"Family History of the Joseph Taylor, Jr. & Sarah Best Family"
by Shari H. Franke
Green Taylor was born 8 February 1827, near Richardsville, Warren, Kentucky.
He was about three years old when his parents, brothers and sisters moved to
Monroe County, Missouri. His parents joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints there, probably in the Spring of 1832. The family moved to Fishing River,
Ray County, Missouri, in the Fall of 1833. They bought two good farms there
and remained until the Fall of 1834. At this time on acccount of persecution
they were compelled to leave that home, for which William Taylor received nothing,
and was also robbed of $500. cash. They next settled on Long Creek, 8 miles
south of Far West, Clay, Missouri. At this place, William Taylor bought 320
acres of land in the Fall of 1835. They remained here until the Spring of 1839.
Green and his family knew the Prophet Joseph Smith and loved him. On the Bth
of February, 1839, the family again left their home. They received nothing for
their farm or improvements, but an old neck harness valued at $2.50. They shared
in all the trials and persecutions through which the Saints had to pass at this
time in being expelled from their homes and the State of Missouri by order of
Governor Lilburn Boggs. They journeyed hundreds of miles in very bad weather.
Pleasant Green was only 12 years old when he lost his dear father. William died
9 September 1839, on the road between Lima and Warsaw, Hancock, Illinois. William
never got to see Nauvoo. William's death, placed a heavy burden on Pleasant
Green and the other boys, who felt the responsibility to care for their mother
the family arrived at Nauvoo, they did not have the means to purchase a farm
so they rented the farm of Winslow Farr, and had a share-of his crop. They continued
to work and live at this place for three years. Pleasant Green and his other
brothers also labored on the Nauvoo Temple. He was a member of the Nauvoo Legion;
also a member of the police force of the city, and he often stood guard around
the house of the Prophet Joseph Smith at night.
Green said he well remembered the feelings of the Saints when the Prophet Joseph
left Nauvoo to go to Carthage and the next morning after Joseph and Hyrum were
martyred, saw the first messenger bearing news of the tragedy. He went to Nauvoo
the following day and took his mother and sister Sarah to Carthage and saw the
jail in which they were confined. Also saw blood upon the floor. Was present
when the bodies of the martyrs were brought to Nauvoo.
again the family was expelled, this time from the State of Illinois. On 8 February
1846, they crossed the Mississippi River on the ice and camped on Sugar Creek.
The pioneers had to make way-stations along the way--such as Garden Grove and
Mt. Pisgah. Pleasant Green helped to build cabins, fences and plant crops at
these places. On 2 February 1847, Pleasant Green married (1) Clarissa Lake,
at Mt. Pisgah, Union, Iowa. They finally were able to go to the Salt Lake Valley
in the Spring of 1850. They arrived in the Valley on 5 September 1850. Pleasant
Green was surprised to find his brother Allen Taylor collecting toll at the
toll road at the mouth of Parley's Canyon, Salt Lake City!
They lived first at Hoyte Creek in Kaysville, Davis, Utah. In the Fall of 1851,
they came to Weber County and settled at Harrisville, Weber, Utah. (Harrisville
is just a small community north of Ogden.) Here he lived for the rest of his
life. He was a farmer, and was also elected as constable of Ogden. He was elected
Captain of the Police Force, and Captain of 75 men, called "Minutemen". He took
12 men and destroyed the first two saloons ever in Ogden.
15 November 1871, he started on an L.D.S. mission to Kentucky. He told in his
Journal about visiting his aged Uncle Allen Taylor there and many other kinfolk.
When he returned home in 1872, he and his daughter, Amanda Helvina Taylor Marler,
took the names of 'his kin which he gathered in Kentucky, and went to the Endowment
House in Salt Lake City. There they performed the temple work for many relatives.
This has helped the family to know many names of our ancestors. Pleasant Green
married (2) 5 July 1853, Mary Eliza Sburtliff, at Salt Lake City, Salt Lake,
Utah. He married (3) 6 April 1857, Jane Narcissus Shurtliff, at Salt Lake City.
