Descendants of James Riddle Taliaferro

Generation No. 1

1. JAMES RIDDLE2 TALIAFERRO (RICHARD1) was born October 10, 1810 in Clearmont county, Ohio, and died Aft. 1888 in Nebraska?. He married CHARLOTTE CLEAVELAND March 15, 1833 in Peoria, Co. IL, daughter of RESOLVE CLEAVELAND and BETSEY.


James R. Taliaferro
Taken From the Lacon Home Journal - Reprinted in the Henry Republican
September 4, 1879

James R. Taliaferro, a prominent settler of Putnam county, lives one-half mile north of Putnam station, on the Peoria branch of the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific railroad. He was born in Clearmont county, Ohio, in 1810; his father being a soldier of the revolution, serving on the western frontier, and one of the intrepid band who, under Col. Clark, marched hundreds of miles through an unknown country swarming with hostile Indians, and captured Kaskaskia, and other posts held by the British, which have to freedom and free institutions the great northwest forever.

His mother was Rebecca Riddle, belonging to a family of noted Indian fighters. In one of those merciless raids so common in those days, the "station" was captured, and the inmates who were not killed on the spot were hurried off to Canada. The sufferings on the route were terrible, the well were loaded with plunder and those too feeble to stand the hardships, were butchered. Two of the brothers were adopted into the tribe and remained until men grown when they escaped and finally settled near Quincy, in this state, and became well known preachers of the Baptist persuasion.

About the year 1800 his father moved to Tremont county, Ohio, a heavily timbered region and opened a farm. The work of felling and burning the great trees was immense, and every member of his family was required to contribute such aid as he could give. When 15 years old disasters came upon the family and he was sent out to seek his own living, and hired himself to a farmer for $6 a month, then considered very fair wages. His opportunities for an education were limited to a few weeks schooling each winter, scraped together book learning enough to transact ordinary business quite satisfactorily.

When 19 years old he left home on the Ohio and went down the Mississippi to the vicinity of Memphis and engaged at chopping wood, getting 75 cents a cord, and easily cutting and piling three cords a day. In the spring he joined a party engaged in getting out timber for the New Orleans market, which they put into large rafts and floats down the river.

The swiftness of the current opposite the town made the landing of such unwieldly bodies difficult and dangerous. Several attempts were made, but the resistless river swept them past the city. The raft was so large and its momentum so great that no ordinary lines or posts to which they could attach availed to check its speed, and after floating down 70 miles without making a landing they despaired of doing so and abandoned it, and took passage on the Caroline, a government boat carrying supplied to troops engaged in the Black Hawk war.

At the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi, the boat landed and his first view of Cairo was had. The future city had but a single house (used for a tavern), and several warehouses, though there was a numerous population living in tents awaiting transportation. While here his funds gave out and he secured a situation at the tavern as a man of all work. There was much card playing going on, and one day he overlooked a game between a couple of professional gamblers and a greenhorn in which the latter was being badly fleeced. Opportunity offering soon after he privately cautioned him and was asked to take his place and play out the game. The other parties assenting, he sat down and won all their money.

Resuming his journey he came to Peoria, reaching there in 1832. West of Rome, at the foot of the bluff, an elder brother had settled some time previously, and with him he stayed until July, when he went back to Ohio, returning again in September.

In the spring of 1833 he married Charlotte Cleaveland and bought a place on Snachwine creek, near Moffitt's mill, and went to farming. Staid there until 1835, when he sold to Henry Pepper and moved to Putnam county, on the place he now occupies. The old cabin he built then still stands on lands belonging to John Williams. His nearest neighbor was Geo. Reeves, afterwards the noted outlaw, and the cabin he lived in may still be seen not far from Putnam station.

Reeves had three brothers, who preceded him to this country, their names being John, Terrell and Bill. They owned claims in the vicinity and sold one of them to to Lundsford Broaddus of Lacon, and he transferred it to Jesse C. Smith. Another claim was sold to Robert Davis - said to be the first real estate the latter ever owned, and on which he made his first "raise."

