Thursday, July 11, 2013

Alma K Taylor 1835-1910 Celia Anzinette Keyes 1841-1913 Martha Keyes 1845-1875 Cornelia Congdon 1845-1920

Alma K Taylor
Born 6 Mar 1835 Liberty, Clay, Missouri
Note:  he was a twin to Eleanor, who died shortly after birth
Parents:  John Taylor and Elizabeth Burkett
If you want to see him grouped as a sibling click here:
http://upperlevelgen.blogspot.com/search?q=eleanor+burkett
Occupation:  Farmer
Married 1) Celia Keyes 8 Dec 1856 Fort Bingham (now called 5 Points), Utah
2) Martha Keyes (Celia's sister) 27 Feb 1864 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
3) Cornelia Isabella Congdon (they divorced, she married Harry Roper)
Interesting note:  There is an Alma Taylor Plateau in Vernal, Utah and he lived in Vernal so it must have been his land at one time and is now claimed by the US Government as wilderness see the following link for more information:  www.fs.fed.us/restoration/.../Ashley_Alma_Taylor_FY10_20100506.pdf



Life History of Polygamist Alma K Taylor

Alma Taylor was born March 6, 1835 in Clay County, Missouri, two years after his father accepted the gospel. He was the oldest son of John Taylor and Eleanor Burkett. He came into the world at a time when the Latter Day Saints or Mormons as they were called, were being driven from post to post. They had to leave their comfortable homes and move to parts unknown. The Governor issued an order that the Mormons must leave Missouri, so they moved into a sparsely settled area called Ray County. They were living there in 1827. The mob wasn’t satisfied and kept up their plundering and mobbings until they drove them in to Caldwell County in 1827. They finally gathered with the saints in Nauvoo in 1840, and stayed there for three or four years. Alma was then five years old and big enough to remember the prophet Joseph Smith. His mother was a member of the relief society at time. It was at this time that Alma’s father was called to go with his family into the mountains and cut logs for the Nauvoo Temple. They went for 17 months and endured lots of hardships because of the Indians and the cold. Alma learned some of the Indian language and had lots of experiences with them. They were living in Nauvoo when the Prophet was having so much trouble with the mobs and when he was being tried in court. Many were being put in prison for the gospel’s sake. Alma was a big husky boy for his age, and he was eight years old when the Prophet was killed. He told his children that he heard the prophet say when he was going to prison for the last time that “He was going like a lamb to the slaughter” and he was void of offense toward anybody. It was about this time that Alma, his father, mother, and family went to Texas. It was also about this time that Alma swam the Missouri River to save some cattle that were going to drown. While in Texas they had lots of Indian scares. They were living in Fortanalis, Texas in 1848, and in 1849 they were living in Sampasis, Texas. NOTE: NOT SURE OF THE SPELLING OF EITHER PLACE At one time the Indians drove their cattle off, but Alma could talk their language and was able to get their cattle back. He also showed that he wasn't afraid. In 1853 they sold out and moved to Oklahoma to get ready to move to Utah. They were now ready to leave to cross the plains. Alma was now 19 years old and the oldest of his brothers, so a great deal of the responsibility fell on him. They left on June 12, 1854. There were two wagons to drive, 12 milk cows, and some young stock to watch. They owned their own company, and of course someone had to be on guard every night so the Indians would not run off their cattle. It was a long tedious journey to take, but they had good luck and arrived in Salt Lake August 15, 1854. At this time, he had two brothers, one 17 and one 15. The Indians were so bad they had to move into Bingham Fort, now called Five Points. They lived in the fort for two years and then moved to Slaterville, Weber, Utah. They were living there, Alma became acquainted with Celia Keys, a young girl who also emigrated across the plains. She was about 15 or 16 years old. She was born in 1841. They were married in 1856 and moved out to Eden where they lived on a home stead of 160 acres of land, and after a few years Alma made him a Saw Mill on Wolf Creek about eight miles from Eden. It ran by water power. He made lumber and lath. They hauled the logs in on a cart and ox team, and then hauled the lumber in to Ogden with a team of horses which was a distance of about 29 miles. Alma Taylor was a very courageous man. He weighed 180 pounds and was 5 feet 11 inches tall. He could run and jump 22 feet and could stand and jump 11 feet backwards. They lived in Eden until about 1859 when they moved to Vernal, Utah, where he lived until he died. First they lived in a log house and in 1895 they built a nice two story house from brick. There was a creek bottom a little ways from the house where he was hauling hay one day. He went to go across the ditch and fell off the hay and broke some of his ribs. He was sick for a long time and he suffered so much pain that drops of blood stood out on his head, so they told us. Alma died in the year 1910. He called for his son Hyrum, but he died before Hyrum could get to him.
Sources
1850 US Census Milam, Texas (age 15)
1860 US Census Cache County, Utah (age 24)
1870 US Census Ogden, Weber, Utah (age 36)
Note: listed as A. Taylor, all three of his wives are listed and seven of his children
1880 US Census Ashley, Uintah, Utah (age 46)
Note:  living with Celia and eight children
1900 US Census Vernal, Uintah, Utah (age 66)
1910 US Census Vernal, Uintah, Utah (age 76)

