New for July 2009 and 2010
Solving some Tangled Tatum Lines
Note - New Extensive Changes for this Samuel Tatum
New Evidence suggests Samuel Tatum III never existed
Sam Tatum III misidentified for Sam, son of Nathaniel Tatum (~1670)
Son, John Tatum has 1765 Joseph's Swamp Grant (Prince George County)
Last Years of John + Elizabeth Tatum in Southampton County, Virginia
Dispute by John Tatum with Samuel Tatum's Will – below in John Tatum Section
Grandson Richard Tatum (~1737) traced to Halifax County, North Carolina
More on John Tatum (1710 – 1774) and family
New for 2011
More on Richard Tatum in Halifax County, North Carolina
Born, estimated ~1692
Married (current theory) 1st to Phebe and 2nd to Elizabeth __.
Death date - 1758
Parents: Nathaniel Tatum (~1670's) + Elizabeth.
Grandparents: Samuel Tatum "I" + Mary.
Family records: None identified at this time.
(More likely now)...Phebe __ (maiden name unknown)
Birth date unknown; Recorded only in 1710
Died (current theory) ~1710-1716.
Why? See discussion
Born: not known; Name noted in 1717, 1718, and 1738.
Evidence of her marriage to this Samuel Tatum is given below.
Died after 1738
Parents and relatives unknown, but possible links to will heirs or sponsored parents at Baptisms.
First writing 1 February 2007; previous revision 23 March 2011; This revision 20 October, Jim Murphy, www.planetmurphy.org
(1) Tatums Covered in this Chapter:
(1). Samuel Tatum (~1692 to 1758-will) and wives 1st – Pheby and 2nd – Elizabeth. Virginia Counties - Prince George, Surry, & Sussex. Children are (1 - 4) and grandchildren (i – iv+).
(i). John Tatum (1710 to 1774 - estate administration) + Elizabeth. Virginia Counties – Prince George, Surry, Sussex, Southampton
(a). Mary Tatum (1741)
(b) Joshua Tatum (? to 1775-will); never married; Southampton Co.
(c) Rebecca Tatum
(d) Richard Tatum (~1737 to ?) + Mary; Southampton Co, Va., Halifax County, North Carolina.
(ii). William Tatum (1717 to >1756); Virginia Counties Surry, Sussex; where did he go?
(iii). Elizabeth Tatum (1718 to >1756)
(iv). (possibly) George Tatum (~1721 to 1803-admin); See his chapter
(2). Researcher's Comments
What follows is my interpretation and reconstruction of this family line. At the beginning of my search, this Sam Tatum – the son of Nathaniel + Elizabeth Tatum was an incidental wild card in a Sam Tatum I, II, & III or Sam Tatum I, II lineup. Proof that this Samuel existed is given in a 1727 deed from Nathaniel Tatum, Sr. to his son Samuel Tatum. A similar 1727 deed to his brother Nathaniel Tatum mentioned the father and mother to be Nathaniel Tatum Sr. and Elizabeth Tatum. All are hard to trace because Prince George County lost its deeds after 1728 and court records after 1739 until about 1787. We are lucky because Sam soon moved to Surry County, that part which became Sussex County in 1753/54.
The 1756 Sussex County will for Samuel Tatum has caused endless confusion because he bequeathed his property to an eleven month old "infant" and a 5 year old girl who were not his offspring. Any relationship has to be indirect or on his wife's side. On the other hand, John Tatum does surface when he takes to court the "infant" – John Gilliam, "the five year old" – Sarah Bagley, and the executor – Hinchia Gilliam. Court records don't tell us specifically what his complaint was, but we can image that he is contesting being left out of the will. If the problem was a simple debt to John, one would expect this referred directly to the executor for payment before final estate settlement.
This writer strongly suspects now that Samuel Tatum of the 1756 Sussex will is really Samuel Tatum, son of Nathaniel (~1670) and Elizabeth Tatum. This Sam Tatum had a son named John, whose records give us the thread to trace this line. So, where is Samuel Tatum III? He appears to be misidentified for the real Sam (~1692) - the son of Nathaniel Tatum (~1670). He never existed. Anything previously attributed to him now belongs to someone else.
One question still needs to be answered. Is Sam Tatum "II" (~1674) switched for Sam Tatum (~1692), son of Nathaniel Tatum (~1670)? That is – does the 1756 Sussex will belong to Sam Tatum "II?" It is a good question and needs to be answered. Evidence against Sam Tatum "II" (~1674) in the 1756 will is:
(1). A 1738 deed exists by Samuel + Elizabeth Tatum with three consecutive generations of Tatums: 1 – witness signatures of Nathaniel (~1670) + Elizabeth Tatum, 2 – grantor signatures of Samuel (~1692) + Elizabeth Tatum, (3) grantee John Tatum
(1710). This John Tatum contested the 1756 will.
(2) Sam Tatum in his 1756 will bequeathed what now is known as 143 acres of land north of Mill Swamp in Surry County. This land was composed of two land grants – 80 acres in 1729 and 63 acres in 1750. The 1729 land grant recorded him as Samuel Tatum, Junior. With Sam III now eliminated, Samuel Tatum II should be this senior.
(3) Final years suggest a younger Sam Tatum:
(a). In March 1748, Samuel Tatum and others were ordered to assist clearing a road from Edmund's Mill into Cooks Road.* In 1748, Samuel Tatum, if born 1692, would be age 56. If born 1670 to 1675, he would be age 73 to 78 which this writer thinks too old.
* Surry County, Virginia Court Records, 1746-1748, Book IX, by Weynette Parks Haun, page 127
(b). The 1743 Albemarle Parish Processions noted "Samuel Tatum" with his presence in 1743. The 1747 and 1752 Processions record as Samuel Tatum's "land," with the last one noting him being present and actually helping.** In 1743, Sam Tatum (~1692) would be about age 51. In 1752, he would be about age 60. Sam II (1670/75) would be age 68 - 73 in 1743 and age 77 - 82 in 1752.
** Albemarle Parish Vestry Book 1742-1786, by Virginia Lee Hutcheson Davis and Andrew Wilburn Hogwood, 2005, pages 56 and 59
The following records name four wives for "Samuel Tatum," who should belong to either Samuel Tatum "II," or Samuel Tatum - son of Nathaniel Tatum (~1670):
(1). Mary - wife of Samuel Tatum, son Francis born 1721 per Bristol Parish Registry.
(2). Phebe - wife of Samuel Tatum, son John born 1710 per Bristol Parish Registry.
(3). Elizabeth – wife of Samuel Tatum, son William and daughter Elizabeth, born 1717 and 1718 per Bristol Parish Registry; also noted as a wife of Sam Tatum in a deed to son John Tatum in 1738.
(4). Francis - wife of Sam Tatum, mentioned once on a single release deed in 1736.
Surviving Bristol Parish Registry records began in 1720. Negative photostats of what appears to be the original Bristol Parish Registry show all four Sam Tatums and wives were incidental (additional) entries filed under "T" surnames during the year 1723. Mary was separated from the others by one unrelated name. Records for Phoebe and Elizabeth are sequential. No unreadable line(s) could be found which might suggest an additional or missing 1723 birth for another child.
