Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana Archives

Rev. Thomas Jefferson Taylor

The Rev. Thomas J. Taylor was born in Philadelphia on 29 November 1825, the son of Jeremiah and Margaret (Vickers) Taylor. He married Caroline Stoops in 1847. His educational background is unknown, but he was ordained a deacon in 1858 and a priest in 1860. That year he served a church in Freehold, New Jersey. He came to Indiana after the Civil War and was stationed at Delphi from 1867 to 1869. During his tenure there he helped organize Grace Church in Lafayette. By 1870 he had moved to  Sedalia, Missouri, and from 1876 to 1878, he was at the Church  of the Holy Comforter in Hartland, Vermont. By 1880 he had moved to Randolph, Vermont, and in 1900 he lived in Philadelphia while serving a mission nearby in Franklinville. By 1910 he had retired from the ministry and moved to Delaware County, Pennsylvania. In his last years he went blind but was able to recite verses from the prayerbook from memory. He served briefly at St. John's, Lansdowne, before dying in East Lansdowne on 24 January 1919, aged 93.