Lynchburg Daily News 4 October 1885
Death of an Old Inhabitant--- Mr. John Osborne Taylor, an old
and widely known citizen, died yesterday morning at his home on
Garland Hill, aged seventy six years. Mr. Taylor was born at Hartford.
Conn. but removed to Virginia at the early age of sixteen years.
He made Lynchburg his home in 1852 and has resided here ever since;
and for many years he was prominently identified with the tobacco
trade of this city as an inspector at one of the principal warehouses.
He always took a lively interest in public affairs and was once,
from 1866 to 1868 a member of the City Council. Years ago he connected
himself with the Masonic fraternity and at the time of his death
was a member in good standing of Marshall Lodge. Mr. Taylor was
a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, having made
a profession of faith forty-one years ago at the memorable Yellow
Branch camp- meeting held in 1844. He was a man of earnest convictions
and positive in his expressions, but with kind heart and reasonable
under all circumstances. His is the second death that has occurred
in his family forty years, the first being that of one of his
sons, Mr. O.P. Taylor, who died about 2 years ago in New York
State, after years of great business activity. Mr. Taylor is survived
by his wife and three sons, who have the sympathy of a wide circle
of friends in their affliction.