|Charles Alexander Taylor, |
Son of John & Eliza (Cagle) Taylor
His name first appears on a federal census for Hancock County, Alabama (later known as Winston). Listed as Charles Taylor, age 16, he is the oldest child living in the household of 10 people. At the age of 23, Charles married Louisa Jane "Sis" Curtis on February 19, 1857 at the home of the bride's father, Solomon Curtis. Two brothers of Louisa Jane also married Taylor sisters.
|Charles Alexander and Louisa Jane (Curtis) Taylor, |
Photo in collection of Bill Taylor
Charles and Louisa were the parents of eight children:
- George Washington Taylor, married Lucinda Caroline Swims, buried at Rock Creek Cemetery, Winston
- Amelia Taylor
- Thomas Pinkney Taylor, married Cordelia J. Swims, buried at Rock Creek Cemetery, Winston
- Martha Jane Taylor, married Albert Randolph Shipman, buried at Fairview Cemetery, Winston
- John Frank Taylor
- James Jackson Taylor, married Lou Ella Penn
- William Verpo Taylor, married Sarah Elizabeth James, buried at Hopewell Cemetery, Ashville, St. Clair County, Alabama
- Lewis Monroe Taylor, married Lula M. Alexander, buried at Curtis Cemetery, Winston
Later in Charles' life, he filed for a pension which he was eligible to receive for his military service. In those pension files can be found information regarding his family and life in the war. One eventful story unfolds through the documents Charles submitted. Following orders given by Colonel Dodge to recruit new members for the company, Charles and a few other men set out on Christmas Day of 1863. When they were near Jacinto, Mississippi, the men were shot by bushwhackers causing their horses to stampede. Charles' horse made a quick bolt to the left and caused him to be thrown into the pommel of the saddle causing a painful rupture to his groin. This injury which gradually grew worse troubled him for the remainder of his life.
Charles was separated from his unit and unable to return, according to documents in the pension file. He recorded that he hid out in the bushes to keep from being shot at by rebels. After a few months, Charles was able to return to his unit. He was treated by the Regimental Sergeant for his injury. His file also revealed that a march from Glendale, Mississippi to Jasper Alabama led his troop of soldiers within ten miles of Charles' home in Ellaville. His captain advised him to go home and take to the woods to prevent capture by the Rebels. Charles recorded that he was treated in the woods by Doctor Bird and DeGraffenreid. His discharge date for his service was May 1, 1864.
At the age of 47, Charles was named first minister of Liberty Grove Baptist on October 8, 1881. He was very active in the Clear Creek Baptist Association. Another brother, James Knox Polk Taylor, also became a Baptist preacher.
On January 7, 1916, Charles died at the age of 81. In his last days he was cared for by sons, John Frank and Lewis Monroe Taylor. Charles is buried in Curtis Cemetery, along with his wife Louisa Jane.
|CHAS A. TAYLOR, CO. L, 1 ALA. CAV.|
Curtis Cemetery, Winston County, Alabama