed 10 Dec 2021), Verne Kenneth Taylor, SSN 509-14-2161; from Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936–2007, Verne’s birthdate.
18 Emma Ewers Taylor Hopkins, daughter of John Cook Taylor and Emma Jane Owens, maternal grandmother of author.
19 Emma Ewers Taylor Hopkins, daughter of John Cook Taylor and Emma Jane Owens, maternal grandmother of author.
20 Emma Ewers Taylor Hopkins, daughter of John Cook Taylor and Emma Jane Owens, maternal grandmother of author.
21 Emma Ewers Taylor Hopkins, daughter of John Cook Taylor and Emma Jane Owens, maternal grandmother of author.
22 Emma Ewers Taylor Hopkins, “Memoir” (1977).
23 Uta Faye Hopkins McCauley, daughter of Elmer D. Hopkins and Emma E. Taylor. Linda F. McCauley, granddaughter of Elmer D. Hopkins and Emma E. Taylor.
24 “U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918,” digital image, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/6482 : accessed 30 Aug 2007), William R. Taylor, serial no. 1517, Leavenworth Co., KS; from U.S., World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, M1509, NARA, Washington, D.C; occupation farmer. 1920 U.S. census, Leavenworth Co., KS, pop. sch., Easton Township, ED 91, sheet 5A, dwell. 101, fam. 101, William Taylor; occupation farming. 1930 U.S. census, Leavenworth Co., KS, pop. sch., Easton, ED 52-8, sheet 1B, dwell. 27, fam. 31, William R. Taylor; occupation laborer.
25 Find a Grave (https://www.findagrave.com : viewed 17 Jan 2022), memorial 52082607, for Nellie F. Ready Starr, (Westminster Memorial Park, Westminster, Orange County, CA), digital image, 29 Jan 2020, by Chuck Schubert. Sandra Taylor York to Linda McCauley, emails, Dec 2019, “Documenting the Details Comment: Taylor;” privately held by McCauley; Nellie’s last name Starr.
26 Sandra Taylor York to Linda McCauley, emails, Dec 2019, “Documenting the Details Comment: Taylor;” privately held by McCauley; marriage to Larene documented in Bill’s Bible.
27 1940 U.S. census, Douglas Co., KS, population schedule, Lawrence, enumeration district (ED) 23-15, sheet 2B, household 56, William Taylor; digital image, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/2442 : accessed 10 Dec 2021); from NARA microfilm 627, roll 1229; Nellie not with Bill, Orin, & Verne, Bill’s occupation.
28 “William Taylor,” Leavenworth (KS) Times, 8 Jul 1975, p. 5, col. 2; digital image, Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 12 Dec 2021).
29 “U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942,” digital image, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1002 : accessed 11 Jan 2022 ), William Robert Taylor, serial no. 2256, Douglas Co., KS; from Records of the Selective Service System, 1926–1975, Record Group 147, NARA, St Louis, Missouri.
30 Find a Grave (https://www.findagrave.com : viewed 23 Jan 2022), memorial 9591939 for Opal Phillips Taylor, (Memorial Park Cemetery, Lawrence, Douglas County, KS), digital image, 3 Dec 2007, by A. & R.
31 1940 U.S. census, Douglas Co., KS, population schedule, Lawrence, enumeration district (ED) 23-16, sheet 2A, household 32, Jessie Phillips; digital image, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/2442 : accessed 23 Jan 2022); from NARA microfilm 627, roll 1229; daughter Opal, single. 1910 U.S. census, Douglas Co., KS, population schedule, Grant Township, enumeration district (ED) 71, sheet 2B, dwelling 21, family 21, Elmer E. Phillips; digital image, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7884 : accessed 5 Dec 2021); from NARA microfilm T624, roll 438; daughter Opal, wife Jessie. “Kansas, U.S., County Marriage Records, 1811-1911,” digital image, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/61371: accessed 23 Jan 2022), Elmer E. Phillips and Jessie M. Castl2, 17 Apr 1897, Douglas Co., KS; from Marriage Records, various KS District Courts and KS State Historical Society.
32 Find a Grave, memorial 9591939, Opal Phillips Taylor, gravestone photo by A. & R.
33 “Kansas, U.S., City and County Census Records, 1919-1961,” digital image, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/2270: accessed 23 Jan 2022), 1946, William R. Taylor, 1547 Kentucky St., Lawrence, KS; from State Board of Agriculture Population Schedules and Statistical Rolls, cities (1919-1961) and counties (1953-1979, Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka.
34 “Kansas, U.S., City and County Census Records, 1919-1961,” digital image, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/2270: accessed 23 Jan 2022), 1958, William R. Taylor, 621 N. 9th St, Lawrence, KS; from State Board of Agriculture Population Schedules and Statistical Rolls, cities (1919-1961) and counties (1953-1979, Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka.
