Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Inventor Silas Pinkney Taylor

Silas Pinkney Taylor
Silas Pinkney Taylor, born October 6, 1888, was the son of James Knox Polk and Amanda (Byrd) Taylor.  Silas was the grandson of John and Eliza (Cagle) Taylor.

On February 9, 1908, Silas married Louanna Mitchell, daughter of Walter and Martha (Henderson) Mitchell. They had 3 children: Harley ClintonMack Dee, and Lois Frances.  By 1917 the family moved from Winston to Lawrence County, Tennessee, as indicated by his World War I Draft Registration.  Silas listed his occupation as "barber."  In 1920 Silas' mother and father, along with nephew Elmer Taylor, were also living with him. Silas and family lived on Jackson Highway, next door to his brother James David Taylor and family.

On the 1920 Federal census, Silas listed his occupation as "inventor."  His place of employment was Tennessee Implements Sales Company in Loretto, Tennessee.  While working at this company, a patent application was filed by Silas on September 27, 1919.  The invention was described as "new and useful Improvements in Fertilizer-Distributers. " The device was designed to apply to the beam of a plow or cultivator.  In addition, Silas applied for another patent on October 6, 1919 for a fender design.  All of his applications for patent were approved. 

Silas' first wife died in November 25, 1922.  Louanna is buried at Liberty Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Winston County, Alabama.
Silas shaking hands
with candidate for Governor

About 4 years after the death of Louanna, Silas married Mary Loveless in Lawrence County, Tennessee on February 21, 1926.  Elder W. W. York performed the ceremony.  The couple had the following children:  Bonnie Marie, Deauthanna, Kathern, Lucky O'Neal, Silas P., Jr., Terry Ray, and Clyde.

Silas died on August 2, 1976 at the age of 87.  He and his wife Mary are buried in Greenhill Cemetery, Lauderdale County, Alabama.

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