Born: 25 March 1833 in Rockbridge or Bedford County, Virginia
Died: 29 March 1923in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: Cookeville City Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee
Parents: Silas and Mary (Walker) Taylor

Married: Emily Frances (Cameron) Gamble on 18 March 1861 in White County, Tennessee (She was the widow of Charles R. Gamble).
Born: 28 August 1834 in White County, Tennessee
Died: 15 August 1891 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Parents: Elisha and Mary Ann (Hudson) Cameron


  1. William Newton Taylor
  2. Martha Taylor
  3. Mack Henry Taylor
  4. Silas Augustus Taylor
  5. Mary Eliza Taylor
  6. E. F. Taylor
  7. Susan Taylor
  8. Amanda Taylor
  9. James Taylor
  10. Margie Taylor


25 thTennessee Infantry
Company A


  • Entered the service as a Private and left the service as a Private
  • Enlisted 20 Sept 1862 at Sparta
  • 20 Oct 1862: Deserted at Tazewell
  • 10 Dec 1862: Returned
  • Was enlisted at Sparta 19 Sep 1862 but not sworn in; Went to Regiment and back to Tazewell; Deserted there and went to Sparta 20 Oct 1862
  • Nov & Dec 1862: Present
  • Jan - Oct 1863: Present
  • 10 Dec 1863: Left sick at a private house near Rogersville, TN
  • 1 May 1864: Deserted



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  • Filed November 17, 1905
  • Accepted
  • Resident of Cookeville, TN
  • Member 25th Tennessee Infantry Regiment under Captain Mark Lowery, Col. John M. Hughes
  • Born: Rockbridge County, VA on 23 March 1833
  • Enlisted September 1862 in Captain Mark Lowery, Col. J. M. Hughes, Captain Lowery was killed. Lt. Hayse Smith took command.
  • Battles: Perryville, Murfreesboro, Hoover's Gap, Chickamauga, Siege of Knoxville. He took pneumonia fever for some four months. Captured at Rodgerville and transferred to Knoxville and then to prison.
  • Married but wife is dead
  • One daughter 38 and 1 granddaughter 18
  • Resident of Tennessee since 1848
  • Attest: J. M. Rayburn & J. A. Phrasier

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  • Henry C. Taylor (7 June 1919) - born 25 March 1833 and is 86 years old


  • 1850 Census: Jackson County, TN, Page 252
  • 1860 Census:
  • 1870 Census: White County, TN, Page 388B
  • 1880 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 146D
  • 1900 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 22A
  • 1910 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 4B
  • 1920 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 21A


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  • 89 years old on 25 March 1922
  • Born in Bedford County, Virginia
  • 25th Tennessee Infantry - Company A
  • Father: Silas Taylor born in Rockbridge County, Virginia
  • Mother: Mary Walker who was the daughter of Captain Billy Walker and Adline Smith
  • "My Grandfather Captain George Taylor came from Scotland as Captain of a ship name of is forgotten. Joined the Revolutionary Army with ???? have forgotten names of all but George Junions who was a Lieutenant. after the war grandfather settled in Rockbridge co va. have forgotten po"
  • Mother owned two slaves.
  • Father owned 200 acres of land.
  • Father was dead at the opening of the Civil War. Mother had a farm and $100 in stock.
  • He lived in a log house with four rooms.
  • As a boy, he worked in the tan yard. As a young man, he taught school, and later he engaged in the harness business.
  • Mother had oversight of the house. Cooking, spinning, weaving etc. was done by servants.
  • Mother had two servants and father had 4 hands to help in the tan yard.
  • "Labor was considered an honor and the white people worked with the negros, but of corse did not associate with them. some negros were good and some were mean."
  • Those who owned slaves did not feel above those who did not. They all associated and mingled together.
  • To get into the best of society, a man had to be honorable. Money had nothing to do with it.
  • Slave owners and non-slave owners were friendly to each other.
  • HCT attended field schools and high school. School was 3 miles away. School ran for 3 months a year.
  • Enlisted in Sept 1861 at Sparta, White co. Tenn. Served most of the time as hospital "sergin" and nurse. Was in some of the hard battles at Chickamauga and Dug Hill and some others.
  • At enlistment was sent to Livingston, Overton County, TN. Was engaged in a battle after about 30 days. The first battle was the Battle of Perryville.
  • The only decent clothes were ones that women of home could ship to them without the Yankees destroying them. They were often forced to steal to keep from starving.
  • Was present at Knoxville, TN when the war closed.
  • Was to "retched" to remember the trip from war.
  • Taught school after the war.
  • Has been with the Presbyterian Church. Settles back on his farm near Sparta in White County, TN on the Calf Killer River. Everything had been stripped from the farm: his wife's jewelry and best clothes by the home guard. Two faithful negroes were still there with his wife and little children. After a few years, he came to Putnam County to live and has lived here ever since.


Putnam County Herald
29 March 1923
Vol. XXI, No. 26, Page 1

HENRY C. TAYLOR DIED EARLY THIS MORNING - Henry C. Taylor died at his home on Route 2 at about 7:00 o'clock this morning as a result of injuries sustained nearly two weeks ago when he fell and broke his hip, together with the infirmities of age, being 90. He will be laid to rest in the Cookeville cemetery at 11 o'clock tomorrow, Friday, services to be conducted at the grave. While his death was not unexpected, a spirit of sadness settled over the entire community.

