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Octavia Taylor

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Octavia Taylor
BornOctavia Pannell Taylor
August 15, 1816
Louisville, Kentucky
💀DiedSeptember 1820 (aged 4)
Bayou Sara, LouisianaSeptember 1820 (aged 4)
Cause of deathMalaria[1] or yellow fever[2]
🏳️ Nationality
💼 Occupation
👴 👵 Parent(s)Zachary Taylor
Margaret Mackall Smith

Octavia Pannell Taylor (15 August 1816 – September 1820) was the third child and third daughter of Zachary Taylor and his wife Margaret Mackall Smith.

Life[edit]

The third child of the couple, Octavia Pannell Taylor was born on August 15, 1816, in Louisville, Kentucky. Her siblings were: Anne Margaret Mackall Taylor Wood (April 9, 1811 – December 2, 1875), Sarah Knox "Knoxie" Taylor (1813 – September 15, 1835), Margaret Smith Taylor (July 17, 1819 – October 1820), Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Taylor Bliss Dandridge (April 20, 1824 – July 25, 1909) and Richard "Dick" Taylor (January 27, 1826 – April 17, 1879).[3]

In 1820, Zachary Taylor took his family to Bayou Sara, Louisiana. Soon after their arrival, Octavia, her younger sister Margaret, and her older sister Knoxie became ill with what their parents called a "bilious fever",[citation needed] which was most likely of malaria,[1] but some sources claim that it was yellow fever.[2] On September 1820, Octavia, at four years old, died from her illness.[citation needed] That October, Margaret, at one year old, died of it as well.[citation needed]

Impact of death on Zachary and Margaret Taylor[edit]

The death of Octavia Taylor left a deep impact on her parents. Wead notes that the Taylors were "forever traumatized by the experience"[4], and were pleased to leave Louisiana behind. Eisenhower suggests that Zachary Taylor may have been convinced that "military life, with its long separations, was unsuitable for families"[5] as a result of Octavia's death.

Name spelling[edit]

Although her name was most likely Octavia Pannell Taylor because her uncle's full name was Joseph Pannell Taylor[6], her name is also spelled Octavia Pannel Taylor[1] or Octavia Pannill Taylor[7] depending on the source.

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Wead, Doug (2004). All the Presidents' Children: Triumph and Tragedy in the Lives of America's First Families. p. 342. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  2. 2.0 2.1 Quinn, Sandra L.; Kanter, Sanford (1995). America's Royalty: All the Presidents' Children. Greenwood Publishing. p. 75. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  3. "Margaret Taylor Biography :: National First Ladies' Library". www.firstladies.org. Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  4. Wead, Doug (2004). All the Presidents' Children: Triumph and Tragedy in the Lives of America's First Families. p. 79. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  5. Eisenhower, John S.D. (2008). Zachary Taylor: The American Presidents Series: The 12th President, 1849-1850. p. 19. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  6. Tucker, Spencer C. (editor) (2013). American Civil War: The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document Collection. p. 1926.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link) Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  7. "Octavia Pannill Taylor". geni_family_tree. Retrieved 2018-02-13.[better source needed]


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