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June 20, 2013 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Ministers: The Solitary Grave of Rev. William H. Taylor

Mt. Zion_Rev Taylor's Grave

Diane Apperson, Slate River Ramblings follower and long-time member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, provided the photo above of Rev. William H. Taylor’s grave.

One church history notes: “Rev. L. R. Thornhill delivered the address October 25, 1889 on the occasion of the burial of Rev. Taylor. At the time of his death, there only 2 members still living that were there when he came to Mt. Zion. A slate marker enclosed by an iron fence costing $75 was erected at his grave and his picture continues to hang in the church sanctuary.”


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  1. Diane Apperson / Jun 23 2013 11:28 am

    Correction of the date of Preacher Taylor’s funeral: instead of October 25,1869 is should read October 25,1889.

    • Joanne Yeck / Jun 23 2013 12:03 pm

      Thanks, Diane. I’ll correct in the text.

  2. Diane Apperson / Jun 20 2013 2:20 pm

    George, I’ll do some checking and see if I can find any information regarding the burial of Rev. Taylor’s wife.

  3. George Cauble / Jun 20 2013 11:43 am

    Hi Joanne Thanks for your latest blog re: Rev Taylor’s gravesite as well as giving me photo credit of his portrait!

    We have been looking for years for the gravesite of Rev. Taylor’s wife, Mary W. Ferguson (daughter of Edmond Ferguson and Elizabeth Fuqua). Any idea ??? Cousin Harry told me that it wouldn’t surprise him if she was buried in the same grave as her husband, as that was something that was often done back then. But, of course, no tombstone, no marker, no proof. These were the GGG Grandparents of my wife, Nancy Lee Goodman Cauble.

    To put some pieces together, Rev.Taylor and his wife had a daughter named Elizabeth Taylor who married Samuel F. Putney. They had a son named Wesley Taylor Putney who married Mary Susan Brooks. They had a son named Ferron Ayres Putney who married Georgie Louise Holman (Harry Holman’s aunt) and they had a daughter, Mary Eleanor Putney (Nancy Lee (Goodman) Cauble’s mother), and Mary Eleanor Putney married Kenneth Lee Goodman.

    Georgie (Holman) Putney, Mary Eleanor (Putney) Goodman, and Nancy Lee (Goodman) Cauble (three generations) all graduated from Longwood College, now Longwood University. Georgie’s mother, Eleanor Powell (Hooper) Holman ( 1875-1945) also was a college graduate–rare for those times.

    Excuse my rambling……..but this stuff excites me* : )*

    George Cauble Henrico County

    • Joanne Yeck / Jun 20 2013 12:25 pm

      George ~

      It’s good to be excited about family history. Sorry, I have no information about the grave of Rev. Taylor’s wife. Posting here is a good idea, though. Someone who does know may see your comment.

      I’m currently working with the Putney family in connection with a Moseley project. During the 1850s, Ellis W. Putney managed property for Alexander Moseley.

      I’d like to hear from anyone who knows more about this branch of the Putney family. They are indeed an interesting group, as reflected in the education of the Putney women.

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