Tatoms From Virginia

This Review Includes the following Tatoms

 

Suggestion – Use your find navigation to go to a specific person.  Begin with the following index which gives his/her identification in number/letters. For example, enter Part-S or S-1 or S1a or S1-a1 and use the dash if included (beyond 10, no dash...S/10). Researcher is James R. Murphy, this update 9 November 2021. 

 

(Section-1). Abel Tatom (7 February 1642 - English Baptism date – candidate for possible immigrant) – 1st Generation Immigrant.  Virginia Counties: In 1667 York; in New Kent before 1683; in (Old) Rappahannock/Essex after 1683.  Only one son known – John Tatom. Is the 2nd generation John Tatom the correct ancestor progenitor?  

 

(Section-2). John Tatom (ca1680/90 to __), son of Abel Tatom – candidate for possible 2nd Generation.  Virginia Counties - King William in 1722, Spotsylvania in 1726.   Almost nothing is known about him and little to connect him with later Tatoms except for the spelling and location.  Whoever the correct progenitor, the following Tatoms are brother and sisters as noted by (I) to (VII) in the 1774 Susanna Tatom Fullilove will in Section-3:

 

(Section-3):  The Seven Children of __ Tatom* (born ca 1680/90) and their children:

* First name likely to be “John.” Children and grandchildren:

 

(Part-A). John Tatom, Sr. or “I” (ca1715/20 to 1794) + Sarah.  Granville Co, NC and Wilkes County, Ga.   Children: (A-1). Absolom Tatom or Abraham Tatom/Tatom (1742 to 1802 per gravestone, Wake Co. NC).  Bachelor.  Has key will; (A-2). Barnett Tatom (~1741) + Mary Thompson; (A-3). Abel Tatom (_ to 1798 Ga) + Milly Harris; (A-4). John Tatom Jr. or “II” (died 3 November 1830) + Rebecca Stovall + Martha Hicks; (A-5). William Tatom + Polly __; (A-6). Henrietta Tatom (died ~1793 Ga) + John Fullilove; (A-7). Elizabeth Ann Tatom + William Hicks; (A-8). Abner Tatom (1755 to 1819 Madison County, Al) + Mary Currin; (A-9). Keziah Tatom + Jesse Newby + Samuel Goodwin.

 

(Part-B). Stephen Tatom “I” (ca1721 to 1789 Orange County, NC) + Mourning __.  Spotsylvania, Virginia and Orange County, North Carolina. Has key will. Children: (B-1). John Tatom (~1758 – 1824) + Peggy Phillips + Mary Wright; (B-2). William Tatom (1760 – 1847) + Margaret Wright + Mary Wright; (B-3). Stephen Tatom “II” + Sally Owen; (B-4). Sarah Tatom + Richard Holstonback; (B-5). Anna Tatom; (B-6). Elizabeth Tatom + Fowler Jones; (B-7). Francis Tatom + Joseph Ellis (f); (B-8). Kezia Tatom; (B-9). Mary Tatom; (B/10). Jemima Tatom

 

(Part-C). Nanny Tatom Graves

(C-I). John Graves; (C-2). Stephen Graves

(Part-D). Jemima Tatom Carrington

(Part-E). Sarah Tatom Chadler

(Part-F). Susanna Tatom Fullilove.  Has key 1774 Will naming brothers and sisters.  Husband is never named.  Husband may be Thomas Fullilove, but haven’t seen the evidence.

 

(Part-G). Benjamin Tatom (~1730 to 1813) + Mary Gravit or Gravitt:  Lunenburg Co., Va.  Children: (G-1). Reubin Tatum (~1752) + Ann Crafton; (G-2). Joseph Tatum (~1755) + __; (G-3). William Tatum (~1759) + Mary; (G-4). Benjamin G. Tatum + Polly; (G-5). John Tatum + __; (G-6). Mary Tatum + Daniel Lefoe; (G-7). Susanna Tatum + John Haley; (G-8). Orinia Tatum + William O. Fullilove; (G-9). Lucy Tatum; (G10). Charity Tatum + James Robertson; (G11). Wealthy Tatum + Thomas Stokes; (G12). Sarah Tatum + Elam Lewis; (G13). Gravit or Gravitt Tatum + Mary

 

(Section-4). Miscellaneous Information: (S4/1) Tatom/Tatums who can’t be placed - (1) Samuel Tatom (died 1772 York County, Virginia + will), (2) Richard Tatom (1730 – 1790) Bladen County, North Carolina. (3) William Tatom of Orange County, NC in 1765-1767. (S4/2) Tatoms in Granville Co., NC tax.  (S4/3) Tatom marriages in Granville and Orange Co., NC.  (S4/4) Tatoms in Lincoln Co., GA tax, (S4/5) Abner Tatom (1806/07) + wife Mary

 

              Warning – There are many missing details and major issues which still need resolving.  Tatom’s earliest years in America are a mess, mostly from the lack of findings.   Time is now to put together what is known.  Thanks go to Gary Tharp and Lloyd Anderson for their help and sharing information.  Note that use of “ca1720” is a speculative date estimate with little evidence for its basis.   Use of “~1720” is a better estimate. 

 

              Tatom Genetic testing shows major differences with descendant lines of Nathaniel Tatum (1599) and Nathaniel Tatem (~1620).    These differences are in y-dna and Haplogroups; i.e., Tatom has haplogroup I-A and Tatum/Tatem R1b1.   Haplogroup I-A (I = letter i) may or may not suggest origins before England.      

   

(Section-1). Abel Tatom (1642 to 1691/1722)  

One Possible 1st Generation Immigrant

 

Abel Tatom: Baptized 7 February 1642 at All Saints Church, Leicester, Leicestershire County, England, parents being “George and Grace Tatom.”**   Possible progenitor and immigrant to Virginia.  Abel is a very obscure individual.  Originally noted by David Wilson.*

Earliest known record in America: 1667

Married: Name of wife has not been identified.

Children: Only John Tatom (born ca1680/1690) known so far

Brother: Questionably, John Tatum (ca1640) of Northampton County, Virginia.  See his chapter. 

Died between 1691 and 1722.

Parents: George and Grace Tatom of Leicestershire County, England. **   Warning – Possible descendants did not use or rarely used names of George or Grace.

Brothers/Sisters (not children) - all Baptized at All Saints Church, Leicester Co., England: (1). Grace Tatam (2 July 1627), (2). Francis Tatom (female – 13 May 1631), (3). Anne Tatom (19 January 1633), (4). John Tatom (26 March 1637), (5). William Tatom (21 May 1641).  Did John Tatom (1637) come to America?

Virginia Counties identified for Abel Tatom: (1). 1667 - York; (2). +/- 1683 New Kent (probable home site); (3). 1683 to 1722 - (old) Rappahannock which became Essex County in 1692; (4). Possibly King William County.        

* David Wilson, 27 March 2006 posted on GenForum.com under Tatum/Tatom Surname.

** England, Select Births and Christenings 1538-1975 on ancestry.com

 

Research frustrations: There are so few findings, that one might reasonably question whether the correct locations have been found.  Also, there is a developing line of Tatum/Tatoms in nearby early Northampton County, Virginia – see the chapter “John Tatum ca1740.” 

 

King William, New Kent, King and Queen Counties lost their county records, with partial losses in surrounding counties.   Abel and/or John Tatom do not appear on the important 1704 Virginia property owner’s tax to the King called the “Quit Rents of Virginia 1704.”   Quit Rents included all Virginia Counties including “burned” counties, except counties north of the Rappahannock River which went to the Lord Fairfax families; i.e., Richmond County.   A 1715 Essex County Quit Rent still exists and again, there is no Tatom family by any spelling.    Renters were not part of these lists.

    

New Kent County, Virginia is one of these badly burned counties for records.  The Registry and Vestry for Saint Peter’s Parish of New Kent County still exists.  No Tatoms are named in the 1680-1787 Parish Registry!

 

The Fulliloves were a family closely allied with them.  In the 1704 Virginia Quit Rents, Thomas Fullilove owned 100 acres in King William County, Virginia.   King William lost all of its county records from a courthouse fire in 1785.   There were several church parishes in early King William County, the earliest being St. John’s, founded in 1680.   This St. John’s Church still exists but not their Parish records.   Anything new on the earliest Tatoms is likely to come from surrounding counties, religious lists, provincial records, or obscure records filed in England. 

 

Details for Abel Tatom

 

1667 January 24 - York County, Virginia:  Abell Tatum is listed as a witness in a defamation suit.

(Record Book 4/163-164 per David Wilson)

 

1683 August 4 - (old) Rappahannock County, Virginia:  Stephen Bembridge, Planter of Rappahannock County deeded to Abell Tatom, planter of New Kent County 150 acres on the Calf Pasture Branch, adjoining Michall Raughtery and Mr. William Clayborne.   Signed: Stephen “x” Bembridge.  Witnesses: James Harrison and John “X” Hewitt.  Recorded 28 August ?1684.  (Rappahannock County Deed Book 7, page 120/121.)

 

1691 October 2 - (old) Rappahannock County: Daniel Phates, Planter, of Rappahannock County deeded to Samuel Coats of same county, 300 acres formerly taken up by Stephen Benbridge, lying and being in the Parish of South Farnham in Rappahannock County, bounded as followeth, land that was formerly old Thomas William and adjoining Abell Tathum’s land, to James Newballs land.  Signed: Danll. Phatres.  Witnesses: John Collivowe, Leon Williamson.  Entered 7 October 1691.   (DB 8/263)

 

              Notice the terminology in “Abell Tathum’s land.”   This suggests Abel was not living there in October 1691.  One might speculate he was still in New Kent County.

 

               (Old) Rappahannock County was established 1652 from Lancaster County and abolished in 1692.   Its records ended when it was cut up into two counties: Essex County (founded 1692) and Richmond County (founded 1692).    This is not the same as today’s Rappahannock County, Virginia.  1722 September – Essex  County, Virginia:  John Tatom of St. John Parish, King William County deeded to Thomas Coleman for 10 pounds, 160 acres land of Abel Tatom, father of John.  Abel Tatom had bought this land of Stephen Benbridge.  (Essex County Deed Book 1721 #4, page 102)

 

              Harris adds this deed also mentions “bordered on the Bestline of Col. William Clayborne.”*    “Bestline” should be “west line.” 

 

The following might be a clue to the location.    On 16 April 1683, Stephen Bembridge and Thomas St. John were granted 110 acres joining the land of Col. William Clayborne - deceased, to the swamp of Peanketank.  This stream is now spelled Piankatank Swamp and is a stream, also called Dragon Swamp.    Calf Pasture could be a branch of or at least near the Piankatank such as the Rappahannock River to its immediate north.   The Piankatank divides several counties with Middlesex and Essex on the north side and Gloucester, King & Queen, and King William on the south side.   Augusta County, Virginia also has a Calf Pasture Creek, but during these years, this area was Indian lands and was not settled until 1740.  Easternmost counties of Lancaster and Middlesex were established before 1683 and should not be within Tatum’s deed.                * Old New Kent County, Virginia by Malcolm Hart Harris, page 517.

 

(Section-2). John Tatom (1680/90 to unknown)

Son of Abel Tatom - Possible 2nd Generation Progenitor

 

John Tatom, born ca1680/90 and died __.  Really nothing exists to estimate a birth date, so ca1680/1700 must be suspect.  Reported born King William County, Virginia is speculation.   

Virginia Counties: 1st – 1722 King William, 2nd - 1723/24 Richmond, 3rd - 1726 Spotsylvania

Married __ and wife’s name __.

Parents are Abel Tatom + unknown wife.

Spelling of surname: Spelling differences may not work here, as scribes were often uncaring about correct surname spelling and literacy levels were low. Names were phonetically spelled.

Points of Tatom/Tatum confusion in Virginia:

(1). (Probably not – too late) 1724 Richmond County’s John Taynton whose mother was Mary Gallopher/Gallagher.  Taynton was a servant bound first at age 3 to John Chaproe and a 1724 court granted his freedom for lack of a promised education. *   Might be a Tatton.

(2) John Tatum** died 1725 Northampton County, Virginia and left a will.   More details in the chapter John Tatom ca1740.  May be a brother to Abel Tatom.      

*Richmond County, Virginia Order Book 1722-1724, by Ruth and Sam Sparacio, 1998, pg. 54, 57. 

** Northampton County, Virginia Record Book – Court Cases, Volume 15, 1710-1717, by Howard Mackey and Marlene A. Groves, 2003, pg. 206

 

Details for John Tatom, son of Abel Tatom – 2nd Generation

 

1722 September – Essex County, Virginia:  John Tatom of St. John Parish, King William County deeded to Thomas Coleman for 10 pounds, 160 acres land of Abel Tatom, father of John.  Abel Tatom had bought this land of Stephen Benbridge.  (Essex County Deed Book 1721 #4, page 102)

 

1726 June 6 - Spotsylvania County Land Patent:   John Tatham patented 1000 acres in the Fork of the Rappa(hannox) River, beginning by the “riverside thence we by the muddy run side….”

 

1727+: This is where his trail disappears.  There is nothing linking this John Tatom to the Tatoms who follow, except for the spelling of Tatom and his general location in Virginia.  

 

(Section-3).   __ Tatom (born ca1680/90) and his Children:

The following Susannah Tatum will gives the best clues to early Tatoms:

 

1774 May 2 - Granville County, North Carolina (abstracted copy):  Will of Susannah Tatom Fullilove of Granville County, North Carolina. 

To my Cousin Winny Frit Adams, my Negro girl Janney….

To my son-in-law John Fullilove… and to his daughter Susannah Fullilove

To my brother Stephen Tatom 10 pounds….  

To my sister Hanney Graves. 

To my daughter-in-law Elizabeth Blackwell… 

To my sister Jemima Carrington….

To my cousin Agnes Hicks…

To my cousin Susanah Gravets….  

To my sister Sarah Chandler…. 

To my bother Benjamin Tatom 5 pounds…and if he has Eiry named one of his daughters (named) Susannah, same amount…

To cousin Henrietta Fullilove and Winneyfret Addams…  

To Kezia Goodwin…  

To John Tatom’s wife… 

To Elizabeth Ann Tatom…  

To Salley Fullilove and Nancy Fullilove… 

To my brother John Tatom, I give 8 pounds…

To my sister Nanney Graves and to her two sons John Graves and Stephan Graves…

To Jemima Carrington.   

To my son in law John Fullilove and to his two sons, Tho. Fullilove and Ludwell Fullilove…

What remains to my son in law John Fullilove and his two sons Thomas Fullillove and Ludwell Fullilove.  

Appoint my brother John Tatom, Executor.  Witnesses Barnet Tatom, Abel Tatom.  Signed: Susanah Fullilove.  Entered August Court 1774.  (Volume 1, page 52)

From Carolyn Whitaker found on rootsweb.ancestry.com, 18/5/2011; her source Bill Tatom from his website.

 

1774 November – Granville County Court: Account of sales of estate of Susanna Fullilove by her Executor John Tatom, November Court 1774 – items sold to John Fullilove, Peter Bennett, John Blalock, Burgess White, Jesse Newby, George Harris, William Blalock, Richard Harris, John Tatom, Samuel Adams, Abel Tatom, John Harris, Morning Hunt, Christopher Hunt, Bernard Tatom, John Maulden, Samuel Goodman, Benjamin Ragland, Edward Bullock.

Abstracts of Wills and Estate Records of Granville County, North Carolina 1746-1805 by Zae Hargett Gwynn, 1973, page 46.

 

Seven Children of ??? Tatom, (born ca1680/1690)

Based on Susannah Tatom Fullilove’s will

 

(Part-A).  John Tatom “I” (ca1715/20 to 1794) + Sarah __, son of __ Tatom (born ca1680/90 and died __.)   

John Tatom “I”

Identified here as John Tatom “I,” in which “I” may not be correct.  Original records never used “I” or “II.”

Born: ca1715/20, little to estimate his birth date.  However, his son Absalom Tatom was born 1742 per gravestone. 

Married Sarah __ noted in John’s will.   Any previous wives are speculative.

Died before 8 October 1794 in Wilkes County, Georgia.  See his will.

Parents: No proof that his father was named John Tatom.

 

Details for John Tatum “I”

 

John Tatum “I” was the son of __, was born ca1715/20 and died 1794.  He married Sarah, maiden name unknown.  They settled in Granville County, North Carolina <1769 to ~1784/85 before migrating to Wilkes County, Georgia where he died in 1794.    His Granville County lands were in the eastern portion (either centrally or southeastern) as opposed to brother Stephen Tatom’s sons - William and John owned lands in the southwest corner.   Our subject John Tatom, Sr. appears to have owned at least 3 tracts of Granville land on (1) Tabb Creek, (2) Tarr River, and (3) Fishing Creek.  Both Tabb Creek and Fishing are tributaries to Tarr River. 

 

One tract of land crossed Nutbush Road (location not known) but Nutbush Creek is east in today’s Vance County, that part of which was formerly Granville County.   Speculation: Nutbush Road/Creek would then place this Tatom land along Tabb’s Creek east of today’s Oxford, Granville County.   It is not known how close these three lands were to one another or whether one of these lands was actually owned by his son - John Tatom, Jr.    

 

His brothers Barnett Tatom and Abel Tatom also owned land in eastern Granville County, with Barnett living close by at one point.   One undated Granville County tax showed John Tatum (Senior) next to John Fullilove in Ragland’s District. *  John Fullilove married sister Henrietta Tatom.

* Undated Granville County, NC tax records, familysearch.org, image 144/1932.

 

1768 Granville Co., NC tax list of Reuben Searcy: John Tatom, Absalom Tatom, Barnet Tatum, Abel Tatom, with Ned and Jenny.  White tax – 4, black tax – 2.  Total – 6. 

Granville County, NC taxable, “undated – 1800,” film 8132497, Image 1157/1932.

 

1769 North Carolina – Granville County tax: John Tatom; 4 whites, 2 blacks.

 

1770 October 23 – Granville County, NC: Jonathan White of Granville Co., NC deeded to John Tatom of Granville Co…375 lbs…Granville Co…500 acres of lands beginning at the old Mill, up and crossing the Creek (never named) to John Harris’s line…to Jonathan Whites line…crossing Nutbush Road…to Lewis Andersons path…to Plum Tree Branch…to Nicholas Medlocks corner.   Signed – Jonathan White.  Witnesses – Arch Heggie, Geo Alson, Stephen Jett.  Entered Jan. Court 1774.  Sary, wife of Jonathan relinquished her right of Dower.  (DB J/169, Image 127/538). 

On 21 November 1783, John Tatom of Granville Co., NC sold this land to John Brodie of Granville County for 400 lbs.   Again, the main waterway was not named.  Signed – John Tatum Sr(?) (seal).  Witnesses John Taylor, Robert Hester, & ?.  Entered February Court 1785   

 

 A similar deed by Barnett Tatom and his wife Mary mentioned Harris’s line, White’s line, and Medlock on Tabbs Creek.  This shows Barnett Tatom was living nearby.

 

1771 North Carolina – Granville County tax: John Tatom

North Carolina Taxpayers 1679-1790, Volume 2, Clarence Ratciff,1987/1990, pg. 199

 

1777 March 13 – Granville Co., NC: John Tatom of Granville Co., NC planter deeded to Robert Hestor of Granville Co…213 lbs, 5 shillings, 8 pence…200 acres of Granville Co. land on both sides on Fishing Creek.  Signed – John Tatom (seal).  Witnesses – James Stuart, William Mackenzie, Jurat., Donato Galbreath, Benjamin Hestes.  Wife (not named) of John Tatom relinquished her right of Dower.  Entered May Court 1777.  (DB L/93, Image 73/409)

 

1778 February 3 – Granville Co., NC:  Joseph McDaniel and wife Sarah of Granville Co., NC deeded John Tatom of Granville Co.  for 70 lbs…300 acres Granville Co…on north side of Tar River…to Huspuths line…Clavers lines.  Signed – Joseph McDaniel & wife Sarah McDaniel, her I mark.  Sarah, wife of said Joseph McDaniel relinquished her right of Dower.  Feb. Court 1778. (DB L/255, image 180/409). 

On 24 November 1783, this land was sold by John Tatom and wife Sarah to Reuben Talley for 200 lbs.  Signed: John Tatom (seal) & Sarah Tatom her X.  Witnesses Joseph S(?) Davis, James Briston.  Zachariah Nesles.   Entered August Court 1785.  DB O/371, Image 299/524)

 

1784 Granville County, North Carolina tax: John Tatom; also, also a John Tatom, Jr.

North Carolina Taxpayers, 1701-1786 by Clarence E. Ratcliff, 1984/1999, pg. 198

 

1785 Georgia, Wilkes County Tax: John Tatum 200 acres, 1 poll.  Deed: Thomas Owens deeded to John Tatom, planters, 200 acres on Pistol Creek, 17 March 1785.  Witnesses: Z. Lamar, Abner Tatom.  

Early Records of Georgia: Wilkes County, Genealogical Publishing, 1932, page 252

 

1785 March 17 – Wilkes County, Georgia: Thomas Owens deeded to John Tatom, planters, 200 acres on Pistol Creek.  March 17, 1785.  Z. Lamar, Abner Tatom, Test.

Early records of Georgia: Wilkes County, by Grace Gilliam Davidson, 1991.

 

1790 Reconstructed Census of Wilkes County, Georgia: Jn. Tatom, Abel Tatum, Jno Tatum.

The reconstructed 1790 Census of Georgia, ancestry.com

 

1793 March 21 – Wilkes County, Georgia:   Will of John Tatom, Sr.   Wife Sarah to use all estate for her subsistence during life.  Son William to have a cow, etc., in proportion with other children.  The estate to be divided into 9 equal parts, one to the children of my dec’d daughter Henrietta Fullilove, one to the children of my daughter Elizabeth Ann Hicks, one to the children of deceased daughter Keziah, five pounds of said share to Samuel Goodwin, her eldest son.  The remainder in three parts, one to the other son, and the other third to her daughters (not named).  The other six parts to be divided equally among the rest of my children, not named, my son in this state to give notice to those in N.C., before a division.  Sons Abel, Abner, John, and William to be Excrs.  Signed March 21, 1793.  Probated Oct. 8, 1794.  Thomas Owens, James Hester, Thomas Shannon, Test.    (Volume 1, page 121)

 

1797 July (unreliable date) – Lincoln County, Georgia Court:  When motion of John Griffin, Attorney for the (estate) of John Tatom, deceased.  It is ordered that a tract of land containing 200 acres lying on “Newford Creeke” in Lincoln County adjacent Shannon and Owens.  And also, one other tract of land containing 165 acres, adjoining the former tract of land and the land of Shannon P. Owens, …And one other tract of land lying on Mill Creek containing 200 acres adjoining Andrew P. Harper in the same county….be sold …for the benefit of the heirs and creditors.  

Lincoln Co., GA., Miscellaneous Records 1797-1801, familysearch.org, image 16/178.

 

              Lincoln County was established 1796 from Wilkes County.  Newford Creek is found in both Lincoln and Wilkes County flowing east to west into the Savanna River.  To its north, the next east to west creek is Pistol Creek.  To its south next is Fishing Creek followed by Mill Creek.   All these creeks lie near the Georgia – South Carolina border.  John Tatom’s first land on Pistol Creek is the first east to west creek south of Broad River and lies in Wilkes County.

