Taylor, Elijah Joseph Jr. .

Biography

Taylor, Elijah Joseph, Jr. b. July 1, 1907, Griffin, Georgia; African American; father Elijah Joseph Taylor (1881-?), mother Zernice or Zermia Stephens (1887-?); 7 years elementary school; No prior military service; Single; Machinist; February 1934 YCL, November 1935 CP; Received Passport# 429934 on June 1, 1937 which listed his address as 82 East 10th Street, NYC; Sailed June 5, 1937 aboard the Lancastria; Arrived in Spain via Espolla on June 20, 1937; Served with the XV BDE, Lincoln-Washington BN, Co. 3, Section Leader, acting Teniente; later Brigade Scouts; Last unit Lincoln- Washington BN, Co. 3 and Co. 5; Rank Cabo; Served at Belchite, Fuentes de Ebro, The Retreats, and the Ebro Offensive; WIA Gandesa, Ebro Offensive; Returned to the US on December 20, 1938 aboard the Ausonia; WWII U.S. Army, Quartermaster Corp 4338 Service Company, Rank Staff Sergeant; d. December 24, 1960 in Fredericksburg, Virginia, buried in Griffin Cemetery, Griffin, Georgia.
Siblings: brother Rufus S. Taylor (1911-?), sister Geraldine Taylor (1915-?).
Sources: Sail; Scope of Soviet Activity; Figueres List; RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 3, Delo 453, ll. 83 - List Co. 2 dated March 13, 1938; RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 571, ll. 15 (fiche – states Mac-Paps may have trained with them); Opis 6, Delo 999, ll. 18-38; African Americans; L-W Tree; Find-a-Grave #32374805. Code A
Photographs: Joseph Taylor, Brigade scout, December 1937. The 15th International Brigade Photographic Unit Photograph Collection; ALBA Photo 11; ALBA Photo number 11-0659. Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries; RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 999, ll. 20.