Coopersville Observer, Feb 14, 1930
Another Civil War Vet Answers Final Roll Call
Guilford D. Taylor, 82, Dies at His Home on Sunday, Feb. 9
One by one the "boys in blue" are joining their comrades in the final resting place. They are answering their final roll call, and the number of their comrades who are left to "carry on" is rapidly becoming less.
Sunday afternoon, Guilford Taylor answered "present" at the last roll call, and no more will he, with his comrades of other days, join in the observance of Memorial Day. Mr. Taylor was one of the oldest citizens of this village, and his death Sunday afternoon, February 9, 1930, came after a long period of failing health.
He was the youngest and only surviving child of David and Nancy Taylor, whose family numbered nine, there being five boys and four girls. He was born June 1, 1847, in Harmon, St. Lawrence County, New York, and had reached the age of 82 years, 8 months and nine days at the time of his death.
In the year 1850, at three years of age, He moved with his parents to Michigan and resided in Kent County for a time. Later, in 1856, they came to the farm across the street from his present home, and where he has practically lived the greater part of his life.
At the outbreak of the Civil War, when a boy in his teens, Mr. Taylor responded to the call of duty and enlisted in Company C, Third Infantry, in May, 1861, where he remained until he was discharged for disability. Two brothers, George and Squier, were also serving their country at this time, but in different companies.
He was united in marriage to Lucy A. Randall, of Coopersville, December 3, 1866, making over 64 years they have shared lifeís trials and triumphs together. To this union were born four children, one of whom is living, Perd M. Taylor, of this place. Two passed away in infancy and a daughter, Fanny, in the bloom of motherhood, departed this life in the fall of 1895, leaving the only two grandchildren, who since the motherís death lived with the grandparents until they moved into homes of their own.
Besides the widow and son, the deceased is survived by two grandchildren, Mrs. Leon Reynolds and Guilford Taylor, Jr. and three great-grandchildren, Perd, Max and Cleo Reynolds of Coopersville; a number of nieces and nephews and many friends.
Funeral services were held at the family residence Wednesday afternoon conducted by the Rev. Joseph Tuma who spoke on Titus 6:7. Horace Walcott and Lester Westover sang "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Nearer My God to Thee." Interment was in Coopersville Cemetery.
Transcriber: Joan Van Spronsen
Created: 31 Aug 2007