 

1797 November 18 – Wilkes County, Georgia:  John Tatom, deceased.  Abel and Abner Tatom, executors.  Receipt of Robert Crocket for part of the legacy of Barnett Tatum of York County, South Carolina 18 November 1797, signed in Lincoln County, Georgia.  Receipts 1800 from Barnard Tatom and John N. Newby for part of legacies.  Returns March 1802, paid Benjamin Taylor in part of the legacy of his wife Susannah Fullilove and John Taylor in part of the legacy of his wife Temperance Fullilove.

Early records of Georgia: Wilkes County, by Grace Gilliam Davidson, 1991.

 

Children of John Tatom “I” (ca 1715 – 1794)

             

(A-1). Major Absalom Tatom (born 1742 and died 20 December 1802 in Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina, and buried City Cemetery), son of John Tatom “I” (ca1715 to 1794).   Some records spell him as Abraham Tatom, which may derive from being called “Abe.”  Birth and death dates are from his grave stone.  No wife or children are mentioned in his will.  Absalom Tatom was a land speculator in many counties as far away as Tennessee.  He ranged widely and was likely influential to guiding relatives to new locations. 

 

              “Absalom Tatom (1742 to 20 December 1802), military leader, delegate to the Constitutional Convention of 1788, and a member of Congress, was born in Granville County.  He first appears in NC records as a sergeant in the local militia in 1763.  On 1 September 1775, in anticipation of the Revolutionary War, he was commissioned first lieutenant in the First North Carolina Continental Regiment; he was promoted to Captain on 19 June 1776.  The reason of his resignation in the fall, on 19 September, is unknown, but on 15 August 1778 he enlisted in state service as assistant quartermaster and keeper of the arsenal at Hillsborough.  Before the end of the year, he also became contractor for the town.  He resigned both positions when commissioned Major of the detachment of North Carolina Light Horse on 12 February 1779, but in July he was named clear of the Randolph County Court and later in the year was elected to represent that county in the House of Commons.   …In 1782, the Continental Congress named him one of three commissioners to survey lands to be granted to Continental soldiers in the western territory that later became Tennessee.  …In 1782, Tatom served as private secretary to Governor Thomas Burke and as the state tobacco agent.  …In May 1785 he was elected surveyor of North Carolina by the Continental Congress and soon afterwards was named by the state as a commissioner to sign paper money.  In 1788, he was a delegate to the Constitutional Convention as well as the Hillsborough borough representative in the legislature.  He served in the next six sessions as well but died shortly before the end of the last one.  …Available records make no mention of Tatom’s family, marital status, or religious affiliation….”

From “Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, Volume 6, page 5, 1996 edited by William S. Powell

 

Details for Absalom Tatom

 

1763 March 24 – North Carolina: “We the undersigned Subscribers do hereby Acknowledge to have received of Robert Harris, Colonel of the Granville Regiment of Militia, the Sums opposite our respective names in full for Our Services, in protecting the publick peasce at Hillsborough in Sept. last.  Dated 24 March 1763:  (Names include) Abraham Tatum, Sergt. 2 pounds, 8 shillings, for 12 days.  Received by includes: “Abra. Tatom.”  Granville County: the within Receipt was proved by the Oath of Colo. Robt. Harris…and Sworn before me.  Sherwood Harris, J.P. 7 October 1769.

North Carolina Militia Returns 1754-1755, 1758 and 1767 by Mountain Press, 2008, pg 89

 

1768 Granville Co., NC tax list of Reuben Searcy: John Tatom, Absalom Tatom, Barnet Tatum, Abel Tatom, with Ned and Jenny.  White tax – 4, black tax – 2.  Total – 6.

Granville County, NC taxable, “undated – 1800,” film 8132497, Image 1157/1932.

 

1775 and 1776 - North Carolina:  Register of Continental Troops Mustered into the Service of the United States, 1775 and 1776:

First Battalion: Lieutenants: (include) Abraham Tatum

History of North Carolina: From the Earliest Discoveries to the Present Time by John W. Moore, volume II, page 443.

 

1778 – North Carolina:  Laws of North Carolina – 1778; VI. And be it further enacted by the Authority aforesaid, that … running the dividing Line between…Counties of Guilford and Randolph….   And Abraham Tatom, William Cole, John Hinds, John Collier and William Bell, commissioners for fixing upon the most convenient place for erect the Court House, Prison and Stocks for the County of Randolph….   And they are hereby empowered and required to run the said dividing Line between the said County of Guilford and the County of Randolph….

The State Records of North Carolina, Volume 24 Laws 1777-1788, Collected and Edited by Walter Clark, 1906, page 235.

 

1780 May – Middle Tennessee: “Absalom Tatom, signer of the Cumberland Compact, May 1780.  His slave was taken prisoner by the Indians during their attack at Clover Bottom in 1780.”           

1770-1790 Census of the Cumberland Settlements – Davidson, Sumner and Tennessee Counties (In What is Now Tennessee), compiled by Richard Carlton Fulcher 1990/2002, page 119.

 

              Clover Bottom is within the east side of today’s Nashville, Tennessee.

 

1781 + 1782 Randolph County, North Carolina:  Members of the North Carolina General Assembly from Randolph County, House of Commons:  1781 – J. Harper and Absalom Tatom; 1782 – Edward Williams, A. Tatom.

Historical Sketches of North Carolina, by Lippincott, Grambo, 1851, pg. 349.  

 

1782 – Lincoln County, Kentucky: In August of 1782, Abraham Estes marched against the Indians who had just defeated Colonels’ Trigg and Todd at the Battle of the Blue Licks where they buried the dead.  The rest of the company returned to Lincoln County.  Abraham Estes was ordered to stay at Blue Lick’s as an Indian spy.  He was assigned to protect the stores of salt that were laid up there for the use of the District of Kentucky, McAfee’s Station under Capt. Moses Shelby, Isaac Shelby, Anthony Bledsoe and Abraham Tatum.

Lincoln County, Kentucky, by Turner Publishing, 2002, page 183

 

1781-1782, 1788, 1797 to 1802: Representative in House of Commons, North Carolina State Legislature: Absalom Tatom.

 

1791 June 29 – Davidson County, Tennessee: “Absolom Tatum, North Carolina No 11.  By an Act for the relief of the Officers and Soldiers of the Continental Line, inconsideration of the services of Major Absolom Tatum, one of the Commissioners Guard, granted unto said Tatum a tract of land containing 5000 acres in Davidson County on both sides of the west fork of Big Harpeth River near the county line.  Surveyed for said Absolom Tatum by James Sanders, D.S. agreeable to a Warrant No. (blank).  Entry dated 21 July 1784.  Feb. 16, 1786.”

Land Deed Genealogy of Davison County, Tennessee, 1783-1792, Volume 1, by Helen C. and Timothy R. Marsch, 1992, pg. 215.

 

1800 US Census of Orange County, Hillsborough, North Carolina: Absolem Tatom, male 45+ and no other members in household. 

 

Last Will of Absalom Tatom 17 December 1802; probated February 1803.

 

              I, Absalom Tatem of the Town of Hillsborough but now in the city of Raleigh do make, and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and forever following.

              I give and bequeath to my friends, John Hogg, Catlett Cambell, David Ray, William Kirtland, and Duncan Cameron my negroes George, Cate, Sally and her child with their future increase young George and Jack to them their Heirs, Executors and Administrators, in Trust and in confidence that they will use their best endeavors to procure them to be unanticipated and set free for meritorious services rendered to me.

              I give and bequeath to my said friends my Tract of Land and Plantation lying on the Chatham roads on the South side of Eno, with all the Stock of every kind  crop, provisions and plantation utensils, thereto belonging to them their Heirs, Executors and Administrators in trust nevertheless for the use and benefit of the Slaves named in the foregoing clause and the future increase of the female part of them; but at all times to be subject to the disposal and control of said Trusties to be disposed of in the most advantageous manner for said Slaves.

              I give and bequeath to Mary Willett, wife of William Willett of Williamson County in the State of Tennessee and to the child which she now has and which she may hereafter have five hundred acres of Land to be taken off the north-west corner of my Tract lying on Harpeth River in the County and State aforesaid, to them their Heirs and assigns forever.

              I give and bequeath to my nephew Samuel Goodwin of the Town of Fayetteville and his Heirs and assign forever my houses and lots in the Town of Hillsborough with all the appurtenances thereto belonging.

              I devise all the rest and residue of my Estate both real and personal of whatsoever kind or nature or wheresoever the same may be to my Executors herein after named to be sold at such time and in such manner as in their direction will be most advantageous for those for whom the proceeds are intended. 

              I give and bequeath to my eldest brother Barnet Tatom, the sum of two thousand dollars, to my nephew Samuel Goodwin, the sum of two thousand dollars, and to my Sister Elizabeth Hicks of Granville County the sum of one thousand dollars to be paid out of the proceeds of the sale above directed to be made.

              Item, I give and bequeath to my Brothers Abner Tatom, John Tatom, and William Tatom, each of sum of one thousand dollars to be paid out of the proceeds of the sales above directed to be made – but if either of my said Brothers should be dead at the time of making this will, then the sum hereby given and bequeathed to him shall (pass) to his legal Heirs.

              Item, I give and bequeath to the children or heirs of my deceased brother Abel Tatom the sum of one thousand dollars.   To the children of my deceased sister Henrietta Fullylove, or their legal representatives the sum of one thousand dollars.   To the children of my deceased Sister Kesiah Goodwin alias Newby, Samuel Goodwin excepted who is otherwise provided for the sum of one thousand dollars to be paid out the sale before directed to be made.   And in all these devised it is my will and desire that if any of the children of my deceased Brothers and Sisters shall have died leaving children, then that such children stand in the place of and represent their deceased parent; and it is further my Will and desire that in all these cases the sum of money given to the children of a deceased brother or sister be divided among them equally share and share alike.

              Item.  I give and bequeath to my said Nephew Samuel Goodwin, all the furniture and other things belonging to my House in Hillsborough except such as are specifically given awaqy to other persons, and it is my true meaning and intent that what is hereby given to the said Samuel Goodwin be held and considered to be over and above what I may have heretofore advanced to him or for his use.

              I give and bequeath to my friend John Hogg my Good Watch, Key and Seal.  I give and bequeath to my friend Duncan Cameron my Law Books.

              I devise my Executors to pay to Lelah - negro woman have the property of James Hogg Esquire the sum of twelve pounds, as a reward for her attention to my in my illness.

              Whereas two tracts of Land entered in the office of John Armstrong both in my name, one of which containing four thousand and five hundred and thirty acres or thereabouts was purchased and is apparently my property, but in reality, is held to the use of sundry persons as will appear by papers in my possession.  It is my Will and desire that my Executors do convey to the persons, so interested their respective quotas, warranting only from Persons claiming by from or under me, but no further or otherwise – This other tract of Three thousand acres granted to me for my Services as commissioner a second time for laying out Army lands, of this I have sold five hundred acres to old Mr. (blank) Maclin of Davison County in the State of Tennessee, if not already conveyed to me by John Nickols and Gent. James Robertson by virtue of a Power of Attorney heretofore granted them for that purpose; it is my Will and desire that my Executors do convey to W. Maclin said lands out of such part of the Tract as he my chose – one half of the remainder belongs to Gent. Robertson as a compensation for this service in locating and Surveying said land, which I desire my Executors to convey to him or his Heirs.

              And for the purpose of ascertaining the true interests which William Moore and myself have in certain lands, lying in the County of Randolph, I think it right and just to declare that a tract of lands containing two hundred and fifty acres being a part of a tract known by the name of Lowes, and a tract of two hundred acres afterwards entered adjoining thereto on this locally and for which a Grant was obtained in my name alone, are the joint property of said William Moore and myself I held by us  Tenants in common; adjoining to these two tracts on the North in one containing eighty acres bought of one Ruck this is my sale property – after the War the said William Moore and myself entered joining a tract of Land in said County containing six hundred and forty acres including the cross roads leading from Salisbury to Fayetteville and from Randolph old Court House to Fishers Ferry on Yadkin River, a Grant was obtained my name along but W. Moore is equally concerned as tenant in common.

              It is further my Will and desire that after the death of old George and Kate his wife, the plantation devised in Trust for the use of my negroes shall be equally divided between Jack and Sally or their Heirs respectively, but if young George should perform to the satisfaction of my Trustees, they may at their pleasure give him an equal share with Jack and Sally or their Heirs in said tract of land, but the same during the lifetime of old George and Kate is not to be divided.

              In the management and disposal of my lands in the State of Tennessee, I recommend to my Executors to request the assistance of my friends, Major Abraham Murray and Gent. Daniel Smith, and desire that just compensation be made to them for whatever services they may render in relation thereto.     

              All the residue of my estate which shall remain after the payment of my debts and the legacies, herein specifically devised, I desire may be divided among and between my Brothers Barnet Tatom, Abner Tatom, John Tatom, William Tatom, my Sister Elizabeth Hicks, my nephew Samuel Goodwin, and the children of my decreased Brother Abel Tatom, and the children of my deceased Sister Henrietta Fullylove and Kesiah Goodwin, alias Newby, Samuel Goodwin excepted who is provided for as aforesaid, share alike; and where any of my Brothers are dead, it is my Will his children should represent him , and when any of the children of a Deceased Brother or Sister have died leaving children, it is my Will that the children of such deceased child should stand in his or her place and take accordingly.

 

              Lastly, I constitute and appoint Samuel Goodwin, John Hogg, Catlett Campbell and Duncan Cameron Executors of this my last will and Testament hereby revoking all formers wills.  In Testimony of all which I have hereto set my hand and seal this 17th December 1802.  

              Signed, Sealed, Published and declared to be his last Will and Testament before us – Wm. Norwood, Ed. Jones, Lavin Alves, W. F. Strudwick.   (signed) - A. Tatom (seal).  

 

               I further make this a Codicil to my last Will and Testament.  I give and bequeath to Thomas Hogg the son of James Hogg of the Town of Hillsborough the sum of two hundred dollars, this sum I desire my Executors as soon as convenient to place at Interest upon good Security to be paid to him when he shall arrive at the age of twenty-one years.  Signed, Sealed, Published and declared to be Codicil to his last Will and Testament on the 17 Dec. 1802.  Wm. Norwood, Ed. Jones, Lavin Alves, W. F. Strudwick.  (Signed) A. Tatom (seal)

 

              Orange County, February Term 1803.  The Execution of the foregoing last Will and Testament of Absalom Tatom, decd. Was duly proved by the Oath of Wm. Norwood a Subscribing witness thereto, also the Codicil was proved by the said Wm. Norwood, and ordered to be recorded.  Test. Jno. Taylor, C.C.

North Carolina Estate Files 1663-1779, Orange County, Files for Absalom Tatom on familysearch.org, ^225 to ^229 images, also will be labelled as “AT with image number; i.e. “AT ^225” for Absalom Tatom’s Will.  

 

 When Absalom Tatom died, he had ample assets to handle his mortgages and debts.  Disposing his estate took years and was finally settled in 1829.   Later, his Tennessee lands on the Harpeth River were reviewed by the Tennessee Supreme Court for survey problems. 

North Carolina Estate Files 1663-1779, Orange County, Files for Absalom Tatom from familysearch.org, 490 images, familysearch.org.  This will be abbreviated AT (for Absalom Tatom) and image numbers as ^000; i.e. (AT ^324).

 

What happened to the Free Blacks of Absalom Tatom?

 

1810 US Census of Orange County, North Carolina: G. Tatom – Number of other free persons except Indians not taxed – 8; Number of slaves – 1; white persons - 0.

1820 US Census of Orange County, North Carolina: George Tatom - Following are free Negroes 1 male and 2(3?) females 0-14; 1 male and 2(3?) females 14-26, 1 female 26-46; 2 males and 1 female 45+. No slaves; no white persons.

1830 US Census of Orange County, North Carolina: Sally Tatom - Following are free colored: 2 males and 1 female 0-10; 1 male and 5 females 10-23; 1 female 36-54; 1 female 55-99; 1 slave; no white persons. 

 

(A-2. Barnett Tatom (1740/44 to >1821), son of John Tatom “I” (ca1715 to 1794), married on 2 August 1778 Granville County, North Carolina to Mary Thompson (county record).  During the probate of his brother Absalom Tatom, Barnett Tatom lived in Wilson County, Tennessee (AT ^246).   Absalom’s will stated that Barnett was his eldest brother.  (But was Barnett older than Absalom?)  Barnett’s last known record was 5 May 1821 when he sold his legacy land the same day to Asa Tatum in Wilson County, Tennessee and turned over any further inheritance to Asa Tatum. *    Barnett Tatom used the Tatum spelling.  Children’s names and will/estate administration for Barnett Tatom need to be found.

* Absalom Tatom,  ^122. 

 

1771 North Carolina – Granville County Tax: Barnett Tatom, John Tatom.  An early tax list with questionable 1767 date showed Barnett Tatom in the Fishing Creek District with no acres of land and one tax.*

* Granville County Tax Lists, 1767, 1774, 1791-1793 etc. familysearch.org, film 306819, image 25/725.  

 

1773 November 16 – Granville Co., NC: Indenture between Burges White of Granville County, NC to Barnet Tatom of Granville Co…for 146 pounds, 13 shillings, 4 pence, ~100 acres land beginning at the Milton Tabbs Creek, to Harris’s line, to Jonathan Whites old corner Pine to Medlocks line.  Signed Burges White.  Witnesses – Robert Bell, Samuel Goodwin, Hugh Currin.  Entered May Court 1774. (DB K/137, Image 431/538).   

 

1783 October 29, Barnet Tatom and wife Mary sold this land for 100 pounds VA currency.  Signed – Barnet Tatom, Mary Tatom, her x.  Witnesses – George Harris; Jo’d Pomfrel Davis, Jurak.  May Court 1784. (DB O/296, Image 239/524)

 

              Tabbs Creek flows north to south near the eastern border of Granville County and is about 1/3 the way north along its eastern border.  Their land sale may have failed as Tatom was taxed for 135 acres in the year 1788.     

  

1776 Early Kentucky Territory: “Robert Fleming, assignee of Burnard Tatum by Richard Calloway this day claimed a Settlement and preemption to a tract of land in the district of Kentucky lying on a branch of Muddy Creek to include a lick known by the name of the Little Blue Lick on the path from this place to the log lick by the said Tatums raising a Crop of Corn in the country in the year 1776.  Satisfactory proof being made to the court they are of Opinion that the said Fleming has a right to a settlement of 400 acres of land including the above location and the preemption of 1000 acres adjoining and the certificate issue accordingly.”  (Certificate for 1400 acres of land)

Certificate Book of the Virginia Land Commission 1779-1780 by the Kentucky Historical Society, 1981/1992, pg. 77  

 

1778 June 25 - Granville County, North Carolina: From Will Book – William Hicks relinquishes all rights, as per marriage contract with her, to the estate of his present wife Mourning, who was formerly the wife of John Hunt, deceased, and by whom she had the following named children, John, George, Samuel, James, Judith Hunt.  The estate she owned prior to her marriage to me consists of 196 acres of land whereon she lives, 7 negroes, 4 horses, 30 cattle, hogs, and household goods, all to go to her children by John Hunt:  Witnesses: Barnet Tatom, John Fullilove, John Tatom.  (WB-?/185)  This researcher (JRM) speculates that this will is much more important than it superficially appears.

Abstracts of Wills and Estate Records of Granville County, North Carolina by Zae Hargett Gwynn 1973, page 85. 

 

1784 North Carolina – Granville County Tax: Bernard Tatom

1785 April 22 - North Carolina: Revolutionary War Bounty Land Grant to Bernard Tatom, North Carolina, Private, 228 acres.  Barnet Tatom has a number of Tennessee land grants. 

Revolutionary War Bounty Land Grants, Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck, 1996

1786 North Carolina State Census – Granville County, Fishing Creek District: Barnett Tatum – 1 w. male 21-60, 2 WM under 21 or above 60, 2 w. females any age

1787 and 1788 Davidson County, Tennessee: Two land grants to Barnard Tatom for 640 acres each, one being (somewhere) on the north side of Cumberland River and the other on the south side.  In 1793, “Bernard Tatum” has more land grants in Davidson and Summer Counties, Tennessee.

1788 Granville County, North Carolina tax: (1) Barnard Tatom, Tabb’s Creek District, 135 acres; William Tatom, Reed’s District, 140 acres; John Tatum, Dutch District, 80 acres.

Colonial and State Records of North Carolina, Volume 5, page 1270.

1788 July 28 – Sumner County, Tennessee:  Indenture from Barnard Tatom of Granville County, North Carolina to Briten Fuller, 640 acres a tract in Davison County on the south side of Cumberland River on Spring Creek.  Witnesses: Anderson Pattillo, Samuel Fuller, Littleton Fuller. (DB 1/124)

1795-1796 Sumner County, Tennessee Tax: Barnard Tatum or Tatom

1798 Montgomery County, Tennessee tax: Barnard Tatum. 

1799 August 10 – Davidson County, Tennessee: “I, Barnard Tatum of York County, State of South Carolina convey unto Jacob Patton a tract of land containing 640 acres on the waters of West Harpeth in Davison County adjoining a survey of Major Absolam Tatum’s 5000-acre survey being a tract granted by the State of North Carolina dated 20 May 1793.”  Witnesses: Joseph Moore and John McClannahan.  4 Feb. 1799.  (DB D/108)

Land Deed Genealogy of Davidson County, Tennessee, 1779-1803, Volume 3, by Helen C. and Timothy R. Marsh, 1992, page 122.

1800 US Census of York County, South Carolina: Bernard Tatem, 1 male and 2 females 0-10, 1 male 10-16, 2 males and 1 female 16-26, 1 female 26-45, 1 male 45+ 

1800 Montgomery County, Tennessee Tax; Barnard Tatum

1810 Wilson County, Tennessee: Barnard Tatum sold land.  In this same county was a Dabney Tatum, likely a son, in an 1804 tax record and in 1810 as bondsman for Abraham Whitson and Rutha Brown. 

The Reconstructed 1810 Census of Tennessee, Charles A. Sherrill, 2001.

1820 US Census of Wilson County, Tennessee: Barnite Tatum, 1 male 16-26, 1 male and 1 female 45+.   On same page as Dabney Tatum.

1821 May 5 – Wilson County, Tennessee: Letter from Barnard Tatum to executors of Absalom Tatom: Stated this day he sold his legacy land to Asa Tatum in Wilson County, Tennessee and turned over further inheritance to Asa Tatum (AT ^122).  

                           

Likely Children of Barnett Tatum and wife Mary Thompson include:

 

(A2a). Dabney Tatum (1779/80 per 1850 census to >1850+) - son of Barnett Tatum, has a marriage bond 9 January 1808 Wilson County, Tn. (county record) to Polly Whitson (1795/96 to >1850).  

 

1804 Wilson County, Tennessee Tax: Dabney Tatum

~1810 Wilson County, Tn: Dabney Tatum was bondsman for Abraham Whitson and Rutha Brown.  He also purchased land.

Reconstructed 1810 Census of Tennessee, by Charles A. Sherrill, 2001.

1830 US Census of Wilson County, Tn: Dabney Tatum – 2 males and 2 females 0-9, 1 female 10-15, 1 male and 1 female 26-44.

