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Sheriff John Wesley Taylor

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20th Sheriff of Chatham County

20th Sheriff of Chatham County

Served: Aug 1874- Dec 1880

Appointed/Elected: Elected

Age taking office: 43

Population: 23, 453 in 1880

Birth date: July 7, 1831

Birth place: Chatham County, NC

Died: October 3, 1888 in Pittsboro, Chatham County, NC

Buried: ST. BARTHOLOMEW'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH in the location of the Town of Pittsboro, Center Township, northeast corner of Salisbury and Rectory Streets




Wife: Sarah Ann McClenahan, married November 27, 1854

Children: Phillip, William Spence, Mary, John, Susan, James, Apphia, William Harlowe, George Lucas, Allen, Emily, Waddy

2nd Wife: Fanny Thurston London, b. November 8, 1851 in Chatham County

Children: Ann Mauger, Bruce, Armand London, Henry, Frances


Tenure Notables


100th Anniversary of the United States of America is celebrated.

Annie Taylor Nash, daughter of Fanny London and John W. Taylor, painted the portrait of William Pitt, Earl of Chatham, that hangs in the Superior Court Room.


Military Experience


John Wesley Taylor was eventually Captain of the first company, “Chatham Rifles”, which left Pittsboro on May 28th, 1861. The company numbered 188 men of whom 3 were killed and 21 died of disease.


Other Offices


John Wesley cut and hauled lumber for remodeling the Episcopal Church