David E. Taylor was born in 1840 in Burton, Geauga County, Ohio.
David left Ohio and had settled in Michigan by the time the broke out.
He stood 6’1” with blue eyes, brown hair and a light complexion and was a 21-year-old farmer possibly from St. Johns, Clinton County, or perhaps living in Georgetown, Ottawa County when he enlisted in Company I on May 13, 1861, along with his older brother Samuel. (Both were possibly related to Chauncey B., James, John A., John M. and Martin, all of whom would also enlist in Company I.) David was sick in the hospital from May 29, 1862, and according to one report he was among the sick and wounded soldiers who had arrived in Detroit Barracks on July 9. He remained hospitalized, possibly in Detroit, until he was discharged for chronic diarrhea on April 30, 1863, at Camp Convalescent, Virginia.
He was married to Pennsylvania native Hannah M. (b. 1843) and they had at least one child: Clara E. (b. 1865).
They were probably living in Ohio in 1865 when their daughter Clara was born but David eventually returned to Michigan. By 1870 he was working as a farm laborer and living with his wife and daughter in Ovid, Clinton County, next door to his older brother Samuel and his family. (In 1880 Samuel and his family were still residing in Ovid.)
In 1869 (?) he applied for and received a pension (no. 345960).