Taylor, John

From Helderberg Hilltowns of Albany County, NY


The data in this biography is conflicting, therefore there may have been two John Taylors who are confused.


John Otho Taylor was born September 1, 1838.[1] His parents are unknown.[2] His birthplace was recorded in the 1865 NY State Census as Germany.[3]

Marriage & Children

John married in 1861 Sarah M. Thompson (B. abt 1835, D. unk), who was the daughter of Benjamin Thompson (B. 1801, D. after 1865) and Hannah Wagoner (B. 1800, D. unk).[2] They apparently did not have any children.[3] Interestingly Sarah's older brother Simon Thompson and younger sister Caroline Thompson married siblings with the surname of Vincent.[2] When the Vincent's mother died, their father William Vincent married a widow Susan Shepard Taylor. This family of Taylors were native born so there is no known connection.

Military Service

91st Infantry Battle Flag
Residence: Berne
Enlistment Date: 1 Sept. 1861[3]
Enlistment Place: Albany, NY
Enlistment Rank: Private
State Served: New York
Regiment: 91st Infantry[3]
Company: Company G
Enlistment Period: 3 years[3]
Discharge Place:
Re-enlistment Period: 3 years[3]
Death Date: 25 Nov 1864[3]
Death Place: hospital in Baltimore
Place of Burial: Berne, Albany Co., NY[3]
Additional Remarks: Died of typhoid fever at Baltimore, MD. Buried at Berne, Albany Co., NY.[3]
Sources Used: Heroes of Albany; Ancestry.com, American Civil War Soldiers; 1865 census, Berne, Albany Co.,NY,


John can not be found in the 1860 US Census, however his wife Sarah was working as a servant for a young family in Berne several houses away from her parents and older brother Simon Thompson.[4] At some point after this John and Sarah married.

In the 1865 NY State census, John's wife Sarah was recorded as a widow and was living with her parents and older brother. John was recorded twice; once with the soldiers and also with his wife and her family. The latter recorded that he was born in Germany and had been naturalized.

John's wife Sarah whereabouts after the 1865 NY State Census are unknown.


John died in the hospital at Baltimore, Maryland where his remains were embalmed and sent home.[5] He was buried at the Stalker Burial Grounds in Berne.[1] Also at this cemetery was buried his wife's sister Ann Elizabeth Thompson.


Gravestone Inscription

White marble stone topped by carved Union soldier cap John Otho Taylor Died 1864 Baltimore, Md. Of typhoid fever Aged 26 yrs 3 mos 5 dys A member of Co. D, 91st Reg., N.Y.V. Dear soldier husband thou art gone, thy left me here to grieve alone, til by thy side I'm laid, thy last great debt is paid.

Additional Research Notes

Heroes of Albany County

JOHN TAYLOR, of Bern, enlisted September 1, 1861, in the Ninety-first Regiment. Died in the hospital at Baltimore. His remains were embalmed and sent home. Buried in Bern.

Additional Media


  1. 1.0 1.1 gravestone records from Stalker Burial Grounds, Berne, NY at bernehistory.org
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Bernehistory.org
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 1865 NY State Census, Berne, Albany Co, NY
  4. 1860 US Census, Berne, Albany Co, NY
  5. Clark, Rufus Wheelwright, "Heroes of Albany; A memorial of the Patriot-martyrs of the City and County", 1867