James Anderson Taylor

By Danella Dickson

James Anderson Taylor was born June 18, 1835 in Tennessee, the son of George Hiram and Keziah Euphronius Seay Taylor. The family migrated west with stops in Mississippi before settling in Carroll County, Arkansas prior to 1860.

James is believed to have enlisted in August 9 1862 in Company A, 3rd (Adam’s) Regiment Arkansas State Troops.In early December 1862 the regiment was sent to Washington County in Northwest Arkansas where the Confederate and Union forces met to battle for control of that section of Arkansas. James survived the battle of Prairie Grove and the only remaining muster roll records his transfer from Adam’s Regiment by special order of Lieut. General Holmes to the command of General Cabell. This regiment became Harrell’s Arkansas Cavalry, Cabell’s Brigade, Trans- Mississippi. The regiment saw light duty in Camden, Arkansas, and then was involved in Price’s Missouri operations, the unit disbanded during the spring of 1865.

James married Martha Jane Hulsey about 1861 probably in Carroll County, Arkansas. They were the parents of twelve children and made their home in Carroll County and then in Baxter County Arkansas. James supported his family by farming but in later years became a Church of Christ minister. He is said to have pastored several churches in the community of Mountain Home, Baxter County, Arkansas. James died July 27, 1909 as reported in his obituary that was published in the Baxter Bulletin July 30, 1909, “Elder Taylor who lived north of Mt. Home, died on Tuesday night (July 27). He was over 70 years old and a very popular preacher of this county. He leaves many relatives, a wife and family as well as many friends to mourn for him.” James Anderson Taylor was buried in Reeds Grove Cemetery. When Martha died in 1928 she was buried beside James. At some later date stones were placed on the two graves but an incorrect death date of July 29, 1911 was engraved on James’s stone.

Courtesy of J.B. and Ramona Roberts