Frances Cloud Taylor

June 23, 1921 - March 23, 2018 Kennett Square, PA | Age 96 Loving Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother and Friend.

Frances Cloud Taylor, age 96, of Kennett Square, died March 23, 2018 at Crosslands retirement community.

Frances Taylor was born on June 23, 1921 in Wilmington, DE. She was the daughter of Willard and Mabel Keenan Cloud and grew up on her parents’ dairy farm, Sunstone Farm, in Kennett Township.

She graduated from Westtown School in 1941 and Beacom Business College.

In 1942 she worked in Washington, D.C., for the National Service Board for Religious Objectors. While there, she started corresponding with a young Quaker man serving distantly as a Conscientious Objector, who later became her husband. When her father became ill, she moved home and helped her mother run the farm after he died in 1944.

In 1945 she married Thomas B. Taylor and they shared almost 63 years of marriage until he died in 2008.

Frances was a resident of Kennett Township during most of her life, settling on her parents’ farm across the road from where she grew up after she was married. She was a legal secretary in Kennett for 20 years.

A birthright Quaker, Frances was an active member of Kennett Friends Meeting during most of her adulthood.

She played the piano most of her life and especially loved to play by ear and compose. Her greatest passion was researching local history of the Underground Railroad and was probably the first local resident to recognize the importance that Kennett Square played. For 35 years, she and her husband spoke and showed slides to many groups of children and adults about local Underground Railroad stations and their “conductors”, often leading trips to the sites. She wrote two books on her findings: The Trackless Trail and The Trackless Trail Leads On, both illustrated by her husband.

She is survived by her son, Willard Taylor (Nancy) of East Fallowfield, daughter, Katharine Taylor (Paul Gamble) of West Chester; 4 grandchildren; and 5 great grandchildren.

Her memorial service will be at 2:00 pm on Sunday afternoon, April 15, 2018, in the William Penn Room at Crosslands, 1660 E. Street Road, Kennett Square, PA. Interment will be private.

Contributions may be made to Kennett Friends Meeting, P.O. Box 122, Kennett Square, PA 19348, or to Kennett Underground Railroad Center, P.O. Box 202, Kennett Square, PA 19348.

To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, please visit

Arrangements by the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home, Kennett Square, PA

Message from the Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time.
Please enhance this tribute to Frances by adding your memories.

Memorial Donations

Kennett Friends Meeting

P.O. Box 122,
Kennett Square, PA 19348

Kennett Underground Railroad Center

P.O. Box 202
Kennett Square, PA 19348


Memorial Service

April 15, 2018 2:00 William Penn Room at Crosslands
1660 E. Street Road
Kennett Square, PA.


Burial will be private.


  1. My condolences. I have been involved with Kennett Underground Railroad Center so I have heard Frances Cloud Taylor’s name mentioned frequently. I extend great appreciation to Frances for her initiative in ensuring the significant UGRR History of the Kennett area is known, acknowledged & shared. Personally, through her efforts I know of my Quaker Abolitionist ancestors. Also, I just researched and find that Frances and my Mother, Rachel Cloud Lucas, are Cloud 5th cousins.
    Thoughts and prayers to her family.

    Loraine Lucas | April 7, 2018 at 9:46 PM
  2. To the Family of Frances,
    My prayers and condolences are with you at this sad time. I knew Frances from church and would occasionally see her while working at Crosslands. She always had a smile and will be missed by all who knew her. May she rest in peace.
    Margaret Pennington

    Margaret Pennington | March 30, 2018 at 8:28 AM

Sign the Guestbook

Your email will not be published. All fields are required.
Comments are held for moderation. Please allow 24 hours for review and approval.