1840 US Census of Wilson County, Tn: Dabney Tatom – 1 male and 1 female 5-9, 1 female 10-14, 1 male 20-29, 1 male and 1 female 50-59. 

1850 US Census of Wilson County, Tn: Dabny Tatum 70 NC, Mary Tatum 56 Va, Franklin M. Tatum 17 Tn.   Next to Orren Tatum (31).

1856 Wilson County, Tn.  Dabney Tatum has a will filed here – not seen (WB #120)

 

(A2b). Ira Tatum (__ to 1826) - son of Barnett Tatum, has a marriage bond 21 January 1816 Wilson County (county record) to Patsy Edings (1794/95 to <1860+).

 

1820 US Census of Gallatin, Sumner County, Tennessee: Irey Tatum 1 female 0-9, 2 females 16-25, 1 male 26-45

1826 July 24 – Sumner County, Tn:  Will abstract of Ira Tatum.  Wife Patsy – household and etc.  Land to be sold.  My children William Barnet (Tatum), Alfred Carroll (Tatum), Abner Marion Tatum to be educated to read write and arithmetic.  My daughter Eliza Ann (Tatum) to read and write.  Three sons not yet 15 years of age.  Dabney Tatum and John Eddins to be Executors.  Proved August 1826 (WB 2/42)

Sumner County, Tennessee Abstracts of Will Books 1-2 (1788-1842) on ancestry.com

1850 US Census of Sumner County, Tn: William B. Tatum 29 Tn, Sarah Tatum 26 Tn, Martha Tatum 3 Tn, Franklin Tatum 2 Tn, Martha Tatum 55 SC, Alfred Tatum 27 Tn.

1860 US Census of Cannon County, Tennessee: A. C. Tatum 34 Clergyman, Tn, Ann Tatum 24,  Tn, Mary Tatum 7 Tn, George Tatum 5 TN, Martha Tatum 3 Tn, Eliza Tatum 10/12 Tn, “Martha Tatom” 64 SC   

 

(A2c) Asa Tatum (1791/80 to 1842/50) – son of Barnett Tatum, has a marriage bond to 22 September 1823 Wilson County, Tn. to Charlotte Harris (1801/1802 to >1850+) with surety Thos. Smith (county record).

 

1830 US Census of Wilson County, Tn: Asa Tatum - 1 male and 3 females 0-4, 1 male 5-9, 1 female 20-29, 1 male 30-39.

1840 US Census of Sumner County, Tn: Asa Tatum - 2 males 0-5, 1 male and 1 female 5-9, 1 male and 3 females 10-14, 1 male 15-19, 1 female 30-39, 1 male 40-49.

1850 US Census of Sumner County, Tn: Charlotte Tatum 48,Tn, Samuel Tatum 24 Tn, Sarah A. Tatum 23 Tn, Mary J. Tatum 22 Tn, Missouri Tatum 20 (f) Tn, Alfred Tatum 18 Tn, Robert Tatum 16 Tn, Malinda Tatum 14 Tn, Joseph Tatum 13 Tn, Elina? Tatum 11 (m) Tn, Nancy Tatum 8 Tn.

 

(A-3). Abel Tatom (died 1798 in Georgia), son of John Tatom “I” (ca1715 to 1794), married Milly Harris and lived first in Granville County, North Carolina and later Wilkes County, Georgia.

 

1777 August 20 – Granville County, North Carolina: Giles Hudspeth of Surry County, North Carolina deeded 300 acres of land in Granville County to Abel Tatom of Granville County…150 lbs…north side of Tar River in Granville County…to Aquilla Snelling’s line, to plantation whereon Rody Bramit now lives…land shared by Gilebs Clans and John Meison(?).  Signed – Giles Hudspeth.  Witnesses – Ralph Hudspeth, Jurat.  John Hudspeth.  (DB L/179, image 130/409). 

On 7 November 1782, Abel Tatom sold this land to Hugh Snelling.  Signed – Abel Tatom (seal).  Witnesses – John Dickerson, Wm. Walker, Joseph Hill.  Nov. Court 1784.  (DB O/347, Image 381/524)

 

1785 – Wilkes County, Georgia Tax: Abel Tatom, 1 ½ polls, 1 black, 203 acres

1785 April 20 - Georgia: Revolutionary War Bounty Land grant to Abner Tatom, 350 acres.

Revolutionary War Bounty Land Grants, Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck, 1996

 

1790 Reconstructed Census of Wilkes County, Georgia: Jn. Tatom, Abel Tatum, Jno Tatum.

The reconstructed 1790 Census of Georgia, ancestry.com

 

1798 August 9 (unreliable date) – Lincoln Co., GA. Inferior Court: …that Abel Tatom be appointed overseer of the road leading from Soap Creek to the dry forks….

Lincoln Co., GA Miscellaneous (Court) Records 1797-1801, familysearch, org, image 35/178

1798 November 3 – Lincoln County, Georgia: Milly Tatom was appointed to administer the intestate estate of Abel Tatom, deceased.  (WB B/14).  In 1802, the estate paid out debt money to Isaac Tatom his legacy and to Stoval Pool.

1801 – Lincoln County, Murray District: Milly Tatom

1805 – Lincoln County, Dooly District: Milly Tatom

1810 – Lincoln County: Milly Tatom 400 acres, 202 1/2 acres on Soap Creek

 

Children of Abel Tatom and wife Milly Harris

Most information from the Absalom Tatom probate:

 

(A3a). Isaac Tatom (died 1805).  In 9 November 1805, administrix for Isaac’s estate was Jane Tatom in Lincoln County, Georgia.    On 7 February 1807, appraisement of Jane Tatom’s estate took place (WB B/238).  By 1818, Silas Tatom was noted as guardian of Isaac Tatom’s children – Mary Tatom and John M. Tatom, both orphans of Isaac Tatom and wife Jane Tatom.     (WB B/341, AT ^242, ^246, ^43, ^285 children). 

 

(A3b). Thomas Tatom (1789/90 to 1850++).  In 25 July 1805, Milly Tatom was guardian of Silas Tatom, Thomas Tatom, and Francis Tatom (WB B/322).  Thomas Tatom married 6 October 1808 Elbert County, Georgia to Sarah Davis (county record). In 4 November 1808, Thomas and Francis Tatom were still under legal guardianship of their mother, Milley Tatom.  In 1826, Thomas Tatom lived in Monroe County, Georgia during Absalom Tatom’s probate.  (AT ^336, ^242, ^132).  There is one rather odd letter stating Thomas Tatom was not a son of Abel Tatom but a son of Isaac Tatom. (AT ^164-165)

 

1850 US Census of Troup County, Georgia: Thos. Tatom 60 farmer Tn, Sarah Tatom 59 Tn, Nancy Tatum 39 Tn, George Tatom 23 Tn, (can’t read name) 21 (m) Tn John Tatum 19 Tn

 

(A3c). Frances “Fanny” Tatom married Meshack Turner.  Lived in Lincoln County and February 1828 in Monroe County, Georgia during Absalom Tatom’s probate. (AB ^135)

 

(A3d). Polly or Mary Tatom married Stovall Pool.  Mary Tatom Pool’s history is confused, but both Stovall and Mary Pool apparently died in Lincoln County, Georgia during the Absalom Tatom probate. (AT ^165, ^330).  They had a child named Bonetta Pool, born May 1808 with whom the grandmother Milly and others became guardians.   (AT ^342, ^242, ^246, ^165)

 

(A3e). Silas Tatom (1786/67 to >1850+).  Silas Tatom, Thomas Tatom, and Fanny Tatom (who married Mesheck Turner) were living in Lincoln County, Georgia and in February 1826 Monroe County, Georgia during the probate of Absalom Tatom (AT ^242).  Silas Tatom married 4 April 1816 Lincoln County, Georgia to Patsey Mayo (county record).

 

1820 US Census of Lincoln County, Georgia: Silas Tatom, 1 male 0-9, 1 male 10-16, 1 female 16-26, 1 male 26-45, 1 female 45+

1835 Troup County, Ga: “Silas Tatum, tax collector for Troup County” allowed said collector a credit of $127.50.

Acts Passed by General Assembly of Georgia, J. Johnston, 1836.

1850 US Census of District 699, Troup County, Ga: Silas Tatom 63 farmer, Ga, Martha W. Tatom 57 Ga, Isaac N? Tatom 32 farmer, Ga.

 

(A-4). John Tatom “II” or Jr. (ca1760 to 30 November 1830 Lincoln County, Ga.), son of John Tatom “I” (ca1715 to 1794).  “John Tatom, “II” married 1st to Martha Hicks 1 August 1782 in Granville County, North Carolina (county record).  Martha Hicks is the daughter of William Hicks who died Granville Co., NC 1799 and left a will naming daughter Martha. *   He married 2nd date uncertain in Lincoln County, Georgia to Rebecca Stovall (ca1780 to after 1850).   During the lengthy probate of Absalom Tatom, John Tatom “II” was named living in Lincoln County, Georgia.   It appears that John Tatom “II’s” youngest son (John H. Tatum) was born about 1820/21 when his father was about the age 60 and his 2nd wife Rebecca Stovall was about age 40-42.

* WB4/346, Image 365/768 

 

1784 North Carolina – Granville County Tax: John Tatom, Jr.

North Carolina Taxpayers 1701-1786 by Clarence E. Ratcliff, 1984/2003, pg. 198

 

1801 & 1805 Lincoln County, Georgia Tax: John Tatom

1810 - Lincoln County, Georgia Tax: John Tatom with 250 acres + 100 acres, 10 blacks, Mill Creek.

1820 US Census of Lincoln County, Ga: 3 males and 1 female 0-9, 1 male and 1 female 10-16, 1 female 16-25, 1 male and 1 female 26-45, 1 male 45.

  

1825 November 5 – Lincoln County, Georgia:  Will of John Tatom (brief abstract) bequeaths to wife Rebecca most of estate; to daughters Susannah Morgan, Nancy Harris, Katherine Floyd, Emily Zellars, Henrietta Tatom, Elizabeth Tatom, Aurilla Redmonds; to sons Wiley G. Tatom, Leroy Tatom, Benjamin Franklin Tatom, Abner Tatom, Joseph W. Tatom, William S. Tatom, John H. Tatom.  Some children need further education, but will does not name them.  Executrix to be wife Rebecca Tatom.  Witnesses: Charles Nathan, James E. Todd. John McDowde.  Entered 5 January 1831. (WB D 246/250 - online familysearch.org)

 

1830 US Census of Lincoln County, Ga: John Tatom - 1 male 5-9, 1 male and 1 female 10-15, 1 male 15-20, 1 male and 1 female 20-30, 1 female 50-60, 1 male 60-70

1840 US Census of Lincoln County, Ga: Mrs. Rebekah Tatom, 1 male 15-19, 1 male 20-29, 1 female 60-69.

1850 US Census of Lincoln County, Ga: Rebecca Tatom 68 NC, John H. Tatom 29 Ga, Elizabeth Starke 35 Ga.   

 

Children of John Tatum “II” (ca 1760 to 1830)

 

(A4a). Susannah Tatom, married a Morgan

(A4b). Nancy Tatom married 19 October 1813 Lincoln County, Georgia to Joseph Harris (county record).

(A4c). Catharine Tatom married 9 January 1820 or 1835 Lincoln County, Georgia to Alexander Floyd (county record).

(A4d). Emily Tatom, married a Zellars

(A4e). Henrietta Tatom

(A4f). Elizabeth Tatom

(A4g). Aurilla Tatom married 18 February 1806 Lincoln County, Georgia to John Edmonds (county record, but misspelled)

 

(A4h). Wiley G. Tatom (1791/1800 to 1840/50) married about 1820 to Nancy Zellars (17 November 1795) and lived in Lincoln County, Georgia.

 

1812-1815 Georgia: Wylie G. Tatom, Private, 1st Regiment (Harris’) Georgia Militia.

US War of 1812 Service Records 1812-1815, Ancestry.com

1818 Lincoln County, Georgia Tax: G. Willey Tatom

Georgia 1792-1819 Tax Lists Index, ancestry.com

1830 US Census of District 185, Lincoln County, Georgia: Wiley G. Tatom, 2 males 0-5, 3 males 5-9, 1 male and 1 female 30-39.

1840 US Census of Lincoln County, Georgia: Wiley G. Tatom, 1 female 0-5, 1 female 5-9, 2 males 10-14, 3 males 15-19, 1 male 20-29, 1 male and 1 female 40-49

1850 US Census of Lincoln County, Georgia: Nancy Tatom 56, Ga, Sherwood Tatom 20 overseer, Tn, Fulvia M. Tatum 18 G (f), Ann A. Tatom 13 Ga.  Two entries from Joseph B. Ware who was next to Wylie G. Tatom in the 1840 census.  This clue points us to the correct Wiley Tatom wife.   Also, on same page as William S. Tatom, age 35.

 

(A4i). Leroy Tatom (1791/94 to 1840/50) married 19 January 1818 Marion County, Mississippi (county record) to Elizabeth Stovall (1787 to after 1860+ and buried Terry Cemetery, Hinds Co, Ms. per findagrave.com).  Leroy Tatom was a farmer and settled in Hinds Co., Mississippi.

 

1820 US Census of Pike County, Mississippi: Leroy Tatum, 2 females 0-9, 1 female 10-16, 1 male 16-25, 1 male and 1 male 26-45.

1830 US Census of Hinds County, Mississippi: Leroy Tatom, 1 male and 1 female 0-5, 1 male 5-9, 1 female 10-14, 1 male 30-40, 1 female 40-50.

1830 December 1 – Mississippi State Land Patent: Leroy H. Tatum, 80.5 acres, T6N/R2W/S15, W1/2W1/4.  Document 3702.  Leroy H. Tatom has 5 more land grants for a total of 478 acres in Hinds County, in sections 14, 21, and 22x3.

BLM-Glo Records. 

1840 US Census of Hinds County, Mississippi: Leroy Tatum, 1 male 0-5, 2 males and 1 female 10-15, 1 male and 1 female 16-19, 1 male and 1 female 20-29, 1 male 30-39, 1 male 40-49, 1 female 50-60, 1 female 80-90. (page 203)

1850 US Census of Hinds County, Mississippi: Elizabeth Tatum (widow), 64 NC, John F. Tatum 22 Ms.  Census records from 1820-1850 show no other Tatoms nearby.

(possibly) 1860 US Census of Hinds County, Ms: J. M. Children 50? farmer, SC and family including E. Tatom 74 Ga.

 

(A4j). Benjamin Franklin Tatom

(A4k). Abner Tatom

 

(A4L). Joseph W. Tatom (1808/10 to 1850/60 ) married about 1832 Mississippi to Carolina A. __ (1813/14 to >1860+).  They farmed in Hinds County, Mississippi. 

 

1840 US Census of Hinds County, Mississippi: J. W. Tatum, 1 male and 1 female 0-4, 2 males and 1 female 5-9, 1 male and 1 female 20-20.  

1850 US Census of Hinds County, Mississippi: Joseph W. Tatom 40 Ga farmer, Caroline A. Tatom 36 Ms, John H. Tatom 14 Ms, Ermissenda? R. or H. Tatom 12 Ms, Carolina (A.) Tatom 10 Ms, Joseph W. Tatum 6 Ms, Emily H. Tatom 3 Ms, William E. Ratliff 21 Ms, Anna Ratliff 18 Ms, James Ratiff 16 Ms.

1860 US Census of Hinds Co., Ms: C. A. Tatom 46 (f) Ms, E. R. Tatom 21 (f) Ms, C. E. Tatom 19 (f) Ms, J. Warren Tatom 15 (m) Ms, E. H. Tatom 12 (f) Ms, T. G. Tatom 9 (m) Ms, H. Tatom 8 (f) Ms; J. F. Tatom 23 farmer (m) Ms; A. A. Tatom 18 (f). Ms.   Who are these last two?

 

(A4m). William S. Tatom (1814/15 to after 1880) married 16 February 1843 Lincoln County, Georgia (county record) as “William S. Tatom Esqr.” to Miss. Catherine Parks (1 October 1818 or January 1819 to 2 December 1900).   

 

1850 to 1880 US Census of Lincoln County, Georgia.  William S. and wife Katherine and children.  Farm hands and managers included Thomas Davis, age 16 in 1850, James Henderson 24. 

1900 US Census of Sybert, District 35, Lincoln County, Ga: Joseph Tatom January 1845, 55, married 27 years, Cynthia A. Tatum, wife, March 1846 54, married 27, George L. Tatom, son, Oct. 1875, 24, Elizabeth C. Tatom dau, Dec. 1878 21 Ga, William A. Tatom son Jan. 1880 20, Catharine Tatom mother, born January 1819, age 81 Ga, widow, 7 children, 5 living. 

 

Children of William S. Tatom and Katherine Parks, per census records: (1a). William G. Tatom (1844/46), (2a). Joseph Warren Tatom (January 1845), (3a) Wiley G. Tatom (1846/47), (4a) Thomas F. or Thomas L. Tatom (1848/49), (5a). Elizabeth Tatom (1851/52), (6a). John Tatom (1853/54), (7a). Rebecca E. Tatum 1852/53, (8a), Emily or Emma C. Tatom (1857/58),

 

(A4n). John H. Tatom (1820/21) married 21 July 1859 Lincoln County, Ga. to Barbary A. Zellars (county record).  

 

(A-5). William Tatom (ca1750(?) to about January 1804, last residence - Vienna, Abbeville District, South Carolina), son of John Tatom “I” (ca1715 to 1794), married Polly__.   Polly by 1808 married 2nd to Williamson Norwood and they are noted living in Abbeville District, South Carolina.  William Tatom’s will named one son, (A5a) Orval or Orville Tatom but no other brothers or sisters are mentioned or listed on the Absalom Tatom probate.  Absalom Tatom’s will indicates his brother William Tatom was living in 17 December 1802, but later died during the probate proceedings.   (AT^246, ^349, ^353).  In May 1826, (only) Orville Tatom and Williamson Norword of Abbeville District claimed legacy of William Tatom’s portion of the Absalom Tatom estate (AT ^134).   This William Tatom is difficult to separate from another William Tatom, son of Stephen Tatom.

 

Details for William and Polly Tatom:

 

(likely) 1780, __ 1st day – State of North Carolina Land Grant #278:  To William Tatom 450 acres in Granville Co., NC, waters of Fishing Creek, eastside of creek to Moores lines…to Coopers lines.  Signed Richard Caswell, Governor. 

 

1786 Wilkes County, Franklin Section, Georgia: William Tatum in Capt. Harrington’s District along with John Tatom and Abner Tatom.

1789 February 2- Georgia Deed: Elijah Clarke and wife Hannah of Wilkes County sold to John Clarke, Jr. of same county for 500 lbs., 2300 acres in Franklin County on both sides of Sandy Creek adjoining Wilie Pope and Benjamin Talliaferro, Samuel Patton and William Tatom.  Witnesses. W.J. L. K. Pope, Thomas Wooten J.P.  (Franklin County DB C/32)

Early Records of Franklin County, Georgia by Lois Helmers, page 13

1799 June 13 – Wilkes County: William Tatom, plat for 500 acres on Cripple Creek, Greenville County, Washington District, Surveyed by Benjamin Arnold.

South Carolina State Archives online, Series S213192, Vol 37/293, item 2.

1800 US Census of Abbeville, South Carolina: William Tatom, 1 male 0-10, 1 male 16-25, 1 male 26-44, 1 female 16-25.

1803 Abbeville District, South Carolina: Will of William Tatom (brief abstract) of the Town of Vienna, Abbeville District, South Carolina.  House and lot I now live in, if necessary, be applied to my debts.  Remainder equally divided with my wife Polly and my son Orval when he arrives at age 21 and he is to receive education.  Executrix to be wife Polly and executors to be Donald Fraser and John Hughes.  Witnesses: John N. Newby, Williamson Norwood, and A. Tatom.  Entered 15 February 1804.  (WB 1/289/290, 1787-1815)

 

(A-6). Henrietta Tatom (died ~1793 Georgia), daughter of John Tatom “I” (ca1715 to 1794).   Married John Fullilove, also spelled Fullerlove, Fullylove and had the following children:

(A6a). John Fullilove lived in Oglethorp County, Georgia during Absalom Tatom’s probate (AT ^246, ^473).

(A6b). Susannah Fullilove married Benjamin Taylor and lived in Oglethorp County, Georgia during Absalom Tatom’s probate (AT ^246, ^473).

(A6c). Kesiah or Keziah Fullilove married William Ford and lived in Oglethorp County, Georgia during Absalom Tatom’s probate (AT ^246, ^473).

(A6d). Temp Fullilove married John Taylor and lived in Clark County, Georgia during Absalom Tatom’s probate (AT ^246, ^473).

(A6e) Ludwell Fullilove lived in Wilkes County, Georgia during Absalom Tatom’s probate (AT ^246, ^473).

(A6f). Sally Fullilove married John Pope (AT ^473)

(A6g). Nancy Fullilove married Absalom Davis lived in Elbert County, Georgia during Absalom Tatom’s probate.  Nancy Davis noted she was a widow in July 1826 letter to Absalom Tatom executors.  (AT ^246, ^473).

(A6h). Thomas Fullilove lived in Orangeburg District, South Carolina during Absalom Tatom’s probate (AT ^246, ^473).

(A6i). Jemima Fullilove married Benjamin Pulliam and lived in Franklin County, Georgia at the time of Absalom Tatom’s probate  (AT ^470, ^473, ^246).   On 6 October 1807, Benjamin Pulliam of Franklin County gave Abner Tatom of Lincoln County, legal power to get the Absolom Tatum inheritance that fell to his wife Jemima Fullilove, daughter of Henrietta Fullilove, deceased.**

 North Carolina Estate Files 1663-1779, Orange County, Files for Absalom Tatom on familysearch.org, 490 pages.  Will be abbreviated AT (for Absalom Tatom) and image numbers as ^000.

** Early Records of Franklin County, Georgia by Lois Helmers 2014, page 181

 

(A-7). Elizabeth Ann Tatom, daughter of John Tatom “I” (ca1715 to 1794), married 24 March 1778 Granville County to William Hicks.  During Absalom Tatom’s probate, they lived in Orange County, North Carolina (AT 246).

 

(A-8). Abner Tatom (born 15 October 1755 and died 1819 in Madison County, Alabama), son of John Tatom “I” (ca1715 to 1794), married Mary Currin 1780 Granville County, North Carolina.  The probate of brother Absalom Tatom indicated that Abner Tatom lived at some point in “Madison County, Mississippi Territory” (AT ^246).   Comment: Madison County, yes, which was originally Mississippi Territory and became Alabama Territory.

 

Leonard Andrea of Columbia, S.C. says, “Abner Tatom was the first clerk of the Superior Court of Lincoln County, Georgia and the above family is found inscribed by him on one page of the Clerk of Court Records.’  Abner Tatom was from Norfolk, Virginia and went to Granville County, NC; then to 96 Dist., SC; to Lincoln County, Georgia; and then to Madison County, Alabama.”

