The Urbana, Ohio "Daily Citizen," Saturday, October 4, 1884: "Judge John Taylor, father of James Taylor, Esq., died at his home in Defiance yesterday at the advanced age of eighty-seven. Judge Taylor was a man of strong, vigorous mind, and his wide acquaintenace with public men and events, made him excellent and instructive company. For over fifty years he was a member of the Nettle Creek Baptist Church, near this city [Westville, OH]." Tuesday, October 7, 1884: "Obituary. Editor DAILY CITIZEN: In your issue of 4th inst., you announced the death of Judge Taylor, at Defiance, and if he was a stranger to this community it would have been sufficient. But as he was among the earliest settlers of this county and well known as a popular man, having held many important trusts and discharged the obligations attached to them with the fidelity to the satisfaction of this community for many years of his life, a more extended notice would seem to be required at the hands of those who knew him best in earlier life. Judge Taylor was born December 25, 1796, in the State of Virginia, and came to this county in the year 1806. Settling in Mad River township with his father's family, whose neighbors, in most part, were aboriginese of a primeaval forest, with whom, in his boyhood, he formed intimate relationships, in their wild sports and pastimes. He was an earnest actor, and as he grew into manhood was popular in this whole community, holding as already intimated, many honorable trusts such as Trustee, Justice of the Peace and other township offices, and afterward filled the office of County Commissioner and an associate Judgeship on the bench of the old court of common pleas, under the [Ohio] Constitution of 1802. Judge Taylor was, in his younger life, a busy, active politician, mixing and forming acquaitances with most of the public men of Ohio. Although partisan in his feeling, he loved his country first, last and all the time and made party subservient to her behests as he understood them. He moved to Defiance many years ago and had the honor of being returned, more than once, as I believe, a member of the General Assembly of Ohio from his new home. He was a man of decided firmness and stability, honest and upright in all communities in which he was known. He, for the last fifty years, was a member of the Nettle Creek Baptist Church in good standing up to his decease. Yours Truly, (Judge) William Patrick."
English, Scottish, and Irish: occupational name for a tailor, from Anglo-Norman French, Middle English taillour ‘tailor’ (Old French tailleor, tailleur; Late Latin taliator, from taliare ‘to cut’). The surname is extremely common in Britain and Ireland. In North America, it has absorbed equivalents from other languages, many of which are also common among Ashkenazic Jews, for example German Schneider and Hungarian Szabo . It is also very common among African Americans.
In some cases also an Americanized form of French Terrien ‘owner of a farmland’ or of its altered forms, such as Therrien and Terrian .