An American Family History

Jacob C. Taylor

Shelby County, Ohio is in western Ohio and was formed in 1819 from Miami County.

The first U.S. railroad opened in the 1830s. In 1869 the first transcontinental railway was completed.

Jacob C. Taylor was born on January 31, 1864 in Sidney, Shelby County, Ohio. He was the son of Jacob Taylor and Sarah Branstiter.

At the time of the 1880 census, he was sixteen years old and still living at home with his parents. He was farming. In 1900, he was living with his mother, Sarah Taylor, and sister, Sarah Burgett, in Lincoln, Warren County. He was a teamster.

He married Jane Virtue Hastie on February 15, 1902. Jane was the oldest child of Phillip and Ellen Hastie. She was born in Iowa in 1869. 

Jane and Jacob had two children: 
Maurice Alexander Taylor (1914, married Maude Crane) and
Bessie E. Taylor (1916).

At the time of the 1920 census, they were living in Lincoln Township, Warren County, Iowa. Jacob was a farmer. The household consisted of J. C. age 55, Jane age 51, Maurice A. age 16, and Bessie E. age 14. At the time of the 1930 census, Jacob and Jane were living in Pleasant Grove Township, Marion County, Iowa.

Jacob died on June 28, 1948 and Jane died in 1951. They are buried together at Scotch Ridge Cemetery.

Children of Jacob Taylor
and Sarah Branstiter:
  • Daniel Taylor
  • Louisa Taylor Long
  • Leathy Ann Taylor Stringfield Gilman
  • Mary Elizabeth Taylor Campbell
  • Abram M. Taylor
  • Sarah Jane Taylor Burgett
  • Mahalia Isabel Taylor
  • Jacob C. Taylor
  • Henry Taylor
  • Richard Taylor
  • Warren County, Iowa was formed in 1846. The county seat is Indianola.

    In the 1830s settlers began arriving in Iowa from Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana, Kentucky, and Virginia. Iowa became a state in 1846.




    Roster and Record of Iowa Soldiers in the War of the Rebellion

    Hastie, Philip. Age 20. Residence Summerset, nativity Scotland. Enlisted Aug. 19, 1862. Mustered Oct. 15, 1862. Transferred to Veteran Reserve Corps, June 15, 1864. Left sick in Hospital, Cairo, Ills., June 7, 1863. Borne on rolls to Aug. 31, 1864. No later record found.


    Illinois became a state in 1818. A large influx of American settlers came in the 1810s by the Ohio River.

    from Terry M. Rootsweb Chat

    Philip Hastie b 13/01/1842 Berwickshire Scotland son of William & Elizabeth Hastie nee Purves. The family emigrated to the US. Philip enlisted 19/8/1862 in Greenbush Iowa, he mustered into 'H' Co IA 34th Infantry 15/10/1862 Burlington IA. He had been paid $25 dollars of his Enlistment Bounty. In June 1863 he shows sick in Cairo Illinois with chronic hepatitis. After 5 1/2 months in hospital he was found unfit for active duty and transferred to the Invalid Corp then the Veteran Reserve Corp.

    He returned home to Warren County in 1868 where he married his cousin Ellen Hastie daughter of Alexander & Georgina Hastie nee Virtue. In 1891 he applied for an Invalid Pension, as part of his pension application Philip wrote a narrative of his war service.

    I hereby state under oath that I enlisted in Co H, 34 Iowa Vol. Inf on the 18th of August 1862 & on the 18th of Sept we went into Camp at Burlington IA after receiving our uniforms and accoutrements we left for the South 22nd of November

    and on the 25th of December we laid up in the mouth of the Azur river near Vixburg [Vicksburg, Mississippi] here the water was green with scum and it was here that the Diarrhoea got its first hold on me,

    this was on the first attack on Vixburg, and on the3rd of Jan 1863 we had orders to move up the river [Mississippi] and onthe 11th of Jan 1863 we captured Arkansas Post

    then we went to Chicago with the prisoners

    got to Chicago on the 29th we left on the 23rd of Feb for St Louis

    we got into Benton Barracks on the 5th[?] here we stayed as we were nearly wore out until the 23rd of April

    we were then sent to [unreadable] MO and on the 3rd of June we left for St Geneva and on the 6th we got on board a boat as I was so weak I had to be hold [sic] part of the way. I with some others was then left at Cairo Ill Hospital June 6th 1863.

    I stayed until Sept 12th and then was sent to Mound City Hospital to make room for wounded coming in on the 18th Jan 1864.

    Convalescents were taken out of the Hospital to guard the Navy yard at that place we relieved the 8 Ill [8th Illinois regiment?] on the 15th of May 1864 left for Washington DC got there on 19th and on the 23rd was transferred to Co K, 20th VRC

    on 25th we were sent to Point Lookout MD to guard prisoners here is where my rheumatism took hold on me as it was fearful cold winter of 1864 & 1865 on the 1st Jan 65 the Rheumatism was so bad I could hardly get around. [his 33rd birthday was on 13 Jan] I stayed here guarding prisoners when able until the 21st of May and was then sent to Wheeling W. VA to do patrol duty was discharged by order of the War dept on 23rd of August 1865 at Wheeling W VA.

    Philip died on the 17/12/1915 Allen Town Warren County IA.


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