Carroll County Biographies

Alonzo Taylor
York Township, Carroll Co IL

The fact that this gentleman can show the warrantee deed to 600 acres of valuable land in York Township is sufficient proof of the manner in which he has improved his time since coming to this section of the country, comparatively without means, in the fall of 1852. He came to Chicago in 1836, on a trip to do a little speculating. His has been a remarkably busy career, during which he has signalizedhimself as anhonest man and an upright citizen, meeting with success as a tiller of the soil, and building up for himself an enviable reputation among his neighbors.

Mr. Taylor, a native of Cheshire Conty NH is approaching the 81st year of his age, having been born Oct. 19, 1808. The first 18 years of his life were spent in his native county, where he was given a limited education, and from which he now started out on foot for the Holland Purchase, in the vicinity of Buffalo NY. He arrived at that place without any capital whatever, indeed with scarcely enough money with which to buy a square meal; but he contracted to purchase 50 acres of land in the woods, for which he was to pay $5 per acre. He soon secured work by the day, and earned money enough to purchase a second-hand ax, for which he paid .75 cents, the wages of two-day's labor. He then commenced choping wood, and in due time made the first payment on his land. This he cleared and improved, and thereon prepared to establish a home of his own, having, in the meantime become acquainted with a most estimable young lady, miss Diana Barber, to who he was married Dec. 8, 1831.

Mrs. Taylor was born Dec. 8, 1810 and was the daughter of Joseph Barber, a native of Warwick MA. Our subject and his young wife remained residents of the Empire State until the year 1850, then, selling out, came to Cook County, this State, and settled in Elk Grove Township, where they lived until the fall of 1852. Then, deciding upon another change of residence, Mr. Taylor came to this county, and in York Township rented the farm adjoining that owned by N.D. French, and upon which he operated three years. From there he removed to the homestead which he now occupies.

There were born to our subject and his wife ten children, nine of them bing natives of New York, and who are recorded as follows; The eldest, a daughter, Laura, died when 34 years old; Melissa is the widow of George Cole of York Twp; Catherine became the wife of John Cole, and died Aug. 30, 1867. Mr. Cole was then married to her younger sister, Susanna. Joseph is farming in Dakota; Frederick follows agriculture in Iowa; Triphena J. died withn about one month old; Almon remains at home with his father; he married Lellah M. Hines; they have five children, and carry on the home place. Alonzo died when 24 years old. Ida was born in Cook County IL and is the wife of William Stephenson; they reside in Dakota. Mrs. Diana (Barber) Taylor departed this life at the homestead in York Twp. Feb. 26, 1870 at the of 60. She was a devoted wife and mother, a kind and sympathizing neighbor, and a member in good standing of the Baptist Church, with which she identified herself early in life in New York State.

The parents of our subject were Joseph and Susanna (Bliss) Taylor, the former of whom was born Oct. 18, 1758 in Cheshire County NH on the same farm as his son Alonzo, and was reared at the old homstead of his father, near the city of Keene. The paternal grandfather, also a native of the old Granite State, was born about 1710, and there spent his entire life, passing away at the age of 98 years. During the progress of the Revolutionary War the father of our subject, in company with an elder brother, emigrated to Cheshire County, in the western part of the State, where each took p a farm in the wilderness. Near this there afterward grew up the flourishing city of Keene. Joseph Tayor here met and married Susanna Bliss, whose father was one of the earliest pioneers of Cheshire County and who, with his wife, spent his last days in the vicinity of Keene. After a few years Joseph Taylor purchased the old Bliss homestead, where was born our subject with his brothers and sisters. Joseph Taylor died Jan. 1, 1852 in Dupage Co IL at the age of 94 years and is buried in Naperville.

