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Jacob John (J.J.) TANNER was born October 27, 1841 in Siblingen, Canton Schaffhausen, Switzerland.
His parents were Jacob John TANNER and Barbara SURBECK.
     Infant boy Tanner Siblingen, SH, CHE b. June 5, 1824
     Margaretha Tanner Siblingen, SH, CHE b. May 30, 1825
     Rachel Tanner Siblingen, SH, CHE b. November 11, 1826
     Johann Melchior Tanner Siblingen, SH, CHE b. July 20, 1828
     Barbara Tanner Siblingen, SH, CHE b. April 25, 1830
     Ursula Tanner Siblingen, SH, CHE b. January 22, 1832
     Conrad Tanner Siblingen, SH, CHE b. May 5, 1834 (Genofeva HERMANN)
     Anna Tanner Siblingen, SH, CHE b. March 4, 1836 (John BURWEIN)
     Jacob Tanner Siblingen, SH, CHE b. June 21, 1838
     Melchior Tanner Siblingen, SH, CHE b. March 12, 1840

Jacob was wed to Caroline RUEGGE on June 2, 1868 in St. Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri.
Children of this marriage were:
     Jacob Conrad Tanner St. Joseph, MO b. March 30, 1869 (Sophia C. LANGE)
     Albert August Tanner St. Joseph, MO b. January 6, 1872 (Nellie FINCH, Mary FRANK)
     Clara Margareth Tanner St. Joseph, MO b. August 25, 1874
     William Herman Tanner St. Joseph, MO b. October 10,. 1877 (Franc Gertrude REED)
     Walter William Tanner Falls City, NE b. June 26, 1890 (Mildred Eliza BOWER)

J.J. Tanner enlisted as a private in the 1st Nebraska Infantry on April 11, 1861 in Omaha, Nebraska.

He was discharged at the rank of Corporal on August 24, 1864 in Omaha, Nebraska. J.J. served during the Battle of Fort Donelson and the Battle of Shiloh, Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee, as well as other military opearations in Missouri and Arkansas. On or about April 13, 1862 he was stricken with Catarrh resulting from exposure and hardship, and suffered this disability until his death. The 1st Nebraska Infantry was mounted and became the 1st Nebraska Cavalry in November, 1863. At the time of his enlistment the 20 year old Jacob was five foot seven inches tall with light complexion, brown hair and blue eyes.

J.J. Tanner arrived in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 13, 1858 aboard the S. S. Bamburg. He was accompanied by his brother, Melchior, and sister, Anna. He settled in St. Joseph, Missouri were he resided with his brother, Conrad, for several years. He enlisted in the military in Omaha, Nebraska in 1861. After his discharge in 1864, he moved back to St. Joseph, Missouri. In 1866, Conrad and Jacob joined in a partnership to manufacture wagons. Jacob remained in the business until 1877, when he moved to Hamilton, Caldwell County, Missouri for several years. He returned to St. Joseph to operate his own business before moving to Falls City, Richardson County, Nebraska in 1884, where he lived until his death on February 5, 1906. He in buried in Steele Cemetery in Falls City, Nebraska.

J.J. was a member of the Masons, German Society and GAR Post 84 in Falls City. His occupations included wagon maker and hardware merchant.

A story in a Falls City, Nebraska newspaper recounts:
     "Mr. J. J. Tanner, for years a prominent citizen and business man of this city, was a pallbearer at the funeral of Jesse James. In June, 1903 this article appeared in the News:"
     "J. J. Tanner, of this city was one of the pallbearers at the funeral of Jesse James. The circumstances surrounding the fact are interesting."
     "Yesterday Mr. Tanner told a News reporter the story in brief, which is as follows:"
     "At the time Jesse James was murdered Mr. Tanner was a railroad tie contractor and had his men at work at Cameron, Mo. It became necessary to transfer men to Osborne, Mo., which was done and Mr. Tanner was awaiting the arrival of a passenger train to take him to that place when informed that the train would be several hours late, and at the instance of a friend he went to Kearney to witness the funeral ceremony over the body of Jesse James. At Kearney a wagon bearing the body of Jesse James, a hack in which were the wife and son of the dead outlaw, and his mother and sister, a buggy containing the sheriff of the county, and a hack containing a number of traveling men and Mr. Tanner formed a procession which wended its way to the James homestead, a distance of five miles."
     "When the procession arrived at the house it was to find that hundreds of people had gathered there. Mr. Tanner succeeded in attaining a position at the gate for the purpose of getting a good look at Mrs. Samuels and other relatives of the notorious Jesse. After the relatives passed over the "gate" which was an old fashioned affair with steps upon either side, the coffin encased in a pine box, was placed on the top of the gate and someone nodded to Mr. Tanner to assist. This he did and acted as one of the pallbearers until the casket was deposited in the grave beside the house. During the duty in such capacity, Mr. Tanner conversed with Mr. and Mrs. Samuels and the following day the Kansas City papers gave a column article to the "mysterious stranger" who had appeared at the funeral of Jesse James and acted in the capacity of pallbearer. The article stated that no one knew the stranger, none knew where he came from nor where he had gone, and in fact, many other mysterious things were noted about him. The story finally reached Mr. Tanner's home paper, where it was straightened out."

