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John Dodson Taylor, Sr. (1860-1936)   Leave a comment

John D. Taylor Young

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Sometimes we become accustomed to images of a person at a certain stage of life.  Thus we look upon pictures of them at a different age with some surprise.  My great-grandfather became an elderly man with a very wide part, but he did have a considerable amount of hair as a young man.

Here is his signature, scanned from a photocopy of a letter dated July 24, 1935:

John D. Taylor Signature

Seeing his signature makes him seem more real to me.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

The End of the Line (As Far As I Know) for George Washington Barrett Sermon Outlines   Leave a comment

George W. Barrett Scan

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I have, to the best of my knowledge, added all extant and complete sermon outlines by my great-grandfather, George Washington Barrett (1873-1956), to this weblog.  Many others did exist; this I know beyond a shadow of a doubt.  The ravages of time and human carelessness have denied many of these documents to me, one interested in family history.

Barrett, an active Minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, then the reunited Methodist Church from 1899 to 1945, was a man of his time, as I am a man of my time.  A century separated my birth from his.  One hundred years made a great deal of difference.  He was well-acclimated to old-style Southern Methodism with a Pietistic streak.  I, in contrast, seemed born to become an Episcopalian, given my penchant for ritual formality and my spiritual need for frequent Holy Eucharist.  These differences have led me to occasional fits of frustration with my great-grandfather Barrett, especially when I have typed one of his denunciations of “externals” (a frequent topic of consternation among Pietists) or playing cards, and I have not been shy about expressing myself in writing regarding such issues.

I make no excuses for such criticism.  If the fact that I have expressed an opinion different from his offends someone, so be it.  Such a person, offended by the reality of subjective differences, will experience life as a series of tizzies, I suppose.  That is not my responsibility.

I do thank my great-grandfather Barrett for doing his part in maintaining the Christian faith in my family.  This faith became part of my inheritance.  It nurtured me until I claimed it for myself.  The rituals marking that faith journey include baptism (by the hand of my father, John D. Taylor, III, at North Newington Baptist Church, Newington, Georgia, in 1979), confirmation into The Episcopal Church (at St. Anne’s, Tifton, Georgia) by Bishop Harry Shipps in 1991, reaffirmation of faith (at Trinity, Statesboro) in the presence of Bishop Henry Louttit, Jr., in 2003, and reaffirmation again (at the Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, Georgia) in the presence of Bishop J. Neil Alexander in 2008.  Although my spiritual path differs from that of my great-grandfather Barrett, it exists in large part due to him.  So he, warts and all, was a positive (even if indirect) influence on me.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

APRIL 27, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER, YEAR A

THE FEAST OF GEORGE WASHINGTON DOANE, EPISCOPAL BISHOP OF NEW JERSEY

THE FEAST OF SAINTS ANTONY AND THEODOSIUS OF KIEV, FOUNDERS OF RUSSIAN ORTHODOX MONASTICISM; SAINT BARLAAM OF KIEV, RUSSIAN ORTHODOX ABBOT; AND SAINT STEPHEN OF KIEV, RUSSIAN ORTHODOX ABBOT AND BISHOP

THE FEAST OF THE EARLY ABBOTS OF CLUNY

THE FEAST OF JOSEPH WARRILOW, ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST

“Through the Gates Into the City”   1 comment

Through the Gates Into the City

Above:  The Original Document

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

I have no idea who Mrs. Hermans was or what quote of hers my great-grandfather repeated.  But these are minor issues.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

APRIL 27, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER, YEAR A

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“Through the gates into the city.”–Rev. 22, 14

“And he shall go out no more.”–Rev. 3, 12

I.

What a creature is man.  How like a God combining the earthly and the heavenly in his nature, physical and spiritual.  His God-appointed destiny through redemption in Christ is in the heavenlies at God’s right hand.

At death he enters through the gate into the celestial city, with foundations whose builder and maker is God.  Jesus went away to prepare for his own.  He will receive them unto himself.  A glorious abode every way worthy of the mighty Lord who prepared it.  (Quote Mrs. Hermans.)

II.

And they go out no more, but are forever at home with the Lord.

They have no desire to leave their eternal, glorious home.

“In thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures forevermore.”  All suffering, all pain, all sorrow and trials forever [are] left far behind.

They see his face and meet one another again.

“Thanks be unto God who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Eugene Stoddard Taylor, Sr., On His Father, John Dodson Taylor, Sr., 1936   Leave a comment

Eugene Taylor Letter 1936 01

Eugene Taylor Letter 1936 02

Eugene Taylor Letter 1936 03

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John Dodson Taylor, Sr. (1860-1936), had a sister, Sarah Rebecca Taylor, who married Andrew Hassell, of Lynchburg, Virginia.

The Lamb Slain   2 comments

Lamb Slain

Above:  The Original Document

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Rev. 5, 6-14

I.

