Meet Carol C. Taylor

Carol Taylor, author, lecturer, genealogist, local historian, following the dedication of a Texas Historical Marker at the Merit Cemetery in rural Hunt County.

Carol Taylor, author, lecturer, genealogist, local historian, following the dedication of a Texas Historical Marker at the Merit Cemetery in rural Hunt County.

Carol C. Taylor is a genealogical and historical researcher with more than thirty years experience in the South, primarily in Texas.  She started with an interest in researching her own family history (an ongoing project that she still actively pursues) and found that she was as fascinated with the times in which they lived as she was with official records of births and deaths. That led to an extensive knowledge of Texas pioneer history that she used to help countless researchers flesh out the details of their family tree as the Research Assistant and Manager of the Northeast Texas History and Genealogy Center and through many private clients.

A sixth generation Texan, Carol Taylor was born and raised in Jack County but has lived in Greenville with her husband Michael for over 35 years. A teacher for 26 years, Carol first retired in 1996 and became the Director for the Hunt County History Museum (now the Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum) within a month. From there she moved to the W. Walworth Harrison Public Library in Greenville, where she managed the Northeast Texas History and Genealogy Center for 12 years. After retiring from the library in 2009, Carol started her genealogical and local history research firm.

She has two degrees in education from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, and a Masters in history from Texas A&M University-Commerce. Her thesis focused on the Mercer Colony of Northeast Texas and its impact on the Texas Annexation question. She is currently expanding her work into a manuscript for possible publication.

Images of America: Greenville, Texas by Carol C. Taylor

Images of America: Greenville, Texas by Carol C. Taylor

Carol co-authored The Devil’s Triangle: Northeast Texas, Ben Bickerstaff and the War of Reconstruction with Dr. James Smallwood and Dr. Ken Howell. She contributed an essay regarding cattle drives from Texas in The Seventh Star of the Confederacy: Texas During the Civil War, available from the University of North Texas Press. Her most recent book is a photo history of Greenville, Images of America, Greenville.

Carol is the current Chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission. She is interested in locating small family burial sites throughout the county as well as working with Hunt County officials to make as many records available to the public as possible. Over the past thirty years she has personally researched and written at least six applications for historical markers, all of which were approved.

12 Responses to Meet Carol C. Taylor

  1. J. B. Currie says:

    Mrs. Taylor, I am very new to researching my ancestors. My grandmother on my dad’s side of the family was adopted and I am trying to find her parents. When I saw that you were from Hunt County, I thought you might know something about the old Orphange that burned down in Greenville Tx. My grandmother was born in 1907 and was adopted from that orphanage in 1914. The 1910 Census lists her mother, her brother and herself in Fort Worth, Ward 1. We have no clue of a father. Any suggestions on how to proceed and does Hunt County have decent records to drive 6 hours and research? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you for any suggestions that you have have.

    When and where is the 2015 Angelina Genelogy Conference held?

    J.B. Currie

  2. Christa Coley Glass says:

    Hi there,
    I am a descendant of John S Coley – he is my G, G grandfather through Charles Columbus, John A Coley and my dad David Coley. I live in Australia ( my parents immigrated here in 1971). I am the only Aussie in my whole family, except my two kids Josh and Georgia ( had to keep the Southern ties strong with that name!) The reason why I am contacting you is my son Josh is writing a final year paper for his History class on the American Civil War, to connect with his US roots and I remembered I had photos of a family members grave who was in the Confederate army. My uncle John ( are you surprised by the name lol?!) who was into genealogy in his later life took me to the cemetery to “meet” my kin back in 1990. Sadly he has now passed on so I can’t talk to him about Jobn Samuel and I was hoping you could help me ? Google is a wonderful thing and has led me to you ! Any information you could lead me to would me so helpful. Are there any other family members who fought in the civil war ? I suspect this will be a lovely journey of discovery for my son ( and myself !) Look forward to hearing from you – feel free to email me and we can chat further. Very exciting to cyber-meet another Coley descendant 🙂
    Kind regards

  3. Kathleen Walker says:

    Mrs. Taylor, where can one access a list of the Mercer Colony settlers.? Is there an online source. Also, did I read you have or will have a book coming out on the Colony? My interest is due to a family connection to the Colony.

    Thank you,
    Kathleen Walker

  4. Toni Locke says:

    I’m trying find my great grandfather’s ansetor he was biracial. He grew up around wolf city texas my name is Toni Locke his name was Albert Locke

  5. Richard Sharp says:

    I’m trying to find a series of articles “A History of Northern Hunt County” written by Fletcher Warren in the Wolfe City Sun. In a brief online article, Ambassor Warren (my cousin) wrote among the first settlers of Wolfe City were the Warrens and the Runnions (both my ancestors). I’m trying to verify they were there in 1844, as he implies in the online article.

    Do you know if his articles are digitized?

    Incidentally, your online bio of Fletcher said his father, Moses, was born in 1957 — maybe 1857?

  6. Don Benningfield says:

    Please help me find the location of “Old Roberts, Texas that was located in Hunt County in the 1800’s. It was supposed to be near Quinlan, Texas.

    Don Benningfield
    Dallas, Texs

  7. Lew Evans says:

    Hi. Would you be related to Virgel L Seay of Archer City, Tx?

  8. Kelei Liggett says:

    I have been playing with my Genealogy for a while. I wanted to know if you could share more about the Indians that lived in Black Cat Thicket. I try to find information about Chief Black Cat, but I don’t have all I want! Would love to know if you come to my area to speak, I would love to listen.

  9. Van Kleiner says:

    1900 census
    My grandparents, came to Texas from North Carolina around the turn of the century, 1900.
    The 1900 census shows:
    Robert G Taylor ( Head) – (dob= June 1869) – (age 30)
    Jane (wife) (dob= Dec 1871)(age 28) –
    Hilliard (son) (dob= April 1897) – (age 3)
    Wesley McKinely (son) – (dob. Oct 1899) = (age 1/2), I am his nephew and during the 1930’s and 1940’s he went by the name Wesley Freeman Taylor. He served as a cook in the army during WWII.
    If you have additional Information, please let me know.

  10. William Blankinship says:

    Do you have any stories about folks coming from Tennessee to Texas in the late 184o’s. What typical route etc. My family came to Texas from Tennessee in 1849 and settled in Cherokee county.

  11. Steven Smallwood says:

    My name is Steven D. Smallwood. I am James Milton Smallwood oldest son. I live in Greenville. You and he were friends.I didn’t know him.he had nothing to do with me. My email I would like to hear from you.g

  12. Donald Hurdle says:

    Ms Taylor,
    You did an article about my Grandfather (A.J. Hurdle). You had a picture of my Father (Chester Hurdle) holding his picture. My Father passed away last year. I am trying to find a way to locate the land deed that shows what land my Grandfather owned (500 acres) It would be greatly appreciated. My Aunt Hannah is the last of the 25 Children of my Grandfather. I know that she has two parcels but I am not sure about the rest.
    Thank you

    Donald Hurdle

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