Dr. Thomas Trumpour Taylor was born on the 25th of April, 1867 in Chatham. He was the 8th of 9 children born to Thomas Hulme Taylor and the former Maria Lent Bogart. His father was a wealthy industrialist who had invested in milling ventures, including a woollen mill in Dawn Mills and a flour mill in Chatham.
Mr. and Mrs. Taylor raised their family at 20 Murray Street near Tecumseh Park in Chatham. Dr. Taylor’s siblings were; Mary Elizabeth Taylor, Jennie Taylor, Agnes Taylor, Alice Taylor, Ella Eugenie Taylor, Walter Hulme Taylor, William James Taylor and Grace Laura Maud Taylor. When Dr. Taylor was just 7 years old, his sister Mary married Dr. Tecumseh Kingsley Holmes. His sister Ella was married to Dr. John Earle Jenner. It appears that Dr. Taylor was greatly influenced by his brothers-in-law. His older brothers James and William were educated in the milling business and perhaps it was to be in Dr. Taylor’s future as well, but he was drawn to the work of Dr. Holmes and Dr. Jenner and this was supported by Dr. Taylor’s father.
Dr. Taylor’s father died on the 3rd of November, 1891. His will provided for his son’s medical school education. Further it provided funds to set up a medical practice upon his graduation. Dr. Taylor graduated M.D.,C.M. from McGill University in 1892. He joined the College of Physicians & Surgeons on the 31st of May, 1892.
Dr. Taylor practiced medicine in Chatham until he became ill with tuberculosis in 1896. He sought treatment in Calgary, Alberta. He died there on the 11th of May, 1896. Dr. Taylor was buried at Maple Leaf Cemetery in Chatham. He was not married and he had no children.
*Dr. Tecumseh Kingsley Holmes and Dr. John Earle Jenner also appear on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.