Friday March 22 1918 Cooler dark cloudy the funeral day of my beloved boy Vic his last day in his home our children are all here Except 3 Sylvia Isabel & Nellie we dont know why they dont come Many many friends & Nabors assembled to attend the funeral the boys got 41 chairs from the Baptist church Mother & I went up stairs with all our relatives & our house big as it is & the porch was full & 32 families sent flowers I never saw as many flowers at a funeral Dutton & several Nabors lent their auto the roads were fine & we buried Dear Vic in the old Taylor Cemetery with our little boy Ezra  & father & Mother Taylor Holden & Laura Many Many friends went to the cemetery the largest crowd I ever saw in that cemetery Rev Barker preached a short sermon in our home & with heavy hearts we left our Vic boy & came back home & Willard left for home the rest stay with us to nite Clem Greig a friend of Vic is with us to nite we gave Roy all Vics clothes a big box full & his watch & other trinkets I put our auto in our own garage
 Ezra Delos Carr died on his 5th birthday, January 17, 1879.
Thursday Sept 21 An Extra fine nice day Just Such a day as it was 40 yrs ago when Mag & I went to Washington & were married by Judge Brown Amanda & Allice Leighton & Dave Taylor went with us & I ordered dinner for all at the Ioa House & found V W Carris on the Street & invited him to dinner with us we Came back to father Taylors for the night I had a new wagon & a Span of half broke Colts a board for a Spring seat & we had a fine trip & I can truthfully Say that in Choosing a wife I could not have done better of course I thought So then & now I hold to the same opinion Vic & I dipped 4 pails of water out of the Cistern & I done Some hauling & worked around the new house PM Mag went with Bell to Maudes & will Stay til Sat I pd Henry Bartholomew $2 on cistern
Tuesday September 5th 1882 I have traded books with Roy & I will now Commence in this but will leave what Roy has written I started from Scrantons late drove to Washington tried to get a geography to send to Dave could get none Sent a card to Dave & letter to Hertsler took dinner & fed team at Bentz’s stayed around the Court House till most sun down waiting for my case of settlement of Taylor Estate to be called & when it was I couldn’t settle & be released as the year had not elapsed yet so I hitched up my team paid my Hotel bill 65 ct & drove home by 10 in the Eve a pleasant Eve & a fine ride Mag opened the gate for me & I found all right at home
Wednesday June 1st A pleasant day we buried Father Taylor in the PM at the grave yard on the Taylor farm the funeral was largely attended all though people are very busy Holden [Benjamin Holden Taylor, brother of Harvey Taylor] Came up he is very weak & badly Crippled withrheumaties [rheumatism] Roy is much better
Tuesday May 31 went to other place [Isaac’s other farm property] & planted corn till about 2 PM when Roy Came & told me Grandpop was most gone Mag sent me a note I Sent Dave to Holdens & I came home & Ez Bradford with me Father was dead when I got home died little past 3 PM was free from pain & died Easy Mag had sent for Joe England & he was here Vic Carris Came in Eve & he & Ez stayed all night I gave Joe England $40,00 of Grandpops money to get a Coffin & a coat & a pair of socks etc to bury him in Rain a small shower in Eve
Monday, May 30 planted corn & harrowed & plowed at the other place ground dry in good order & we got along well Father is very poorly & seems to be failing Roy is some better & has been up most all day
Harvey Taylor, father of Isaac’s wives, Elizabeth and Margaret, died on May 31, 1881. He had been a Justice of the Peace in Scioto County, Ohio before moving to Washington County, Iowa, in the 1840’s. Harvey became a Justice of the Peace in Washington County, Iowa. He outlived his wife, Eleanor Squires, and six of their children. Issac’s account of Harvey’s death follows.
Sunday May 29th 1881 A warm pleasant day Roy is about the same has bad head ache he went away yesterday on his colt to go to Magahns & came home apparently dranged [deranged] didnt know any thing Mag sent for Dr. Nickles at Nira Grandpop is still growing worse
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