James Wade Taylor (1818-1891) was born in North Carolina, migrated to Bedford Co., Tn., Henry Co., Tenn. and on to the Greene Co., Ark. by 1860. His son John Wade Taylor followed in 1870 to Greene Co. James Taylor was married to Nancy Jane McBride and Elizabeth McBride, sisters. James had eight children and at least two of them came to Clay County: John Wade Taylor and Clarisa (Clara) H. Taylor (1855-1940) who married Daniel L. Terry, and the Terrys are buried in Rector.
John Wade Terry (1843-1900), son of James Wade Taylor, was born in Bedford Co., Tenn., and died in Clay Co., Ark. and is buried in Mary’s Chapel Cemetery. His first marriage was to Melinda Jane Brake (1846-1876) in Oct. 1866 in Henry Co., Tenn. and they had two sons: James Wiley Vinon Taylor who died at age nine, and John Ruel (Tombstone has it as “Revel”) Taylor (1876-1925) who married Myra Clubb in 1899 and had Lottie who married Gilbert Arment, Harry Taylor (1903-1935), Ezra Taylor (1906-1963), Eddie Taylor (1909- ), Earl Taylor (1913-1915), and Arneda J. Taylor (1915- ).
John Wade Taylor’s second marriage was to Selatha Francisco Allen (1856-1932), daughter of Edward M. and Mary Jane Knight Allen. Selatha had been married to John Martindale who had two sons, Van and Eli Martindale. Selatha and John Martindale had a daughter, Rosie Camillia (Johnnie) Martindale married John Homer (Hudge) Snowden.
John Wade and Selatha Taylor had eight children as stated on the 1900 census: (1) Queen Virginia Lee (Jemmie) Taylor (1879-1943) married William Louis Nolen and had Tolly Oneda who married William Louis Clubb and had a son Reginald Doyle Clubb; Aundry Wade Nolen married Estelle Hugeline MErideth and had Donna Jean, Jackie Dean, and Darrell Wade; and Saletha Pauline Nolen married Charlie V. Cox in Highland Park, Mich. (2) E. J. Taylor (1882-1939) married Myrtle Jane Brown, and they died in California. (3) Lillian Francisco Taylor (1885-1906) died at age 21. (4) Frankie Allen Taylor (1889-1891) died at age two. (5) Cleva Augusta Taylor (1892-1914) married Joseph Henry Brown and he died in Los Angeles, Calif. (6) Charlie Weltha Taylor (1896-1966) married Arthur Lynn (Linnie) Gibbs in 1966 ad they had John B., Lavondia Marzelle Murphy, and Christine Gibbs. (7) Name unknown. (8) Name unknown. Selatha Taylor was later married to Silas Fluty in Oct., 1907 in Clay County and he died Dec. 16, 1922. Selatha applied for a pension on John Wade Taylor’s war record on Sept. 15, 1927 while living at Rector, Route 5. She was saving the money in the bank and lost it all when the banks failed.
John Wade Taylor enlisted in the Confederate Army in Henry Co., Tenn. in Co. C, 5th Tennessee Infantry as a private and mustered out as a sergeant. HE was wounded by a gun shot in the left breast which passed through the top part o the left lung. He was also shot in both hands, losing the use of one finger on the left hand and two fingers on the right hand and was left on the battle field to die. Dr. C. G. Earle of Rector, his doctor, wrote on the pension application papers, “He has a farm of 80 acres and a large family to support and both hands are crippled.” The Board allowed him thirty dollars a year. When the government agents brought pension papers for him to sign, he read all the way through to the end where it said, “I hereby swear that I have no other way to make a living …” He refused to sign a lie, thereby losing his pension. Later when he could not work, he rented out his farm.
W. D. Brake was in the battle with Taylor and saw him wounded and took him and laid him down by a tree until the battle was over at Atlanta, Ga. Taylor recovered and was also in the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee. W. D. Brake and J.W. Taylor were childhood associates and both enlisted for service at the same time and served in the same company and Regiment. They often spoke of the hardships they endured while they were together in the army.
A granddaughter, Tolly Oneda Nolen Clubbs, tells of her grandmother keeping John Wade Taylor’s uniform and guns in a chest in the attic, and the children used to dress up in his clothes and play war.