The next problem is whether both Samuel Tatums had a son named John, something that would not be surprising. Let's consider John Tatum, who received a deed from Samuel + Elizabeth in 1738, to their "son" for "love and affection." If he was the minimum taxable age of 16, then he had to be born 1722, or earlier if he was older. But all the Sam Tatum data in the Bristol Parish Registry was entered in the year 1723. He should be there with the other entries for Elizabeth, wife of Samuel Tatum, but is not. Therefore, their son John must be the one born 1710, son of Samuel + Phebe Tatum. Phebe becomes the 1st wife, and Elizabeth the 2nd wife of Samuel Tatum (~1692) - son of Nathaniel Tatum (~1670).
Okay, what's next? Francis, wife of Sam Tatum in 1736 has to be a mistake on a poorly written release that Sam couldn't read because he was illiterate. Her signature was never requested and is mentioned only once.
That leaves the wife Mary. By the process of elimination, she belongs to Sam Tatum "II." Admittedly, this appears awkward. Sam "II" must have married later in life to a much younger spinster. In 1721, this Sam would be age 46 to 51. Mary is given the title "spinster" because no children came forward to take care of them during their final years. Instead, they needed Parish assistance. Their 1721 newborn son, Francis Tatum cannot be traced unless a wrong first name was entered. Possibly, no offspring survived them.
At the time of this revision (6/2009), it appears that Samuel Tatum - son of Nathaniel Tatum (~1670) had a teenage marriage with Phebe. Phebe then died or left him with son John and Sam married 2nd about 1716 to Elizabeth. This arrangement for the wives is so different from previous listings that it may be hard to accept. The research is never over, so there could be more u-turns coming!
(III). Bristol Parish Register Records for Samuel Tatum
1710 - Bristol Parish Register: "John, son of Samuel and Phebe Tatum, born 7 June 1710".
“Vestry Book and Register of Bristol Parish, Virginia 1720-1789,” by Churchill G. Chamberlayne, 2004 CD by Heritage Books, Inc, page 98. Further entries from the Bristol Parish will be noted only as Bristol Parish Vestry or Register.
1717 - Bristol Parish Register: "William, son of Samuel and Elizabeth Tatum, born 26 June 1717."
1718 – Bristol Parish Register: Elizabeth, daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Tatum, born 29 November 1718."
Comment: Bristol Parish boundaries covered parts of today's Prince George County and Dinwiddie County. Albemarle Parish covered parts of Surry and the breakaway Sussex County established in 1753/54. Other colonial church parishes did exist in Sussex, Dinwiddie, Brunswick, and old Surry Counties.
(IV). Deeds Naming Samuel Tatum
15 July 1717 Prince George County: Nathaniel Tatum, Jr. was deeded 221 acres in Prince George County which (is) bounded at the corner hickory of the said Tatum along his own line, north...to a black oak of Samuel Tatum, Jr., thence along his line east, 15 July 1717 and in consideration on 25 Shillings. (Location not given)
(Virginia Colonial Abstracts, Series 2, Volume 6, Prince George County, Volume 1, Land Patents 1666-1719 by Lindsay O. Duvall, 1962, page 59, original Book 10, page 341.)
Comment: This Nathaniel Tatum, Jr. appears to be the son of Samuel Tatum I (~1640's). Nathaniel Senior was now Nathaniel Tatum II (~1640's - ~1719), son of the immigrant Nathaniel Tatum (~1595/1605 – ~1674/75). There is no evidence that this Nat Tatum II, (~1635/40's - ~1719) had a son Nathaniel Tatum III. Samuel Tatum I was already dead, so that senior is Sam Tatum II (~1774) and junior is Sam Tatum (~1792) - son of Nathaniel. "Junior" helps us when some of deeds state "Sam Tatum, Jr."
10 January 1718 Prince George County: Nathaniel Tatum and Elizabeth his wife of Prince George County deeded to Richard Carlile of same county, 100 acres on south side of Joseph Swamp being part of a tract taken up and patented by Nathaniel Tatum and bounded by Josephs Swamp. Witnesses were Robert Jeffreys and Samuel ("x") Tatum. (Signed) Nathaniel ("x") Tatum and Elizabeth ("x") Tatum.
21 January 1718 Prince George County: Nathaniel Tatum, Jr. and Elizabeth his wife, of Prince George County deeded to Samuel Tatum of the same county 175 acres between Warwick and Joseph's Swamps being part of a tract taken up and patented by Nathaniel Tatum, Jr. Witnesses were Abraham Heath, Edward Tatum. (Signed) Nathaniel (x) Tatum, Elizabeth (x) Tatum.
12 June 1727 Prince George County: Nathaniel Tatum, Sr. of Bristol Parish, Prince George County, (sold) to his son Samuel Tatum of same, 100 acres on south side of Josephs Swamp, beginning at the south side of Joseph's Swamp at the mouth of a small branch which divides the land of Richard Carlile and the land of the of the said Samuel Tatum, thence up the said branch to the head...along a dividing line...to a hickory a the head of the dividing line between the said Samuel Tatum and his brother Nathaniel Tatum, Junior, thence along the dividing line between them to the head of a branch to said brothers Plantation, thence down the branch to the main Joseph's Swamp, thence up the Swamp to the beginning. Witnesses: John Bonner, Jr. and Joseph Simons. Signed: Nathaniel "x" Tatum. Deed -12 June 1727. Court – 13 June 1727. (Prince George County Records 1713-1728, page 1006)
Comment: Prince George County records were lost after this; deeds after 1728 and court records after 1739, until about 1787. Virginia land grants remained unaffected. In fact, only one deed book and some miscellaneous papers survived between the years 1729 and 1787. Because of this, tracking these people becomes really difficult. Tax Processions of property owners by Bristol Parish are limited in detail.
(V). Samuel Tatum in old 1729 Surry County, Virginia
Now Today's Sussex County
27 September 1729 Surry County: Samuel Tatum, Jr. of Surry County was granted 80 acres of land on the south side of the main Blackwater Swamp, beginning and extending on the north side of the Mill Swamp a line of trees of Captain John Simmons land, thence by Simmon's line along said swamp....
(Land Office Grants, Library of Virginia on-line record)
Comment: The Mill Swamp land of Sam Tatum would be in the northern most tip of today's Sussex County. Mill Swamp hasn't been identified on a map in today's Sussex County.
14 October 1729 Surry County, Virginia: Peter Tatum and wife, Mary Tatum of Brunswick County deeded to Christopher Tatum of Surry County, 152.5 acres (being part of two tracts of land, one of which was bought by Nathaniel Tatum, father of the aforesaid Peter Tatum and Christopher Tatum, from Thomas Busby and the other was granted to said Nathaniel Tatum. These lands were devised to the said Peter Tatum by the Will of Nathaniel Tatum, deceased, dated 24 August 1714. (Tract #1): 52.5 acres is on the south side of Joseph's Swamp and bounded by Stephen Housman and the Miry Meadow Branch. (Tract #2): One hundred acres beginning at the lower end in Stephan Houseman's line ...along Christopher Tatum, Robert Doby and to the land of Samuel Tatum, Jr. Recorded 15 October 1729. Signed: Peter Tatum, Mary (“x”) Tatum. Witnesses: Thomas Avent and John Payater?
(Surry County, Virginia Deeds 1715-1730, no microfilm page numbers, possibly 984)
Sam Tatum's 150 acres in 1734 & 1736
1 August 1734 Surry County: Samuel Tatum, Jr. of Prince George County was granted 150 acres on the south side of the "Main Blackwater Swamp" with line between Prince George and Surry Counties to Pollard Denton's line; to Peter Tatum's line; to Christopher Tatum's line, to Nathaniel Tatum's line. Beginning and extending a line tree in the County line betwixt Prince George and Surry Counties....
