Jane Inman, Daughter of Abednego Inman and Wife of Argyle Taylor
Carl J. York, PO Box 27742, Knoxville TN 37927

There has long been an almost total lack of accurate information regarding one of the  daughters of Abednego Inman and his wife Mary "Polly" Ritchie -- Jane/Jean/Jenny Inman of Jefferson County, Tennessee.  Into this vacuum have flowed several streams of misinformation, fed from scattered recollections of relatives in the Inman, Taylor, and Bradford families.  These reminisces seem to have been taken as fact and never tested against the primary records of the period.  The period records are actually rather effective in revealing the real story regarding the woman in question.

Although a specific mid 1780s birth date for Jane Inman seems to be floating around in the computer ether, the lack of sourcing for that date precludes it from being used here.  Instead, her birth will be noted as 1780 to 1790, based on her 1830 census.

Even Jane Inman's marriage has been in question.  A Jefferson County Marriage Book shows the groom's name as A. Taylor, that enigmatic initial generating a relentless effort to attribute this marriage to other Taylor family members, ranging from Parmenas Taylor's son Albert G. Taylor, to another son Alfred Taylor, to a possible [but non-existent] son for Parmenas Taylor's brother Col. Leeroy Taylor (that supposed son said to have been a Leroy Taylor Jr.) -- to even a second marriage for Col. Leeroy Taylor himself.

In fact, Argyle Taylor was the husband of this daughter of Abednego Inman, as evidenced by the names on the couple's original marriage bond.  That 15 Jun 1805 bond survives in the Jefferson County, Tennessee, loose court records and contains the name and signature of Argyle Taylor -- fully spelled out -- and names his bondsman Ezekiel Inman and bride Jenny Inman.  Ezekiel Inman was the brother of the bride and would a bit later marry Matilda Taylor, sister of the groom.

Further evidence of this marriage is provided by a Baldwyn City Cemetery, Baldwyn, Mississippi, tombstone record discovered by Willis Taylor Finley of Longview, Texas, in the course of his research.  Finley is a third great grandson of Ezekiel Inman and his wife Matilda Taylor.

Susan Stocks, wife of Gilford Stocks, daughter of Argyle Taylor and Jane Inman Taylor, born 8 Nov 1817 died 10 Jun 1902

The Mississippi census records for Gilford/Guilford and Susan (Taylor) Stocks show Susan as born in Alabama, accurately locating the parental family at Susan's 1817 birth date [1850 Tishomingo Co. MS Southern Division P88/176 D57/F57;  1860 Tishomingo Co. MS P2 D12/F12;  1870 Prentiss Co. MS Twp 6 Range 6E P388/09 D62/F62;  1880 Census Prentiss Co. MS Baldwyn ED171/P03 D21/F21].

The sources providing the incorrect husbands for Jane Inman will be more properly detailed at the end of this profile after the full family has been brought into a clearer focus.  Meanwhile, a brief overview of the parental family for Argyle Taylor -- Parmenas Taylor and his wife Elizabeth "Betty" S. [Sophia?] White -- should be helpful.  A more complete view of this extended Taylor family has been published in the 1997 issues of Tennessee Ancestors, the triennial publication of the East Tennessee Historical Society.

Parmenas Taylor and his wife had eleven children.  The children's names, though not the order of birth, are reliably provided by a family manuscript composed by a grandson Parmenas Taylor Turnley (6 Sep 1821 Jefferson County, Tennessee - 22 Apr 1911 Cook County, Illinois), Turnley being a child of Parmenas Taylor's daughter Mahala Taylor and her husband John Cunningham Turnley.