Old Southern Bible Records; Transcriptions of Births, Deaths, and Marriages, edited by Memory Lee Aldredge Lester, pages 302-303

 

Details for Abner Tatom and wife Mary Currin

 

1785 Wilkes County, Georgia Tax: Abner Tatum, 1 poll, 350 acres; next to John Tatum.

 

1786 March 6 – Franklin County, GA:  Survey record for Abner Tatom, 200 acres on Bear Creek…who actually resides in this State.  Recorded in Book B, C, 87

Franklin County, Georgia Survey Records, familysearch.org, film 4725697, image 316/554

 

1786 March 10 – Franklin County, Georgia: On 9 May 1795, James R. Whitney, Tax Collector of Franklin County sold to John Cobbs, 200 acres surveyed for Abner Tatum 10 March 1786 and sold for arrears in taxes. (DB PP/7)

Early Records of Franklin County, Georgia, by Lois Helmers, 2014, page 128.

 

1793 Wilkes County, Georgia: Muster roll of a Detachment of militia infantry under the command of Lt. Samuel Crawley, Lieut. Colonel; William Triplett’s Regiment, Wilkes County, State of Georgia, in the service of the United States, from May 22 to June 18, 1793: (included) Sergeant Abner Tatom

American Militia in the Frontier Wars, 1790-1796, by Murtie June Clark, page 226.

 

1799 January (unreliable date) – Lincoln Co., GA Court: …Abner Tatom, Samuel Phass and Robert Paul be appointed as Commissioners of the road leading from Stephens Ford on Broad River to Basil Lamars on Little River…and proportion the hands liable to work on said road.

Lincoln County, GA. Miscellaneous (Court) Records 1799-1801, familysearch.org, image 70/178.

 

1799 April (unreliable date) – Lincoln Co., GA Court: that Abner Tatom, Clerk of the Superior Court and John Serl collectors pass unto the Honl. Steth Barksdale, Esquire, all the county money you have in your hand….

Lincoln County, GA. Miscellaneous (Court) Records 1799-1801, familysearch.org, image 38/178.

 

1801 and 1805 Lincoln County, Georgia Tax: Abner Tatom

1815 and 1816 Madison County, Alabama Territory tax: Abner Tatem.   

1816 Madison County, Mississippi Territory in Alabama Tax: Abner Tatem

1819 September Term Court – Madison County, Georgia: Mary Tatom (wife), Barnett Tatom and John Tatom (sons) named in the last will of Abner Tatom became the executors and executrix of the last will of Abner Tatom (AB ^125).

Undated, location _:  Executors Bond for Abner Tatom Estate included Mary Tatom, Barnett Tatom, John Tatom, Joshua Falconer, William Lamkin and John M. Looney, all of Madison County.

Southern Kith and Kin: A Record of My Children’s Ancestors, by Jewel Davis Scarborough, 1958, 373-374

             

Bible Record – Abner Tatom. “Abner Tatom (or Tatum), 5th child of John Tatom, Sr. & his wife Ann Wright of Norfolk, Virginia, b. 15 October 1755, married 3 May 1780 Mary Currin.”   But is the Norfolk part accurate?  

 

Children of Abner Tatom + Mary Currin, from Bible Record:

 

(A8a). Elizabeth Ann Tatom (20 March 1781)

 

(A8b). James Tatom (23 February 1783) married as James Tatam 20 November 1818 Lincoln County, Ga., to Elizabeth Bibb (county record).  He is on the 1810 Lincoln County Tax with 400 acres on Soap Creek.   In 1823, James Tatom deeded 213.5 acres plat on Johnson’s Creek, Abbeville District, surveyed by William Robertson.  (S.C. State Archives online, S213192, 47/65/002)

 

(A8c). Absalom Tatom (7 August 1785) married 16 March 1809 Lincoln County, Ga., to Eliza W. Gonsham or Gresham (county record).   He is on the 1810 Lincoln County Tax with one 2-wheel carriage with 131 acres.

 

(A8d) Cynthia Tatom (7 March 1788)

(A8e) Barnett Tatom (14 February 1791) married 10 July 1820 in Madison County, Alabama to Mary S. Underwood.

(A8f) John Tatom (17 November 1793)

(A8g) Nancy Tatom (10 June 1798)

(A8h) William Tatom (29 November 1801 to 2 November 1802)

 

(A-9). Keziah Tatom, daughter of John Tatom “I” (ca1715 to 1794), married 1st to Jesse Newby. *  She married 2nd to Samuel Goodwin (Jr.) 29 March 1773 in Granville County, North Carolina (county record).   ^^Samuel Goodwin, Sr.’s will in 1774 named wife Kezia, son Samuel, father-in-law John Tatom, brother, Lemuel.  Will was probated 4 January 1775 Granville County, North Carolina.^^  Keziah was deceased by the time of Absalom Tatom’s December 1802 will.  Samuel Goodwin (Jr.) moved to Wake County, North Carolina (State Capitol) and was a key executor of Absalom Tatom’s will.   Children of Keziah Tatom and husband Jesse Newby are:

(A9a). John N. Newby of Abbeville District, South Carolina during Absalom Tatom’s probate.

(A9b). Larkin Newby

(A9c). Henrietta Newby married Robert Rainford and lived in Fayetteville, North Carolina.  (AT ^246)

(A9d). Hezekiah Newby.  “One of four children, deceased,” per March 1823 probate letter (AT ^56).

* There is several Jesse Newbys to separate.

 

(Part-B). Stephen Tatom “I” (estimated birth date reported 1721 by Arvis Tatom and died 1789 Orange County, North Carolina), son of __ Tatom (born ca1680/90 and died __.)   Walter J. Tatom reported that he married Mourning __ in King William County, Virginia, then lived Spotsylvania County, Virginia   His son William Tatom stated he moved to Orange County, North Carolina about 1776 when he was age 16.  Presumption here is that William moved with his father Stephen Tatom.  Stephen and Mourning Tatom had 10 children. *   Stephen used the “Tatom” spelling.

* Stephen Tatom and His Descendants, by Walter J. Tatom and John Plath Green, 1971, can be found online.    

 

King William County info is likely but still speculative.  Spotsylvania County was established in 1720, in part from King William County.  

 

1746 May 29: From Virginia Gazette: Ran away on the 22nd of this month, from the __ in King William County, Irish…man named Patrick Carrell.  He a short sly fellow….   He took with him, a pair of leather bags which were stuffed and plenty of money, not his own and…a bridle and English double skirted saddle crupper made of Virginia leather, belonging to Mr. Stephen Tatum, who will reward any person for intelligence on him.   He will endeavor to get over the James River in order to get to Carolina or Sherando….

Virginia Gazette, 29 May 1746, Library of Virginia microfilm.

 

1760 January 11 – Spotsylvania County: son William Tatom was born this date and location, per his Revolutionary War pension application.

 

1762 March 8 – Louisa County, Virginia: Deed from William and Elizabeth Garrett of Spotsylvania County to Joseph Boxley, 400 acres lying in Trinity Parish, Louisa County.  Witnesses were Wm. Spiller, George Pottie, John Longan and Stephen Tatum. (DB C/114)

Family Archive Viewer CD186, Va. Genealogies #2, 1600’s-1800’s, under Boxley

 

1765 August 17 - Spotsylvania County, Virginia:  William Garrett and Elizabeth his wife of Spotsylvania County deeded to James to James Rawley of Hanover County 200 acres in St. George Parish.  Witnesses included Stephen Tatom.

Virginia Land, Marriage, and Probate Records 1639-1850 on ancestry.com1765

 

1765 October 4 – Spotsylvania County, Virginia: Thomas Lane and Ann his wife of Spotsylvania County deeded to Stephen Tatom of same County for 25 currency…150 acres in St. George Parish.

Virginia Land, Marriage, and Probate Records 1639-1850 on ancestry.com

 

1771 November 21 – Spotsylvania County, Virginia: Stephen Tatom (or Tatum), and Mourning, his wife, of Spotsylvania County, deeded to Richard Blanton and George Anderson, of same County, 45 currency, 150 acres in Spotsylvania County.

Virginia Land, Marriage, and Probate Records 1639-1850 on ancestry.com

 

1778 August 26 – State of North Carolina:  #565.  Stephen Tatom enters a claim to 300 acres land lying in Orange County on Camp Creek, a water of Naps of Reeds bounded on the north by Robt. Thompson and on the south by (hard to read…maybe) Marelots(?) Manning(?) for compliment.   (Land) Warrant issued 11 December 1778.

Entry Books for Orange County, NC - 1778-1795.  NC Probate Records 1735-1970, familysearch.org.  Orange, Land Records, 1778, image 151/811.

 

This land is thought to be 9 ½ to 11 miles north of the southwest corner of today’s Granville County.  “Knap of Reeds” is actually a creek running from north to south within Granville County near its western border.  Camp Creek arises in today’s Durham and Person Counties to flow southeast over the border into Granville County to empty into Knap of Reeds Creek.  Tatom land should be slightly southwest of where Durham and Person Counties intersect with the Granville County line. 

 

More specifically, Tatom’s land is on Camp Creek waters in today’s Durham County and not in Person County which was established 1791 from Caswell County which was established 1777 from Orange County.   Durham County was established 1881 from Orange and Wake Counties.  When Stephen Tatom “I” died about 1788 or 1789, his will was still recorded in the old boundaries of Orange County.  That puts Stephen Tatom’s homesite in today’s Durham County.        

 

1779 – Orange County, North Carolina Tax: Stephen Tatum

North Carolina Taxpayers 1679-1790 by Clarence E. Ratcliff, Volume 2, 1987/1990, page 199.

      

1788 September 3 – Orange County, North Carolina: Will of Stephen Tatom.   Wife: Mornin.  To sons Stephen Tatom land between Camp Creek and Spring Branch; and to John Tatom land on south side of Spring Branch.   To son William – 1 shilling.   To daughters: Sarah and Anna land on east side of Camp Creek.  To daughters Elizabeth, Francis, Rizia, Mary, Jemima moveable estate.  Executors: “trusty friends” Towland Gooch and John Wilburn.  Witnesses: William Tatom his x. (WB B/73).   Probate date 26 May 1789 Orange Co., NC County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions.     

Stephen Tatom and his Descendants by Walter J. Tatom and John Plath Green, 1971, online at familysearch.org.  Typescript.  Rizia should be Kezia Tatom.

 

These 5 lands of Stephen Tatom “I”, deceased were sold as follows:

Information shows some interesting actions:

 

(1). 1787 20 April – Orange Co., NC: Jack Mize of Orange Co., NC sold 100 acres on Camp Creek, waters of Nap Reeds; Signed by Jack Mize, his X and “Mornig Tatom” her mark X.  Witnesses: Frederick Mize, Henry Walker his mark, John Jenkins his x.   (DB 6/189, image 500/644).  Morning Tatom’s signature is the only time her name appears on this deed.

 

(2). 1794 November 18 - Richard Holstonback and Anna Tatom of Orange Co., NC deeded on 18 November 1794 to Zachariah Maze of Orange County, for 58 pounds, 16 shillings, 98 pence, 100 acres lying on Camp Creek, waters of the Nap of Reeds, part of 300 acres of land formerly belonging to Stephen Tatom (Sr.) deceased and left in his last will to his two youngest daughters Sarah Tatom and Ann Tatom.    Signed – Anne Tatom her mark, “Rich’d Holstonback.”  Witnesses – Thomas Flint, Jonathan Maze, Fowler Jones. (DV 5/243, image 145/644).  Watch out – surname spelling is Maze here.   Could (Zach) Maze be Jack Mize?  Fowler Jones married Elizabeth Tatom, daughter of Stephen Tatom, Sr. or “I.”

 

(3). 1797 January 25 – Orange Co., NC:  Stephen Tatom of Orange Co., NC sold to Fowler Jones of same county, for 3 shillings, one acre of Orange County land on the waters of Camp Creek and north side of lick branch, adjacent Ma__ Anderson’s branch.  Signed – Stephen Tatom his X.  Witnesses: William Tatom & Elijah Parrish.  Entered August Term 1797. (DB 6/99, image 455/644)

 

(4). 1797 March 30 – Orange Co., NC: Stephen Tatom of Orange Co., NC deeded to John Jenkins of Orange Co., for 30 pounds NC money, 50 acres of Orange County land on Camp Creek…to William Mongams corner...to lick branch…to Camp Creek.  Signed – Stephen Tatom his X, Witnesses – Thomas Flint, Joseph Walker his I.  (DB 6/193, image 502/644

 

(5). 1800 November 29 – Orange County, NC:  John Tatom of Franklin County, GA deeded to Fowler Jones 100 acres in Orange County on Camp Creek…John William’s line…to Stephen Tatom’s original line, to a creek.  Signed – John Tatom, his T.  Witnesses - Thornton Mallard, William Tatom, his T.  Entered May 1803.  DB 10/355, Image 364/391

 

Additional Orange County, North Carolina Tatom Lands

 

1794 October 2 – Orange Co., NC: Anthony Cozar of Orange Co., NC deeded to William Tatom of Granville Co., NC for 50 pounds Virginia money, 100 acres of land at a muddy branch in Dials Creek.

1806 January 9 – Orange Co., NC: William Tatom of Orange County sold this same land to James Patterson.  Signed – William Tatom his T.   Witnesses – Thomas B. Patterson, “Richd Holdsonback,” Robt. Jones.  Dials Creek is nearby and is the next north-south creek system west of Camp Creek. (DB 12/143, image 265/384)    

 

~1784 State Census of Orange County, NC: Failed to survive although Granville County is OK.

1790 US Census of Orange and Granville Counties: Failed to survive

1800 US Census of Orange Co., NC, alphabetical listing - A’s, B’s. (Image 108/132)

Keziah Tatum – 1 male + 1 female 0-9, 1 female 10-16, 2 females 26-45. 

William Tatum – 2 males + 1 female 0-9, 1 male + 1 female 10-16, 1 male 16-25, 1 male + 1 female 26-45

 

              Comments on Orange County Tatoms after Stephen Tatom, Sr’s. death:  1797 Deeds show the mother - Morning Tatom’s land being sold by Jack Mize.  Possibly, research into court records might explain why Mize was a deed grantor.  Richard Holstonback sold land with Anna Tatom.  (Holstonback was spelled Holdsonback in Wm. Tatom’s 1806 deed.)  This suggests sister Sarah Tatom had married to Holstonback).  Low levels of literacy and courthouse scribe sloppiness are a problem here. i.e., Is Mize a Maze?   Is Jack a Zack?  Why didn’t the Morning Tatom’s deed explain Mize’s appearance?   The census failures (1784 and 1790) are a big disappointment as they might have indicated the names and number of Tatom family members.  And who is Keziah Tatom?  Keziah Tatom must be Rizia Tatom.

 

Children of Stephen Tatom “I” (~1721 to 1789) + and wife Morning, per will.

 

(b-1). John Tatom (~1758 to 3 August 1824) – son of Stephen “I” (~1721 to 1789) and Morning Tatom.  John’s estimated birth date ~1758 derives from brother William Tatom who stated he was born in 1760 and John was older than him.   He moved from Spotsylvania County, Virginia to Granville County, North Carolina, to Franklin County, Georgia, to Orange County, North Carolina before moving to Dickson County, Tennessee by 1804.  

 

This John Tatom has a 1st marriage bond on 13 January 1781 Granville County to Peggy Phillips and had one child Polly Tatum born 23 December 1782.   In 20 October 1783 Granville County, North Carolina, his 2nd marriage bond is to Mary Wright (county record) daughter of George Wright and Sarah Scoles.  They had 10 children.   Mary Wright Tatum was born 14 April 1767 and is reported to have died 4 November 1861.   Her father - George Wright appears in a number of Tatom documents.  Two different Mary Wrights married to John Tatom and William Tatum and both did successfully obtain widow pensions in Dickson County, Tennessee on November 1850 and 5 July 1853.   

 

As an aside note, Dickson County, Tennessee is a Tatom center which has many Tatom marriages.  My appreciation goes to Lloyd Anderson for his emails and Tatom information shared on familysearch.org/tree/.

Tennessee, U.S., Marriage Records, 1780-2002. 

 

1781 January 13 – Granville County: Marriage bond of John Tatom to Peggy Phillips with Fowler Jones, bondsman and Asa Search, witness.

 

1782 January 23 – Granville Co., NC: Nicholas Jones of Granville Co., NC deeded to John Tatom of Granville Co…180 lbs..202 acres in Granville Co…Townsend’s line, his line crossing the (unnamed) creek.  Signed – Nicholas Jones his X.  Witnesses – George Wright, Fowler Jones, Jurat.  Feb. Court 1782.  (DB O-174, Image 135/524)

  On 30 September 1783, “John Teatom” of Granville Co., NC to this land to John Beck of Granville County for 100 lbs.  Described as Ledge of Rocks Creek in Granville Co.  Signed – “John Teatom” his x.  Witnesses: George Wright, William Jones - Jurat.  Nov. Court 1784. (DB O/348, image 281/524)  

 

Ledge of Rocks Creek is now called Ledge Creek, and flows east of Creedmoor in SW Granville County.

 

1783 October 20 – Granville County, North Carolina: John Tatom married Mary Wright with witnesses being James Cash, bm; Henry Pottert (county record).

 

1784 Granville County Tax, included John Tatom, John Tatom, Jr.; William Tatom

 

1785 February 3 – Granville Co., NC: Jacob Brazelton of Granville Co, NC deeded to John Tatom of Granville Co…100 lbs…300 acres less 50 acres in Granville Co…land on waters of Nap of Reeds Creek…lines to (the 50 acres of) land sold to Widow Ray…beginning at the long branch…MCulloh’s line, Waller lines, Bonner’s line.  Signed – Jacob Brazelton.  Witnesses – George Wright, Benjamin Wheller, Wm. Tatom his x.  (DB O/354, Image 286/524)

On 15 April 1788, John Tatom of Granville Co., NC sold to this land Richard Omenj.  Signed – John Tatom, his + mark.  Witnesses – Thomas Bonner, James Walker.  Entered Nov. Court 1788.  (DB O/586, image 469/524)

 

1786 North Carolina State Census of Granville County, Dutch District:  John Tatom, 1 male 21-60; 1 male under 21 or over 60, 1 female any age.  This fits as John Tatom had one son - James Tatom, born 12 February 1785. Also in Dutch District is William Tatom.

 

1788 Granville County, North Carolina tax: (1) Barnard Tatom, Tabb’s Creek District, 135 acres; (2) William Tatom, Reed’s District, 140 acres; (3). John Tatum, Dutch District, 80 acres.

Colonial and State Records of North Carolina, Volume 5, page 1270.

 

1794 November 22 – Franklin County, Georgia: Indenture from John Tatom of said county to Daniel Moulder of Elbert County, Georgia…for 20 pounds…200 acres of land in county on the waters of Garretts River…bounding to Cooks line and to Howell’s corner...to Kincaids land.   Signed – John Tatom his x.  Witnesses – Esarcis? Narbour and Samuel Howell.  Entered 20 November 1794.  (DB L/32, image 337/665)

 

1796 December _ - Franklin County, Georgia: Indenture between Henry Rose of Kentucky deeds to John Tatom of Franklin County, Georgia…for $200, 100 acres of land in Franklin County on Little Creek adjoining William Little and John Hubbard…beginning on Little’s line.  Signed – Henry Rose.  Witnesses – Frederick Beall, Harris W. Wily.  Entered 13 October 1807.  (DB P/103, image 521/630 and duplicate DB RR/67-69, image 230/446)

 

              Garretts River/Creek and Little Creek have not been identified.  Little Creek (a branch of Broad River) does not appear to be Little River which flows westward along the southern border of Wilkins and Lincoln Counties.  It now drains into a large lake system. 

 

1799 June 28 – Franklin County, Georgia: Indenture between Josiah N. Kennedy of Warren County, Georgia and (to) John Tatam of Franklin County, Georgia.  Witnessed the aforesaid Josiah N. Kennedy, Executor to the Estate of Doctor Joseph Kennedy, deceased…for $125, 45 acres of land in Franklin County...on Little Creek, a branch of Broad River…beginning at a corner of Little Creek…to a line between Robert Barr and a line of James Little and James Harris for said Kennedy and intersects with Col. Little’s line adjacent land on which John Tatom now lives.  Signed Josiah N. Kennedy.  Witnesses – Jams Barr, Jr., Hardy Strickland.  John Jenkins, J.P.  Entered 25 November 1807.  (DB P/103, image 521-636, also DB RR/68, image 231/446.)

 

1799 - Georgia: John Tatom’s son - Richard Tatom was born here per his census records; also Pension Application confirms John lived in Georgia.

 

1800 November 29 – Orange County, NC.  John Tatom of Franklin County, GA deeded to Fowler Jones 100 acres in Orange County on Camp Creek…John William’s line…to Stephen Tatom’s original line, to a creek.  Signed – John Tatom, his T.  Witnesses Thornton Mallard, William Tatom, his T.  Entered May 1803.  DB 10/355, Image 364/391  

 

“John Tatom of Franklin County, Georgi” is our only evidence that our subject here was the actual John Tatom of Franklin County.  From Lloyd Anderson: Fowler Jones married John Tatom’s sister Elizabeth.  This is the land he inherited from Stephen Tatom, part of 300 acres land grant.  Witnesses included William Tatom, his X.

 

1800, 1802 Franklin County, Georgia tax: John Tatum.  The 1802 tax record shows John Tatum with 40 acres of secondary land and 140 acres of 3rd rated taxed land.  Lands was originally granted to _ Rose, bounded by Wm. Little and on Little Creek.  Stephen Tatum is here in 1802 and has a personal tax rather than property tax.  There is a William Tatom in 1806 and 1811.  But…who William Tatom is unclear.

All Georgia, U.S., Compiled Census & Census Substitutes Index 1790-1890, ancestry.com

Georgia, US., Property tax Digests 1793-1892, ancestry.com, image 22/44 of original 1802 tax record for John Tatom.

 

1802 September 22 - Franklin County, Georgia: Indenture from Drury Rose of Franklin County, Georgia, Attorney for Henry Rose to John Tatom of Franklin County…land in Franklin County on Little Creek at the mouth of Crockett Creek adjoining land of said John Tatom, John Blackwell, William Jones, and Clement Wilkie…235 acres on the south side of Little Creek, being the balance of a 385-acre tract originally granted to said Henry Rose.  Signed: Drury Rose, Att’y for Henry Rose.  Witnesses – William Gober, Jas. H. Little, and _?   Recorded 26 December 1805.  (DB P/104, image 522/636

 

1802 September 23 – Franklin County, Georgia: Indenture from John Tatum to William Gober, both of Franklin County…for $500…330 acres of land lying in Franklin County on both sides of Little Creek, adjoining lands of William Little, Clement Wilkins, William Jones, and John Blackwell…beginning on the banks of Little Creek on William Little’s line.  Signed – John Tatum his mark, Witnesses – Wm. Gober, Junr., and James H Little, J.J. C.  Recorded 24 April 1803.   (DB OO/11, image 160.636).   

 

1804 and 1805 Dickson County, Tennessee: Jurors for December Term 1804 Court and January 1805 Term County include John Tatum.   Also noted in June 1806 court jury. 

 Dickson County, Tennessee County Court Minute Books, December 1805, January 1805, Images 20, 29, 70, 73/744, familysearch.org 

 

1809 July 19 – Hickman County, Tennessee: James Robertson of Davidson County, Tennessee deeded to John Tatum of Dickson County for $200, land lying in Dickson County on the West Fork of Pine River…to Lewis Russel’s southwest corner…crossing Pine River.  It being the whole of a grant issued by the State of Tennessee to the said James Robertson, Grant Number 331 on 5 August 1808.  Entered 26 February 1810. (DB A/27 copy, original DB A/142).  Pine River is Piney River in SW Dickson County.

