- U.S. Census: 1840 Washington Twp., Coshocton, Ohio, p. 350 (had female under the age of 5)
1850 District #13, Wapello, Iowa, p. 417B
1860 Garden Grove, Franklin Twp., Decatur, Iowa, p. 168
1870 Garden Grove, Franklin Twp., Decatur, Iowa, p. 283
1880 Burrell, Decatur, Iowa, p. 281A
Cemetery: Old Davis City Cemetery, Decatur County, Iowa
Inscriptions read: Benjamin R. Taylor, 1816-1895
Lucretia Taylor, 1820-1890
1850 Census, District 13, Wapello, Iowa. Benjamin is age 33 born North Carolina.
1860 Census, Franklin, Decatur, Iowa. Benjamin is age 43.
NOTICE OF FINAL REPORT - BENJAMIN R. TAYLOR ESTATE
The Davis City Advance, Davis City, Iowa Thursday, December l2, l895
'Notice of Final Report'
In the estate of BENJAMIN R. TAYLOR, deceased. In the District Court of Iowa, in and for Decatur Co.
To FRANK TAYLOR, MARY WOOD, MRS. MILLIGAN, MRS. WARREN and heirs of MRS. BROWN; You are hereby notified that the undersigned, J.H. KLING, administrator for the estate of BENJAMIN R. TAYLOR, has filed his final report therein in the office of the clerk of the District Court in and for the aforesaid county, and has asked for its approval and his discharge from further duty or responsibility therein, and that said report and application for discharge will come on for hearing before the court aforesaid at Leon, Iowa, on the 20th day of January A.D. l896 at which time and place you can appear and show cause, if any you have, why said final report should not be approved and the undersigned discharged from further duty or responsibility therein.
-- J.H. KLING, Administrator.
The Davis City Advance, Davis City, Iowa Thursday, March 7, l895
Died at the residence of MRS. J. (?) WARREN in Woodland Township, Decatur Co., Iowa, March 3rd, l895, aged 78 years, 4 months and 27 days, MR. BENJAMIN R. TAYLOR. He was born Oct. 7th, l8l6, in the State of Virginia. At the age of ten he moved to North Carolina, from there to Coshocton Co., Ohio; where later he married MISS LUCRETIA HOFFSTATTER. To them were born nine children -- 5 boys and four girls. Four of the children are still living.
In l840 he moved from Ohio to Wapello Co., Iowa. In l857 was converted and joined the M.E. Church under the Pastorate of Rev. Samuel Howard, at Agency City, Iowa. He came to Decatur Co., in l859, living here until his decease, and at one time had some wealth. He gave of his means to help the needy.
He brought his membership to Franklin appointment, Leon mission, in l859. The last few years of his life have been devoted to his Master. He expressed to his daughters a bright hope of Heaven. All four of his daughters were present at the funeral, conducted at Union Church, March 5th, under direction of Rev. Geo. E. Mitchell. He was laid by the side of his wife who died May 28th, l890, to await the judgment. The bereaved have the sympathy of the public.
Benjamin Rix Taylor Md. Lucretia Hoffstatter 4 May 1837 in Coshocton County, Ohio.
1880 census said born 1817 born North Carolina.
Gertrude Morfitt Evans told me her mother, Rosa, corresponded with a cousin in Iowa whose name was Freelove Milligan. Likewise, Dehlia Sigler, daughter of Josephine Hoffstatter, told me her mother also corresponded with Freelove Milligan. It is apparent Freelove was named for her grandmother.
I have a reference to Film No. 903,756. Also multiple ordinance dates.
From the book, The Hoffstatter Family History, by Barbara Norris Smith. Barbara wrote: I found the name Benjamin R. Taylor in a West Carlisle Ohio ledger of the Brown and Seevers General Store for the years 1837-1840. This seems to indicate he traded there. His mother Sarah Rix Taylor later moved with her sons to Iowa where she disappeared, while walking from one farm to the other, and was never found.
From the book, "History of Decatur County" found on the Ancestry web site, a paragraph states: Grandma Taylor, the mother of Uncle Ben Taylor, living in the northeast part of Franklin Township, had disappeared from the home of her son Ben where she made her home. The news was heralded from place to place over the sparsely settled country, and a searching party consisting of John Lillard, George Machlan, and others, have searched diligently for the missing woman and have found no traces of her whereabouts except some small bits of her clothing.