(Land Office Grants at Library of Virginia on-line and Land Patent Book 15)
Comment: Notice that Peter, Christopher and Nathaniel Tatum also appear in the 1729 deed which better pin points the location at Joseph's Swamp.
16 February 1736 Surry County Lease Deed: From Samuel Tatum, Prince George County, planter, to Robert Doby of Surry County, planter, for 5 shillings, 150 acres in Surry on the south side of the main branch Blackwater Swamp, and bounded by...(no identifiable landmarks). Assigns from henceforth for...unto the full and term of one year...belongs paying therefore unto this Samuel Tatum, his heirs, assignees at the end of this term the rent of one pepper corn. (Signed) Samuel Tatum. Witnesses: None Surry County Court: 19 October 1743. .
(Surry County Deed Book #4, page 161-162.)
17 February 1736 Surry County Release Deed: Indenture: Samuel Tatum of Prince George County, planter and Frances, his wife to Robert Doby of Surry County, plantar, for 12 pounds...said Samuel Tatum doth hereby acknowledge and thereof and therefrom doth acquit and discharge the said Robert Doby, his heirs, etc...indenture of bargain and sale for one year thereof made by this Samuel Tatum to him the said Robert Doby...one certain tract or parcel of land containing 150 acres in Surry. County .for one year...on the south side of the main Black Water Swamp...one certain tract or parcel of land containing 150 acres in Surry County on the south side of the main Black Water Swamp and bounded as in this recited indenture as mentioned....(Signed) Samuel Tatum. At a court held for Surry County 19 October 1743. This indenture of release was acknowledged by the named Samuel Tatum and by the courted ordered to be recorded. Tests: Aug. Claiborne, Clerk
Surry County Deed Book #4, page 162-163, following above indenture.
Comment: Details of the last entry appears slightly different than the 16 February 1736 lease. The first submission is the lease to sell and the second is the release document. The county used these double documents for a number of deeds, which created extra legal fees. The 1736 release is different in that it mentions wife Frances Tatum only once and the price has changed to 12 pounds. Sam Tatum signs alone and his wife is not mentioned again. Blackwater is misleading as noted in the 1734 grant. Identified neighbors lived somewhere along the waters of Joseph's Swamp.
1738 Deed of Samuel + Elizabeth Tatum to son John
9 May 1738 Surry County Indenture, Samuel Tatum and Elisabeth his wife of Prince George County deeded to John Tatum of Surry County for the natural love and affection which they have and bear to the said John Tatum their son one certain tract or parcel of land containing 85.5 acres and bounded as followeth: beginning at a pine in the county line thence about east along the line of William Heeth to a corner red oak and thence about south along the line of Adam Heeth and the line of William Robertson and so across the said Samuel Tatum's land to the beginning with all houses, buildings, orchards, woods, etc. ....which said granted land premises are situate lying and being between Warwick and Joseph Swamp in the Parish of Southwark and county of Surry...is the land the said John Tatum now liveth. Witnesses: Nathaniel Tatum, Elizabeth Tatum. (signed): Samuel (x) Tatum, Elizabeth (x) Tatum. (May 1738 Court)
Surry Court Deed Book 8 (1730-1738), pages 860-861.
Comment: This deed links this Samuel (+ Elizabeth) to Nathaniel Tatum and Elizabeth. The wording does not concisely define a relationship, but it is suggestive. Others might suggest Nat + Elizabeth Tatum could be a different pair – that family with the same names who moved to Edgecombe County, North Carolina in 1742.
Another Later 1742 Deed Mentions Sam Tatum
3 March 1742 Surry County deed from John Vincent, Jr. to William Health, Jr., both living in Surry County. This deed was for 30 pounds for two tracts of land: (1) one being on north side of Joseph's Swamp...and (2) other south side of Warrick Swamp in Surry County, bounded by Sawpitt Branch to a corner of William Health's lands...to a corner up Samuel Tatum's land, then by Tatum's line...to a corner of Edward Tatum's land...to a corner of James Minges land and back to Sawpit Branch. Witnesses: James Gee, Thomas Eldridge, Adam Health, Abram Heath. Signed; John Vinson, Junior. Court: 5 March 1742. Entered: 6 March 1742.
(Surry County, Virginia Deed Book 4, page 95)
(VI). Existing Albemarle Parish Registry Records as a God Parent
From about 1740 to 1776
Comment: A Tatum relationship with all these people might seem likely, but hasn't been identified. William Cullam is not recorded on the 1743/43 and 1747 Surry Tax Processions for property owners. He does appear on the 1751 Procession which pinpoints his land between a branch of Assamoosick and Coppahaunk Swamp in northeast Sussex County. William Johnson appears on all three and has property in the same Procession area as William Cullam in 1751. The Cottons (or possibly Cullam spelling) are never named in the Processions. Gilliam and Bayley are discussed with Sam Tatum's will.
(VII). Samuel Tatum's Parish Records for 1743 to 1748
1743 – Albemarle Parish Vestry: Surry County's Sam Tatum appears in the 1743 Procession as stated: "from the Old Parish Line up Black Water to Cooks Road and along the new Road to Black Swamp, and from thence to the land to Copohonk (Coppahaunk Swamp) and to beginning: (including) John Irby, Samuel Tatum. Those present (during the) Processioning included John Irby and Samuel Tatum.
Comment: Black Swamp is a not Blackwater Swamp, but is a separate water course to its south. The 1743 Albemarle Procession was its first after the Parish was established in 1741/1742.
1747 Albemarle County Vestry: (Probably in the Fall) "Peter Bagley and John Barker are appointed to procession from the Mouth of Town Swamp and up that to Head of the Tar Kiln Branch and down the said Branch to the Mill Swamp and including Samuel Tatum's land and thence to the new road thence to Cooks Road and by that to Black Water thence to the beginning."
(Albemarle Parish Vestry Book, 1742 – 1786, Surry and Sussex Counties, Virginia, by Virginia Lee Hutcheson Davis and Andrew Wilburn Hogwood, 2005)
1748 March Surry County Court: James Gee and John Irby, Gentlemen, are by the Court appointed to direct the most convenient way for a road to be cleared from this Court house over Edmunds's Mill into Cooks Road. It is ordered that Williott Roberts with Thomas Lashley, John Lashley, Samuel Tatum, Walter Lashley, John Barker, Henry Barker and Peter Bagley with their male laboring tithables and the male labouring tithables of Mary Briggs Widow clear the said road and keep it in repair.
Surry County, Virginia Court Records, 1746-1748, Book IX, by Weynette Parks Haun, page 127
(VIII). 1750 Samuel Tatum (III) Land Patent
1750 June 1 - Surry County, Virginia Land Office Grant: Samuel Tatum is granted 63 acres on the south side of Blackwater Swamp, adjoining the land of Thomas Cooper and William Gilbert...paying unto us our levis and successors for every 50 acres the fee rent of 1 shilling yearly to be paid upon the Feast of Saint Michael the Arch Angel and also cultivating and improving 3 acres part of every 50 of the tract...within 3 years of the date here presented 1 June 1750.
(Source Virginia Land Office Patents, Library of Virginia On-line)
Comment: Thomas Cooper and William Gilbert's lands are found in a 1759 Procession, both within in an area bounded by the Blackwater, Copper Hawnk (Coppahaunk) Swamp, Tarr Kill Branch on the Mill Swamp, and Old Town Swamp.
