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 Benjamin F. Taylor

Benjamin F. Taylor

Death 7 Oct 1967 (aged 94)
Titusville, Brevard County, Florida, USA
Burial Titusville, Brevard County, Florida, USA
Memorial ID 168776605 · View Source
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"O for a faith that will not shrink,
Tho' pressed by ev'ry foe,
That will not tremble on the brink
Of any earthly woe. "

Mr. Benjamin Taylor, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Taylor, was born in Raleigh, NC. Many years ago he moved to Titusville, FL. He was a member of St. James AME Church where he was a faithful member.

He was united in Holy Matrimony to his surviving widow, Mrs. Elizabeth Taylor.

He leaves to mourn a loving wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Taylor, a host of loving relatives and sorrowing friends.

"A faith that shines more bright and clear
When tempests rage without,
That, when in danger, knows no fear,
In darkness feels no doubt."

Ben Taylor and the Alligator *

"Ben Taylor came to Titusville early in the 1900s with the Flagler railroad system. He said there were only four Negro families when he stepped off the old wood burner train. After he retired from years of service with the railroad, Mr. Taylor ran a grocery store for more than eighteen years.

It was exciting for all the school children, regardless of their age and grades in school, to go buy something from Mr. Taylor’s store--daily if possible--after counting all our pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters, to purchase sodas, juices, candy (all kinds), cookies, chewing gum, hard hot balls of candy, and peanuts.

Before we would enter the store we made sure we stopped to look at Joe the alligator in his long den, which was a concrete pool Mr. Taylor had built for Joe. This was also entertainment for us each time we went to the store.

Joe was raised from a tiny lizard-like reptile. Mr. Taylor kept and pampered him for over thirty years. He wasn't a beauty to see, but it made us feel like we were visiting a zoo in the city. Of course there was a fence around Joe's pool for protection in Mr. Taylor’s spacious backyard, behind his lovely home on Dummitt Avenue in Titusville.

The enjoyment for us children was to see Joe swim back and forth in the pool. Mr. Taylor would always tell us not to stand too close, although there was a fence built around the pool for protection.

When Mr. Taylor got ready to clean the pool, he would get into the pool with Joe and whack him on the side, and that 11-foot, 200-pound 'gator would amble out of the water and sun himself while Ben tidied his den."

* An excerpt from “Lucy’s Life: A Legacy of Love”, the Autobiography of Lucy Mae Bell Seigler – her personal account.

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  • Created by: Kirk A. Davis
  • Added: 21 Aug 2016
  • Find A Grave Memorial 168776605
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Benjamin F. Taylor (20 Dec 1872–7 Oct 1967), Find A Grave Memorial no. 168776605, citing Oak Ridge Cemetery, Titusville, Brevard County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by Kirk A. Davis (contributor 48961009) .