New Information 2016
Extensive Reconstruction of Pendleton District, S.C. Tatums 1798+
Much More on Descendants
of Edward Tatum “I” (1730/35 to 1810 Pendleton District, South Carolina
Family Reconstruction of Nathaniel Tatum (1780 NC to 1860+ Georgia)
Birth date unknown: estimated 1670/80 Charles City County, Virginia
Married to Rebecca __
Died 1739 in Surry County, Virginia
Parents: Nathaniel Tatum “II” (~1635 to 1719) + Marie Robinson; For this earlier history, go to Tatum Nathaniel “II” (~1635 to 1719) chapter.
Family Records: none identified.
Noted in 1729 and 1739
Died: last recorded in 1739
Parents: not determined
First compilation 1 February 2007; this revision 16 December 2016, James R. Murphy - www.planetmurphy.org.
Section 1 – This Chapter Covers the Following Tatums
Edward Tatum (born roughly 1670/80 and died 1739-will), son of Nathaniel Tatum “II” (1635 to before 1714) married Rebecca __, maiden name not known. They lived first in Charles City County and later Surry County, Virginia. This Edward Tatum must not be confused with Brunswick County's Edward Tatum (~1700 - 1744) who married Martha __ . Children are noted as (1a) to (4a) and grandchildren (I), (II), (III), etc
(1a). Ruth Tatum
(2a). Elizabeth Tatum
(3a). Nathaniel Tatum “I” (~1705 to likely 1751- will) + Elizabeth Hawthorn?: Surry County, Virginia to Edgecombe County, NC. Their children (a – e):
(I). Edward Tatum “I” (~1730 to 1810 Pendleton District, SC + will ) + wife Martha (only in will): Edgecombe NC/Halifax NC/Chatham NC/Pendleton SC; Many children and grandchildren are found in Pendleton District, South Carolina from 1798; then migrate elsewhere. Now has his separate Chapter – “Tatum Edward ~1730.” Children – (i) to (vi):
(1). John Tatum (~1755 to 1824) + (?) Parthena __.
(2). Edward Tatum “II” (ca 1761/64 to >1840+ Hickman Co, Tn.)
(3). Jesse Tatum (~1766/70 to 1833 Rutherford Co, Tn.) + Amora or Amy Byrd; Chatham Co., NC; Pendleton District, SC; Rutherford Co, Tennessee
(4). Luke Tatum (ca1770 to 1820+) + Celia Murphree
(5). Elizabeth Tatum, married __ Hendrick
(6). Martha Tatum (~1768 to 1829+), single
(7). Julia Tatum (1777/78 to 1850+) + Lewis Brown
(8). Unknown name Tatum with 4 Tatum daughters and 1 son placed here.
(II). Nathaniel Tatum “II”
(III). Peter Tatum (ca1735 to 1782) + Winnifred __ of Edgecombe NC/Halifax NC/Chatham. Children: (1) to (3):
(1). Mary Tatum Bynum
(2). Winnifred Tatum Bennett
(3). Jesse Tatum (~1762 to after 1831+).
(IV). Jesse Tatum – possibly died by 1764
(V). Rebecca Tatum married possibly to James Bynum. Halifax, Chatham Co, NC.
(4a). Peter Tatum (~1710 to 1751 - will) + Sarah Heath: Surry Co., Virginia. Their children (1 to 5):
(I). Thomas Tatum (~1740 to 1780 - will): Surry and Sussex Counties, Va. only, + Elizabeth __ + Susannah Doby. Children (1) to (6): (1). Mary Williams Tatum (1769), (2.) Peter Tatum (1773), (3). William Tatum, (4). John Tatum, (5). Sally Tatum, (6). Edward Tatum. Little is known about these children.
(II). Edward Tatum (1741 to __); can’t trace after 1758 Sussex Court guardian order
(III). Sarah Tatum (1744)
(IV). Rebecca (1747 to 1751)
(V). Wenia or Winney Tatum (1749)
Section 2 – Edward Tatum (1670/80 to 1739) of Surry County, Virginia
Overview for Edward Tatum (1670/80 to 1739) and wife Rebecca
Edward Tatum married to Rebecca ___, maiden name unknown. Earlier reports incorrectly stated her maiden name was Hicks (Hix), daughter of John Hicks. Edward was living in Surry County, Virginia before 1709. In 1729, he and Rebecca sold to Robert Doby 100 acres on the south side of Joseph Swamp, part of 300 acres he inherited from his father (Nathaniel Tatum II). Edward Tatum died in Surry County (will dated 3 September 1736, and proved 16 May 1739).
Ed Tatum disputes the Hicks name: "...Sara Hill is convinced that Edward's (d. 1739) widow Rebecca is not a Hicks. She thinks that when John Hicks sent his son Robert to live with "son-in-law" Edward Tatum, he was actually referring to (another) Edward Tatum who died 1744 in Brunswick County. Robert Hicks is closely associated with this Tatum group in Brunswick. John Hicks' will mentions wife Rebecca but never mentions any daughter by this name, only 'son-in-law Edward Tatum.'" Robert Hicks witnessed the will of Edward Tatum (~1700 to 1744 Brunswick County).
(Courtesy of Ed Tatum, email of 1 December 2009 and 13 September 2010)
Details for Edward Tatum (1670/80 to 1739) and wife Rebecca Tatum
1701/2 Charles City, Va. Militia List: Joseph Wynne, Captain of Dragoons, (including) Natt: Tatem, Sr., Edward Tatem; Natt; Tatem, Jr,; Samuel Tatem.
"Virginia's Colonial Soldiers" by Lloyd Dewitt Bockstruck, copy 1998).
1707 August 30 - Surry County Virginia: Charles Gee to Timothy Reading...125 acres on north side of Josephs Swamp and bounded by John Young, Mr. Thomas Busby and Edward Tatam.