A photocopy of the full Turnley manuscript has been placed with the Carl J. York papers housed in the McClung Historical Collection in Knoxville, Tennessee.  This photocopy was taken from an onion skin original entitled  A Brief Narrative of Colonel Parmenas Taylor of 1776 Period and Later by His Grandson Parmenas Taylor Turnley 1909, hereafter referenced simply as 1909.  This original was once owned by Hugh Lawson White Taylor (14 Jul 1852 - circa 1929), a great grandson of Parmenas Taylor.  When the photocopy was obtained in the mid 1990s, the onion skin was held by Frank Holder of Morristown, Tennessee, himself a great grandson of H. L. W. Taylor.  Shortly before his 1911 death in Illinois, Turnley, first cousin to H. L. W. Taylor's father, entrusted the onion skin to H. L. W. Taylor, his relative and good friend of Newport, Tennessee, in the hopes that the manuscript would someday be published.  While 1909 has not been published, it has been preserved and now has been made accessible to all family researchers through the McClung.

That Turnley's list does accurately catalogue the children of Col. Parmenas Taylor is confirmed by a number of primary records, most notably this one from Jefferson County, Tennessee [Deed Book R, p. 357].

Know all men by these presents that we William Taylor Alexander McClanahan Matilda Inman John C. Turnley Willis Taylor Jessee Butler Albert G. Taylor Alfred Taylor and Jonathan Langdon heirs of Permenis Taylor deceased late of Jefferson County and State of Tennessee of the one part and Betty Taylor of the said County and State and widow of the said Permenis Taylor of the Other part Winesseth as follows towit that Jesse Moore & Peter Eckle and Henry Helm all of the County and State aforesaid, are by us jointly and mutually appointed Commissioners to lay off the portion of land allowed to the said Widow by law Out of the lands of the said deceased and to their divission and agreement by them hereafter to be made and returned to the County Court in writing, we do each of us for ourselves our heirs executors and administrators bind and obligate and oblige Ourselves to stand and agree which agreement is by us made for the purpose of saving the expense that would necessarily be incured in the laying off said dower by a Jury appointed by the Court and summoned, and for the performance of the above agreement and for the purposes therein expressed we do each of us bind ourselves our heirs executors & adminstrators.  In testimony whereof we have hereunto interchangeably set our hands and seals this 6 day of October 1827.

                                                                                                              her

Signed sealed and delivered                                                              Betty X Taylor

in presence of                                                                                         mark

P. T. Inman                                                                                     Wm Taylor

Benjamin Inman                                                                               Alexr McClanahan

                                                                                                      Matilda Inman

                                                                                                      J. C. Turnley

                                                                                                      Jesse Butler

                                                                                                      Willis Taylor

                                                                                                      A. G. Taylor

                                                                                                      Johnathan Langdon

                                                                                                      Alfred Taylor

This same group participated in the deed recorded next (p. 358) regarding a dower negro woman Hannah and her child Addison.  Other than the widow Betty, those who signed were all children or sons-in-law of Parmenas Taylor.  There was no participation by the heirs of the two sons deceased at this point.  If the order of signatures is not the exact birth order, it is very nearly so.  This order does not conform to the order in which Turnley listed the children, but Turnley had solid data on only four of them.  The children and sons-in-law who signed were:

1)  William Taylor, born 1780.

4)  Alexander McClanahan, husband of Leanna Taylor, she according to her 1850 census born circa 1790, but this researcher believes she was perhaps born slightly earlier.

5)  Matilda (Taylor) Inman, widow of Ezekiel Inman, she born 1789.

6)  John Cunningham Turnley, husband of Mahala Taylor, she born 1792.

7)  Jesse Butler, husband of Mary Taylor, she born 1794.

8)  Willis Taylor, born 1798.

9)  Albert Gallatin Taylor, born circa 1801.

10) Jonathan K. Langdon, husband of Elizabeth "Betty" Sophia Taylor, she born 1803.

11) Alfred Taylor, born circa 1806.

The two sons already deceased would appear to sandwich between William Taylor and Leanna (Taylor) McClanahan, those being:

2)  Argyle Taylor, who married in 1805 and could be presumed to be born in the 1782 period.

3)  Leeroy Taylor, who married in 1809 and was born by 1785 at the latest.

