New to this Chapter for 2013
Migration to South Carolina – Sons of Joshua Tatum (~1711 – 1765):
Christopher Tatum (1740/45 to 1792+) and Thomas Tatum (1750’s-1810)
Found near end of Chapter
Third Generation – Christopher Tatum (~1683 to 1751) and his Descendants
1st generation – Nathaniel Tatum – the Immigrant (~1599)
2nd generation Nathaniel Tatum (“II”) (~1635)
Christopher Tatum "I"
Birth ~1683 *^
Died 6 January 1750/51 (Albemarle Parish Register)
Married to Bridget Scott
Parents: Nathaniel Tatum "II" (1735/45 to 1719) + Marie Robertson
Will – none. Estate administered 1751.
Birth: ~1687 ^^
Death after her husband in 1751
Recorded in 1724, 1738, ^^ and 1750/51
Parents: John Scott and Bethia Boyce
First compilation 1 February 2007; this revision 1 January 2013 - J. R. Murphy at www.planetmurphy.org.
This Chapter Includes the Following Tatums
(1). Christopher Tatum “I” (1683 to 1751-admin) and wife Bridget Scott of Surry-Sussex and Brunswick Va. Children’s birth dates difficult to estimate. Children are noted as (i) through (xi).
(i) John Tatum (~1709 to 1766-will) and wife Mary Epps of Surry-Sussex, Va. Only known child per will:
(a) Mary Tatum + husband Thomas Young
(ii). Francis Tatum (~1715 to 1769) + husband George Rives (Rieves)
(iii) Christopher Tatum “II” (~1717 to 1769-will) and wives 1st Elizabeth and 2nd Sarah Gee of Surry-Sussex and Brunswick Va; Halifax NC. Children are (a) through (d):
(a). Agnes Tatum (1740), (b) Christopher Tatum “III” (1743), (c) Elizabeth Tatum, (d) Henry Tatum has confusion with another.
(?) daughter, unnamed who married Joshua Young; may be one of the named daughters. No further details.
(iv) Elizabeth Tatum and husband John Rives (Rieves).
(v). Thomas Tatum (~1717 to ~1766) + Ann Clark of Surry-Sussex and Brunswick Va; Edgecombe and Halifax NC; possibly no children as estate went to a relative.
(vi) Bridget Tatum (~1720)
(vii). Cheney Tatum (~1725 to 1799) and wife Margaret of Brunswick, Virginia; possible unnamed daughter surviving them.
(viii) Bethea or Bathia Tatum. . Reported 1st husband Daniel Jackson of Brunswick County; 2nd to Stephan Sisson. Of Brunswick, Surry, Greensville, Virginia
(ix) Boyce Tatum married Robert Rickman.
(x) Joshua Tatum “I” (~1711 to 1765) + wife Amey Chappel of Surry-Sussex, Va; Edgecombe and Halifax NC. Children are (a) through (f)
(a) Capt/Major Howell Tatum (1753 – 1822), (b). Elizabeth Tatum
(c) Lt. James Tatum (_ to 1821), (d) Joshua Tatum “II,”
(e) Private Thomas Tatum (1750’s to 1810) of Orangeburg, SC
(f). Christopher Tatum (1740/45 to 1792+ __ of Surry/Sussex, Va., Halifax, NC, Orangeburg SC. Children (aa) name unknown (1774/90, (bb) John Tatum (1765 - ~1820) + Elizabeth Kelly, Orangeburg, Richland, SC
(???) Relationship not understood: Capt. John Tatum (1798-1838) + Phebe Harriet Cleveland of Orangeburg SC, Leon, Florida.
* Southside Virginia Genealogies, by John W. Pritchett, Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 2007 on CD
** Tidewater Virginia Families, by Virginia Lee Hutcheson Davis, 1989
*** 1776-1781 Virginia Revolutionary "Publick" Claims Index for Brunswick County
^ Reference source identified with material which it appears.
^^ "Descendants of Cheney Boyce, "Ancient Planter," and of Richard Craven," by John Anderson Brayson, 1996
^^^ Surry County Historical Society, summaries on file.
*^ Adventurers of Purse and Person – Virginia 1607-1624-25, + 4th Edition, Volume 3, by John Frederick Dorman, 263, 264, 271
**^ death date from "Marriages of Some Virginia Residents 1607 – 1800," by Dorothy Ford Wulfeck, Volume II, Surnames I-Z. Also found in Albemarle Parish Register that Christopher Tatum died 16 January 1750/51.
++ Deeds of Halifax County, North Carolina, abstracted Dr. Stephan E. Bradley, Jr. 1989. Will be shortened as noted below.
+++ Brunswick County, Brunswick County, Virginia Deed Books, 1732 – 1780, 5 volumes by Dr. Stephen E. Bradley, Jr. ; i.e. shortened to “Bradley DB 5/400” which is Deed Book 5, page 400.
Christopher Tatum ‘I” (~1683 to 1751)
Christopher Tatum “I” (birth ~1683 and died 6 January 1750/51).* **^ *^ Christopher Tatum married by 1708 to Bridget Scott (born estimated ~1687 to >1750/51), daughter of John Scott and Bethia Boyce. ^^
Christopher Tatum was Churchwarden, Sexton, and Clerk for the Nottaway Church of Albemarle Parish and was frequently noted when surviving records began in 1742 until his death in 1750/51. Although he owned land in Brunswick County, he lived in Surry County. In 1724, his wife Bridget inherited from her father 145 acres on Fountains Creek, located in old Isle of Wight County (now Greensville County). * A deposition of Christopher Tatum on 19 February 1728/29 stated he was aged 45.*^ After his death, problems arose with paying off his debts, which his son Joshua Tatum assumed.
Details for Christopher Tatum “I”
1712 May 21 – Surry County: Etheldred Tayler and Christopher Tatum having taken the Oathes appointed by Act of Parliament to be taken instead of the oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy and signed the Test were admitted and sworn Undersherriffs of this County.
Surry County, Virginia Court Records 1712-1718, Book VII, by Weynette Parks Haun, 1993, (4).
1713 October - Surry County Court: Christopher Tatum is appointed Overseer of the Highways from the Chappel at Nottaway River to the Warrick Bridge and from thence to the County line, and ordered that he act therein as the Law directs. …To (pay back to) Christr. Tatum for 5 Tyths twice listed…110 (pounds of) Tobacco.
Surry County, Virginia Court Records 1712-1718, Book VII, by Weynette Parks Haun, 1993, (42 - 43).
1714 August 24 - Prince George County: Christopher Tatum is named in will of his father Nathaniel Tatum “II”, dated 1714 and probated 1719.
Prince George County Wills and Deeds 1713-1728, by Benjamin B. Weisigner III, page 47
1715 December 14 - Prince George County: Christopher Tatum witnessed the will of his Mary Tatum, wife of Samuel Tatum “I.”
Prince George County Wills and Deeds 1713-1728, by Benjamin B. Weisigner III, page 10.
1717 January 15 – Surry County Court held at Southwark: The Last Will and Testament of John Howell, deceased being presented in Court by Nathll. Howell his Executor Who made Oath thereto and being proved by ye Oath of Christopher Tatum Wittness, thereto is admitted to record and on the motion of the said Nathll. Howell and his performing what is usual in such cases certificate is granted him for obtaining a probe. Thereof in due form.
Surry County, Virginia Court Records 1712-1718, Book VII, by Weynette Parks Haun, 1993, (130).
Comment: John Howell married Mary Tatum, daughter of Nathaniel Tatum “I” (1599 – 1674) – the immigrant.
1723 December 10 - Prince George County: Inventory of Mary Epes, value being in pounds, 32.6.1. Mentions debts due estate from Mr. Thomas Epes and Mr. Christopher Tatum. Appraised by John Fitzgerrald, John Lewis, Charles ('x") Gillam. Recorded 10 December 1723.
Prince George County, Virginia 1713-1728, Wills and Deeds, by Benjamin B. Weisigner III, 1973, page 81 (page 670 original).
1724 June 1 - Prince George County: Christopher Tatum and Bethyer Scott - widow were named executors of the Will of John Scott. Named in the will was daughter Bridget Tatum - wife of Christopher Tatum, and Emelia Tatum who married Nathaniel Tatum. Scott's will was finalized 9 June 1724.
Prince George County, Virginia 1713-1728, Wills and Deeds, by Benjamin B. Weisigner III, 1973, page 86
1724 June 1 - Prince George County: Will of John Scott (abstract):
To daughter Bridget Tatum 145 acres of land on Fountain Creek,
To daughter Emilia Tatum 290 acres of land lying between the land of Colonel Phillip Ludwell and the land of Sarah Epes upon the Assamosock Swamp
To daughter Bethyer Borrow land at Burly in Prince George County, excepting 10 acres whereon my Mill stands.
To daughter Boyce Gee....
To grandson Thomas Scott my mill and ten acres of land whereon it stands, son-in-law James Gees seeing to his schooling.
To grandson John Scott 348 acres of land I now live on
To daughter Elizabeth Chappell...
To my loving wife Bethyer Scott.
Executors: wife, James Gee, Christopher Tatum: Proved 9 June 1724.
(Courtesy of Gary Tharp, email of 29 September 2007)
1725 March 8 - Prince George County: Inventory of Bethia Scott, value being in pounds 89.7.4. Returned 8 March 1725 by James Gee, Christopher Tatum and Samuel Chappel, Administrators. Appraised by Charles ("w") William, William Reves, Charles Williams.
(Weisinger III, page 867 original)
1727 January 10 - Prince George County: Amy Scott of Prince George County, widow gave bond to James Gee of the same county for 300 pounds currency. John Scott, deceased, late of Prince George County by will dated 1 June 1724 gave to his grandson Thomas Scott a mill and 10 acres of land. James Gee took possession of the mill at the death of John Scott on 9 June 1724. Since then he has had the profits and use of the mill until 30 December 1726. She now will take over possession of the mill from her son Thomas Scott. Bond is to protect Gee for any liability or costs, etc arising from his operation of the mill. Witnesses: Thomas Eldridge and Christopher Tatum. Signed; Amy Scott. Recorded 10 January 1727.
Prince George County Wills and Deeds 1713-1728, by Benjamin B. Weisigner III, page 126.
