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Benjamin Franklin Taylor

Birthdate: (84)
Birthplace: Pittsfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts, USA
Death: December 12, 1889 (84)
Levan, Juab, Utah, USA
Place of Burial: Springville, Utah, Utah
Immediate Family:

Son of Jesse Taylor and Lucy Taylor
Husband of Ann Taylor
Father of Norman Benjamin Taylor; Lucy Ann Taylor; James Elmer Taylor; Henrietta Holladay; Martin Van Buren Taylor and 7 others
Brother of Sarah Ann Taylor; James Taylor; Jesse Taylor; Caroline Taylor and William Henry Taylor

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About Benjamin Franklin Taylor

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He helped build the LDS Nauvoo temple in Illinois.

Children with Ann Mennell not listed below:

Lucy Taylor (Welsh) (1830-1891)

Caroline Augusta Taylor (McKinney) (Cole)( 1845-1923)

Benjamin Franklin Taylor was born August 4, 1805, in Pittsfield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, the eldest of six children born to Jesse and Lucy Parker Taylor. His brothers and sister were Sarah Anne, James, Jesse and baby Caroline. When Benjamin was only twelve years old he moved with his family to Grafton, Lorain County, Ohio, where the sixth child, William Henry, was born. Eight years after this move, both of his parents died within three weeks of each other in 1824. His father was only forty-one and his mother thirty-nine. These were difficult times for Benjamin and the rest of the young family.

Later his life was brightened by the introduction to fifteen-year-old Ann Mennell, the only daughter of Crispin and Elizabeth Wilburn Mennell. Born October 12, 1812, in Huggate, Yorkshire, England, she was seven years his junior, but apparently made quite an impression on Benjamin. They were married later that year, 1827. Their union was to be blessed with posterity of twelve children. The eldest, Norman, was born September 15, 1828. The others were Lucy, May 18, 1830; Elmer, November 4, 1831; Henrietta, September 26, 1833; Martin Van Buren, December 26, 1835; Elizabeth Ann, December 10, 1837; Crispin, November 26, 1839; Jesse Wright, July 26, 1841; Sarah Anne, June 3, 1843; Caroline Augusta, August 22, 1845; Jane Eliza, May 16, 1848, and Frances Euzell, July 4, 1851.

In 1840, after thirteen years of marriage and seven children, the Taylor family reached perhaps the most significant turning point in their lives. On April 12, by the hand of Zebedee Coltrin, a Mormon seventy and missionary, they joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Say Saints. The Church was only ten years old at the time.

At the time of this conversion, the Saints of the Church were gathering in Western Illinois. As soon as they were able, in 1843, the Taylor's moved to Macedonia, Hancock County, Illinois, near the nearly established city of Nauvoo. For more than two years Benjamin assisted in the construction of the Nauvoo Temple. A daughter, Sarah Anne died, in infancy March 16, 1844. While in Macedonia, Benjamin and his wife received their Patriarchal Blessing from John Smith, uncle to the Prophet Joseph Smith.

Three years after they settled in Macedonia, the Taylor's were forced to flee from their Illinois home and crossed the Mississippi river into the wilds of Iowa as mob violence expelled the Saints from the Nauvoo area. With many others they built a temporary home in Pottawattomie County in what is now Winter Quarters. They lived there four years. In the spring of 1850 the Taylor family crossed the plains to Salt Lake Valley, traveling with the Warren Foote oxcart company. While in the Salt Lake Valley their marriage was solemnized in the endowment house on March 3, l866.

After suffering through the winter of 1850 in a dugout in Little Cottonwood Canyon, the Taylor's were called to live to California. They were asked to assist Apostles Charles C. Rich and Amasa N. Lyman in the founding of a new settlement—San Bernardino in Southern California. While on their way Ann gave birth to their twelfth child while crossing the Cajon Pass not far from their final destination.

The family assisted in building the struggling colony until 1857 when Brigham Young called many of the saints to return to Utah. During this period in California, Benjamin served on the Stake High Council and was a prominent figure in many of the area's agricultural projects.

After retuning to Utah, the Taylor's settled in Springville. After eighteen years of relative peace in that small community, Ann Mennell Taylor died February 4, 1875, at age 62. In his declining years Benjamin married again to Mrs. Sarah (Hadley) Smith. They lived in Levan, Juab County until Benjamin succumbed to a paralytic stroke December 9, 1889, at the age of 84. He and his wife Ann are both buried in the Springville Cemetery.

Today the posterity of Benjamin Franklin Taylor includes over one-hundred grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and many hundreds of other descendants and relatives. A loyal and faithful Pioneer, he leaves a proud heritage for all of us



Jesse Taylor (1783 - 1826)


Lucy Parker Taylor (1784 - 1824)



Ann Mennell Taylor (1812 - 1875)*



Norman Taylor (1828 - 1899)*


Elmer Taylor (1831 - 1896)*


Henrietta Ann Taylor Holladay (1833 - 1901)*


Martin Van Buren Taylor (1835 - 1900)*


Elizabeth Taylor Nickerson (1837 - 1928)*


Crispin Taylor (1839 - 1908)*


Jesse Wright Taylor (1841 - 1894)*


Sarah Ann Taylor (1843 - 1898)*


Jane Eliza Taylor Spafford (1848 - 1936)*


France Euzell Taylor Bringhurst (1851 - 1933)*

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Record added: Apr 09, 2004

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Benjamin Franklin Taylor's Timeline

August 4, 1805
Pittsfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts, USA
September 15, 1828
Age 23
Grafton, OH, USA
May 18, 1830
Age 24
Grafton, Lorain County, Ohio, United States
November 4, 1831
Age 26
Grafton, Lorain, Ohio, United States
September 26, 1833
Age 28
Grafton, Lorain County, Ohio, United States
December 26, 1835
Age 30
Grafton, Lorain, Ohio, USA
December 10, 1837
Age 32
Ashland, Richland, Ohio
November 26, 1839
Age 34
Grafton, Lorain, Ohio
April 1, 1841
Age 35