Moving straight to this elusive second child of Parmenas Taylor, Argyle Taylor (died 2 Jun 1823 Franklin County, Alabama) has to this point been totally shrouded in mystery.  What Turnley had to say in 1909 was short, was to the point, and is quoted in full.

"The seventh [sic], Argyle Taylor, we have not been able to get a word of information, mainly, of course, by reason of loss of the family Bible (and the death of contemporaries)."

More recent researchers have been equally silent about this distinctively named son.  Argyle Taylor did not sign the deed of heirs, having predeceased his father.

Actually, even a cursory examination of the primary records of Jefferson County reveals quite a bit about Argyle Taylor, and besides the two dozen or so times he is mentioned in court and deed records while actually residing in that county, he is in a number of additional records.  Obviously, these records simultaneously detail the movements of Jane (Inman) Taylor.

On 21 Jul 1812, the Jefferson County Circuit Court ordered John Brown and/or ___ Jones Esq. living in Madison County, Mississippi Territory, to take the deposition of Argyle Taylor to be read into evidence in the case of Henry Walker vs Abednego, John R., and Ezekiel Inman [Minute Book 1810-1816, pp. 62-63].

Argyle Taylor recorded a land warrant in Madison County in 1813 [Margaret Matthews Cowart, Old Land Records of Madison County Alabama (Huntsville, AL : n. pub., 1979), p. 123, 11 Feb 1813 Warrant #143 160A SE 1/4 of Section 29 Twp 4S Range 1E to Argyle Taylor (of Mississippi Territory), assigned to John Hobbs].

Lt. Argyle Taylor served in the War of 1812 from the Mississippi Territory [Packet 1140, Battalion 7 (Perkins) Regiment -- Capt. James McNeelley's Co. of Infantry, Madison Militia (7 Oct 1813 - 6 Nov 1813);  Capt. James McNeelley's Co. of Mtd Gunmen, Madison Co. MS Territory Militia ordered into service of the county to repel an invasion of hostile Creek Indians (6 Nov 1813 - 11 Nov 1813)].

Argyle Taylor is in various other records in Madison County including the 1816 territorial census [Alabama Genealogical Society Magazine Vol. 7 #3 (Jul 1973), p. 27 -- John Inmon, Ezekiel Inmon (husband of Argyle Taylor's sister Matilda); Vol. 8 #1 (Jan 1974), p. 21 Argyle Taylor].

Argyle Taylor is listed as entering land in Franklin County in 1818 [Margaret Matthews Cowart, Old Land Records of Colbert County Alabama (Huntsville, AL : n. pub., 1985), p. 108, 12 Dec 1818 Certificate #3048  80A E 1/2 of NE 1/4 of Section 35 Twp 4S Range 12W, assigned to John Donelson].

In 1819, as Argyle Taylor of "Lorence [sic] County, Alabama Territory," he purchased a slave from his father Parmenas Taylor [Jefferson Co. TN Deed Book P, pp. 37-38].

He was in the 1820 census for Franklin County, Alabama [Alabama Historical Quarterly Vol. 6 #3 (Fall 1944), p. 403 -- Arguil Taylor 4 m>21, 2 m<21, 1 f>21, 4 f<21], and had an 1821 record that appears to be Franklin County [Alabama Historical Quarterly Vol. 6 #2 (Summer 1944), p. 276 -- Argyle Taylor, Qr. Master - 8 Dec 1821 2nd Div. 4th Brig. 37th Reg.]. 

Argyle Taylor survived his War of 1812 service only to be killed by an Alabama neighbor in 1823, as detailed next.

