JOHN Mc QUEEN TAYLOR
(Mc) 1812 - 1887
Narrative by Joyce Taylor
John McQueen Taylor was born
April 24,1812 in Franklin County, Tennessee. Every time
I found his signature it was J.Mc.Taylor or John Mc.
Taylor. He is wrongly listed in the book on Texas
Revolution soldiers , as McTaylor, such as McDonald,
McQueen,etc.So I shall refer to him as "Mc" in this
Mc came to Texas in 1829 at
the age of seventeen, with his Father and Mother.
The Mexican Empresario,
Lorenzo de Zavalla, brought a group of almost thirty
into East Texas. They settled in Bevil's Settlement, now
known as Jasper County.
Mc's father, Owen Taylor was
one of the earliest residents of Jasper County. He was
born in Georgia in 1785. A bricklayer by trade, Owen was
given a grant of one league of land. His grant was in
two parts. One was on Walnut Run, between Sally Glenn
and the Elijah Isaacks' leagues. The other was south of
Magnolia Springs. He lived on the Walnut Run.
Mc's mother was Spicy Matilda
McQueen Taylor, daughter of John and Nancy Crews
McQueen. She was born in 1793 in Madison County,
Kentucky. Owen died August 1855 and Spicy died February
7, 1855 in Orange County.
In July 1834 an express
arrived from Anahuac, calling for volunteers to dislodge
Col. Bradburn, a Mexican Officer stationed there. Eight
men from the Bevil's Settlement answered the call. Mc
was one of them. Four others who volunteered at the same
time were Joseph Grigsley, Jas. Chesher. Duke Gleen and
Henry Stagner. They departed immediately, arriving at
Liberty on the third day. There, they were under the
command of Col. Hugh Blair Johnson. They left the next
day for Anahuac. They were called the "Liberty Boys".
After the surrender of Bradburn, Col. Johnson disbanded
his men and Mc returned home.
In the 1835 East Texas
Census, Mc was listed as single man, age 22, living in
the household of his parents, in Jasper County.
On the 17th of October,1835,
Me entered the Army of the Republic, under Captain James
Chesher. They marched twenty days to reach San Antonio.
During the time he was there , a call was made by
Erasmus (Deaf) Smith for volunteers to reconnoiter and
spy out the where abouts of a Mexican force, reported as
approaching that place with some 700 convicts. Mc
volunteered and was with Deaf Smith some twenty days.
His kinsman, Squire Cruise gave an affidavit to this
fact, saying Mc did so against his advice. Mc was in the
Adam Byerly, a lieutenant in
Captain Chesher's Company stated that John Mc Taylor
participated with him in the Siege and Battle of San
Antonio, A.D. 1835. Mc states in his application for a
pension on May 23, 1874, that he served in the Company
of Captain James Chesher, under the command of Generals
Austin and Burleson, and that he was honorably
discharged about December 20, 1835 because of illness.
A letter dated December 27,
1877 from the Comptroller's Office at Austin,
states----This certifies that John Mc Taylor of Orange
County, Texas has been enrolled as a pensioner under act
approved July 28, 1876. The pension from July 1 to
September 30, 1877, amount $ 37.50 unpaid. The
appropriation being exhausted ---- a warrant cannot
In Mc's application foe land,
he states - he was a single man at the time of the
separation of Texas from Mexico - which he has since
married. A first class headright Certificate was issued
on the 4th of August, 1838 to John M. Taylor. He
received three quarters of a league and one labor of
land situated, with fronting on the east side of the
Nueces River in San Patricio County.
Sometime prior to August
4,1838 he married Nancy Ann She was born April 16, 1820
in Alabama. (I have not been able to find a marriage
record for them.) Three daughters and one son were born
to this union. In the 1850 Tyler County Census he was
listed with wife, Nancy A.P. and four children.
CHILDREN .OF JOHN McQUEEN
TAYLOR AND NANCY ANN TAYLOR
1. Elgiva Taylor was born
October 13, 1838 in Texas. She died January 28, 1899 in
Williamson County. She married I. H. Harris August 15,
1866 in Orange County, Texas. Both are buried in the
Presbyterian Cemetery in Georgetown, Williamson County,
2. Susanna Taylor was born in
1840 in Texas. Death date is not known. She married W.C.
