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Biographical Sketch for
Dr. David B. Taylor Family

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Philetus Taylor---------+
                        +----David Baldwin Taylor---+
Caroline Dibell---------+                           |
                                                    |   +--Edith Ione
                                                    +---+--Ralph Carpenter
Dr. Thomas F. Dodge-----+                           |   +--Edward Theron
              wife 1----+                           |
Melinda King------------+----Josephine--------------+
              wife 3----+

Dr. David B. Taylor, M. D.

Read extensive biographical article in Portrait and Biographical Album, 1891.
Read the shorter biographical sketch in History of Lake County, 1902.

Born December 26, 1827, in Kingsville, Ashtabula Co., Ohio. Married Josephine Dodge, June 15, 1863, in Reading, Hillsdale Co., Mich. Dr. Taylor enlisted in the 18th infantry as a hospital steward on August 13, 1862 at Hillsdale, Mich for a period of three years. He was discharged for disability at Lexington, Ky., on Jan. 16, 1863. Treasurer of Millburn Mutual Insurance Company. Dr. Taylor died at 6:00 am on August 1, 1904 of heart failure, in Millburn, Ill. He was 77 years old (obituary). Left an estate worth $22,367.98, mostly in notes, accounts, and real estate (estate inventory available). He is buried in Millburn Cemetery. (photos available 1862, 1902)

A lengthy poem was written by local author Hughie Hughes on the occasion of Dr. Taylor's thirty-second wedding anniversary.

Josephine Dodge Taylor

Born April 16, 1843, in Michigan. Married David Baldwin Taylor on June 15, 1863 in Reading, Michigan. Moved to St. Louis, Mo., to be with daughter, after death of husband. Died at 5:00 p.m. on October 10, 1920, at age 77 years 5 months and 24 days. (photos available 1875, 1905)

Phyletus Taylor

Phyletus also seen spelled as Philetus. Born August 28, 1800 in New York. Married March 9, 1826 in Ashtabula County, Ohio. Moved to Somerset Co. Mich in 1845 and cleared forest land to make a farm. Children: David B., born Dec. 26, 1827; Durand, born 1829; Dency C., born 1831; John D., born 1834; William F., born 1837; Harvey, born 1839; Flora A., born July 29, 1841, died July 31, 1917; Cicero S. ,born 1843; Calista E., born 1846; Thomas G., born 1850; Phoebe E.; and Clarinda, born 1856. Died March 9, 1876, buried in Aldrich Cemetery in Somerset, Hillsdale Co. Mich.

Caroline Dibell Taylor

Dibell also seen spelled as Dibbel.

(Editor's Note: the following two paragraphs are from an obituary)
Died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. M. Rutan, on the 19th of April 1889. Caroline L. Taylor aged 80 years and 1 month.

Caroline Dibble was born in Durham N. Y. March 20, 1809, moved to Denmark, Ohio, when two years old where she was married to Philetus Taylor in 1827 came to Michigan in 1845, settled on a farm in Somerset township, where she lived till the death of her companion which occurred in March 1876 and since his death has lived with her children. Eleven children were given them, eight of whom are still living. She made a profession of the Christian religion for many years. The funeral services were held at the Aldrich school house on Sunday afternoon April 21st Rev. J. P. Borton preaching the sermon.. The remains were laid to rest in the Aldrich Cemetery, by a large concourse of sorrowing relatives, friends and neighbors.

Dr. Thomas F. Dodge

(Editor's Note: The following paragraph is from History and Biographical Record of Lenawee County, Michigan, and is included since Dr. Dodge may have influenced our Dr. Taylor to become a physician.) Dr. Thomas F. Dodge was born in Andover, Windsor county, Vermont, August 21st, 1806. Of his early history we have but little knowledge. His father died when he was eleven years old, being the oldest of the family. After the death of this father, he went to live with his uncle, and when a young man he came to Blissfield, this county. As early as October 18, 1830, he purchased of Issac Randall, a small farm, which together with school teaching, furnished him employment. While a resident of Blissfield, he became acquainted with Miss Abigail V. Carpenter, daughter of Samuel Carpenter, of Madison, a worthy young lady to whom he was married, August 8th, 1831. By this union three children were born, Samuel C. Dodge being the oldest, born October 21st, 1832. He now resides at Reading, Hillsdale county. Mrs. Dodge died September 15th, 1837. June 20th, 1835, he purchased of John S. Older, the e. 1/2 of the n. w. 1/2 of the n. w. 1/4 of section 20 in the town of Madison, where he resided until November 11th, 1836, when he sold his farm to Seth P. Benson. The farm is now owned by the Hon. Thomas. F. Moore. On the 21st day of the same month, he purchased of Job S. Comstock, the property of the corner of Main street and Dodge's alley, Adrian. Mr. Dodge was married the second time, May 28th, 1838, to Miss Melinda King, by whom five children were born. She died December 13, 1849, leaving the Doctor with a large family of children, adding much to his many cares. January 2d, 1850, he married for this third wife, Mrs. Lucinda King, by whom four children were born. Upon his last wife devolved the responsible cares of raising this large family of children, and by the valuable advice and assistance of a kind husband, she performed her part well. A large and worth family has been cared for, educated, and is now respected by all who have the pleasure of its acquaintance. In the summer of 1859, the Doctor rented his homestead in Adrian, and became a resident of Reading, Hillsdale county, where he lived for about four years, when he returned to Adrian and again occupied his old home on Main street. If we are not mistaken, the Doctor practiced his profession more or less for over forty years, and by many, his kind care and goodness of heart will long be remembered. Dr. Dodge did not succeed in amassing a large fortune, but he did succeed in leaving to his family a name untarnished. Being one of the earliest pioneers of the county, he took an active part in the organization of the Lenawee County Pioneer Society, and was elected its first treasurer, at the same time that Dr. K. K. Underwood was elected president and Wm. A. Whitney secretary. Dr. Underwood was first called to his last resting place and Dr. Dodge soon followed. He died at this residence in Adrian on Monday afternoon, May 28th, 1877, in the 71st year of his age, and was buried in Oakwood cemetery, on the 30th of the same month.

Children of David Baldwin and Josephine Dodge Taylor

Edith Ione Taylor

Born August 6, 1867. Married Henry Allen Jameson on May 27, 1891. Moved to St. Louis, Mo.

Ralph Carpenter Taylor

Born December 11, 1869. Married Irene Livingston Stewart on May 23, 1900, in Millburn, Ill. Children: Glenn Stewart, born October 24, 1903, died October 18, 1983; Merrill Leon, born May 25, 1907, died August 19, 1995 in Cook County, Illinois. Medical degree from Rush Medical School. Practice at Lily Lake, Ill., then moved to Kelso, Saskatchewan, Canada, in 1922. Died November 25, 1950. (obituary).

Edward Theron Taylor

Born December 6, 1872. Married Jean G. Whigam on December 24, 1900. Children: William W., born Sept. 1901; David Baldwin, born July 29, 1905, died April 24, 1993; John Edward, born February 5, 1907, died March 5, 1980; and Isabel J., born Nov. 1916. Became a lawyer in Chicago.
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