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Taylor, Gilbert and Saphronia Kelter

The Taylors, Gilbert (c.1843-1910) and Saphronia (d. 1897), were from Louisville, KY. They were the parents of Marshall Walter Taylor, "The Colored Cyclone." Marshall Taylor (1878-1932) was a champion cyclist; he won the annual one mile track cycling championship in 1899, 1900, and 1901. Marshall was nicknamed "Major." He was born outside Indianapolis, IN, where his parents had migrated from Kentucky. Gilbert Taylor served in the Union Army. He earned a living as a laborer and in 1910, he died in Chicago and was buried in Indianapolis, IN. For more see Major Taylor: the extraordinary career of a champion bicycle racer, by A. Ritchie; and Major Taylor Association, Inc. website.

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