(IX). 1751 Samuel Tatum Parish Records
1751 September 17 – Albemarle Parish Vestry: Peter Bagley and John Parker are appointed to Procession from the mouth of the Town Swamp & up that to the head of the Tar Kiln Branch & down the same to the Mill Swamp including Samuel Tatum's Land and thence...to the New Road & so to Cooks Road and by that to Black Water and down the Swamp to the beginning.
1752 March 10 - Albemarle Parish Vestry: "In obedience to an Order of Vestry held for Albemarle Parish on the 15th of September 1751, appointed John Barker and Peter Bagley to see a precinct of land marks renewed in the above mentioned order, we therefore comply with our order on the 10th of March in the presences of William Cook, Henry Barker, Walter Lashley, Samuel Tatum, David Jones, John Lashley, Reubin Cook and Thomas Lashley all persons present in performing the work."
Albemarle Parish Vestry Book 1742-1786, by Virginia Lee Hutcheson Davis and Andrew Wilburn Hogwood, 2005, pages 56 and 59
(X). 1752 to 1755 Records Mentioning Samuel Tatum
1752 February - Surry County Court: Ordered that John Andrews pay unto Samuel Tatum, a witness for him against William Bradley 150 pounds of Nett Tobacco for 6 six days attendance at this Court according to Law.
"Surry County, Virginia Court Records, 1752-1753," Book XI, by Weynette Parks Haun, page 12.
1752 November 1 - Surry County: A marriage contract was written between William Moss and Edmund Ruffin - Gentleman, both of Surry County. This long winded contract proceeds to note the marriage between William Moss and Joanna Moss, who is now his wife. For love and affection, William Moss bequeathed a tract of 500 acres and plantation to his wife on the south side of Blackwater Swamp adjoining the lands of Thomas Cooper, Mary Briggs, Samuel Tatum, and John Irby.
This contract also reported that the land and plantation where the said Joanna now lives also has crops of corn and tobacco now on the premises. Included in a dowry were twelve head of black cattle, 28 hogs, 2 horses, 1 feather bed and furniture, 3 sheep, 1 iron pot, one iron kettle, 3 brass kettles, 1 iron skillet, 1 iron pot, 8 pewter dishes, 1 pewter basin, dozen pewter plates, 6 earthen plates, 1 woman's saddle, one man's saddle, 2 chests, 1 trunk, 3 tables, 3 chairs, 1 loom __ and harness, 3 dozen pewter spoons, 2 butter forks, 2 stone pans, 2 pails, 2 washing tables, 2 cider casks, 1 earthen pot, one stone mug, two glass tumblers, one gun, 2 barrels of guns?, 1 spice mortar, 1 frying pan, one spinning wheel and cards. Signed: William Moss, Edmond Ruffin. Surry County Court 26 November 1752. (DB 6/561)
1753 December - Surry County Court: William Eppes - Plaintiff against Samuel Tatum - Defendant by Petition.
"Surry County, Virginia Court Records, 1752-1753," Book XI, by Weynette Parks Haun, page 12.
1755 Albemarle Vestry Procession: Procession Masters, Peter Bagley and John Barker were appointed but their record is missing.
(XI). Sam Tatum in Sussex County, Virginia Records
Established 1753/54 from Surry County
1756 Will of Samuel Tatum, Sussex County
1756 January 12 – Sussex County, Virginia Will (abstract): "I, Samuel Tatum of the Lower part of S, sick and weak but of perfect mind and disposing memory..." "I give and dispose thereof as followeth."
"I give and bequeath unto John Gilliam the Land where I now live the son of Amey Gilliam and I desire that my Land may be valued and that John Gilliam may pay half of the value of it to Sarah Bagley the daughter of William Bagley and I desire that the remainder of my estate to be equally divided between John Gilliam and Sarah Bagley and I do hereby nominate and appoint Hinchia Gilliam my whole and sole executor of this desiring him to see this my last will and testament truly performed. In Witness I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this day of January 12, 1756." Samuel (his mark) Tatum, sealed with a wafer. Witnesses: William Briggs, Henry Briggs.
1757 December 15 - Sussex Court: Samuel Tatum, deceased, the executor was present in court, proved by the oaths of the witnesses and said executor were granted a certificate for obtaining a probate.
1757 December 16 – Sussex County Court: The aforewritten last will, testament of Samuel Tatum, deceased was present in court by Hinchia Gilliam, the executor therein named who made oath thereto according to law....
(Sussex County, Virginia Wills, 1754-1764 by TLC Genealogy, page 26, original page 83. Will and 1757 record courtesy of Pat Stricklin, email of 20 June 2008).
1758 June - Surry County Court: Inventory and appraisement of the Estate of Samuel Tatum, deceased, Items mentioned include: 7 cattle, 15 hogs, 1 horse, 2 chairs, 1 desk, 1 bed and furniture, 143 acres of land worth 25 pounds 10 shillings, 8 pence and a. total value of 53 pounds 7 shillings 4 pence. In obedience to Surry Court order dated November 1757, we appraised the estate. Signed May 10, 1758 – John Irby, John Tomlinson, Pettway Johnson. Signed 16 May 1758 and entered into court 16 June1758. (Sussex County Will Book A, page 94)
1769 November 16 - Surry County Court: Account of Estate of Samuel Tatum, deceased, shows payments to Thomas Cooper, William Bagley, Matthew Gibbs, John Tatum. Quitrents on 43 acres in 1758-1759 (from) Howell Briggs, Hugh Ivy, Daniel Fisher, Miles Cary and Nathaniel Johnson. Also, Mary Briggs and John Irby are mentioned. (Sussex County Will Book A, 1754-1764 by William Lindsay Hophins, 1990).
Comment: 1756 heirs named were (1) John Gilliam – 11 months old, son of Hinchea Gilliam, Jr. (executor) and his wife Amey, and (2) Sarah Bagley – 5 years old, daughter of William Bagley. No Tatum wife is mentioned. At no time is any heir described as his son or daughter, grandson or granddaughter.
(XII) Dispute with Will - See John Tatum in Section XV
(XIII). Where was the location of Samuel Tatum's land in the Will?
1759, 1768 and 1771 Sussex County: John Barker or Nathaniel Barker and James Boisseau Jones were appointed to Procession from the Mouth of the Old Town Swamp and up that to the head of the Tarr Kiln Branch, down that to the Mill Swamp; thence to the New Road and so to Cooks Road by that to Blackwater and thence to the beginning.
In 1759: including Samuel Tatum's Land
In 1768 and 1771: John Gilliam's land, formerly Samuel Tatum's land
("Albemarle Parish Vestry Book, 1742-1786 (Surry and Sussex Counties, Virginia," by Virginia Lee Hutcheson Davis and Andrew Wilburn Hogwood, pages 115, 162, 191)
1776 September 19 - Sussex County: John Gillam of Sussex County deeded to Joshua Moris of James City County for 35 pounds 143 acres (bought from Samuel Tatum) on the North side of Mill Swamp...part of a land grant to Samuel Tatum in 1749 or 1750. On 22 March 1787 Sussex County, Thomas Matthews and wife Molley on Henrico County deeded to John Gates Carr of Petersburg in Dinwiddie County...143 acres where Samuel Tatum, deceased, formerly lived and was a patent dated Williamsburg 1749/50.....