Ancestors of Eppes Tatum, re: Surry County Deeds, Wills, Etc. #5, 1694-1704, page 375, by William Hopkins
1709 March 5 - Surry County, Va: Edward Tatum purchased the above 125 acres in Surry County.
From Richard C. Booth, found 05/06/08 filed at Surry County Historical Society.
1709 March - Surry County Court: Timothy Reading appearing in Court and acknowledging a deed of sale of a parcel of land sold to Edward Tatham the same is ordered to be recorded.
Surry County, Virginia Court Records 1700-1711, Book VI, by Weynette Parks Haun, 1992. (139)
1711 January – Surry County Court: John Doby, Edward Tatum and Christopher Tatum or any two of them being first sworn before one of her Majesties. Justices of the Peace for this County are nominated and appointed to vale and appraise the Estate of James Griffin, deceased.
Surry County, Virginia Court Records 1700-1711, Book VI, by Weynette Parks Haun, 1992, (179).
1727 June 12 - Prince George County, Va: Nathaniel Tatum Sr. of Bristol Parish, Prince George County deeded to his son Peter Tatum land on the north side of Joseph's Swamp bounded by the line between Nathaniel Tatum and Edward Tatum and line between Nathaniel Tatum and his brother Samuel Tatum, 250 acres including plantation where Nathaniel Tatum lives. (Signed): Nathaniel (x) Tatum. Recorded 23 June 1727.
Prince George County Virginia Wills and Deeds 1713-1728, by Benjamin B. Weisiger III, page 133.
1729 November 19 – Surry County: Edward Tatum and his wife Rebecca of Surry County, made an indenture lease to Robert Doby of the same County. Land was 100 acres on the south side of Joseph's Swamp in Surry County; part of a certain tract of land containing 300 acres granted by Nathaniel Tatum, deceased, father to Edward Tatum and by the said Nathaniel Tatum in his last will. Signed: Edward (x) Tatum and Rebecca (x) Tatum. Witnessed by Thomas Eldridge. Court: 19 November 1729.
Surry County Deeds and Wills, 1715-1730, microfilm page numbers unreadable.
Point of concern: Where was he living from 1729 to 1739?
The following Edward Tatum appears to be the most likely candidate for Edward Tatum, born roughly 1670/1680.
1736 September 3/1739 May 16 - Surry County, Va: Will of Edward Tatum,
To son Nathaniel Tatum ½ my land where he now lives, ...beginning on Peter Tatum's line...to and along John Young line to the main run of Joseph's Swamp and along said run to and along Peter Tatums line to beginning.
To son Peter Tatum - the other ½ of my land and all the rest of estate after his mother's decease.
Daughter Ruth Tatum – loom, furniture, pewter dish, bible, feather bed
Daughter Elizabeth Tatum – loom, furniture, large pewter basin, feather bed.
To Wife Rebeckah Tatum – use and profits of all the estate during her lifetime.
Executor: Peter Tatum. Signed: Edward "E" Tatum.
Witnesses: Christopher Tatum and Peter ("P.J.") Tatum.
"P.J." Peter Tatum is thought to be a different Peter Tatum. Thanks go to Ed Tatum for details of this will, email courtesy 14 December 2009.
18 July 1739 - Surry County: Inventory of Edward Tatum, deceased, included two feather beds and furniture, two looms, 2 iron pots and hooks, one iron pot rack and brass skem, one chest, 2 boxes, one horse, one mare, saddle, 5 head of cattle, 2 bells, three cider casks, one bedstead, one broad ax, one narrow ax, auger, 3 chisels, hand saw, file, one drawing knife, one cutting knife, 2 pales, one table, one looking glass, 3 spinning wheels, a pair of fire tons, 2 Bibles and 2 other books, joint vice, 2 pair compasses, smoothing iron, 5 tubs, wearing clothes,, brass skillet, pepper box and tin funnel, 5 plates and spoons, 2 stone pots, 3 glass bottles, a new rope and bucket, a comb, a pair scissors, 2 knives and forks, hone, 7 baskets, iron hooks, 1 brass cock, iron pestle, pair of pocket tongues and tobacco, 2 knives and forks, iron pestle, 2 meal bags, cart saddle and harness. (signed) Peter Tatum, Executor. Dated 3 September 1736 and proved in Surry Court 18 July 1739.
Section 3 - How Descendants will be listed:
1st Generation: Nathaniel Tatum “I” (1599 to 1675)
2nd Generation: Nathaniel Tatum “II” (ca1635 to before 1714)
3rd Generation: Edward Tatum (1670/80 to 1739) and wife Rebecca Tatum.
4th Generation: Name underlined and with Roman numerals and underlined (1a). (2a), (3a). i.e. Nathaniel Tatum (~1705 to 1751) + wife Rebecca of Edgecombe Co, NC
5th Generation: Names (I, (II), (III), etc.
6th Generation: Names (1), (2), (3i),
7th Generation: Names (i), (ii), (iii), etc
Section 4 – Children of Edward Tatum (1670/1680 to 1739) of Surry County, Virginia
(I^). Ruth Tatum, daughter of Edward Tatum (1670/80 to 1739) + wife Rebecka
(II^). Elizabeth Tatum, daughter of Edward Tatum (1670/80 to 1739) + wife Rebecka
(III^). Nathaniel Tatum (~1705 to 1751) – son of Edward Tatum (~1670s to 1739). There are two possibilities for father-son connection:
Beware that there are two Nathaniel Tatums who had a wife named Elizabeth
Both had two sons named Nathaniel and Peter!
1 – (Less likely this one) Nathaniel Tatum “II” (~1700 - > 1763/65)
Father was Nathaniel Tatum “I” (~1670 – >1738+) who married Elizabeth and had two sons named Nathaniel “II” and Peter Tatum “I” (~1705 to 1751/55+).
