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Andrew Jackson Taylor papers

A Guide to the Collection


Creator: Taylor, Andrew Jackson
Title: Andrew Jackson Taylor papers
Dates: 1884-1896
Abstract: This collection comprises three folders of manuscript and printed materials associated with Rev. Andrew Jackson Taylor (1852-1928), a minister and Presiding Elder in the Methodist Episcopal Church who served appointments in Kansas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.
Accession No: Collection BridArch 3.135
Extent: 3 folders
Language: Material is in English
Repository Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

Biographical Note

Andrew Jackson (“A. J.”) Taylor was born in Pope County, Arkansas, on April 20, 1852, to George and Narcissa Taylor. He was ordained a Deacon in the Arkansas Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1879. Ordination as Elder followed two years later in 1881. Taylor’s pastoral appointments in Arkansas included Springfield, Elsworth, Wild Cherry, Newburgh, Harrison, and Eureka Springs. In 1883 he transferred to the Southwest Kansas Conference, where he served charges in Hutchinson, St. John, and Stafford. Taylor returned to the Arkansas Conference in 1887. From 1890 until 1905 Rev. Taylor was appointed Presiding Elder of the Harrison, Fort Smith, and Mammoth Springs districts.

Taylor joined the Oklahoma Annual Conference in 1906. There he served pastoral charges in Chandler, Cushing, Manitou / Mountain Park, and Apache until his retirement in 1912. From 1912 until his death in 1928, Taylor lived with his family in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Taylor married twice. His first wife, Martha A. Shaw (m. 1870), died in 1884. In 1890 Rev. Taylor married Elizabeth C. Westmoreland, who lived until 1949.


“The Rev. Andrew Jackson Taylor.” Official Journal of the Thirty-Seventh Session, The Oklahoma Annual Conference, Methodist Episcopal Church. 1928.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Andrew Jackson Taylor papers include letters, a membership roster, newspaper clippings, a note announcing the September 13, 1888 marriage of Max Frost and Lydah Hood, and a copy of the Bylaws of the Arkansas Triennial Association of Knights Templar. These items associated with Rev. Taylor were found by the donor in a set of Clarke’s Bible commentaries bearing inscriptions by T. J. Hagerty and A. J. Taylor.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection contains a single series:
Series 1: Ministerial and personal papers, 1884-1896.


Access to Collection:

The collection is open for research use.

Publication Rights:

Permission to publish materials must be obtained from the Head of Special Collections of the Bridwell Library.

Copyright Statement:

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain copyright authorization.

Sensitive Materials Statement:

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications for which Bridwell Library assumes no responsibility.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following terms in the Southern Methodist University Libraries' online catalog. Researchers desiring related materials may search the catalog using these terms.
Taylor, Andrew Jackson.
Methodist Episcopal Church -- Clergy.
Fraternal organizations -- Arkansas -- 19th century.
Letters -- 19th century.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Andrew Jackson Taylor papers, Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Jane Yates, 1993

Processing Information

Arranged and described by Timothy S. G. Binkley, 2015.

Encoded by

Ada Negraru, 2015.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Ministerial and personal papers, 1884-1896

This series contains three letters received by A. J. Taylor, a list of members of an unidentified organization (probably a pastoral charge or class), newspaper clippings, a printed marriage announcement, and an Arkansas Masonic publication.
Box Folder
1919A 18 Correspondence, 1884-1894
19 Membership roster, circa 1884-1896
20 Printed matter, 1888-1896