Brazee on May 11, 1859 in Orange County, Texas. She was
listed in the 1860 Williamson County, Texas Census as
the head of a household.
3. Henryetta M. Taylor was
born January 14, 1842 in Texas and died September 5,
1899 in Williamson County, Texas. She is buried in the
Presbyterian Cemetery in Georgetown, Texas. She married
W.S. Keahey on June 17, 1869 in Orange County, Texas. He
is not listed in the Presbyterian Cemetery.
4. John McQueen Taylor, II
was born January 1, 1848 in Tyler County, Texas and died
July 2,1905 in Orange County Texas and is buried in
Harris Cemetery in that County.He married Synthia Jane
Dunlap on April 18,1872 in Orange. They were the parents
of twelve children, seven living to maturity.
CHILDREN OF JOHN McQUEEN
TAYLOR,II AND SYNTHIA JANE TAYLOR
1. Washington Thalus Taylor
was born March 15, 1873 in Orange County, Texas and died
September 27, 1929. He is buried in Jett Cemetery in
Orange County. He married Lilly Watson October 23, 1895
2. William LeGrand Taylor was
born November 20, 1880 in Williamson County, Texas and
died June 13, 1941 in Orange, Texas. He is buried in
Evergreen Cemetery in Orange County,Texas. He married
Ella Curl on March 23, 1902 in Orange, Texas.
3. Owen Taylor was born
October 27, 1882 in Orange, Texas and died April 29,
1955. He is buried in the Evergreen Cemetery in Orange.
He married 1) Emma Berwick on November 2, 1904 and2)
011ie Meyers on December 16, 1913. Both marriages were
in Orange, Texas.
4. Mary Jane Taylor was born
October 22, 1884 in Orange, Texas and died January
1,1922 in Harris County, Texas She is buried in Magnolia
Cemetery, Harris County. She married 1) Jim Thompson on
June 1, 1902 and 2) Nicco Circo on March 22,1905, and 3)
L.F. Vance on March 20, 1911. All three marriages were
in Orange, Texas
5. John McQueen Taylor, III
was born November 20,1888 at Conway Bayou, Louisiana and
died April 7,1973. He is buried in the Harris Cemetery
in Orange, Texas. He married 1) Rosa Curl on March 16,
1913, and 2) Sadie Mae Daley Goodyear (nee Berwick).
Both marriages were in Orange, Texas.
6. Augustus Taylor was born
December 23, 1890 at Conway Bayou, Louisiana. He died
September 23, 1942 in Lake Charles, Louisiana and is
buried Jett Cemetery, Orange County, Texas. He married
Beulah Mae Goodyear on September 21, 1912 in Orange,
(Joyce Taylor Rosenbaum is
the fifth child of this union.)
7. Evalena Taylor was born
February 26, 1896 in Orange, Texas. She died February
16, 1971 and is buried in Brookside Cemetery, Harris
County, Texas. She married Sherman Dexter Raby on March
24, 1917 in Orange. This family was listed in the 1900
Census in Cameron Parish, Louisiana.
Land Holdings and Public
Service of John McQueen Taylor John Mc Taylor had land
in Tyler County. The date of the instrument is July 23,
1849. He was the original Grantee. He had sold most of
his property , if not all of it, by June 1855. In the
book."TEXAS SCHOLASTICS" by Gifford White, Austin,
Texas, he was listed as guardian for Elgiva, Susanna,
Henryetta and John M. Taylor in the Tyler County school.
He was a Justice of the Peace
in Tyler County, last serving in March 1854. In 1860 he
was listed in the Orange County census. In 1872 he was
Justice of the Peace in Orange County. Prior to 1880,
his family moved to Williamson County. It is thought he
moved to Orange County, because of the failing health
and ensuing death of his parents. He was the
administrator of their estates. His mother, Spicy
McQueen Taylor was an heir of John McQueen, who had land
in Williamson County. In 1859, John McQueen Taylor paid
taxes while in Orange County, on the S. M. Taylor Estate
in Williamson County, Texas
Abstract # 246, 2900 acres
John McQueen Taylor
John McQueen Taylor was
listed on the 1880 Williamson County Census. His
occupation was listed as farmer.