(She and Mary Eliza were sisters.) He married (4) 20 June 1858, Sarah Jane Marler
(Lake), who was the widow of Pleasant Green's brother-in-law, William Bailey
Lake, at Provo, Utah, Utah.
Green Taylor and William Bailey Lake were called on a special L.D.S. Mission
to go to the Salmon River country in Idaho, to preach to the Indians. William
Bailey Lake was scalped and killed by the Indians. Brigham Young suggested to
Pleasant Green that he should marry Bailey's widow.
1 May 1878, his barn and sheds were set on fire and burned to the ground by
his two youngest sons, William H. and Walter, aged four and five years old.
Loss was estimated at $1,500. No insurance.
Green Taylor was the Bishop of the Harrisville Ward for many years. After he
was released, he was made the Patriarch. He remained in good health most of
his days, although he was very hard of hearing. It was said that they could
hear him preaching from the pulpit clear down the block.
Green Taylor died 16 May 1917, at Harrisville, Weber, Utah, at the age of 90
years. He was buried at the Ogden City Cemetery.
(Clara) Lake was born 17 December 1828, at Ernestown, Ontario, Canada. She was
the daughter of James Lake and Philomela Smith. Her family joined the L.D.S.
Church in Canada, and moved to Kirtland, Ohio soon afterwards. They went through
the persecutions of the L.D.S. and finally came to the Salt Lake Valley. It
is said tnat as soon as Pleasant Green saw Clara driving her covered wagon with
her pretty sun-bonnet on, he knew she was the girl for him. Clara was a lovely
wife and mother. She supported her husband in all that he did. Clara died 15
June 1900, at Harrisville, Weber, Utah. She was buried at the Ogden City Cemetery,
Ogden, Weber, Utah.
Green Taylor and Clarissa Lake's children were: Harvey Green, Levi James, Alfred
William, Clara Elizabeth, Julia Ann, Lydia Almeda, Pleasant Green Jr., Amasa
Lyman, Joseph Lake, Warren Chancy and David Riley.
Eliza Shurtliff was born 25 December 1832, at Sullivan, Portage, Ohio. She was
the daughter of Luman Andrus Shurtliff and Eunice Baggs Gaylord. Mary's family
joined the L.D.S. Church and moved to Kirtland, Ohio. Persecution forced them
to move many times. They finally arrived in the Great Salt Lake Valley. Mary
was very skilled as a dressmaker--a skill she used all her life. She was loved
by all, and was always very optimistic. She and Clara Lake were the closest
of friends. In fact it was Clara's request before she died, that she die in
the arms of Mary Eliza. Mary Eliza died 10 October 1914, at Rigby, Jefferson,
Idaho. She was buried at the Ogden City Cemetery, Ogden, Weber, Utah.
Green Taylor and Mary Eliza Shurtliff's children were: Amanda Melvina, Eunice
Eliza, Lewis Warren, Luman Green, Joseph Albert, Elcemina, Mary Ann, Laura Aner
and Lucy Ada.
Narcissus Shurtliff was born 29 September 1840, at Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois.
She was the daughter of Luman Andrus Shurtliff and Eunice Bagg Gaylord. Jane
was only five years old when her mother died, leaving six children. Time's were
very hard for her family from then on. On 10 May 1851, they started for the
Salt Lake Valley. They arrived there 23 September 1851 after a very hard journey.
In the late summer of 1853, they moved north to Bingham's Fort in Weber County.
This is where Jane first met Pleasant Green Taylor. On 25 April 1857, Jane accompanied
her husband back to the Salmon River Mission, where he and other men had labored
for some time. She went through some hard experiences and had some frightening
times with the Indians. Her first baby was born in a covered wagon with the
wind blowing so hard that some of the men had to hold tight to the wagon cover
to keep it from blowing away. The Taylor family made their home in Harrisville,
Weber, Utah. Jane was a good mother and housekeeper. Her husband was very proud
to bring the brethren of the L.D.S. Church there for dinner, for her house was
spick and span and there was always good food to eat. After a long illness,
Jane.Narcissus Shurtliff Taylor died at the home of her daughter Elizabeth Jane
Taylor McEntire at Rexburg, Madison, Idaho, 10 April 1924. She was buried at
the Ogden City cemetery, Ogden, Weber, Utah.