Nathaniel Tatum “I” and “II” owned land on the Prince George - Surry County line, with Prince George side being their base. This Nathan “II” is proposed to have married 1st to Emelia Scott and 2nd to Sarah Health (Heeth), her second marriage. He appears to be the wrong person to be Edward Tatum’s son.
2 – (Most likely) Nathaniel Tatum (~1705–1751 Edgecombe NC) is projected by this writer to be the son of Edward Tatum (1670’s-1739). This Nathan Tatum married Elizabeth __ and her maiden name may be Hawthorne.
The best clue is the likely sequencing of children by age in Nathaniel Tatum's 1750 will. 1st born son is Edward Tatum, 2nd - Nathaniel Tatum, 3rd - Peter Tatum, and finally Jesse Tatum. His daughter Rebecka Tatum could have been named for Edward Tatum's wife, Rebecca. So far, only one Surry County record (October 1742) can be found for him before he moves to Edgecombe County, North Carolina. This is when “Nathaniel Tatum” becomes a Baptismal sponsor in 10 October 1742.
Details for Edgecombe County’s Nathaniel Tatum (~1705 to 1751)
1742 October 10 - Surry County, Virginia: Albemarle Parish Register (Surry County): Steven Weaver, born 10 October 1742, son of Steven and Elenor Weaver. Sponsors were John Hawthorn, Nathaniel Tatum, Frances Denton.
Note that Weaver and Hawthorn will continue to be found again.
1742/43 February 15 - Edgecombe County, North Carolina: Deed of Stephen Weaver – carpenter to Nathaniel Tatum – planter, both of Edgecombe County, for 20 pounds, 200 acres on the north side of Fishing Creek, part of a tract purchased by the said Weaver of Joseph Hough and was a patent to Rev. John Holmes, 14 February 1739. Witnesses: Wallis Jones, Abraham Evans. Registered in Edgecombe County, February Court 1742.
Abstracts of Deeds, Edgecombe Precinct, Edgecombe County, North Carolina, 1732 through 1758, by Margaret M. Hofmann, 1969, pages 178, 179, 180 original Deed Book 5/120
1742/43 February 14 - Edgecombe County, NC: Wallis Jones of Edgecombe County deeded to John Clerk of Edgecombe County for 20 pounds...320 acres on the south side of Rocky Swamp on Jack Horse Branch. This was witnessed by John Hawthorn and Nathaniel Tatum and entered in the regular Edgecombe County February Court 1742. (Hofmann DB 5/127)
1742/43 February 15 - Edgecombe County: Stephen Weaver, carpenter, of Edgecombe County deeded to John Hawthorn, planter, of Edgecombe County 200 acres on the north side of Fishing Creek, joining the mouth of Gerald's Swamp. This was witnessed by William Hickman and Nathaniel Tatum and entered in the regular Edgecombe County February Court 1742. (Hofmann DB 5/133)
Comment: Albemarle Parish Registry states the above Steven and Elenor Weaver had 3 children, Isam Weaver, born 21 March 1738; Frances Weaver, born 30 August 1739; and Steven Weaver, born 18 October 1742. Elenor's maiden name may be Hawthorne, as four different Hawthorns were God Parents to their three children.
John Hawthorn is mentioned several times in the Albemarle Parish Vestry records, which was established in late 1741. John Hawthorn was named in a May 1743 Surry Court, when Rebecca Hawthorn was granted letters of Administration of the Estate of John Hawthorn, deceased. His name is crossed out for the 10 October 1743 Albemarle Procession (Surry County) of land between Joseph Swamp and Jones Hole, the Governours Road and Prince George County line. A 26 August 1747 Procession of the same lands mentioned "John Hawthorn's lines," suggesting a deed may exist that might better define the location. Otherwise, there are no other records for John Hawthorn, Steven Weaver, or Francis Denton in either Albemarle or Bristol Parish records. We may be looking at a son, John Hawthorn, Jr. in Edgecombe County, but Albemarle Parish Records do not help.
1746 May 20 – Edgecombe County, NC Court: Will of William Bynum was proved in the Edgecombe County Court by the oaths of Nathaniel Tatum and James Cane, and the widow Mary Bynum was qualified as executrix. The actual will failed to survive.
This Nathaniel Tatum filed a will in 1750 Edgecombe County, North Carolina:
1750 Will of Nathaniel Tatum, Edgecombe County, North Carolina
9 November 1750 Edgecombe County, February Court -.In the name of God amen, the 9th day of November 1750, I, Nathaniell Tatum of Edgecombe County, planter, being very sick and __ in body but of perfect mind and memory....bequeath to my son Edward Tatum, Nathaniell Tatum, Peter Tatum, Jese (or Jose?) Tatum and Rebeker Tatum my plantation where I live and all my land which I now possess....after my wife Elizabeth Tatum deceases.
Item – I give and bequeath to Edward Tatum all the hogs that is called his and also one more one cow and calf.
Item – I a give and bequeath to my son Nathaniell Tatum one cow and calf and one sow and pigs.
Item – I give and bequeath to my son Peter Tatum one cow and calf and one sow and pigs.
Item – I give and bequeath to my son Jese Tatum one cow and calf and one sow and pigs.
Item – I give and bequeath to my dator (daughter) Rebeka Tatum one cow and calf and one sow and pigs. Also, my lume (loom?) and all my __ and one side sadle __.
Item, I give and bequeath to my __ __ wife Elizabeth Tatum whom..... Executrix of this my will and testament and singular my house, hole (whole) goods and stores ...my last will and testament therefore (remaining hard to read).
Witness: James Cane, Ellenor (x) Weaver
Signed: Nathaniell Tatum (seal) (signature crudely done but not with an 'x')
Edgecombe County February Court 1750. The above written will was exhibited into Court by Elizabeth Tatum Widow and Executrix and proved by the Oaths of James Cane, Rebeka? Cane, and Elinor Wever two of the subscribing evidences thereto and at the same time the said Executrix took her Oath by Law proscribed which was ordered to be certified. Test: Benjn Wynnes, Clerk. (on side of will) Nathl Tatum's will is __ 21 May 1751.
