I Found these ambrotypes in an old metal box, fascinated I had to research; this is what I found so far. Rare a soldier holding his pistol and looks to be union uniforms. I am not an expert by any means in civil war era military memorabilia. I find it interesting Isaac Newton Taylor is so handsome! I am curious about the three brothers; did they all live through the war? The gold pocket watch is from the Taylor family, and on the old metal box it says “old pictures of I.N Taylor my grandfather.” Finding this biographical memoir is so awesome!!
“NATIONAL ACADEMY BIOGRAPHICAL MEMOIRS VOL. XXV
descent seems to have been through Isaac, Andrew I, Andrew II,
Jonathan, Andrew D., and Isaac Newton.
At the approach of the Civil War the Taylor family, like
many another in the border states became sharply divided, some
joining the Confederacy, others remaining loyal to the Union.
Andrew D. Taylor, C. V.’s grandfather, was among the latter,
and his three sons, of whom Isaac Newton was the oldest, all
joined the Northern Army. While the boys were away in the
service, armed men stopped one night at the family home, called
the elder Taylor to the door and shot him in cold blood. The
sons remained unaware of their father’s death for a number of
Isaac Newton Taylor first joined Company B, Fourth Tennessee
Volunteer Infantry, but later, apparently with full knowledge
of the colonels of both units, he transferred to Company L,
First Tennessee Volunteers, in which he served from December
26, 1862 to May 31, 1865. On June 25, following his discharge
from the army, I. N. Taylor married Christina Bashor, daughter
of Henry and Elizabeth (Bowmann) Bashor, well-to-do mill
owners of German descent who, like himself, lived near Johnson
City, Tennessee. The young couple first lived in a cabin built
by the bridegroom, but in 1869 they moved to Missouri and
purchased a farm near Whitesville in Andrew County.
From this time on conditions were difficult. Mr. Taylor, now
somewhat handicapped physically, was unable to make his farm
realize the income it might have yielded, and the family entered
upon a period when resources were indeed meager. In 1873,
because of disabilities incurred in service, Taylor was granted
a pension of $24.00 a month, an appreciable amount for those
days. But by 1876 the Pension Bureau had disallowed this
pension on the ground that there was no official record of his
discharge from the infantry company and, although serving in
the cavalry, he was in effect a deserter from the infantry when
his disability was incurred. Aside from the heavy financial loss,
there seemed to have been a point of honor involved, and over
a period of years much effort was devoted to getting the matter
clarified. On March 20, 1884, an official certificate of honorable
service and discharge were issued.”
OF CHARLES VINCENT TAYLOR
BY C. H. DANFORTH
“Tintype: an Early image on a thin iron plate resembling tin. By far the most common of the three for sports subjects.
Daguerreotype: Early mage on a silver-coated copper plate. The rarest and most valuable for sports subjects.
Ambrotype: an Early image on a transparent glass plate with a black backing. Rare for sports subjects.” by David Rudd Cycleback
More information about Charles Vincent Taylor. In 1925 Taylor was appointed to the staff of the biology department at Stanford University and quickly advanced to full professor. In 1930 he received a particularly attractive offer from the University of Michigan but decided that biology had a more promising future at Stanford. 2830904259.html”>http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G2-2830904259.html