Taylor Mystery Photo
I would like to submit a picture and the inscription on the
back of picture . As it is a mystery to me and maybe someone can
shed some light on this problem. The picture says Grandpa Taylor.
My mother whose name is Virginia says that it was a picture of
her grandfather. As you will see the picture says "Grandpa
Taylor in the Garden" Below this is another writing "
Uncle Lee toVirginia, taken at his Lynchburg home, in the State
of Virginia, garden and barn". My mother believes her father's
fathers' name was the same as her father, James Douglas Taylor.
Her father also went by the nickname of Bus. I am wondering if
this is my mother Virginia's Great Uncle not Grandfather. There
is an additional inscription that sounds like a story in itself.
Says "He made the money and Bessie Poindexter squandered
it on the 3 kids". At least that is what I have been able
to decipher. Hoping some one from Lynchburg may have the answers.
We have come a long way since your posting of my "Mystery
Picture". We have solved most of the mystery. The picture
of my great great grandfather John Thompson Taylor. We believe
he is the John T. Taylor that was listed in the 1873 business
directory as Inspector (Taylor and Stabler) Liberty Warehouse-Lynchburg,
VA . He was married to Sarah (Sallie) Jane Jones who was the daughter
of Rev. Thomas Jones and Susan Saunders Walker. John Thompson
died 29 March 1918 and is buried beside his wife Sarah died 1909;
Springhill Cemetary, Lynchburg , VA.
John Thompson Taylor was the son of John Osborne Taylor 1809 and
Elizabeth Eleanor Jane Jones 1810. There are now 3 of us cousins
connected and tracing this family. Our cousin Robert L. Poindexter
is the grandson of Bessie Maude Taylor Poindexter the woman mentioned
in the picture. We believe Uncle Lee is Daniel Lee Taylor. Thanks
to the work of Robert L. and Annie Poindexter who reside in Lynchburg
we have probates, marriage information,cemetary records from Springhill,and
siblings of John Thomspson and their families. We have traced
my Great Grandfather Oscar Hammond Taylor and my grandfather James
Douglas Taylor to Colorado, Nevada, California and Idaho. We will
have more information transcribe in the near future.
The Lynchburg Daily Virginian 19 December 1859
Page two Column 5
Taylor, John Thompson son of John Osborne Taylor and Elizabeth
Eleanor Thompson Taylor to Sarah (Sallie) Jane Jones Daughter
of Rev Thomas Jones
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
Lynchburg Daily Virginian 10 July 1892
Page one Column 2
Death of a Lynchburg Lady.
Mrs. Oscar H. Taylor, nee Miss Etta Farriss of this city,
died yesterday in Rico, Colorado after 48 hours illness with pneumonia.
Extracted by Robert L. Poindexter