1727 June 12 - Prince George County: Nathaniel Tatum, Sr. of Bristol Parish, Prince George County deeded to his son Nathaniel Tatum of same on the south side of Josephs Swamp bounded by said Nathaniel Tatum and Christopher Tatum and by the line dividing Nathaniel Tatum and his brother Samuel Tatum, 220 acres. Witness: John Bonner, Jr. William Hamilton. Signed: Nathaniel (x) Tatum. Recorded 13 June 1727.
Prince George County Wills and Deeds 1713-1728, by Benjamin B. Weisigner III, page 133.
1728 September 28 - Brunswick County, Virginia: Land Grant to Christopher Tatum of Surry County for 200 acres on the north side of Maherin River on a branch or fork of the Reedy Creek on a line with James Vaughan and Jonou? Vaughan. (Note: Reedy Creek is in Brunswick County)
Library of Virginia Land Office Grants on-line.
1728 May 14 - Prince George County: Hannah Gee of Martins Brandon Parish, Prince George County, for love and affection to her son Henry Gee 2 tracts of land, 300 acres near Waughrick (Warrick) Swamp on the north side in the same parish and country. Witnesses: Christopher Tatum and Richard x Fluelling. Signed: Hannah Gee.
Prince George County Wills and Deeds 1713-1728, by Benjamin B. Weisigner III, page 149
1738 March 1 - Brunswick County, Virginia: Christopher Tatum and Bridget, his wife, acknowledge a release of a lease to Thomas Tatum. Thomas is the son of Christopher Tatum “I.” Details on this document seem to be missing.
"Descendants of Cheney Boyce and of Richard Craven," by John Anderson Brayton, 1996, page 21.
1751 January 16: Christopher Tatum died 16 January 1750/51, who had been "40 years a clerk at the Nottoway Church.”* His wife did not want to be administrix.
* Southside Virginia Genealogies, John W. Pritchett, #7540, page 1595, his source Albemarle Parish Register
1751 February - Surry County, Virginia Court: On the motion of Joshua Tatum... and the widow and relict of the said deceased...that she will not take the burden of the administration upon here and John Tatem heir...of the estate of Christopher Tatum, deceased...giving security whereupon he together with Thomas Eldridge Gent. And John Tatum, his securities entered into and acknowledge their bond for his due administration of the said estate.
(Surry County, Virginia Court Records 1749-1751 Book X by Weynette Parks Haun, 1997, page 179, original 257)
1751 February 8 - Surry County, Virginia: An indenture of release between John Tatum, Christopher Tatum, Thomas Tatum, Cheney Tatum, and Frances Rieves widow Bridget Tatum, Bethia Tatum, and Boice Tatum, sons and daughters of Christopher Tatum, deceased, and John Rieves and Joshua Young, who intermarried with two of the daughters of the said Christopher of one part and Joshua Tatum also one of the sons of said Christopher of the other part was proved to be the Act and Deed of said John Tatum, Christopher Tatum. Whereas since the death of the said Christopher Tatum the father, it is discovered that he died greatly indebted to sundry persons particularly to Thomas Eldridge a very considerable sum of money and whereas the said Joshua Tatum for the consideration herein after __ has agreed, taken upon himself to discharge, pay all the debts of the said Christopher where he stood indebted...inconsideration of the sum of 5 shillings (and one slave).
Signed: John Tatum, Christopher Tatum, Thomas Tatum, Cheney Tatum. Witnesses Aug. Claiborne, William Todd, Thomas Young.
Sealed and delivered the within, signed: Frances (x) Reeves, Bridge (x) Tatum, Bethia (x) Tatum.
Sealed and Delivered by: Thomas Tatum, Bethia Tatum, and Joshua Young in the presence of A. Clairborne, Thomas Young, William Todd. Signed: Joshua Young, Boice Tatum, Joshua Tatum. Surry Court held 19 March 1750. (DB D/188)
1751 March - Surry County, Virginia: Cheney Tatum, Joshua Tatum, Thomas Tatum, Bethia Tatum, and Joshua Young by the Oaths of Augustine Claiborne, William Todd and Thomas Young, and to be the act and deed also of the said Frances Rieves, Bridget Tatum, and Boice Tatum, by the oaths of Augustine Borne and William Todd, two of the witnesses there to and by the court ordered to be recorded.
(Haun, 196, original 268).
1751: "Ordered that the Collectors do pay unto Bridget Tatum, widow of Christopher Tatum, deceased, out of the tobacco levied for the use of the Parish 636 pounds of Tobacco being the salary due to the said Christopher Tatum as clerk and Sexton at Nottoway Church from the 15th of October 1750 till the first of March 1750/1."
(from Albemarle Parish Vestry Book, 1742-1786, Surry and Sussex Counties, Virginia," by Virginia L.H. Davis and Andrew Wilburn Hogwood, 2005, page 53.
"Joshua Tatum is appointed Collector of the Parish Levies in the Room of his Father Christr. Tatum, Deceased...." (Davis & Hogwood, page 53)
Children of Christopher Tatum (I) + Bridget Scott, per the above three documents – noted as (i), (ii), etc:
Children of Christopher Tatum "I":
1st Generation – Nathaniel Tatum (born 1599)
2nd Generation – Nathaniel Tatum “II” (born ~1635)
3rd Generation – Christopher Tatum “I” (born ~1683)
4th Generation – enclosed Roman numerals and boxed: (I). (II). (III)…
5th Generation – underlined numbers and bold letters: (1), (2), (3)….
6th Generation – (i), (ii), (iii) with name underlined:
7th Generation - (a), (b), (c), etc
8th Generation - (aa), (bb), (cc), etc
9th Generation - (1^), (2^), (3^), etc
In December 1751, Reverend William Willie appointed John Tatum to be Clerk of the Nottoway Church in the place of his deceased father Christopher Tatum. In 1750, John sold 100 acres next to Augustine Claiborne to Christopher Tatum and in 1753, *^ and 114 acres where his father (Christopher Tatum I) had lived to Joshua Tatum.* John held also land in Brunswick County of which he sold 200 acres to Cheney Tatum in 1751.* John left a will in Sussex County, dated 20 January 1754 and proved 21 August 1766. He is thought to be the oldest son.
Details for John Tatum
1743 March 9: John Tatum, Thomas Tadlock and Frances Tatum became God Parents to Thomas Denton, a twin on 9 March 1743, with the parents being John and Mary Denton.
(Births, Deaths and Sponsors 1717-1778 From the Albemarle Parish Register of Surry and Sussex Counties, Virginia, by John Bennett Boddie, 1958, 1998)
1750 February 8 - Albemarle Parish, Surry County- part #1: John Tatum of Albemarle Parish in Surry County deeded to Christopher Tatum of the same place, for 70 pounds...tract of land in Surry County...corner of Augustine Claiborne line...to the corner of Robert Doby's line...to head of the branch...down said branch to Joshua Tatum's line...line between said Christopher Tatum and Joshua Tatem...on the side of Majery (or Mirey) Branch, up the south prong to the beginning...100 acres. Witnesses: Aug. Claiborne, Thomas Young, William Ladd. Signed: John Tatum. Money received 8 February 1750 of Christopher Tatum. April 1751 - Mary, wife of the said John, relinquished her right of dower. Recorded 16 April 1761.
(Surry County DB 6/200)
1750 February 8 - Surry County: John Tatum of Albemarle Parish deeded to Joshua Tatum of same county, 50 pounds...114 acres bounded by Maj. Augustine Claiborne, on Mirey Branch. Road leading from Prince George County to the Mansion House where Christopher Tatum the elder lately lived: Witnesses: Augustine Claiborn, Thomas Young, William Todd. Recorded 16 April 1751.
(DB 6/202 – Part 2)
1751 March 26 - Brunswick County Deed from John Tatum of Albemarle Parish, Surry County to Cheny Tatum of St. Andrews Parish, Brunswick County, for 10 pounds, 200 acres of Reedy Creek. Signed John Tatum. Court 26 March 1751, Indenturer and receipt acknowledged by John Tatum and Mary the wife of the said John personal/y appears and relinquished her right of dower.
++ Bradley: DB 5/48-50.
1751 April - Surry County Court: Ordered that Thomas Young, John Tatum, Christopher Tatum and Joshua Tatum or any three of them being first Sworn before a Justice of the Peace for this County do appraise in current money the slaves (if any) and personal estate of Elizabeth Heath, deceased, and return the appraisement to the Court.
Mary Heath, Infant Orphan of William Heath, deceased, personally appeared in Court and made choice of Thomas Heath for her Guardian which being approved of by the Court he together with John Tatum and Christopher Tatum his Securities entered into and acknowledged their bond for his due performance of the said Trust.
Surry County, Virginia Court Records, 1749-1751, Book X, by Waynette Parks Haun, page 101.
1751 April - Surry County Court: An Indenture of Bargain and Sale between John Tatum of the County of Surry of the one part and Christopher Tatum of the same place of the other part was acknowledged by the thereto subscribed John and by the Court ordered to be recorded and Mary, wife of the said John (Tatum) personally appeared in Court and being first privily and a part from her said Husband examined freely and voluntarily relinquished her Right of Dower of in and to the thereby conveyed lands and premises.
Surry County, Virginia Court Records, 1749-1751, Book X, by Waynette Parks Haun, page 101 – 102.
1754 February - Sussex County Court: Lucretia Nunn, Orphan of Thomas Nunn, deceased personally appeared in court and made choice of John Bradley for her Guardian...with John Tatum and Frances Rieves his Securities....
"Sussex County, Virginia Court Records, by Weynette Parks Huan, 1993, Order Book 1754-1756, Book I, page 37.
1755 March - Sussex County Court: Upon Petition of Henry Tatum for leave to alter a road in this county commonly called Clairbornes Road a report was this day made by the persons appointed to the place to the said Tatum proposes to alter the same in these words, to wit: "March the 8th, 1755 Sussex County. We the subscribers hath viewed the place that the road is to run and we find the covenants (sic) way for it to run is to begin at Claibornes Church Path and running to the corner between Robert Dobie and Christopher Tatum thence along the line to Robert Dobies Mill Path and along the path to the county line, John Tatum, William Doby, Christopher Tatum. On consideration whereof the said report is ordered to be recorded and the said Henry has leave to alter the said road provided that he clears such new road according to Law.
Sussex County Virginia Court Records, Weynette Parks Haun, 1993, page 87, Order Book1754-1756.
