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Pres. John Taylor was born 1 November 1808 in Milnthorpe, Westmorland, England, United Kingdom to James Taylor (1783-1870) and Agnes Taylor (1787-1868) and died 25 July 1887 in Kaysville, Davis County, Utah, United States of unspecified causes. He married Leonora Cannon (1796-1868) 28 January 1933 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He married Elizabeth Kaighin (1811-1895) 12 December 1843 in Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, United States. He married Jane Ballantyne (1813-1901) 25 February 1844 in Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, United States. He married Mary Ann Oakley (1826-1911) April 1845 in Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, United States. He married Sophia Whitaker (1825-1887) 23 April 1847 in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. He married Harriett Whitaker (1825-1882) 4 December 1847 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States. He married Margaret Young (1837-1919) 27 September 1856 in Westport, Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. He married Josephine Elizabeth Roueche (1860-1943) 19 December 1886 in Kaysville, Davis County, Utah, United States. Ancestors are from the United Kingdom.


Biography

John Taylor was an English religious leader who served as the third president and Apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1880 to 1887. Born in England, he is the only president of the LDS Church to have been born outside of the United States.

Early Life

Taylor was born in Milnthorpe, Westmorland (now part of Cumbria), England, the son of James and Agnes Taylor. He had formal schooling up to age fourteen, and then he served an initial apprenticeship to a cooper and later received training as a woodturner and cabinetmaker.

1832 Migration to Canada

Taylor's parents and siblings emigrated to Upper Canada (present-day Ontario) in 1830. Taylor stayed in England to dispose of the family property and joined his family in Toronto in 1832.

Between 1834 and 1836, John and Leonora Taylor participated in a religious study group in Toronto. The group discussed problems and concerns with their Methodist faith, and quickly became known as the "Dissenters." Other members included Joseph Fielding and his sisters Mary and Mercy, who later also became prominent in the Latter Day Saint movement. While in Toronto Taylor continued to work in his trade as a woodturner.

Conversion to Mormonism

John claimed that as a young man, he had a vision of “an angel in the heavens, holding a trumpet to his mouth, sounding a message to the nations" - the angel Moroni.[6] He was christened in the Church of England, but joined the Methodist church at sixteen. He was appointed a lay preacher a year later, and felt a calling to preach in America.

In 1833 Toronto, Elder Parley P. Pratt baptized their son John who was a Methodist preacher into the newly formed The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). John in turn baptized his parents on 9 April 1836.

Migration to Missouri thwarted

Attempting to join the saints in Missouri, the family was temporarily driven back by mobs at the border. (circa 1838?)


Marriage and Family

Taylor practiced plural marriage and was married to eight wives: He was the father of 34 children.

Taylor's son, John W. Taylor, continued to serve in the church and in politics and helped to shepherd Utah to statehood in 1896. John W. Taylor was ultimately excommunicated from the LDS Church for his opposition to the church's abandonment of plural marriage. His son, Samuel W. Taylor, became a writer, and the biographer of his father and grandfather.

Another son, William W. Taylor, served as one of the first presidents of the seventy and also served in the Utah territorial legislature.

Taylor's daughter Annie Taylor Hyde was a leader in the Relief Society general presidency and was the founder of Daughters of Utah Pioneers.

1st Marriage: Leonora Cannon

He met Leonora Cannon (1796-1868) from the Isle of Man while attending a Toronto Methodist Church and, although she initially rejected his proposal, married her on January 28, 1833.


2nd Marriage: Elizabeth Kaighin

Another immigrant from Isle of Man, her first marriage. Elizabeth Kaighin (1811-1895)

3rd Marriage: Jane Ballantyne

Scottish Immigrant, Jane Ballantyne (1813-1901)


7th Marriage: Margaret Young

Margaret Young (1837-1919) was a member of the inaugural general presidency of what is today the Young Women organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1880 to 1887.

8th Marriage: Jo Roueche

Married Josephine Elizabeth Roueche (1860-1943) in 1886 in Utah. No Children. She remarried in 1921 to George W Palmer.

Unproven Marriages

LDS Family Search shows the following sealings - but are not proven:

  1. Mary Amanda Utley (1821-)
  2. Mary Ramsbottom (1826-)
  3. Mercy Rachel Fielding (1807-1893)
  4. Sarah Thornton (1806-1892)
  5. Lydia Dibble (1789-1862)
  6. Ann Hughlings (1801-1846)
  7. Annie Ballantyne (1819-1908)
  8. Caroline Hooper Saunders (1813-1874)
  9. Mary Wilson (1782-1859)
  10. Esther Anne De La Mare (1832-1853)
  11. Sarah THornton (1806-1892)
  12. Matilda Moorhouse (1837-1902)
  13. Elizabeth De La Mare (1827-1872)





Children


Offspring of Pres. John Taylor and Leonora Cannon (1796-1868)
Name Birth Death Joined with
George John Taylor (1834-1914)
Mary Ann Taylor (1836-1890)
Joseph James Taylor (1838-1908)
Leonora Agnes Taylor (1840-1843)

