Saturday, April 28, 2012

Caroline Elizabeth Taylor, 1st Child of John & Eliza

Caroline Elizabeth Taylor, first known child of John and Eliza (Cagle) Taylor, was born in August 1829.  Her place of birth is listed as three different states on various federal census records (North Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee).   However, North Carolina was listed twice (on 1860 and 1880 census records).

Her name first appears on the 1850 census record as a married woman, Caroline Simmons.  She and her husband, Giles A. Simmons, were living in the Northern District, Hancock County, Alabama (later known as Winston County).  In their household were their first two children--Jane and Eliza. 

Caroline's husband, born in Tennessee in 1817, applied for a United States Federal Land Grant in 1859.  The grant was for approximately 120 acres in Township 10 S, Range 9 W, Section 1. 

Caroline and Giles were the parents of 13 children, according to her entry on the 1900 census. Known names of their children are as follows:
  • Mickey Jane, married Henry Aldridge 
  • Elizabeth "Lizzie" Ellen, married David Hamby Henderson, buried Fairview Cemetery in Double Springs, Alabama
  • Mary
  • John (twin), married Susan Avery, buried in Liberty Grove Baptist cemetery, Ashridge, Winston
  • William Washington (twin), married Lunettie Morphew, buried in Pike County, Arkansas, died from accidentally falling from a wagon; wife died from malaria
  • Andrew Jackson, married Margaret Juliana Henderson
  • Matilda
  • James Monroe, married Cyrena Jackson
  • Charles W., married Rhoda Pittman
  • Louisa P., married George Naylor
  • Charlotta Ada, married Mr. Tingle

Her husband Giles died on March 24, 1900.  His Alabama death record indicates he is buried at Gum Pond.   Caroline and Giles are buried at Rock Creek Cemetery, Winston County.  Their tombstones worn with age have been marked again by descendants.  Giles' middle initial appears as "O." on his tombstone, but other records indicate it was "A."

Rock Creek Baptist Cemetery, Winston County, Alabama

Rock Creek Baptist Cemetery, Winston, Alabama

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