The obituary of Roderick “Mike” Taylor, Sr., barber.

Wilson Daily Times, 5 August 1947.

In the 1900 census, Wilson, Wilson County: Mike Taylor, 36, a drayman; wife Rachel, 36; and children Roderick, 17, Maggie, 14, Mattie, 13, Maddie, 12, Bertha E., 8, and Hennie G., 6.  Rachel and daughters Maggie, Mattie and Maddie were occupied at washing.  Roderick and the youngest girls “go to school.”

On 16 May 1906, W.T. Taylor applied to the Wilson County Register of Deeds for a marriage license for Roddrick Taylor of Wilson, 23, son of Mike Taylor and Rachel Taylor, both living, and Mary J. Pender of Wilson, 18. Fred M. Davis, Baptist Minister, performed the ceremony the same day at Mike Taylor’s in Wilson, with witnesses W.T. Taylor and Addie Rauls.

In the 1912-13 Wilson NC city directory, there is this listing: Taylor Roderick barber Paragon Shaving Parlor h 114 W Lee.

In the 1916-17 Wilson NC city directory, there is this listing: Mount Hebron Lodge #42, Roderick Taylor SW. Also, Taylor Roderick barber h 611 E Green.

Roderick Taylor registered for the World War I draft in Wilson. Per his registration card, he resided at 611 Green Street and worked as a barber for Tate & Hines, Nash Street. His nearest relative was Mary J. Taylor, and he was described as tall and slender, with dark eyes and black hair.

On 5 July 1923, H.A. [Hiram Abiff] Faulk filed a deed for sale of land to Roddrick Taylor and wife Mary J. Taylor, for $10 and valuable consideration, a house and lot on the north side of East Green Street and known as No. 607 (old city No. 608) E. Green, lot measuring 70′ x 120′.  The lot was bordered on either side by the properties of William Hargrave and Walter Hines.

Taylor briefly owned his own barbershop with a partner. In the 1925 Wilson city directory: Taylor Roderick (Coley & T) h 610 E Green, and Coley & Taylor (DH Coley, Roderick Taylor) barbers 105 S Goldsboro

In the 1930 census of Wilson, Wilson County:  at 610 East Green Street (rented for $20/month), Roderick Taylor, 45, barber, with wife Mary J., 39, and children Edna G., 8, Mary J., 4, and Roderick Jr., 1.

In the 1940 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 607 East Green Street, barber Roderick Taylor, 58; wife Mary J., 50; and children Edna G., 18, a college bookstore clerk, Mary J., 14, and Roderick Jr., 12.

Roderick Taylor Sr. died 4 August 1947 in Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was born 16 March 1882 in Wilson to Henry Taylor and Rachel Barnes and worked as a barber.  Informant was Mary J. Taylor, 607 East Green St., City.


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