("Sussex County Will Books A-F – 1754-1806," by William Lindsay Hopkins, 1990, page 387 and Deeds of Sussex County, Virginia 1779-1792, by Stephan E. Bradley, Jr.)
Comment: Note that John Gilliam sold 143 acres. The 1750 land grant to Tatum was for 63 acres. Tatum's earlier 1729 grant was for 80 acres. Both add to 143 acres. These two comprised the last home for Sam Tatum. Also, it seems odd that Sam Tatum's land is mentioned so many years after his death. This doesn't happen with others. Was he in an isolated area or is there another reason?
(XIV). Who were the Gilliam Heirs in the 1756 Sam Tatum Will?
"Hinchia Gilliam (Jr.), born in Albemarle Parish 30 July 1729 (was) a son of Hinchea and Faith (Briggs) Gilliam (Sr.), married his 1st cousin Amy Briggs, both being grandchildren of Samuel Briggs. Hinchia bought 254 acres in Albemarle Parish from James Hearn in 1749. Hinchea died in Sussex County 23 February 1769 according to Captain James Jones, leaving a will that remembered his wife, Amy, and spoke of carpenter tools. All his children were less than 21 (will dated 12 December 1768 and proved 18 May 1769).
Amy, who lived at "Tatum's Plantation," made a will in Sussex County leaving bequests to her 3 children and her namesake and niece, Amy Chappell (will dated 30 May 1772 and proved 16 July 1772). Lt. John Gilliam (16 February 1755 – 1777), son of Amy Gilliam was a beneficiary of the 1756 will of Samuel Tatum"^ At the time of the 12 January 1756 will of Samuel Tatum, the infant beneficiary was less than one year old - born 16 February 1755, according the Albemarle Register. His God Parents were John Irby, Samuel Tatum, and Ann Gilbert.”
^ From "Southside Virginia Genealogies," by John W. Pritchett, a collection of genealogies, 4000 pages, in CD form, pages 1095-1098)
1772 Sussex County Will Abstract of Amey Gilliam
1772 May 13 - Sussex County: Will of Amey Gilliam - to son John Gilliam my half of Tatum's Plantation after he has paid to his two brothers Hincha and William Gilliam two pounds, 13 shillings, four pence to each. To Amey Chappel, daughter of James Chappel my side saddle. Executors to be brother in law John Gilliam and Richard Blunt. 13 May 1772. Signed: Amy Gilliam. Witnesses: Benjamin Robarts, John Wesson, Mary (her x mark) Irby. Recorded for probate: 16 July 1772
From Gary Tharp, email of 31 March 2007
(XV). Details about the Bagley Heirs in the 1756 Will?
Pat Stricklin helps us under this line. Dianah ___ who married William Bagley (sometimes spelled Bailey or Bayley) and had a daughter Sarah Bagley who is named in the Samuel Tatum will. Vestry Book of Albemarle Parish mentions on 15 September 1751, that "William Bagley" was a proprietor present during a procession. In 1756, Samuel Tatum's will only mentions "Sarah, daughter of William Bagley/Bayley," but not William's wife Dianah. However, William's wife, Diana, was still alive in 1758, as found in a 15 September 1758 Sussex Court order for William Bagley and wife Diana to George Bagley.*
In 1763, James Boisseau Jones, who married Ann Gilliam – daughter of Hinchea and Faith Briggs) bought 250 acres on the east side of Blackwater Swamp from William Bagley (already living in) North Carolina. William Bagley first moved in 1758 to Northampton County, North Carolina (possibly), followed in 1766 to Bute County, North Carolina in 1766 which became Warren County. Pat Stricklin questions if William Bagley later married 2nd to Mildred __ (? to 9 October 1858 Troup County, Georgia tomb stone), and their son was Peter Bagley. Milley married 2nd on 2 July 1784 Warren County, North Carolina to Harmon Bagley (~1758).*
William and Dianah Bagley had the following children: (1) Sarah Bagley, born 13 September 1751 and baptized 3 November 1751, daughter of William + Dianah Bayley. God Parents were Samuel Tatum, Mary Cotton (or Cullan as written in different Albemarle Register source), and Jane Bane** ***. Pat Stricklin believes their daughter Sarah Bagley married John Gilliam, son of the above Hinchea Gilliam, Sr., and had the following children: (1) Amey Gilliam, (2) Milley Gilliam, (3) Sarah Gilliam, (4) William Gilliam. William Bagley and an unnamed 2nd wife had the following children: (5) William Bagley (~1768).** Pat Sticklin doubts the 1768 birth date and questions if which mother. (6) James Bagley**
* Information courtesy of Pat Stricklin, emails of 21 and 24 June 2008; 12 February 2009; ** Pat Stricklin adds this is from Frances Landrum Holman's Bagley Chart, dated 1998; *** "Births, Deaths, and Sponsors 1717-1778 from the Albemarle Parish Register of Surry and Sussex Counties, Virginia by John Bennett Boddie," 1958
(XVI). Children of Samuel and Elizabeth Tatum:
4th generation offspring of Nathaniel Tatum I – the Immigrant are noted with enclosed Roman numerals and boxed (I) (II) (III), i.e. 1 - Nat Tatum "1" the Immigrant, 2 – Sam Tatum "I (~1640)," 3 – Nat Tatum (~1670), 4 – Samuel Tatum (~1692), subject of this chapter.
5th Generation underlined and boxed, (1) name, i.e. (1) Samuel Tatum (~1692)
6th generation with (i), (ii), (iii), with name underlined: i.e. John Tatum (1710)
7th generation with bold letters, (a), (b), (c), etc
8th generation with (aa), (bb), (cc), etc
A breakthrough on John Tatum came recently and there hasn't been enough time to follow up clues. For instance, information about John in Southampton County is incomplete. We don't know when he migrated there which might change our understanding. In addition, there is another John Tatem in Virginia's Elizabeth River area of Norfolk County who might cause confusion. This Tatem derives from a different immigrant and his line is not understood. Keep posted for changes, for more surprises may be coming.
Bristol Parish Entry for John Tatum
(Prince George County, Virginia)
1710 June 7 - Bristol Parish Register: "John, son of Samuel and Phebe Tatum, born 7 June 1710 (page 98).
“Vestry Book and Register of Bristol Parish, Virginia 1720-1789,” by Churchill G. Chamberlayne, 2004 CD by Heritage Books, Inc. Further entries from this will be noted only as Bristol Parish.
Albemarle Parish Entry for John and wife Elizabeth Tatum
(Surry County, Virginia)
1741 – Albemarle Parish Register: Mary Tatum, born 28 August 1741, daughter of John and Elizabeth Tatum, Godparents were James Price, Elizabeth Weaver, Elizabeth Lee.
"Births, Deaths and Sponsors 1717-1778 from the Albemarle Parish Register of Surry and Sussex Counties, Virginia," by John Bennett Boddie, 1958.
Note: Elizabeth and her husband Henry Lee, Jr. were parents to William Lee, born 4 October 1744, with sponsors being John Tatum, William Dunn and Amy Dunn. Lee's son Isaac Lee, born 21 September 1742 was sponsored by Christopher Tatum, Henry Lee (Senior), and Anne Lee.
