For 25 years I have been researching my families genealogy. My main reason for doing this was not just to learn about my own heritage, but to locate my father’s biological father. As being a Subscriber to Ancestry.com I was able to in 2010 just 3 years prior to my father who died in July 2013, finally show him a picture of his biological father that he never met or knew anything about.
My father’s name was Cecil Dalton his mother was Elsie Carie Taylor. My father was a child out of wedlock. He was born on November 13, 1922 in Page or some spell it Paige, Bell County Kentucky. He was not born in a hospital as many were born with the assistance of a midwife. This particular midwife when she recorded his birth listed him as a female instead of a male. While his mother was still alive I asked her several times why she never gave my daddy a middle name, she would laugh and said she really didn’t know. She had a middle name as did her mother and sister as well as all of her brothers, but she chose not to give him one.
When asking my Grandma about my Grandpa Dalton, she would never ever talk about him other to say his name was Frank. She took all the information to her own death bed.
Me being somewhat of a very nosey individual even when I was a teenager, I continued my research and was able to connect with 20 genealogist who had all sort of family in the same areas of South Eastern Kentucky where my father was born. I was also given the name of a cousin who had also researched up until l995. I took his research, added it to my tree and then began locating all the documentation, deleting those who never was proven to be part of the family of Taylors who came from North Carolina to Kentucky in the 1800’s. The first Taylor I have is my 3rd great grandfather, named Jesse Irvin Taylor who was supposedly born in Wyeth County, now known as Grayson County Virginia. From other researchers, it was said that a William Taylor and a Sarah Garrett/Garnett Foster were Jesse’ s parents, so I followed that for nearly 20 years. Had all the information going back to to England for the Taylors and all those related to him, such as Zachary Taylor, yes the President.
The plot thickens, while I was going back to upload all this information onto My Family Tree Maker, I happened to notice I had not obtained a birth record for my Jesse Taylor born about 1792 in Wythe County Virginia. After a week, I became very upset of all the work I had obtained and disconnected William and Sarah as his parents. Doing this at that time on Ancestry deleted them from my tree, but kept all of who was to be believed his brothers and sisters.
Jesse had served in the War of 1812, yes to me at first glance it seemed he would have been too young, but then I had to research more about that time period. Those who served started at an early age of even 14 or 15 years of age.
As Ancestry’s database grew and records were more available I continued to research all the various options available at that time. I did find several Jesse Taylor’s who served in that very war of 1812. I even found one that had an alias last name Paige or Page. As like many I documented that down to come back on until more records were released.
By this time I had already accumulated 7- 5 subject notes books of information that I had handwritten down along with the resources from where they came from to prove where I had obtained the information.
Jesse apparently met his wife in North Carolina after the War of 1812 and married her, they began to have children beginning in 1820 with my 2nd great grandpa William Riley Taylor being the first. This was a Ha Ha moment for me as you could imagine.
At one point and time Jesse his wife and all the children decided to come to Kentucky as Jesse had received land grants for 200 acres here as well as acres in Missouri. He sold those in Missouri and stayed in what we now know as Harlan Harlan, County Kentucky in an area known as Brownies Creek. It’s original name was MT Pleasant , Harlan County Kentucky.
From works emailed to me from a Descendant of the Davidson Family, it stated that Jesse Taylor, his wife and children traveled together down through Virginia to the Cumberland area up to Harlan area.
Jesse always went by his first name and named one of his son’s Irvin Jr, so this would mean that Jesse’s actual name was Jesse Irvin Taylor Sr.
By this time many people had copied my tree as I was the only one who was researching on Ancestry This branch of Taylors who had settled in Harlan County Kentucky as we now know it. I originally had Jesse’s middle name as Riley, but after learning of Irvin being a Jr., I changed Jesse’s middle name to Irvin and placed him as a Sr on my own tree.
More to come……..Peggy Sue Druck nee Dalton.