The obituary of James Taylor, farmer.

Wilson Daily Times, 23 October 1944.

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In the 1900 census of Taylor township, Wilson County: farmer James Taylor, 19; mother Martha, 57; her daughter Mallie, 27; and her grandchildren Anna, 14, Maggie, 11, Alice, 6, and Mattie, 2.

On 13 December 1905, James Taylor, 23, of Taylors township, married Dora Locus, 26, of Nash County, in Wilson County.

In the 1910 census of Taylor township, Wilson County: on Farmers Mill Road, farmer James Taylor, 28; wife Dora, 34; and nieces and nephews James, 8, Booker T., 6, and Mattie, 12; stepson Willie Locust, 16, saw mill laborer; niece Maggie Parker, 22, and her sons Wiley D., 3, and Odies Lee, 8 months; also, Lemon, 70, and Matha Taylor, 69.

In 1918, James Taylor registered for the World War I draft in Wilson County. Per his registration card, he was born 30 December 1882; lived at Route 2, Elm City; farmed for W.W. Farmer; and his nearest relative was Dorah Taylor. He signed his card with an X.

In the 1920 census of Taylor township, Wilson County: farmer James Taylor, 43, and wife Dora, 38.

In the 1930 census of Taylor township, Wilson County: farmer James Taylor, 48; wife Dora, 50; sister-in-law Mattie, 30, widow; children William N., 13, Irine, 11, Mildred G., 10, and Ardie L., 6; and Easter Pate, 3 months, and Swindell Pate, “0 months.” [Whose children are the Pates?]

In the 1940 census of Taylor township, Wilson County: farmer Jeams Taylor, 58; wife Dora, 62; siblings(?) Jim, 40, John, 70, Bloss, 42, William, 22, Arlene, 20, Mildred, 18, and Rudolph, 2; plus lodger Artis Locous, 18.

James Taylor died 4 October 1944 in Taylor township, Wilson County. Per his death certificate, he was 63 years old; was born in Wilson County to Leonard Taylor and Martha Farmer; was married to Dora Taylor; was a farmer; and was buried in Farmer cemetery.

2 comments

  1. As usual, you bring us the most interesting facts and information about heritage, our people, and the early struggles back to life. I note the “colored” news title, shake my head. Thank you Lisa….

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