Utah Death Certificate (informant was Minnie Croxford)
http://www.shaweb.net/GenWeb/WebHist/Pedigree/233.htm
Life History:  Family Tree

Book:  Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah page 1202 for personal history page 392 for picture
Celia Anzinette Keyes
Born 10 May 1841 Grafton, Lorraine, Ohio
Parents: Elisha Barrus Keyes and Joanna Case Worden
Died 9 Sep 1913 Vernal, Uintah, Utah
COD:  Stomach Cancer
Buried: Rock Point Cemetery, Maeser, Uintah, Utah
Obit from findagrave:
When Mrs. Celia (Keyes) Taylor died last Thursday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Minnie Croxford, death took away a noble and upright woman, a woman who made the world a better by having lived in it. She was a consistent member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The immediate cause of death was cancer of the stomach.

The funeral was at 10 o'clock on Thursday morning at the First Ward house and was conducted by Bishop Hyrum Calder. The speakers were President Don B. Colton and John N. Davis. The music was furnished by a quartet. Burial was at the Rock Point Cemetery.

Deceased was born in Grafton, Ohio May 10, 1841 and at the age of eleven years she came to Utah with her parents, settling in Salt Lake for the winter. Afterwards she went to Winter Quarters, where in 1856 she was married to Alma Taylor. In 1887 the husband came to Ashley Valley and a year later the wife followed. There were 13 (this should be 15) children, eight of whom are living. Mary Huffaker, Willappa, Washington; Rosa Steinaker, Seattle; Clara Cover, Villah, Washington; Hyrum Taylor, Mesa, Arizona; Amy Gardiner, Taft; Mina Meadows, Seattle; Inis Workman, McLeod, Canada; Minnie Croxford, Vernal.

Two years ago Mrs. Taylor visited all her children and since that time she has been living in Vernal. Six weeks ago she was removed to the home of her daughter, Mrs. Croxford. The husband died four years ago.

Vernal Express
Sept. 12, 1913
transcribed by Rhonda Holton

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From her mother Joanna's history :  When Celia Anzinete was 15 1/2 years old, she married Alma Taylor at Fort Supply on December 3, 1856. They settled in Ogden in 1857 and pioneered Franklin, Idaho and Vernal in Uintah County, Utah. Celia was the mother of 15 children. Her husband died August 10, 1910 at Vernal from injuries received in a run-a-way. She took care of her mother in her old age. Celia died in Vernal September 9, 1913.

Sources
Utah Death Certificate
Pic of headstone:  www.findagrave.com
1870 US Census Ogden, Weber, Utah (age 28)
1880 US Census Ashley, Uintah, Utah (age 38)
1900 US Census Vernal, Uintah, Utah (age 59)
1910 US Census Vernal, Uintah, Utah (age 68)