Offspring of Pres. John Taylor and Elizabeth Kaighin (1811-1895)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Josephine Kain Taylor (1846-1921)
Thomas Edward Taylor (1849-1915)
Arthur Bruce Taylor (1853-1934)

Offspring of Pres. John Taylor and Jane Ballantyne (1813-1901)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Richard James Taylor (1848-1905)
Annie Maria Ballantyne Taylor (1849-1909) 21 October 1849 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States 12 March 1909 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States Alonzo Eugene Hyde (1848-1910)

Timothy Taylor (1850-)
David John Taylor (1853-1881)

Offspring of Pres. John Taylor and Mary Ann Oakley (1826-1911)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Henry Edgar Taylor (1849-1928)
Mary Elizabeth Taylor (1856-1859)
Brigham Oakley Taylor (1858-1929)
Ida Oakley Taylor (1860-1946)
Ezra Oakley Taylor (1863-1952)

Offspring of Pres. John Taylor and Sophia Whitaker (1825-1887)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Harriet Ann Whitaker Taylor (1847-1908)
James Whitaker Taylor (1850-1851)
Hyrum Whitaker Taylor (1854-1942)
John Whitaker Taylor (1858-1916)
Helena Whitaker Taylor (1860-1870)
Moses Whitaker Taylor (1852-1922)
Jeanette Nettle Jones Taylor (1864-1943)
Frederick Whitaker Taylor (1866-1952) 18 July 1866 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States 11 January 1952 Provo, Utah County, Utah, United States Amelia Richards (1867-1952)

Offspring of Pres. John Taylor and Harriett Whitaker (1825-1882)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Sophia Elizabeth Taylor (1849-1909)
William Whitaker Taylor (1853-1884)
John Taylor (1855-1855)

Offspring of Pres. John Taylor and Margaret Young (1837-1919)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Ebenezer Young Taylor (1859-1939)
Frank Young Taylor (1861-1953)
Leonora Young Taylor (1864-1935)
Robert Young Taylor (1866-1867)
Margaret Young Taylor (1870-1935)
Nephi Young Taylor (1872-1948)
Mary Young Taylor (1874-1898)
Abraham Young Taylor (1878-1945)
Samuel Young Taylor (1881-1952)

Siblings


Offspring of James Taylor, Sr. and Agnes Taylor (1787-1868)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Edward Taylor (1807-)
John Taylor (1808-1887) 1 November 1808 Milnthorpe, Westmorland, England, United Kingdom 25 July 1887 Kaysville, Davis County, Utah, United States Leonora Cannon (1796-1868)
Elizabeth Kaighin (1811-1895)
Jane Ballantyne (1813-1901)
Mary Ann Oakley (1826-1911)
Sophia Whitaker (1825-1887)
Harriett Whitaker (1825-1882)
Margaret Young (1837-1919)
Josephine Elizabeth Roueche (1860-1943)

James Taylor (1810-1878)
William Moon Taylor (1812-1812)
George Taylor (1814-1814)
Elizabeth Taylor (1819-1909)
Agnes Taylor (1821-1911) 2 October 1821 Beetham, Westmoreland, England, United Kingdom 12 December 1911 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States John Franklin Rich (1840-1897)
Abraham Lucas Hoagland (1797-1872)
William Schwartz (1837-1915)

William Taylor (1823-1910)
George Taylor (1826-)
Edward Taylor (1830-1836)

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Namesakes of John Taylor (1808-1887)

 Birth placeDeath placeFatherMotherJoined with
John Taylor (c1831-1888)Derbyshire, England, United KingdomFoster, Victoria, AustraliaWilliam Taylor (c1806-1885)Mary Harrison (c1808-1885)Mary Ann Norton (c1834-)
John Taylor (1808-1887)Milnthorpe, Westmorland, England, United KingdomKaysville, Davis County, Utah, United StatesJames Taylor (1783-1870)Agnes Taylor (1787-1868)Leonora Cannon (1796-1868) + Elizabeth Kaighin (1811-1895)+ Jane Ballantyne (1813-1901) + Mary Ann Oakley (1826-1911) + Sophia Whitaker (1825-1887) + Harriett Whitaker (1825-1882) + Margaret Young (1837-1919) + Josephine Elizabeth Roueche (1860-1943)
John Foster Taylor (1871-1927)Stockton, Victoria, AustraliaFoster, Victoria, AustraliaJohn Taylor (c1831-1888)Mary Ann Norton (c1834-)Margaret Robertson (c1875-)+ Kate Pratt Hall (1882-1976)
John Levick Taylor (1850-1905)Terre Haute, Indiana, United StatesAlexandria, Nebraska, United StatesRobert Taylor (1824-1874)Ama Marie Goldizen (1827-1889)Lurana Edyth Davis (1850-1926)
John Thomas Taylor (1842-1897)Rock Hill, York County, South Carolina, United StatesRye, Cleveland County, Arkansas, United StatesJulia Martha Nichols (1848-1925)



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