John Taylor, b. 1808

John Taylor (1808-1887) was born 1 Nov. 1808 in Milnthorpe, Westmoreland, England. He was the son of James Taylor and Agnes Taylor. He married Leonora Cannon on 28 Jan. 1833 in Toronto, Ontario, Upper Canada; participated in plural marriage. He was baptized 9 May 1836 in Toronto. He was mentioned in Wilford Woodruff's journals as early as 1839, and they served together as missionaries and in church leadership positions until his death when Wilford Woodruff succeeded him as President of the Church . He died 25 Jul. 1887 in Kaysville, Davis Co., Utah Territory, and he was buried in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah Territory.


John Taylor (KWJC-VF5), “Family Tree,” database, FamilySearch (, accessed 16 Jun. 2023). John Taylor, Wilford Woodruff Papers (, accessed 16 Jun. 2023). John Taylor, The Joseph Smith Papers (, accessed 17 Jul. 2023). "Historian's Office histories of the Twelve, 1856-1858, 1861 / John Taylor, autobiography, 1858,” entry for John Taylor, CR 100 93; Church History Library (, accessed 16 Jun. 2023). “Utah, Salt Lake County Death Records, 1849-1949,” database with images, FamilySearch (, accessed 16 Jun. 2023; John Taylor, 25 Jul. 1887, Salt Lake Co., Utah Territory, p. 348, no. A13898; Salt Lake County Management and Archives, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah; DGS 4139695.

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    March 25, 1841 ~ Thursday March 25th I took coach & Rode to Hanly & stoped with Br John Taylor I hear great report of war all through the country against America, I [FIGURE] wrote a letter to Elder Lorenzo Snow, I had an interview in the evening with Elder G. A. Smith we met a large congregation of the Saints in the Hanley Room Elder Smith first addressed the meeting & I followed him after meeting was dismissed ...
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    Met according to adjournment President opened meeting by Prayer after which 15 of those named for ordination were ordained under the hands of Elders Woodruff, Smith & Cordon, Moved & carried that the remaining ordinations nominated be attended to by Elder Cordon. The President then brought up the case of a Br Mumford Moumford, who was holding the office of a Priest, from whome fellowship had been withdrawn by the Council of official officers in consequence of ^his^ practizing fortune Telling ...
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    April 2, 1841 ~ Friday 2nd April we have taken up our abode & lodgings at Br Brewshaws No 4 Gray Strett Oxford street at which place the quorum of the Twelve will hold their councils. I met today in the Council of 8 of the Twelve we had a good time Unity prevailed, I spent the night with Elder Richards at Br Hardmans April 3, 1841 ~ Saturday 3rd [FIGURE] I wrote a letter to Elder Edward Ockey I met in the ...
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    The following is the intire minutes of the Business of the quorum of the Twelve for several Days in success[ion] Manchester England April 2nd 1841 This Day Elders Brigham Young, [Heber Chase Kimball|Heber C. Kimball, Orson Hide, Parley P. Pratt Willard Richards, Willford Woodru ff John Taylor & G. A. Smith of the Quorum of the Twelve met together at the house of Br James Bewsher Coachman No 4 Gray Street ...
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    on the flat would beet the saints on the Hill Great God how such a thing looks that the saints should be afraid of beating one another in the election or being beat I would ask who built up this city would steem boats landed here if the saints had not come, or could you even the speculators have soled their lands for any thing here if the saints had not come they might have sold for a few bare & wolf skins but not for money, can these speculaters sell all their land to the saints for a great ...
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    March 18, 1844 ~ Monday March 18th I spent the day choreing March 19, 1844 ~ Tuesday 19th I [FIGURE] wrote a letter to Col Solomon Copeland [FIGURE] I went to the printing office & made an arangment to take home 200 Bound T & S March 20, 1844 ~ Wednesday 20th weather gage Cold North wind a snow & hail storm untill 10 oclok continued cloudy & cold wind from the north untill 3 oclock was plesant during the remainder part of the day as ...
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    not reproved you in the gate. I ask did I ever exercise any compulsion over any man. did I not give him the liberty of disbelieveing any doctrin I have preached if he saw fit, why do not my enemies strike a blow at the doctrin, they cannot do it, it is truth, And I am as the voice of one crying in the wilderness repent of your sins & prepare the way for the coming of the son of Man, for the kingdom of God has come unto you and henceforth the ax is laid unto ...
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    June 1, 1840 ~ Monday JUNE 1st [FIGURE]I wrote a letter to Elder Milton Holmes I Baptized 9 & Elder Richards confirmed them we then walked to Ledbury & preached & spent the night. The Churches in Herefordshire Now No 402. 8 m June 2, 1840 ~ Tuesday 2nd [FIGURE] I wrote a letter to Elder Tayler. we received the first No of the Milll Star. Elder Young ordained John Preece of
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    June 15, 1840 ~ Monday June 15th We walked to Dymock. I walked to Ryton & Preached & returned to Dymock & spent the night confirmed 2 persons [FIGURE] I received a letter from Elder John Taylors 10 m June 16, 1840 ~ Tuesday 16th Walked to Lugwardine. Preached at the house of William Green, father of Elder Philip Green after meeting 3 were Baptized by Elder Green. Elder
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    December 11, 1839 ~ Wednesday Dec 11th I took the Parting hand with Elder James & James Ivins & left at 11 oclock A.M. rode 16 miles to Freehold I there took the stage & rode to Middletown point 12 miles & then took steem boat wave to New York. I called upon Elder P. P Pratt in Mott street No 58, whare I found him & Elder Ball. I walked to the Post Office ...