Walter's family moved from Warren Co, Iowa between May of 1870 (when son John Levick Taylor marries Lorana Cook), and 1 July 1870 when they appear in the US Census for Fillmore County, Nebraska. Walter grew up here, marrying neighbor Quitera May Patten about 1885. In 1890 he and Quitera would move to to Oregon, settling in Reedsville, a small community between Hillsboro, and Portland. Quitera bore Walter eight children, of whom six survived by the 1900 census. She died the following year in August of 1901. Lawrence, her youngest child, had been born in June 1899. It would plausible for another child to have been born around the time of her death. This may may indicate that she died in childbirth. Walter lived on until dieing in 1924. He and Quitera are buried in the Pioneer cemetery in Hillsboro.

Washington County, Oregon. Walter Ellesworth and Quitera May moved here c 1890 from Nebraska, settling in reedsville, between Portland and Hillsboro.

Franklin Township, Fillmore County, Nebraska, where Walters family moved sometime between 1870 and 1874

Palmyra, Warren Co. IA, hometown of Walter Ellesworth Taylor


DOB: 8 July 1862
POB: Palmyra, Warren Co, IA
DOD: Feb 1942 Hillsboro Argus, 5 Feb 1942
POD: Hillsborough, OR
Burial: Lot 139 IOOF Sec A, Pioneer Cemetery, Hillsborough OR
Spouse: Quitera May Patten (1867-1901)
DOM: 12 May 1883 1900 census record suggests a DOM of 1885, consistent with DOB of eldest child in 1886
Father: Robert Taylor (1826-1874)
Mother: Ama Marie Goldizen (1827-1890)


Ancestors Chart

Child List[]

Children of Quitera May Patten (1867-1901) by Walter Ellesworth Taylor (1862-1942) Edit This List
Clyde Ellesworth Taylor (1886-1969) 12 October 1886 Fillmore Co, Nebraska 12 Nov 1969 Seattle, Washington 1) Sarah Fitzgerald; 2) Lillian Bullock (1902-1974) See 1900 Census for birth vita
Raymond Taylor (1887-1914) 9 Nov 1887 Fillmore Co, Nebraska 18 Feb 1913 Hillsboro, OR Bertha Galloway, dau of Mr and Mrs Samuel Galloway Aug 25, 1907 See 1900 Census for birth vita; 26 Feb 1914 - Raymond Taylor born Fillmore Co., NE 9 Nov 1887; second son of Walter E. and May Taylor, came to OR with parents when age 2. His mother died several years ago. Married Miss Bertha Galloway, dau of Mr and Mrs Samuel Galloway on Aug 25, 1907; two child one of whom, a boy, died in infancy. Widow and one child age 3 survive.Also father; and two bro: Clyde and Laurence; two sis Mrs Effie Willis of Lebam, WA; and Mrs. Ethel Watson of Newport, OR, and Nellie at home. buried Odd Fellows Cemetery.
Effie Taylor (1889-1983) 22 January 1889 Filmore Co Nebraska Seattle WA William Barlow Willis (1882-1938) 9 Jun 1909 Frances, Pacific Co, WA Twin of Ethel; See 1900 Census for birth vita
Ethel Taylor (1889-?) 22 Jan 1889 Fillmore Co, Nebraska 20 Nov 1955 Hillsboro, OR Wesley Wallace Watson 13 Oct 1906 South Bend OR Twin of Effie; See 1900 Census for birth vita
Wesley LeRoy Taylor Jan 1890 1890
Florence Taylor 11 july 1891 Hillsboro, OR 1891 Hillsboro, OR
Nellie May Taylor 4 August 1895 Reedsville, OR 17 Apr 1968 Portland OR Otto Kleeman 7 June 1916 OR POB from 1900 Census, DOD from Oregon Death Index, SSDI, DOM from Oregon Marriages 1906-1920; buried in Riverview Cemetery, Portland, OR
Lawrence Edgar Taylor 12 June 1899 Reedsville OR Mar 1950 Portland OR See 1900 Census for birth vita

Family History[]

Alternative Interpretation[]



  • Hillsboro Argus Aug 15, 1901: Mrs. May Patton Taylor, wife of W. E. Taylor of Reedville died Sunday. Born Jefferson Co. Nebraska 34 years ago. In 1885 married her husband, who with six little ones survives. Came to Oregon 1890.
  • Forest Grove Times Aug 15, 1901 - Mrs. W. W. (sic) Taylor of Reedville buried Monday in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Hillsboro.
  • Hillboro Argus 5 February 1942. Walter E. Taylor of Hillsboro died in early February 1942. [Need exact quote]

1900 Census

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Year 1900 House Number 290 Commentary
State Oregon Family Number 290 Quitera May is listed as Clara M. She and Walter are shown as having been married for 15 years, have had eight children, of whom 6 are living. They rent their home
County Washington
Township Reedsville
Name Age YOB Occupation Immigration Year POB Fathers POB Mothers POB
Walter E. 36 July 1863 Day Laborer Indiana X X
Clara M. [record is clearly "Clara"] 33 Apr 1867 Iowa Illinois Indiana
Clyde E. 13 Oct 1886 At School Nebraska Indiana IA
Raymond 12 Nov 1887 At School Nebraska Indiana IA
Effie 11 Jan 1889 At School Nebraska Indiana IA
Ethel 11 Jan 1889 At School Nebraska Indiana IA
Nellie M 4 Aug 1895 OR Indiana IA
Lawrence E. 4/12 June 1899 OR Indiana IA