1st Lt Samuel E. Taylor

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Taylor, Samuel E.- 2d Lt. 10/13/1861. Elected 1st Lt. 4/19/1862. Sick in camp 9/21/1863. Resigned Oct/1863. Stated in a letter found in CSR dated 11/31/1863, that he was elected to the General Assembly of the State of Ga. for Dawson Co. and was resigning because he was not allowed to hold a commission and be an elected official. Born 8/9/1826, died 2/27/1864. Buried at Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery, Dawsonville, Dawson Co.

Samuel E. Taylor, a son of William and and Anna [née Childers] Taylor, was born on the 9th day of August 1826 in the Pendleton District of Anderson, South Carolina. By 1830, Samuel's family had moved to Northeast Georgia around present day Dawson County.

On March 15th 1854, Samuel married Miss Ann Elizabeth Kennedy, a daughter of Henry & Martha "Patsy" [née Cole] Kennedy from neighboring Lumpkin County. It is record by family, Ann was engaged to Samuel's younger brother James, who died earlier that year. Samuel and Ann would have the following known children:
Martha Ann {m. Robertson)(1856 – 1918)
William Henry (1859 – 1944)
John Samuel (1861 – 1912)
Samuel, Jr. (1864 – 1953)

At the outbreak of war, Samuel Taylor was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in Company L, Georgia 38th Infantry Regiment on 13 Oct 1861. He was later promoted to 1st Lieutenant on 19 Apr 1862. Due to illness he resigned his commission and mustered out on 15 Oct 1863. He returned home and died February 27th 1864; just five months before the birth of his son, Samuel, Jr.

Samuel E. Taylor, Sr. was laid to rest in the churchyard cemetery at Liberty Baptist Church; the church he have been a member of for many years.

The Mountain Signal, Dahlonega Paper March 12, 1864

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