Della Francis Taylor Beam’s father and grandfather were both named William Henry Taylor. My 3rd great-grandfather, William Henry Taylor, Sr. was born in January, 1797. The first vital record I have on him is his marriage record, which reads: William Taylor, Spouse: Sarah Maysure, Date: 5 Feb 1837 in Marshall County, Alabama.
According to Census Records, William and Sarah had seven children; 4 boys and 3 girls. William is listed as a farmer and the family lived in Marshall County, Alabama; on top of, what was called, Taylor Mountain, located in the upper northeast corner where Marshall County, DeKalb County, and Jackson County meet. What is now called Guntersville Lake State Park. I have been unable to locate any records of William or his son, William, owning land. My guess is that the first William and his family homesteaded there.
More about Taylor Mountain in Tomorrows Post
Sarah passed away sometime between 1880 and 1900. The 1900 U. S. Census shows William Henry Taylor Sr. as widowed and living with his son, William Henry Taylor Jr., and his family in Marshall County, Alabama. On this census, William Henry Taylor Sr. is listed as age 103. That is the last record I have on him, so he must have passed away sometime between 1900 and 1910. I’m not sure where either of these are buried at.