Comment: One of the witnesses in the will was Elenor Weaver. Nathaniel Tatum's wife could be the sister to Elenor and their maiden name Hawthorn.
Children of Nathaniel Tatum “I” (~1705 to 1751) + Elizabeth: (1) to (5).
Children per 1751 will; Birth date estimations need better precision,
Oldest Son, Edward Tatum “I” will be last (5).
(I). Nathaniel Tatum Jr. or “II”, son of Nathaniel Tatum (~1705 to 1751 Edgecombe Co, NC): So far, he is difficult to trace. Speculation exists that this Nathaniel Tatum was the one who migrated to Greene and Hancock Counties, Georgia in 1789. Reason - two church entries about a Nathaniel Tatum in Bute and Halifax Counties, North Carolina. These records are thought to belong to a different Nathaniel Tatum. Other than these two debatable church records, nothing else has surfaced for our subject after he was named in his father’s 1750 will.
1771 November 16 – Bute County, North Carolina: Minutes of the Kehukey Association held at William Walker’s Meeting House on Fishing Creek in Bute County. Messengers present from Kehukey Church were (transcribed as Julin Meglamore, but should be) John Meglamore, William Burgess, Thomas Overby, Nath’l Tatum, and James Bell.
James Sprunt Historical Monograph/as pointed out by Ronnie Tatum
1772 September 12 – Halifax County, North Carolina: At an Association held at Kehukey Meeting House (Halifax County, NC), representatives from “Sussex.Cord, Va”. are John Meglamore, Nathaniel Tatum, Nathaniel Holt, and Richard Morris.
Currently, this writer believes these entries belong to Nathaniel Tatum (~1735 to 1796) + wife Phebe Fort, who was active in his church and was moving about in its services. Rev. John Meglamore in the church records was baptized at the Fishing Creek Church before serving in Sussex County, Virginia. The first Virginia State Census records him living in 1782 Southampton County, Virginia, the same county that Phoebe Fort’s Nathaniel Tatum was living. The Joseph Tatum chapter has more on Nathaniel Tatum and wife Phebe Fort.
(II). Rebecca Tatum, daughter of Nathaniel Tatum (~1705 to 1751 Edgecombe Co, NC): Robert W. Baird states: “It seems likely that James Bynum (ca1725 to 1790s?) married to Rebecca Tatum, daughter of Nathaniel Tatum.” *
“…(Nathaniel Tatum’s 1750) will divided “his plantation on Fishing Creek equally among his five children…effective after the death of his wife Elizabeth Tatum. The plantation was apparently the 200 acres he had purchased in 1742, and it appears that one of the sons (evidently Jesse) had died by 1764 and the property was split four ways rather than five. On 21 January 1764, James Bynum and Peter Tatum both sold 50 acres, perhaps this inheritance, to Edward Tatum.”
* The Line of William Bynum (c1690-1746), by Robert W. Baird as found in “Bob’s Genealogy Filing Cabinet, Chapter 2, pages 68 and pointed out by Cecilie Gaziano, email courtesy 1 November 2015.
(III). Jesse Tatum, son of Nathaniel Tatum (~1705 to 1751 Edgecombe Co, NC): He is easy to confuse with other Jesse Tatums. If Baird is right, this Jesse was dead by 1764.
(consider) 1757 August 15 – Northampton County, North Carolina: Arthur Harris and Sarah his wife of Northampton County deeded to Lucas Powell of Brunswick County, Virginia, for 40 lbs., 150 acres on the east side of Peahill Creek joining the Virginia line and the creek. Witnesses: Jesse Tatum, Thomas Green, John Woolsy, Jacob Woolsy. Northampton July Court 1758. (Hofmann DB 2/473) Nothing more was found in Northampton County deed abstracts for Jesse Tatum through the year 1786.
Deed Abstracts of Northampton County, North Carolina 1741-1759, by Margaret M. Hofmann, undated.
(IV). Peter Tatum (ca1735 to 1782 Chatham County, North Carolina), son of Nathaniel Tatum (~1705 to 1751 Edgecombe Co, NC), married Winnifred __ . After Peter Tatum died 1785, Winnifred married 2nd to Daniel Owen who died in 1802. Winnifred Tatum Owen has an 1831 will.
^ Information from Cecilie Gaziano, email courtesy 6 November 2015. Thank you, Cecilie for your kind help and finding additional detailing for this Peter Tatum!
Deeds of Halifax County, North Carolina 1758-1771, and 1771 to 1786 abstracted by Dr. Stephan E. Bradley, Jr. 1989. Bradley’s deed abstracts will be noted with his name “Bradley” and original deed book number and page, i.e. (Bradley DB 9/79).
1764 January 21 – Halifax County, North Carolina: Peter Tatum of Halifax County deeded to Edward Tatum of same, 21 January 1764, 35 pounds money, 50 acres joining Weaver. Witnesses: Charles Daniel, Edmund Daniel. April Court 1764. (Bradley DB 9/79)
1764 August 18 – Halifax County: Hysom (Isom) Weaver of Halifax County deeded to Stephen Weaver of same, 24 pounds, 200 acres which was part of land acquired by Robert Butler 20 April 1745 and which he sold to Isom Weaver on north side of Fishing Creek, joining Edward Tatum, Jarrel Swamp. Witnesses: Charles Daniel, Peter Tatum, Edward Tatum. April Court 1765. (Bradley DB 9/211)
1764 October 4 – Halifax County: Edward Tatum, planter of Halifax County deeded to Malachi Murden merchant of same, 4 October 1764, 25 lbs, 400 acres on north side of Fishing Creek joining Weaver. Witnesses: Hysun Weaver, Peter Tatum. October Court 1764. (Bradley DB 9/98)
1765 October 5 – Halifax County, NC: William Bynum (Jr.) of Orange County, son and heir of William Bynum late of Edgecombe County, sold to Cullen Edwards 290 acres in Halifax, part of a patent to my father Wm. Bynum for 595 acres dated 01 February 1726. Witnesses: John Thomas, Edward Tatum, Peter Tatum. (DB 9/309 from Bob’s Genealogy Filing Cabinet at genfiles.com) ^
1765 October 8 – Edgecombe County, NC: William Bynum (Jr.) of Orange County, sold 300 acres on Fishing Creek; 100 acres to James Bynum of Edgecombe County and 200 acres to Nancy Bynum of Northampton County, all the land on which James Bynum then lived. Witnesses: John Thomas, Edward Tatum, and Peter Tatum.