1754 January 29/1766 August 21 - Sussex County, Virginia: Will of John Tatum, Wife Mary Tatum, my land for life along with my daughter Mary Young. Grandson Frederick Young 113 acres bounded by Henry Tatum on Josephs Swamp. Executor: Son-in-law Thomas Young. Witnesses: William Young, Edward Eppes, George Rieves. Dated 29 January 1754, proved 21 August 1766. Notice the probate date of 1766.
1756 March 8 - Sussex County: William Doby and wife Hannah Doby deeded to David Mason for 120 pounds...260 acres on the south side of Doby Branch.... Land is bounded by Prince George County line, John Tatum, Peter Hawthorne, Mrs. Francis Reives, Busby's old line at the mouth of Bedingfields Branch, the land bought from John Verell and Robert Doby.
Sussex County, Virginia Deed Books A-E 1754-March 1779 by William Lindsay Holmes, 1990, page 13.
1767 and 1771 – Albemarle Parish. Procession records name Mary (Epps) Tatum who should be the widow of John Tatum:
1767 August 19 - Albemarle Procession listed the following proprietor's names which included Col. Aug. Claiborne, Henry Tatum, Robert Doby, Mary Tatum. Persons present to represent proprietors included Henry Tatum and Nathaniel Tatum, Robert Doby.
1772 October 1 - Albemarle Procession named the following proprietor's names, which included Colonel A. Claiborn, Mary Tatum, Henry Tatum, Mary Tatum with persons present including: Henry Tatum, Robert Doby.
Land's identified continued to be between the south side of Joseph's Swamp and Jones Hole Swamp.
John Tatum and Mary Epps had one known child: (1). Mary Tatum married Thomas Young and had 5 known children whose births are in the Albemarle Parish Register.* Thomas Young left a will 4 October 1776 which was administered 19 December 1776.
A sample of locations and events for George Rives is:
1720 April 5 - Surry County: Will of John Hawthorne names George Rieves, John Hicks, Francis Mayberry, and John Weaver to lay land to his children. George Rives was a witness to the will. Will entered 19 October 1720.
1725 August 17 - Surrey County: Virginia Land Patent to George Rives, 225 acres in Prince George County on the forks of Cherry Orchard Branch of Jones Hole.
1734 August 1 – Surry County: Virginia Land Patent to George Rives: 300 acres in Prince George County on branches of Cherry Orchard Branch adjoining the County Line.
1742 January 12: Baptism of son Timothy Rives, parents being George and Frances Rives, sponsors being Peter Rives, Joshua Tatum, Bethia Tatum.
Albemarle Parish Registry.
1743 October 10 - Surry County: Albemarle Parish Process of land between Joseph's Creek and Jones Hole, the Governours road, and the county line: (includes) John Hawthorn, George Rieves, Christopher Tatum.
1745 April 2: Baptism of Frances Rives, parents being George and Frances Rives with sponsors being William Rives, Prisilla Rives, Ussle Leigh. Albemarle Parish Registry.
1746 May 14 - Surry County: Will of George Rives, Albemarle Parish, names wife Frances Rives, son John Rives to be given land on north side of Jones Hole Swamp and Cherry Orchard Branch; George Rives - the plantation where I now live containing 200 acres. Christopher Rives 400 acres land on south side of Nottoway River in Brunswick County; Timothy Rives 400....(incomplete, missing next page from Descendants of Cheney Boyce, Ancient Planter). Proved 20 August 1746.
Frances had her will in Sussex County, dated 14 October 1769 and proved 19 April 1770.* Children of George and Frances Rieves include:
(1) Timothy Rives (Rieves) 21 January 1742 (Albemarle Parish Register Baptism)^
(2) Frances Rives (Rieves) 2 April 1745. (Albemarle Parish Register Baptism) ^
Christopher Tatum was a vestryman from as early as 1743.* Christopher Tatum “II” held land on the south side of Reedy Creek in Brunswick County in 1748.*
1752 March 3 - Albemarle Parish, Henry Mitchell and Joshua Tatum (Procession Masters) were appointed to procession all between John Hawthorns the College line and the line dividing this county and Prince George and between Josephs Swamp and Jones hole stating: "We processioned
a line between Robert Doby and the Colledge
also a line between Major Claiborne and Robert Doby
also a line between Major Claiborne and Christopher Tatum
also a line between Christopher Tatum and Robert Doby
also a line between Robert Doby and Joshua Hawthorn
also a line between Robert Doby and Joshua Tatum
also a line between Robert Doby and Robert Tatum
also a line between Major Claiborne and Joshua Tatum; in the presence of John Tatum, Christopher Tatum, John Bradley, Joshua Hawthorn, John Verret, Robert Doby and Robert Doby Junior.
Also a line between John Tatum and Robert Tatum
Also a between Robert Tatum and Joshua Tatum
Also a line between Christopher Tatum and Joshua Tatum
In the presence of John Tatum, Christopher Tatum, Drury Tatum, Robert Tatum, Henry Tatum and Thomas Young....
(Albemarle Parish Vestry Book 1742-1786 – Surry and Sussex Counties, Virginia, by Virginia Lee Hutcheson Davis and Andrew Wilburn Hogwood, 2005)
1764 August 7 - Sussex County: Indenture from Christopher Tatum of Albemarle Parish, Sussex County to Henry Tatum of the same place for 100 pounds, a tract or parcel of land in the parish beginning at a corner in Col. Augustine Claiborne...along Clairbornes line...to Doby line...along Dobys line...to head of a branch...to Henry Tatum's line...side of King? Branch...down said branch to fork to beginning. Witness: Wyne Hunnicutt, Junior, Jeremiah Bonner, James Cooks. Signed: Christopher Tatum. Entered 16 August 1764.
Sussex County Deed Book C, page 106, microfilm 34164 Family History Library.
1766 October 6 - Brunswick County: John Loftin of Brunswick County deeded to Isaac Marshall of same 200 acres on the north side of Meherin River which was a patent to Christopher Tatum and by several conveyances had come to said John Loftin, joining the outward branch or fork of Reedy Creek. Proved 23 February 1767
+++ Bradley: DB 8/449
1769 May 16 - Surry County, Virginia: Will of Christopher Tatum, names son Christopher Tatum, daughter Elizabeth Tatum. Money due me from Henry Tatum to go to my sons, Henry Tatum and Christopher Tatum, and daughter Elizabeth Tatum. Executor: son Christopher Tatum. Witnesses John Mason, Hugh Ivey, W. Mason.
(Surry County, Virginia Court Records 1741-1745 Book VIII, by Weynette Parks Haun, 1995, page 41, original page)
Christopher Tatum “II” and wife __ had the following children
Based on the 1769 will and baptismal records, noted as (a), (b), etc:
(1). Agnes Tatum was baptized 1 April 1740 at Albemarle Parish, with parents identified as Christopher and Elizabeth Tatum. God Parents were Chaney Tatum, Francis Reves, Rebecca Roberts. Agnes was the likely the woman of this name identified as the wife of Isham Browder when their son was born in Albemarle Parish. She was not named in her father's 1769 will.*
(2). Christopher Tatum "III" (Baptized 10 June 1743). God Parents were Henry Tatum Joshua Tatum and Bathia Tatum.^ He is difficult to separate from Christopher Tatum, son of Joshua Tatum.
^ "Births and Deaths Albemarle Parish Register," by John Bennett Boddie, 1958
(3). Elizabeth Tatum
(4). Henry Tatum At this time, he is most difficult to separate from Henry Tatum 1721-1782 + wife Rebecca, son of Henry Tatum (1670/80) + Mary Branch. Henry’s estimated birth date is not possible at this time. Possibly, he lived out of Surrey-Sussex Counties, which might explain why “Jr.” and “Sr.” weren’t used there to separate two such individuals.
1763 August 25 - Halifax County, North Carolina: Robert Green and Francis his wife of Halifax County deeded to Joshua Tatum of same, 25 August 1763, for 250 lbs, 250 acres which was part of a patent to William Green 17?9 and port of land sold by John Collin to William Green 1731 and willed by William Green to his son Robert Green 1760. On south side of Roanoke River, joining James Smith, Greasey Meadow, Beaverdam Swamp, John Milton, Major John Minges, Greens own corner, Mosses Bech, deceased. Signed: Robert Green, Francis “x” Green. Witnesses - Bridget “x” Tatum, Henry Tatum. October Court 1763. Examined by John Bradford Esq, Francis Green relinquished her right to dower. ++ (Bradley DB 8/346)
(questionably) 7 August 1764 Sussex County: Indenture from Christopher Tatum of Albemarle Parish, Sussex County to Henry Tatum of the same place for 100 pounds, a tract or parcel of land in the parish beginning at a corner in Col. Augustine Claiborne...along Clairbornes line...to Doby line...along Dobys line...to head of a branch...to Henry Tatum's line...side of King? Branch...down said branch to fork to beginning. Witness: Wyne Hunnicutt, Junior, Jeremiah Bonner, James Cooks. Signed: Christopher Tatum. Entered 16 August 1764. (DB C/106)
1765 Halifax County, North Carolina: Will of Joshua Tatum was witnessed by Henry Tatum.
1769 Surry County, Virginia: Will of Christopher Tatum “II,” dated 16 May 1769/Proved 21 September 1769, names son Christopher Tatum, daughter Elizabeth Tatum. Money due me from Henry Tatum to go to my sons, Henry Tatum and Christopher Tatum and daughter Elizabeth Tatum. Executor: Son, Christopher Tatum. Witnesses John Mason, Hugh Ivey, W. Mason.
Surry County, Virginia Court Records 1741-1745 Book VIII, by Weynette Parks Haun, 1995, page 41, original page
1747 January 4 – Albemarle Parish Register: Baptism of Winney Rives, parents being John and Elizabeth Rives with sponsors being Christopher Tatum, Frances Moore, Bathia Tatum.
Albemarle Parish Register: Birth, Deaths and Sponsors 1717 – 1778, Surry and Sussex Counties, Virginia, by John Bennett Boddie, 1958/1998
Overview about Thomas Tatum
Thomas Tatum married Ann Clark, daughter of Robert Clark before 1752. A 1752 Edgecombe County, NC will of Robert Clark named his daughter Ann Tatum in his will and also made his son-in-law Thomas Tatum Executor.
