John T. Taylor, farmer; P. O. Rardin; born in Champaign Co., Ohio, Dec. 24, 1843, where he lived until 9 years of age, when he emigrated with his parents to Illinois and located in what is now known as Morgan Tp., in the fall of 1853, and where he has since continued to live within two and a half miles of his present location; he lived with his parents and engaged in farming until the spring of 1864, when he commenced farming upon his own account upon the place where he has since lived. He owns in his own farm 714½ acres, which he has improved, and upon which he has erected good buildings, and 98 acres in other parts of the county; when Mr. Taylor first located upon his present place, there was upon the same an old log house and barn, which were among the first buildings erected in this township; he erected his present barn in 1869, and house in 1873. His marriage with Mary Elizabeth Ross was celebrated Jan. 21, 1864; she was born in Morgan Tp., Ill., Nov. 11, 1845; seven children are the fruit of this union, two of which are deceased; the names of the living are Clarinda J., Margaret E., Alice A., Samuel P. and Martha I.; the deceased are John P. and Sarah C. Mr. Taylor is a son of Peter Taylor, who located in this township in 1853, and who still lives upon Sec. 19, Morgan Tp.; his mother died Dec. 18, 1860; Mrs. Taylor is the only surviving child of Samuel and Catherine J. Ross; her father was born Dec. 9, 1801, in Kentucky, and emigrated from Bourbon Co., Ky., in 1840, locating in Morgan Tp., where he lived until locating decease, which occurred June 17, 1853; Mrs. Ross was daughter of David Morgan, who emigrated from Indiana, and located in Morgan Tp. in 1835; she was born Feb. 22, 1822, and died Nov. 17. 1853.
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