Almon Taylor, the youngest son n ow living of our subject, was born July 11, 1846 in Wyoming County NY, reared at the home farm, and was married Dec. 25, 1873 to Miss Lellah M. Hines. This lady is the daughter of Barnabas, the son of Eli HInes, who as born in Hubbardstown Mass., Aug. 21, 1791. In1891 the great-grandfather, Deacon Hines, the father of Eli Hines, removed with teams to the present site of Eden, VT, theirs being the first team to drive into the embryo town. The trip had occupied six weeks, adn they staid two days with one of the three or four families which had settled in Eden. Deacon Hines died about 1850, at an advanced age. During this time they put up a house on the tract of land which they secured from the Government, and where they lived until 1869. Eli Hines lived on the same farm fifty-four years. The mother in the meantime died. The father then removed to Johnstown, VT where he made his home with his daughter, Mrs. O.M. Fitch, until his death, at the age of 81, June 4, 1872.

Prior to the French & Indian War, which occurred before the Revolution, while one of the great-uncles of Mr. Alonzo Taylor, James Taylor, in company with a Mr. Farvell, were trapping on the Kennebec River, in the then wilds of Maine, they were captured by the Indians, as well as all their furs. They were taken over to Canada, and there sold as slaves to the Canadian French. They were in service under the French for 8 years. Before their time was up they had purchased their release, but were not even then allowed to return to their homes. At the close of the French adn Indian War they returned, and settled in New Hampshire, on the Connecticut River. DUring the War of 1812 Grandfather Eli Hines enlisted in the American army and served until the close.

He participated in the battle of Lundy's Lane, where he was wounded in the arm, but otherwise escaped unhurt. After the war he returned to his home, and was married in 1819 to Sally Willey. They became the parents of 13 children, and the mother of these died in 1841. Mr. Hines was married a second time in 1843 to Mrs. Lydia Ritterbuch, and of this union there were born two children. He thus became the father of 15 chilren all of whom lived to be married. He had at the time of death 83 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Six of his sons served as soldiers in the late Civil War. He held all the township offices except that of Clerk, represented the township in the Board of Supervisors five years, was Justice of the Peace 20 years, and County Judge for 2 years. He depart this life June 4, 1872.

Of this large family the father of Mrs. Taylor was the third son. He was born in Lamoille Co. VT Oct. 4, 1823 where his parents spent their entire lives. He was married in Manchester NH to Matilda Buck, whose father came to this county some years since, and died at the home of Barnabas Hines April 11, 1879 at the age of 97 years and ten months. The parents of Mr. Taylor lived in Manchester until 1856 and then removed to Eden VT where the father engaged in farming. Their family consisted of 8 children - Luella M., who died at age 2; Lellah M., now Mrs. Taylor; Addie M., wifeof Alexander Fye, who lives in Colorado; Eva M married Mahlon Mulnix and Clara E. married Daniel Webster and are residents of Dakota; Andrew G. lives in Dakota and is married to Sadie Mulnix; Aldace L. lives in Ellendale Dak.; Archie O, who died when 1 and a half years old.

During the Civil War, Barnabas Hines, father of Mrs. Taylor, enlisted in August 1862 in Company D, 11th VT Inf. and on the 19th of Oct. 1864 was wounded at the battle of Cedar Creek by a shot in the right hip, and was confined in the hospital until April 1865 when he received his honorable discharge. He carried a minie ball for a period of 20 years and then cut it out of his hip with a jack-knife. In the spring of 1868 the parents came to Winslow, Stephenson County, this State, settling on a farm where they lived until the spring of 1882. Then, selling out, they came to York Twp., this county; where they sojourned until 1883, and then moved on farther westward to Dickey County, Dak.; where the parents, and two sons and one daughter, now live.

Mrs. Almon Taylor has in her possession a silk shoulder-shawl, which was worn by her grandmother, Mrs. Buck when a girl, nearly 100 years ago. To her and her husband there have been born 5 children - Minnie M., Clifton H., Alfred J., Ida V., and Raymond A. The parents of Mrs. Taylor with most of their family, are members in good standing of the Christian Church. Six sons of Grandfather Hines served as Union soldiers in the Civil War. One, Silas, met death by starvation in Libby Prison. Another, Sylvanus, had both hands shot off, and is now a resident of North Hyde Park, Vt. The Hines family were notable for their warm advocacy of temperance, of which they made practical application in their own lives. Both Mr. Taylor and his sons are Republicans.

Source: Portraits & Biographical 1889 Pg. 987

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