Clarinda (Clara) Isabel Taylor was born June 12, 1871, on Bear Creek near Inwood, California, of pioneer parents, Thomas Benton Taylor and Sarah Adaline Adams Taylor. Hiram Z. Taylor was among the first settlers in the Millville section. He was the father of John Jr., Louis, Harvey, William, Harry, and Thomas, Clara's father. Clara's parents came to California and settled in the Shingletown mountains on what was called Adams Flats. There is nothing there now but a spring. Her grandparents, George W. and Elizabeth Ann Adams, homesteaded and raised their family there. Their daughter, Adaline, married Thomas B. Taylor, they were married three years when Adaline passed away leaving two year old Clara. Clara was raised by Thomas' mother. Clara had a lonely childhood. Throughout her life, she enjoyed her hobby of doing intricate embroidery, knitting and tatting. She also loved to go. If someone mentioned going, she would be ready with hat and bag.
Demarcus and Clara were married May 5, 1889. Seven children were born
|Christopher Franklin||b. 1890||d. 1963|
|Arthur B.||b. 1894||d. 1896|
|Hazel||b. 1896||d. 1939|
|Dean E.||b. 1898||d. 1974|
|Alfred Harry||b. 1901||d. 1953|
|Vernon Taylor||b. 1907|
|Lyda May||b. 1911|
Their children and grandchildren grew up to have busy and successful careers in private and public enterprise.
Demarcus died November 3, 1921, age 52 years, in a Redding hospital.
The services were
conducted by the Millville Lodge of Odd Fellows of which he was a member. His obituary included these lines: "D. F. Lack was a hard working mam. He was conscientious in all his dealings - a worthy citizen and a husband and father; devoted to his family."
Clara died December 26, 1936, at the Richmond, California, home of their
They are both buried in the Parkville Cemetery, with their infant son, Arthur.
Source: Shasta Historical Society