CHILDREN WITH CELIA

Charles Alma Taylor
Born 22 Jun 1858 Eden, Weber, Utah
Not Married
No Children
Died 26 Aug 1858 Eden, Weber, Utah (age 2 months)
Buried
Sources
FGS
Sarah Anzinette Taylor
Born  27 Sep 1859 Eden, Weber, Utah
Not Married
No Children
Died 19 Nov 1861 Eden, Weber, Utah (age 1)
Buried
Sources
FGS
Mary Eleanor Taylor
Born 11 Sep 1861 Eden, Weber, Utah
Married  Peyton Young Gray Huffaker 17 Mar 1882 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Note:  Peyton is about 20 years older than Mary.  He served in the Civil War Confederacy in Missouri Third Battalion, Cavalry, E1.  Perhaps that accounts for the "Young Gray" in the middle of his name.
Children:  Walter, Roy, Luella, Edith (adopted)
Died 8 May 1931 Raymond, Pacific, Washington
Buried Fern Hill Cemetery, Menlo, Pacific, Washington
Sources
pic of headstone:  http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=101703413
Her mother's obituary
1870 US Census Ogden, Weber, Utah (age 8)
1900 US Census for Lincoln, Oregon
1910 US Census for Raymond, Pacific, Washington (age (age 41 - should be 49)
1920 US Census for Menlo, Pacific, Washington (age 59, widowed)
1930 US Census for Menlo, Pacific, Washington (age 69, widowed)
Johanna Rosella "Rosa" Taylor
Born 22 Dec 1863 Vernal, Uintah, Utah
Married John Steinaker abt 1883 Vernal, Uintah, Utah
Children: Baby Boy, Louise, Walter
Died 16 Nov 1921 Baird, Shasta, California
Buried: Seattle Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, King, Washington, United States
Sources
1870 US Census Ogden, Weber, Utah (age 5)
1880 US Census Ashley, Uintah, Utah (age 15)
1900 US Census for Vernal, Uintah, Utah (age 37)
1910 US Census for Seattle, King, Washington (age 47)
1920 US Census for Bexar, Texas (age 57, son Walter and his wife Annie are living with them)
Clara Louisa Taylor
Born 31 Jan 1867 Eden, Weber, Utah
Married 1) Erastus Leroy Cover 24 Jul 1882
Children: Louise, Mabel, Joseph, Jether (who went by Jack and served in WW1), Melissa, Nellie, Chalmers
2) Mr. Herman
Died: 3 Oct 1945 Dufer, Wasco, Oregon
Buried: Henderson Pioneer Cemetery, Dufer, Wasco, Oregon
Sources
1870 US Census Ogden, Weber, Utah (age 3)
1880 US Census Ashley, Uintah, Utah (age 14)
1910 US Census Foster, Linn, Oregon page 12 (age 44)
1930 US Census for Bend, Deschutes, Oregon (age 63, widowed)
1940 US Census for Dufer, Wasco, Oregon (age 73, widowed)
Note:  here she is listed as Clara Herman and her son, Jether, is going by Jack

Hyrum Henry Taylor
Born 17 Jun 1870 Eden, Weber, Utah
Married Eliza Jane Bird 24 Jul 1892 Vernal, Uintah, Utah
Children:  Violet, Clarence, Eliza, Hyrum. Ida, Lola, Alma, James, Alice, Minnie, Joseph, Carl, Ruth (not all the children are listed on the gravestone)
Died 5 Jul 1929 Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona
Buried City of Mesa Cemetery, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona
Sources
1870 US Census Ogden, Weber, Utah (age 1)
1880 US Census Ashley, Uintah, Utah (age 10)
1900 US Census Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona (age 30)
1910 US Census Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona (age 39)
1920 US Census Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona (age 49)
Picture of headstone:  http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=22377611
Book:  Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah page 392 for picture and 1202 for personal information.
Amy "Annie" May Taylor
Born 19 May 1872 Eden, Weber, Utah
Married James Charles Gardiner 25 Nov 1891 Glenwood Springs, Garfield, Colorado
Children: Ralph, James, Laverne, Charles, Myrtle
Died 25 Aug 1944 Oroville, California
Buried
Sources
1880 US Census Ashley, Uintah, Utah (age 8)
1900 US Census Naples, Uintah, Utah ( age 29)
1910 US Census White Rocks, Uintah, Utah (widowed, age 38)
Note:  surname spelled Gardner in record