(Edgecombe County, NC, reported as DB 1?/217, 358 from Bob’s Genealogy Filing Cabinet at genfiles.com.) ^
1780 March 31 - Chatham County, NC: State of North Carolina land grant to Peter Tatum, in Chatham County Grant Book b, page 481, not reviewed.
1782 March 16 – Chatham County, NC: List of “perishable estate” of Peter Tatum. Signed by Winney “x” Tatum. ^
North Carolina Estate Files 1663-1979, database with images from familysearch.org. ^
1785 August 08 – Chatham County, NC: Peter Tatum estate administration to Daniel Owen. Witnesses: Thomas Grigory, and William Griffin. Bond posted of 800 pounds. Daniel Owen later married Winney Tatum.
North Carolina Estate Files 1663-1979, database with images from familysearch.org. ^
1790 US Census of Chatham County, NC: Daniel Owin - 2 w. males 16+, 7 w. females
1800 US Census of Chatham County, NC: Daniel Owen – 2 females 10-15, 1 male and female 16-25, 1 male and 1 female 45+.
1802 March 209 – Chatham County, NC: Will of Daniel Owen, Sr. Legattees are wife (unnamed), daughters – Olive Owen, Rhoda Owen, Charity Owen, Elizabeth Cole; sons – John Owen, Hardy Owen, Jack Owen, Daniel Owen, Jr. Witnesses – A. Bennett, William Cole, Sarah Cole. Executors: Wife, Olive Owen, William Norwood, Jr. Witnessed by William Cole and Sarah Cole. Probate date missed. (WB A/64) ^ Compare the children’s names in this will against the following 1831 will of his wife.
1831 September 19 – Chatham County, NC: Will of Winnefred Owen. Son Jesse Tatum. Daughters Mary Bynum, Winnefred Bennett, Rhoda Bynum, Charity Edwards. Granddaughters: Mary Arnold, Martha Amal, Dolly Amal. Executor – friend John Hackney. Witnesses: J. Bennett, Isaiah Cole. Will probated August Court 1834. (WB C/4) ^
Some projected children of Peter Tatum (ca1730/40 to 1782) + wife Winnifred __. ^
(1). Mary Tatum daughter of Peter Tatum, married __ Bynum per mother’s 1831 will.
(2). Winnifred “Winnie” Tatum daughter of Peter Tatum, married __ Bennett per mother’s 1831 will. Husband possibly was William Bennett.
(3). Jesse Tatum “I” (ca1760 to 1830+), son of Peter Tatum “I” (ca1735 – 1782), is an heir (thus living) in his mother’s Winnifred Tatum Owen’s 1831 will. His wife’s name is not known. In 1790 census records, he could be the Jesse Tatum in Chatham County, but is not the Jesse Tatum in Anson County. The following Jesse Tatum in Elbert County, Georgia likely belongs here. No Elbert County, Georgia deeds could be found for Jesse which is a surprise. Elbert’s Jesse Tatum is tagged with his son – Jesse Tatum “II’ who stated in census records that he was born about 1802 in Georgia, location not given. Additional evidence would be useful to complete the link.
(consider) 1790 US Census of Chatham County, North Carolina: Jesse Tatom, 1 male under 16, 1 male 16+, 2 females. In the same county as Edward Tatom (Senior) and John Tatom but not listed near them. However, the census is partially alphabetized.
(consider) 1791 July 6 – Chatham County, NC: Jesse Tatum of Chatham County, North Carolina deeded to George Lucas of same, for 100 pounds money, a tract or parcel of land lying the fork of the Haw River of Robinsons Creek…to Isham Gunter’s line…to the mouth of a branch on the River….. 260 acres. Signed; Jessey “x” Tatum. Witnesses: Overton Daniel, Salley “X” Letbetter. August Court 1791. (DB E/224)
(probably) 1815 Elbert County, Ga Tax: Captain Dunston Blackwill’s District: Jesse Tatum, no other details, no listing of slave numbers.
Georgia Property Tax Digests, online at ancestry.com as pointed out by Cecilie Graziano, email courtesy 6 November 2015.
(probably) 1820 US Census of Elbert County, Georgia: Jesse Tatum, 1 female 0-9, 2 males and 3 females 16-25, 1 male and 1 female 45+, no slaves. In same county is a John Byrd and Thomas Tatum, age 45+ who is not near Jesse Tatum.
(probably) 1830 US Census of Elbert County, Ga: Jesse Tatum, 1 male 70-79 (born ~1751 to 1760), 1 female 15-19, 1 female 30-39, no slaves.
Children (incompete) of Jesse Tatum “I” (ca1760 to 1830+)
(i). (consider) Elisha Tatum (1791/1800 per census, better 1799, to ?), son of Jesse Tatum “I” (1760 – 1830+), married 4 June 1832 Coweta County, Georgia to Mary Ballard. He sold two Elbert County tracts of 106.5 acres in the year 1828 which have not been reviewed (DB V51 and V/47). The Elbert County link and his move to Cobb County clues best places him here.
