ALANSON TAYLOR, farmer, section 17, Sherman Township, was born in Trumbull Co., Ohio, Jan. 20, 1841. His parents were Alanson and Angeline (Viets) Taylor, the former a native of Massachuestts, and the latter of Connecticut. They settled in Trumbull County and there lived until their death. Alanson was 17 years old when his mother died, and at that time he left home to live with an elder borther. He remained with him for nearly three years. In the spring of 1861 he enlisted in the 19th Ohio Reg., and was soon afterward discharged. He then took a trip to Minnesota, and after a short time returned to Ohio and entered Hiram College.
In the spring of 1862 he was married to Esther, daughter of John and Amanda Doud, natives of connecticut and Ohio. Mrs. Taylor was born in Trumbull Co., Ohio, Jan. 28, 1843. They have had eight children, seven living: Regenia A., Grant U., Lucius L., Lillian A., Plumb A., Pearl A. and Mabel A. In the spring of 1869 Mr. Taylor came to Newaygo County and bought 80 acres of land in Sherman Township where he now resides, and has about 35 acres under cultivation. He has held the office of Township Clerk one yer, and is School Director of District No. 1. Politically he is a Republican.