DEACON THOMAS L. TAYLOR: Thomas L. Taylor, the subject of this sketch, was born in Fairfax County, Virginia, on August 10, 1795. He was in the War of 1812 and participated in the siege of Baltimore in the year 1814. In the year 1816 he moved to Shelby County, Kentucky, where, in 1818, he married the daughter of Elder Samuel Vancleve, a Baptist minister in that county. In the year 1823, Mr. Taylor moved to Ohio County, Kentucky. The following year tragedy entered the home which resulted in the death of his wife, on June 24, 1824, she leaving two sons to the care of her grief stricken husband. The youngest child died in infancy, while the other grew to manhood and became a Baptist preacher, Elder J. S. Taylor, whose sketch is also included in this history. In 1828, Mr. Taylor married Miss Sallie McCrocklin, who lived to survive him.
Brother Taylor became a Christian early in life and in the year 1831 placed his membership in the Bell's Run Church. In the year 1833 he was ordained as a deacon of this Church. To his energy and promptness as a deacon may be attributed much of the success of this historic Church during his lifetime. He was also a prominent member in the organization of the Association, in 1844, and always cooperated and urged his Church to faithfulness in cooperating with the Association in its work. He was active in every good work, and about the last thing that he did was to deed to the Bell's Run Church a lot of ground upon which to build a new house of worship. His death prevented him from seeing the new house completed. Brother Taylor raised seven sons and four daughters, nine of the children being born after his second marriage. He saw them all take up their cross and follow him as he followed Christ. On February 7, 1877, he was stricken with paralysis, from which he did not recover, but died at his home on July 18, 1878. Daviess County Association and Bell's Run Church lost a valued and loved member in the death of Deacon Thomas L. Taylor. "Mark the perfect man and behold the upright, for the end of that man is peace."
"A HISTORY OF THE DAVIESS-McLEAN BAPTIST ASSOCIATION IN KENTUCKY, 1844-1943" by Wendell H. Rone. Probably published in 1944 by Messenger Job Printing Co., Inc., Owensboro, Kentucky, p. 475.