[W. F. Taylor], recorder of deeds, is a native of the Platte Purchase, and was born in Buchanan county, Missouri, within four miles of St. Joseph, October 18th, 1845. His father, G. W. Taylor, was a native of Middle Tennessee, and married Nancy Gahagan, who was born in the state of Alabama. Mr. Taylor's father was one of the earliest settlers of the Platte Purchase, and moved from Tennessee and settled in the neighborhood of Old Sparta, the first county seat of Buchanan county, in 1838. When the subject of this sketch was about eight or nine years of age, his father moved from Buchanan to Holt county, and settled in Union township, two miles east of Craig, on the farm now occupied by Daniel Van Wormer. Mr. Taylor was principally raised in that neighborhood. At one time his father owned the place at Mound city, now occupied by Jacob Groesbeck, embracing the land on which Mound city is now built. His education he obtained in the common schools, with the exception of one year when he attended a seminary at Fillmore, in Andrew county. He taught school five years in the neighborhood where he was raised. In November, 1874, he was elected recorder of deeds of Holt county, and entered on the discharge of the duties of that office January 1st, 1875. He was elected on an independent ticket composed of Republicans and Democrats, and largely supported by the farmers of the county. His marriage took place on the 4th of January, 1876, to Mary Heltzell, of Holt county. Mr. Taylor one of the young men of the county who have grown up in this part of the state, and whose interests have been wholly identified with the county. He makes an efficient public officer, and has discharged his duties as recorder in a manner satisfactory to the people.
Source: An Illustrated Historical Atlas Map, Holt County, MO., p. 34