Ermina Isabelle "Mina" Taylor
Born 6 Aug 1874 Vernal, Uintah, Utah
Married Harry C Meadows 13 Aug 1893 Vernal, Uintah, Utah
Children:  George, Elmo, Alta
Died:  17 Nov 1950 King County, Washington
Buried Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park, Seattle, King, Washington
Sources
Pic of headstone:  www.findagrave.com
Marriage:  Utah Marriages 1887-1966 Book A P-92 N-129 Batch # M74684-0
1880 US Census Ashley, Uintah, Utah (age 6)
1900 US Census Vernal, Uintah, Utah (age 26 )
Inez Pearl Taylor
Born  Apr 1875 Vernal, Uintah, Utah
Married Jacob Louis Workman 30 May 1893 Vernal, Uintah, Utah
Children:  Delbert, Marvel, Celia, Foster, Rosetta, Leila, Jacob, Florence, Ila 
Died 19 May 1942 Spokane, Spokane, Washington
Buried Greenwood Memorial Terrace, Spokane, Spokane, Washington
Sources
1880 US Census Ashley, Uintah, Utah (age 4)
NOTE:  Inez was mistakenly called Lola in the 1880 census - Inez lived a long well-documented life.  She would have been the four year old listed.  Plus, in old LDS church membership records, Lola Lucy is listed separately.  Per conversation with Susan Jackman.
1900 US Census Ashley, Uintah, Utah page 15A (age 25)
1906 Canadian Census Alberta, Alberta, Canada (age 30)
1930 US Census Spokane, Spokane, Washington (age 55, divorced)
1940 US Census Seattle, King, Washington (age 68, divorced, living with Lloyd))

Lola Lucy Taylor
Born 22 Apr 1876 Vernal, Uintah, Utah
Not Married
No Children
Died Jul 1883 (age 7)
Buried
Sources
1880 US Census Ashley, Uintah, Utah (age 1)
Rebecca Jane Taylor
Born 21 Feb 1881 Vernal, Uintah, Utah
Not Married
No Children
Died 1881
Buried Rock Point Cemetery, Maeser, Uintah, Utah
Sources
Findagrave.com
James Anson Taylor
Born 6 Oct 1882 Vernal, Uintah, Utah
Not Married
No Children
Died 9 Nov 1905 Vernal, Uintah, Utah  (age 23)
Buried Rock Point Cemetery, Maeser, Uintah, Utah
Sources
1900 US Census Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona (age 18, with his brother, Hyrum's family)
findagrave.com
Minnie Viola Taylor
Born 2 Mar 1887 Vernal, Uintah, Utah
Married Robert Franklin Croxford 5 Aug 1908 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Children: Vaughn, Ernest, Robert
Died 16 Jun 1922 Paul, Minidoka, Idaho
Buried 18 Jun 1922 Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah
Sources
Her mother's obit
1900 US Census Vernal, Uintah, Utah page 13A (age 13)
1920 US Census Minidoka, Idaho (age 33)

2nd wife MARTHA 

Martha Keyes
Born 16 Jan 1845 McQueen's Mills, Stephens, Illinois
Parents: Elisha Barrus Keyes and Joanna Worden
Died 21 Feb 1875 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Sources
1870 US Census Ogden, Weber, Utah (age 25)

CHILDREN WITH MARTHA
Book Prominent men of Utah claims there were four children born to this marriage.  I only found 3
William Taylor
Born 16 Mar 1865 Ogden, Weber, Utah
Married
Children
Died 22 Oct 1885 (age 20)
Buried
Sources
1870 US Census Ogden, Weber, Utah (age 5)
1880 US Census Ashley, Uintah, Utah (age 12 - should be 15)
Isabelle Taylor
Born abt 1868 Ogden, Weber, Utah
Not Married
No Children
Died abt 1887
Buried
Sources
http://home.comcast.net/~susanjackman/burketweb/israel/b795.htm
Becca Taylor
Born abt 1869 Ogden, Weber, Utah
Not Married
No Children
Died abt 1889
Buried
Sources
http://home.comcast.net/~susanjackman/burketweb/israel/b795.htm

3rd wife CORNELIA

Cornelia Isabella Congdon
Born 1 Jan 1845 Ross's Grove, DeKalb, Illinois
Parents: Thomas Congdon and Marietta Calista Worden
Married 2) Harry Roper
Children with Harry: Mary, Charles, Mary Isabel, Cornelia, Henry, Nellie, Thomas, Nettie, Clara, and Leslie 
Died  20 Feb 1920 Antelope, Bonneville, Idaho
Buried:  McMurtrey Dry Farm, Ririe, Idaho
Sources
1870 US Census Ogden, Weber, Utah  (age 25)

CHILDREN WITH CORNELIA
Note:  Prominent Men of Utah states there were 5 children born to this marriage.  I've only found two.

James A Taylor
Born 1867 Utah
Died
Sources
1870 US Census Ogden, Weber, Utah (age 3)
Ida Minerva Taylor
Born abt 1869 Utah
Died abt 1870
Sources
1870 US Census Ogden, Weber, Utah (age 1)






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