1738 Deed to John Tatum
1738 May 9 - Surry County: Samuel Tatum and Elisabeth his wife of Prince George County deeded to John Tatum of Surry County for the natural love and affection which they have and bear to the said John Tatum their son one certain tract or parcel of land containing 85.5 acres and bounded as followeth: beginning at a pine in the county line thence about east along the line of William Heeth to a corner red oak and thence about south along the line of Adam Heeth and the line of William Robertson and so across the said Samuel Tatum's land to the beginning with all houses, buildings, orchards, woods, etc. ....which said granted land premises are situate lying and being between Warwick and Joseph Swamp in the Parish of Southwark and county of Surry...is the land the said John Tatum now liveth. Witnesses: Nathaniel Tatum, Elizabeth Tatum. (signed): Samuel (x) Tatum, Elizabeth (x) Tatum. Entered May 1738 Court. (DB 8/860-861)
Regarding John Tatum's 1738 deed from his parents, Adam Heeth (Heath) and William Heeth, Jr. are identified in a 1743 Albemarle Parish Procession with Surry County lands somewhere on the north side of Joseph's Swamp. William Robertson (various spellings) does not appear in any Procession in Surry County.
There is a real problem tracking this John Tatum. His 1738 land is between the north side of Joseph's Swamp and south side of Warwick Swamp in Surry. On the south side of Joseph's Swamp was another John Tatum (~1708 - 1766), son of Christopher Tatum "I." He married Mary Epps who had one daughter named Mary (per will). This daughter Mary Tatum married Thomas Young and their first child was born 11 July 1753 (from Albemarle Registry). Mary (Tatum) Young couldn't be the same Mary Tatum who was born 28 August 1741 to parents John + Elizabeth Tatum (from Albemarle Registry). Bottom line - Elizabeth who married "John Tatum" cannot be a 1st wife of John Tatum, son of Christopher Tatum "I." John + wife Elizabeth Tatum were a different couple.
From 1751 through November 1756, Christopher's son - John Tatum was the Nottoway Church Clerk for Albemarle Parish. Nottoway Church was somewhere on the north bank of the Nottoway River near the mouth of Jones Hole Swamp. This church was probably the closest for all the Joseph's Swamp settlers and became their community and social center.
Records show that in 1750, this church clerk - John Tatum (~1708 – 1766) sold to his brother Christopher Tatum "II" 100 acres, and another 114 acres to his brother Joshua Tatum. This writer believes these lands were between the south side of Joseph's Swamp and north side of Jones Hole Swamp in Surry County. No grantee deed or grant for him can be found before 1751, so possibly his first lands were those inherited from his father in 1750 which he quickly sold. He is taxed only once in a 1751 Procession covering the south of Joseph's Swamp, but not thereafter. In his 1754 will, he did bequeath land, but the location is unknown. This John Tatum died before 21 August 1766 when his will was administered. Keep in mind this exact date, because it helps separate him from our subject John Tatum (1710 - 1774). Mary Tatum, widow of John Tatum (~1708-1766), is Processioned in 1768 and 1771 for her lands between the south side of Joseph's Swamp and Jones' Hole Swamp.
Albemarle Parish Vestry Book 1742-1786 has 14 entries for "John Tatum." At one point in their records, they even identify John was a son of Christopher. At times, he is nearly impossible to separate from our subject, John Tatum (1710 – 1774).
This writer thinks our John Tatum (1710- ~1774) owned Surry County land from 1738 until sometime after the 1743 Procession, then possibly returned to Prince George County. At some point in time, he migrated to Southampton County, Virginia. No deed could be found showing him selling his land. The 1743 Procession of the north side of Joseph's Swamp sequentially named John Tatum, Peter Tatum, Peter Tatum, Junior. This should be our subject John Tatum. 1747 records for the north side Joseph's Swamp are missing. Most Albemarle entries from 1752 to 1760 appear to belong to the Nottoway Church Clerk. However, the Sussex County law suit (1757-1759) below belongs to our John Tatum, son of Samuel Tatum.
1758 November 18 - Sussex County Court: The County to pay John Tatum for guarding soldiers, 30 pounds of tobacco.
Sussex County, Virginia Court Records 1757-1759, Book II, Weynette Parks Haun, 1997, page 92.
John Tatum's Court Actions against Gilliam and Bagley
1757 December 16 - 1757 Sussex County Court: The last Will and Testament of Samuel Tatum, deceased was brought to court by Hinchia Gilliam Junior, the Executor, who made an oath according to law with oaths by William Briggs and Henry Briggs. The Court ordered a certificate granted to the Executor for obtaining the probate. Furthermore, both Hinchea Gilliam, Junior and James Chappell, Junior entered their bond for the will's probation. Also, the court ordered John Irby, Peter Bagley, John Tomlinson, and Pettway Johnson, or any three of them to appraise the estate.
Sussex County, Virginia Order Books 1757-1761, page 333.
1758 February - Sussex County Court: John Tatum, Junior - Plaintiff versus John Gilliam, Sarah Bagley and Hinchea Gilliam, Defendants in Chancery. Time to answer.
1758 November - Sussex County Court: John Tatum plaintiff versus John Gilliam, Sarah Bagley, Hinchia Gilliam, defendants in Chancery: Time to Answer.
Comment: Notice that in the February 1758 Sussex Court, John Tatum is titled as Junior and indicates the county is now recognizing two different John Tatums.
1759 February - Sussex County Court: John Tatum & co. stated defendant owes 17+ pounds to plaintiff.* Review of original records showed this John Tatum was an elected jury member for the case of President and Masters of William and Mary versus John Wallace, defendant. The case is not related.
1759 August - Sussex County Court: John Tatum, Junior – Plaintiff versus John Gilliam, Sarah Bagley and Hinchea Gilliam – defendants: In Chancery. The Defendants failing to answer the Plaintiffs Bill; on motion the Plaintiff an attachment is awarded him against the said defendants.
1759 September - Sussex County Court: John Tatum Junior – Plaintiff versus John Gilliam, Sarah Bagley and Hinchia Gilliam – Defendants: In Chancery. The Defendant Hinchia Gilliam lodged his answer to the Plaintiffs Bill and he is appointed Guardian to his son, the said John Gilliam, to defend him in this Suit and has leave to answer, and the other defendant Sarah Bagley being returned no inhabitant, the suit as to her abates.
1759 November - Sussex County Court: John Tatum – Plaintiff versus John Gilliam Infant and Hinchea Gilliam Defendants - In Chancery. It is ordered that the said Hinchea be appointed Guardian to the Defendant John to defend him in this Suit. And he lodged the answers of himself and ward, and the plaintiff has time to consider those answers.
1760 June - Sussex County Court: John Tatum, Junior versus John Gilliam by Hinchia Gilliam, his guardian, Sarah Bagley's infant and the said Hinchia – defendants – in Chancery. The said Hinchia Gilliam is appointed guardianship to the said Bagley to defend her in this suit and thereupon she ledged her answer by his aid Guardian. The Plaintiff testified and commission is awarded the parties to examine and take the plaintiff __ . Commission is awarded the parties to examine and take depositions of two witnesses direct (from) any one of them.
1761 May - Sussex County Court: John Tatum, Junior versus John Gilliam by Hinchea Gilliam his Guardian, Sarah Bagley and the said Hinchea, defendant in Chancery. Commission to Brunswick is awarded the defendants to examine and take the deposition of their witnesses thereof.
1762 July - Sussex County Court: John Tatum, Junior versus John Gilliam and Sarah Bagley, infants by Hinchia Gilliam, their Guardian specially assigned the said Hinchia Gulliam defender: Ordered that the deposition taken and returned to be published that this case be set down for hearing at the next court.