 

~1810 Hickman and Dickson Counties, Tennessee: John Tatum is recorded in a Hickman County deed, p. A41.  Also in same resource, (brother) Stephen Tatum is a Hickman County witness, p. 89.

Reconstructed 1810 Census of Tennessee, Charles A. Sherrill, 2001; his source Hickman County Deed Book A (1808-1811) and B (1811-1813, typescript 1937 Works Progress Administration Collection at TSLA, Nashville.

 

1812 January term - Dickson County Court: A deed of Conveyance John Tatum to George Wright for 100 acres of land, proven in April Court…with oaths of John Wright and William Tatum. 

Dickson County, Tennessee County Court Minute Books, January 1812, Image 99/744, familysearch.org  

 

1820 US Census of Dickson County: (Notice that there is an unknown Tatum - Peter Tatum, image 9/17.)

 

William Tatum Sr:  2 males + 2 females 0-9, 2 males + 1 female 10-16, 1 female 26-45, 1 male 45+. (Image 6/17).  Two places next to him is:

William Tatum Jr: 2 males + 1 female 0-9, 1 female 10-16, 1 male 26-44. (Image 6/17)

 

Peter Tatum: 3 males and 1 female 0-9; 1 female 16-25; 1 male 45+ (Image 9/17)

 

John Tatum, Sr: 1 Female 0-9, 2 females 10-16, 1 male 16-18, 2 males 16-26, 1 male and 1 female 45+.   (Image 11/17).  Next to him is:

Stephen Tatum: 1 male and 1 female 16-26.   (Image 11/17.)  Three places from him:

James Tatum: 3 males + 2 females 0-9, 1 male 10-16, 1 males + 1 female 26-44

 

1824 August 3 – Dickson County, Tennessee: John Tatum died this date.

 

1830 US Census of Dickson County for Tatoms: Notice that John Tatom is not recorded here and that unknowns - Wilkins & Eaton Tatom appear. 

 

Stephen Tatom 1 male + 1 female 0-4, 1 male + 1 female 5010, 1 male 10-15, 1 male 1-20, 1 males + 1 female 30-40.  Image 55/74.  Next to him is: (Image 11/17)

Richard Tatom 1 male + 1 female 0-4, 1 male + 1 female 5-10, 1 male 10-15, 1 female 20-23, 1 male 30-40.  Image 55/74.  Next to him is:

Mary Tatum – 2 females 15-19, 1 female 60-69.   (Widow of our subject - John Tatom.)

 

Wilkins Tatom 1 male + 2 female 0-4, 1 male + 1 female 20-30.  (Image 19/74.)  Next is:

Eaton Tatom 1 female 0-4, 1 female 15-20, 1 male 20-30.  (Image 19/74.)

 

George Tatom 3 females 0-4, 1 male 101-15, 1 male + 1 female 20-30. (Image 27/74).

 

James Tatom 1 female 0-4, 2 females 5-10, 1 male + 1 female 10-15, 1 male + 1 female 15-20, 1 male 40-50.  Notice no older female.  (Image 31/74)

 

William Tatom Sr: 1 male + 1 female 5-10, 1 male + 1 female 10-15, 1 female 40-50, 1 male 60-70.  (Image 33/74)

  

1850 November 3 – Dickson County Tennessee: (Summarized) Widow’s American Revolutionary Pension Application for widow, Mary Tatum, resident of Dickson County, age 75.   Her husband was John Tatum, whom she married October 1783.   John Tatum died 3 August 1824 in Dickson County.  He enlisted sometime in the year 1778 and served more than 3 years in Orange or Granville County militia, which included Capt. (possibly Tilghman) Dixon and Lt. (possibly William) Walton who were possibly commanded by Col. Elbert.   John Tatum was at the Battle of Monmouth (New Jersey) and the fall of Charleston.

 

William Tatum, Senior, brother to John Tatum, appeared in open Court and stated that John Tatom returned home to Granville County about 3 years after his enlistment and then volunteered for two more short tours of duty, the last being at Hillsboro, Orange County, to make shoes for the soldiers.  William Tatum, Senior was not present at the marriage of his brother.  John and Mary Tatum had 11 children and lived in same neighborhood as William Tatum.   After leaving North Carolina, John moved first to Georgia and then to Dickson County, Tennessee where he died.  

 

Included in the pension file is the following Bible record which is “almost illegible:”  John Tatum was born (illegible), Mary Tatum was born 24 April 1767, Polly Tatum born 23 December 1782**,  James Tatum born 12 February 1785, John Tatum born 8 April 1787, Salley Tatum born 24 August 1789, William Tatum born March (illegible)*, Betsy Tatum born July (illegible), Stephen Tatum born 27 November 1797, Richard Tatum born 22 August 1799, George, born 22 October 1802, Nancy (originally named Margaret, but christened “Nancy”) born 9 January 1805, (remainder unreadable except from 1808(?), but reported by others to be Jemima, Susan)  Added at the bottom is “Cut from the Family Bible of John Tatum, dec’d this 14th day of May 1824.  (Pension Application W999, Mary fn65NC.)

* Original reviewed and name is William Tatum, not Wilkins Tatum.

** John Tatum had a least one child, Polly Tatum (born 23 December 1782) by his first marriage.’ 

 

SAR Revolutionary War Graves Register, 2000 edition states John Tatum was born 1762 and died 1824, burial in Dickson County, Tennessee.  Wife was Mary Wright.  

 

1860 US Census of P.O. Danielsville, Dickson County: John Tatom 73 farmer, NC; Mary Tatom 94 NC; Mary Adcock 23 Tn, Mary Adcock 3 Tn.    John Tatom’s birth date here would be ~1787 and Mary Tatom’s ~1766.  This makes John Tatom to be the son of John Tatom and Mary Tatom his mother.

 

Children of John Tatom (~1758 to 1824) per pension application:

(Notice that John Tatom and brother William have a son Richard Tatom)

 

(B1a). Polly Tatom (23 December 1782) from a 1st marriage John Tatom to Peggy Phillips.  Speculation exists that Polly may be also “Mary Tatom” who married 11 November 1833 Dickson County, Tn to Harrison Watson (county record).   This last Mary Tatom may also belong to a Tatom in the next generation.     

 

(B1b). James Tatom (12 February 1785 and died after 9 September 1850 Dickson County, Tennessee), son of John Tatom (~1758 to 1824) + Mary Wright.  James Tatom married 1st about 1802 to Ann Baker.  He married 2nd about 1834 to Lucinda __(~1805-1860+).  Some websites use “James A. Tatom, Sr.,” but so far, no original documents have come to light to support the middle initial “A.”        

 

1813 January Term Dickson County, Tennessee Court:  Sheriff summoned the following persons, a large list including James Tatom for grand jury duty, 4 January 1813 Term.

Dickson County, Tennessee County Court Minute Books, January 1813, Image 149/744, familysearch.org   

 

1820 US. Census of Dickson County: James Tatum – 3 males and 2 females 0-10, 1 male 10-15, 1 male and 1 female 26-44.

 

1820 May 3 – Dickson Co., Tn: Will of John A. Baker names various children, including “I give to my Daughter Ann Tatom….” (Will Book A, no. 23, page 38)

 

1830 US Census of Dickson County: James Tatom – 1 female 0-4, 2 females 5-9, 1 male and 1 female 10-14, 1 male and 1 female 15-19, 1 male 20-29, 1 male 40-49.  

1831 October 5 – Dickson County: James Tatom has three Tennessee Land Warrants for 233 acres on or near Pine River followed in 1835 with an additional 100 acres on Garner’s Creek.   

1850 Dickson County: James Tatom, deceased, administrator’s settlements (as-c-78), not seen.

1850 US Census of Dickson County, Middle District: Lucinda Tatom 40 Ky, Wm. B. Tatom 15 farmer, Tn; Lucinda D. Tatom 13 Tn; Epps J. Tatom 9 Tn, Montgomery B. Tatom 5 Tn, Margaret Tatom 25 Tn.

1860 US Census of Middle Division, Dickson Co., Tennessee, P.O. Danielsville: Lucinda Tatom age 55, Montgomery Tatom 15.   Next to E. A. Tatom 19, Lucindy Tatom 24 and family & Margaret Tatom 33. 

 

Children of James Tatom (1785 to ~1846 Dickson County, Tennessee);

(1a to 7a – 1st wife and 8b to 11b – 2nd Lucinda __)

 

(B1-b1). Green Tatom 2 September 1809 to 6 August 1892 Dickson County and buried Wills Cemetery, Dickson Co., Tn.) married about 1831 to Mary A. Tatom (name varies - 15 May 1807 to 8 October 1879 and buried same cemetery).   Surname spelled Tatum in cemetery listing of findagrave.com.  Two children mentioned: (i). Lucion C. Tatom (1849-1894) and (ii) Susan Tatum Manley (1830-1911) with both buried same cemetery.  

 

(B1-b2). Elizabeth “Betty” Tatom ~1810

(B1-b3). John A. Tatom 1812

(B1-b4). Willis Tatom (~1816 to 1889) married 1st on 31 October 1853 Dickson County to Jane Bowen (county record) and 2nd on 2 November 1854 Dickson County to Rebecca J. Bowen (county record).

(B1-b5). Sarah Tatom ~1818

(B1-b6). James A. Tatom (December 1819 to April 1902 Eureka Springs, Carroll County, Arkansas.) married on 29 July 1840 Dickson County to Anne Shilby Tatom (county record).  

 

1850 US Census of Middle District, Dickson County, Tn: James Tatom 31 farmer Tn; Ann T Tatom 30 Tn, James W. Tatom 10 Tn, Wm. G. Tatom 8 Tn, Gustavus Tatom 6 Tn, Samuel Tatom 4 Tn, Thomas Tatom 2 Tn, Sarah West 16 Tn.   Lives next to Benjamin Tatum

 

(B1-b7). Margaret Tatom 1824/1825

(B1-b8). William B. Tatom 1834/1835

(B1-b9). Lozenzo Dow Tatom (November 1836) married 3 August 1856 Dickson County to Lucinda Waynick (county record).  In 1880, they lived in Houston County, Tennessee.

(B1/b10) Epps Jackson Tatom (31 May 1841 to 1884) married Susan H. __ and in 1880 they lived in Humphreys County, Tennessee

(B1/b11) Montgomery B. Tatom, 1844/1845 to 1880.   

 

Continued - Children of John Tatom (~1758 to 1824)

Grandchildren of Stephen Tatom “I” (~1721 to 1789)

 

(B1c). John Tatom, Jr. (born 8 April 1787 – 1860 murdered), son of John Tatom (~1758 to 1824)

 

1817 October Term Dickson County Court:  Ordered that John Tatom be appointed overseer of the road leading from Charlotte to Vernon; that he works from the 9 Mile Tree? To the County line at William Bouvets/Sourts and that he has the following hands work under him, to wit: Stephen Tatom, Richard Tatom, James Tatom, William Tatom, William Hudson (and 12 others named).   Road is basically State Highway 48 which crosses the West Folk of Piney River.  Unclear if overseer John Tatom is Sr. or Jr.

Dickson County Court Minutes Book, Oct Term 1817, Image 317/744 on familysearch.org

 

1830 US Census of Hickman Co., TN:

John Tatum 1 male 40-49, alone.  Two positions away is….

William Tatum 1 male + 1 female 0-4, 1 male + 1 female 5-9, 1 male + 1 female 10-14, 1 male + 1 female 30-39 and children.

 

1850 US Census of Middle District, Dickson Co., Tn: House number 944.  John Sutton 64 NC farmer; Mary Sutton 84 NC, Nancy Sutton 44 Tn.    Surname reported incorrectly - not Sutton, but Tatom.  Birth dates and persons appear to confirm.  Living next to Wm H. Horner & wife Susan Tatom Horner - house number 943 (see B8-h).

 

1860 US Census of P.O. Danielsville, Dickson County: John Tatom 73 farmer, NC; Mary Tatom 94 NC; Mary Adcock 23 Tn, Mary Adcock 3 Tn.

 

1860 August 24 – Dickson County, Tn: “John Tatum murdered” clipped from Clarksville chronicle.  “Mary Wright one of screaming women in the House when John Tatom….”

Information courtesy Lloyd Anderson, email 17 June 2021.   Lloyd also mentions that G. W. Tatom petitioned October term Dickson County Court that “Mary Tatum is of unsound mind.”  

 

1860 October Term Dickson Co., Tn Court: John Tatom is dead and made no Will or Testament, (court) appoints G. W. Tatom administrator of his estate.

Dickson County Estate Settlements 1823-1895, K to W, film 2114715, family search.org

  

(B1d). Sally Tatom (24 August 1789), daughter of John Tatom (~1758 to 1824)

(B1e). Betsy or Elizabeth Tatom (born July __) - daughter of John Tatom (~1758 to 1824).

(B1f). Nancy Tatom (originally named Margaret, but christened “Nancy” born 9 or 11 January 1805) - daughter of John Tatom (~1758 to 1824)

 

 1850 US Census Dickson County, Tn: See B8-c

 

(B1g). Jemima Tatom (1808-1893), daughter- of John Tatom (~1758 to 1824)

(B1h). Susan Tatom (11 January 1808) - daughter of John Tatom (~1758 to 1824), married 6 April 1844 to William H. Horner (county record - Horner was misspelled).   Susan’s marriage is late, so possibly could be her second marriage, but this is speculation. 

 

1850 US Census of Middle District, Dickson County, Tn: Wm. H. Horner 45 farmer NC, Susan Horner 39 Tn, Mary Horner 5 Tn, Filsin Horner 3 Tn, Alice Honer 1 Tn. House #943

 

(B1i). William Tatom (1791/1800 to <1850) married Martha E. Anderson (1794/95 to >1860)

 

(1814) Dickson County: “Soldiers furnished by Dickson County to the War of 1812” (includes) William Tatom.

History of Tennessee – From the Earliest Time to the Present, 1886.

 

              From Lloyd Anderson: Private William Tatom served in the War of 1812 in the 1st Regiment West Tennessee Militia, Co., Col. C. Napier, Captain Drury Adkins Company.  Service started January 1814 and ended May 1814.  Jack Tatum’s book adds that wife Martha E. Tatom filed for a widow’s pension in 1878 in Fayette Co., TN.  William Tatom served against the Creek Indians under Major General Jackson.  Following Tatom’s discharge, their family lived in Dickson County for 2 years and Hickman County, TN about 14 years, finally moving to Fayette County, TN. 

Email courtesy Lloyd Anderson, 11 September 2021.  Lloyd adds his reference is “John Tatom Descendants” by Jack Tatum, undated, pages 22, 23. 

United States War of 1812 Index to Pension Application Files, 1812-1910, familysearch.org   

 

1815 January 2 – Dickson County, Tn: Deed of Gift – Know all me by these presents that I, John Tatum Sen., and in consideration of the goodwill I bear to William Tatom, my lawful son, go give, grant and by these presents do freely bestow to him…tract of land on which I now reside together with my stock of horses and cattle…and my household furniture and wares of every description to him and his heirs forever…this day 2 January 1815.  Signed – John Tatom (seal). Test: William Wright and William Tattom – his + mark.  Entered January term 1815.  (DB B/396)

 

1830 US Census of Hickman Co., TN:

John Tatum 1 male 40-49, alone.  Two positions away is….

William Tatum 1 male + 1 female 0-4, 1 male + 1 female 5-9, 1 male + 1 female 10-14, 1 male + 1 female 30-39 and children.

 

1840 US Census of District 7, Fayette County, Tennessee:

Richard Tatum: 1 male and 2 female 0-4, 1 male 5-9, 1 male and 1 female 10-14, 1 male and 2 females 15-19, 1 male and female 40-49 (image 51/129 ancestry.com)

William Tatum: 1 male + 1 female 5-9, 1 male + 1 female 10-14, 1 male + 1 female 15-19, 1 male 20-29, 1 male + 1 female 40-49. (Image 51/129)

Stephen Tatum: 2 females 0-4, 3 males 5-9, 1 male 10-14, 1 female 15-19, 2 males + 1 female 20-29, 1 male + 1 female 40-49, 1 female 70-79 (born 1761-1770).  (Image 49/129)

 

1841 December 6 – Fayette County, TN Court:  Ordered by the County that James S. Mills, Isaac Kellough be appointed Commissioners to set apart one year’s provisions for the widow family of W. Tatum, Deceased….

Fayette County, TN Minutes, book b, page 193 as pointed out by Lloyd Anderson, email 11 September 2021.

 

1850 US Census of District 7, Fayette County, Tennessee:

Richard Tatom 51 farmer Georgia, Elizabeth Tatum 47 Georgia, Stephen R. Tatum 21 Tn, William W. Tatum 18 Tn, James M. Tatum 15 Tn, Sarah E. Tatum 12 Tn, Mary A. Tatum 11 Tn, Richard H. Tatum 9 TN, Nancy L. Tatum 5. (Image 2/16)

Ann Tatum 57 GA, Richard Tatum 20 farmer, Tn, Solomon Tatum 18 Tn, Martha A. Tatum 15, Tn, Amanda J. Tatum 11, Tn (image 1/16)

John G. Tatum 31 cabinet maker TN, Mary J. Tatum 30 NC, Thomas H. Tatum 9 TN, Abijah C. Tatum 5 TN, Artelia A. Tatum 1 TN. (image 6/16.)   Next to Martha Tatum.  (Image 6/16)

Martha Tatum 56 VA, George W. Tatum 22, TN, Mary Tatum 19 TN, Wm. A. Tatum 18 TN. 

 

Richard Tatum married 4 November 1845 Fayette County, Tennessee to Margaret Eason (county record) and do not know to whom he belongs.  

 

1860 US Census of Cannon Co., TN: A.C. Tatum 34 Clergyman, TN, Ann Tatum 24 TN, Mary Tatum 7 TN, George Tatum 5 Tn, Martha Tatum 3 Tn, Eliza Tatum 10/12 TN, “Martha Tatom” 64 SC.   

 

Proposed Children of William Tatom and wife Martha – a Reconstruction

 

(B1-i1). John G. Tatom (~1819) married 18 January 1841 Fayette Co., TN to Mary P. Clifton (county record).*  See 1850 US Census above.

* ancestry.com, Tennessee U.S., Marriage /records 1780-2002, an original marriage record.

 

(B1-i2). Richard E. Tatom (1822 – 1867) married 1st on November 1845 Fayette Co., TN to Margaret Eason (county record) and 2nd on 15 November 1852 Fayette Co., TN to Susan H. Oates.   Fayette Co., TN Court reported on 6 August 1867 that three minor age daughters of Richard E. Tatom, deceased and Susan H. Tatom were Harriet A.E. Tatom 12 years old, Mary Ellen Tatom 13 years old, and Susan Ida Tatom 7 years old.

West Tennessee’s Forgotten Children – Apprentices for 1821-1889 by Alan N. Miller, 2006, pages 35/36.

 

1860 US Census of Fayette Co., TN: Richard E. Tatum 38 farmer TN, Susan Tatum 24 TN, MC. Tatum 14 male TN, M. E. Tatum 5 female TN, A. J. Tatum 4 female TN.  Lives next to John G. Tatom/Tatum.

 

(B1-i3). George W. Tatom (~1828)

(B1-i4). Susan Tatum (~1829)

(B1-i5). Alfred C. Tatum (~1830)

(B1-i6). Mary E. Tatom (~1830)

(B1-i7). Aurena Tatum (~1831)

(B1-i8). William A. Tatom / William Alexander Tatom (~1833)

 

Continued – Children of John Tatum (~1758-1824) + Mary Wright

Grandchildren of Stephen Tatom “I” (~1721 to 1789).  

 

(B1j). Steven Tatom (27 November 1797 to 2 August 1841) - son of John Tatom (~1758 to 1824).  and Lloyd Anderson* reports he married Ann Baker, daughter of Absalom Baker.  Beware that there are two Ann Bakers, the other a daughter of Benjamin Baker who married Steven’s brother - James Tatom.          

 

1820 US Census of Dickson County, Tennessee: 1 male and 1 female 16-25

1826 May 16 – Dickson County: Stephen Tatom – Land Warrant #315 for 50 acres on West Fork Pine River.

1830 US Census of Dickson County: 1 male and 1 female 0-4, 1 male and 1 female 5-9, 1 male 10-14, 1 male 15-19, 1 male and 1 female 30-39

1840 US Census of District 7, Fayette County, Tennessee: 2 females 0-4, 3 males 5-9, 1 male 10-14, 1 female 15-19, 1 male + 1 female 20-29, 1 male + 1 female 40-49, 1 female 70-79. 

1841 July 30 - Fayette County, Tennessee: Will of Stephen Tatum names wife Ann and children (unnamed).  Few usable clues.  (Will Book A, pages 72-73 of Historical Records Project – familysearch.org, image 779/985)

1850 US Census of Fayette County, Tennessee: Ann Tatum 51 GA; Richard Tatum, farmer 20 TN, Solomon Tatum 18 TN, Martha A. Tatum 15 TN; Amanda J. Tatum 11 TN.   

 

Some Children of Steven Tatom (1797-1841) + Ann Baker – A Census Reconstruction

 

(B1-j1). Richard Tatom (~1830); (B1-j2). Solomon Tatom (~1832); (B1-j3). Martha A. Tatom (~1835); (B1-j4). Amanda J. Tatom (~1839)  

(B1k). Richard Tatom (22 August 1799 Georgia to >1860) - son of John Tatom (~1758 to 1824) married about 1819 to Elizabeth _ (~1803).   

 

(Uncertain placement) 1821 January 23 – Dickson County, TN: Will of William Hudson has three witnesses including “Richardson Tatum.”  (Will Book A, pg. 36-37, No. 22)

 

1830 US Census of Dickson County: Richard Tatum, 1 male and 2 females 0-5, 1 male and 1 female 5-9, 1 male 10-14, 1 female 20-29, 1 male 30-39

 

1840 US Census of District 7, Fayette County, Tennessee:

Richard Tatum: 1 male and 2 female 0-4, 1 male 5-9, 1 male and 1 female 10-14, 1 male and 2 females 15-19, 1 male and female 40-49 (image 51/129 ancestry.com)

William Tatum: 1 male + 1 female 5-9, 1 male + 1 female 10-14, 1 male + 1 female 15-19, 1 male 20-29, 1 male + 1 female 40-49. (Image 51/129)

Stephen Tatum: 2 females 0-4, 3 males 5-9, 1 male 10-14, 1 female 15-19, 2 males + 1 female 20-29, 1 male + 1 female 40-49, 1 female 70-79 (born 1761-1770).  (Image 49/129)

 

1850 US Census of District 7, Fayette County, Tennessee:

Richard Tatom 51 farmer Georgia, Elizabeth Tatum 47 Georgia, Stephen R. Tatum 21 Tn, William W. Tatum 18 Tn, James M. Tatum 15 Tn, Sarah E. Tatum 12 Tn, Mary A. Tatum 11 Tn, Richard H. Tatum 9 TN, Nancy L. Tatum 5. (Image 2/16)

Ann Tatum 57 GA, Richard Tatum 20 farmer, Tn, Solomon Tatum 18 Tn, Martha A. Tatum 15, Tn, Amanda J. Tatum 11, Tn (image 1/16)

John G. Tatum 31 cabinet maker TN, Mary J. Tatum 30 NC, Thomas H. Tatum 9 TN, Abijah C. Tatum 5 TN, Artelia A. Tatum 1 TN. (image 6/16.)   John G. Tatum is next to Martha Tatum.  (Image 6/16)

Martha Tatum 56 VA, George H. Tatum 22, TN, Mary Tatum 19 TN, Wm. A. Tatum 18 TN. 