The Reeves brothers had no connection with their outlaw relative in his thieving operations, and returned to Indiana from whence they came before the latter began his career of rascality. They were believed to be honest men, but old Shabbona, at that time living on the bottoms above Snachwine station, had a number of ponies stolen, which were found concealed west of Henry where one of the brothers lived on the place afterwards owned by George Reeves. Shabbona took a sufficient number of his braves to overcome any possible opposition and drove them home.

Mr. Taliaferro is the oldest settler in Putnam county west of the river. On the west his nearest neighbor was John Boyd of Boyd's Grove, on the south Esq. Mallory, and on the north Jesse Perkins. The bane of the early settlers was ague and mosquitoes, and both were equally bad. Quinine was then as now the antidote of the first, and against the latter there was really no defense. They worried the life out of man and brute, and the only relief was found standing in smoke so dense as to be nearly suffocating.

Like all new countries there were privations encountered and hardships endured, but they were met in a manly spirit and overcome, and most of the early settlers look back on these times as the halcyon days of their existence.

Mr. and Mrs. Taliaferro had eight children born to them, five of whom have passed to the life beyond. Of their remaining children, two live in the vicinity and one in McLean county. Their old age is blessed with health and competence and they can look forward to the great change that comes to all with a reasonable assurance of having performed their duty here and with hopeful trust in the future.

Henry Republican
March 22, 1883 - A Golden Wedding

On March 15, 1883, fifty years ago, in a little old log cabin in the precinct of LaSalle, in Peoria county, Illinois, Jas. R. Taliaferro and Charlotte Cleveland vowed to love, cherish and protect each other for better or worse. ............ For two years the young couple remained in Peoria county, where on February 23d, 1834, Hiram, their first son was born, but only remained with them until Oct. 5th, 1834, when the little fellow, then an interesting boy, the ideal of his parents, was called away by the every ready and unknown grim visaged monster, death. Although it seemed hard fro them to leave little Hiram's grave behind, and go farther, after some reflection they deemed it best, and in 1835 came up to Putnam county, and located in the part now called the town of Senachwine. They were probably the first white settlers in Putnam county west of the Illinois river.

At that time Shabbona and his tribe of Indians were encamped not far from Mr. Taliaferro's cabin, which he had built not far from the graves of old Senachwine and his braves, whose mounds are yet to be distinctly seen on the bluff near the Taliarferro homestead. During the early days the usual trials, struggles and privations incident to pioneer life were lived through. They were blessed with plenty for themselves and no one ever came to their door in need, but who went away with their wants supplied. It has always been one of the traits of Mr. Taliaferro's character, to be generous to a foult. He would give the last farthing to one he loved. Mr. Taliaferro, whilst being a mild man, was indeed firm for the right; when once assured of it he was firm as adamant. This disposition sometimes led him into dangers in these lawless days, from which he was neve known to flinch.

Now after 50 yars of married life, their friends and neighbors, numbering nearly 100, assembled to assist them in celebrating this their "golden wedding." Old Uncle John Williams, who used to wrestle with Father Taliaferro in days gone by, sometimes go "ker-plunk' under into the mud and water, Taliaferro on top, was busily engaged with the many "old settlers". We must not forget to mention Loton Frisbey, a sprightly lad of 75, who was so overcome with the general happiness that seemed to prevade the entire assemblage, that he was caught in the act of making love to one of the ladies present.

Harriet Wright, who was a child and present at the original wedding, was also present. W. B. Robinson and wife, who have been married for 53 years, were also present at the "golden wedding".

