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My Great Grandparents – William Lloyd Taylor and Janet McQueen

August 25, 2011

William Lloyd Taylor was born  at Diamond Creek 24 October 1842.  Janet McQueen (also known as McEwan, McQuien, McKeown)  was born in Collingwood on 20 August 1853. They married at the residence of Janet’s mother at Broken Creek on 18 July 1878.

In 1875, before the marriage William took up a selection of 100 acres of farming  land at Stewarton. in Victoria.  He abandoned this land  in 1876, saying he wished to farm on the Murray. Possibly this land was unsuitable for farming. Presumably he wished to farm near his brothers, at the much more fertile area of Bundalong. He then went on to farm at Devenish and later at Bundalong.

William and Janet went on to have 10 children – 4 boys and 6 girls. The boys were all given the middle name of Lloyd, which was the surname of their grandmother. The girls were not given a second name except for Martha who’s second name was  also Lloyd. This practice of all boys in the family having the second name of Lloyd has continued through the generations until recent times.

Janet died tragically in 1894, at age 41 from burns after an accident at her mother’s house. She is buried at Yarrawonga Cemetary, Victoria. Her youngest child was only 4 months old at the time of her death.

from ‘The Yarrawonga Mercury and Mulwala N.S.W News’, Thursday, August 23, 1894
DEATH: Our readers will remember that some four weeks ago, the wife of Mr. Wm Taylor, of Bundalong, was very badly burned while staying at her mother’s home in Yarrawonga, and that she was conveyed from there to the Wangaratta Hospital.  We now regret to state that Mrs. Taylor died in that institution on Monday last, from the effects of the burns.  The deceased, who was but 31 years of age, resided for many years in the district, and was highly respected.  She leaves a family of young children to mourn their loss, and much sympathy is felt for Mr. Taylor in his bereavement.  The deceased was laid to rest in the Yarrawonga cemetery yesterday, a number of friends testifying their respect by following the remains to the grave.  The Rev. C.A. Jenkins, Wesleyan clergyman, read the burial service. 

William Lloyd Taylor died on 20 November 1905 in Yarrawonga. He is buried at Yarrawonga Cemetary, Victoria.

Obituary:  Yarrawonga Mercury, November 23, 1905
Another old and respected resident of the district, Mr. William Taylor, died at the residence of his two sisters, in Telford Street, Yarrawonga, early on Monday last, 20th inst.  About 25 years ago Mr. Taylor took up a selection of land at Bundalong, where he brought up a rather large family. He was aged 64 years at the time of his death, and for the past 17 years had been an active member of the Salvation Army at Yarrawonga, taking a leading part in the open air services of that body.  He was a kindly dispositioned man, well liked by his neighbours and those who had the pleasure of his acquaintance.  The funeral took place on Tuesday last, when the body of the deceased was placed at rest in the Yarrawonga Cemetery, the funeral service being read by Ensign Watkins of Benalla, Mr. S. T. Bowles, attending to the mortuary arrangements. 

from ‘Yarrawonga Mercury’, Novermber 23 1905
THANKS:  The Messrs. Taylor Bros and family of the late Mr. W.L. Taylor desire to thank their friends for their kindness during their recent sad bereavement, also D. Jamieson for his prompt care and attention.

from Salvation Army publication ‘War Cry, February 8, 1896
Brother Taylor, our colour sergeant lives about five miles out, but he is at the meetings as often as possible, and is always ready to give his testimony and warn the people to prepare for death, judgment, and eternity.  About ten miles from Yarrawonga, at Bundalong, the corps – Mulwala, New South Wales.  The people there help well and are supplied with War Crys etc. weekly.  At present the spiritual conditon of the corps is very good.

William and Janet’s daughter Emily is my grandmother. She also passed away at a young age, leaving a large family of very young children, including my father, Thomas Lloyd Jones, who was 6 years old at the time of his mother’s death.

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