 

1860 US Census of La Grange, Lafayette County, Arkansas, P.O. Lewisville: Richard Tatom 60 Georgia, Elizabeth Tatom 57 Georgia, Jas. M. Tatom 24 Tn, Richard H. Tatom 17 Tn, Nancy L. Tatom 15 Tn.

 

Some Children of Richard Tatom and wife Elizabeth – A Census Reconstruction

 

(B1-k1). Stephen R. Tatom (~1829); (B1-k2). William W. Tatom (~1832); (B1-k3). James M. Tatom (~1835); (B1-k4). Sarah E. Tatom (~1838); (B1-k5). Mary A. Tatom (~1839); (B1-k6). Richard H. Tatum (~1842); (B1-k7). Nancy L. Tatum (~1845)

 

(B1L). George Washington Tatom (22 October 1802 to August 1879 and buried at Milan Cemetery, Centerville, Hickman County, Tennessee) - son of John Tatom (~1758 to 1824).   He married Parthenia Murrell (1807 to 1902 and buried same cemetery).   Was a Justice of the Peace and possibly County Sheriff sometime in 1839 - 1842.

Index to Deed Book G shows Geo. Tatom “Shff” deeded land to J. McCormich, but deed book was not available.   

 

1827 August 30 – Dickson County: Land Warrant to James Richard and George Tatom, 100 acres on Pine River, “a little west of Richard and George Tatom’s west boundary line.   Has later land warrants”.

1830 US Census of Dickson County: George Tatom – 2 females 5-10, 1 male and 2 females 10-15, 1 male and female 20-30

1831 Dickson County tax: George W. Tatom, 80 acres.

1840 US Census of Dickson County: George W. Tatom – 1 male and 2 females 0-4, 1 male and 2 female 5-9, 2 females 10-14, 1 male 20-29, 1 female 20-29, 1 male 30-39, 1 male 50-59.

1850 US Census of Hickman County, Tn: George W. Tatum 45 Ga, Parthenia Tatum 43 Tn, Susan Tatum 18 Tn, Thomas Tatum 17 Tn, Sarah Tatum 15 Tn, Emily Tatum 13 Tn, Sublett Tatum 11 Tn (male), Richard Tatum 5 Tn, Aramintha Tatum 9 Tn, George Tatum 7 Tn, Martha Tatum 2 Tn.

 

Some Children of George W. Tatom and wife Parthenia Murrell – A Census Reconstruction

 

(B1-L1). Susan Tatom (~1832); (B1-L2). Thomas Tatom (~1833); (B1-L3). Sarah Tatom (~1832); (B1-L4). Emily Tatom (~1837); (B1-L5). Sublett Tatom (~1839); (B1-L6). Richard Tatom (~1845); (B1-L7). Aramintha Tatom (~1841); (B1-L8). George Tatom (~1843); (B1-L9). Martha Tatum (~1848)

 

Continued – Children of Stephen Tatum “I” (~1721 to 1789) and Morning Tatom, per will.

 

(B-2). William Tatom - son of Stephen and Morning Tatom, was born 11 January 1760 Spotsylvania County, Virginia (date a Bible record and date with location as swore testimony) and died 24 September 1847 Dickson County, Tennessee, as documented per Revolution Pension application.   William Tatom is buried at the Tatum-Coleman Cemetery, Houston Co., TN per findagrave.com).  Names for the later children of William Tatom come from his 1844 Will, which apparently, omits some older children.  Thanks go to Lloyd Anderson for his help and pointing out details, emails courtesy 6 & 8 June 2021, and July and August 2021 and to his familysearch.org/tree family tree.

 

William Tatom married 1st on 29 December 1781 to Margaret Wright (died <1812), daughter of George Wright and Sarah Scoles.  The 1800 and 1820 U. S. Census suggests a large family, but only two sons have been identified – William Tatum, Jr. (born 1790) and Richard Tatom (born 1805).  Children’s names of Eaton, Wilkins, and possibly Sarah Tatom/Tatum have surfaced as possible children, but nothing exists so far to link them to our subject William Tatom, other than timing of their births.  For more details, see chapter “Tatum – No Identified Parents.”      

 

William married 2nd on 27 October 1813 Dickson County (not a county record, but widow’s pension application) to Mary Wright (various birth dates - born ~1765 per wife’s pension application and died 1857+).  Her parents are not known.    Mary Wright previously married to the same George Wright about 1808 and had two children - Eleanor Wright (1809) and Nancy Hannah Wright (1812).   After George Wright died in 1812, Lloyd Anderson mentions William Tatom was appointed guardian of two George Wright’s children in 1819.   Also, note that both William Tatom and his brother John Tatom have a son Richard Tatom who could be confused.  

 

1782 September 10 - Granville Co., NC: Indenture between James Galimon of Granville Co., NC to William Tatom of Granville Co for 54 pounds…300 acres in Granville Co. joining William Roses line on both side of the Little Nap of Reeds Creek.  Signed – James Gallimon his I and Milly Gallimon her + mark.  Witnesses – George Wright, Jurat and Stephen Tatom.  Entered Nov. 1782 Court (DB O/223, Image 178/524)

 

1784 May 4 – Granville County, North Carolina: Indenture between William Ross and Elizabeth his wife and William Tatom and Margret his wife of Granville Co., NC to Rowland Gooch of Granville Co., for 25 pounds, 12 shillings, 6 pence…500 acres of land in Granville County on the branches of Neuse River to whereon this William Ross lives….to a line of Fowler Jones corner…to William Ross’s line.  Signed – William Ross his x, Elizabeth Ross her x, William Tatom his x, Margret Tatom her x.  Witnesses: John Manirs, Edward Jones, Jacob Brazillon.  Entered August Count 1784.  (O/316, image 256/524)

 

              Land appears to very near the southwest corner of Granville County and may be part of Nap of Reeds Creek.  This land may or may not currently be part of large lake system. 

 

1784 Granville County Tax, included John Tatom; John Tatom, Jr; William Tatom

North Carolina Taxpayers 1701-1786, by Clarence E. Ratcliff, 1984/2003, pg. 198

 

1784 May 4 – Granville County: William Ross and wife Elizabeth, and William Tatom and wife Margaret sold land jointly to Rowland Gooch.  (DB O/316)

Kinfolks of Granville County, North Carolina 1765-1826 by Zae Hargett Gwynn 1974.

 

1786 North Carolina State Census of Granville County, Dutch District:  William Tatom - 1 male over 21, 1 male under 21, 2 females any age.  Also in Dutch District is John Tatom.   Dutch District is in the SW corner of Granville County. 

 

1788 Granville County, North Carolina tax: (1) Barnard Tatom, Tabb’s Creek District, 135 acres; (2) William Tatom, Reed’s District, 140 acres; (3). John Tatum, Dutch District, 80 acres.

Colonial and State Records of North Carolina, Volume 5, page 1270.

 

1794 October 3 – Orange County, NC:  Anthony Cozar of Orange Co., NC deeded to William Tatom of Granville Co., NC for 50 pounds Virginia money, 100 acres of land at a muddy branch in Dials Creek.

1806 January 9 – Orange Co., NC: William Tatom of Orange County sold this same land to James Patterson.  Signed – William Tatom his T.   Witnesses – Thomas B. Patterson, “Richd Holdsonback,” Robt. Jones.  Dials Creek is nearby and is the next north-south creek system west of Camp Creek. (DB 12/143, image 265/384)   

 

1800 US Census of Orange County, North Carolina:

William Tatum - 2 males and 1 female 0-10, 1 male and 1 female 10-16, 1 male 16-26, 1 male and 1 female 26-45.  Next to Keziah Tatum.

Kezia Tatum/Tatom – 1 male + 1 female 0-9, 1 male 10-16, 2 females 26-45. 

 

(beware) 1806 & 1811 - Franklin County, Georgia tax: William Tatom.  Also named in Franklin County is John Tatum in 1800, 1802 and Stephen Tatum in 1802 per census substitutes index. 

*All Georgia, U.S., Compiled Census & Census Substitutes Index 1790-1890, ancestry.com.  Index only with no original images.  

**Georgia, US., Property tax Digests 1793-1892, ancestry.com, image 33/44 showing William Tatom’s original 1811 tax record with no details.  Nothing mentioned in this source about William Tatom in 1806.

 

Lloyd Anderson objects that our subject - William Tatom (1760-1846) did not live in Franklin County, Georgia, based on pension record, an 1806 Orange County, NC grantor deed (see above at year 1794), and the two 1810 deeds (see below).*   But…be aware that this exists.

* Email courtesy Lloyd Anderson, 7 August 2021.

 

1810 February day blank – Dickson Co., TN: Indenture between Lewis Powers of Humphreys County, Tennessee deeded to William Tatom of Dickson County, TN…for $325…100 acres, a certain mausauge (messuage) or tract of land lying in Dickson County on Yellow Creek…bounded to Stephen Tatom’s southeast corner, crossing a fork of Yellow Creek and Yellow Creek again.   Signed – Lewis Powers.  Witnesses – Hardy Valentine, Jesse Lumsden.  Registered 4 July 1821. (DB C/379, image 735/817)

 

1810 March 3 – Dickson Co., TN: Indenture between “William Tatum” of Dickson Co TN deeds to William Gates of same county…for $9…part of a 100-acre tract containing 17 acres, located in the name of Lewis Powers and conveyed to William Tatum, land in Dickson County on both sides of Yellow Creek.  Signed: William Tatom, his T.  Witnesses – John H. Stone and Stephen Tatom.  Deed acknowledged April 1810 Court and registered 12 November 1810.   (DB A/364, image 188/817)

 

1812 January term - Dickson County, Tennessee Court:  A deed of conveyance Stephen Tatum to John Wright and George Wright for 100 acres of land, proven in open court by the Oaths of Elija Renshaw and William Tatum.  Proven in April Court and ordered to be registered.

Dickson Co., Tennessee County Court Minute Books, January Term 1812, Image 99/744, familysearch.org. 

 

1813 July Term Dickson County Court: A deed of conveyance from Lewis Powers to William Tatom for 100 acres, was proven by the oaths of Hardy Valentine and Jesse Lumsden and ordered to be admitted to Registration July Term 1813.

Dickson County, Tennessee County Court Minute Books, July 1813 Term 1813, Image 180/744, familysearch.org  

 

1813 October 27 - Dickson County, Tennessee:  Mary Wright in her widow’s pension application stated she had married William Tatom on this date.   Dickson County marriage records for this era have been lost.

 

1820 US Census of Dickson County: (image 9/17.)

William Tatum Sr:  2 males + 2 females 0-9, 2 males + 1 female 10-16, 1 female 26-45, 1 male 45+. (Image 6/17).  Two places next to him is:

William Tatum Jr: 2 males + 1 female 0-9, 1 female 10-16, 1 male 26-44. (Image 6/17)

 

1824 November 7 – Dickson County, TN: William Tatom - Land Warrant #326 for 67 acres on both sides of Upper East Fork of Yellow River.

 

1830 US Census of Dickson County, TN: William Tatum, Sr. 1 male and 1 female 5-10, 1 male and 1 female 1-15, 1 female 40-50, 1 male 60-70.  (For all Tatom in Dickson, see his brother John Tatom (~1758)

 

1832 October 8 – Dickson County, Tennessee: (Summary) American Revolutionary Soldier pension application of William Tatom, swears he was born in Spotsylvania County, Virginia on 11 January 1760.  Date was from his father’s Bible.  He resided in Spotsylvania until about the commencement of the Revolutionary War, when he moved to Orange County, North Carolina, then to Dickson County, Tennessee about 1807.    He first enlisted in Orange County in 1778 or 1779 and served two tours of 3 months for at least a total of seven and a half months service, spent mostly in the Orange and Hillsborough and adjoining counties guarding the settlements from Tories who were at that time very bad and that his older (or elder) brother John was with him.   His last tour of duty was at Hillsboro where he and his brother John served five or six weeks or more making shoes for the soldiers.   He does not recall the names of his officers.

 

1835 Tax Lists for Dickson County, Tennessee:

William Tatom Sen, 141 acres old deeded land, 250 acres other land (Image 10/4)

William Tatom Junr, 130 acres, 307 acres.  (Image 10/4)

George W. Tatom, 200 old deeded land.  (Image 10/19)

Wilkins Tatom, 100 acres other land only. (Image 14/19)

Green Tatom, no acres, (Image 15/19).  Is next to:

James Tatom 215 acres old deeded land, 390 acres other land. (Image 15/19)

 

1840 US Census of Dickson County: William Tatom, 1 male 10-15, 3 males and 1 female 15-20, 1 female 20-30, 1 female 60-70, 1 male 80-90.  Found on same line – William Tatum, age 80, veteran.

 

1844 August 28 – Dickson County, Tennessee:  Will of William Tatom - To wife Mary all my land lying on the north side of Yellow Creek, the plantation where I now live….  To son Benjamin Marshal Tatom, the above after death of my wife.  To sons Thomas Richardson Tatom, all the land on the south side of Yellow Creek.  To Daughter Ann Shelby Tatem… To daughter Jennetta Tatom.  Wife Mary to be executrix.  28 August 1844.  Signed: William “x” Tatom.  Witnesses D. H. William, M.J. Byrn, Joel Rogers.  No probate date entered.

Tennessee, U.S., Wills and Probate Records 1779-2008, ancestry.com.

 

1850 US Census of Dickson County, Middle District:  Thos. R. Tatom 35 blacksmith, Tn, Margaret G. Tatom 21 Tn, Mary Tatom 80 NC, Jennett Tatom 29 Tn.

 

1853 July 5 - Humphreys County, Tennessee:  Mary Tatom’s 1853 widow pension application stated she married William Tatom on 27 October 1813 Dickson County, and she was living in Humphrey County, Tennessee.   On a different statement, Mary Tatom was 89 years old and a resident of Dickson County in 5 July 1853.   In 1855, she was age 90.    Her husband died 24 September 1847 in Dickson County, Tennessee.  No children were named in pension. *   The pension board doubted the marriage information and no such marriage could be found Dickson County Court house.  Several witnesses affirmed her marriage date in or about 27 October 1813, and a deposition stated the Dickson County Court House lost some marriage records from storm damage. **

 

1857 September 27 – Dickson County, Tennessee: Mary Tatom’s bounty land application on 27 September 1857, stated she was the widow of William Tatom, a private in the American Revolution.  He died at his residence in Dickson County.  Mary’s age was about 90.  Her name was “Mary Wright” before her marriage to William Tatom. **

* (F-W2270 R2343, BLV73589), Heritage Books Archives, Virginia/West Virginia Revolutionary War Records, Volumes 1-6, Patrick G. Wardell #1382 CD.

** US Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Applications, Files 1800-1900, on ancestry.com

 

Children of William Tatum, Senior (1760-1844) and Margaret Wright (1st marriage):

 

(B2a). William Tatom (born ~1790 NC and died 1847 Johnson County, Arkansas) - son of William Tatom (~1760 to 1847) and grandson of Stephen Tatom (~1721 to 1789).  Married about 1815/17 to Elizabeth Richardson (1796 to 12 August 1861 Hunt County, Texas and buried Nicholson Cemetery, Hunt Co., TX), daughter of Thomas and Winneford Richardson.  Children were born in Dickson County, Tennessee.

 

1815 February 1 – Dickson Co., Tn: Will of Thomas Richardson names children including “Elizabeth Tatom my daughter.”  (Will Book A, No. 16, page 25-26) 

 

1820 US Census of Dickson County: (image 9/17.)

William Tatum Sr:  2 males + 2 females 0-9, 2 males + 1 female 10-16, 1 female 26-45, 1 male 45+. (Image 6/17).  Two places next to him is:

William Tatum Jr: 2 males + 1 female 0-9, 1 female 10-16, 1 male 26-44. (Image 6/17)

 

1835 Tax Lists for Dickson County, Tennessee:

William Tatom Sen, 141 acres old deeded land, 250 acres other land (Image 10/4)

William Tatom Junr, 130 acres, 307 acres.  (Image 10/4)

 

1844 April 17 – Johnson County, Arkansas:  Elijah B. Alston and Hannah Alston his wife deeded to William Tatom of the town of Spadra, Johnson Co., Ark, a lot in the town of Spadia, Lot # 10, Block #8, east of main street, fronting 40 feet on Cherry Street and 115 feet deep.  (DB D/338, image 564/664)

 

1850 US. Census of Johnson County, Arkansas: Elizabeth Tatom 53 NC, Alford Tatom 23 Tn; Marian Tatom 17 Tn, Felix Tatom 16 Tn.  Next to George Tatom 25 Tn; wife Sarah 22 Ark; Georgia Ann Tatom 2 Ark, and Nancy Tatom 2/12 Ark.

 

1860 Beat 1, P.O. Sidwell Creek, Hunt County, Texas: Elisabeth Tatum 60 NC, Marion R. Tatum 27 TN, Felix J. Tatum 24 TN, Viney E. Tatum 10 Ark.

 

Children of William Tatom (~1790 to 184?) and Elizabeth Richardson:

Son of William Tatom (~1760 to 1847) and grandson of Stephen Tatom “I” (~1721 to 1789). 44

* Key details from William Tatom and Elizabeth Richardson, posted 15 March 2009 by C. Compton of Texas, in ancestry.com

 

(B2-a1) Felix G. Tatom (12 Dec. 1834 to 22 November 1912 Hunt Co. TX and buried Celeste Cemetery, Celeste, Hunt Co., TX per findagrave.com) - son of William Tatom (~1790 to 1844), married Nannie E. Braley on 19 Dec. 1884

(B2-a2) Marian Rose Tatom (2 March 1833 to 26 April 1877 Hunt Co. Tx and buried same cemetery) - son of William Tatom (~1790 to 1844), married 1st on 20 May 1861 Johnson County, Arkansas to Sarah Elizabeth Fritz; 2nd to Sarah Jane Pinnell

 

(B2-a3) William Richardson Tatom - son of William Tatom (~1790 to 1844 Johnson Co., Arkansas).  Estate administration by James S. Tatum 25 September 1845 Johnson Co.)

 

1840 US Census of Spadra, Johnson Co., Ark: Richardson Tatum 1 female 15-19, 1 male 20-29.   Much of this ancestry.com census is unreadable.

 

(B2-a4) Alford C. Tatom (16 August 1827 to >October 1888 Josephine, Oregon) – single, son of William Tatom (~1790 to 1844)

(B2-a5) James S. Tatom (>June 1820 to >April 1853 Johnson County) - son of William Tatom (~1790 to 1844) married Elizabeth L. __.

(B2-a6) Thomas Tatom (~1822 to 02 November 1846 San Antonio Texas) died in service with Mtd. Reg’t Arkansas infantry

(B2-a7) George W. Tatom (27 June 1824 to 19 October 1880 Hunt County, Texas and buried Nicholson Cemetery, Celeste, Hunt Co., TX) married Sarah Logan (29 January 1828 Arkansas to 25 September 1895 Hunt County).   In Johnson County, Arkansas 1850 and Hunt County Texas in 1860.

(B2-a8). Frances Ann Narcissa Tatom (27 March 1826 to 14 March 1877) – daughter of William Tatom (~1790 to 1844).  

(B2-a9) Winniford Rebecca Tatom (9 March 1831 to 15 June 1899 Miller County, Arkansas or Cass County, Texas) - daughter William Tatom (~1790 to 1844), married 1st on 14 Feb. 1850 Johnson Co. Ark. to Edward D. Curtis; 2nd Wiley P. Murphy; and 3rd on 22 December 1874 Cass County, Texas to Joseph Barber.

 

(B2b). Richard Tatom *(1805 to <1870) – son of William Tatum, Senior (1760-1844) and 1st wife Margaret Wright.   Richard Tatom married about 1826 to Lavina Hartley (~1811 to >1870).   Migrated to Illinois, to Bond County, Illinois, Cedar Co., Missouri, and in 1850 to Oregon – Buena Valley, Kings Valley, and then Rickreall.*

*From Lloyd Anderson’s famlysearch.org/tree. 

 

1830 US Census of Bond County, Illinois: Richrd Tatom, 1 male 0-4, 1 female 15-19, 1 male 20-29.

1850 US Census of District 17, Cedar Co., Missouri: Richard Tatum 45 farmer NC; Luvina Tatum 39 Tn; James Tatum 23 Tn; Wm. Tatum 19 Illinois; Elizabeth Tatum 17 Il; Luvina Tatum 14 Il; Isaac Tatum 11 Mo; Caroline Tatum 9 Mo; George Tatum 6 Mo; Solomon Tatum 2 Mo.

1860 US Census of Kings Valley, Benton Co., Oregon: Richard Tatom, farmer, 55 NC, Lavina Tatom 50 Tn; George Tatom 16 Mo; Solomon Tatom 12 Mo; Irena Wood 1 Oregon.

1870 US Census of Dallas, Polk County, Oregon: Lavina Tatom age 59 Tn, Irene Wood 11 Oregon in the family of Wm. E. Clark age 36 and wife Lavina (Tatom) Clark, age 35.

 

Children of Richard Tatom (1805 - <1870) and Lavina Hartley - A Census Reconstruction

 

(B2-b1). James M. Tatom (~1827); (B2-b2). William Tatom (~1831); (B2-b3). Elizabeth Tatom; (~1833); (B2-b4). Lavina Tatom (~1836); (B2-b5). Caroline Tatom (~1841); (B2-b6). George Tatom (~1844); (B2-b7). Solomon Tatom (~1848)    

 

Continued - Children of William Tatom, Sr. (1760 – 1844) + Mary Wright

 

(B2c). Benjamin Marshal Tatom (1815/16 to 12 July 1851) – son of William Tatum, Senior (1760-1844) and 2nd wife Mary Wright, married 27 April 1844 Dickson County to Sarah Dotson (county record).  

 

1850 US Census of Middle District, Dickson County: Benj. Tatom 34 farmer, Tn; Sarah A. Tatom 25 Tn; William Tatom 5 Tn; Tabitha T. Tatom 1 Tn.  Lives next to James A. Tatom.

 

Some Children of Benjamin M. Tatom and wife Sarah Dotson - – A Census Reconstruction

 

(B2-c1). William Tatom (~1845); (B2-c2). Tabitha T. Tatom (~1849)

 

(B2d). Thomas Richardson Tatom (1814/15) – son of William Tatum, Senior (1760-1844).  Thomas R. Tatom married 9 August 1849 Dickson County to Martha Hudson (country record).  But she appears missing in the 1850 census below or that Margaret G. is Martha.   No children identified.    

 

1850 US Census of Dickson County, Middle District:  Thos. R. Tatom 35 blacksmith, Tn, Margaret G. Tatom 21 Tn; Mary Tatom 80 NC; Jennett Tatom 29 Tn. 

 

(B2e). Ann Shilby Tatom (~1820) – daughter William Tatum, Senior (1760-1844) married James A. Tatom (Jr.).  See his information at B8b6.