During the half century of the marriage life many changes have been made in the family circle:

James R. Taliaferro was born Oct. 10, 1810 in Clement County,Ohio; married to Charlotte Cleveland, March 15, 1833. Mrs. Taliaferro was born in Upper Canada Jan. 1st, 1815. Their first child Hiram was born and died in Peoria Co., as above mentioned. The remainder were all born in Senachwine township, this county. Their record is as follows:

Norris, born August 26, 1836; died May 16, 1837.
William, born Feb. 22, 1836; died Jan. 8, 1844
Albert, born March 9, 1840; died Aug. 20, 1860
Cyrus, born June 21, 1842; died Aug. 26, 1879; was married Jan. 23, 1867 to Rachel Anderson, who survives him; five children were allotted to this family, 2 daughters dead, one son and two daughters living.
Isabel C., born July 30, 1847; married to Elijah Worley Feb. 7, 1872; now residing at Fairbury. This family have two children, a son and daughter.
Alice J., born April 23d, 1850; was married to Sidney L. White March 26, 1872, and have three children, a son and two daughters; are now residing on the old homestead with the old folks.
Adelaide, born Jan. 4, 1853; died June 26, 1854.
Their adopted daughter Emma is also residing at home.

Buried: Blue Ridge Cemetery, NE
Occupation: 1880, Retired Farmer
Residence: 1880, Senachwine Twp, Putnam Co IL


Henry Republican
March 22, 1883
A Golden Wedding

On March 15, 1883, fifty years ago, in a little old log cabin in the precinct of LaSalle, in Peoria county, Illinois, Jas. R. Taliaferro and Charlotte Cleveland vowed to love, cherish and protect each other for better or worse. No liveried footman was in attendance to spread the tapestry from the coach to the dorr; the rustle of silk, satins and fineries were not heard. The old cabin was filled with friends from miles around to witness the marriage ceremony, which at that primitive period was indeed a rare occurrence. Those that were there assembled were of the noble class of pioneers, who has in many instances forsaken homes and siresides in the east to assist in developing the glorious west. The marriage ceremony was conducted by Elder Sillaman, a Baptist clergyman then officating in that section.


i. EMMA3 TALIAFERRO, Adopted child.

ii. HIRAM TALIAFERRO, b. February 23, 1834, Peoria Co. IL; d. October 05, 1834, Peoria Co. IL.

Henry Republican
March 22, 1883
A Golden Wedding
For two years the young couple remained in Peoria county, where on February 23d, 1834, Hiram, their first son was born, but only remained with them until Oct. 5th, 1834, when the little fellow, then an interesting boy, the ideal of his parents, was called away by the every ready and unknown grim visaged monster, death.

iii. NORRIS TALIAFERRO, b. August 26, 1836, Snachwine township, Putnam Co. IL; d. May 16, 1837, Snachwine township, Putnam Co. IL.

iv. WILLIAM TALIAFERRO, b. February 22, 1838, Senachwine Twp, Putnam Co IL; d. January 08, 1844, Senachwine Twp, Putnam Co IL.

v. ALBERT TALIAFERRO, b. March 09, 1840, Snachwine township, Putnam Co. IL; d. August 20, 1860.

2. vi. CYRUS TALIAFERRO, b. June 21, 1842, Snachwine township, Putnam Co. IL; d. August 26, 1879, Putnam Co IL.

3. vii. ISABELLE C. TALIAFERRO, b. July 30, 1847, Putnam Co IL; d. May 11, 1889, Illinois.

4. viii. ALICE JOSEPHINE TALIAFERRO, b. April 23, 1850, Putnam Co IL; d. January 20, 1918, Bird City, Cheyenne Co. KS.

ix. ADELAIDE TALIAFERRO, b. January 04, 1853, Snachwine township, Putnam Co. IL; d. June 26, 1854, Snachwine township, Putnam Co. IL.

Generation No. 2

2. CYRUS3 TALIAFERRO (JAMES RIDDLE2, RICHARD1) was born June 21, 1842 in Snachwine township, Putnam Co. IL, and died August 26, 1879 in Putnam Co IL. He married RACHEL ANDERSON January 23, 1867 in Snachwine, Putnam Co. IL, daughter of ANDERSON and UNKNOWN.