1763 May - Sussex County Court: John Tatum, Junior – Plaintiff versus John Gilliam and Sarah Bagley, infants by Hinchea Gilliam, their Guardian especially assigned – Hinchia Gilliam Defendant.
1763 July - Sussex County Court: John Tatum Plaintiff versus John Gilliam and Sarah Bailey infants by Hinchia Gilliam, their Guardian, especially assigned to defend him (or them) in this (case). This cause __ are this day to be heard upon their Bill. Answer was replied here, depositions taken __ and read the arguments of counsel on both sides, on consideration whereas of it is ordered and devised that the said (case) be dismissed and that the plaintiff pay to the defendants their costs by them about their defenses in their behalf.
Sussex County, Virginia Order Books, 1757 – 1761, pages 128, 283, 291, 307, 333 333, 347, 410.
Sussex County, Virginia Order Books, 1761 – 1764, pages 106, 224, 256
* Sussex County, Virginia Court Records, 1757-1759, by Weynette Parks Haun, page 130, 1997, Book II
Other Records for John Tatum
1759 January 14 - Prince George County: John Tatum and Thomas Going, Jr. became executors of the will of Robert Tatum, deceased.* On 11 August 1759, John Tatum, Executor signed the inventory for this estate.**
* (Prince George County, Virginia Records 1733-1792 by Benjamin B. Weisiger III, 1975, page 73, original page 118)
** (Abstract of Prince George (Record)Book, Framily Archive Viewer, CD174 Virginia Vital Records #1, 1600-1800s, by Genealogy.com)
Comment: This John Tatum (above) may not be our subject since Robert Tatum lived south side of Joseph's Swamp. He certainly is difficult to separate from the Nottoway Church Clerk – John Tatum of Surry County. The 1765 deed which follows should be our subject since the church clerk will soon die before 21 August 1766.
November 1763 Sussex County Court: Ordered that John Tatum and Thomas Young __ hundred acres of land belonging to said Tatum be added to the list of Tithables of Lands. This above John Tatum may or may not be our subject.
Land Patent to John Tatem
1765 September 16: Virginia State Land Office Patent to John Tatem, 250 acres in Prince George County on the south side of Josephs Swamp adjoining the county (line) and "Tatems" lines as followeth...thence along Tatem's line, thence north to Carlile's line, then south along Carlile's line to his corner, thence north to a corner, thence to Lewis Green's line to the county line, thence north to William Doby's line, thence (various lines)...to the beginning.
(Land Office Patents, No. 36, 1764-1767, v.1 & 2 p. 557-1083, p. 867 - reel 36)
Comment: Wow! If this grant belongs to our John Tatum (1710-1774), then the two lived almost on top of one-another. It is also possible that our subject – John Tatum (1710-1774) had already moved to Southampton County. Until this county is researched, we won't know.
Today in this area is 'Tatum Road" which suggests more Tatum history exists to be uncovered. John Tatum's 1765 land should be located somewhere along its abandoned eastern end which is now over-grown with trees.
1769 November 16 – Sussex County: Account of Estate of Samuel Tatum, deceased, shows payments to Thomas Cooper, William Bagley, Matthew Gibbs, John Tatum. Quitrents on 43 acres in 1758-1759 (from) Howell Briggs, Hugh Ivy, Daniel Fisher, Miles Cary and Nathaniel Johnson. Also, Mary Briggs and John Irby are mentioned.
(Sussex County Will Book A, 1754-1764 by William Lindsay Hophins, 1990).
1773 January 6 - Sussex County Court of Oyer and Terminer: At a Court of Oyer and Terminer held at Sussex County Courthouse the 6th day of January 1773 for the Trial of Toney a Negro Man Slave belonging to John Tatum on suspicion of his being guilty of felony present David Mason, James Jones, Richard Parker and Robert Pettway, Gentlemen Justices.
The above named Negro Man Toney being committed to the jail of this county (is) charged as aforesaid and particularly for and on suspicion of his being guilty of feloniously and burglarily breaking and entering the house of Robert Dobie of this county and taking stealing and carrying away from thence current money to the value of one and fifty pounds and sundry other goods and chattels the property of the said Dobie...court adjudged...that he is not guilty...and discharged accordingly.
Sussex County Virginia Court Records – Court of Oyer and Terminer 1754-1801, by Weynette Parks Haun, page 11.
Final Years of John Tatum
"John Tatum, son of Samuel Tatum, born 7 June 1710, lived in Southampton County, and died before 14 April 1774 when the inventory of his estate was recorded.^ He married Elizabeth __".^
According to Purse and Person: Children of John and Elizabeth Tatum were (i) Mary Tatum, born 28 August 1741, (2) Joshua Tatum who left a will 5 September 1774 and administered 9 March 1775, (iii) Rebecca Tatum, (iv) Richard Tatum who moved to Halifax County, North Carolina where he received grants of 649 and 700 acres, April 1761 and with wife Mary __ sold 320 acres on 5 June 1762."
^ Adventures of Purse and Person – Virginia 1607-1624/5, Fourth Edition, Volume 3, by John Frederick Dorman. Families R-Z; Tatum.
Comment: This Southampton County John Tatum seems to fit with our subject, but more proof is needed.
Specifics on the Probate of John Tatum and son Jesse Tatum
Inventory and Appraisement of the Estate of John Tatum, deceased
Inventory January 1774 and Court held 4 April 1774
(Includes) one Negro man, 2 mares, 4 cattle, 3 sheep, 15# fodder, tin saucer, 3 raw hides, 1 hive bees, cart and wheel, 2 flag chairs (or chains), 3 beds and furniture, 1 table, 16 knives and forks, sugar tub and sugar, butter pot, spice morten?, 9 bottles, brass candlestick, shoe tools, Taylor shears, earthen ware, padlock andiron pestle, 4 chests, 6# dyed appers, woman's saddle, tuckings, 42# cotton, apparel, pewter, 3 iron wedges, 3 sickles, working tools, Bell mettle skillet, 1 wheel, 2 pair cotton cards, 1 old iron, 1 bell, 2 iron poles, 3 pair hooks, ivory comb, casting gees, brass skimmer, lumber, linen wheel, razor, grindstone, soap, 5 soros, 28 piggs, 1 looking glass, loom, sealskin, chamber pot, pair of stirrups, old bridge bib and head stall, 2 slays, 75# bacon, 2 old chests, cider cask, needle, 3 barrels sound corn...total (value) 133.19.7.
Estate appraised to an order of Southampton made January 1774. We the subscribers have appraised the estate of John Tatem, deceased as above. Signed: Lewis Joiner, Isaac William, John Davis. Court held 4 April 1774. (Southampton County Will Book #3, age 97)
Current Account of Estate of John Tatum, deceased.
The estate of John Tatum, deceased in account current with Elizabeth Tatum, Administrix. (Persons named appear to be purchasers of estate sale or had money owed them - not clear to this writer. (Amounts were often unreadable and not used here) Readable names included James Scott, Joshua Tatum, Samuel Temple, Richard Tatum, Sheriff, John Scarborough. Money owed to the appraisers, Lewis Joyer, John Davis and Isaac William. "For the past 3 days," Drury Colt on his account, James Wright Judgement cost, John Prine his account, Jacob Faulean for __, 2 gallons rum at the sale. Paid Joshua Tatum for a hog of his. John Scarborough for 1 sheep. Rebekah Tatum sundrys, Drewry Cotton. Commission of my trouble and expenses in selling the estate.... Debs not collected.... Ballance due the estate 80.21.5 (for a total of) 136.17.7 1/2 Secretaries fees 0.5.0. Debt due the estate 7.13.10 ½ (for a total of) 136.19.7. Balance of debt 30.14.5. (Signed) Elizabeth Tatum. In obedience to an order of the court of Southampton to us directed we have examined the above account and find it is justly and fairly stated. Given under our hands this 12th day June 1778. Signed Lewis Joiner, Junior, Lewis Joiner, Senior. Court held 9th day July 1778. (Southampton County Will Book #3, page 222.)