1821 Georgia Land Lottery: “Elisha Tatom” Elbert County
1840 US Census of District 898, Cobb County, Georgia: Elisha Tatum 2 males and 1 female 0-4, 1 female 5-9, 1 female 10-15, 1 female 30-40, 1 male 40-50.
(ii). Jesse Tatum “II” (1802 to 1883), son of Jesse Tatum “I” (ca1760 to 1831+) married in Elbert County, Georgia on 9 April 1829 (county record) to Sarah Rowsau or Rosseau? (December 1811 to >1900+) and later lived in Cobb County, Georgia. Both are reported buried in unmarked graves at Old Roswell Cemetery, Roswell, Fulton County, Georgia per findagrave.com and their info for Sarah is incorrect.
1840 US Census of District 195, Elbert Co. Ga: 2 males 0-4, 2 females 5-9, 1 female 20-29, 1 male 30-39
1850 US Census of Cobb County, Ga: Jesse Tatum 46 born Georgia, Sarah Tatum 35 Va, Martha Tatum 17 Ga, Lucinda Tatum 16 Ga, Francis A. Tatum 14 Ga (male), George Tatum 8 Ga, Mary F. Tatum 4 Ga, Sarah Jane Tatum 2 Ga.
1870 US Census of Roswell, Cobb County, Ga: Jesse Tatum 68 Ga, Sarah Tatum 52 Va, Lucinda A. Tatum 31 Ga; Jesse A. Tatum 19 Ga, William Tatum 15 Ga.
1900 US Census of Crossville District, Milton County, Ga: Hosia? W. Coleman 56, Mary F. Coleman wife January 1846, children and Sarah E. Tatum, mother in law, Dec. 1811, age 88, 11 children, 7 living.
(IV^), Line of Peter Tatum (~1710 to 1751) + wife Sarah Heath
Son of Edward Tatum (1670/1680 to 1739 ) of Surry County, Virginia
(IV^). Peter Tatum (~1710 to 18 March 1750/51 Surry County ***), son of Edward Tatum (1670/80 to 1739):
Note: Surry County records sometimes list him as “junior,” in order to separate him from another Peter Tatum “I” (~1705 to >1751) who married Mary Epps. This last one was a son of Nathaniel Tatum (~1670 to 1735+) and had his land in Prince George County which extended over the county line into Surry County.
Overview for Peter Tatum (~1710 to 1751) + Sarah Heath
Peter Tatum (born ~1710) was the husband of Sarah, a daughter of William Heath who remembered Peter in his will in Surry County. Heath’s will was dated 8 November 1745 and proved 16 April 1746. * Albemarle Parish Register records the Baptisms of 4 of their children. Peter wrote his own will in Surry County naming 5 children 7 days before they recorded his death in the Albemarle Parish Register (will dated 11 March 1750/1). * Thomas and Edward came under the guardianship of Henry Tatum in 1758. Sarah married 2nd to a Nathaniel Tatum before 27 October 1758 when they deeded 116 acres Peter left to her sons.
* Southside Virginia Genealogies, by John W. Pritchett, Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc. on CD, page 1593 and 1597. (*) Southside Virginia Genealogies. Pritchett believed Peter Tatum of both Surry and Prince George County was the son of Nathaniel Tatum, as did John Frederick Dorman in his "Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia, Volume 3.
***Albemarle Parish Register, established 1738 and in action by 1741.
Details for Peter Tatum (~1710 to 1751) and Sarah Heath
1741/42 February - Surry County Court: Indentures of Lease and Release between Thomas Vincent of Brunswick County and John Vincent of Surry of one part to Amelia, wife of the said John Vincent and Adam Heath of Surry...were proved to be the acts and deeds of the said Thomas and John and Act and deed of the said Amelia by the Oaths of Thomas Eldridge, William Heath, Peter Tatum and Thomas Bedingfield, witnesses thereto and by the Court to be Recorded.
1743 January 25 - Albemarle Parish Register: Thomas son of Thomas and Sarah Heeth born 25 January 1743. Godparents were John Smith, Peter Tatum, Francis Smith
1743 May - Surry County Court: On the Motion of Rebecca Hawthorn who made Oath according to Law, a Certificate is granted her for obtaining letters of Administration of the Estate of John Hawthorn, deceased. Giving Security on which she together with Peter Hawthorn and Peter Tatum, her Securities entered into and acknowledged their Bond for her due Administration of the said decedent's estate.
Surry County, Virginia Court Records 1741-1745, by Weynette Parks Haun, pages 5 & 41, 2004, Book VIII.
1743 June 24 - Albemarle Parish Registry: Mary, daughter of John and Elizabeth Heeth born 24 June 1743. God Parents: William Heeth, Rebecca Heeth, Sarah Tatum
1743 October - Albemarle Parish, Richard Carter and David Jones procession from Cooks Bridge along the Road to Joseph Swamp, then thence up the Swamp to Prince George Line and along that line to the beginning: (includes) Adam Heath, John Tatum, Peter Tatum, Peter Tatum Jun. Present while processioning included Peter Tatum.
1745 September - Surry County Court: On the motion of Peter Tatum, a witness for Thomas Tomlinson by John Tomlinson, his next friends against Benjamin Moody. It is Ordered that he pay him 75 pounds of Nett Tobacco for 3 days attendance at this Court according to law.
Surry County, Virginia Court Reords 1741-1745, by Weynette Parks Haun, pages 106, 2004, Book VIII.
1745 November 8 - Surry County: Will of William Heath; to wife Elizabeth Heath, to sons John Heath, Thomas Heath, William Heath, daughters Mary Heath , Rebecca Heath, Sarah Tatum wife of Peter Tatum, Elizabeth Taylor, wife of Roger Taylor, grandson John Heath, son of Abraham Heath, granddaughter Sarah, daughter of Adam. Executrix: wife Elizabeth Health. Witnesses James Gee, Henry Gee, and James Gee, Jr. Administered: 16 April 1746.
