Emma Ewers Taylor was the daughter of John Cook Taylor and Emma Jane Owens of Rockcastle County, Kentucky. She has several colonial lines and one that hasn't been traced beyond settling in Kentucky in the early 1800s. Emma recorded some of her and her husband's family history in a fill-in-the-blanks family tree book. More than 20 years after her death, that information triggered my interest in genealogy. View Ancestry.com tree starting with Emma.
Emma's ancestral surnames include King, Lavender, Lewis, Mullins, Owen/Owens, Ramsey, and Taylor. Not many surnames due to pedigree collapse and some unknown maiden names on both sides of her family. Henry, Champ and Spencer Mullins, David Owens, Thomas Ramsey, John Lavender, and William Taylor all came to Kentucky from various locations in Virginia or North Carolina and settled in the three-county area of Garrard, Lincoln, and Rockcastle.
Emma Ewers Taylor
Born: 24 October 1900, Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County, Kentucky
Married: Elmer Dennis Hopkins, 11 October 1920, Jellico, Campbell County, Kentucky
Died: 19 January 1978, Harlan, Harlan County, Kentucky
Buried: 22 January 1978, Elmwood Cemetery, Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County, Kentucky
John Cook Taylor
Born: 25 December 1863, Rockcastle County, Kentucky
Married: Sarah A. "Sallie" Ramsey, 8 June 1885, Rockcastle County, Kentucky; Margaret Frances "Fannie" Warren, 22 August 1894, Rockcastle County, Kentucky; Emma Jane Owens, 16 January 1900, Rockcastle County, Kentucky
Died: 7 September 1953, Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County, Kentucky
Buried: 9 September 1953, Elmwood Cemetery, Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County, Kentucky
Emma Jane Owens
Born: 16 April 1882, Rockcastle County, Kentucky
Married: John Cook Taylor, 16 January 1900, Freedom, Rockcastle County, Kentucky
Died: 17 March 1968, Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County, Kentucky
Buried: 19 March 1968, Elmwood Cemetery, Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County, Kentucky
Grace "Gracie" Taylor
Born: 27 August 1886, Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County, Kentucky, daughter of Sallie Ramsey
Died: 25 September 1961, Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County, Kentucky
Buried: 27 September 1961, Elmwood Cemetery, Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County, Kentucky
Susan "Susie" Taylor
Born: 3 February 1889, Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County, Kentucky, daughter of Sallie Ramsey
Married: August Krueger, 7 September 1911, Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County, Kentucky
Died: 14 February 1964, Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County, Kentucky
Buried: 16 February 1964, Elmwood Cemetery, Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County, Kentucky
William Robert Taylor
Born: 16 May 1895, Rockcastle County, Kentucky, son of Fannie Warren
Married: Nellie Frances Ready, 21 March 1917, Leavenworth County, Kansas; Opal Phillips; Nell Thomas
Died: 7 July 1975, Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas
Buried: 10 July 1975, Memorial Park Cemetery, Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas
Hartford Conn Taylor
Born: 11 April 1905, Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County, Kentucky, son of Emma Jane Owens
Married: 9 November 1928, Galesburg, Knox County, Illinois
Died: 17 October 1963, Waukegan, Lake County, Illinois
Buried: 20 October 1963, Millburn Cemetery, Millburn, Lake County, Illinois
Anna Rose Taylor
Born: 10 June 1918, Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County, Kentucky, daughter of Emma Jane Owens
Married: Emery Holt Chesnut, 3 February, Cook County, Illinois
Died: 17 July 1976, Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Michigan
Buried: 21 July 1876, Millburn Cemetery, Millburn, Lake County, Illinois
Edward King was a Revolutionary War soldier from Wilkes County, North Carolina. He married Felicia Lewis and they had 10 children, including Mary who married Spencer Mullins. Edward died in Ashe County, North Carolina about 1800. His parents are unknown.
John Lavender's origins aren't known but he likely arrived in Kentucky from Virginia. His daughter, Rhoda Ann, married Stephen Bradford Lair in 1829 in Lincoln County. By 1839, Stephen had died and she married Thomas Ramsey, Jr. Rhoda and Thomas lived in Rockcastle County.
Felicia Lewis married Edward King in 1767. She died in 1849 in Ashe County, North Carolina. Her parents are unknown.
Henry Mullins and his wife, Mary (maiden name possibly Terry) lived in Wilkes County, North Carolina. Henry was likely from Virginia but his parents are undetermined. Henry, Mary, and most, if not all, of their children, migrated to Rockcastle County, Kentucky. They were in Rockcastle by 1810 and were likely there before the county was formed that year.
David Owens was a Revolutionary War soldier from Wilkes County, North Carolina who was born in Halifax County, Virginia. He married Winifred Mullins, daughter of Henry Mullins, in 1780. David and Winifred, along with her parents and several brothers, left Wilkes County between 1800 and 1810 and settled in the area that became Rockcastle County, Kentucky in 1810.
Thomas Ramsey was a Revolutionary War soldier from Essex County, Virginia. (My DAR membership is based on his service.) Thomas and his brother, Francis Alexander, relocated to Kentucky after the war. Thomas settled in Garrard County while Francis settled in neighboring Rockcastle County.
William Taylor's parents are unknown. He was probably born in Virginia and was in Kentucky by 1825 when he married Martha Ramsey, daughter of Thomas, in Garrard County. William and Patsy lived in Garrard County for about 20 years before moving to neighboring Rockcastle County. Patsy died in 1852, William married Mary G. Ramsey in 1854 and she died before 1860. He married a third wife, Delilah Cox, in 1862.
Last Update: 5 Dec 2019
|Ancestors of Emma Ewers Taylor|
|2||John Cook Taylor|
|3||Emma Jane Owens|
|4||James Francis Taylor|
|5||Margaret E. Ramsey|
|6||Madison Crawford Owens|
|10||Thomas Ramsey, Jr.|
|11||Rhoda Ann Lavender|
|15||Louis A. Mullins|
|18||Thomas Ramsey, Sr.|
|20||Thomas Ramsey, Sr.|
*Bio pages for these ancestors will be added starting in 2020. When a page is added, that person's name in the chart will become a link to that page. The goal is to create a bio page for each couple, but that will take time.