From the front page of "The Kansas City Daily Times" dated April 7, 1882:

"The Funeral Procession."

"Long before noon the town was full of people. The funeral procession started for the Baptist church, in which Jesse was convert in 1866. The edifice was filled, and for many there was standing room only. The pall bearers were J. D. Ford, Deputy Marshal J. T. Reed, Charles Scott, James Henderson, and William Bond. There was another, a sixth pall bearer, a rather mysterious character, whom none of the other five seemed to know. He seemed to have charge of the cortege and directed the movements but neither his fellow pall bearers or the by standers knew who he was. He was a stout and well preserved man, of perhaps 40 years, and seemed to understand what he was about, but no one could say who he was or where he came from."

Pension file number: 606462

Submitted by: Stephen W. Tanner (great grandson) <>

John W. TAYLOR was born 2 Oct 1840 near Columbus, Franklin Co., Ohio
Son of John M. TAYLOR and Iva McLARY.
John's Siblings:
     1. Joseph M. Taylor born Feb 1835, Champaign Co., Ohio. (wife Susan M. DAVIS)
     2. Jacob H. Taylor born 1836 in Ohio, died of disease in Duckport, La.
     3. William E born 2 Oct 1840 near Columbus, Franklin Co., Ohio (wife Jennie E. MANNING)
     5. Clarence Taylor born 1852 in Ohio
     6. James Taylor born 1854 (wife Mary ___?)
     7. Elizabeth Taylor - No Information

John moved with his parents to Muscatine, Muscatine Co., IA in 1855. He enlisted with his twin brother William into Co. A, 11th Regiment, IA Infantry on September 7, 1861 at Camp McClellen, Davenport, IA for three years. He reenlisted in the afore mentioned company as Veteran Volunteer on 1 Jan 1864. While in the line of duty at or near Corinth, MS., he contracted camp diarrhea, piles and fistula. He was absent sick in the hospital at Rome, GA, October, November and December 1864 and was treated by the regimental surgeon Watson. He was honorably discharged at Louisville, KY on 23 July 1865.

His description at time of enrollment: height - 5 feet 5 1/2 inches, complexion - light, hair - light, eyes - blue.

23 Sept 1866: John married Mary A. JACOBS in Muscatine, Muscatine Co., IA
Their children:
     Flora Taylor born 29 June 1868 in Muscatine, Muscatine Co., IA (husband Allen E. ROSE)
     Charles Taylor born 17 Dec 1869 in Muscatine, Musc. Co., Ia. (wife Nora GRAY, 2nd wife Carrie ROSE)
     Druzilla Taylor born 22 Oct 1873 in Muscatine, Musc. Co., Ia. (husband Andrew J. CALDWELL)
     Noah Taylor born 8 Mar 1875 in Muscatine, Musc. Co., Ia. (wife Nell MacMANIGAL)
     Bessie M. Taylor born January 20, 1884 in Blair, Washington Co., Ne. (husband James W. BRINK)

John was a member of the GAR Post 52, Blair, Washington Co., Ne. His occupation was a teamster.

Obituary from the 'Lyon's Mirror', Lyons, Burt Co., NE:
  J. W. Taylor died at his home in Lyons, Wednesday morning, Sept. 27, 1899, from the affect of a cancer, leaving a wife and five children to mourn his death. Funeral services were held at 9 o'clock this morning and the remains were taken to Blair for interment. Mr. Taylor was a soldier of the Rebellion, serving in the volunteer army. The Mirror extends its sympathy to the bereaved family.

References: Pension file #478382; Marriage Certificate for Iowa; 1860, 1870 census IA, 1880 census NE
Submitted by: Lynne King <>

Joseph M. TAYLOR was born 3 Feb 1835 in Champaign Co. Ohio.
    Son of John M. TAYLOR and Iva McCLARY.
The siblings of Joseph Taylor:
     2. Jacob Harvey Taylor born 1836 in Ohio, died of disease June 23, 1863 in Duckport, LA.
     3. William E. Taylor born 2 Oct 1840 near Columbus, Franklin Co., OH (wife Jennie E. MANNING)
           Died February 1, 1926 in Fremont, Dodge Co. NE.
     4. John W. Taylor born 2 Oct 1840 near Columbus, Franklin Co, Ohio. (wife Mary Ann JACOBS)
           Died 28 Sept 1899 in Blair, Washington Co. NE.
     5. Clarence Taylor born 1852 in Ohio
     6. James A. Taylor born December 1854 in Ohio (wife Mary ---?)
     7. Helen Taylor

Joseph moved with his parents and siblings to Muscatine, Muscatine Co., IA just prior to 1860. He was a farmer at the time of his enrollment as a 2nd corporal on September 12, 1861 into the same company and regiment as his brothers William and John - Co. A, 11th Regiment of the Iowa Infantry at Muscatine, commanded by Captain John W. Anderson. He was honorably discharged at Davenport, Ia. on October 18, 1864 and again enrolled April 10, 1865 in Co. H of the 9th Regiment, 1st Army Corps, U.S. Veteran Volunteers in St. Louis, MO.