Source Surry County Historical Society, Surry County Will and Deeds Book 1738-1754, page 526.
1748 April - Surry County Court: Robert Berry and Ann his wife were plaintiffs against William Hix and Mary his wife when the defendant Mary spoke slanderous words concerning the plaintiff Ann. The jury included Peter Tatum.
Surry County, Virginia Court Records, 1746-1748, Book IX, by Weynette Parks Haun, page 94 and 95.
1751 April - Surry County, Virginia: Will of Peter Tatum Surry County. To my son Thomas Tatum the plantation whereon I now live with half the adjoining land. To son Edward Tatum, the plantation where my mother lived and the other ½ adjoining. To Wenia, household articles. To sons, Thomas and Edward, household articles. Mentions "all my children." Wife Sarah Tatum be executrix. Signed: Peter Tatum (sealed) Witnesses: Thomas Young, Elizabeth "E" Tatum, Mary "+" Heeth. Made: 11 March 1750/51. Proved 16 April 1751.
Wills and Administrations of Surry County, Virginia 1671-1750 by Eliza Timberlake Davis, 1980, page 127, original Book 9, page 687, modified by original
1751 April - Surry County Court: The last Will and Testament of Peter Tatum, deceased, was presented in Court by Sarah Tatum, Widow and Relict of the said decedent and Executrix therein named who made Oath thereto according to Law and the same was proved by the Oaths of Thomas Young, Elizabeth Tatum, and Mary Heath the witnesses thereto and by the Court ordered to be recorded and on the motion of the said Executrix Certificate is granted her for obtaining a probate thereof in due form.
1751 April - Surry County Court: An Inventory of the Estate of Peter Tatum, Deceased was returned and by the Court ordered to be Recorded.
Surry County, Virginia Court Records, 1749-1751, Book X, by Weynette Parks Haun, page 101
1751 September - Albemarle Parish: David Jones and William Cook to procession by Cooks Bridge along Cooks Road to Joseph Swamp thence up the said Swamp to Prince George County Line and by that Line to Black Swamp thence to the beginning: (included) William Heath's land, Peter Tatums land, Peter Tatums land (twice stated)....
~1755 March - Albemarle Parish: David Jones and William Cook procession from Cooks Bridge along Cooks Road to Joseph Swamp so to Prince George County Line thence by that Line to Backwater thence to the Beginning: (included) the Land of Peter Tatum, deceased.
Albemarle Parish Vestry Book, 1742-1786 – Surry and Sussex Counties, Virginia, by Virginia Lee Hutcheson Davis and Andrew Wilburn Hogwood
1758 February - Sussex County Court: Thomas and Edward Tatum, Orphans of Peter Tatum personally appeared in Court and chose Henry Tatum for their Guardian whereupon he with John Tatum and Nathaniel Mitchell his securities entered into and acknowledged their Boon for his due performance of that trust.
Sussex County, Virginia Court Records 1757-1759, by Weynette Parks Haun, page 102, Book Two.
(probably) 1758 October 24 – Northampton County, North Carolina: John Ogburn of Sussex County, Virginia deeded to Nathaniel Tatum of Sussex County, Virginia, for 70 pounds, 150 acres on south side of Maherin River, joining Maherin Creek, Moses Moores, a branch, and Henry Hill. Witnesses: Thomas Tatum, Edward Tatum, Sarah Tatum, Eppes Tatum. January Court 1759. (DB 2/527)
Deed Abstracts of Northampton County, North Carolina 1741-1759, by Margaret M. Hofmann, Deed Books 1 and 2.
Names of witnesses us give clues to selecting which Nathaniel Tatum, although this requires some speculation. Using the deed witness names, Thomas and Edward Tatum would be the step-children of Nathaniel Tatum “II,” (~1700 to 1763+), son of Nathaniel Tatum “I” (~1670 to 1738+) and grandson of Samuel Tatum (~1635 to 1715). His first wife was Emelia Scott and 2nd wife Sarah Heath (Heeth). Sarah married first to Peter Tatum (1710 to 1751+ will), son of Edward Tatum (~1670/80 to 1739) and had two sons, Thomas and Edward Tatum). Sarah Tatum in the deed would be Sarah Heath Tatum, the 2nd wife of Nathaniel Tatum. Eppes Tatum would be a closely related nephew of Nathaniel Tatum “II.” Further review of Northampton County deeds up until 1786 shows nothing more relating to these Tatums.
1758 October 27 – Sussex County: Sarah is now married to Nathaniel Tatum as noted in their deed to Sarah’s sons: Nathaniel Tatum of Sussex County and Sarah his wife deeded to Thomas and Edward Tatum of the same county of the same county, sons of the said Sarah Tatum...for consideration of the natural love and affection which they the said Nathaniel Tatum and Sarah his wife...tract or parcel of land lying in Sussex County on the north side of Josephs Swamp whereon the said Nathaniel Tatum now lives containing 116 acres which Peter Tatum, deceased by his will...and said Peter Tatum deceased that his widow, now wife to the said Nathaniel Tatum. Signed: Nathaniel Tatum, Sarah Tatum. Entered 17 November 1758. (DB A/339)
Children of Peter Tatum (~1710 to 1751) + Sarah Heath: (1), (2), etc
(I). Edward Tatum, son of Peter Tatum (~1710 to 1751) and Sarah Heath. Albemarle Parish Registry records Edward Tatum was baptized 16 July 1741 with parents being Peter and Sarah Tatum. God Parents – John Tatum, Robert Hix, Berthia Tatum. ^ After 1758, Edward’s trail is lost.
(II). Sarah Tatum (9 October 1744): Parents – Peter and Sarah Tatum. God Parents - Christopher Tatum, Jr. Mary Moss, Rebecca Heeth
(III). Rebecca "Becky" Tatum (6 May 1747 – 14 March 1750/1). Albemarle Parish Registry notes her Baptismal date and parents being Peter and Sarah Tatum. God Parents were John Smith, Mary Heath, Rebecca Heath.
