She moved with her family to Shelby County, Ohio when she was a girl and her father died in 1834.
According to the Shelby County, Ohio Probate Court guardianship records, Elizabeth was sixteen years old on August 24, 1835. Her brother, John Taylor was chosen as her guardian and the guardian of her sister Mary Ann. Her brother, Abraham Taylor and Reuben Staley were securities. On August 4, 1836, William J. Martin was appointed guardian to the Taylor children.
Guardianship is when a court gives an adult custody of a child and/or the responsibility of managing the child's property. Before women could own property, guardians were appointed for their minor children if their husband died.