Occupation: 1880, Dress Maker
Residence: 1880, Senachwine Twp, Putnam Co IL


January 24, 1867
At Snachwine, Jan. 23rd, by Rev. T. Pool of Chillicothe, Cyrus Taliaferro to Miss Rachel Anderson, both the Snachwine.

The above occasioned a little local excitement in that burg. Two of Snachwine's "own" cannot enter upon the sea of matrimny without the ripple extending far upon the waters of public assent. Chereished and beloved at home, the congratulations and prayers are general of Cyrus and his bride's future. May you find in the betrothal those elements of congeniality which will enrich and make life all the more delightful and choice to you, and abundant in its gifts of husbandly qualities and wifely virtues.


i. DANA4 TALIAFERRO, b. Abt. 1870; d. March 1873, Snachwine, Putnam Co. IL.

ii. MINNIE TALIAFERRO, b. Abt. 1873.

iii. DELLA TALLIFERO, b. Abt. 1868.


v. JAMES TALIAFERRO, b. Abt. 1876.

3. ISABELLE C.3 TALIAFERRO (JAMES RIDDLE2, RICHARD1) was born July 30, 1847 in Putnam Co IL, and died May 11, 1889 in Illinois. She married ELIJAH HENKINS WORLEY February 07, 1872 in Snachwine township, Putnam Co. IL.

February 15, 1872
At Snachwine, Putnam county, Feb. 7, by Rev. J. Whorry, E. Worley of Fairbury, and Miss Belle, daughter of J. R. Taliaferro.




4. ALICE JOSEPHINE3 TALIAFERRO (JAMES RIDDLE2, RICHARD1) was born April 23, 1850 in Putnam Co IL, and died January 20, 1918 in Bird City, Cheyenne Co. KS. She married (1) J. PERRY WELSION January 21, 1869 in Snachwine township, Putnam Co. IL. She married (2) SIDNEY WHITE March 26, 1872 in Putnam Co IL, son of WHITE and UNKNOWN.

Buried: Bird City cemetery, Cheyenne Co. KS

Marriage Notes for ALICE TALIAFERRO and J. WELSION:
January 28, 1869
At Snachwine, January 21, at the residence of J. Riddle Taliaferro, Esq., by Rev. Mapes, J. Perry Welsion and Miss Alice T. Taliaferro, both of S.

March 28, 1872
At Princeton, Bureau county, March 20, Sidney White and Miss Alice Taliaferro, both of Snachwine, Putnam county.


i. HENRY4 WHITE, b. January 22, 1873; d. March 21, 1877, Snachwine, Putnam Co. IL.

Notes for HENRY WHITE:
January 23, 1873
At Snachwine, Jan. 22, a son to Sidney L. White.

April 5, 1877
Died at Snachwine, March 21, Henry, aged 5 years, son of Sydney White, and grandson of J. R. Taliaferro.

ii. ALICE LOUISE WHITE, b. November 13, 1874.


November 19, 1874
At Snachwine, Nov. 13, a daughter to Sidney White, and granddaughter to J. R. Taliaferro.

iii. ROSA A. WHITE, b. September 29, 1876.

Notes for ROSA A. WHITE:

October 5, 1876
In Snachwine, Sept. 29, a daughter to Sidney White.

iv. HIRAM WALTER WHITE, b. July 27, 1879.


Other Info: 1880, age 11 months in census

v. DAISY E. WHITE, b. September 13, 1883, Snachwine township, Putnam Co. IL.

Notes for DAISY E. WHITE:

Henry Republican
October 4, 1883
Born in Senachwine township, Putnam county, Sept. 13, a son to Sidney White, and grandson to J. Riddle Taliaferro.

vi. ETHEL CHARLOTTIE WHITE, b. September 01, 1887, Bluehill, NE.

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