and their Family

L-R Back Row: Homer Taylor; Ethel Williams; Gladys Taylor; Opal Williams
Front Row: Ida (Moore) Taylor; Vernet Taylor; John C. Taylor; Ralph Taylor

John Campbell Taylor was born 12 Oct 1869 in Indiana1. He was the son of William Smith Taylor and Mary Campbell. He grew up in Fountain County and remained in that county until approximately 19052. On 3 Feb 1897 he married Ida Johns (Moore) Williams in Fountain County3. It was Ida's 2nd marriage.

Ida was born 13 Aug 1870 in Vermilion County, Illinois4. She was the daughter of John S. Moore and Isabell Johns. Her father died when she was only 2 years old. Ida was raised by her half-sister Amanda Catherine (Moore) Ellis and her husband, Robert Ellis, in Cain twp., Fountain County5.

On 30 May 1886 Ida was baptized at the Prairie Chapel Church in Cain twp.6 It was entered in the church record as follows: "Audience met at 9 AM and held a session of sabbath, school between the hours of 9 and 11 after a short intermission Church services began by singing reading and Prayer after which pastor Preached an effective sermon Subject what shall I do to be saved the audience were then adjourned and repaired to the water in Bro. J.W. Ellis pasture near his house and Baptism was administered to the following Candidates Finas Pitman, Charles Pearson, Martin Housier, William Hamilton, Mary Moore, Morton Frazier, Henry Pitman, Olie Watson, Ida Moore, Nannie Switzer, Louella Switzer, Ada Ellis, Gertie Ellis, J.W. Ellis, Sarah Ellis, Billey Frazier, William Johnson, Francis Pernel, Rena Frazier, Nannie Thomas, - Meeting closed and adjourned to meet at Seven P.M."

On 6 Jun 1892 Ida married Joseph Oscar Williams in Vermilion County, Illinois7. Joseph and Ida had two daughters. Ethel M. Williams was born 25 Jun 18938 and Hallie Opal Williams was born 18 Apr 18959. Joseph died of tuberculosis on 28 Jan 1896, while his daughters were still infants.

Ida then married John Campbell Taylor and they established their home in Jackson twp., Fountain Co., Indiana. Shortly after the birth of their son, Ralph, in 1905 the family moved to Edmond, Oklahoma. It was in that town that their youngest son, Vernet, was born in 190710. By Sep 1908 they had relocated to St. James, Missouri and appear to have lived there for a few years. By May 1915 they had returned to the Fountain Co./Montgomery Co. area of Indiana. From reminiscences of Vernet "Dick" Taylor, the family made these moves in pursuit of job opportunities. However, no other details have been discovered. Once John and Ida returned to Indiana, they remained there for the rest of their lives.

In the 1920s their 3 sons left home to pursue their own careers. Homer moved to Chicago and worked for the Post Office. Ralph and "Dick" moved to Los Angeles. "Dick" eventually became a chef and later worked for the culinary union. Their daughter, Mary "Gladys," married William "Russell" Bruner and they remained in the Crawfordsville area.

When John and Ida moved to Crawfordsville about 1924 they joined the First Christian Church. Ida was a bible student and very interested in church. Ida was liked by almost everyone and her pleasant personality put all at ease13. She was also skilled in sewing. John had a quiet personality, normally listening rather than speaking14.

On 19 May 1942 John Campbell Taylor died at their home at 1206 West Wabash Ave in Crawfordsville15. Ida passed away 5 years later on 10 Jan 1947 in the same house16. They were buried in Waynetown Masonic Cemetery, Waynetown, Montgomery County, Indiana.

Taken at Waynetown Masonic Cemetery abt. 1996
Ida J. 1870-1947; John C. 1869-1942

Children of Ida Johns Moore and Joseph Oscar Williams (Go To Joseph O. Williams Family Page)

Children of John Campbell Taylor and Ida Johns Moore:

  1. Mary Gladys Taylor b. 10 Dec 1897 Hillsboro, Fountain Co., Indiana; d. 20 Nov 1965 Crawfordsville, Montgomery Co., Ind.; m. William Russell Bruner.

  2. Homer M. Taylor b. 31 May 1900 Indiana; d. 14 Dec 1981 Chicago, Illinois; m. 1st Lydia Williams; she b. 4 Aug 1907 and d. 1 Jul 1927; m. 2nd Sigrid Hockson

  3. Ralph M. Taylor b. 4 Nov 1905 Hillsboro, Fountain Co., Indiana; d. abt. 1975 San Francisco, California; m. Cecile Spence

  4. Vernet Moore "Dick" Taylor b. 5 Nov 1907 Edmond, Oklahoma; d. 9 Oct 1985 Hesperia, San Bernardino Co., California; m. Ruth Logee


1. Taylor Family Record

2. W.F. Taylor household, 1880 U.S. Census, Fountain County, Indiana, population schedule, Cain twp., ED 75 Sht 8 line 13; John Taylor household, 1900 U.S. Census, Fountain County, Indiana, population schedule, Jackson twp., ED 65 Sht 3 line 14

3. Marriage record, Fountain County, John C. Taylor to Ida J. Williams, County Clerk's Office, Covington, Indiana

4. Taylor Family Record

5. Robert Ellis household, 1880 U.S. Census, Fountain County, Indiana, population schedule, Cain twp., ED 75 Sht 7 line 39

6. Transcription of Prairie Chapel Church record supplied by M. Crowder

7. Marriage record, Vermilion County, Illinois, Rec# 2-254-9613, Joseph O. Williams to Ida J. Moore, County Clerk's Office, Danville, Illinois

8. Ethel M. Nicholas obituary, Crawfordsville Journal Review, Tuesday, 5 Feb 1952, Crawfordsville Library, Montgomery County, Indiana.

9. H. Opal Philpott tombstone, Waynetown Masonic Cemetery, Waynetown, Montgomery County, Indiana.

10. Taylor Family Record

11. Transcribed information from 3 postcards received by Gladys Taylor which were addressed to her in St. James, Missouri, supplied by M.Denton

12. Taylor Family Record

13. Various interviews with individuals who knew John and Ida (Moore) Taylor

14. Reminiscences of Vernet Moore "Dick" Taylor

15. John C. Taylor obituary, 26 May 1942, Crawfordsville Journal Review, page 3 col 2, Crawfordsville Library, Montgomery County, Indiana.

16. Ida J. Taylor obituary, after 10 Jan 1947, exact date and name of newspaper not known.

17. John C. Taylor and Ida Taylor tombstone, Waynetown Masonic Cemetery, Waynetown, Montgomery County, Indiana.

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