 

(B2f). Jennetta Tatom (~1821 - 1898) – daughter of William Tatum, Senior (1760-1844).  Married 12 July 1872 Hopkins County, Texas to George L. Smith.  See 1850 Census

above for Jennett Tatom under Thomas R. Tatom. 

 

(B-3). Stephen Tatom “II” (ca1760’s? to 1814/1820), son of Stephen Tatom “I” and Morning Tatom.  Birthdate is very difficult to estimate and death is probably before 1820 U.S. Census of Dickson County unless he moved elsewhere.   So far, no record has been found for him serving in the American Revolution, creating speculation that he was too young to draft.  However, many did serve in local militias during the Revolution in whose records did not survive.   Stephen Tatom married 27 December 1799 Granville County, NC to Salley Owen (county record).  Stephen Tatom moved to Dickson County, Tennessee with brothers John Tatom and William Tatom.  Names of their children, if any, are not known.

* Lloyd Anderson, courtesy email 28 July 2021.

 

1802 Franklin County, Georgia tax: # 799 – “Stephen Tatum, P.T.” with no other information.  Others did have “P.T.” after their name with no other information.   P.T. may be personal tax as opposed to land tax.   Also named in Franklin County is John Tatum in 1800, 1802; There is a William Tatom in 1806 and 1811.

All Georgia, U.S., Compiled Census & Census Substitutes Index 1790-1890, ancestry.com

Georgia, US., Property tax Digests 1793-1892, ancestry.com, image 30/44

 

1806 September 17 - Dickson County Court: Stephen Tatom is on a jury for the case Moses Ferguson versus George Ross.

Dickson Co., Tennessee County Court Minute Books, 17 September 1806 Court, Image 76/744, familysearch.org. 

 

~1810 Hickman County, Tennessee: Steven Tatum is a witness, p.B9.

Reconstructed 1810 Census of Tennessee, Charles A. Sherrill, 2001; his source Hickman County Deed Book A (1808-1811) and B (1811-1813, typescript 1937 Works Progress Administration Collection at TSLA, Nashville.  Details unavailable.

 

1811 August 15 – Dickson Co., TN: Robert Whitwell bought land in Dickson County, Tennessee from Stephen Tatom for $200.  The land was on both sides of Yellow Creek.

The River Counties – Volumes 12-13, page 44 per Google Books. 

 

1812 January term - Dickson County, Tennessee Court:  A deed of conveyance Stephen Tatum to John Wright and George Wright for 100 acres of land, proven in open court by the Oaths of Elija Renshaw and William Tatum.  Proven in April Court and ordered to be registered.

Dickson Co., Tennessee County Court Minute Books, January Term 1812, Image 99/744, familysearch.org. 

 

1813 – October Term Dickson County Court:  Ordered by the Court that Allen Bowen be appointed overseer of the road from Nine Mile tree(?) on Tennessee ridge of Hickman line in the Room of Henry West, resigned, and have the same hands with the addition of Henry West, Stephen Tatum, Henry Hall, John Watkins, Samuel West, John Anderson, Thomas Whitwell, John Murry, Mark Holland, John Holland, and William Picket(?). 

Dickson Co., Tennessee County Court Minute Books, October Term 1813, Image 201/744, familysearch.org. 

 

1814 July 4 & August 3 – Dickson County, Tennessee:  Stephen Tatom sold three tracts of land: one with 40 acres to Drewry Christian - Sheriff of Dickson County from a Sheriff’s back tax sale of descendants of Shelby(?) Tribble, deceased and 2 tracts of 40 acres + 1 acre to Lewis Evans, all on the waters of Garner Creek (but no more specific), with the last two abounding a spring.   Description of land noted that the first tract bounded a survey of 50 acres of Stephen Tatom.    (DB B/321 - images 427, 428/817, DB B/473/474, images 504, 505/817.   

 

              Gardner Creek runs north to south in SW corner of Dickson County and is the next long stream west of Yellow Creek.  Gardner Creek flows south into Yellow Creek in adjacent Hickman County.  Hickman County was established 1807 from Dickson County. 

 

              The following Stephen Tatum/Tatom appears too young to be our subject, but beware that he exists.  

 

1820 Pike County, Mississippi: Steph. Tatum – 1 male 0-9, 1 female 10-16, 1 male and 1 female 16-25, 1 male and 1 female 26-45. 

 

1830 US Census of Range 3 & 4, Madison County, Alabama: Stephen Tatom 1 male 0-4, 1 male and 1 female 5-9, 1 male and 1 female 10-15, 1 female 15-20, 1 male and 1 female 40-50.      

 

(B-4). Sarah Tatom - daughter of Stephen Tatom “I” (~1721 to 1789) and Morning Tatom:  Based on a 1794 deed, Sarah married Richard Holstonback (unstable spelling includes Holdsonback).  Sarah and Ann Tatom were the two youngest daughters.   

 

1794 October 3 – Orange Co., NC:  Anthony Cozar of Orange Co., NC deeded to William Tatom of Granville Co., NC for 50 pounds Virginia money, 100 acres of land at a muddy branch in Dials Creek. On 9 January 1806, William Tatom of Orange County sold this same land to James Patterson.  Signed – William Tatom his T.   Witnesses – Thomas B. Patterson, “Richd Holdsonback,” Robt. Jones.

 

1794 November 18 – Orange Co., NC: Richard Holstonback and Anna Tatom of Orange Co., NC deeded to Zachariah Maze of Orange County, for 58 pounds, 16 shillings, 98 pence, 100 acres lying on Camp Creek, waters of the Nap of Reeds, part of 300 acres of land formerly belonging to Stephen Tatom (Sr.) deceased and left in his last will to his two youngest daughters Sarah Tatom and Ann Tatom.    Signed – Anne Tatom her mark, “Rich’d Holstonback.”  Witnesses – Thomas Flint, Jonathan Maze, Fowler Jones. (DV 5/243, image 145/644).   

 

(B-5). Anna Tatom - daughter of Stephen “I” (~1721 to 1789) and Morning Tatom.

 

(B-6). Elizabeth Tatom - daughter of Stephen “I” (~1721 to 1789) and Morning Tatom.  Married 17 November 1779 Granville County, NC to Fowler Jones.

 

1781 December 29 – Granville Co., NC: William Tatom married Margret Wright, Fowler Jones – bondsman; Bennet Searcy witness. (County Record)

 

1786 State Census of North Carolina – Granville Co., Nap of Reeds District: Fowler Jones – 1 male 21-60, 2 males <21 or over 60, 2 females any age.

 

1794 November 18 – Orange Co., NC: Richard Holstonback and Anna Tatom of Orange Co., NC deeded on 18 November 1794 to Zachariah Maze of Orange County, for 58 pounds, 16 shillings, 98 pence, 100 acres lying on Camp Creek, waters of the Nap of Reeds, part of 300 acres of land formerly belonging to Stephen Tatom (Sr.) deceased and left in his last will to his two youngest daughters Sarah Tatom and Ann Tatom.    Signed – Anne Tatom her mark, “Rich’d Holstonback.”  Witnesses – Thomas Flint, Jonathan Maze, Fowler Jones. (DV 5/243, image 145/644).

 

1797 January 25 – Orange County, NC:  Stephen Tatom of Orange Co., NC sold on 25 January 1797 to Fowler Jones of same county, for 3 shillings, one acre of Orange County land on the waters of Camp Creek and north side of lick branch, adjacent Ma?? Anderson’s branch.  Signed – Stephen Tatom his X.  Witnesses: William Tatom & Elijah Parrish.  Entered August Term 1797. (DB 6/99, image 455/644)

 

1800 November 29 – Orange County, NC.  John Tatom of Franklin County, GA deeded to Fowler Jones 100 acres in Orange County on Camp Creek…John William’s line…to Stephen Tatom’s original line, to a creek.  Signed – John Tatom, his T.  Witnesses Thornton Mallard, William Tatom, his T.  Entered May 1803.  DB 10/355, Image 364/391

 

1800 US Census of Orange Co. NC:  Fowler Jones – 1 male 10-15, 1 male + 1 female 45+

1810 US Census of Granville Co., NC – Napp Reeds District: Fowler Jones 1 male + 1 female 45+

 

(B-7). Francis Tatom (F – ca1775) - daughter of Stephen “I” (~1721 to 1789) and Morning Tatom.   Frances Tatum married 10 August 1792 Granville County to Joseph Ellis (possibly his 2nd marriage).

 

1800 US Census of Orange County, NC: Joseph Ellis – 1 male + 1 female 0-9, 1 male + 1 female 16-25, 1 male 25+

1820 US Census of Granville Co., NC: Joseph Ellis: 2 males + 1 female 0-9, 1 female 26-44, 1 male 45+, blacks

 

(B-8). Kezia Tatom (Rizia Tatom in father’s will) - daughter of Stephen “I” (~1721 to 1789) and Morning Tatom.

 

1800 US Census of Orange Co., NC, alphabetical listing - A’s, B’s. (Image 108/132)

Keziah Tatum – 1 male + 1 female 0-9, 1 female 10-16, 2 females 26-45. 

William Tatum – 2 males + 1 female 0-9, 1 male + 1 female 10-16, 1 male 16-25, 1 male + 1 female 26-45

 

(B-9). Mary Tatom - daughter of Stephen “I” (~1721 to 1789) and Morning Tatom

 

(B/10). Jemima Tatom - daughter of Stephen “I” (~1721 to 1789) and Morning Tatom

 

Continued – Children of  __ Tatom (born ca1680/90)

 

(Part-C). Nanny Tatom, daughter of ??? Tatom (born ca1680/90 and died __).   Married a Graves.  Children: (C-I). John Graves; (C-2). Stephen Graves

 

(Part-D). Jemima Tatom, daughter of ??? Tatom (born ca1680/90 and died __).   Married a Carrington

 

(Part-E). Sarah Tatom, daughter of ??? Tatom (born ca1680/90 and died __).   Married a Chandler

 

(Part-F). Susanna Tatom, daughter of ??? Tatom (born ca1680/90 and died __).  (died ~1794).  Married a Fullilove.  See her will above.

 

(Part-G). Benjamin Tatom (~1730 to 1812/13 Lunenburg County, Virginia), son of ??? Tatom (born ca1680/90 and died __.).   Benjamin Tatom married Mary Gravit or Gravitt.  Used the Tatum spelling. 

 

1752 to 1776 - Lunenburg County, Virginia tithes: Benjamin Tatum/Tatom.  In 1752, he appears under the name of Peter Fontaine.  He is near a Charles Gravitt.  Under his name beginning in 1769 taxes appear at least once are: Reubin Tatum, Joseph Tatum, William Tatum

1757 December 15 – Lunenburg County Land Grant: Benjamin Tatum with 400 acres on the branches of the middle and north forks of Maherrin adjoining Williams and Brown’s lines.

Virginia Land Office Grants, online at Library of Virginia.

1768 March 10 – Cumberland Parish Vestry, Lunenburg County:  Returns of Processioners included Benjamin Tatom in presence of Anthony Fullilove and Zodock Ward.

Cumberland Parish Vestry, Lunenburg County, Virginia 1746-1816, by Landon C. Bell, 1930.

1772 March 24 – Cumberland Parish Vestry, Lunenburg County: Returns of Processioners - Benjamin Tatom and nearby are Anthony Fullilove and William Fullilove.

Cumberland Parish Vestry, Lunenburg County, Virginia 1746-1816, by Landon C. Bell, 1930.

1782 Virginia Census – Lunenburg County: Benjamin Tatum 2-3, Joseph Tatum 1-0, Reuben Tatum 1-1, William Tatum 0-0.  1st number is white polls, 2nd is slaves.

1787 to 1788 (possibly)– Dinwiddie County, Virginia: Benjamin Tatum is taxed on 186 acres.

Land Records – Dinwiddie County, Virginia 1752 – 1820, by Thomas P. Hughes, Jr. and Jewel B. Standefer, undated.

1810 US Census of Charlotte County: Benjamin Tatum 1 male 10-16, 1 male 16-26, 1 male and 1 female 45+, 9 slaves.

 

~1813-1815 Charlotte County Chancery Case 1815-027 – Mary Tatum, Widow of Benjamin Tatum, etc., versus Meriwether Hurt, administrator of Benjamin Tatum.   (From Library of Virginia on-line Chancery Cases)

 

Apparently one or more living descendants were left out of his estate division; i.e., Crafton Tatum, son of Reubin.  The original documents have run-together sentences, lack of commas, etc. making the document confusing and subject to different interpretations.  A few changes have been made here, hopefully, to improve content.  The relationships are repeated for clarification several times from different Chancery documents.      

 

(Page Two). To the wonderful County Court of Charlotte in Chancery, sitting, humbly complaining shew to the Court of your orator and oratrix Mary Tatum, Gravit Tatum, John Tatum, Benjamin G. Tatum, Jas. Robertson and Charity his wife formerly Charity Tatum, John Haley and Susanna his wife formerly Susanna Tatum, Thomas Stokes and Wealthy his wife formerly Wealthy Tatum.  That Benjamin Tatum the elder lately died interstate, late seized and possessed of a tract of land in this county wherein was his mansion house, lot in this county __ of his devise and seized and possessed also of other lands lying in the county of Lunenburg and possessed of slaves, stocks and other personal property both in the county, in the said county of Lunenburg that the administrator of the goods and chattels of the said intestate heirs by this worshipful court been under inform(ed?) of __, committed to Merriweather Hurt that your admin(istrator).  Mary Tatum is the widow and __ of the said intestate and his heirs and administrator are your orators, Gravit Tatum, John Tatum, Benjamin G. Tatum, who are sons of said intestate, and your oratress Charity Robertson, Susanna Haley, Wealthy Stokes, Lucy Tatum, Oriana Fullylove – wife of William Fullylove, and Mary Lafoe – wife of Daniel Lafoe who are daughters of the said inters. (page ends here)

(Page 3). “Tab/” Crafton Tatum, Nancy Tatum, Lucy Tatum, Berryman Tatum, Sally Tatum and Polly Tatum who are grandchildren of the said intestate being children of Reubin Tatum, dec’d who was a son of the said intestate, Tab/ Betsy Lister or Lester – wife of Josiah Lester great grandson of said intestate being the son of Elizabeth Lester (or Lister) who was the daughter of the said Reuben who was the son of __ intestate. 

Charity Tatum, Benj Tatum, Abner Tatem, Washington Tatum, David Tatum, John Tatum, William Tatum, and Sarah Tatum – children of Joseph Tatum, dec’d who was a son of the intestate.

Absalom Tatum, Matthew Tatum, Susanna L. Tatum, Charity Tatum, Polly Tatum, Eliza Tatum, and Nancy Tatum who are children of William Tatum dec’d who was a son of the said intestate.

Gravit Lewis, Benjamin Lewis, Patsy Lewis, Polly Lewis, Rhoda Lewis, and Sarah M. Lewis who are children of Sarah Lewis dec’d who was a daughter of said intestate. 

That your orator and oratress understand that the said intestate in his life has made considerable advancements to his aforesaid daughter Orsana Fullylove and Mary Lafoe as to their aforesaid has lands after their marriage and that the four last mentioned parties are absent for this state. 

That the said has(?) personal estate is in such a posture as to...(and so on)…want a different division of the said estate…to answer all living the allegations have of what the said Josiah Lister, David Tatum, Allen Tatum, Benj. Tatum, Matthew Tatum, Polly Tatum, Eliza Tatum, Nancy Tatum, Benj Lewis, Gravit Lewis, Polly Lewis, Rhoda Lewis, __ Lewis who are infants answer by their guardian and __ friend, Meriwether Hunt…(and so on)…. (undated, possibly 1814).

(Page 7). Answer of appointed by the court to answer on behalf of Josiah Lister (or Lester with an “i” which has no dot) infant son of Betsy Lister.  And David Tatem, infant son of Joseph Tatem dec’d.  Allen Tatum, Benjamin Tatum, Matthew Tatum, Polly Tatum, Eliza Tatum and Nancy Tatum’s infant children of William Tatum, dec’d.   And Benjamin Lewis, Grant Lewis, Polly Lewis, Rhoda Lewis, and Sarah M. Lewis infant children of Sarah Lewis, dec’d to the Bill of Complaint exhibited against him in the County Court of Charlotte by Mary Tatum – widow of Benj. Tatum, dec’d, Gravit Tatum, Benja. G. Tatum….(and so on).

(Page 9). Charlotte Court, dated 2nd (?) March 1813:  Case of Mary Tatum, widow of Benjamin Tatum, dec’d and other named Tatums versus Meriwether Hunt, Administrator of Benjamin Tatum, dec’d.  Relationships continue:

Lucy Tatum, William Fullylove – Orina Fullylove his wife, Daniel Lafoe – Mary Lafoe his wife, daughters of the said Intestate Benjamin Tatum.

Crafton Tatum, Nancy Tatum, Lucy Tatum, Benjamin Tatum, Sally Tatum, and Polly Tatum – children of Reuben Tatum who was the son of the said intestate and grandchildren of the said Benjamin Tatum. 

Joniah Lester great grandson of the said intestate being the son of Elizabeth Lester who was the daughter of the said Reubin who was the son of the intestate.

Charles Tatum, Benjamin Tatum, Abner Tatum, Washington Tatum, David Tatum, John Tatum, William Tatum, and Sarah Tatum children of Joseph Tatum dec’d who was a son of the said intestate.

Absolum Tatum, William Tatum, Allen Tatum, Benjamin Tatum, Matthew Tatum, Susannah Tatum, Charity Tatum, Polly Tatum, Elizabeth Tatum and Nancy Tatum who are the children of William Tatum, dec’d who was a son of the said intestate.

Gravet Lewis, Benjamin Lewis, Patsey Lewis, Polly Lewis and Sarah M. Lewis who are the children of Sarah Lewis, dec’d who was a daughter of the said Intestate….

(Page 10). Said William Fullylove and Oriana his wife, Daniel Lafoe and Mary his wife not have entered their appearance according to the Act of Assembly and the rules of this Court.  And is appearing to the satisfaction of the Court that they are NOT inhabitants of this State, on motion of the plaintiffs by their attorney, it is ordered that they appear here on the 1st day of June Court…. (dated) 5 April 1813.  

 

A survey and division of estate lands were done by John Knight dated 13 August 1813: (1) 671 acres lying in Charlotte County on both sides of Kings Road, and subdivided into lots 11 through 13, (2) 539 ¾ acres (in Lunenburg County), known as “Beasley’s Old Tract” on Spring Field Creek where it empties into the (North) Meherrin River on the north side, lying with More’s Road and assigned to dower Mary Tatum, (3). 570 acres in Lunenburg County on each side of Double Bridge Road and one point on Hurricane Creek and just below Nance’s Tavern and subdivided in lots 1 through 6, (4). 426 ¾ acres (in Lunenburg County) known by the name of Gregory’s Old Tract, lying on the waters of N. Meherrin, and divided into lots 7 through 10.   Double Bridges, Hurricane Creek, Spring Creek can be found in Delorme “Virginia Atlas and Gazetteer.”

 

Division to descendants was: (1) Lucy Tatum lot #1 + (slave) boy Ben, (2) Reubin Tatum’s children, lot #2 + (slave) boys Nelson, Young, Jeremy, (3) John Haley, #3 + (slave) fellow Caesar, woman Denalis, (4) James Robertson #4 + (slave) girl Delila, boy George, (5). Thomas Stokes #5 + (slave) woman Nanny & child Eliz., girl Diley, (6) Gravit Tatum #6 + boy Webb, girl Harriott, (7) William Fullilove #7 + girl Betty, Lucy, (8) Joseph Tatum’s children #8 + girl Mary, boy Jordan, (9) William Tatum’s children #9 + woman Hannah & child Naley, girl Cloe, (10) Daniel Lefoe #10 + woman Fanny and John, (11). Elam Lewis’ children, #11 + girls Writter, Indy, (12). John Tatum #12 + girl Lucky, boy Frank, girl Winny, (13) Benjamin G. Tatum #13 + Cindy & child Cesar.    Mary Tatum, wife and widow of Benjamin Tatum, dec’d received 539 ¾ acres on both sides of Mores (Moores) Road near the Double Bridges; also negroes Lucy, Washington, Borrell and Unicy.  Dated 2 July 1814.   

 

Children of Benjamin Tatom/Tatum (~1730 to 1812/13) and Mary Gravit include:

Noted 1 - 13 as sons and daughters in the 1813/15 Charlotte County Chancery Case.

 

(G-1). Reubin Tatom/Tatum (~1751/53 to before 1813), son of Benjamin Tatom (~1730 to 1812/13).  Appears on Lunenburg tax 1769, 1772, 1773, 1774 and under Benjamin Tatom’s name in 1769.   If Reubin was 16-18 in 1769, then his birth date could be estimated ~1751 to 1753.   Age 16 is the earliest age a white male could appear on the tax records.  Reubin Tatom married Ann Crafton about or before 1777.

 

1777 September 4 – Lunenburg County, Virginia: Will of James Crafton. Mentions wife Kenenhappitch Crafton.  Sons are William Crafton, Richard Crafton, John Crafton, Anthony Crafton, Thomas Crafton, James Crafton, Joseph Crafton.  Daughters are Ann Tatum, Elizabeth Robertson.  Executors are Kenenhappitch Crafton (wife) and John Crafton (son).  Witnesses: Anthony Fullilove and John (x) Arven.  (Entered 13 May 1779.  (WB3/18).

Lunenberg County, Virginia Wills 1746-1825, by Landon C. Bell 1972, #117

 

              The name “Kenenhappitch” is reported to be a biblical name and not an Indian name.

 

1782 State Census of Virginia – Lunenberg County: Reubin Tatum 1 white tax, 1 black.

1810 US Census of Charlotte County, Virginia: Reuben Tatum 2 males and 2 females 0-10, 1 male and 1 female 10-15, 1 male and female 20-44, 1 female 45+, 1 slave.

 

Children of Reubin Tatum and Ann Crafton:

* Children’s names listed living in 1813/15 Charlotte County Chancery Case 1815-027

 

(G1a). Nancy Tatum,* daughter of Reubin Tatum (~1751/53 to before 1813)

(G1b). Lucy Tatum,* “daughter of Reubin Tatum” has a marriage bond 26 December 1804 Charlotte County, Virginia to William Jones, Surety - Cadwallender Jones.  Married 27 December by Rev. Richard Dobbs, Jr. p. 354.

Marriage Bonds and Minister’s Returns of Charlotte County, Virginia 1764-1815, by Catherine Lindsay Knorr, 1951.

(G1c). Berryman Tatum,* son of Reubin Tatum (~1751/53 to <1813).  Berry Tatum has a 25 October 1815 Charlotte County marriage bond to Margaret Jones, daughter of Cadwallader Jones, Sr., and surety by David Jones (county record).

(G1d). Sally Tatum,* daughter of Reubin Tatum (~1751/53 to <1813),  Sallie Tatum, daughter of Reuben Tatum has a 15 January 1815 Charlotte County marriage bond to Cadwallader Jones, Jr., with surety by Cadwallader Jones, Sr. (county record).

(G1e). Polly Tatum,* daughter of Reubin Tatum (~1751/53 to <1813).

(G1f). Elizabeth Tatum married __ Lester “who was the daughter of … Reubin (Tatum)” who was son of Intestate (Benjamin Tatum), according to 1813-1815 Charlotte County Chancery Case.  Had a son Joniah Lester living during the Chancery.

