When Florida seceded from the Union, Taylor county was four years old, it having been created from Madison county on December 23, 1856. As a functioning political unit its age was at least six months less, for the members of its first board of county commissioners were not qualified until March 27, 1857, and its first judge of probate, one of whose duties was to preside at board meetings, was not commissioned until July 4, following.
Cash, W. T.
"Taylor County History and Civil War Deserters,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 27
, Article 5.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol27/iss1/5