On 6 April 1749, Thomas Tatum took the oaths to be an Ensign of Brunswick County militia.^ Thomas moved to Halifax County, North Carolina about 1751. He and his wife were living in Edgecombe-Halifax Counties as noted in deeds through 1765. Thomas died before 9 June 1765, when Christopher Tatum, probably a nephew, sold off some of his land. No children are known for them.
Details for Thomas Tatum
Brayton mentions an unrecorded 1738 deed in a Brunswick County Order Book from Christopher Tatum to Thomas Tatum. If the information is correct, and if Thomas was at least age 21, this would place his birth date at about 1717 or earlier.
1738 March 1 - Brunswick County, Virginia: Christopher Tatum and Bridget, his wife, acknowledge a release of a lease to Thomas Tatum. No details are given.
"Descendants of Cheney Boyce and of Richard Craven," by John Anderson Brayton, 1996, page 21; Brunswick County Court Order Book #1.
1745 July 10 - Brunswick County: Virginia Land Grant to Thomas Tatom, 430 acres on the north side of Fountains Creek...to William Weaver's corner on a branch of the creek…to the Pine Branch and up the branch to the head…. (western edge in today's Greensville County, Virginia.)
Library of Virginia Land Office Grants on line.
1748 Brunswick County, Virginia Poll List – individuals appear double entered
Thomas Tatum in pole from Col. John Wills
Thomas Tatum in pole for Col. Edwards
Chris. Tatum in pole for Drury Stilh
Jesse Tatum in pole for Drury Stilh
Peter Tatum in Pole for Drury Stilh
Chris. Tatum in pole for Sterling Clack
Jesse Tatum in pole for Sterling Clack
Peter Tatum in pole for Sterling Clack
1749 January 23 – Brunswick County: Deed from Thomas Tatum, planter of Brunswick County to Thomas Pennington of same, 23 January 1749, for 10 lbs, 100 acres which is part of the tract where I now Live, on the north side of Fountains Creek, joining Pine Branch, Scott. Witnesses: John Peterson, John New, James ‘x’ Duglass. Proved 27 March 1750. +++ (Bradley: DB 4/109.)
1750 February 4 – St. Andrews Parish, Brunswick County, Virginia: Vestry paid “Thomas Tatum for keeping an old woman 18 months and burying her.”
St. Andrews Parish Vestry Book 1732-1797 of Brunswick County, by William Lindsay Hopkins.
1750 February 7 - Brunswick County: Deed from Thomas Tatum of Brunswick County to Thomas Tomlinson of same, 55 pounds, on North side of Fountains Creek, 280 acres, part of a patent to said Thomas Tatum dated 10 July 1745 on the north side of Fountains Creek, joining at the mouth of Beech Gutt, William Fox, Thomas Peniton, John Scott. Witnesses - Samuel Clark, James Clark, Robert “x” Mitchell. Court 26 March 1751. Acknowledged by Thomas Tatum and Ann the wife of the said Thomas personally appeared and relinquished her right of dower.
+++ (Bradley: DB 5/09)
1750 March 26 – Brunswick County: Deed of Thomas Tatum, planter of Brunswick County to William Fox of same, for 5 lbs, 50 acres which is a part of the tract where I now live, joining on the east side of Beech Island Gut, Fountains Creek, William Weaver, Avent. Witnesses: John Peterson, John “x” Saul, James “x” Duglass. March 27, 1750 Court. +++ (Bradley, DB 4/107)
1752 December 12 – Edgecombe County, North Carolina: Will of Robert Clark gave to sons William, Moses, Aaron, Robert, and Levi. To daughters Ann Tatum, Jean Clybun, Mary Dughs, Rachel Etheridg, Agnes Etheridg, Hannah Underwood. Wife – Jean. Executor: Thomas Tatum
Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, by J. Bryan Grimes, 1910, page 73.
1761 May 4 – Halifax County, North Carolina: William Irby and Elizabeth his wife of Halifax County deeded to William Turner of same, 4 May 1761, for 30 pds, 250 acres joining Lamben?, Thomas Tatum, Krickett?, Bell Meadow, Thos. Gaddy. Signed: William Irby, Elizabeth Irby. Witnesses: Thomas Gaddy, Thos Wright, Bradley Garner. June Court 1761. ++ (Bradley: DB 7/277)
1763 January 6 – Halifax County, North Carolina: William Whitehead of Halifax County deeded to Thomas Tatum, 6 January 1763, for 50 lbs, 300 acres on north side of Fishing Creek, joining George Nicholson, William Whitehead SR. Witnesses: George Nicholson, Ben Hill, Robert Pryor. January court 1763
++ (Bradley: DB 8/197)
1764 February 2 – Halifax County: Lewis Clark of Halifax County to Thomas Tatum of same, 2 February 1764, for 80 lbs, 100 acres which was part of a track left him by his father Robert Clarks will, on north side of Fishing Creek, joining said Thomas Tatum, Caleb Etheridge. Signed: Lewis Clark. Witnesses: Christopher Tatum, John Gospel, Aaron Clark. April Court 1764. ++ (Bradley: DB 8/426)
1765 October - Halifax County: Thomas Tatum and Ann his wife of Halifax County deeded to John Jones of Sussex County, Virginia, 15 October 1765, for 200 lbs, 370 acres part of which said Tatum had bought from Robert Clarke, on north side of Fishing Creek, joining George Nicholson, Clark. The deed also notes he had bought the lands from William Whitehead, Robert Clark, Lewis Clark. Signed: Thomas Tatum, Annie Tatum. Witnesses: Thos. Wilburn. F. Freear. October Court 1764. ++ (Bradley: DB9/390)
1767 June 9 - Halifax County, North Carolina: Christopher Tatum of ? to Aaron Clark of Halifax County, 9 June 1767, for 40 lbs, 50 acres which Thomas Tatum, deceased and which said Christopher Tatum inherited on south side of Fishing creek, joining Caleb Etheridge, Clark. Signed: Christopher Tatum. Witnesses: John Jones, Jesse Butt. January Court 1768. ++ (Bradley: DB 10/124)
Bridget was an Albemarle Baptismal sponsor for at least 6 children from 8/3/1739 to 6/22/1744.^
^ Albemarle Parish Register: Birth, Deaths and Sponsors 1717 – 1778, Surry and Sussex Counties, Virginia, by John Bennett Boddie, 1958/1998
Overview about Cheney Tatum
Cheney Tatum married Margaret whose maiden name appears to be Thorton. This was confirmed when they were given deed of gift of 100 acres by William Thornton on 27 June 1758. There is a question of children. After Cheney’s apparent death, Brayson questions why William Atkinson had possession of Cheney Tatum’s land without record. Did Atkinson marry the widow Tatum, Mrs. Margaret __ Tatum, or a heretofore unknown daughter? ^^
Cheney Tatum lived in Brunswick County where he witnessed the will of Brunswick County's Edward Tatum that was proved in 1744. He was the Clerk and Sexton of the Middle Church of St. Andrew's Parish from 1766 until records ceased in 1776. On 23 March 1772, Chaney Tatum was appointed by the Court as Guardian to Nathan and Boyce Jackson, orphans of Daniel Jackson, deceased. ^^ The mother was Bethia Tatum, daughter of Christopher Tatum “I”.
In 1783, Cheney Tatum was listed in the personal property tax lists with 100 acres, paying taxes on himself and on a Nathaniel Tatum, presumably a relative. By 1784, Cheney was by himself on the tax lists in Buckner Stith’s district and 1785 Nathaniel Tatum was listed by himself in Benjamin Blick’s district. ^^ In 1784, St. Andrews Parish Vestry exempted him from parish taxes possibly due to his age or health. As late as 1799, he is listed on Brunswick County land taxes, after which he is no longer recorded. ^^ Brunswick County Order Books were searched for the next decade for an estate appraisement or inventory, but there was no mention of such. ^^
Details for Chaney Tatum
1739 January 8 - Surry County: Albemarle Parish Baptism of Peter Knight, son of John and Elizabeth Knight. Sponsors were Peter Hawthorn, Chauncy (Chaney) Tatum, Mary Epps.
1740 April 1 - Surry County: Albemarle Parish Baptism of Agnes Tatum, daughter of Christopher and Elizabeth Tatum, included sponsors being Chaney Tatum, Francis Rives, Rebecca Roberts.
Births, Deaths and Sponsors 1717-1778 from Albemarle Parish Register, by John Bennett Boddie 1958/1998
1744 Brunswick County: Will of Edward Tatum has no date, but was probated on 5 April 1744. To my Son Jesse all my 215 acres on the north side of the branch that runs into Reedy Creek where I now live and Parhams Mill. To my son Edward, 200 acres where I now live beginning at the branch between the plantation and Parhams mill, joining Clack, down the head of a little slash that runs into Cabin Branch. To my son John, all the rest of my land and one copper kettle. To my daughter Martha, one bed and furniture after her mother's decease. To my daughter Frances, one chest of drawers with mothers deceased. Executors: my wife Matha Tatum and my son Jesse Tatum. Witnesses: Robert Hicks, Cheney Tatum.
Brunswick County, Virginia Will Book, Stephen E. Bradley, 1997, Volume One, 64, (79)
1751 March 26 - Brunswick County: Deed from John Tatum of Albemarle Parish, Surry County to Cheny Tatum of St. Andrews Parish, Brunswick County, for 10 pounds, 200 acres joining outward branch or fork of Reedy Creek and John Thornton. Witnesses omitted. Signed John Tatum. Proved Court 26 March 1751, Indenturer and receipt acknowledged by John Tatum and Mary the wife of the said John personally appears and relinquished her right of dower. +++ (Bradley DB 5/48-50)
1756 October 25: Cheney Tatum of St. Andrew Parish in Brunswick County sold this same 200 acres of land to Richard Lanier, which John Tatum deeded to him 26 March 1751 joining on the outward branch or fork of Reedy Creek, John Thornton’s former line. Witnesses: William Clack, Richard Burch, Jr., Joseph Carter Jr. Proved 26 October 1756. +++ (Bradley: DB 6/89)
1758 June 27 - Brunswick County: William Thorton of Brunswick County to China Tatum and his wife Margret of same, Deed of gift, 100 acres where said China Tatum now dwells. Witnesses omitted. Proved 27 June 1758. +++ (Bradley: DB 6/274)
Comment: Changing the "i" to “e” in China Tatum makes the name "Chena" or Cheney Tatum.
