TAYLOR, BELLE PEARL - Greenwood County, Kansas | BELLE PEARL TAYLOR - Kansas Gravestone Photos

Belle Pearl TAYLOR

Means (aka Rocky Ford) Cemetery
Greenwood County,

Daughters of William Brown Taylor and Lula Bell Key Taylor

June 10, 1906 - June 10, 1906
Belle Pearl Taylor died when her mother was sixteen, due to complications of childbirth. (Oxygen deprivation during birth.) The country doctor who traveled on horseback did not get there in time. Many little ones were lost for what would now be a treatable complication. As was not uncommon in those days, she was not named, and was referred to as, "Ma's Little Blue Baby". She was later named by her mother Lula Bell (Key) Taylor and her only living sibling, Hazel Pearl (Taylor) McKinney, using their middle names for her. Her loss was always felt, and the grave always decorated by her family on Memorial Day.

August 31, 1910 - 1911
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Lula had measles when she was pregnant with Gracie, and she never grew from the waist down. She was only able to tolerate breast milk, and while nursing Lula contracted erysipilas, and her milk dried up. Gracie failed to thrive and passed away. Lula was so sick she was in and out of consciousness when they lost her, and Will and his sister Lou brought toddler Hazel with them in the buckboard to bury her next to the first baby they had lost. When Lou questioned the wisdom of taking Hazel with them, Will replied that he didn't know if when he got home, Hazel might be all he had left so he wasn't letting her out of his sight.

Both children were born and died in Toronto, Woodson County, Kansas

Research and Photo Provided By Lila Cole

Contributed on 9/23/13

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Record #: 8111

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Submitted: 9/23/13 • Approved: 8/9/16 • Last Updated: 3/12/18 • R8111-G8111-S3

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