      University of Tennessee Hodges Library, Microfilm #AN48.F39V56 -- Fayetteville TN (Lincoln Co.) Village Messenger, Vol. 1, #15 (Tuesday 17 Jun 1823), p. 3, "Florence, June 7.  Horrid Murder -- A cool and deliberate murder was perpetrated on Friday last in Franklin County, by a man of the name of Smithston;  and Mr. Argile Taylor was the unfortunate victim.  A company assembled, by invitation, at Mr. Taylor's home on Thursday evening, to be present at the marriage of one of Mr. Taylor's daughters.  Smithston came uninvited, but received every attention from Mr. Taylor, until he got intoxicated and became troublesome to the company. He was then admonished to behave himself but to no effect.  His conduct became intolerable, and Mr. Taylor ordered him from his house.  On the next day Mr. Taylor was overtaken by Smithston, somewhere near the plantation, and was accosted by him in an insolent manner, and ordered to stop.  Smithston had a rifle in his hand.  Taylor told him his conduct had been such as to determine him (Taylor) not to countenance him.  Smithston then commenced abusing Taylor, when Taylor in moving onwards was ordered to stop or that he would shoot.  Taylor turned round and discovered that Smithston had his rifle pointed at him, and that he was in the act of shooting.  Taylor made an effort to strike the rifle out of Smithston's hands, but before he could do so, the rifle was discharged and the load lodged in Mr. Taylor's body.

      Mr. Taylor died on Monday last.  Smithston was apprehended on Wednesday last in Wayne county, Tennessee, and has been taken into Franklin county to answer the charge brought against him -- It is stated that it was his intention to have surrendered himself into the hands of justice.

      [Smithston is now confined in the Huntsville jail to await his trial.]"

Argyle Taylor's widow Jane (Inman) Taylor had a last census in 1830 in Franklin County [p. 47 Jane Taylor 0001-0200001].  Very recently, a third great granddaughter of this Taylor couple, Mary Ann (Mellott) Baker, found an item regarding the death of a Jane Taylor who would be an excellent candidate for Jane (Inman) Taylor herself.

Valley Leaves, Vol. 11 #4 (June 1977), p. 151, excerpt from Saturday, 11 May 1833 issue of The North Alabamian (newspaper), Tuscumbia, AL, "Administrator's Notice.  Undersigned qualified on 27 Feb. 1833 as administrator of Jane Taylor, dec'd.  Present claims within the times prescribed by law, being 18 months from said 27 Feb. 1833.  N.  J. Pride, Admr. (dated 10 March 1833)"

The administrator Nathan/Nathaniel J. Pride was the next door neighbor to Jane (Inman) Taylor in 1830.  Consequently, it seems safe to assume this notice concerned the death of Jane (Inman) Taylor.  No further record of the estate has been found.

Unfortunately, Franklin County, Alabama, where most of Argyle Taylor's records would have been generated, is a very burned county, so little is known about Jane (Inman) Taylor's descendants.  However, the previously cited tombstone pinpoints one daughter Susan (Taylor) Stocks.  The below list of Stocks children for Gilford Stocks and Susan Taylor should be taken as a starting point for further research on this family and should not be considered as the definitive authority.

1) Sarah J. Stocks (21 Feb 1838 Franklin Co. AL - 21 Dec 1913, buried Baldwyn City Cemetery, Lee Co. MS), married 23 Oct 1865 in Tishomingo Co. MS to B. B. Sevier.

2) Hillary Calvin Stocks (ca 1843 Tishomingo Co. MS - living 1880 Faulkner Co. AL), married 10 Jul 1866 in Itawamba Co. MS to Mary Susan Smith.

3) Thomas G. Stocks (ca Jan 1846 Tishomingo Co. MS - living 1900 Prentiss Co. MS), married Mary L. (---).

4) Argile Taylor Stocks (10 Jul 1848 Tishomingo Co. MS - 28 Nov 1916, buried Baldwyn City Cemetery), married Mattie A. Pruitt.

5) Mary Louisa Stocks (25 May 1851 Tishomingo Co. MS - 24 Dec 1938, buried Baldwyn City Cemetery), married 1 May 1873 in Prentiss Co. MS to Anderson D. Saddler (4 Dec 1836 - 19 Sep 1902, buried Baldwyn City Cemetery).

6) Hester "Hattie" A. Stocks (ca 1854 Tishomingo Co. MS - living 1880 Prentiss Co. MS), married 28 Feb 1870 in Tishomingo Co. MS to William E. Thomas.

