About James Creed Taylor
Jim Taylor (1852-1875) - The son of Pitkin Taylor, Jim swore revenge on the Sutton faction when his father died in 1873 during the Sutton-Taylor feud. He quickly assumed his father’s leadership role and aimed for Sutton faction leader, William Sutton. On April 1, 1873, he led a band of men to a Cuero, Texas saloon and shot at Sutton through the door, wounding him. He again tried to kill him in June, but Sutton was able to escape. In July, Jim Taylor and John Wesley Hardin shot down Jack Helm. Finally, when Sutton, along with his wife and friends, Gabriel Slaughter and his wife, tried to leave the country by boarding a steamer at Indianola, Texas on March 11, 1874, the two men were shot down by Jim and his brother, Billy. Retaliation from the Sutton group continued until December 27, 1875, when Jim was charged by a Sutton posse in Clinton, Texas and he was killed. After his death, the feud finally began to lose its steam.