About William "Billy" Taylor
William "Billy' Taylor (18??-1875) - The son of Pitkin Taylor, and brother of Jim Taylor, Billy fought with other family members in the Sutton-Taylor feud, especially after his father was killed. On March 11, 1874, Billy and his brother Jim killed William Sutton and Gabriel Slaughter as they tried to flee Texas on board a steamship bound for New Orleans. Billy was later arrested for the crime and jailed in Indianola but when that seaside town was hit with a hurricane on September 15, 1875, the prisoners were let out in order to spare their lives. Though they were ordered to return, they didn't. Later that year, Billy's brother Jim was killed by a Sutton posse in Clinton, Texas on December 27, 1875 and the feud was soon over. in 1877, Taylor was arrested and was placed in an Austin, Texas jail, along with other notorious inmates which included John Wesley Hardin, Johnny Ringo, and members of the Sam Bass Gang. He was later released and in 1878 found himself in jail again in Cuero, Texas charged with horse theft, assault, and forgery. However, either the charges were dropped or he received a short sentence, because he was said to have been in Kimball County in 1881. Afterwards, he moved to Indian Territory, where family members said he became a lawman and was killed in the line of duty.