1765 March 25 – St Andrews Parish: China (Cheney) Tatum appointed Vestryman
1766 to 1773 – St. Andrews Parish: China Tatum was Clerk of Middle Church.
St. Andrews Parish Vestry Book 1732-1797 of Brunswick County, by William Lindsay Hopkins.
1768 December 2 – Brunswick County: A Poll taken for Thomas Sith, Gentleman at an Election of Burgesses for the County of Brunswick 2 December 1768: includes China Tatum.
1770 to 1776 – St. Andrews Parish: China Tatum was Sexton of the Middle Church/Chappel. Beyond 1776, records for Sexton and Clerk are not well kept.
St. Andrews Parish Vestry Book 1732-1797 of Brunswick County, by William Lindsay Hopkins.
1772 Brunswick County, Virginia Tax: Chany Tatum with 2 polls.
Virginia Tax Payers 1782-1787, by Augusta B. Fotherfill and John Mark Naugle, 1940/1999
1773 May 24 - Brunswick County: Witness to a discharge against a bond for our respective shares and claims: (includes) Chancy Tatum, Edward Tatum, F. Tatum, George Tatum, Jas. Tatum and Nathaniel Tatum. (DB 5/138)
1782 and 1787 - Brunswick County Land Property Records: Chaney Tatum 100 acres
Brunswick County Land Tax Books 1782-1799.
1784 August 18 - St. Andrews Parish Vestry, Brunswick County: “Cheney Tatum discharged from payment of Parish Levy for the future.”
St. Andrews Parish Vestry Book 1732-1797 of Brunswick County, by William Lindsay Hopkins.
1794 January 27 – Brunswick County: Deed from Henry Jackson and Ann his wife of Brunswick County to Nathaniel Parham of same county…for 261.12.0…land in Brunswick County…beginning James Bruce’s line...to William Reece’s, to Chaney Tatum’s…Thorton’s Branch. +++ (Bradley: DB 15/part 2/488)
(viii). Bethia Tatum (daughter, born ca1722).
Bethia was a baptismal sponsor for about 7 Albemarle Parish children from 7/16/1741 to 4/11/1746.
Brayson states Bethia Tatum married 1st to Daniel Jackson, son of Thomas Jackson who deeded this son 400 acres of his 1742 patent in 1750 and named him in his 1751 will.* On 23 March 1772, Chaney Tatum was appointed by the Court as Guardian to Nathan and Boyce Jackson, orphans of Daniel Jackson, deceased.*
Bethia married 2nd to Stephen Sisson, son of Thomas Sisson of Surry County.* On 25 November 1749, he had sold to James Jones of Prince George County 280 acres that had belonged to his father. His wife was then Mary Sisson* who was dead by 24 February 1772 when they recorded the inventory of his estate.* Bethia was living in Greensville County in 1787 when she bought 250 acres in Brunswick County from Edmund Wilkins, which she and her children sold to Batts Tatum in 1798.* ^^
^^ "Descendants of Cheney Boyce, 'Ancient Planter,' and of Richard Craven," 1996
Several of her sponsorships include:
1741 July 16 - Baptism of Edward Tatum, parents being Peter and Sarah Tatum, with sponsors being John Tatum, Robert Hix, Bathia Tatum.
1742 February 1 - Baptism of Timothy Ricks, parents being George and Frances Ricks with sponsors being Peter Rives, Joshua Tatum, Bathia Tatum.
1742 October 29 - Baptism of William Harrison, parents being Joseph and Eliz Harrison with sponsors being Christopher Tatum, Francis Moore, Bathia Tatum.
1743 October 6 - Baptism of Christopher Tatum, parents being Christopher and Elizabeth Tatum with sponsors being Henry and Joshua Tatum, Bathia Tatum.
Albemarle Parish Register: Birth, Deaths and Sponsors 1717 – 1778, Surry and Sussex Counties, Virginia, by John Bennett Boddie, 1958/1998
Brayson states Boyce married Robert Rickman, before moving on to Halifax County, North Carolina. Boyce was the Albemarle sponsor of two children, one noted below and another in 1750.
1749 December 9: Baptism of Winney Tatum, parents being Peter and Sarah Tatum with sponsors being Joshua and Boyce Tatum, Mary Tatum.
Albemarle Parish Register: Birth, Deaths and Sponsors 1717 – 1778, Surry and Sussex Counties, Virginia, by John Bennett Boddie, 1958/1998
Joshua was appointed Collector of Parish Levies in place of his father in 1751. Joshua Tatum lived in Albemarle Parish, Surry County, Virginia to about 1752, near Christopher Tatum II and Robert Tatum. By 1753, he is living in Edgecombe County in that part which later became Halifax County. After Joshua Tatum's death, Amey Chappell married James Smith in Halifax County, North Carolina and had two more children by her second marriage: Sarah Smith (~1766) and (b) Mary Smith (~1768). She is named as daughter "Amy Smith" in the 1769 will of James Chappell of Sussex County, Virginia. ^^ Amy died before February 1784 when her 20 January 1784 Halifax will was probated in February court.
Details for Joshua Tatum
1753 February 5 - Surry County, Virginia: Deed from Joshua Tatum of Edgecombe County, North Carolina and Henry Tatum of Albemarle Parish in Surry County, for 86 pounds, tract or parcel of land lying and being in the parish of Albemarle, Surry County... Joseph Swamp...114 acres... (unreadable here) ...John Tatum, brother to the said Joshua Tatum party here to and by the said John Tatum conveyed to the said Joshua Tatum by indenture 8 February 1750 and bounded.... Surry County Court 17 January 1752. Letter of Attorney was acknowledged by the thereto subscribed Augustine Claiborne and by the court to be recorded. A 2nd such deed, dated 5 February 1753 was recorded 20 March 1753 adding "south side of Joseph Swamp.
1753 February 17 - Edgecombe County, North Carolina: Samuel Saxon and Mary his wife of Edgecombe County deeded to Joshua Tatum of Edgecombe County 150 acres joining the mouth of Spring Branch, Killingsworth, Weldon, Green, James Smith, and the said Saxon with all houses, orchards, etc, whereon the said Joshua now lives. Witnesses: Samuel Hackney, Benjamin Saxon, and John McKinne. Reg. Edgecombe County February Court 1753.
1762 February 1 – Halifax County, North Carolina: Francis Williams of Halifax County to Joshua Tatum of same, 1 February 1762, 400 acres which was part of a Granville Grant to said Williams 3 August 1761 joining Robert Williams, Colo. McCullock, Jas Edmos, Crossland, Breives. Signed: Francis Williams. Witnesses: Anthony Winston, John Douglass. March Court 1762. ++ (Bradley: DB8/84).
1763 August 25 - Halifax County, North Carolina: Robert Green and Francis his wife of Halifax County deeded to Joshua Tatum of same, 25 August 1763, for 250 pounds money, 250 acres which was part of a patent to William Green 17?9 and port of land sold by John Collin to William Green 1731 and willed by William Green to his son Robert Green 1760. On south side of Roanoke River, joining James Smith, Greasey Meadow, Beaverdam Swamp, John Milton, Major John Minges, Greens own corner, Mosses Bech, deceased. Signed: Robert Green, Francis “x” Green. Witnesses Bridget “x” Tatum, Henry Tatum. October Court 1763. Examined by John Bradford Esq. Francis Green relinquished her right to dower. ++ (Bradley DB 8/346)
1765 – Halifax County, North Carolina: Will of Joshua Tatum gives to son Christopher Tatum plantation and land I now live on being 150 acres I bought of Samuel Sexton; son Howell Tatum 230 acres more or less; son James Tatum 400 acres more or less I bought of Francis Williams; to son Joshua Tatum, to daughter Elizabeth Tatum, to wife Amey Tatum residue of estate. Witnesses: Nathaniel Jones, Bridget (x) Tatum, Henry (x) Tatum. Extr: loving wife Amey Tatum. Codicil: If any of my children die under age their share to be equally divided between the rest of my children. This 12 April 1765. Witnesses; Nathaniel Jones, Bridget (x) Tatum, Henry (x) Tatum. Probated July Court 1765.
1768/1769 – Sussex County, Virginia: Will of James Chappell of Albemarle Parish and Sussex County, 31 October 1768, give to grandson Thomas Tatum if he should (live) to the age of 21 years, 44 pounds money in the hands of James Smith to be laid out by my executors from the sale of a Negro girl. If grandson Thomas Tatum should die before he comes to the age of 21 years, then that 44 pounds or Negro girl go to my grandson Howell Tatum and his heirs…. Give to my daughter Amy Smith all the residue of my money in the hands of James Smith after paying the 44 pounds to my executors for the use of my grandson Thomas Tatum. Executors to be my sons James, Thomas, John and Howel Chappell. Witnesses – David Jones, John Mason, Jr., William Hunt. March 1769 Court. (Will Book B/193)
1784 Halifax County, North Carolina: Will of Amy (Tatum) Smith, 20 January 1784. To daughter Sarah Rollins, but her husband Rhodham Rollins is to give a receipt in full for all demands against me. To sons Howell Tatum, and James Tatum, and daughter Mary Smith. Residue of estate to be sold and money divided between my two sons Howell and James and daughter Mary and if said Mary dies under 18 her part is to go to my son Howell and my daughter Sarah. Witnesses; J. Hirt, J. Green, John Rives. Extr: son Howell Tatum. February court 1784.
Genealogical Abstracts of Wills 1758 - 1824 Halifax County, North Carolina, by Margaret M. Hofmann, 1970, wills #113 and #308.
Children of Joshua and Amey Tatum – noted as (a), (b), etc:
(1). Major or Captain Howell Tatum (1753) married Rosannah Wendel* but divorced in 1812. Howell was named as a grandson in the will of James Chappel of Sussex County, Virginia. ^^ He served as a North Carolina officer in the American Revolution and was granted military land in Tennessee for his efforts. Later, Howell Tatum became a Circuit Court Judge for the Nashville, Tennessee District. In 1809, Howell Tatum was a member of the firm of Dederick & Tatum in Nashville, Tennessee. During the War of 1812 service, he was a military storekeeper at Nashville. He died October 1822 at Nashville, Tennessee. Rosannah had children but the only child named was Edwin M. Tatum with whom the soldier's widow was living in 1853. Rosannah married 2nd in September 1828 to Anderson Claxton in Bedford County, Tennessee.
Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files.
