Soper J. Taul; was born in Platte Township of Clay County, November 22, 1877. His parents were Ben I. and Patsy Ann (Spencer) Taul. His father was born in Clark County, Kentucky, in 1821, and the mother in Nicholas County of the same state on August 26, 1832, and is still living, while the father died July 26, 1886. They were married in their native state—came out to Missouri before the war, the father coming through by land-working cows—and they settled in Clay County, but owing to the troubles incident to war times returned to Kentucky. When peace was restored they found permanent homes in Missouri, and the father took up farming east of Smithville. He started with 390 acres, and had an estate of 270 at the time of his death. For this time he was reckoned among the successful farmers. He was a democrat, and with his family worshipped in the Methodist faith. Of the eleven children, nine are still living, as follows: Elizabeth, wife of S. H. Lewis of Paradise, Missouri; James, of Clay County; Mollie, wife of Noah Neff, of Liberty; W. K., of Kearny; Margaret, deceased; J. T., who is farming on the home place; R. O, living at Paradise; Maxie, wife of Hayden Settle, of Kearny; Benjamin, of St. Joseph; C. D., deceased; and Soper J.
The youngest of the family, Soper J. Taul was only nine years old when his father died, and as the necessities of the homestead demanded all hands, he stopped his schooling at an early age, having attended several winter terms in the country. He worked at home until his marriage, and when that event was celebrated at the age of twenty-one he started out to provide for his own family. On December 21, 1898, he married Minerva Davis, who was born in the same neighborhood November 12, 1877, a daughter of Cephas and Falitta Jane (Britt) Davis. Her mother is still living at the age of sixty-five.
As a part of his earlier experience Mr. Taul had worked for three years, between the ages of fifteen and seventeen, at wages of 50 cents a day, so he had a thorough apprenticeship in the school of labor. After his marriage he continued on the home place a short time, then rented land for three years, after which he bought a place adjoining the old homestead. For about ten years he carried on his enterprise as a progressive farmer citizen, and still owns and operates a farm of 160 acres north of Liberty.
Mr. Taul has taken considerable part in democratic politics, and was the choice of his party and many friends for the office of county collector in the fall of 1910, and after four years of capable work was renominated and elected without opposition in 1914. Mr. Taul belongs to the Knights of Pythias and Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and he and his wife are Methodists. They are the parents of two children: May Neff and Dorothy Eleanor.
Source: A History of Northwest Missouri Volume III; publ. 1915 in III Volumes; Edited by Walter Williams; Submitted to Genealogy Trails and transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack