A SALVATION Army wedding which took place
a hundred years ago this summer was remembered
back in the July 4th edition of the Bugle, by one
of the descendants of the family, former Bugle editor Rob Taylor.
Rob's direct ancestors Job and Leah Taylor of Lye were
prominent members of the Salvation Army in the Black
Country, and in 1913, her husband having died, Leah
watched her eldest son Captain Bramwell Taylor marry
Captain Phyllis Ethel Higgins, daughter of a Salvation
Army general, at the Congress Hall in Clapton, London.
Rob mentioned in that article that some of the modernday
Taylor descendants, his cousins out in Canada, would
be celebrating the event out there, and now Richard Taylor
of Toronto, Ontario, has been in touch to tell us how it went.
Richard is also a direct descendant of Leah and Job,
and was just one of dozens of revellers who could trace
their line back to the Taylors and the Higginses. Richard writes:
"On July 13th and 14th,
2013, 66 enthusiastic descendants
of the two families
gathered under clear blue
skies at the beautiful Hunt
Club in Toronto to celebrate
the one hundredth anniversary
of the wedding and get
reacquainted with cousins (in
the case of the older attendees)
or to meet cousins for
the first time (in the case of
the younger people).
"Given the location of the
July 13th, 1913 reception (the
Salvation Army Congress
Hall), there is no doubt that it
was a 'dry' affair. The reunion
was another matter entirely.
"Attendees came from right
across the United States and
Canada. Several had served
on Salvation Army Advisory
Boards over the years. It was
the first time the two families
had gathered since November,
1944, when they gathered
in Toronto to celebrate General
Higgins’ eightieth birthday.
"Genealogy charts and old
photos were available in
abundance. It was a wonderful
treat for those of us 'of a
certain age' but we didn’t
form a majority.
"Speakers included Edward
Bruce Higgins, nominal head
of the Higgins family and
Philip Taylor, nominal head
of the Taylor family.
"The families departed for
home on Sunday, grateful that
they had this opportunity but
somewhat sad in their realization
that such a reunion will
probably never happen again.
"Should any readers know
of descendants of these Taylor
and Higgins families who
might be interested in learning
more, please get in touch.
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