His description at time of enrollment was as follows: height: 5 feet 4 &1/2 inches, fair complexion, blue eyes and brown hair. On or about the 6th of April 1862 at the Battle of Shiloh he received injuries resulting in a ruptured bowel when he was thrown upon his groin from a shock received by a spent ball and was treated in the hospital at Savannah, Tenn. He was honorably discharged April 9, 1866 at Indianapolis, IN.

Joseph married Susan Mary DAVIS on 23 Sept 1866 at Summitville, Lee Co., IA. their first daughter Katherine was born on 19 June 1867. Joseph and Susan with their young dauther removed to Nebraska City, Otoe Co. NE and a second daughter Isabelle was born on 31 August 1871.

At the time of his death, 7 Nov 1914: his address was at 508 Taylor, Nebraska City; his occupation was gas fitter and plumber. He is buried in Wentka Cemetery in Nebraska City. Susan Davis Taylor died 29 Nov 1922.

Joseph Taylor was a member of the GAR Post 24, Nebraska City.

Reference records: Pension Application No.414892; Death record from the State of NE; Clerk's Certificate as to Marriage in IA; 1860 census: Muscatine, IA; 1900 census: Nebraska City, NE.
Submitted by: Lynne King

William E. TAYLOR was born 2 Oct 1840 near Columbus, Franklin Co., OH.
Son of John M TAYLOR and Iva McLARY.
The siblings of William were:
     Joseph M Taylor born 3 Feb 1835 in Champaign Co., OH. (wife Susan DAVIS)
     Jacob H Taylor born 1836 in OH. Died of disease 23 June 1863 in Duckport, Louisiana
     John W Taylor born 2 Oct 1840 near Columbus, Ohio. (wife Mary Ann JACOBS)
     Clarence Taylor born 1852 in OH
     James A Taylor born December 1854 in Ohio (wife Mary____?) Blair, Washington Co., 1900 census
     Helen Taylor - No information
William moved with his parents and siblings to Muscatine, Muscatine Co., IA in 1855 .

He was enrolled along with his twin brother John, into Co. A 11th Reg. Iowa Infantry on September 7, 1861 at Camp McClellan, Davenport, IA. commanded by John W. Anderson. He was discharged December 31, 1863 at Vicksburg, Ms. He again enlisted in the afore mentioned company January 1, 1864 and served until July 15, 1865 when he was honorably discharged at Louisville, Ky. William's brother John was the affiant for his pension application and states as follows: " I remember in the first part of October 1862, while on the march from Corinth to Ripley, Mississippi following the enemy we were exposed to rain and cold and great hardships and by reason of the same, claimant contracted a severe cold which resulted in lung fever and I with Commander Charles C Miller conveyed him from the company to the hospital at Corinth, Mississippi and from the time of this attack he complained more or less of pain in his back. About January 1863 while at Memphis, Tennessee in camp, claimant contracted rheumatism by being exposed to a heavy snowstorm breaking down our tent and exposing us to the wet and cold"

His description at time of enrollment is as follows: height - 5 feet 7 inches, complexion-light, color of eyes-blue, color of hair-light. His occupation was farmer.

William married Jennie E MANNING on 6 Sept 1866 at Western College, Linn Co., IA. They moved to Harrison Co., Iowa in 1866 and then moved into Washington County, Nebraska in 1868.
     1. Anna Catherine Taylor born 4 June 1867 in Harrison County, IA. (husband James DIXON) Died 13 Jan 1920 in Los Angeles, CA. Anna's Children: William DIXON, Mrs. B. L. MONTGOMERY, and Mrs. L. M. GOULD (all lived in Los Angeles)
     2. Daniel M. Taylor born 9 May 1870 in Washington Co, NE. Died 25 May 1899 in Washington Co, NE

William TAYLOR was a member of the GAR Post 52 Blair, Washington Co., NE
Excerpt from obituary (Blair Tribune, February 1, 1926)
     William E Taylor died at the home of his niece, Mrs. G.F. LILLIE, in Fremont Monday at the advanced age of 86 years. The body was brought here yesterday and the funeral service held this afternoon at his old home on east Park St., where Mrs. Cora BADGEROW now lives. Rev. W. H. UNDERWOOD officiating. Burial was in the Blair cemetery by the side of his wife whose death occurred February 22, 1922.

References: NE Certificate of Death; Pension application #501800; NE census 1880, 1900; IA census 1860
Submitted by: Lynne King <>

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