Thursday, January 21, 2016

William Sherman Taylor, 1864-1930

William Sherman Taylor was born in Perkins Township on June 5, 1864, while the Civil War was still being fought. His parents, Charles W. and Caroline (Wright) Taylor owned a farm in Perkins Township. William's great grandparents, Joseph and Lois Taylor, Sr., were pioneer residents of Erie County, coming west from Connecticut by oxen train in 1815. William's grandfather, Nelson Taylor, served on the first Board of Erie County Commissioners. According to a biographical sketch in A STANDARD HISTORY OF ERIE COUNTY, OHIO, William Sherman Taylor grew up on the old family homestead. He was a farmer and  stock raiser, and he also worked as a dealer in foundry and molding sand. William Sherman Taylor suffered a heart attack as he was driving an automobile on January 21, 1930. Funeral services were held at the Taylor residence, and burial was at Perkins Cemetery. An article about Mr. Taylor's death was featured in the January 22, 1930 issue of the Sandusky Star Journal.

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