Children of John and Elizabeth Tatum:
(a). Mary Tatum, (born 28 August 1741 per Albemarle Parish Registry, Surry County)
(b). Joshua Tatum (died before March 1775).
1775 September 5 - Southampton County, Virginia: Will of Joshua Tatum abstracted -
In the name of God, Amen, I, Joshua Tatum of Southampton, being weak of body but sound of minds...my last will and testament. First, I bequeath to my loving mother Elizabeth Tatum all my land being on the Cabin Branch containing 100 acres; the remainder of my estate I give and bequeath to my sister Rebeccah Tatum.... I do appoint my mother Elizabeth Tatem Executor of this my last will and testament on this 5 September 1775. (Signed) Joshua "x" Tatum. Witness: Thomas Peete(?). Court held 9 March 1775.
Comment: Yes, the document messed up the dates, and this writer thinks the will was written 5 September 1774, about 9 months after his father John Tatum died.
1775 March 23 - Southampton County: Joshua's inventory on 23 March 1775 and included: 1 horse, 1 gun, 1 chest, 1 razor, 1 hone, 1 bridle, 1 saddle, and miscellaneous items. The inventory was handled by Nicholas Williams, Lewis Joyner, and Isaac Williams. This was accepted in the 11 March 1775 Southampton Court and ordered to be recorded by Sam Kello, CC. Yes, the dates appear switched.
(c) Rebecca Tatum
(d). Richard Tatum, (estimated born ~1737 before Albemarle Parish Records)
Richard Tatum who moved to Halifax County, North Carolina where he received grants of 649 and 700 acres, April 1761 and with wife Mary __ sold 320 acres on 5 June 1762."^ The 1782 Virginia Tax Payers – Southampton County records a "Richard Tatum."
^ Adventures of Purse and Person – Virginia 1607-1624/5, Fourth Edition, Volume 3, by John Frederick Dorman. Families R-Z; Tatum
1761 April 3 – Halifax County, North Carolina: Granville Grant to Richard Tatum of Halifax County, North Carolina, 3 April 1761, 700 acres joining Col. Edmonds, Tatum, Henry Brown. Thos. Childs for Granville. Witness: Jos. Montfort. Entered 4 march 1763. ++ (DB8, p255)
++ Deeds of Halifax County, North Carolina 1758-1771, abstracted Dr. Stephan E. Bradley, Jr. 1989.
1761 April 19 – Halifax County: Granville Grant to Richard Tatum of Halifax County, 19 April 1761. In Edgecombe County, 659 acres on both side of Rocky Swamp, joining Howell Edon, Tatum’s own line. Thomas Child for Granville; Witnesses W. Lucas, Jos. Montfort. Entered 4 March 1763. ++ (Halifax Co NC DB 8/254)
1762 June 5 – Halifax County, North Carolina: Richard Tatum and Mary his wife of Halifax County to John Cools, 5 June 1762, for 60 lbs, 320 acres on both sides of Brewers Branch, joining Rocky Swamp. Signed: Richard Tatum, Mary “x” Tatum. Examined by Joseph John Alston, Mary Tatum relinquished right to dower. ++ (DB 8/107)
1763 June 23 - Halifax County: Richard Tatum deeded to Jno Iles (original noted as “Fleis” and sometime corrected), 23 June 1763, amount omitted, 200 acres on west sideof rocky Swamp, joining Tatum, Hart Meadow Branchd, Edmonds. Signed: Richard Tatum, Mary “x” Tatum. Witnesses: John Sullivan, Elizabeth Jones. July Court 1763. ++ (DB8/319)
1764 March 7 – Halifax County: Richard Tatum of Halifax County deeded to Jos. Jno Alston of same, 7 March 1764, for 20 pds, 240 acres which was part of two Granville Grants to said Richard Tatum, one 9 April 1761 and other August 1761 joining David Crauley. Signed: Richard Tatum. Witnesses: William Williams, Willie Jones, Richard Fessue? ++ (DB 8/298)
1767 April 11 Halifax County: John Bradford, Esq., Sheriff of Halifax County deeded to Edward Stephans of same, 11 April 1767. To recover debts for Richard Tatum, sale of 575 acres joining Edmonds, John Isles. Signed: John Bradford. Entered 11 May 1767. ++ (DB 9/457)
Entries to follow are the only entries in the area for any William Tatum:
1740 - Albemarle Parish Register of Surry and Sussex Counties, Virginia: Ester Atkinson, (born) 13 March 1740, daughter of Winifred and William Atkinson with Godparents being William Tatum, Hannah Felts, Elizabeth Rose.
Birth, Deaths and Sponsors 1717-1778 from the Albemarle Parish Register of Surry and Sussex Counties. Virginia, 1958, page 5.
1742 November - Sussex County Court: David Wiggins – Plaintiff against William Tatum – Defendant: On a Petition for one pound ten shillings said to be due by Bill, neither party appearing, it is ordered that this suit be dismissed.^
1743 October - Sussex County Court: William Tatum – Plaintiff against William Atkins – Defendant: On a Petition for 3 pounds two shilling and seven pence said to be due by account. Missed the plaintiff failing to prosecute.^
1754 June - Sussex County Court: William Tatum, plaintiff against Michael ODonally, defendant: In case. The defendant not being arrested on the plaintiffs motion by his attorney an attachment is awarded him against the Estate of the said defendant for 10 pounds current money and costs returnable here &c.^^
1756 June - Sussex County Court: William Tatum, plaintiff, versus Michael ODonally, defendant: On a Writ of Scirefacias to have execution against the lands and tenements, goods and chattels of the said defendant on a Judgment of this Court obtained by the plaintiff against him the ninth day of June 1756 for 5 pounds six shilling and nine pence...the said defendant being taken thereupon and having remained in Goal (Jail) 20 days was thence discharged the said William failing to give the Sheriff security for the prison fees....^^
^Surry County, Virginia Court Records – 1741-1745, By Weynette Parks Haun, page 22 and 55, 2004, Book VIII.
^^Sussex County, Virginia Court Oyer and Terminer 1754-1801, by Weynette Parks Haun, 1993, pages 50-51.
1764 Albemarle Registry: Littleberry Cotton, born 10 March 1764, parents being Drury and Phoebe Cotton and sponsors being John Crossland, William Tatum, Mary Tatum.
After 1756 or 1764, William Tatum's trail is lost.
Possible Children with y-dna Support
Why he is so silent in records until 1758 puzzles this writer, despite the loss of Prince George County records.
A 67 marker y-dna test from two descendants of George Tatum via James Tatum had only 1 mismatch when compared with a descendant of Peter- Eppes Tatum division. These suggest an extremely close relationship to this Peter Tatum. Results are available at www.familytreedna.com.
Also possible is George Tatum was a son of Samuel Tatum "II." Y-dna may not be sensitive enough to separate the two possible fathers.