Alexander Taylor


Alexander Taylor
, the son of David (a naval officer) and Isabella (née Stuart) Taylor, was born in 1826 in Dundee, Forfarshire (now called Angus)—a maritime county in the east of Scotland extending from the North Esk River to the Firth of Tay. It was there that his parents were married on 22 January 1821.

According to his death certificate, Alexander Taylor, a surveyor by profession, married Margaret Saunders when he was about 55. His wife was actually Margaret Saunders Taylor, his cousin, who had not long been in Australia. They became the parents of two sons: Charles Stuart (b. 14 April 1886) and Alexander Stuart (b. 15 June 1890)..

Alexander Taylor died at the School House, Brown’s Plains, on 13 September 1901 at the age of ‘75 years 7 months and 17 days’. He was laid to rest in the Cooper’s Plains Cemetery two days later in a service at which the official witnesses were W Wreford and William King. The burial was certified by Hans Henricksen.

Margaret Saunders Taylor, the daughter of James Stuart (an army engineer) and Amelia (née Banks) Taylor, was born in Birkenhead, England about 1846. Her parents, both Scottish-born, were married in Dundee on 11 August 1845. At the time of the 1851 census, the family were living in Broad Street, in the market town of Knighton, Radnorshire, Wales: James Stuart (28, corporal in the Royal Sappers), Amelia (28), Margaret Saunders (5), Jane Isabelle (3) and James (1).

Margaret trained as a teacher before emigrating to Queensland where she taught at Sarabah, Tabragalba, Reidville, Brown’s Plains Provisional School and Toorbul. She was living with her son Charles at Palen Creek when she passed away on 13 May 1917. Her burial took place in the Beaudesert Cemetery in a service conducted by the Reverend CMP Heath of the Church of England.

Charles Stuart Taylor died at Palen Creek aged 73 on 22 November 1959 and was buried in the old section of the Beaudesert Cemetery (row 8 grave 25) after a service in St Thomas’s Church of England.

Alexander Stuart Taylor married Theresa Reynolds on 20 June 1916. Their children to 1919 were: James Alexander (b. 2 May 1917; d. 21 October 1989), Margaret Olive (b. 8 December 1919), William Stuart (b. 25 December 1921; d. 1972), Alan John (b. 20 August 1924; d. 5 May 1954), Evelyn Theresa (b. 14 July 1926; d. 22 March 2008), and Frances Kathleen (b. 11 August 1928).