Other records: 20 April 1775, Albermarle Parish, Sussex County, Virginia had a tax debt listed for Howell Tatum of 10 shillings. (Albemarle Parish Vestry)
(2). Elizabeth Tatum
(3). Lt/Capt. James Tatum ( _ - 10 September 1821)
James Tatum became an Ensign in Colonel John Williams' 9th Regiment of North Carolina on 12 August, 1777, and 2nd Lieutenant on 1st January, 1778. He transferred to 3rd of North Carolina Continental Line on 1 June 1778. He became 1st Lieutenant on 14 December 1779 in Captain Rochel's Company of Colonel James Hogan's Regiment. At some point he was in Colonel Thomas Clark's 1st North Carolina Regiment. He possibly was promoted to Captain, but his pension papers do not confirm this. At the Battle of Charleston, he commanded three eighteen pound canons, before being taken prisoner on 12 May 1780, and remained a prisoner at the close of war. On 1 January 1783, he was listed "deranged." His brother, Howell Tatum stated James was discharged from the military "about" 1782. (Lt. James Tatum’s Revolutionary War Pension File at NARA)
The 1785 Census of Halifax County, North Carolina listed both Howell Tatum and James Tatum, both in Robert Freear's census district. Both show only 1 white male 21-60, no children and no white females. On 22 June 1789 (survey 12 August 1785), "James Tatum, a Lieutenant," was granted 4 square miles of Davidson County, Tennessee land, beginning on the banks of the Cumberland River. On 10 September 1821, he died there.
In his pension papers, there is a 1858 letter from a niece, Nancy Nash of Dyersburgh, Tennessee, stating he never married, never had children, had a brother Howell Tatum, who also an officer in the war.
(4). Joshua Tatum “II” - son of Joshua Tatum, reportedly served in the Revolutionary War and died unmarried in Davidson County, Tennessee. * This cannot be confirmed.
He should not be confused with the following: (1). In 1835, a Joshua Tatom/Tatum of Sampson County, North Carolina, age 77 (equates to birth ~1758) was reported having a American Revolution pension by the U.S. War Department. Pension records state he was born 1757 or 1758 in Halifax County, North Carolina, married on August 1779 to Sarah Simms and had two daughters and a brother named Laban Tatom. (2). Also, he must not be confused with Capt. Josiah Tatum (1715-1797), son of Henry Tatum (1685-1727). This Josiah Tatum married Sarah Brooke and lived in Chesterfield County, Virginia.
(5) Thomas Tatum (~1750’s to 1821???) is reported in other sources, but is not in 1765 will of his father Joshua Tatum. Thomas Tatum (of minor age) and Howell Tatum were named as grandsons in the 1768 will of James Chappell of Sussex County, Virginia. Birth estimate is based on being a minor in James Chappel’s 1768 Will. Connecting this Thomas Tatum of Virginia to Private Thomas Tatum in South Carolina is likely but still speculative.
Currently, there are no clues about whether he had a family and children. If he had children, Christopher Tatum (1795 – 1870) and (possibly) Charles Tatum might be his sons instead of his nephew John Tatum (1765-1820). He is not recorded on a census as a head of household, so must be living with others. He and John Tatum did serve in the same Revolutionary War Company in South Carolina. In 1821(?), Christopher Tatum and Margaret Tatum, administrators for Thomas Tatum, filed for an additional payment for his Revolutionary War services. This writer questions whether Thomas had been disabled during his war service. More research is needed to understand him.
Undated – Orangeburg District, South Carolina: T.W. Glover and others, in behalf of the citizens of Orangeburgh District, petition asking to be allowed to organize a Troop of Cavalry. Names indexed include Thomas Tatum. (SC Archives – S108092, Reel 144, Frame 150)
1808 to 1809 - State of North Carolina: Petitions by Thomas Tatum and others concerning money owed them for their Revolutionary War service:
(1). Undated report of petitions to Committee on Claims, names indexed: Jesse Duesto, George Evans, Isaac Holms, and Thomas Tatum
(2). 1809 July 12 – State of South Carolina: Report of petition by Thomas Tatum Admors (Administrators) to Committee on Claims. Names indexed –Thomas Tatum.
(3). 1809 December 12 – State of South Carolina: Resolution concerning the payment of Jesse Duesto and Thomas Tatum for their Revolutionary Service
(SC Archives - S165005, Year 1808, Item 00045; S108092, reel 0144, frame 159; S108092, reel 0144, frame 159; S108092, Reel 0037, Frame 00429)
1810 – State of South Carolina to William Pauling, administrator of Thomas Tatum and Jessie Duesto. (Payment made for) services rendered by said Tatum and Duesto during the Revolutionary War, as private soldiers in Captain Isaac Ross’s Company of State Troops…(in the ) Regiment commanded by Col. Charles Middleton, $1418.78.
The Statutes at Large of South Carolina Acts 1787-1814, by South Carolina, Thomas Cooner, David James McCord, 1839, page 638.
1821? – State of South Carolina: Margaret Tatum and Christopher (Tatum), Admors (administrators) for Thomas Tatum, Petition and Supporting papers requesting an indent for his military service during the American Revolution (7 frames). Names indexed are G. Campbell, Jesse Duesto, Dennis Gilmore, Mathias Lewis, Col. Myddleton, William Paulling, E. Richardson, Isaac Ross, Gen Sumpter, Christopher Tatum, Margaret Tatum, Thomas Tatum (7 frames). (SC Archives – Series S108092, reel 0144, Frame 00150)
(6) Christopher Tatum (Estimated born 1740-1745 to 1792+) is likely the son Joshua and Amey Tatum. Christopher and his brother Thomas Tatum moved to South Carolina. SC’s Christopher is associated with Margaret Tatum in 1792, and her relationship needs to be uncovered. Margaret Tatum again surfaces in 1821 with a different Christopher Tatum. Detailing in South Carolina is hard to come by as Orangeburg/Orangeburgh District/County lost nearly 100% of its county government records while Richland District/Counties lost deeds, marriages and other records.
There are two Christopher Tatums to consider and only one is really traceable. (1). Albemarle Parish Register (Surry/Sussex Counties, Va.) records Christopher Tatum (Chris III) who was baptized on 10 June 1743, son of Christopher (Chris II) and Eliz. Tatum. Sponsors were “Henry Tatum, Joshuah Tatum, and Bathia Tatum.” ^ Chris “III” surfaces only once again in the 1769 will of Chris “II.” (2). Notice that Joshua Tatum is one of the sponsors. He also named a son “Christopher Tatum” in his 1765 will – with his Chris estimated born between 1740 and 1745. Joshua is a six time baptism sponsor for Albemarle Parish, but his children are not recorded there. He must belong to a different church. This writer believes Joshua Tatum’s Chris is a better choice because He inherited his father’s plantation over other sons and several descendants were named “Josiah Tatum.”
^ Birth Deaths and Sponsors 1717-1778 from the Albemarle Parish Register of Surrry and Sussex Counties, Virginia by John Bennett Boddie 1958/1998
Detailing for Christopher Tatum, son of Joshua Tatum
1765 April 12 – Halifax County, North Carolina: Will of Joshua Tatum bequeaths to son Christopher Tatum and land I now live on being 150 acres I bought of Samuel Sexton; and to other children he bequeathed…. Witnesses: Nathaniel Jones, Bridget (x) Tatum, Henry (x) Tatum. Extr: loving wife Amey Tatum. Witnesses; Nathaniel Jones, Bridget (x) Tatum, Henry (x) Tatum. Probated July Court 1765.
1767 June 9 - Halifax County, North Carolina: Christopher Tatum of ? deeded to Aaron Clark of Halifax County, 9 June 1767, for 40 pounds money, 50 acres which Thomas Tatum, deceased and which said Christopher Tatum inherited on south side of Fishing Creek, joining Caleb Etheridge, Clark. Signed: Christopher Tatum. Witnesses: John Jones, Jesse Butt. January Court 1768. (Bradley: DB 10/124)
1768 to 1786: needs to be found
1787 July 11 - Orangeburgh District, South Carolina: Plat for Christopher Tatum, 200 acres surveyed by Henry Smith. John Barr is an indexed name. (South Carolina Archives - Series 213190 – Vol 0022/149, item 002)
1788 March 3 – South Carolina: Military Land Grant to “Tatum, Christopher, S.C. no rank mentioned, 3 March 1788, 200 acres.”
Revolutionary War Bounty Land Grants, awarded by State Governments, Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck, 1996.
1788 March 31 – Orangeburgh District: 790 acres for Christopher Tatum on Bay Branch, Orangeburgh District, surveyed by Henry Smith. Names indexed: George Antely, Joseph Firsner, George King, Christopher Monhime, David Shuler, Henry Smith, Peter Snell, Christopher Tatum, John Tilly, Frederick Ulmer, Jacob Ulmer. Locations: Bay Branch, Ediston River, Four Hole Swamp, Orangeburg District. (SC Archives S213190 – v22/178)
1788 March 31 – Orangeburgh District: Plat for William Gressett for 200 acres on Dervins Branch, Orangeburgh District, surveyed by Henry Smith. Names indexed: William Gressett, George Ronerson, Henry Smith, Christopher Tatum. Locations: Cattle Creek; Dervin Branch, Edisto River; Orangeburg District. (SC Archives S213190, Vol 22/ page 200, item 001)
A later generation Christopher Tatum (1795-1870) will marry Catherine Gressett, daughter to William Gressett.
1790 Orangeburgh District, North Part - US. Census: Christopher Tatum with 1 male 16+, 1 male <16, 1 female, 0 slaves. He is next to William Russell Thomson who has the most slaves (53) in the county.
The male under age 16 (1774-1790) can’t be John Tatum (1765) or Thomas Tatum (Rev. War Soldier). Both are too old. Notice that William Russell Thomson is again mentioned below.
1792 January 25 – Richland County & Orangeburgh District, South Carolina: Will of Richard Daniel of Richland County bequeaths to various friends John Morris, Jr, Arthur Howell Chesnut, John Hirons, Naomi Pierce. Friends John Hiron and Joel Adams to be executors. Witnesses: Christopher Tatum, John Morriss, Margaret Tatum. (Signed) Richard “x” Daniel. On 14 February 1792 before William Russell Thomson, one of the Justices assigned to keep the peace in Orange burgh District. personally appeared Christopher Tatum one of the subscribing witnesses to (make an) oath that he saw Richard Daniel sign seal publish, pronounce, and declare the same to be and contain his last will and Testament.…understanding to the best of the Deponents knowledge and belief that John Morriss and Margaret Tatum together with this deponent signed their names as witnesses. Signed: Christopher Tatum. Sworn before me 14th February 1792 by W. R. Thomson, J.P. (Will Book D/227, Box 7 Package 154 - SC Archives S108093, reel 0021, Frame 462.)