Green Taylor and Jane Narcissus Shurtliff's children were: John Emerson, Nephi
Fernando, Green, Elizabeth Jane, Lydia Emeline, Orson Shurtliff and William
Jane Marler was born 12 November 1834, at Port Gibson, Claiborn, Mississippi.
She was the daughter of Allen Marler and Harriet Heath. Her parents became converts
to the Mormon Faith in 1845. When they heard the Saints were moving to the Rocky
Mountains, they began to make plans to join them. Cholera broke out along the
way, and all of the Marler family except Sarah Jane contracted it. She was only
15 years of age, and nursed and cared for all of her family. Her father, three
sisters and two cousins all died.
met the James Lake family in Omaha, Nebraska. It was here that she met her future
husband, William Bailey Lake. Both families arrived in the Valley in early October
of 1850.On 24 December 1850, Sarah Jane Marler was married to William Bailey
Lake. They lived in North Ogden. Four children were born to them: Mary, Philomela,
Sarah and William Bailey Jr.
Lake was called to go on a mission to the Lemhi Indians in northern Idaho. Bailey
Lake was scalped and killed by the Indians, 31 March 1858 at Bannock Creek,
Oneida, Idaho. His body was brought home to his sorrowing widow and four young
children. Pleasant Green Taylor had married Bailey's sister Clara Lake. Brigham
Young asked Pleasant Green if he would marry Bailey's widow, Sarah Jane Marler
Lake, and take care of her and her four children. So Pleasant Green and Sarah
Jane were married 20 June 1858. Pleasant Green always treated Sarah's four children
as his own, and he and Sarah Jane had six children in addition: George Allen,
Josiah Loran, Eliza Ann, Loren Green, Alexander and Walter .
Jane shared the worries and troubles of all of her loved ones. She helped to
raise several grandchildren, when one of her children died young. Even at the
advanced age of 80 years, she helped share the burden of their work. She never
seemed depressed and was always cheerful and optimistic. At 87 years, she fell
and broke her hip. She recovered and was able to walk again without a cane.
She even danced a jig on her 93rd birthday! Sarah Jane died 18 March 1927, at
Harrisville, Weber, Utah. She was buried in the North Ogden Cemetery near her
first husband, William Bailey Lake.
Green Taylor had a total of 37 children by his four wives.
Family of Pleasant Green Taylor (1827-1917)
|Clarissa "Clara" Lake
|Mary Eliza Shurtliff
|Jane Narcissis Shurtliff
|Sarah Jane Marler
|Harvey Green (1849-1931)
||Amanda Melvina (1854-1929)
||John Emerson (1858-1954)
||Mary Jane Lake (1851-1939)*
|Levi James (1851-1935)
||Eunice Eliza (1856-1856)
||Nephi Fernando (1860-1864)
||Philomela Lake (1853-1931)*
|Alfred William (1853-1924)
||Lewis Warren (1857-1857)
||Sarah Lake (1855-1938)*
|Clara Elizabeth (1855-1855)
||Luman Green (1859-1937)
||Elizabeth Jane (1865-1967)
||William Bailey Lake (1857-1954)*
|Julia Ann (1857-1925)
||Joseph Albert (1861-1953)
||Lydia Emaline (1868-1885)
||George Allen (1859-1878)
|Lydia Almeda (1859-1935)
||Orson Shurtliff (1870-1954)
||Josiah Loran (1861-1907)
|Pleasant Green Jr. (1861-1861)
||Mary Ann (1866-1918)
||William Heber (1873-1955)
||Eliza Ann (1864-1932)
|Amesa Lyman (1862-1936)
||Laura Aner (1871-1906)
||Lorin Green (1866-1874)
|Joseph Lake (1864-1939)
||Lucy Ada (1873-1952)
|Warren Chancy (1866-1892)
|David Riley (1869-1935)
*Child of Sarah Jane Marler and William Bailey Lake
See Pleasant Green's Journal