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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    concerning the case of Brother Brewster I was one that opposed his ordination & I was much surprised that both the chairman & clerk did not do the same instead of urging it forward for Br Brewster maintained the same principle & possessed the same spirit for which he was cut off from the church in Kirtland by the high council & even in this case he came forward & demanded the High & Holy priesthood at our hands in the in the name of Jesus Christ I did not consider this to be ...
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    Br Jonathan H. Hale comes along with a shovel on his back & says how do you do Brother Woodruff & in fact I saw so many of my old friends I hardly knew who to go home with first finally I concluded to go & spent the night with Brother Hale & we had an interesting time together in talking about our travels together upon the Islands of the sea & also Br Hale gave me an account of his sufferings & those of his family & all the saints in Missouri during ...
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    April 18, 1839 ~ Thursday April 18th 1839. I left Quincy in company with three of the Twelve viz Brigham Young Orson Pratt & John Taylor also George A Smith & father Cutler for the purpose of visiting far West. We travled to the ferry oposite of Marion City & crossed the river & spent the night at the bluff distance of the day 24 miles April 19, 1839 ~ Friday ...
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    COUNCIL At a council held at Far West by the Twelve, High Priests, Elders, & Priests on the twenty sixth of April 1839 The following resolutions were adopted Resolved that the following persons should be no more fellowshiped in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints but excommunicated from the same, viz Isaac Russel, Mary Russel, John Goodson & wife, Jacob Scott senr & wife, Isaac Scott, Jacob Scott Jun ...
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    May 26, 1839 ~ Sunday May 26 Sunday I crossed the river to Commerce & attended meeting at the house of Brother Joseph's Elder O. Pratt preached & was follwed by Elder John Taylor we returned home & spent the night {distance} 5 mil May 27, 1839 ~ Monday 27th I spent the day in writing May 28, 1839 ~ Tuesday 28 Elder Brigham Young mooved from my room four rods south. The ...
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    January 1, 1840 ~ Wednesday JAN 1st 1840 I find myself in Company with Elder's John Taylor & Theadore Turley on board of the packet Ship Oxford of the Black Bull line on our way from New york to Liverpool to fulfill a commandment of god in preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ to the Nations of Europe. We are in Long 42.40 We have a vary rough sea, High winds blustering & cloudy. I am ...
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    January 13, 1840 ~ Monday Jan 13th I took Breakfast & went on board of the Oxford & found the passengers taking their trunks & goods on shore to go to the Costom house to be exa mined & I found it to be a scene of the greatest confusion I ever past though but after much jaming crouding & mucking about we were permited to depart with our things after paying 6 pense per lbs for all the books we had as duty upon them. The trunkman then ...
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    Bondage as the Children of Israel in Egypt I find that Elder Richards has had a hard school to pass through since he has been in England. I see that we have a great work to perform & we have need of much faith & humility before God January 15, 1840 ~ Wednesday 15th I dined at Brother Worselys & suped at Sister Dawsons & sp at Elder Richards. We Spent a plesant evening ...
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    Richards, Fielding, Turley, Clark, & myself. We truly rejoiced to have an interview with President Fielding January 17, 1840 ~ Friday 17th COUNCIL Jan 17th 1840 At a meeting of Council held at Elder Richards house in Preston Lancashire, England Elder Joseph Fielding being called to the chair & Elder Theodore ^Turley^ appointed Clerk. The president then called upon Elder W. Woodruff to open the meeting by ...
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    & explained by those of the Twelve present. The Council then Adjourned Joseph Fielding President Theodore Turley I spent the night at Brother W. Richards Write to Elder Joseph Fielding direct to Liverpool to at Samuel Sidebottom NO 1. Scarlet Street Near St Ann Street January 18, 1840 ~ Saturday 18th We met at Elder W Richards in the morning for a Season of prayer & fasting & for a blessing before we ...