Thanks from Uncle Henry. -- Uncle Henry Taylor wishes to thank his many friends for being so nice to him since he has been hurt; also for the many nice letters, cards and presents -- there were about seventy-five in all. When he received so many Saturday, he said, "I feel like I have been helpful to the people around me and now I am being paid back. My friends and neighbors are so good to me." Twenty-seven visited him on his birthday. He enjoyed their visit very much. He is very feeble at present. We all wish to thank our friends for their kindness. -- The Relatives

Putnam County Herald
2 April 1923
Vol. XXI, No. 27, Page 1

PUTNAM COUNTY MOURNS LOSS OF SPLENDID CITIZEN -- Henry C. Taylor, one of Putnam county's oldest and most highly esteemed citizen, died Thursday at his home four miles southwest of this city. A few days prior to his death, he fell and sustained a fracture of his hip, which caused his death. He was ninety year old last Sunday, having been born in Virginia on March 25, 1833. When a small boy he emigrated with his parents to this county and had resided in this county practically all of his life. In his young manhood he taught school for several years. At the outbreak of the Civil war he entered the Confederate army and was a brave soldier throughout that conflict. At the age of eight years he professed religion and joined the Presbyterian church, of which he was a devoted member for eighty-two years. For many years he was a Sunday school teacher and throughout his life, he was deeply interested in Sunday school work. For many years he held his church membership with the Cookeville church, but several years ago, on account of his advanced age, he moved his membership to the Lee's Seminary Presbyterian church, which was nearer to his home and more convenient for him to attend. For many years he conducted a saddle, harness and shoe shop on the north side of the public square. He was wonderfully well preserved until the accident which caused his death. It was his habit to drive to Cookeville in his baggy, unaccompanied, each week. His memory was unimpaired and his health remained excellent. But for the injury which he sustained, when his hip was fractured, he probably would have lived several years longer. He was a man of splendid native ability and of the strictest integrity. His influence was always exerted on the right side of all questions. He was always deeply interested in education and material developement of this section. His wife died many years ago. He is survived by six children: Mrs. Mary Taylor, with whom he lived; Mrs. Amanda Welch, who lives near his home, and J. L. Taylor of Leonard, Tex.; M. H. Taylor and S. A. Taylor of Palestine, Texas, and Newton, Taylor or Portland, Ore., and by many other relatives in this county. He is survived by two brother: William Taylor and S. M. Taylor, both of this county. His remains were interred Friday afternoon in the Cookeville cemetery. Funeral services were conducted at the grave by Rev. Dow A. Ensor and E. H. Boyd. Many hears are sad on account of the passing away of "Uncle Henry" Taylor, as he was affectionately known to all his friends. He always did the right thing, as he saw it. He was a sincere Christian gentleman and his memory will ever linger in the hearts of all who knew him.


  • Death Certificate: Putnam County, TN (1923) - #322 - Henry C. Taylor
  • History of Putnam County, Tennessee by Walter S. McClain: Silas Taylor came from Bedford County, Virginia, about 1830 and settled on the Walton Road not far from the home of his friend Thomas Holladay, who had preceded him here some four or five years. Henry C. Taylor, the oldest child, was about thirteen years old. The Taylors and Holladays had been neighbors back in Virginia and their demonstrative meeting in the wilds of their new home made a lasting impression upon the youth, who never forgot how the men embraced and shed tears of joy. [Page 13]
  • Putnam County Herald
    16 July 1914
    Vol. XII, No. 28, Page 2

    Henry C. Taylor appears on a list of former Confederate soldiers who served with the late Sidney S. Stanton and who endorced Colonel Stanton's son, Sidney S. Stanton's bid for office in the 1914 election.
  • Putnam County Herald
    30 March 1916
    Vol. XIV, No. 13, Page 5

    Henry C. Taylor, of near Lee Seminary was in town last Saturday, March 25, and although he was 83 years of age that day, he got about almost like a young fellow. Uncle Henry is beyond all doubt the youngest old man in the county, by that we mean has the best preserved and most accurate body of anyone of his age. He attributes his splendid condition to having been temperate in all things.
  • Putnam County Herald
    20 April 1916
    Vol. XIV, No. 16, Page 5

    Henry C. Taylor spent Monday in town "loafing" and having a good time with his friends. Uncle Henry is 83 and thinks a man of his age should have a day off occasionally.
  • Putnam County Herald
    5 April 1917
    Vol. XV, No. 14, Page 4
    COOKEVILLE ROUTE 2 - A dinner was given March 25th in honor H. C. Taylor's and Jessie Taylor's birthday. Uncle Henry was 35 years old and Jessie 15 yrs. 40 guests were present. A nice dinner was served andagood old fashioned time was had. Mr. and Mrs. Neil Taylor and son of Baxter, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Isbell, of Cookeville, Mrs. Florence Oaks, of Baxter and Miss Taylor took dinner with Miss Mary Taylor April first. H. C. Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. Neil Taylor and son, Mr.s Florence Oaks, and Miss Mary Taylor visited at S. M. H. Taylor's Sunday night.


Henry Clay Taylor

Henry Clay Taylor and Girls from his Sunday School Class

Photo Source: Pictorial History of Putnam County, Tennessee, Page 131