35 “Kansas, U.S., City and County Census Records, 1919-1961,” digital image, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/2270: accessed 23 Jan 2022), 1959, 1960, and 1961, William R. Taylor, 856 Lyons, Lawrence, KS; from State Board of Agriculture Population Schedules and Statistical Rolls, cities (1919-1961) and counties (1953-1979, Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka. Polk’s Lawrence (Douglas County, Kansas) City Directory 1963 (Kansas City, Mo: R. L. Polk & Company), p. 236, entry for Wm. R. Taylor; digital image, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/2469 : accessed 22 Jan 2022) > Kansas > Lawrence > 1963 > Polk’s Lawrence City Directory > image 184.
36 “William Taylor,” Leavenworth (KS) Times, 8 Jul 1975. Find a Grave (https://www.findagrave.com : viewed 5 Dec 2021), memorial 23891787, for William Robert Taylor, (Oak Hill Cemetery, Lawrence, KS), digital image, 10 Jan 2008, by A & R.
37 “U.S., World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946,” database, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/8939 : accessed 1 Jan 2022), Orin E. Taylor, 1 Apr 1941, Ft. Leavenworth, KS; from NARA, World War II Army Enlistment Records, Record Group 64, College Park, MD.
38 Uta Faye Hopkins McCauley, daughter of Elmer D. Hopkins and Emma E. Taylor; Faye remembered the visit.
39 “U.S., National Cemetery Interment Control Forms, 1928-1962,” digital images, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com/search/collections/2590 : accessed 5 Jan 2013), Orin E. Taylor, serial no. 01295961; from Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General, 1774–1985, Record Group 92, NARA, College Park, MD; 4th Rangers, Co. E.
40 “Lieut. Orin E. Taylor,” Tonganoxie (KS) Mirror, 16 Mar 1944, p. 2, col. 6; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 20 Jan 2022).
41 Kenneth Finlayson and Robert W. Jones, Jr., “Rangers in World War II, Part II, Sicily and Italy,” Office of the Command Historian, U.S. Army Special Operations History (https://arsof-history.org/articles/v3n1_rangers_wwii_page_1.html : accessed 24 Jan 2022).
42 “U.S., National Cemetery Interment Control Forms, 1928-1962,” Orin E. Taylor, serial no. 01295961.
43 War Department to William R. Taylor, letter, 2 Nov 1945; original held privately by Sandra Taylor York, CA, scanned copy provided to Linda McCauley, Mt. Vernon, KY.
44 “Sicily-Rome American Cemetery,” American Battle Monuments Commission (https://www.abmc.gov/Sicily-Rome : accessed 24 Jan 2022).
45 Sandra Taylor York, granddaughter of William Robert Taylor and Nellie Frances Ready.
46 American Battle Monuments Commission (https://www.abmc.gov : accessed 27 Dec 2021); searchable database of records for those buried in World War I and II overseas military cemeteries; search for Taylors in Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and a general search of the database.
47 Find a Grave (https://www.findagrave.com : viewed 1 Nov 2007), memorial 3665614, for Orin E. Taylor, (Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, Fort Leavenworth, KS), digital image, 20 Oct 2007, by Ed n Edna Lane.
48 “U.S., National Cemetery Interment Control Forms, 1928-1962,” Orin E. Taylor, serial no. 01295961. Instructions for form OQMG (Office of Quartermaster General) 315 state the form is sent to next of kin and that QMC form 14 and is annotated when form 315 is returned by the next of kin. The purpose of form 315 is to obtain from the next of kin the birth date, religious emblem, and state to be included on the headstone.
49 Sandra Taylor York to Linda McCauley, emails, Dec 2019, “Documenting the Details Comment: Taylor;” privately held by McCauley.
50 “Death of Donald Taylor,” Leavenworth (KS) Post, 21 Oct 1921, p. 1, col. 7; digital image, Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 12 Dec 2021).
51 “Missouri, U.S., Jackson County Marriage Records, 1840-1985,” digital image, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/8700: accessed 11 Jan 2022), Verne Kenneth Taylor and Marjorie Jean BUnds, 29 Aug 1942, Jackson Co., MO; from Marriage Records, Jackson County Clerk, Kansas City.
52 Emma Ewers Taylor Hopkins, “Our Family History” (1969-1977); p. 15, names children. “California, U.S., Divorce Index, 1966-1984,” digital image, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1141 : accessed 11 Jan 2022), Verne K. Taylor and Marjorie J. Bunds, May 1970; from California Divorce Index, 1966-1984, Center for Health Statistics, Dept of Health Services, Sacramento.
53 Find a Grave (https://www.findagrave.com : viewed 24 Jan 2022), memorial 72058671, for Vern K. Taylor, (Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, Riverside County, CA), digital image, 6 Sep 2021, by landjnero.