Clarissa Hodges married John Taylor 10 July 1880

Clarissa Beaumont Hodges was born 28 August, 1862, in Aylesford, Nova Scotia, the sixth of 11 children of Ralph Hodges and Mary Hodges. Her parents were cousins.  Ralph was a farmer.  In 1869, Ralph travelled on the schooner Daniel Norton from Margaretville NS to Boston.  The records don’t indicate that the family went with him, but the manifest says that Ralph intended to become an inhabitant of the United States. They reconsidered the move, and were in Kings County for the 1871 census.  This census gives a district number, not a community name, but Clarissa’s father was in the 1871 Nova Scotia directory as a farmer in Morristown, a community in Aylesford township.    

John Howard C Taylor was born 5 May 1860 in Nicholsville, another small community in Aylesford township.  He was the first of nine children of George Taylor and Diadamia Hodges.  The 1861 census only lists the head of household.  It appears that John’s family lived next door to his mother’s uncle, Jonathan Hodges. In 1871, John’s family lived in Aylesford South, which included the towns of Morristown, Nicholsville, Millville, etc. 

Clarissa married John on 10 July 1880 in Aylesford.  Clarissa’s mother Mary and John’s mother Diadamia were sisters, so Clarissa and John were cousins. Clarissa was almost 18, and John was 20, although when recording the marriage, they both claimed they were a year older.  John was a farmer. 

The 1881 census lists John and Clarissa in Aylesford.  The household included their newborn son James Howard, and Susan Merphy (unknown relationship) and the family was Baptist.  John and Clarissa had two more children:  Gertrude (1889-1982) and Tamson, born 1890.

The family was listed in the 1891 census living in Millville.  The household consisted of John and Clarissa, and their children James and Tamson.  Their daughter Gertrude was not listed, and I wasn’t able to find her living with anyone else.  The census taker may have missed recording her.  John’s occupation was laborer.  Both he and Clarissa could read and write, and they reported no infirmities in their household (blind, deaf, or unsound of mind) – questions asked in the census form.  The 1896 Nova Scotia Directory listed John H Taylor as a farmer in Kings County. 

The 1901 census shows them still living in Millville.  The family’s “tribal origin” was English, and they were still Baptists.  J Howard and Gertie A were living at home.  Tamson was not listed, so I am guessing that she died between the 1891 and 1901 census. 

By 1911, John and Clarissa’s son James had moved out.  Gertrude was still living at home, and John’s occupation was listed as “odd jobs”.  They were living in the Morden/Auburn/Victoria subdistrict of Aylesford. 

John Taylor died 10 March 1943, and his obituary was posted in the Berwick Register published Wednesday 17 March 1943 Obituary: JOHN H. TAYLOR There passed away at his home on Wednesday, March 10, following an attack of flu, John H. Taylor, who was born at Nicholsville, May 5th 1860. He lived for quite a few years in Millville moving to Aylesford about forty years ago. He worked for L. O. Neily & Co. for fifty years, walking from Millville for seventeen years and in that time walked over 125,000 miles. While young he joined the Baptist Church at Morristown and after moving to Aylesford he united by letter with the Aylesford Baptist Church. He was one known and liked by all, ever willing to do what he could to help his fellow man. Last year he and his wife celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary. He leaves to mourn his wife, who is very ill, one son J. Howard, of Aylesford and one daughter, Gertrude at home, who has tenderly cared for her father. One brother Wesley, who lives next door; two sisters, one in Newark, N. J., and the other in Worcester, Mass., also survive. There are eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. The funeral was held from his late home on Saturday afternoon, conducted by his pastor, Rev. R. S. Gregg. Burial was in Union Cemetery. Pallbearers were Messrs. W. L. Nichols, W. Harvey, E.S. Neily, and A. M. Graves. Beautiful flowers, a silent tribute from friends, banked the casket. Friends from far and near attended the funeral, thus showing their respect for one who had lived among them for so long.

Clarissa died a year later, on 16 November 1944, and her obituary was also in The Register, published 23 November 1944: MRS. JOHN TAYLOR AYLESFORD, Nov. 21. – There passed away at her home here on Thursday, November 16, after a long illness, Mrs. Clarissa B. Hudgins Taylor, widow of John Taylor, who passed away in March, 1943. She was 82 years old, and for the past eight years had been practically blind.  She, with her husband, moved to Aylesford forty-one years ago, and in that time made many friends. Since the war began, she had been doing her part by knitting for the boys overseas, through the Red Shield. Never being very well she had been cared for by her only daughter, Gertrude, besides whom a brother, Howard, survives. The funeral was held on Saturday afternoon at 2:30, from her late home, conducted by Rev. R. S. Gregg, pastor of United Baptist Church, of which the deceased was a member. A large company of friends was present. The choir sang favourite hymns of the deceased, and one, a special favourite, “I Know That My Redeemer Lives”, was sung by Carl Palmer.  The floral tributes were many. Pall bearers were W. L. Nichols, Wm. Harris, A. M. Graves, and T. M. Davidson. Those left behind besides the son and daughter, are one sister, Mrs. Hattie Hirtle, Aylesford; eight grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. Burial was in the Union Cemetery, Aylesford

John and Clarissa share a headstone in the Aylesford Union Cemetery. 



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