Indiana McCaslins

George Washington TaftAge: 49 years18121861

Name
George Washington Taft
Birth April 9, 1812 33 28
Source: S364
Source: Find a Grave
Note: Age on Census indicates 1812 or 1813 as his birth year, but Bertha Lowe's DAR record states Dec 1815. This is a mistaken attribution as it is the birthdate of the other George W Taft who never left Vermont and died much later than our George W.
Birth of a brotherEdwin R. Taft
May 15, 1820 (Age 8 years)
Census 1820 (Age 7 years)
Death of a fatherLuther Taft
September 7, 1827 (Age 15 years)
Census 1830 (Age 17 years)
MarriageSophia Ann MowerView this family
June 1, 1843 (Age 31 years)
Source: S364
Note: DAR record gives date as 1842
Birth of a daughter
#1
Anna Sarah Taft
August 20, 1846 (Age 34 years)
Source: Find a Grave
Census 1850 (Age 37 years)
Census 1855 (Age 42 years)
Census 1860 (Age 47 years)
Occupation
1850 Mechanic; 1860 Traveling Agent

Death May 1861 (Age 49 years)
Source: S364
Source: Find a Grave
Burial May 1861 (on the date of death)
Source: Find a Grave
Note: Waupaca Poorhouse Cemetery (Find A Grave Memorial# 161359407)
Family with parents - View this family
father
mother
Marriage: May 7, 1804, Weathersfield, Vermont
8 years
himself
8 years
younger brother
Family with Sophia Ann Mower - View this family
himself
wife
Marriage: June 1, 1843Lowell, Middlesex, Massachusetts
3 years
daughter

Birth

Age on Census indicates 1812 or 1813 as his birth year, but Bertha Lowe's DAR record states Dec 1815. This is a mistaken attribution as it is the birthdate of the other George W Taft who never left Vermont and died much later than our George W.

Marriage

DAR record gives date as 1842

Burial

Waupaca Poorhouse Cemetery (Find A Grave Memorial# 161359407)

Shared note

The 1820 US Federal Census for Woodstock, Windsoe, Vermont records the household of Luther Taft. It contains three white males under 10 (George Washington, William and Edwin), two white males from 10 thru 15 (Aaron and Moses), one white male 26 thru 44 (himself), one white female under 10 (Sarah), two white females 16 thru 25 (unknown), and one white female 26 thru 44 (his wife Lydia Pettigrew Taft). The number of persons engaged in agriculture is one (himself).There are six free white persons under 16 and two white persons 26 thru 44 [the two white females 16 thru 25 are not mentioned}, making a total of ten free white persons. Luther's brother Samuel Taft and his father Artemas Taft are enumerated on the same page.

In the 1830 US Federal census for Weathersfield,Windsor,Vermont, Martin Diggins has Lydia Pettigrew Taft Diggins's children in his household, as all his children are grown, and he and Lydia had no children. In his household are one male between 5 and 10 (Edwin R Taft), one male between 10 and 15, (William W Taft) one male between 15 and 20 (George W Taft) and one male between 60 and 70 (himself), one female between 10 and 15 (Sarah Ann Taft) and one female between 40 and 50 (his wife Lydia Taft Diggins)

George Washington Taft and Sophia Ann Mower were married 1 Jun 1843 by Amos Blancherd, mnister of the 1st Congregational Society of Lowell. Their residences at time of marriage were in Lowell.

In the 1850 US Federal Census for Cavendish, Windsor, Vermont, 37-year-old Vermont-born mechanic George W Taft owns no real estate of value. He and his 37-year-old Massachusetts-born wife Sophia [Mower] Taft have in their household their daughters, 6-year-old New Hampshire-born Georgette, 4-year-old Vermont-born Ann S [sic] and 2-year-old Vermont-born Ella. Georgette and Anna have attended school in the past year.

In the 1860 US Federal Census for Portage, Columbia, Wisconsin, 47-year-old Vermont-born traveling agent George Taft owns no real estate of value, but has $200 in personal property. He and his 48-year-old Massachusetts-born wife Sophia [Mower] Taft have in their household their daughters, 17-year-old New Hampshire-born Georginette [sic], 14-year-old Vermont-born Ann [sic], 11-year-old Vermont-born Ella, 9-year-old Vermont-born Lizzie, and 6-year-old Wisconsin-born Frances. Anna, Ella, Lizzie and Frances have all attended school in the past year. The family moved from Vermont to Wisconsin after 1851, but before 1854, given that Lizzie was born in Vermont and Frances in Wisconsin

George had an itchy foot. He was born Vermont, married in Massachusetts, spent a short time in New Hampshire where his daughter, Georgette, was born, moved back to Vermont, and then to Wisconsin. Hes not found in the 1870 census. Bertha Mower Lowes DAR information says that George died in 1861. There is conflicting evidence as to the date of his death as a George Taft is listed in the 1880 US Federal Census for St Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota (age 68 and a miller) living in the residence of Sophia Ann Taft (recorded as A.S., age 64) who listed as a widow. This is probably a mistake by the census taker as George Lowe is listed in the 1880 St Paul city directory as being a boarder in Sophias house and he does not appear on the census

Further evidence as to the circumstances of George Washington Taft's life and death is found in this exerpt from a draft letter by Frederic Dill Brown, George's grandson: "Our mothers family was raised in Woodstock, Vt. Grandfather Taft had some financial reverses & the older girls worked in textile mills. Later they came west to Portage Wis. For a time Grandfather Geo W Taft was active but his partner greased the skids under him. He fell sick, and unbeknown to the family in Portage, & died & was buried in the Potters Field In Clintonville Wis. His sister, Aunt Sarah Chellis, a wealthy individual, visited the family, went to Clintonville & advised Grandmother Taft not to move the body. So there your grandfather Taft lies in the Potters Field." Transcribed without correction in punctuation by Lois Johnson

The Potter's Field Cemetery for Clintonville, Waupauca, Wisconsin is the Waupaca County Poorhouse Cemetery.