7) William A. Stocks Sr. (20 Oct 1856 Tishomingo Co. MS - 13 Nov 1926, buried Baldwyn City Cemetery), married Jennie Loula Cullens.

8) Alice E. Stocks (ca 1859 Tishomingo Co. MS - living unmarried in 1880 with her sister Hester).

Jane (Inman) Taylor certainly had another daughter who married in 1823, as noted in the newspaper account of Argyle Taylor's death.  With Jane Inman marrying in 1805 and the Taylor daughter marrying in 1823, that daughter certainly would have been one of the oldest children, if not the oldest.  If any original loose records of the trial of Smithston should survive, there is a real possibility that family member names could appear in the testimony, including this daughter.

An additional child for Jane (Inman) Taylor was clearly Abednego Inman Taylor (9 Apr 1814, likely in Madision Co. MS Territory - 21 May 1872, apparently Lee Co. MS), namesake of Jane Inman's father Abednego Inman.  As A. J. Taylor, he was head of a household next adjacent to Susan (Taylor) Stocks in 1840 [1840 Census Tishomingo Co. MS P227].  This listing and published abstracts of a number of records related to him showed this same incorrect middle initial.  However, very recent research spearheaded by the descendant mentioned earlier, Mary Ann Baker, has uncovered his full name and precipitated a re-examination of all of his records.  Most of the original records actually show the correct middle initial of I., though some few (like the 1840 census) do appear to have been J.

Baker's fresh eye has led to several crucial discoveries.  One was a personal profile of the Methodist minister (and her great grandfather) Thomas Jefferson Taylor (21 Jul 1838 - 18 Nov 1888), son of Abednego Inman Taylor.  Thomas Jefferson Taylor's posthumous contributions to the research will be more fully discussed momentarily, but his personal profile was found in family records on a form apparently provided by the Methodist church.  It confirmed the initials of Thomas Jefferson Taylor's parents (A. I. and M. J. Taylor) but far more importantly named Franklin County, Alabama, as the location of Thomas Jefferson Taylor's birth.  This placed Thomas Jefferson Taylor and by extension his father Abednego Inman Taylor in precisely the same Alabama location as Argyle Taylor and Jane Inman.

Moving back to the findings of the earlier research, Abednego Inman Taylor was born in Alabama, as indicated by his listing (as A. I. Taylor) in the L. C. Davis household in 1850 [1850 Census Tishomingo Co. MS Southern Division P165/329 D1041/F1041].  Also listed in the L. C. Davis household ahead of A. I. Taylor were four Taylor youngsters who were the children of Abednego Inman Taylor himself.

He was again listed as A. I. Taylor in 1860 but was found under the name Abednego Taylor in 1870 [1860 Census Tishomingo Co. MS P16 D102/F102;  1870 Census Lee Co. MS District #1 P386/48 D54/F54 P. O. Baldwyn].

Besides being the next neighbor of the Gilford Stocks family in 1840, Abednego Inman Taylor had direct interactions with Guilford Stocks in Tishomingo County [Prentiss Co. MS Deed Book 1, pp. 218-219].  The 1864 Tishomingo marriage of his son Thomas Jefferson Taylor was bonded by Thomas G. Stocks, son of Gilford and Susan (Taylor) Stocks.

Abednego Inman Taylor married first (11 Apr 1833, sure Franklin Co. AL) to Martha Jane Gibbs, second (27 Nov 1850, Itawamba Co. MS) to Adeline C. Bell, and third to Laura Ann Cayce (9 Jan 1856 Tishomingo Co. MS).  Laura Ann Cayce was clearly Laura Ann (Davis) Cayce, widow of Thomas E. Cayce/Casey, formerly of Franklin County, Alabama.

These marriage dates and the full name of Abednego Inman Taylor were revealed by the records in his surviving family bible.  Photocopies of the family pages were generously provided by descendant Bonnie Jean (Taylor) Hargrove of Denver, Colorado.  Baker tracked down this descendant and this bible record and deserves high praise for her dogged research into both primary records and family records regarding Abednego Inman Taylor.

Certainly, the Abednego Inman Taylor name alone would grab the attention of seasoned Inman researchers -- and among the descendants of this man, interesting names previously found included Charles Argyle Taylor, Ira Inman Taylor, William Abednego Taylor, and John Inman Taylor.  However, the family bible revealed full names for all of Abednego Inman's children.  While sons named John Arguile Taylor and Hugh Arguile Taylor are powerful additional confirmation of Abednego Inman Taylor's parentage, the appearance of a son named Parmenas Jackson Taylor is icing on the cake.

Besides the major find of the family bible, it was Baker's work that led to the discovery of the use of the Inman middle name for Ira Inman Taylor (7 Aug 1882 Prentiss Co. MS - 1965 Prentiss Co.), a grandson of Abednego Inman Taylor's son Thomas Jefferson Taylor though his son James Madison Taylor.  Baker had earlier tracked the Thomas Jefferson Taylor family bible, as well as a living grandson of Thomas Jefferson Taylor -- James "Jim" Samuel Taylor -- whose father Joseph Benson Taylor had been the custodian of that bible.  Joseph Benson Taylor during his lifetime told his son Jim that Abednego Taylor was his [Joseph Benson Taylor's] own grandfather, confirming the records already in hand.  Further work by Baker clarified the spouses of some of Abednego I. Taylor's children and triggered further explorations of primary records on into the 1930 period.

Abednego Inman Taylor's child list is now complete, with the family bible providing the names and birth dates (and some death dates) of his children.  The bible also included marriage dates for some of those children, confirming a number of those dates previously found in county level records.

William Wallis Taylor (6 Jan 1835 surely Franklin Co., AL - 13 Sep 1837).

Mary Jane Taylor (10 Oct 1836 surely Franklin Co. - apparently living 1880 in Colbert Co. AL), married first 25 Jan 1858 (Tishomingo Co.) to William J. Gibbs.  A later husband Thomas Madison Wheeler was indicated by records involving the estate of her father.

Thomas Jefferson Taylor (21 Jul 1838 provably Franklin Co. AL - 18 Nov 1888 Tunica Co. MS, buried Verona Cemetery, Lee Co. MS), married 7 Aug 1864 (Tishomingo Co.) to Amanda Frances Williams (30 Dec 1840 - 20 Jan 1906 Lawrence Co. AL, buried Verona Cemetery).  Trained as a Methodist minister, his records (and those of his descendants) would prove to be of great importance.

Alexander Gibbs Taylor (6 Feb 1840 surely Tishomingo Co. - 27 Nov 1856).

James Madison Taylor (6 Jan 1842 surely Tishomingo Co. - 29 Jul 1919 Prentiss Co. MS, buried Booneville Cemetery), married 17 Nov 1868 (Colbert Co., AL) to Nancy Ann Hamilton.  He had a second marriage in the 1887 period to Sarah "Sally" F. (---).

John Arguile Taylor (29 May 1844 surely Tishomingo Co. - 23 Jun 1844).

 

Hugh Arguile Taylor (9 Nov 1852 - living 1930 Denver Co., CO), married 28 Jul 1875 (Lee Co. MS) to Eliza J. Kennedy.

Elizabeth A. Scruggs Taylor (6 Apr 1854 - 7 Apr 1856).

 

Lurana Alabama Taylor (31 Oct 1856 - 22 Sep 1857).

Francis Isabela Taylor (27 Jul 1858 - 29? Feb 1859).

Columbus Benson Taylor (16 Dec 1859 - 26 Mar 1861).

Levi [also Livy] Abednego Taylor (21 Nov 1861 - 3 Feb 1874).

Parmenas Jackson Taylor (22 Jan 1864 - 29 Jan 1938), married 23 Dec 1894 (Ellis Co., TX) to Lula Taylor.

