Archie Russon & Ruby Myrtle Gillett Taylor

Archie was the superintendent of the Sunday School for five years 1912-16 and Ruby was secretary for two years before their marriage and one year after and they were part of the original ward membership in 1915. Archie was born June 26, 1893, in Springville, Utah Territory to James X and Eliza Russon Taylor (Eliza was a daughter of Lott Russon). Ruby was born December 15, 1895, to Horace James and Marcia Ann Whiting Gillett (q.v.) in Alpine, Utah Territory.

In the 1900 census Archie was living in Springville, 1910 in Lehi and by 1920 in Salt Lake City with his wife and three children. He registered for WWI draft June 5, 1917, and for WWII draft on April 27, 1942, and at that time was working for Kennecott Copper. He died shortly after that on June 16, 1942, in Arthur, Utah. They had eight children: Vilda Ruby, Virgil Arch, Alden Vern, Dorothy Lapriel, Horace James, Dale Glenn, Leila May, and Noel Duane. Ruby died January 31, 1954, in Evanston, Wyoming.

James E. & Merintha Deseret (Dessia) Harrison Taylor

James was the older brother of Archie (q.v.) and eldest son of James X. (q.v.), born October 4, 1886, in Springville, Utah Territory. He married Marintha Deseret (Dessia) Harrison August 30, 1908, and they were sealed March 7, 1918. She was born August 26, 1890, in Lehi, Utah Territory to George Sowter and Elizabeth Myrintha Hayward Harrison. They were part of the original ward membership in 1915. James and Dessia had six children: James Ladell, Zereldia, Myron Stanford, Howard, Horbard, and William Fredrick.

They were living in Lehi when he registered for the WWI draft in 1917 and in Draper when he registered for the WWII draft in 1942 and was working for the WPA. James died December 19, 1943, in Draper and Dessia died October 10, 1962, in American Fork and they are buried in the Lehi City Cemetery.

James X. & Eliza Russon Taylor

James was the father of Archie and James (q.v.) and he was also listed as an officer in the Sunday School in 1914. The Taylor's were all members of the ward at its organization in 1915, apparently having moved there in 1911. James was born October 21, 1858, in Belper, Derbyshire, England to James and Mary Eaton Taylor. Eliza was born April 29, 1862, in Ripley, Derbyshire, England to Lott and Eliza Roundy Russon. They were married December 16, 1885, in the Logan Temple. They had eight children: Charlotte, James, Edith, Archie Russon, Rosella, Joseph V, Reed L, and Ruland W They lived in Springville in 1910, Lehi in 1920 and Salt Lake City in 1930. James died November 3, 1939, in Lehi, Eliza died January 2, 1943, in Salt Lake and they are buried in the Springville City Cemetery.

Source: HIGHLAND HISTORY: A compilation by Charles T Greenland II for the Highland Historical Society

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