John Mc.Taylor died on March
14,1887 in Williamson County. He is buried in the
Presbyterian Cemetery in Georgetown, next to his Wife,
Nancy, who preceded him in death on November 5, 1881.
PRESBYTERIAN CEMETERY 200
East 20th Street
Georgetown, Texas 78626
These graves are located near
the west fence in the south west corner of the one block
APR. 24.1812 AUG 1820
MAR. 14, 1887
(from additional research)
John Mc.Taylor was a member
of Madison Lodge A.F. & A.M., Orange County, Texas. He
was raised to Master Mason, September 25,1859.
Returns to Grand Lodge of
Texas by Madison Lodge No.126 held at Orange,
for the year ending December
27, 1863. Listed among the members is "Taylor, J. Mc".
On the page listing members for the year 1889, on line
46,is this notation,
"This line was left to hear
from Mc.Taylor. He was reported dead."
Mr. Loren P. LeBlanc, Past
Master and Historian, Madison Lodge No.126,A.F.& A.M.
Grand Lodge OF Texas Library and Museum, P.O. Box 446,
1. Assessor & Collector
Records for Orange County, Texas.
2. Original Copies are at the
Sam Houston Research Center, Liberty, Texas
3. Orange County Courthouse
4. Tyler County Courthouse
5. "First To Arrive", by Mrs.
6. "Some Early Southeast
Texas Families", by T.A. Wilson.
7. "Eras of Silsbee History"
, Newspaper, "Texas Illustrated", Liberty, Texas
8. "Handbook Of Texas" (Hugh
9. "Narrative Of The Anahuac
or Opening Campaign Of The Texas Revolution". TEXAS
10. Jean and Price Daniel
History Collection Sam Houston Regional Library and
Research Center, Liberty, Texas.
11. General Land Office,
Number 133. Austin, Texas
12. Holdings of the Texas
State Archives (Pension Claim of John McQueen Taylor)
13. Census Records of 1835 to
14. Family Bible of John
McQueen Taylor, II ----now in possession of Melbourn
Raby, 6615 Navagation BlBlvd, Houston, Texas
15. Grand Lodge of Texas
Library and Museum--Mr.Loren P.LeBlanc,Past Master,
Historian,Madison Lodge No.126,A.F.& A.A.M., Orange,
Library and Museum, P.O. Box
44446, Waco, Texas
John McQueen Taylor - -
By Myreta Matthews
The Williamson County
Historical Commission and his descendants, under the
leadership of Joyce Taylor Rosinbaum, wish to honor the
memory of John McQueen Ttaaylor1812 - 1887) by placing
an Official Texas Historical Marker at his grave in the
Presbyterian Cemetery in the City of Georgetown,
Williamson County, Texas.
We believe his service to
Texas, in its fight for freedom from Mexico, merits this
recognition. He was seventeen years of age when he came
to Texas with his parents in 1829.The family was among
the earliest settlers of frontier, colonial Texas in
what. is now Jasper County and helped develop that area.
In July 1834, John Mc Taylor
was one of eight volunteers to go from his community,
first to Liberty, Texas and then to Anahuac to dislodge
Col. John Bradburn, a Mexican Officer stationed there.
In October 1835 he enlisted in the army of the
of the Republic of Texas. He
marched twenty days to reach San Antonio and there
participated in the siege and battle of San Antonio de
He volunteered to go with
"Deaf" Smith on reconnoiter and was gone twenty days and
is credited with participating in the "grass fight". In
civilian life he served his community as Justice of the
Peace in Tyler County in 1354 and after moving to Orange
County served in the same capacity in 1872.
A member of the Madison
Masonic Lodge No.126 in Orange, he was made a Master
Mason in 1859.