Charles Taylor Obituary
The Northwestern Tribune
Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
July 16, 1897

     Charles Taylor, born in England in 1829, died in the township of Chippewa, Isabella County, Michigan, July 10th, 1897.
     By the death of Mr. Taylor, the county loses another of its honored pioneer residents, and Chippewa township a valued citizen.  Charles Taylor was one of the first white settlers in this township, coming into the then unbroken wilderness in 1855.  He purchased a 240 acre tract of land, a portion of which has since been his home.  In earlier years Mr. Taylor was ordained a local preacher of the Methodist Episcopal church, and as such spread the gospel through the new country from settlement to settlement, traveling on horseback or on foot as the case might be.  He preached the first sermon in the county and performed the first marriage service.  Mr. Taylor was well know throughout the country in the earlier years, and will be remembered by all the old resident as a man of sterling character and great activity.  He had been thrice married and leaves a widow and six children - Charles W. and Warren J. Taylor, Mrs. Mary Dar, Mrs. Florence N. Ward, Mrs. Rose Morgan, and Miss Ella Taylor all of whom were present at their father's funeral excepting the son, Charles, who lives in Walla Walla, Washington.
    The funeral was held in the Chippewa Methodist Church, conducted by Revs. R. A. Wright of Mt. Pleasant and D. E. Reed of Shepherd.  The I.O.O.F. lodge of the city, of which he was a faithful member, were present and friends and acquaintances from far and near gathered to pay tribute of respect to the memory of the kind old man whose familiar face will be seen no more on this side of the Great Divide.

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