Sarah Washington <I>Irving</I> Taylor

Sarah Washington Irving Taylor

Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA
Death 5 Apr 1907 (aged 76)
Alameda County, California, USA
Burial Lagunitas, Marin County, California, USA
Memorial ID 91348616 · View Source
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Heroic pioneer

When Sarah Taylor passed on, The Marin Journal said of her: "She was a woman of sterling worth, whose useful life may well teach many a lesson."

Sarah Taylor moved out west and helped her husband accomplish his many dreams and visions, all the while, raising a large family.

Around the 1860's, Sarah Taylor learned that young Chinese girls were being smuggled into San Francisco to be sold for unsavory reasons. Mrs. Taylor led an effort to board every single ship coming into San Francisco from the Far East. She arranged with the ships captains to release the Chinese slave's into her care, where she took them to the Chinatown Presbyterian (Church of Scotland) Mission for protection and rehabilitation.

When Mrs. Taylor's husband died in 1886, she did the best she could to hold on to the empire, but she lost the mill and the land around it in the economic panic of 1893, having to sell the land in 1895.

When Mrs. Sarah Taylor died, the new owners would not allow her body to be interred alongside her husband. Instead, her ashes were placed inside a columbarium in Oakland. This insensitive act was rectified almost a century later.

The Yerba Buena chapter of E Clampus Vitus, a fraternal organization dating to the Gold Rush spent twenty years wading thru red tape to right this wrong. In February, 2002, Sarah Taylor's ashes were finally interred where they were always meant to be; next to her dear husband.

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The following was posted in Marin County Tocsin on May 4, 1895; Sarah W.I. Taylor, et al, by Commor, to W.F. Goad, exc. et al, 2328.91 acres, near Rancho Tomales Bolinas and adjacent to Rancho Nicasio, with paper mill plant thereon $100,00.

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Mrs. Sarah I.W. Taylor Summoned by Death
San Rafael, April 5. Mrs. Sarah W.I. Taylor, widow of the late Samuel P. Taylor, the pioneer Pacific Coast paper manufacturer, and mother of Colonel Samuel Taylor, vice president of the Realty Syndicate of Oakland; William P. Taylor, Sheriff of Marin County; ex-Assemblyman Taylor, Frank L. Taylor, George M. Taylor and Mrs. J.S. Danner of Seattle, died tonight at the residence of Sheriff Taylor.

Mrs. Taylor was born in Providence, R.L., seventy-six years ago, and came to this State in 1855.

Published San Francisco Call
April 6, 1907

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James Irving
1808, Ireland

Mary Emma Irving nee Tripp
1808, Ireland

Mary Irving
1831, Rhode Island

Catherine Irving
1834, Rhode Island

Isabella Irving
1836, Rhode Island

James Irving
1841, Massachusetts

James Irving Taylor
1856 – 1916

Samuel Johnson Taylor
1857 – 1926

Edwin M Taylor
1858 – 1889

William Penfield Taylor
1860 – 1929

George M. Taylor
1861 – 1941

Frank L. Taylor
1863 – 1933

Mary May Isabell Taylor
1865 – 1932

Frederick Sproul Taylor
1868 – 1898

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  • Created by: Colletta
  • Added: 4 Jun 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 91348616
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sarah Washington Irving Taylor (16 Jul 1830–5 Apr 1907), Find A Grave Memorial no. 91348616, citing Taylor Cemetery, Lagunitas, Marin County, California, USA ; Maintained by Colletta (contributor 47089656) .