October 14, 1881, Morgantown, Kentucky.

January 1, 1973, Uvalde, Texas.

Uvalde Cemetery, Uvalde, Texas.


Austin was the son of Garrard Banks Taylor and Susan Holloway, and husband of Augusta Barbara Jerger.

In 1890, Taylor’s family moved to Sherman, Texas, where he studied music. He first taught in a singing school at age 18, and published his first songbook in 1905. Taylor was active as a song leader for Churches of Christ in the south and southwest United States, wrote 200 songs, published two dozen of his own song books, and worked as an editor for the Firm Foundation Company in Austin, Texas. He also served at the Texas Normal Singing School in Sabinal, Texas, for 27 years, and retired in 1972. His works include:

  1. Closer to Thee
  2. Do All in the Name of the Lord
  3. Home on the Banks of the River