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1860s Sauvie Island
“A people which takes no pride in the noble achievements of remote ancestors will never achieve anything worthy to be remembered with pride by future descendants”
(a British Historian and Politician 1800-1859)
Titus H. Taylor
1831 - 1893
Titus H. Taylor was one of many “boatmen” in early Sauvie Island histoiy. Bom in Vermont on 19 December 1831, he passed away on 11 January 1893 in Columbia County, Oregon. He is buried beside his wife in the Masonic Cemetery in St. Helens, Oregon.
Titus had a land claim on the northern end of the island. His claim was surrounded by the claims of Joseph Cunningham, Carl Henrici and Edward Henrici. The legal description was T4N, R1W, Lots 8,9 of Section 21 and Lots 2,3 of Section 22. His claim number was W 101090.
His wife and the mother of his children was Elizabeth. She was bom in England on 11 November 1827 and passed away on 30 April 1882. Elizabeth and Titus were the parents of 4 children; Florence E., Elenora A., Lillie B., and Clarence Hutchinson.
Florence E. was bom on 2 March 1856. On 6 September 1872 she became the wife of William H. Whitney (Columbia County, Oregon Marriage Records, pg 7, GFO Book). She was 16 at that time. Fourteen years later she was a widow with 3 children. William passed away on 16 February 1886 at 39y 9m 24 d. He is buried at the Masonic Cemetery in St. Helens. Florence and William were the parents of three known children; Elmer E. 1873-1899, Albert H. 1878- 1899, and Eugene.
Six years after William’s death she became the wife of James B. Godfrey. They married on October 26, 1892 (Columbia County, Oregon Marriage Records, pg 35, GFO Book). Seventeenyearslater, on December 1, 1909, Florence passed away. She was 53 years old. She is buried in the Bayview Cemetery near the three children. James passed away in 1923 and is buried in the Masonic cemetery.
Elenora was bom about 1860/61. At about 20 years of age she became the wife of William A. Bailey. They married on February 5, 1881 in Columbia County (Columbia County Marriage Records, pg 13, GFO Book). We know of one son, Willie Bailey. He was bom on Dec 19, 1883 and passed away on March 61904.
Elenora passed away on April 11, 1888 at 27 years, 5 months and 20 days. She is buried in the Masonic Cemetery near the rest of the Taylor family.
Lillie B. was bom about 1863. She was 24 years old when she married Marvin Ransom Cowles, of Wakiakum County, Washington, on July 3, 1887 (Columbia County Marriage Records, pg 22, GFO Book). He passed away two years later on February 11, 1889 at 27 years, 5 months and 19 days. He is buried in the Masonic Cemetery in St. Helens near the rest of the Taylor family.
They were the parents of one child, Gladys M., who was bom on 18 March 1889, one month after the death of her father. She passed away on March 14, 1891 and is buried near her father in the Masonic Cemetery.
A son, Clarence Hutchinson was bom to Titus and Elizabeth. He passed away on May 24’ 1882 at 3 years, 9 months and 5 days. He is buried at the Masonic Cemetery in the family plot
Titus was survived by three heirs at the time of his death: Florence E. Godfrey, age 36, St. Helens; Lillie A. Bowles, age 29, St. Helens; William A. Bailey, age 9, San Francisco. James Dart was the administrator of his estate which was filed in Columbia County on January 23, • 1893, probate #215. (In 1997 some of the Probate records were still available at the court house in St. Helens, Oregon)