John saw the Christ as the sacrificed Lamb, standing and though it had been slain–suffering, sacrificed love in the midst of the throne.  The cross abides at the center of the whole Christian movement.  We owe all to the cross–the love that readies forth to help.

II.

Honors are paid him.  “Worthy art thou to take the book and to open the seals”–to reveal and unfold the future–“for thou wast slain and didst purchase unto God men of every tongue and people and nation,” etc.

How timely this song.  In a day of so much strife [Editor’s Note–He referred to World War II.], this song from heaven has in it no place for narrow nationalism.  He is the universal Christ, the Saviour of every soul that looks to Him.  “Many shall come from the east and from the west, and sit down in the kingdom,” etc. (Matt. 8, 11).  “And I saw a great multitude which no man could number…clothed in white raiment” (Rev. 7, 9-10).

III.

Christ is never caught off-guard by any conniving, scheming souls.

From on high he superintends the life and service of the church.  Today his [voice] is calling her to heroic effort to keep distressed lost souls.

His voice will be heard in the nations that a better day may dawn.  “I make all things new.”  Will not we gladly lend our aid in  so glorious a cause?

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Death Notices of John Dodson Taylor, Sr., 1936   Leave a comment

JDTaylor Death Notice 1936 01

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These are the best images of the notices I can acquire.  I scanned photocopies from another source, so at least they are somewhat legible.

John Dodson Taylor, Sr. (1860-1936) was my great-grandfather.

Texts follow:

Atlanta Journal, July 3, 1936

J. D. TAYLOR BURIED

Summerville Business Hours Closed in Tribute

SUMMERVILLE, Ga., July 3–Business hours of this community were closed as final rites were held at 4 o’clock this afternoon for Colonel John Dodson Taylor, distinguished Chattooga County citizen and pioneer northwest Georgia business leader.

The Rev. Sterling Hunter, pastor of the Summerville Presbyterian Church, of which Colonel Taylor was a lifelong member and a ruling elder, officiated at the services.  Several hundred persons attended the funeral.

Colonel Taylor, who was 76, died early Thursday morning at a private Atlanta hospital in Atlanta following a brief illness.  He was widely known throughout the state and prominent in many enterprises.

Burial was in Summerville cemetery.

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JDTaylor Death Notice 1936 02

Atlanta Constitution, July 3, 1936, Page 10

COL. JOHN D. TAYLOR, OF SUMMERVILLE, DIES

Leading Chattooga Citizen Passes in Hospital After Brief Illness

Colonel John Dodson Taylor, of Summerville, distinguished citizen of Chattooga County and active in business, civic and church affairs, died early yesterday morning at a private hospital in Atlanta.

Colonel Taylor, who was 76 years of age, had been ill only a short time.

His keen mind and vision made him one of the most outstanding leaders in business and citizenship in Chattooga County.

He was organizer and president of the Summerville Cotton Mills, the Summerville Oil Mills, the Chattooga County Bank, and the Taylor Mercantile Company.

In addition, he owned large farms and peach orchards in the county, was was senior member of the law firm of John D. & E. S. Taylor.  He was a lifelong member and a ruling elder of the Summerville Presbyterian Church.

Colonel Taylor served with distinction in the state senate as the representative of his district.

A native of Summerville and lifelong resident of that city, Colonel Taylor was the son of John Taylor and Arcissa Willshire Dodson, of Chattooga County.  He received his formal education at Oxford, Ala., where he met his wife, the former Miss Harriet Stoddard.

Surviving are two sons, John D. Taylor, Jr., and Eugene Stoddard Taylor, and two daughters, Mrs. Wilford Caulkins, of Chattanooga, and Mrs. John B. Whisnant, of Summerville.

Funeral Services will be held at 4 o’clock this afternoon at the Summerville Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Sterling Hunter, pastor, officiating.

Mutual Sharing of Life   2 comments

Mutual Sharing of Life

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Rev. 3, 20b

…if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

Authorized Version

I.

Jesus seeks admission into every heart and life–makes every possible approach to induce us to invite him in.  Why does anyone refuse him?

II.

“I will sup with him.”  I will enter sympathetically, helpfully into his life, share it with him.  How wonderfully he does this.  His presence and grace enrich the life.  He is indeed the “Great Companion.”  Why live without him?

III.

“And he with me.”  Startling glorious!!  He wishes to share his life with us–to bestow the unsearchable riches of his grace upon us.  We may enter into:

(1)  His love–love for the Father, for all men, for all goodness.  Eph. 3, 14-17.  Wonderful!

(2)  His victory over evil–Rev. 3, 21.  He resisted the tempter and is able to succour us when we are tried.  By his grace we may overcome.  Sin is not to have dominion–bear rule–over us.

(3)  His victory over suffering.  Not that it will not come, for we are mortal, but he will enable us to triumph over it, not be crushed by it.

(4)  His victory over death–“shall never die.”  Because he lives we shall live also.  Thank God for such a Saviour!

Is he yours?  Let him in today.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT