Jim Taylor was my gg grandfather. Family lore states that he was born in Coffee Cty, Alabama. He married Adeline Steele sometime between 1885 and 1890. Adeline who was called "Daught", was born July 15, abt 1856-8 and according to her death certificate she was born in Laurel Hill, Florida. She and Jim lived in Laurel Hill. Her father was Peter Steele and her mother was Emily Carter. Jim and Adeline had two sons Josephus born Apr 2, 1890 and Herbert Henry born Jan 25,1896.
Family lore states that Jim Taylor worked at the post office in Laurel Hill as a mail carrier. He got into some trouble for stealing money around the time the youngest child Herbert was 9 months old. He hightailed it to Texas (Dallas area???) before he could be arrested. He left his family in Laurel Hill. Rumor has it that he was involved in oil wells in Texas. He came back to the family in Laurel Hill on Jan 22, 1913 as written in my ggrandmother's bible and stayed with them for a little while but when he couldn't persuade Adeline to move to Texas with him...he left again, supposedly for Texas. The family never heard from him again. The old folks say that Adeline would never speak of Jim. They also say that he had several different "families". The only other thing we are aware of is that he had at least two sisters, one named Ann and one named Nancy. If this sounds familier to anyone please, please reply. Jim is a big stumbling block in my research.