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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Wednesday's Child: Robert Leland Taylor

Tennessee City Death Records: Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Memphis 1848-1907. Nashville, Tennessee: Tennessee State Library and Archives. Death certificate no. 1091, Robert Leland Taylor. 4 July 1907.

Robert Leland Taylor was my paternal grandfather's half-brother. He was the first child of my great-grandmother Gertrude Tarkington. Robert was born on 12 June 1907 in Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee and died on 4 July 1907 in Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee. According to his death certificate, his father is unknown. However, since he had a different surname than his mother and the informant on the death certificate was his mother's sister Maggie Tarkington, I suspect that his father's name was known, but the family did not wish to provide it. I have not found any evidence that Gertrude was married to Robert's father.

Robert was buried at Vaughn's Gap, where Gertrude's father James William Tarkington and other family members were buried.


  1. My name is also Robert Leland Taylor. I was born in Louisville, KY, currently live in Zanesville, OH

  2. I've never met nor heard of another Robert Leland Taylor. Quite a kick.

  3. Maybe you're related to him. I don't know who his father was.