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honor your draft." The enigma was then kind, generous and praiseworthy impulses.
solved. Mr. Taylor bought about $100,000 He gave liberally to the poor, and those in
worth of goods for his wholesale store, and distress always found in him a valued friend.
every dollar of the money was forthcoming Until his death no church in the county was
within a few months, and before two years built without his contribution. His life was
had passed Mr. Taylor favored J. H. Brower one of lionor, usefulness, integrity and a good
in asimilar manner, for which he was obliged success.
to sell his store in Galveston. His death occurred
August 18, 1868, at La Grange, lie haying
been taken suddenly ill while on his way
to Georgetown. The physicians pronounced W. CARPENTER, the proud position
his disease congestion, but as the family, who of Texas among her sister States
were then at home, had the yellow fever, and I.A^ naturally leads us to seek for the secret
his symptoms strangely resembled that dis- of her wonderful advancement, and
ease, it was thought by many that his death it is soon discovered to consist in the intelli.
was caused from that malady. gence, energy and morality of her inhabitants,
Mr. Taylor was married to Miss Catherine prominent along whom is the subject of this
Lee, and they had six children, viz.: Clem- sketch.
ency Ann, wife of J. M. Brandon; Emrnzy, the He comes of an old Southern family, whose
next in order of birth; Mary Cerethana, of ancestors were Americans as far bapk as their
Waco, married the late Rufus C. Majors; records go. William Carpenter, grandfather
Florence Isabel, deceased in 1887, was the of the subject of this sketch, was a farirmer in
wife of Travis S. Jones; Kate, wife of Travis Alabama, who, as his children were growing
S. Jones, of Waco; and Euphrates, of George- up, began to look about for a location where
town. Mrs. Taylor, born in 1820, died in opportunities were more favorable for their
1856. Both she and her husband were merm- advancement than were afforded by the older
bers of the Christian Church for many years. States. Hearing glowing accounts of the rich
It was not only in the family circle that this fertile land in Texas, which was to be obtained
most estimable lady was missed, but she had at a low price, he 4t once concluded to avail
endeared herself most affectionately to the himself of the opportunities offered here.
hearts of her associates,which feeling extended Consequently, in 1836, the year that Texas
to all who knew her. Mr. Taylor's second mar- gained her independence from Mexico, he reriage
was to Mrs. Caroline Rose, widow of moved with his family to the Republic, and
Dr. Rose. She now resides at Sewanee, east his lot with the few brave pioneers who
Tennessee. Mr. and Mrs. Taylor had one son, had preceded him to "' the promised land."
W. J., born December 29, 1859. HIe was He settled in what is now Caldwell county,
educated in Holly Springs, Mississippi, and where lie and his family experienced all the
in New York, also taking a course in civil hardships and privations to which the early
engineering in the University of the South, settlers of Texas were subjected. Indians
of Tennessee. Mr. Taylor, the subject of and wild beasts were then troublesome, and
tills sketch, w}ps a liberal, enterprising and a high degree of courage was developed in
public-spirited citizen, and was a man of withstanding their depredations, and Mr.
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