Smith County, Texas

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Josephus Taylor, born OCT 1823, Tennessee. He married Martha Taylor, born 1826, Alabama. In 1850 he was Overseer of the roads in Precinct No. 2, Smith County, TX. In 1860 he is listed a member of the St. John's Lodge No. 53, Tyler. Josephus and Martha were early members of Harris Creek Baptist Church. They were dismissed by letter in November 1860.
  • I. Mary L. A. Taylor, born 1847, Mississippi. She married Rev.Albert Little, 1867, born 06 SEP 1842, Near Newton, North Carolina, (son of George Sparks Little and Nancy Pede) died 1919, Honey Grove, Texas, buried: Oakwood Cemetery, Honey Grove, Texas. Mary died 1928, Texas, buried: Oakwood Cemetery, Honey Grove, Texas. Deed of Land to Albert & Mary A. Little - Smith County, Texas from her father, Josephus Taylor, 01 OCT 1867. Rev.Albert: Methodist Minister. Enlisted in Company E of the 32nd North Carolina Infantry in the Civil War. (Children listed on Little Family Page.)
  • II. Henry Taylor, born 1850, Texas.
  • III. Emma Taylor, born 1853, Texas.
  • IV. Mattie Jane Taylor, born 1855, Texas. She married Richard Brown Long Jr., (son of Richard Brown Long Sr. and Nancy J. Marbury).
  • V. Preston Taylor, born 1859, Texas.
  • VI. Gustavis "Gus" F. Taylor, born SEP 1862, Texas. He married Helen M. Taylor, born JAN 1867, Alabama. Served as President of Citizens National Bank from 1909-1944, elected Chairman of the Board 1944-1952.
    • A. Mary Taylor, born JUL 1893, Texas.
    • B. Helen Taylor, born MAY 1896, Texas. She married Mr. Caton
      • 1. Robert Caton, born 1919, Texas.
    • C. Gus F. Taylor Jr., born SEP 1898, Texas.
    • D. Harmolene Taylor, born 1902, Texas.
  • VII. Edward L. Taylor, born 1864, Texas. He married Elizabeth Taylor, 1893, born NOV 1870, Texas.
    • A. William Taylor, born 1896, Texas.
    • B. Edward Taylor, born 1897, Texas.
  • VIII. Stella Taylor, born 1867, Texas.
  • IX. Della Taylor, born 1872, Texas.

Sources of Information:

Josephus Taylor and wife, Martha

Chronicles of Smith County, Texas, Vol. 8 No. 1 (Spring 1969), p. 39; Vol. 10 No. 2, (Fall 1971), p. 41; Vol. 11 No 2, (Fall 1972), p. 84.


Daughter---Mattie Jane Taylor m. Richard Brown Long, Jr.

"Some Biographies of Old Settlers"
Capt. Richard Brown Long Sr. - Pg. 166-171

First Baptist Church Tyler - Roll of Members - 1888

Texans Who Wore The Gray - Richard B. Long (Sr.)

Chronicles of Smith County, Texas, Vol. 10 No. 1 (Spring 1971), p. 15, The Wright House


Son---Gustavis F. Taylor

Chronicles of Smith County, Texas, Vol. 14 No. 2 (Winter 1975), pp. 35-38


Son---Edward L. Taylor


  • 1900-Navarro County, Texas-pg. 136
  • 1910-Smith County, Texas-Image: 63-11a

Daughter---Mary L. A. Taylor m. Rev. Albert Little


  • 1870-Smith County, Texas-Image: 380a
  • 1880-Cherokee County, Texas-Page 375a
  • 1900-Harrison County, Texas-Page 149
  • 1910-Smith County, Texas-Image: 68-09a
  • 1920-Fannin County, Texas-Page 114 (Mary living with daughter, Lula Black)

Oakwood, Honey Grove, Texas Cemetery Records

Deed of Land to Albert & Mary A. Little - Smith County, Texas from her father, Josephus Taylor, 01 OCT 1867

Obituary: Troup Banner, May 15, 1919

"LITTLE, Rev. Albert

Age, 76. Survived by widow; children: Mrs. J L Bell, Dallas; Mrs. L B Black, Honey Grove; Mrs. Dewitt Bell; Waxahachie; Jewel Little, Chandler; Jno B Little, Honey Grove. Last Sunday he was finishing his sermon at Pleasant Retreat Methodist Church when he fell in the pulpit and died suddenly. He was well known in Troup having served here as pastor many years ago."


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