Milton Guy Taylor (17 May 1866 - 5 Feb 1942), married 27 Dec 1899 to Lillie B. Phelps.

Though the final seven children were all surely born in MS, the movements of the parental family made the counties of their births unclear.  Regarding one of the children by the first wife, Thomas Jefferson Taylor became the most important early-on resource as far as seeking to confirm this ancestry, and that process should be more fully detailed.

Thomas Jefferson Taylor's grandson Jesse Kavanaugh Taylor II (born 16 Jul 1910 Ochiltree Co. TX) became interested in researching the family and fully identified all of Thomas Jefferson Taylor's children, including the son Charles Argyle Taylor (30 Aug 1881 Lee Co. MS - 10 Apr 1965 Lee Co. MS, buried Glenwood [formerly City] Cemetery).  It was this researcher's encounter with the Charles Argyle Taylor name -- thanks to the research of J. K. Taylor II -- that triggered a renewed effort to identify the records of A. I. Taylor, resulting in the discovery of his name being Abednego Taylor.  The revelation of the Abednego name then led to work that uncovered a wealth of additional pieces to the puzzles.

The evidence began to pop up at once, when (as mentioned earlier) Thomas G. Stocks, Argyle Taylor's proven grandson, served as bondsman for Thomas Jefferson Taylor's marriage to a woman (Amanda Frances Williams) whose family was the immediate next door neighbor to the Susan (Taylor) Stocks family.  Other records of Stocks/Taylor interactions added to the evidence pile, and these families were pushed forward in search of more clues.

It was in a late expansion of the process that Thomas Jefferson Taylor's great granddaughter Mary Ann (Mellott) Baker came on board, and her work produced the numerous items mentioned earlier.  Another very important finding by Baker was a reference to a Lee County, Mississippi, Chancery case that named several of Abednego Inman Taylor heirs (#531, Elijah Oliver vs Laura A. Taylor, admx et al, filed 5 Jan 1874).

Though there is still plenty of work to be done on Abednego Inman Taylor and his descendants, the current state of evidence is already so strong that only thoroughness is lacking before Abednego Inman Taylor can be embraced as a proven son of Jane (Inman) Taylor.  There is certainly no doubt as to the accuracy of the conclusion.  Since surviving records show that the parental family was in all likelihood in Madison County, Mississippi Territory, at the time of Abednego Inman Taylor's birth, that would be strong evidence that he was born there.

In closing, it would likely be helpful to detail how so much misinformation has sprung up as to the identification of Jane Inman's Taylor husband.  First, it was the Jefferson County Marriage Book's listing of the groom as simply A. Taylor that precipitated the early speculation.  There was clear family knowledge that the groom was somehow connected to Parmenas Taylor, and that speculation mostly centered around the groom being a son of Parmenas Taylor.  With A. Taylor in the marriage record, attention turned to two of Parmenas Taylor's sons named Alfred Taylor and Albert Gallatin Taylor.  As both of these sons had removed themselves from family view when they left Jefferson County, Tennessee, the speculation centered on them.  Why Argyle Taylor -- who had also left -- was excluded from this small circle is unclear.

Under any circumstance, actual research (as detailed in the cited Tennessee Ancestors articles) reveals that neither Alfred Taylor nor Albert Gallatin Taylor could possibly have been Jane Inman's husband in 1805.  Alfred Taylor was born circa 1801, while Albert Gallatin Taylor was born circa 1806.  Both had later wives, with both of those wives identified in the cited articles.

That leaves the other false attributions -- that somehow the groom was a nephew of Parmenas Taylor, a man named Leroy Taylor (how do you get that from A. Taylor?) who was supposed to have been a son of Parmenas Taylor's brother Leeroy Taylor -- or was even the brother Leeroy Taylor himself.

