Col Joseph Fulton “Joe” Taulbee


Col Joseph Fulton “Joe” Taulbee

White Oak, Morgan County, Kentucky, USA
Death 29 Apr 1938 (aged 61)
San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Sec: SOUTH, Site: 4449
Memorial ID 49322843 View Source
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USMA Class of 1902. Cullum No. 4114.

Seventieth Annual Report of the Association of Graduates of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, June 10, 1939, The Moore Printing Company Inc., Newburgh, New York.
Joseph Fulton Taulbee
No. 4114. Class of 1902.
Died April 29, 1938, at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, aged 62½ years.
Joseph Fulton Taulbee was born in White Oak, Morgan County, Kentucky, on November 1, 1876. He was one of five sons of William Preston Taulbee and Lou Emma Oney Taulbee. His father, a lawyer noted for his gift of oratory, served two terms in Congress from Kentucky. His grandfather, William Harrison Taulbee, also a lawyer, was born in Kentucky and served in the States Senate. He served in the Mexican War in 1847; in 1848 he married Mary Ann (Polly) Wilson and settled in the mountains of eastern Kentucky where they reared twelve children, one of whom was William Preston Taulbee, father of Colonel Taulbee. Colonel Taulbee's great grandfather was William Barry Taulbee, who was born in 1748 in Eastern Georgia and who served in the Revolutionary War. He married a Miss Kennedy of North Carolina; eight children were born of this union, seven of whom settled in Kentucky. His great, great grandfather, William Taulbee, lived in Eastern Georgia. Colonel Taulbee's ancestors came from England and Normandy, France and settled in Georgia and North Carolina.

Joe Taulbee's boyhood was spent at White Oak, Morgan County, Kentucky, where he attended a country school and later Hazel Green Military Academy. During his father's service in Congress he attended public school in Washington, D.C. As a young man he taught country schools and worked on neighboring farms during vacation, receiving ten dollars per month in cash, as a teacher, with board and room at the various homes of the parents of his pupils. While working as a farm hand from daylight to dark for his neighbors, he received forty cents a day in cash or barter. It was customary in the mountains of Kentucky for labor to be paid for in kind, with such articles as corn, pork, eggs, etc. Here life was strenuous and simple, among a hardy people noted for their elf-reliance and independence. He was a member of the Christian Church.

Joe Taulbee obtained a Cadetship from his district in Kentucky and entered the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, in June 1897, graduating in June 1902. He was assigned as a second lieutenant of the Second Cavalry on June 12, 1902; first lieutenant of Cavalry on March 11, 1911; Captain of Cavalry, July 1, 1916; Major, Remount Service, July 1, 1920; Lieut. Colonel, Quartermaster Corps, August 2, 1925; Colonel, Quartermaster Corps, July 1, 1934. Temporary Service: Major, August 5, 1917 to August 12, 1918; and Lieut. Colonel, July 30, 1918 to June 30, 1920. Colonel Taulbee spent his early military career in the Cavalry Service, in the Remount Service and later in the Quartermaster Corps. He served at various stations in the United States, in the Philippine Islands, in Cuba and in the Hawaiian Islands. He was an honor graduate of the Mounted Service School, Fort Riley, Kansas, in both the basic and advanced courses. Upon graduation he was detailed as an instructor at the Cavalry School. He loved horses and was an expert horseman and Polo player. His hobbies were hunting, fishing and golf. His favorite authors were Shakespeare, Kipling and James Whitcombe Riley.

Joseph F. Taulbee married Imogene Hoyle Shannon on the 21st of September 1921. They had one child, Josephine Hoyle Taulbee [1924-2001], now living with her mother at 401 Patterson Avenue, San Antonio, Texas. Colonel Taulbee is survived by his widow and daughter, above mentioned and by his three other daughters, Imogene Shannon Young (wife of Lieut. Millard C. Young, AC, United States Army), Frances deRussy Shannon, Mary Elizabeth (Polly) Shannon Elliott (wife of Lieut. Charles B. Elliott Jr., FA, United States Army) and by his three brothers, John Henry Taulbee, Clover Port, Kentucky, Lieut. Colonel Milton H. Taulbee, FA, United States Army; Edgar W. Taulbee, Cavalry, United States Army. Colonel Taulbee's oldest brother, Dr. James Harrison Taulbee, of Lexington, Kentucky, died a number of years ago.

Colonel Taulbee was a man of stern dignity; of the highest principles and highest character; trustworthy and responsible; of great integrity and high honor; a true friend. He was witty and had a rare dry humor which endeared him to his many friends. Born and bred in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, he developed a taste for the simple and real values of life. In a world of confused beliefs and modern teachings, it is characteristic of Joe Taulbee that he remained stead¬fast in the fundamental beliefs of his simple mountain people. Frankness, openness, straight from the shoulder honesty; that was Joe Taulbee. As Shakespeare wrote,
To thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.

So did Joe Taulbee live.
C.E. Hawkins, Class of 1895.

Bath County News-Outlook
Thursday, May 5, 1938
Col. Taulbee Dies At San Antonio
An item in the Mt. Sterling Advocate this week contains a notice of the death of Colonel Joseph Fulton Taulbee Friday, April 29, at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas.

Colonel Taulbee was a son of the late Congressman William Preston Taulbee and a brother of the late Dr. J.H. Taulbee, who lived in Owingsville for many years, and whom Colonel Taulbee often visited. Colonel Taulbee was a graduate of Kentucky Military Institute and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant upon his graduation form West Point Military Academy.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Imogene Hoyle Taulbee; a fourteen year old daughter, Josephine; three brothers, Colonel Milton Taulbee, Birmingham, Alabama, Colonel Edgar Taulbee, United States Army, Manila, Philippine Islands and John Taulbee, Cloverport, Kentucky. Funeral services were held Tuesday in Arlington Cemetery, Washington, D.C.

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