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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    A Coppy of a letter Written by Elder Thomas B. Marsh Directed to Elder Willford Woodruff Dated July 14. 1838 Elder W. Woodruff. [FIGURE] Sir; a fiew days since Prest. Joseph Smith jr and some others were assembled to attend to some Church business when it was thought proper to select those who was designed of the LORD to fill the places of those of the twelve who had fallen ^x^away^x^ namely Wm. E Mclellin, Lyman E. Johnson,
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    the river & baptized all that came unto him & I considered it my privilege to be baptized for the remission of my sins for I had not been since I first Joined the Church in 1833 I was then baptized under the hands of Elder Zerah Pulsipher therefore I went forth into the river & was Baptized under the hands of JOSEPH THE SEER & likewise did Elder J Taylor & many others & Joseph called upon me to ...
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    This was truly an interesting time more Elders were ordain on this occasion than were ever ordained in the Church of Latter Day Saints in one day before while this was going on Elder Taylor was delivering a discourse from the stand to the multitude, & also their was baptizing and confirming (from or) at the font in the afternoon Elders Amiza Lyman & Wm Smith, occupied the stand in the afternoon & was followed by Joseph with few remarks ...
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    Church containing A Stone Pig on the side of the building with a stone tied to his neck, the church is several hundred years of age the following tradition is told about the Pig. That the materials for the church was drawn to another place quite a distance from whare the church now stands And a Pig came along & took a stone in his mouth & carryed it squeeling along & laid it down whare the church now stands. And the People taking it as an omen that they ...
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    March 9, 1840 ~ Monday 9th I Preached at Standly Hill & Baptized 7 Persons 2 of which were preachers March 10, 1840 ~ Tuesday 10th I preached at Brother Benbows or Hill farm & Baptized 12 persons 3 of which were preachers March 11, 1840 ~ Wednesday 11th [FIGURE] I wrote 4 Letters one to W. Richards, one to J Taylor, one to W. Clayton, one to Cordon Brother ...
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    March 21, 1840 ~ Saturday March 21st {Oh Lord bless Phebe this day in need in every time of need I pray} I walked to Ledbury & found [FIGURE] a letter from W. Richards. I returned to Brother Benbows & baptized 4 persons 2 were preachers one of which was Thomas Kington the Superintendant of the Preachers of the United Brethren glory Hallaluyah the work of God rolls on. Distance of the day 12 miles March ...
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    20 miles to see me. they came down out of the Gig & walked to whare I was, notwithstanding they were Ministers yet I stood up & boldly declaired unto them Jesus & testified unto them of the great work of God in these last Days & the power of God rested upon us, & they bowed down & prayed & gave glory to God. & we all rose up & the Gig stood still & we all went down into the water at the same hour & I Baptized them ...
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    I received three Letters [FIGURES] one from Taylor in Liverpool he informed me of [how] the work is with him. one from Richards one from Turley spent the night with Mr Hill distance 7 m April 7, 1840 ~ Tuesday 7th I {prayed and wept before the heavens for Elder Taylor and [illegible] Jones} I walked to Apperly & preached to a large congregation many were believing I then walked to
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    April 9, 1840 ~ Thursday 9th [FIGURES] I recieved two letters one from Elder Richards, one from Elder Taylor informing me of the arival of five of the Twelve one Seventy & they had appointed a conference in preston on Wednesday the 15th of April & wished me to attend. I preached at Wm Simons at Haw Cross to a vast mass of human beings & not a quarter of the people could not get in to the house. & their was many ...
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    I took the coach in company with Elder Clark & rode to Manchester 35. spent about an hour with the Saints, then Elder Clayton joined us & we took the cars & rode to preston 30. whare I had a hapy interview with some of the Twelve. I spent the night in preston 65 miles The first Council of the Twelve among the Nations At a council of the Twelve held in Preston Lancashire Englang on the fourteenth of April eighteen hundred and forty ...