FAMILY RECORD OF JOHN TAYLOR
AND WIFE, MARY BLAINE (SELVIDGE) TAYLOR
John Tailor and Mary Blaine Selvidge, it is thought, were married in East TN about 1804 or 1805, from the tact that their fourth child, Martha, was born in 1811, and there being three children other than she, it is reasonable to conclude that they were married as early as 1804 or 1805. Their daughter Martha married Fielding M Narramore, and after she became a grandmother she often spoke of having been born in a blockhouse in the Hiawassee Purchase, in Monroe Count;, in the “Milk Sick Knobs". Evidently, her parents lived in what is now Loudon County, not far from where the town of Loudon is located.
They moved from there, to Bledsoe County in Sequatchie Valley, date unknown, and settled on the road running down the valley on the east side at Sequatchie Creek, a mile or so below where Tollett’s Mill is now located and were supposed to be living there as late as September 1832, when their daughter, Martha, married Fielding M. [Myers] Narramore. After living in Bledsoe County for a few years, they moved from there (date unknown) to or near Ross’ Landing (Now Chattanooga) where John Taylor died. Afterwards his widow and oldest son, James, moved to northern Mississippi, where she died.
The Children of John Taylor and Mary Blain Taylor are:
James Taylor; who was married to Mary McPherson, and moved to Northern
Mississippi with his mother.
2. Jane Taylor, who married John Julian, a relative of the Julian family now living in Bradley County, on December 4th, 1828, and moved to Independence, Missouri, where’ they reared their family.
3. Mary Taylor, who married Jacob Beck, a relative of the Hamilton County Beck’s, and lived at Bell Mound in Marion County.
4. Martha Taylor, was born September 30th, 1811, and married Fielding Myers Narramore in September 1832, in Bledsoe County, as heretofore stated where he was b. July 8, 1811. Martha died Aug. 11, 1888.
5. Elizabeth Taylor, who married Ewing Blake, no other data concerning them.
6. Pauline Taylor, who married Edward Owens, no other data concerning them.
7. Sally Taylor, who married John Smith, no other data concerning them,
8. Ellen Taylor, who married no other data concerning them.
9. Edward Taylor, the youngest child, called “Ned”, married Nancy Griffith *
He went to California when a young man and remained there.
As a matter of interest to the descendents of Fielding Myers Narramore and his wife, Martha Taylor, after their marriage in Bledsoe County. in September, 1832; they settled in their new home in that portion of Bledsoe County, now covered by Cumberland County, on Obed ‘s River (Really an ordinary creek), on the old Knoxville and Nashville Turnpike road, near where Crossville was afterwards located as the county seat of Cumberland County; organized in 1856.
Afterwards, they located about tour miles east of Crossville, where they lived until his death, May 6, 1886. His wife, Martha, always called “Patsy” by her husband, and “Aunt Patsy” by her friends, died August 11, 1888, at the home of her only son, John Taylor Narramore, where he lived near the old homestead where his parents had lived many years, and where he reared a family of seven daughters and one son, all living to have families of their own. Both Fielding and Martha are buried in the Crossville City Cemetery in Section 10 located on the eastern side of Cook Road.
After Cumberland County was organized in the* early part of 1856, the Act of the Legislature creating the County having been passed in November, 1855, Fielding N. Narramore was a leading and influential citizen in the public affairs of the County from its organization until his death in 1886. He was Chairman of the County Court many terms and Justice of the Peace many years, holding this position at the time of his death. His counsel and advice upon legal matters and County affairs were sought and respected by the people at large. While a man of limited education in books he was well read in current events and questions affecting state and nations affairs, forcible in public speech, possessing the confidence and esteem of the citizens of the County. Six of his seven daughters had a son named “Fielding”, showing their gnat respect for their father. His daughter, Emily Ables, had no son, her two children being girls.
It is also a matter of interest to say that John Narramore, father of Fielding Myers Narramore and his father, Edward Narramore, were Revolutionary soldiers while living in South Carolina. After the Revolutionary War, John Narramore settled in Bledsoe County where, it is supposed, he married Nancy Adkins and where his son, Fielding, was born, July 8, 1811. He afterwards owned a mile square, 640 acres (where the city of Crossville was later located) on which he lived until his death. Fielding was the first grown person buried in the Crossville Cemetery. A child of Wyatt Adkins having been the first and only person buried there before he was.
It is said that President Andrew Jackson, in passing on his way from the Hermitage to Washington, his accustomed route of travel, always stopped at the Narramore farm and made inquiry for the old Revolutionary soldier, John Narramore, if he did not see him. General Jackson always asked for a cool drink of fresh water and wanted to drink it from a gourd. These were days of simplicity. John’s daughter, Malissa Narramore, who never married, remembered “General Jackson, mighty well,” as she said when repeating this history a short time before her death, when she was living in Roane County.
This genealogical information compiled by Ernest Clevenger, Sr. and found in his family records after is death.