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Obituary of Eliza Taylor

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Death of Mrs. Eliza Taylor
Birmingham Eccentric, Apr 25, 1902, 1.Eliza Taylor obit April 1902
(Transcribed by Donna Casaceli, Birmingham Museum, June 2020)

"Only last January we were obliged to chronicle the death of our old friend George B Taylor, and on Tuesday, April 22, Mrs. Taylor followed him so that the venerable couple were separated only 6 months and 12 days. Like her husband, Mrs. Taylor had an interesting and eventful story, which began with her birth in slavery at Nashville, TN. The date of her birth is unknown, but it is believed that she was about 75 years old. While she was a small child, her father ran away and she knew nothing further of him. The tragedy of slavery – the separation of mother and child – followed. After receiving her freedom at the close of the war, she resolved on a search for her mother. Through a remarkable chain of circumstances she was led to the discovery of her mother at Royal Oak, Mich. Mrs. Taylor believed herself to be about 40 years old at this time. Her mother, Mrs. Stull [e.g., Matilda Cason, per death certificate] died at Royal Oak in 1880. About 32 years ago she was married in Southfield to George B. Taylor. They had no children, but an adopted daughter, Mrs. Joseph Farmer [e.g., Clara Taylor], has been to them all that as own child could be and the stay and comfort of their declining years. Mr. and Mrs. Taylor lived in Southfield until 1881 when they went to Kansas where they lived until 1893. Returning to Michigan, they secured a home in Birmingham, where they lived continuously until the time of their death, enjoying the respect and esteem of all who knew them. On the day of her husband’s funeral, Mrs. Taylor took a severe cold from the effects of which she never recovered. Lung trouble ensued and after severe and protracted sufferings, death came to her relief as above stated. The funeral was held at the house Thursday morning, conducted by Rev. M. B. Maxwell, pastor of the Unified Presbyterian church of which the deceased was a faithful and consistent member, and the remains were interred in Greenwood Cemetery."