Andrew Jackson Taylor papers
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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.
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.
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[Identification of item], Andrew Jackson Taylor papers, Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.
Gift of Jane Yates, 1993
Arranged and described by Timothy S. G. Binkley, 2015.
Ada Negraru, 2015.
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