Possible Children of Christopher Tatum and __
(i) son, name not known (ii) John Tatum
(i. – likely), name unknown (born 1774-1790), son of Christopher Tatum (~1740-45 to 1792+).
1790 Orangeburgh District, North Part - US. Census: Christopher Tatum with 1 male 16+, 1 male less than age 16, 1 female any age. Name might be Charles Tatum who served with another Christopher Tatum in South Carolina’s War of 1812-1814.
(ii. - likely) John Tatum (Estimated born 1765 to ~1820), son of Christopher Tatum (~1740-45 to 1792+) married Elizabeth Kelly (unknown source). Both John Tatum and Thomas Tatum were privates in the 2nd Regiment of South Carolina Mounted Militia, in Captain Isaac Ross’s Company commanded by Lt. Col. Charles Myddleton. Between 1795 and 1808, he was a surveyor in the Orangeburg District area. SC Archives has record of 66 plats that he surveyed.
John’s estimated birth date is suggested by the 1810 census and by timing him with father Christopher Tatum (born between 1740 and 1745). If he served late in the Am. Revolution, say in 1781-1783, he could be age 16-18. Both are burned counties for court house records. Exception is Richland which has wills and administrations. There is no Tatum indexed in its bound volumes. However its loose records remain an unknown. Other than the missing 1800 Richland District US census, Richland and Orangeburgh District/Counties do have census records. These census records will be worked hard for clues.
Beware that there is another John Tatum (1762 to 3 August 1824 Pendleton District, SC) who is the son of Edward Tatum (1830/35 to 1810 Pendleton District, SC). This John Tatum came to Pendleton District in 1798 and had at least two sons Hugh Tatum and William Tatum. One difference to note is that Orangeburgh – Richland District’s John Tatum died 1820/1821 while Pendleton’s John Tatum died 1824.
Undated, American Revolution –South Carolina: John Tatum served ten months under in the state troops under Capt. Isaac Ross, Col. Charles Myddleton and Gen. Sumter. A.A. 7630; M425. Also listed is Thomas Tatum who served in the state troop under Capt. Isaac Ross, Col. Myddleton and Gen. Sumter. A.A. 2060A; A.A. 7630A.
Roster of South Carolina Patriots in the American Revolution, by Bobby Gilmer Moss, 1983/2006. A.A is Audited Accounts in S.C. Archives. M425 is not defined.
May 1781 to April 1782 South Carolina: State Archives has two 18 April 1782 pay roll lists by Captain Isaac Ross troops in the 2nd Regiment of State Troops commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Charles Myddleton.
# 38 John Tatam, Private, entered service May (1781), served 10 months, had bonus pay of one slave with further pay due.*
* SC State Archives – Robert W. Gibbes Collection of Revolutionary War Manuscripts.
Captain Isaac Ross’ company served in 1781 at the battles of Myddleton’s Ambuscade, Quinby’s Bridge, Shubrick’s Plantation, and Eutaw Springs. Both John Tatum and Thomas Tatum were privates in this company. This company belonged to the South Carolina 2nd Regiment of State Dragoons Detachment led by Col. Charles S. Myddleton. Myddleton had three known companies led by Capt. Godfrey Adams, Capt. Francis Moore, and Capt Isaac Ross. **
“Col. Charles Myddleton was in command of a party of mounted militia that had been making hit and run attacks on the British relief column that was on its way to the besieged British garrison of Ninety-Six.” During one attack, they were ambushed by British cavalry and suffered 34 killed and 50% casualties. This came to be named “Myddleton’s Ambuscade.” **
Two separate Isaac Ross payroll lists dated 18 April 1782 do not include Thomas Tatum, unless it is #43 Thos. Tatis on one, but listed as #43 Thos. Gates on the other.
1790 Orangeburgh District (North Part), South Carolina – US Census: John Tatum with 1 male 16+, 1 male <16, 1 female, and 1 slave.
1795 to 1808 - South Carolina: John Tatum was surveyor for about 66 plats of land in mostly Orangeburgh District, but included Richland and Camden Districts.
1800 Richland District – US. Census is missing, per Ancestry.com. There are no Tatums named in Orangeburg District as head of household.
1803 March 16 - Richland District: Plat for John Tatum, 26 acres on Congaree River, Richland District, Surveyed by John Tatum.
1805 February 28 - Richland District: Plat for John Tatum for 203 acres on Congaree River, Richland District, surveyed by John Tatum.
1810 Richland District – John Tatum, 1 male 26-45, 4 females 0-10, 1 female 10-16, 1 female 16-25, 1 female 26-45, 2 slaves.
1818 November 11 – Richland District: Plat for John Tatum, 13 acres on Congaree River, surveyed by John David Sharp.
1820 Richland District – John Tatum, 2 males 0-10, 1 male 45+, 1 female 0-10, 2 females 10-16, 1 female 16-26, 1 female 26-45, 1 slave.
1821 and 1822: William Livingston as admor (administrator) for John Tatum, petition requesting pay due for military service during the American Revolution. In 1822, the Committee on Claims reported on this petitions concerning his claim against the state (SC Archives on online S108092, reel 144, frames 00140-142 and 146).
Using Census records for John Tatum and Elizabeth Kelly
The 1790, 1810 and 1820 Census records are used for clues to their household make-up. Keep in mind that these census records aren’t all that accurate. Included in these records could be granddaughters with the youngest ones. Capt. John Tatum, born 1798, doesn’t fit these records. Estimates:
1 male born 1765 to 1774 = father John Tatum
1 female born 1765- 1784 per 1810 census = wife Elizabeth Kelly. 1775-1794 per 1820 census which can be an error or is indicating a younger wife.
1 male born 1775-1790 at home in 1790 census = Thomas Tatum (born ~1786)
1790-1795 is a gap of time that children could be missing if they left home at age 14-19 before the next 1810 census which is 20 years later. There are no further males noted in his census records born after about 1795 or 1796. Christopher Tatum (1795-1870) might fit, but Capt. John Tatum (~1798), if his birth date is accurate, would not.
1 female born 1784-1794 in 1810 census; gone by 1820 census
1 female born 1794-1804 in 1810 census; still at home 1820
2 female born 1804-1810 in 1810 census; still at home in 1820 census
2 females born 1800-1810 in 1810; one gone by 1820 census
1 female born 1810-1820 in 1820 census
Children of John Tatum and Elizabeth Kelly
(a) Thomas Tatum, (b) Christopher Tatum
(a – definitely) Thomas Tatum (1786 to 1854), son of Christopher Tatum, married 1st to Jane Rumph and 2nd to Margaret Murray (source unknown).
From Marianne Tatum: “Ok, it makes sense that John Tatum (born ~1765) married Elizabeth Kelly. Then it follows that his child is Thomas Tatum (1786 1854), and Thomas’ child is Andrew Kelly Tatum (1819 – 1888), named after his Grandmother. I have a newspaper article write about him (A.K.T.) at his death, with a picture.”
Thank you, Marianne Tatum, email courtesy 5 August 2012.
(questionably) 1820 Elbert County, Georgia – US Census: Thomas Tatum – 2 males and 2 females 0-10; 1 female 10-16; 2 males and 1 female 26-45; 4 slaves
1830 Orangeburg County, SC – US Census: Thomas Tatum - 1 male and 2 females 0-5; 1 male and 1 female 5-10; 1 male and 1 female 20-30; 1 male 40-50. (Where is his wife? Is she dead before 1830? )
1834 February 15 - Orangeburgh District, SC. Plat for 862 acres to Thomas Barton and John D. A. Murphy for 862 acres on Whirlwind Swamp and Whirlwind Bay, Orangeburgh District, surveyed by John D.A. Murphy. Names indexed included Thomas Tatum. Location is Edisto River, North Edisto River; Orangeburg District, Whirlwind Creek. (SC Archives – S213192, Vol 0050/pg 300).
1839 November – Orangeburgh County: Petition and Supporting Paper for reincorporation of Orangeburgh Academical Society, with the aim of reestablishing a school near Poplar Spring (6 pages). Names indexed include Thomas Tatum. (SC Archives – S165015; year 1839, item 00060.)
1840 Orange Parish, Orangeburg County, SC – US Census: Thos. Tatum 1 male and 1 female 5-10, 1 male & 2 females 10-15, 1 female 15-20, 1 male & 1 female 50-60; 30 slaves
1841 Orangeburg County: Methodist Church in Orangeburg County named the following Stewards and Leaders: (included) Thomas Tatum
Message Boards on ancestry.com – Orangeburg from Monroe Black 31 May 1998
1850 Orangeburg County between Santee and Edisto North of Belville Road – US Census: Thomas Tatum 64, farmer; Am (Ann?) 71; Jane Tatum 18; John Tatum 17 Overseer; no birth state given; 29 slaves from age 1 to age 85 with no names.
Belleville Road can be found today. It should be “Old Belleville Road which starts in St. Matthews, Calhoun County, South Carolina and meanders northward before turning west. East of Old Belleville Road is the Santee River which divides into two forks. South of St. Matthews is another “Belleville Road” but less likely to be the correct road.
Using Census Records for family of Thomas Tatum (born 1785/86)
2 males born 1780-1790 = father Thomas Tatum (1785/86) and __ (1820 census only)
1 female born 1775-1794 per 1820 census = 1st wife Jane Rumph; missing in 1830 census
1 female born 1780-1790: per 1840 census = 2nd wife(?) Margaret Murray
1 male and 1 female born 1800-1810 per 1830 census = possibly Joshua Tatum, born about 1800 or 1801.
1 female born 1800-1810 per 1830 census
1 male and 1 female born 1820-1825 per 1830 census = Andrew Kelly Tatum (1819-1888)
1 male and 2 females born 1825-1830 per 1830 census
1 male and 1 female born 1830-1835 per 1840 census = Jane Tatum (1831/32) and John Tatum (1832/33)
Children of Thomas Tatum and wives:
(Census suggests possibly 4 sons and 6 daughters, listed aa, bb, cc, dd)
(aa – probably) Josiah Tatum was born about 1800/1801 South Carolina and died 6 December 1883 Newton County, Mississippi and buried Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery, Newton. He married Eliza Ann Sims who was born in South Carolina.
