Thursday, September 4, 2014

Thomas Best Taylor and Mary Elizabeth Runner

Thomas Best Taylor
Parents: Joseph Taylor and Polly Ann Hudnall
Born: 9 July 1823 Richardsville, Warren,Kentucky
Military:  Civil War (Union)
Married: Mary Elizabeth Runner 27 February 1851 Richardsville, Warren, Kentucky
Died: 29 September 1862 Evansville, Vanderburgh, Indiana
Buried: Oak Hill Cemetery, Evansville, Vanderburgh, Indiana Section 24, row 12, grave 24
Short life sketch:
From “Family History of the Joseph Taylor, Jr. and Sarah Best Family”By Shari H. Franke

Thomas Best Taylor, born 9 July 1823, near Richardsville, Warren, Kentucky, married 27 February 1851, Mary Elizabeth Runner, at Warren County, Kentucky. M. J. Evans performed the ceremony. Her father, William Runner was bondsman for the marriage.

Thomas Best was a very handsome young man and a good farmer. Thomas must have felt a great responsibility when the Civil war started, for we know he joined the Union Army. He was a member of Company B, 38th Kentucky Infantry. He was shot in the arm accidentally by his own men while returning from a patrol. He was then taken to the Union Hospital at Evansville, Vanderburgh, Indiana, where he remained several months to recuperate. His arm had to be amputated and gangrene set in. Unfortunately, Thomas Best Taylor eventually died as a result of his wounds on 29 September 1862, at Evansville, Vanderburgh, Indiana. He was only 39 years old. He was buried at the U.S. Military Cemetery at Evansville.

Mary Elizabeth Runner, born 17 March 1827, near Richardsville, Warren, Kentucky, was the daughter of William Runner and his first wife, Margaret Penner. She was a devoted wife, who loved her husband very much. We understand that she rode horseback in the rain, from Richardsville, Warren, Kentucky to Evansville, Vanderburgh, Indiana to see her injured husband at the Union Hospital. How hard it must have been for Mary Elizabeth to lose her husband at such a young age! She was left with two little boys to raise alone. They were only eight and five years old when Thomas B. died.

Mary Elizabeth died on 18 November 1893, near Richardsville, Warren, Kentucky, where she was buried at the Green River Union Cemetery.
1860 US Census Warren, Kentucky (age 37)

Mary Elizabeth Runner
Parents: William Adam Runner and Margaret Sarah Penner
Born: 17 March 1827 Richardsville, Warren, Kentucky
Died: 18 November 1893 Warren, Kentucky
Buried Green River Union Church Cemetery, Richardsville, Kentucky Plot 291
1860 US Census Warren, Kentucky (age 33)


William Irven Taylor
Born 2 March 1854 Richardsville, Warren, Kentucky
Married Gertrude Earl Temple 16 August 1882 Bowling Green, Warren, Kentucky
Occupation: Preacher (1900 - his wife is a music teacher)  1910 (Minister)
Children: Gilbert, William, George, Mary
Died 31 December 1934 Jamison Hospital, New Castle, Lawrence, Pennsylvania
Buried Neshannock Cemetery, New Wilmington, Lawrence, Pennsylvania
1860 US Census Warren, Kentucky (age 6)
1900 US Census Sacramento, McLean, Kentucky (age 46)
1910 US Census Worth, Boone, Indiana (age 56)
1930 US Census Wilmington, Lawrence, Pennsylvania (age 76, widowed)
Joseph Nicholas Taylor
Born 5 March 1857 Richardsville, Warren, Kentucky
Married 1)  Louisa Elrod 25 November 1882
No Children
2) Minnie Love
No Children
Died 23 May 1931
Buried Fairview Cemetery, Bowling Green, Warren, Kentucky

Short Life Sketch (available on Family Search):
Biography of Joseph Nicholas Taylor Corrections/additions are in red

1860 US Census Warren, Kentucky (age 3)
1920 US Census Bristow, Warren, Kentucky (age 62)
1930 US Census Bowling Green, Warren, Kentucky (age 73)
Perrin's History of Warren Co., Kentucky p. 937

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