 

(G1g). Crafton Tatum* (~1775 to October 1850 in Lawrence County, Indiana), son of Reubin Tatum (~1751/53 to <1813), married 1 January 1794 Lunenburg County, Virginia to Susannah Fullilove (county record).

 

Details for Crafton Tatum (~1775 to 1850)

 Son of Reubin Tatum (~1751/53 to <1813)

 

1797 and 1799 Madison County, Kentucky Tax Lists: Crafton Tatom.  In 1799 tax, next to Samuel Tatom, who reportedly died in Madison County in 1805.   Who is Samuel Tatom?

1797 November - Madison County, Kentucky Court Order books show a “Crafting Tatom” and “William Fullilove” approved a deed of gift from Henry Burnnam, Sr to John Burnnan.  1812: Crafton Tatum served in the War of 1812.  He was a Private in 17 Reg’t (Francesco’s) Kentucky Militia.

1810 US Census of Madison County, Kentucky: Crafton Tatum, 2 males and 3 females 0-10, 1 female 10-16, 1 male and 1 female 26-45. 1 slave.

1813-1815 Charlotte County, Virginia Chancery Case: Not living in State of Virginia at this time.

1830 US Census of Madison County – western division, Kentucky: Crafton Tatum 1 female 5-9, 1 male and 1 female 10-14, 1 male 20-29, 1 male and 1 female 50-59, 1 slave

1850 October 20 – Lawrence County, Indiana:  Will of Craften Tatum of Lawrence County, Indiana:

…To my daughter Elizabeth Matdox the land on which I live, being 40 acres

…to Mary Matdox (relationship not written) one cow and calf

…to my daughter Oraney Turner one dollar

…to my daughter Rebecca Fullerlove, one dollar

…to my son William Tatum, one dollar

…to my daughter Susannah Hamilton one dollar.

…to heirs of Lucy Dixon, Matilda Flinn, America Flinn, Gravet Tatum….

Friend and Neighbor Nathaniel William to be Executor, probated 21 November 1850.

 

Children of Crafton Tatum + Susanna Fullilove (a), (b), (c), etc.

Grandchildren of Reubin Tatum (~1751/53 to <1813)

* From his will and 1814 Charlotte County Court Case

 

(G1-g1). Elizabeth Tatum* who married __ Matdox

(G1-g2). Orania or Orana Tatum* (died 3 October 1872 Lawrence County, Indiana) married 1 December 1825 Madison County, Kentucky to Ruben Turner (~1804 to 11 March 1874 Lawrence County, Indiana (marriage date is county record)

Tracing Turn, Quarterly Newsletter, Vol/Pg not noted, but on Google Books

(G1-g3). Rebecca Tatum* who married __ Fullilove

(G1-g4). William Tatum*

(G1-g5). Susannah Tatum* who married __ Hamilton

(G1-g6). (possibly) Lucy Tatum married 1 August 1818 Madison County, Kentucky to Thomas Dixon (county record).  She is mentioned in Crafton’s will but the relationship is not defined. 

  

(G-2). Joseph Tatum/Tatom (~1754/56 to before 1813/1815 Chancery Case), son of Benjamin Tatom (~1730 to 1812/13).    Appears on Lunenburg tax 1772, 1773, 1774, 1776, 1783 and under Benjamin Tatom/Tatum’s name in 1772, 1774.   If age 16 to 18 in 1772, his birth date might be estimated to be 1754 to 1756. 

 

Children of Joseph Tatum per 1814 Charlotte County Chancery Case (*): (i) – (viii)

 

(G2a). Charity Tatum* or once stated in 1813-1815 Chancery case as Charles Tatum.

(G2b). Benjamin Tatum*

(G2c). Abner Tatum* (born 1781/1787 per conflicting census records to >1860+) married 2 December 1813 Halifax County, Virginia to “Caty Rogers.”   They are hard to trace, but have their final years in Limestone County, Alabama.   

 

1850 US Census of Division 3, Limestone County, Alabama: Abner Tatum 69 Va, Catherine Tatum 68 NJ.

 

1860 US Census of Division 1, Limestone County, P.O. Shoalford. Alabama: John Wales 49 famer, Ind, Elizabeth Wales 45 Va., John W. Tatom 15 Al, \next page\ Jamie A. Tatom 12 Ala, Abner Tatom 73 Va., Catherine Tatom 73 Ky.  (Images 12 & 13 ancestry.com) Whole census very hard to read; “T” in Tatom is questionable.

 

(G2d). Washington Tatum* married 28 December 1816 Charlotte County to Sarah Tatum (county record).

(G2e). David Tatum* was named a minor in the 1813/15 Chancery case.

(G2f). John Tatum *

(G2g). William Tatum*

(G2h). Sarah Tatum*

 

(G-3). William Tatum/Tatom (~1758/60 to 1811), son of Benjamin Tatom (~1730 to 1812/13).    Appears on Lunenburg tax 1776 and 1783 under Benjamin Tatum’s name.  If age 16 to 18 in 1776, his birth date could be estimated to be ~1758/60.  William Tatum married 11 March 1784 Lunenburg County by Thomas Crymes to Mary Renshaw (county record).  William Tatum has so many children that the Tatum-Renshaw marriage could be his second marriage.

 

Details for William Tatum (~1758/60 to 1811)

 

1810 US Census of Lunenburg County, Virginia: William Tatum with 1 male and 2 females 0-10, 2 males and 1 female 10-16, 1 male 16-26, 1 female 26-45, 1 male 45+, 4 slaves

1811 March 30 – Lunenburg County, Virginia: Will of William Tatum mentions wife Mary Tatum, sons being Abraham Tatum, William Tatum, Allen Tatum, Benjamin Tatum, Matthew Tatum.  Daughters mentioned are Nannie Tatum, Suckey Wood, Charity Tatum, Elizabeth Tatum, Nancy Tatum, Polly Tatum.  Executors: Mary Tatum (wife), Abraham Tatum (son).  Witnesses: Clement R. Jameson, James Robertson, Martin Pearce. Entered 10 October 1811.  (WB7/26)

 Lunenburg County, Virginia Wills 1746-1825, by Landon C. Bell, 1972. #476

1817 June 12 – Lunenburg County, Virginia:  Will of Mary Tatum mentions Grandson Coleman B. Munday.  Executor was John Tatum.  Witnesses were Merewether Hurt, John Crafton, Joshua Staples.  Entered 3 January 1818.  (WB7/346)

Lunenburg County, Virginia Wills 1746-1825, by Landon C. Bell, 1972.

 

Children of William Tatum (~1758/60 to 1811) + Mary Renshaw

* Children named and living per 1814 Charlotte County Chancery Case

 

(G3a). Absalom Tatum (Abraham Tatum).*  “Absolam Tatum married 12 July 1813 Lunenburg County to Sally Green, surety being Richard Bragg (county and minister records).

(G3b). William Tatum*

(G3c). Allen Tatum*

(G3d) Benjamin Tatum*; on 1810 US Census of Lunenburg County, Va.

(G3e) Matthew Tatum*

(G3f). Susanna L. Tatum* or possibly “Suckey” or Sukey Tatum, married a Wood, per her father’s 1811 will.   Susanna Tatum married 29 December 1802 Lunenburg County to Christopher Wood, by James Shelburne (WB 6/28)

(G3g). Charity Tatum*

(G3h). Elizabeth Tatum*

(G3i). Nancy (Nannie) Tatum* 

(G3j). Polly Tatum.*

 

(G-4). Benjamin G. Tatum* (~1775 to 1831*) was the “son of Benjamin Tatum” (~1730 to 1812/13) and was named in the 1813/15 Charlotte County Chancery Case of his father.   Benjamin G. Tatum has an 1832 Charlotte County Chancery Court estate administration which names “Polly” his widow, and their two living children, and estate administrators – “Bosell Tatum” and “Walker D. Keeling.”  The 1832 administration stated Benjamin G. Tatum, deceased had 215 acres in Charlotte County lying on Reeses Fork of Twitty Creek and Martin’s Road.  When the estate administrators failed to name Polly as a dower, this caused the Chancery case.   The court then assigned Polly 77 ½ acres and the mansion house to her. 

 

1810 US Census of Lunenburg County, Virginia: Benjamin G. Tatum 1 male + 1 female 0-10, 1 male + 1 female 26-45, 11 slaves

1820 US Census of Charlotte County: Benjamin G. Tatum 1 male and 1 female 16-26, 1 male 26-45, 6 slaves

1830 US Census of Charlotte County: Benjamin G. Tatum 1 male 20-30, 1 female 40-50, 1 male 50-60

 

Children of Benjamin G. Tatum (~1775 to 1831) and wife Polly:

 

(G4a). Bossell or Boswell G. Tatum married 16 may 1835 Charlotte County to Joyce A. Bradberry (county record).  Both Boswell and Weltha were of legal age during the 1832 Chancery Case.

(G4b) Weltha F. Tatum who married Walker D. Keeling* Charlotte County on 15 December 1823 (county record).

 

(G-5). John Tatum*, was the “son of Benjamin Tatum” (~1730 to 1813) and was living during the 1813/15 Charlotte County Chancery Case, which is his last known record.  More details for him and his family need to be found.

 

(Probably) 1810 US Census of Lunenburg County, Va: John Tatum 2 males and 2 females 0-10, 1 male 10-16, 1 male and 1 female 26-45, 2 slaves.

 

(G-6). Mary Tatum*, daughter of Benjamin Tatom (~1730 to 1812/13), married Daniel Lefoe and was a “daughter of Benjamin Tatum” (~1730 to 1812/13) and was living during the 1813/15 Charlotte County Chancery Case.   “Molly Tatum” has a 10 February 1791 Lunenburg County marriage bond to Daniel Lefoe with surety by Gravitt Tatum (county record).

(Marriages of Lunenburg County, Virginia 1746-1853 by Emma R. Matheny and Helen K. Yates, 1990.)

   

(G-7). Susanna Tatum*, daughter of Benjamin Tatom (~1730 to 1812/13), married on 11 March 1784 Lunenburg County, Virginia to “John Hailey” or more correctly “Haley” (county record).  She and her husband were living during the 1813/15 Charlotte County Chancery Case.  

 

(G-8). Orena, Orana, Orinia or Orina Tatum, daughter of Benjamin Tatom (~1730 to 1812/13), married William O. Fullilove (~1753 to 1815 Madison County, Kentucky).   Orina was the “daughter of Benjamin Tatum” (ca 1725 to 1813) and living during the 1813/15 Charlotte County Chancery Case.   They were living in Madison County, Kentucky during time of 1813/15 Chancery Case.

 

(G-9). Lucy Tatum*, “daughter of Benjamin Tatum” (ca1725 to 1813) was living during the 1813/15 Charlotte County Chancery Case, and was not married at this time.

 

(G/10). Charity Tatum*, daughter of Benjamin Tatom (~1730 to 1812/13), married 21 January 1795 Lunenburg County to James Robertson, surety bond by Frederick Nance and married by James Shelburne (county and minister records).  Charity Tatum, wife of James Robertson is named in 1813-1815 Charlotte County Chancery Case as a daughter of Benjamin Tatum, (Sr.) deceased.

Marriage Bonds and Minister’s Returns of Charlotte County, Virginia 1764-1815, by Catherine Linday Knorr, 1951  

 

(G/11). Wealthy Tatum.*, daughter of Benjamin Tatom (~1730 to 1812/13).   The following may belong here: Wealthy Tatum married 18 December 1793 Lunenburg County to John Monday (Munday), by James Shelburne (Minister’s record).  The 1813-1815 Charlotte County Chancery Case lists Wealthy Tatum as the wife of Thomas Stokes.  There is an interesting Lunenburg County marriage bond between Boling Crowder and Polly Munday, daughter of John Munday, dec’d, 31 March 1813, with surety by Thomas Stokes.  This marriage took place 1 April 1813 by James Robertson (county and ministers records)

(WB 4/46, Marriages of Lunenburg County, Virginia 1746-1853 by Emma R. Matheny and Helen K. Yates, 1990.  

 

(G/12). Sarah Lewis, daughter of Benjamin Tatom (~1730 to 1812/13), has a 21 February 1791 Lunenburg County marriage bond to Elam Lewis with surety by Gravitt Tatum and married by James Shelburne (county and minister records).  Sarah was deceased in 1813-1815 Charlotte County Chancery Case with her children being named: Gravit Lewis, Benjamin Lewis, Patsy Lewis, Polly Lewis, Rhoda Lewis, and Sarah M. Lewis.    

 

(G/13). Gravit Tatum* (~1770 to June 1826 or 1827*) was the “son of Benjamin Tatum” (~1730 to 1813) and was named during the 1813/15 Charlotte County Chancery Case.  During 1827-1832, his widow Nancy Tatum filed a Charlotte County Chancery Case against her deceased husband’s Administrator who was her son Benjamin S. Tatum.   Problem was how to handle the estate division for the infant children (stated less than age 21) and manage a complex debt.  When Gravit Tatum died, he had 654 acres of land on King’s Road in Charlotte County and slaves Anthony, Patrick, Maria, Webb, Dennis, Lish, Harriet, Easter, Washington, and possibly more.   Of the 654 acres, Nancy Tatum received 220 acres, 220 acres were sold to George W. Tathum (Tatum) and another 220 acres sold to John F. Drinkard.   

 

1791 January 12 – Lunenburg County: (not understood, perhaps wording is confused) Guardian Account for Gravett Tatom, rec of Henry Haley, gdn of said Tatom’s wife Nancy.  Pounds 55.14.1 as her division of estate of John Roberts, deceased.  Witness – Benjamin Tatom.  Signature Gravett Tatom.  Recorded 11 October 1792.

Lunenburg County, Virginia Guardian Accounts 1791-1810,  by June Banks Evans, 1995.

1810 US Census of Charlotte County, Virginia: Gravit Tatum 1 male and 1 female 0-10, 1 female 10-16, 1 female 16-26, 1 male and 1 female 26-45, 8 slaves

1820 US Census of Charlotte County, Virginia: Gravit Tatum 2 males 0-10, 1 male 16-26, 1 female 10-16, 1 male and 1 female 45+, 14 slaves

1830 US Census of Charlotte County: Nancy Tatum - 1 male 10-14, 1 female 50-59, 3 slaves.

 

Children of Gravit Tatum (~1770 to 1826/27) and wife Nancy

* As noted in the Chancery Case (1832-051 Lib. Va) with husband’s names were:

 

(G13a). Nancy A. Tatum married with John F. Drinkard* as spelled.    Nancy A. Tatum married 12 November 1827 Charlotte County to John F. Dunkard (county record). 

(G13b). Benjamin S. Tatum

(G13c). Sarah B. Tatum married George W. Tatum or Tathum.*   His origins are not understood.

(G13d). Mary M. (Polly) Tatum married Henry W. Stokes.*   Polly Tatum, daughter of “Garnett Tatum” has a 26 August 1815 Charlotte County, Virginia marriage bond to Henry Stokes.  Married 30 August 1815 by Rev. James Robertson (county and minister records)

(G13e). Charlotte C. Tatum married Woodson Almond*

(G13f). Wiley G. Tatum was a minor when his father died,* and married 29 December 1831 in Charlotte County, Virginia to Amy S. Cheaney. 

(G13g). Abel I. G. Tatum was a minor during the Chancery case.*    

 

(Section-4). Miscellaneous Information with Tatoms or Tatums:

 

(S4/1). Tatom/Tatums Who Can’t Be Placed

 

1 - Samuel Tatom (died 1772) of York County, Virginia

 

1772 June 13 - York County, Virginia: Deed of Gift from Samuel Tatom of York, Hampton Parish, York County for love, goodwill and affection have given to my loving and dutiful wife & children in the same parish as follows, to my wife Mary Tatom, I do give to her and to whomsoever she shall think proper the goods & chattels now in my house namely 1 feather bed & furniture, 1 trunk, 2 flaged chairs, 1 spinning wheel, 1 iron pot, 1 stone pot, 1 frying pan, 1 mahogany tea chest.  I do give to my daughter Susanna Tatom 1 feather bed and Furniture, 1 large chest, 2 flaged chairs, 1 table, 1 pewter dish, 6 plates, 1 iron pot & 1 stone pot.  I do give to my daughter Margaret Tatom 1 feather bed & furniture, 1 large chest, 2 flaged chairs, 1 table, 1 pewter dish, 6 plates, 1 iron pot, 1 stone pot.  But in case it shall please God that either of my two daughters aforesaid shall die before they shall arrive & come to the age of 18 or marry then to the other that is living.  But in case they shall both depart this life before they arrive as aforesaid then to my wife & to whomsoever she shall think proper absolutely without any manner of conditions.  Witnesses: James Davis, Whitehead Lester.  Ackn. 15 June 1772 and recorded.  Attest: Thos Everard Clerk. (page 234). 

 

2 - Richard Tatom (1730 to 1790) of Bladen County, North Carolina

 

“Pvt. Richard Tatom,” born 1730, died August 1790 per grave stone at Tatum Graveyard, Bladen County, North Carolina. findagrave.com.   Who is he?

 

Jesse Tatum, born between 1763 and 1820 and died 1870.  Per Bladen County Historical Records: Jesse is interred in this same cemetery.  There is no marker for him, possibly one of the unknown markers.   According to DAR application papers, he was born ca1763-1820???   Findagrave.com indicates he was the son (grandson?) of Richard Tatum, Sr. 1732 to August 1790 and Mary Tatum.  Children of Jesse Tatum: Thoflyus Tatum (1804-1864).  findagrave.

 

3. William Tatom in 1767 Orange County, North Carolina

 

1749 Granville County, NC: “List of tithable taken by Sam’l Henderson in Granville County for the year 1749”: (Includes) William Tatum – 1

Granville County, NC tax lists Undated - 1800, familysearch.org, film 8132497, image 265/1932

 

1750 North Carolina: A list of tithables for this year 1750 (previous list Granville Co.):  Wm. Tatam or Wm. Tatom – 1 tax.  (4th letter rather different)

Ibid, Image 300/1932.

 

1751 North Carolina, probably Granville Co: List of tithables for the year 1751 taken by Gideon Macon: (includes). Wm. Tatum – 1. (Image 315/1932)

 

1767 November 10 – Orange County, North Carolina:  Indenture from William Tatom of Orange County, Providence of North Carolina to John Wells of the same county, 15 pounds money, tract/parcel of land lying and being in the County and Province aforesaid containing 30 acres beginning at the “bent” (bend) of Little River…west to the bend of river…land granted to William Tatom of a deed of conveyance from Thomas James being date 7 January 1765 “as relation being those to had and the said William Tatom doth covenant and give, etc.  Signed: William Tatom, his x mark.  Witnesses: James Kelly, John Kelly.  Entered Orange County January Court 1768.  (D.B. 3/521, image 268/705 family search.org)  

 

              Need to find more information.  Where did William Tatom go?  Where did he live here?  There are a number of Little Rivers in North Carolina, but best being Little River rising in Orange County and entering Eno River in today’s Durham County, NC.   DeLorme North Carolina Atlas and Gazetteer shows Little River flowing through the NE corner of Orange County into Durham County.  He was nowhere near the later Orange County, NC Tatoms.

 

(S4/2). Which Tatoms are in early Granville County, North Carolina Tax?

1755 Granville Tax and 1755 Granville County Militia Record: no Tatoms

“Abraham Tatum”/Tatom 1763

John Tatum Granville Tax 1769

Barnett Tatom, Granville Tax 1771

John Tatom, Granville Tax 1771

John Tatom, Granville Tax 1784

John Tatom, Jr. Granville Tax 1784

Barnard Tatom Granville Tax 1784

Samuel Tatom, Granville Tax 1784

 

1786 North Carolina State Census of Granville County (1st – w.m. 21-60; 2nd w.m under 21 and above 60, 3rd w.f. all ages.

Barnet Tatom 1-2-2, Fishing Creek District

William Tatom, 1-1-2, Dutch District

John Tatom, 1-1-1, Dutch District

1788 Granville County, North Carolina tax: (1) Barnard Tatom, Tabb’s Creek District, 135 acres; (2) William Tatom, Reed’s District, 140 acres; (3). John Tatum, Dutch District, 80 acres.

Colonial and State Records of North Carolina, Volume 5, page 1270.

1790 US Census of North Carolina, Granville County: Appears missing.

 

(S4/3). Marriage Bonds of Granville and Orange Counties, North Carolina

 

Granville County, North Carolina

Tatom, Barnet & Mary Thompson, 20 August 1778; Solomon Walker, bm, P. Henderson, wit

Tatom, John & Peggy Phillips, 13 January 1781: Fowler Jones, bm; Asa Searcy, wit

Tatom, John & Mary Write, 20 October 1783; James Cash, bm; Henry Potter, wit

Tatom, John Jr. & Martha Hicks, 1 August 1782; William Hicks, bm; Bennet Searcy, wit.

Tatum, Henry & Patty Bass, 12 November 1838; Littleton Mitchell, bm; J. M. Wiggins, Witness

Tatom, Stephen & Salley Owen, 27 December 1799; George Browning, bm; H. Dalley, William Tatom was born 11 January 1760 Spotsylvania County, Virginia Byars, wit.

Tatom, William & Margret Wright, 29 December 1781; Fowler Jones, bm; Bennet Searcy wit.

Jones, Fowler & Elisabeth Tatom, 17 November 1778; John Tatom, bm

Hunt, Presley & Mary Thweat, 21 August 1780; Abner Tatom, bm; John Searchy Jr., wit

Goodwin, Samuel and Keziah Tatom, 29 March 1773; Robt. Bell, bm; William Hardon, wit

Brame, Thomas & Elizabeth Roffe, 11 Feb. 1778; James Brame, bm, Abner Tatom, wit. 

 

Orange County, North Carolina Marriage bonds  

1799 December 24 – Orange County: Stephen Tatom to Salley Owen, William Tatom, bondsman

1822 August 20 – Orange County: Willie Tatom and Lively Weaver, Benjamin Hester, bondsman.

1827 May 7 – Orange County: George Tatom to Betsey Seaver, John Scott, bondsman

1827 September 2 – Orange County: George Tatum to Cynthia Mayhoe, John Clinton, bondsman

 

(S4/4). Lincoln County, Georgia Tax

1805 – Lincoln County, Dooly District: Jane Tatom

1810 – Lincoln County: Jane Tatum 202 acres.

1810 – Lincoln County: Agent for the estate of Isaack Tatom, deceased, 140 acres, Soap Creek 

1810 – Lincoln County: Silas Tatom, no details

        An early settler of Troup County, Georgia

                     

(S4/5) Abner Tatum (1806/07) + wife Mary

 

1830 US Census of Wayne County, Tennessee: Abner Tatum, 1 male and 1 female 20-30. (Page 504, image 49/70 ancestry.com)

1850 US Census of Hickman County, Tennessee: Abner Tatum 43 Tn, Mary Tatum 43 Tn, all children born Tn; A_ (can’t read) 19n (f), Susannah Tatum 18, James Tatum 16, George Tatum 13, John Tatum 12, William Tatum 11, Margaret Tatum 9, Rachael Tatum 8, Nancy Tatum 6, Nancy Tatum 6, Boid Tatum 1/12. (Image 167/181 ancestry.com)