1830 – 1880 Newton County, Mississippi – U.S. Census Records: Josiah’s birth year varies widely in his census records, with 1800/1801 probably the best. Josiah’s 1880 census states that both his (unnamed) parents were born in South Carolina.
Children of Josiah and Eliza Tatum, born in Mississippi are (1), (2), (3), (4):
(1^) Virginia Tatum (1836/37)
(2^) Nancy Tatum (1838/39)
(3^) Barbery E. Tatum was born 25 March 1842 and died 12 February 1935 and buried Hickory Cemetery, Newton County Ms. She married A. V. Gressett, Sr. (17 April 18__ to 15 September 1918 and buried at Blue Springs Baptist Church Cemetery Newton County)
(4^) Eliza Tatum (1845/47)
(5^) John W. Tatum was born 21 November 1848 and died 3 November 1917 and buried Blue Springs Baptist Church Cemetery, Newton County.
(6^) Joshua M. Tatum was born 20 June 1851 and died 22 June 1940 and buried Chunky Cemetery, Chunky, Newton County, Ms.
(7^) Francis M. Tatum (1852/53 (f)
(8^) Thomas C. Tatum (1855/56)
(9^) Benjamin F. Tatum (1859/60)
(bb). Andrew Kelly Tatum (31 December 1819 to 13 January 1888 at Smith Station, Lee County, Alabama) married 1st to Sarah Ann Curry (19 February 1819 to 10 March 1876 Smith Station, Lee Co., and both are buried at it’s Mount Zion Cemetery) and 2nd to Ceilia Rebecca Vinson. Bible Records of Andrew Kelly Tatum are in possession of Andrew Karl Tatum, Birmingham, Alabama. Orangeburg German-Swiss Genealogical Society has posted this couple and their bible records on its website.
1846 December 18 – South Carolina: List of Managers of Elections and Polls in Orange, St. James, Goose Creek, St. Pauls, and St. George Parishes plus York and Lancaster Districts, includes Andrew K. Tatum. (SC Archives S165005, year 1846, item 00264, page 014)
1860 Macon County, Southern Division, Alabama – US Census: A.K. Tatum, age 40 SC + Ann Tatum age 41 SC with children Mary Anne Tatum 16 SC; Elvira Tatum 14 SC, William T. Tatum 11 Miss; John S. Tatum 9 Al, Jefferson Tatum 4 Al; Artemus Tatum 1 (male), Al.
1850 – 1880 Macon County, Alabama – US Census. In 1850, census appears badly in error after naming Andrew and Sarah. In 1870, Andrew is listed in Tuskegee. In 1880, Andrew K. Tatum age 60 is listed with (2nd) wife Rebecca Tatum age 30 and her two daughters Susan Tatum 3, and Gussie Tatum ½.
(cc). Jane Tatum (1831/32)
(dd) John Samuel Tatum (1832/33 to 4 March 1905) married Mary Washington Smith.
(b. – probably) Christopher Tatum (5 February 1795 Orangeburg District, SC to 14 December 1870 Jasper County, Mississippi. Father is probably John Tatum (~1765-1820), but possibly could also be Thomas Tatum, the Revolutionary soldier. Christopher married Catherine Gressett, probable daughter of William Gressett.
A book source, not seen, is “Christopher Tatum of Orangeburgh District, SC and Perry, Greene and Jasper Counties in Mississippi 1795-1870, by Billy Royce Linder 1975, 14 leaves, out of print. Found in libraries (1) Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, In, (2) U. of Iowa, (3) U. of SC, (4) Bangar University, Bangor, Gwynedd, U.K.
Ancestry.com has a brief write-up called “Tatum Brothers.” “Christopher, with his brother Joshua went to Autauga, Montgomery County, Alabama about 1817. Then they migrated onward to Mississippi about 1830, and settled in neighboring counties of Jasper and Newton, Mississippi. There is a C. Tatum listed in the Autauga County, Alabama census.” Attached to this tree: Joseph Tatum (1800-1883), Christopher Tatum (1795-1870), and Catherine Grossett (1797-1880).
1812-1814 – War of 1812, South Carolina: The following were in Rowe’s Regiment of SC Militia: Charles Tatum, private; and Christopher Tatum, Private. Christopher Tatum also volunteered for Youngblood’s 1st Regiment of SC Militia.
1830 Greene County Mississippi – US Census: Christopher Taytum with 8 in household
1835 & 1836: Christopher Tatum is noted to Postmaster of Leaf River, Mississippi which was 153 miles from the State Capitol.
Register of All Officers and Agents, Civil, Military and Naval in the Service of the US on the 30 September 1835 by US Dept. of State.
United States Official Postal Guide by US Post Office Department, 1836.
1840 Jasper County, Mississippi – US Census: C Tatum with 9 in household
1848 January 25 – Columbia South Carolina Newspaper: State of South Carolina, Orangeburg District. “Sam’l R. Gressett, applicant against Martha Gressett and others Defendants. It appearing to my satisfaction that John Gressett, William Gressett, Charles Gressett, Christian Tatum and Catharine his Wife, __ Wheeler and Clarissa his wife, seven of the Defendants, reside without this State. It therefore ordered, that they do appear and object to the division or sale of the real estate of William Gressett, deceased…. S. Glover, Ordinary O.D. January 12th 1848.
Marriage and Death Notices from Columbia, South Carolina, Newspapers 1838-1860 by Brent Howard Holcomb, 1988, page 59.
1850 Jasper County, Mississippi – US Census: Christopher Tatum 55 Mechanic, SC; Katharine Tatum 53 both SC; Berthia Tatum 25, Miss; William Tatum 23 Miss; Anne Tatum 8 Miss; Charles W. Tatum 6 months. There appears to be grandchildren included in this family.
1860 Jasper County, Mississippi – US Census: Christopher Tatum 65 Farmer, born SC; Catharine Tatum 63 NC: Charles Tatum 24 Miss; M.A. Tatum 22 Miss; James Tatum 1, Miss.
1870 Jasper County, Center Beat, Mississippi – US Census: Christopher Tatum 75 white SC; Catharine Tatum 73 SC, Charles W. Tatum 33 farmer Miss; Martha A Tatum 32 Miss; James Tatum 11 Miss; Lillian Tatum 8, Miss; William C. Tatum 5 Miss; Eliza Taylor 14, keep House, Georgia. Next door is Jennie Tatum 37 black, Miss. Including Charity Tatum 65 black SC and 6 others. Next to them is David Grosset, Mississippi 47 black and family of 8.
Using Census Records for Children of Christopher and Catherine Grossett Tatum
1 daughter born 1815-1820
2 males born 1820-1825 = Thomas M. Tatum & __
2 males born 1825-1830 = William Tatum & __
1 female born 1825-1830 = Berthia Tatum
1 female born 1830-1835
2 males born 1835-1840;
1 female born 1835-1840 = Martha Ann Tatum
Total of ~10 with 6 males
Incomplete list of Children of Christopher Tatum + Catherine Grosset
Listed as (1), (2) through (5)
(aa) Thomas M. Tatum (1820/21 Miss)
(bb) Berthia Tatum (1824/25 Miss)
(cc William Tatum (1825/27 Miss)
(dd Charles W. Tatum (1836/37 Miss)
(ee) Martha A. Tatum (1837/38 Miss)
Problem: Capt. John Tatum, born 1798, doesn’t fit in census records for John Tatum (~1765 – 1820) who has no male children born from 1795 to 1810 (per census). However, the Orangeburgh German-Swiss Society wrote that Capt. John Tatum’s father was Christopher Tatum “IV.” There was no Chris Tatum “IV.” Y-dna testing would be helpful to rule out being a descendant of a different immigrant; i.e. Abel Tatom/Tatum
From the Orangeburgh German-Swiss Genealogical Society on the “Migration of Capt. John Tatum:” “He married on 2 February 1826 to Phoebe Harriet Cleveland, born 15 December 1801 in Beaufort, South Carolina; died 25 September 1864 in Tallahassee, Leon County, Florida. Above information to the Society was provided by Gene Jeffries 22 February 2000.
1830 Leon County, Florida – US Census: John Tatum – 1 male and 1 female 20-30; 2 females 0-5
1838 February 12 - Tallahassee, Florida: From the State Executive Office, the following were nominated for the office of Justice of Peace: Leon County: includes John Tatum
House Journal by Florida Legislature of Representatives, 14th Session 1836-1837, pg 107/Google Books
1839 September 2: Tallahassee Land Office granted John Tatum 40.03 acres of land –cash sales.
US Bureau of Land Management: Florida Land Records on ancestry.com
1840 Jackson, Florida Territory – US Census: P.H. Tatum, 2 females 30-40, 1 male 20-30, 1 female 15-20, 1 female 10-15, 1 male and 1 female 5-10, 1 male 0-5. Phebe Tatum is now without her husband John.
Children of John Tatum and Phoebe Harriet Cleveland were:
(1^) Elizabeth Amanda Tatum (Dec. 1826) married 7 April 1849 Leon County to John B. Keen
(2^) Susan Almeria Tatum (8 August 1828) married 16 January 1850 Leon County, Florida to James T. Maghee.
(3^) Henrietta Virginia Tatum (16 August 1830)
(4^) Leonarah Marion Tatum (28 December 1831)
(5^) Cornelia O. Tatum (23 September 1835) married 18 April 1850 Leon County, Florida to P. B. Brokaw.
(6^) Thaddeu Preston Tatum (27 September 1835). In 1850, Preston Tatum (born 1833/34 Fla) is living in the household of Alfred A. Fisher, age 39.
(7^) John Lawrence Tatum (4 March 1837). In 1850, John Tatum (born 1835/36 Fla) is living in household of John R. Lloyd and wife Phebe Lloyd (born 1809/1810 SC.
1810 Orangeburgh District – US Census: Jn Tatum - 1 male 10-16, 1 male 16-26, 1 female 10-16; ancestry.com indexes this person as “Ja” Tatum. Oldest male would be born 1784 to 1794. Possibly the census taker misidentified“ “Jn Tatum” who could be Thomas Tatum.