Alexander County

Biography - Simpson Taber

SIMPSON H. TABER, dealer in watches, jewelry, etc., at No. 128 Commercial avenue, and also on corner of Seventh street and Washington avenue, Cairo, Ill., is a native of Knox County, Ill., and was born on the 21st day of June, 1843. He is the fourth of a family of six children of Benjamin and Caroline Taber. The parents are both natives of New Bedford, Mass., where they grew to maturity and married. The father was born on January 21, 1814, and after the usual school training, entered the Medical College of Providence, R. I., and from which he graduated. The mother was born in 1807, and is still living. About 1834, they came West and located in Knox County, Ill., where the father began his long career as a practicing physician. He is still actively engaged in practice, and resident at Mound City, Ill., being among the oldest practitioners in the State. Caroline, mother of S. H. Taber, is the second of a family of four children of the Rev. John Briggs, of New Bedford, 3Iass. Simpson H. was educated in Springfield, Mass., and in 1861 came to Cairo, Ill., and began the trade of watch-maker, under the instruction of an older brother — John C. B. Taber, now of St, Louis. The firm of Taber Brothers was established in 1869, and continued thus until 1880, since which date S. H. Taber has conducted the business alone, the older brother that year retiring from the firm. Mr. Taber was married in Brantford, Canada, to a native of that place — Miss Mary E. Workman, born January 28, 1848. They were married on the 28th of June, 1872. She is a daughter of Hugh Workman and Elizabeth Turner, the former born in January, 1818, and the latter on the 15th day of July, 1825. They were married on the 18th of January, 1844, and had a family of seven children, viz.: Robert Workman, born December 23, 1844. and died on his birthday in 1873; John Workman was born on the 16th of December, 1846, and was married to Mary J. Burton, April 25, 1871; they have one daughter — Ethel May Workman, born March 15, 1872; Mary E. (Workman) Taber; Lizzie S. Workman, born October 15, 1851; Sarah J., born September 8, 1853; Jennie A., born October 14, 1855, and James Workman, born December 1, 1857. Mr. Taber has a family of eight children — Hugh Taber, born September 23, 1873; Eugene Taber was born October 12, 1875; Jaunita and Anita were born August 12, 1877, and the latter died on the 2d of December, 1877; Orvil and Clyde Taber were born August 8, 1879; Eidola Taber, born July 20, 1881, and one unnamed, born June 2, 1883.

Extracted 31 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, pages 46-47.


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