Several family descendants of Pvt. Richard Taylor, one of Daviess County’s Medal of Honor recipients, made a visit to his home this week. They came to see the land where much of their family history originated.
Also, to meet some long lost relatives. Family members from Arizona, Florida and from Indiana got a chance to meet for the first time thanks to family research on the Internet.
Local resident Julie Jones, along with her mother Brenda Lantz, met long-lost cousins Peggy Ingraham, Julia Newmann, Clarice Polston, Jamalle Simon and Patricia Taylor this past week. The reunion happened by chance, from research on both sides through the genealogy website Ancestry.com.
“I asked her if she (was a Taylor) and she said ‘Yes, I am!’ ” Patricia laughed. “So then, we networked and got to know each other.”
For Jones, the meeting was a chance to meet relatives she probably would not have met.
“I was blessed to meet my family that had disappeared long ago,” Julie said. “Mom and I have been excited.”
Naturally, the connection was instant.
“This is the first time Julie and I have met these women and we are all in love,” Brenda said. “It’s like we have known each other all along.”
For the past three years, the Taylors from Arizona have wanted to come to Indiana to meet their recently-found relatives and visit the land from where their grandmother, Julia Coleman Jones Taylor, originated. Julia Taylor was the wife of Richard Taylor II, who was the son of Pvt. Taylor. It was for her, the woman affectionately called “Nannie,” that the Taylors would return to her birthplace.
“She had talked about the streets where she walked,” Peggy said. “She had talked about going to places like the library and I would like to find those places.”