THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


   E. HERBERT TAYLOR. This gallant soldier was born July 4, 1846, and has illustrated by his brave career the significance of his glorious birthday. He was born in the town of Fenner, son of Edwin W. and E1ecta (Gallup) Taylor, the former of whom was a native of the town of. Fenner, and the latter of Connecticut. Myron W. Taylor, the grandfather, emigrated from Scotland to this town when the country was wild and unsettled, the Indians being more numerous than whites, and wild game abundant. He died in Smithfield, N. Y., leaving a family of ten children, nine sons and one daughter, the latter, Mrs. John Brass, of Northumberland County, Virginia, being the only survivor. Her father was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, was a Whig in politics, and served with distinction in the War of 1812. The maternal grandfather, Lyman Gallup, was born in Connecticut, but came to the town of Fenner, Madison County, took up new land, which he cleared, and there made his home. He had to go many miles on horseback to mill, his only guide through the woods being marked trees. He lived to be quite aged. In religious faith he was a Methodist, and in politics a Whig.
   The father of our subject, Edwin Taylor, was brought up and educated in the town of Fenner. He was a general farmer, and owned his eighty-acre farm. Following in his father's footsteps, he was also a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. He was one of the first to join the Republican party. He died at his home on the farm, October 13, 1875, at the age of fifty-six. His widow survived him a few years, dying at the age of sixty-seven. They were the parents of three children: Hulda E., Mrs. Robert Rountree, residing in Canastota; E. Herbert; and Herman S., who is a mechanic, and resides in Syracuse.
   E. Herbert Taylor resided in the town of Fenner until his fourteenth year. He then attended the district school in Onondaga County four years, going from there to Cazenovia Seminary. This being during the war, he left the seminary to enlist, entering the service in 1864, in Company F, Harris's Light Cavalry, Second New York Regiment, Colonel Birdseye commanding, and participated in ten battles and fifteen skirmishes. He was in the terrible battle of Cedar Creek, when General Early stole his march on the Federal troops, and almost gained the victory, when Sheridan made his famous ride and drove his flying army back, shouting, as he waved his cap over his head: "Face the other way, boys! Face the other way! We will have our camps and cannon back again!" This was in the fall of 1864, and was one of the most memorable battles of the whole war. Again, at Five Forks--so named because there five roads met--he was in some desperate fighting, then on through Ashland and Appomattox, where the white flag came from General Lee's headquarters, requesting suspension of hostilities. After this peace was declared; and June 5, 1865, Mr. Taylor received an honorable discharge. During his term of service he had many narrow escapes from death, once having his horse shot from under him, and another time having his clothes fairly riddled with bullets. He was conspicuous for his bravery and reckless fighting, and has reason to be very proud of his war record. The family were all strong Abolitionists, the father of our subject having been a close friend of Gerrit Smith. After his discharge from the army Mr. Taylor returned home, and, being still a young man, attended the Cazenovia Seminary for two terms, and then taught school for six years,
   February 2, 1868, he was married to Miss Frances Hamblin, daughter of Lewis and Emily (Keeler) Hamblin, and born in the town of Cazenovia. Her parents were members of the Methodist Episcopal church, and are both dead. The father was a strong Abolitionist, an intimate friend of Gerrit Smith, and closely associated with him in his efforts to benefit the colored race. Mr. Taylor taught school for some years after his marriage, but, desiring to become a general farmer and stock-raiser, bought a farm of fifty acres of his father-in-law, settling upon it in 1874. Here he and his wife have lived ever since. They have two children: Ella, born April 4, 1876; and Ethel, February 12, 1889. The family are adherents of the same faith as their parents and grandparents, being devoted members of the Methodist Episcopal church.
   Mr. Taylor is an ardent Republican, steadfast in his belief in that party, and is very naturally a Grand Army man, belonging to Reese Post, No. 49, at Canastota, N. Y. Sharing, as he did, in the last and most exciting events of the Civil War, his memories of those days are full of interest; but, while proud of his heroic record, he is ever modest and unassuming.

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