MEN OF MARK.
REV BARTLETT TAYLOR.
Financier and Church Builder—Christian Pioneer.
THE subject of this sketch was born in Henderson
county, Kentucky, Feb. 14,1815. He was a slave. His
mother belonged to Jonathan Taylor, who was her master
and his father. He treated them very kindly and showed him
man}' favors which the other colored children were denied.
His master became financially embarrassed and his slaves
were taken for debt. Among a large number taken away
by the sheriff was young Taylor's mother with her infant
in her arms, and her four grown sons who were half broth¬
ers to him also. Bartlett was at that time about seven
years old and has never seen or heard of his mother since.
At the age of nine his owners moved from Henderson
county to Oldham count}', taking his sisters and himself
with them, and settled on a farm six miles north of La
Grange. When twelve years old his sisters and himself
were taken to Westport and sold for his master's debts.
He was bought by his master's brother, who willed him to
his former owners, the youngest four children to be sold
when the youngest of these became of age, and the money
to be divided among them. Fortunately he was returned