George Washington Taggart was born in Hillsboro County, New Hampshire in 1816. He died in Richville, Utah in 1893. Over the course of a remarkable lifetime as patriot, churchman, pioneer, builder, and devoted husband and father, he left an example of faith, perseverance, strength and dignity that ennobles all who come after him.

We Taggarts are glad you have found us. As descendants of George Washington Taggart and members of the George Washington Taggart Family Organization we are immensely pleased to share with the world some small part of our beloved ancestor's life and times as they have been cherished and preserved by our family.

As you visit with us, we hope you will enjoy getting to know "GWT" as well as learning a bit about the Taggart family today. We are in every walk of life and scattered all around the globe, but we all share in a proud legacy handed down to us by this good man and we take seriously our obligations to honor that legacy.

In Honorable Remembrance . . .

As an officer in the United States Army of the West in 1846-47, George Washington Taggart  was a participant in the longest infantry march in history. At the beginning of his service our ancestor reflected on the momentous responsibility he had willingly taken up in a letter to his wife:

"I feel Fanny, as though I had made as great a sacrifice as I could well make, in that I have forsaken for the time being my possessions, my family and at the risk of life start for Mexico as a United States soldier with 500 of my brethren in order to show that the blood of my grandfathers who fought and bled in the Revolutionary War and the spirit of liberty and freedom still courses in the veins of some of their posterity that are called Mormons"

After a year-and-a-half of hardship, his duty done, GWT struggled home through winter snows to a joyous reunion with his wife and daughter. About GWT and his soldier compatriots  has been said:

"The Mormon Battalion will be held in honorable remembrance to the latest generation; and I will prophesy that the children of those who have been in the army, in defense of their country, will grow up and bless their fathers for what they did at that time. And men and nations will rise up and bless the men who went in that Battalion." -Brigham Young

The biggest thing that's happening in the family organization
is this very weekend, the fabulous George Washington Taggart
Family Reunion, Saturday and Sunday August 9-10, 2014!

Details here: Facebook Page

Saturday August 9, 2014 at 10:00 am and Sunday August 10, 2014 at 2:00 pm
The Chase Mill, west side of Liberty Park 600 E 900 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84105

We will meet in the historic mill where GWT built/rebuilt and worked when he arrived in Utah. This is a chance in a lifetime! Among many other reasons to come, we will hear from our fellow GWT descendent Allen Roberts, an architect of historic preservation and restoration, and the greatest authority on Utah's pioneer mills. Cousin Allen is extremely knowledgeable, informative and entertaining. We will have children's activities. There will be a photo opportunity on the north end to get your picture with your family with or without pioneer accessories! Bring your picnic lunch and a dessert to share!

Registration fee $5/person $20/family (those living in the same home) includes entrance to Tracy Avairy!!! normally adults $7, children $5 Seniors $5. Donations welcomed. Enter through the Avairy building. Tell them you are a TAGGART! NOTE: Be sure to enter Liberty Park from 9th south for easiest access to the Avairy parking! Bring a picnic lunch and a dessert to share! Please spread the word to your NON Facebook cousins! Willing to help? Please contact Rey & Carolyn Johnson.

Map to Chase Mill in Liberty Park

Great programs, great visiting with cousins! Great honorable remembrance of GWT and our grandmothers who gave us our lives today! We'll see you there!

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Documentary Film on DVD
George Washington Taggart - The Salt Lake City Years

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George Washington Taggart was a patriot who served his country at great personal sacrifice. We Taggarts remember.


9.11.2001

Drawing of George Washington Taggart at top of page
by Glen L. Edwards, Professor of Art, Utah State University

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