Birth and Deaths from Albemarle Parish Register by John Bennett Boddie, 1958
(IV). Winney or Wenia Tatum Albemarle Parish Register - Baptism was 9 December 1749 and parents were Peter and Sarah Tatum; God Parents were Joshua Tatum, Boyce Tatum, Mary Tatum
(V). Thomas Tatum (1740? to 1780), son of Peter and Sarah Tatum
Overview of Thomas Tatum (~1740 to 1780)
Thomas Tatum married 1st to Elizabeth __ and between 1777 and 1780, he married 2nd to Susanna _ who is named in his will. This will also named his mother-in-law Mary Doby. Thomas Tatum’s baptism is not listed in Albemarle Parish Register, but he is named in his father Peter Tatum’s will. Since he was named first in the will, he is likely the oldest and born before Albemarle Records began in 1742, i.e. ~1740. Dorman states Thomas was apprenticed to becoming a tailor in 1763. ^ Land given to Thomas and his brother Edward in 1758 was sold by Thomas and his wife Elizabeth in 1776.
^ Adventurers of Purse and Person, by John Frederick Dorman, 3/287
Thomas Tatum must be separated from Thomas Tatum - son of Christopher Tatum I and Thomas Tatum, son of Joshua Tatum. Some of the following records could be confused with a different Thomas Tatum.
Details on Thomas Tatum (~1740 to 1782)
1758 October 27 – Sussex County: Nathaniel Tatum of Sussex County and Sarah his wife deeded to Thomas and Edward Tatum of the same county of the same county, sons of the said Sarah Tatum...for consideration of the natural love and affection which they the said Nathaniel Tatum and Sarah his wife...tract or parcel of land lying in Sussex County on the north side of Josephs Swamp whereon the said Nathaniel Tatum now lives containing 116 acres which Peter Tatum, deceased by his will...and said Peter Tatum deceased that his widow, now wife to the said Nathaniel Tatum. Signed: Nathaniel Tatum, Sarah Tatum. Entered 17 November 1758. (DB A/339)
1768 March 14 - Albemarle Parish, Sussex County: Processioned Thomas Tatum's land, Augustine Claibornes land, William Heaths land, Charles Gees Land, etc.
1769 March 10 - Sussex County: Augustine Claiborne, Esquire and wife Mary Claiborne deeded to Thomas Peebles planter for 310 pounds...400 acres on the east side of Josephs Swamp being the land bought from Thomas Young, Nathaniel Harrison and John Shands and is bounded to Thomas Tatum, Nathaniel Tatum, William Heath, the late Adam Heath, William Eldridge, the public road leading to Cabin Point, Shands Bridge and Shands Branch. Land was the mansion plantation of the Thomas Young and of Nathaniel Harrison called "the School House Tract." (Signed). Augustine Claiborne and Mary Claiborne.
Sussex County Deed Book D from Sussex County, Virginia Deed Books A-E, 1754 to March 1779, by William Lindsay Holmes, 1990, page 111
1770 October 27 - Albemarle Parish Register: Abner, son of Thomas and Sarah Heeth born 17 October 1770. God Parents were Charles Green, Thomas Tatum, Jemima Heeth.
1776 November 27 - Sussex County: Thomas Tatum and wife Elizabeth Tatum deeded to Thomas Peebles for 116 pounds...116 acres on the north side of Joseph's Swamp and bounded by said Peebles, Thomas Lewis, and William Heath, Jr. deceased. Witnesses: Richard Blow, P. Williams, John Gilliam. Signed: Thomas Tatum. Recorded 19 June 1777.
Sussex County, Virginia Deed Books 1754-1779, by William Lindsay Hopkins, page 182, 1990, Deed Book "E."
1780/1782 - Sussex County: Will of Thomas Tatum, 4 September 1780 and proved 21 February 1782. To daughter Mary Williams Tatum.. My three children viz Mary Tatum, Peter Tatum and John Tatum all the personal estate that may fall to me from the death of my mother-in-law, Mary Doby. Wife Susanna Tatum 254 acres that I live on for life and then to go to my two sons, John Tatum and Edward Tatum. My children viz Mary Tatum, William Tatum, Peter Tatum, Sally Tatum, and Edward Tatum. Executors: Henry Tatum and Arthur Williamson. Witnesses: Jess Williamson, Frederick Loftin and Jess Jordan.
(Sussex County Will Book "C" 1772-1785 by William Lindsay Hophins, 1990, page 86, original page 441)
Doby should be Susanna’s maiden name, as the will mentions "my mother-in-law Mary Doby." However, Thomas Tatum had two mother-in-laws.
Children of Thomas Tatum (~1740 to 1782), per will
noted by (i) through (vi)
(1). Mary Williams Tatum, baptized 22 September 1769
1769 - Albemarle Parish Register: Mary Williams Tatum was baptized 22 September 1769, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Tatum. Godparents were William Heeth Jr., Anne Mitchell, Elizabeth Andrews.
(2). Peter Tatum, baptized 27 October 1773:
1773 - Albemarle Parish Register: Peter Tatum, born 27 October 1773, son of Thomas and Elizabeth Tatum. Godparents were Edward Smith, Eph. Onie, and Mary Painter.
Births, Deaths, and Sponsors 1717-1728 from the Albemarle Parish Register of Surry and Sussex Counties, Virginia, by John Bennett Boddie, 1958.
(3). William Tatum
(4). John Tatum: The following may or may not be this individual:
1809 March 17 - Friday: John Tatum of Sussex County, Virginia died.
(From Petersburg Intelligencer, semiweekly newspaper, Petersburg, Virginia filed at Library of Virginia online.)
(5). Sally Tatum
(6). Edward Tatum – no information