The Taylor family has at least nineteen ancestors who were Oregon pioneers and who crossed the plains in covered wagons before 1853. All were of the Christian faith and sought freedom of worship and a land to develop and govern. Since I (Howard B. Taylor) am of the last generation old enough to remember these people, I hereby testify to their integrity and purpose. They were steel hard, blade straight and bound by faith and love. They lived in peace with their neighbors – the Indians and settlers alike. This memorial demonstrates the pioneering spirit.
In 1852, the Hazeltown wagon train left Missouri for the Oregon Territory.
Among five families heading west for new opportunities was Henry W. Taylor, his wife and nine children.
They took their place in history by joining in the manifest destiny that brought many settlers across the hot and dusty prairies to work and live on their own land in Oregon.
Joseph Taylor was the eldest son of Henry W. Taylor. He was 21 years old when he traveled with his parents to Oregon. He settled down and built a homestead in Cottage Grove. Joseph Taylor is the grandfather of Howard B. Taylor.
Throughout the years, the Taylor family managed to preserve a few of the items that came over with their ancestors on the wagon train. Among these items is a muzzle-loader rifle, a gun powder horn, reading glasses, large traveling trunks, and a rawhide bottom chair. Also there is the original deed to the homestead property in Cottage Grove, signed by Andrew Johnson.
Although the Taylor homestead no longer exists (the land is at the bottom of what is now Cottage Grove Lake), the Taylor’s were able to keep and maintain the family’s antique pump organ that had been in the homestead all those years ago. All items are on display at the studios.
Contrary to popular belief, attacks by Native American Indians were rare. Often, the local Indian tribes welcomed the Wagon Trains to trade. Although the long westward journey caused numerous deaths and injuries through accidents, weather and terrain related causes; the biggest danger was disease. Thousands of pioneers died along the way due to disease and lack of medical attention.
The long westward journeys of the pioneers in the Wagon Trains succeeded in delivering hundreds of thousands of Americans to conquer the vast American continent and settle and grow the great nation of the United States of America.
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