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Taylor family papers

Identifier: L235

Scope and Contents

This collection includes typed, mimeographed, typeset and autographed poems, correspondence, and reminiscences from Tucker W. Taylor; addresses and medical papers from James H. Taylor and medical students in Greencastle, Indiana and Indianapolis, Indiana ranging from 1870 to 1904, regarding poetry, publishing, family life and medical diseases and practice.


  • 1870-1904, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

James Taylor was born in Jefferson County, Kentucky on January 14, 1822. He moved to Greencastle, Indiana in 1851 and planted hundres of young trees which later became known as Pine Forest. On December 20, 1849, Taylor married Susan Mahala Williamson (1827–1894), with whom he had three sons, James, Henry (1852-1945), Tucker Woodson (1854-1901), and William W. He was a store owner for many years. Taylor died on June 8, 1900 in Greencastle, 6 years after the death of his wife.

James Henry Taylor was born to James and Susan Mahala (Williamson) Taylor on November 15,a 1852. He was the older brother of Tucker Woodson and William W. Taylor. Taylor became a medical doctor and married Lelia Elizabeth Kern (1862–1946) in the 1880s, with whom he had two children, Margery Ann (1883–1961) and John Moore (1890–1941). He died in 1945 and was buried in Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Tucker Woodson Taylor was born to James and Susan Mahala (Williamson) Taylor in 1854. He was the younger brother of James Henry Taylor and older brother of William W. Taylor. Taylor was graduated fro Indiana Asbury University (later DePauw University) in 1878 and worked as a tutor at the Forest Academy, Kentucky durig 1878-1879. He was later the private secretary to W. C. DePauw and John Clark Ridpath. Taylor first wrote poetry in 1887 and his works included: "Songs of Old Sileural; A Potpourri of Poetical Putnam." He used the pen names of "William T. Hunter" and "Civis Americanus." Taylor died May 11, 1901 in Greencastle, Indiana.


Items in the collection. "James Taylor." Indiana Deaths, 1882-1920. Accessed May 20, 2016. "James Taylor." Web: Indiana, Marriage Index, 1806-1861. Accessed May 20, 2016. "James Henry Taylor." North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000. Accessed May 20, 2016. "Tucker W. Taylor." 1870 United States Federal Census. Accessed May 20, 2016. "Tucker W. Taylor." Indiana Deaths, 1882-1920. Accessed May 20, 2016. "Dr. James H. Taylor." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed May 20, 2016.

"Taylor, Tucker Woodson." In Indiana Authors and Their Books, 1816-1916, p. 315. Crawfordsville, IN: Wabash College, 1949.


0.6 Cubic Feet (2 manuscript boxes)

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This collection is arranged alphabetically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a purchase from Robert Russo on 1965/08/20.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/05/20 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2016/05/20 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid revised 2022/07/25 by Brittany Kropf.
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