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James Francis "Jim" TAYLOR
Margaret E. RAMSEY
Josiah Love "Joe" TAYLOR
Mary Alice "Alice" KIRBY
James Thomas "Tommy" TAYLOR


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James Thomas "Tommy" TAYLOR 69
  • Born: 15 January 1892, Rockcastle County, Kentucky 371
  • Died: 16 January 1905, Rockcastle County, Kentucky at age 13 371,372
  • Buried: Ramsey-Taylor Cemetery, Renfro Valley, Rockcastle County, Kentucky 371

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Alt. Birth: November 1891 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky. 1900 Census birth month and year differs from Cemetery book transcription of grave marker. 69

1900 United States Federal Census, Joe Taylor household, Rockcastle County, Kentucky 69: James was living with his parents. He was listed as James T. Taylor, son, age 8, born Nov 1891 in Kentucky.

Obituary: Published in the Mt. Vernon Signal on 20 January 1905 in Mount Vernon, Rockcastle County, Kentucky. 373 Killed - Tommy Taylor, age 13, the boy who drove J. Fish's delivery wagon, was struck by a freight train at the crossing north of the depot Monday morning from the effects of which he died about midnight Monday night. It is a very dangerous crossing especially with a wagon, as the noise of the wagon will counteract that of the train and with trains coming from the south all view is cut off by reason of the hotel and section house until they are right on the crossing. Several persons saw the terrible accident and in the wagon with Tommy, was one of the Rev. T. D. Mullins' little boys who saved himself only by jumping and he says the engine was nearly to the tool house, when they started over the track, which would be only a few feet away and while the engineer put on his air in the emergency and stopped as soon as it was possible, yet wagon, horse and driver had been hit some three or four times and knocked some fifteen or twenty feet up the track. The wagon was completely demolished, the horse so bruised up that he will doubtless ever recover and the faithful driver, bruised, mangled and unconscious, living only a few hours. Whether the boy saw the train and was trying to beat it across or whether he failed to see the train until it was right on him is a question, but from what we have been able to gather, it seems that it was one of those sad accidents which often comes, almost inexplainable and for which no one is wholly to blame.

The sad accident of last Monday, in which Tommy Taylor lost his life, calls forth a statement which should mean much to the parents of the younger boys and even some of the small girls. Hardly a day passes that some of the little folks do not run across the track in front of the passenger trains and should they happen to fall in nine cases out of ten, would be caught before they could get out of the way. This is only one of the many wreckless things done, which if fully realized by the parents would cause more careful watch.

Mrs. Joe Taylor, mother of the boy who was killed last Monday is very low with consumption.

Ap Taylor came down from Hazel Patch to attend the burial of his nephew, Tommy Taylor.


Grave Marker: James T. Tayler [sic], Ramsey-Taylor Cemetery, Renfro Valley, Rockcastle County, Kentucky. 371 Marker lists date of death as 15 Jan 1905 but he probably died on the 16th. According to the newspaper article about Tommy's death, he was hit by a train on a Monday. The 15th was a Sunday and since Tommy was driving a delivery wagon for a local store, it's unlikely he was working on Sunday.

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