Of course, one crucial problem with the former idea was that Parmenas Taylor's brother Leeroy Taylor had no such son Leroy in the first place.  This tale was born from a recollection recounted by Miss Augusta "Gussie" Franklin Bradford (10 Aug 1865 - 21 Sep 1942), daughter of William McDermott Bradford and his wife Elizabeth Keys Inman.  As a descendant of both Bradford and Inman, Augusta Bradford was blood kin to both Argyle Taylor [second cousin once removed] and Jane (Inman) Taylor [great niece].  Miss Bradford's maternal grandfather was Shadrack Inman, brother to both Jane Inman and Ezekiel Inman.

Miss Bradford was for many years a librarian for the Chattanooga, Tennessee, public library.  She supplied much of the information for a 1945 Tyler's Quarterly article on the Bradford family, that article including information on the brothers Leeroy and Parmenas Taylor.

M. B. Aston [a great grandson of Parmenas Taylor's brother Leeroy Taylor] revealed in a 5 Dec 1929 letter to Zella Armstong [author of a pamphlet piece entitled "Taylor of Tennessee"] that Miss Bradford had once quoted her mother Elizabeth Keys (Inman) Bradford as making statements regarding Aunt Jean Inman (now clearly understood to be the wife of Argyle Taylor).

Elizabeth Keys Inman (12 Jun 1829 - 23 Jul 1903) was a daughter of Shadrack Inman.  As a niece of Jane Inman (and hence of Argyle Taylor) and of Ezekiel Inman (and hence of Matilda Taylor), the recollections of Elizabeth Keys Inman certainly have merit in this case.  Aston recounted that he was told Elizabeth Keys (Inman) Bradford stated her aunt Matilda (Taylor) Inman, the Parmenas Taylor daughter who had married Ezekiel Inman, had a brother who married Jean Inman.  So far, the information as recounted by Augusta Bradford to M. B. Aston (and by him to Zella Armstrong) was right on target.

But Miss Bradford went further to say she thought her mother had told her that Jean Inman had married a Leroy Taylor of Greene County.  It is clearly this latter statement that has led to the speculation that the A. Taylor who married Jenny Inman was somehow a Leroy Taylor -- and the Greene County suggestion would point back to Parmenas Taylor's brother Leeroy Taylor.  Given that Leeroy Taylor was so much older than Jane Inman, he was presented as possibly having married her as a much later wife -- or alternatively as the father of a younger Leroy Taylor who would then have been the husband of Jane Inman.

Both suggestions, of course, were based on Miss Augusta Bradford's recollection of her mother's much earlier statements.  Whether it was the original statement -- or simply a poor recollection and recounting of that statement -- that was in error, the errors was made, and the suggestions took on a false life of their own.  In fact, Parmenas Taylor's brother Leeroy Taylor had no son Leroy Taylor Jr.  As for Leeroy Taylor himself, he actually commented directly on his own marital status in a way that specifically excluded Jane Inman from the picture [Bedford Co. TN Deed Book HH, p. 417].

{State of Tennessee Washington County}  This day personally appeared before me Jacob Brown an acting Justice of the peace for the County and State aforesaid, Leroy Taylor and declared on oath that he never was married to Mary Wilson with whom he lived for many years, and who had several children during the time he lived with her he further saith that he never never was married but once in his life and then was married to Nelley Wilson by who he had the following lawful issue to wit, Salley __ Mary, William, John, Joseph & Nellie.                                              Leeroy Taylor

Sworn to & Subscribed this 12th of September 1825 Jacob Brown Justice of the peace  Registered April 23rd 1839  Andrew Vannoy regr of Bedfd Cty

This concludes the analysis of the life of Jane Inman, daughter of Abednego Inman and Mary "Polly" Ritchie.  It should put to final rest any questions regarding who she married.  Though it seems very likely she died in the 1833 period, Susan (Taylor) Stocks and Abednego Taylor remained in Franklin County until about 1838 or so before removing to Tishomingo County, Mississippi.  There may have been some triggering event in Franklin County, Alabama, that led to that timing.  However, since Franklin County is a total burn, any records revealing that information would have to be found elsewhere.