John Cotton Taylor died 144 years ago – September 12, 1869 – in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri. John was the son of John Taylor and Mary Ann Hawkins, born in 1795, in Loudoun County, Virginia. He married first Susan Clark Edwards, November 25, 1828, in Washington County, Kentucky. John and Susan had 4 children: Catherine Elizabeth, Edward Edwards, Benjamin Springer and Margaret Ann Taylor. After her death John married Susan Kimberlain, February 4, 1848. They had 2 daughters: Mary Louisa and Sarah Susan Taylor. The family moved to Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, about 1859.