Children of Nathaniel Tatum "II" ~1635 to 1719

This Chapter

Third Generation – Henry Tatum (~1680 – 1727) and his Descendants

1st generation – Nathaniel Tatum – the Immigrant (~1599)

 2nd generation Nathaniel Tatum (“II”) (~1635)


Henry Tatum “I”:

Birth date not known: Roughly estimated ~1680, Charles City County, Virginia

Married to Mary, last name probably is Branch.

Death date is not known; last noted living November 1727 at the baptism of his daughter Agnes D. Tatum and possibly before a new church clerk was appointed 27 December 1727.   No will or estate administration is known because Prince William County lost its records beginning 1728.

Parents: Nathaniel Tatum “II” (~1635 to 1719) + Marie Robertson


Mary __  (maiden name probably is Branch):


Died: Last noted in 1727

Parents are possibly Thomas and Elizabeth Branch


            First compilation 7 April 2013, J. R. Murphy at    


This Chapter Includes the Following Tatums


(1). Henry Tatum “I” (~1680 to ~1727/28) and wife Mary Branch of Prince George County Virginia.  Children are (i – iv) and grandchildren (a) (b), etc.


(i). Francis Tatum (1724)

(ii). Agnes Tatum 1727 to 1789-will) married __ Lewis.

(iii). Josiah Tatum (1715 to 1797) and 1st wife Ann Brewer and 2nd wife Sarah Brooke of Chesterfield, Va.

(a). Lt. Henry Tatum (1755-1836) of Henrico and Chesterfield, Va.

(b). Lt. Zachariah Tatum (1759 to 1793) and wives 1st Judith Walker and 2nd Obedience Beasley of Chesterfield, Virginia.

(iv). Henry Tatum “II” (1719 to 1782) and wife Rebecca of Prince George, Surry-Sussex, Dinwiddie Counties, Virginia  


References and Sources:


* Southside Virginia Genealogies, by John W. Pritchett, Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 2007 on CD

** Tidewater Virginia Families, by Virginia Lee Hutcheson Davis, 1989

*** History of Virginia from Settlement of Jamestown to close of the Civil War, by Robert Alonzo Brock, Virgil Anson Lewis, page 804

^ Saved for special references

^^ Adventurers of Purse and Person – Virginia, + 4th Edition, Volume 3, by John Frederick Dorman.

^^^ Revolution War Records – Bounty Land Warrants as found in Family Tree Maker’s “Virginia in the Revolution and War of 1812 Military Records.

+ Revolutionary War Pension Application F-W62242, R2343

++ U.S. G.P.O. Congressional Edition - 1845 by United States Congress, page 167, as noted in Google Books

+++ Historical Registry of Virginians in the Revolution 1775-1783 by John H. Gwathney, 1979.


Henry Tatum “I” + Mary Branch


            Henry Tatum “I” of Prince George County, is the youngest son of Nathaniel Tatum “II” and Marie Robertson.    As a result, his records tend to be much later than his other brothers.  He possibly married Mary Branch. *   On 9 July 1724 Tatum was granted 300 acres in Prince George County near Bear Swamp that Robert Bolling surveyed 5 February 1722/23. * ^^    The dates of birth of Tatum's 3 younger children are in the Bristol Parish Register and Henry's name appears on the pages of Bristol Parish Vestry Book, often "setting the psalm,' from 1720-27.*    Their daughter Agnes Tatum was baptized 26 November 1727 near the time Henry may have died.   Dorman thinks Henry probably died in 1727 since a new clerk was appointed 27 December 1727.  ^^


Henry Tatum “I”

(1) South Side of Bristol Parish, Prince George County

(2) Land in Western (old) Prince George County  


1714 - Prince George County, Virginia: Henry Tatum witnessed the will of his father Nathaniel Tatum II on 24 August 1714. 


1720 to 1726 - Bristol Parish Vestry: “To Henry Tatam for setting of the psalms, 500 pounds tobacco or 40 cash” for the years 1720 through 1726.”  (Bristol Parish Vestry Book 1720-1789 – South Side)


1721 - Bristol Parish Register Records (Prince George County, Virginia): “Henry, son of Henry and Mary Tatum, born 28 May last, baptized 11th June 1721.”


1723 February 5 - Prince George County:  Surveys made in Prince George County by Robert Bolling, Surveyor include Henry Tatum with 300 acres between head branches of Georges Branch.

Prince George County, Virginia Wills and Deeds 1713-1728, abstracted by Benjamin B. Weisiger, III, 1973, page 98 (original page 762).         


1724 July 9 - Prince George County: Virginia Land Grant of 300 acres between the head branches of Georges Branch and Bear Swamp.

Library of Virginia online Land Office Grants


            Comment: Henry Tatum’s western land was between Georges Branch and Bear Swamp and appears to be in present day north central Dinwiddie County.  Bear Swamp is probably today's Bar Swamp Creek. 


1724: Bristol Parish Register Records (Prince George County, Virginia): “Francis D. of Henry and Mary Tatum, born June 6th, baptized 12th July 1724.”


1726 November 10 - Vestry held at the Chapel: It is ordered that Henry Tatum be Clerk for the Ferry Church and Chapel and he be allowed 2000 pounds of tobacco by the parish per annum."   (Bristol Parish Vestry Book 1720-1789 – South Side)


1727 April 10 – Surry County: Will of Pollard Denton (mostly illegible for the most part) names wife Elizabeth Denton, executrix.  Witnesses were William Hulme, Chris. Tatum and Henry Tatum.  Probated 19 July 1732.  (Book 8/203)

Wills and Administrations of Surry County, Virginia 1671-1750 by Eliza Timberlake Davis, page 42.


1727 April 21 - Prince George County:  Inventory of William Epes, dated 21 April 1727, valued in pounds 90.7.2.  Appraised by William Stainbeck, Henry Tatum, William ('x") Gibbs.  Recorded 13 June 1727.

Prince George County, Virginia 1713-1728, Wills and Deeds by Benjamin B. Weisiger III, 1973, page 134 (original 1017).         


1727 July 11 – Bristol Parish Vestry: And further it is ordered by virtue of an order of Prince George County Court bearing the date 11 July 1727…to Procession lands on the south side Bristol Parish, ordered that John Liewes and Henry Tatam Procession all the land from Puddle Dock Run to the lower end of the Parrish between the River and Mad. Bolling’s Road…ordered that Daniel Sturdifant to procession from Puddle dock Run to the Nottoway Road as far out as Blackwater (swamp/creek).” 


1727 July 11 - Bristol Parish Vestry: By virtue of an order of Prince George County Court dated 11 July 1727 for processing every person’s land in their parish…as followeth viz the bounds of John Liewes and Henry Tatum. 


1727 November 9 - Prince George County:  Inventory of Richard Moor was appraised by Thomson Staples, Henry Tatum, John Peterson Jr. and recorded 9 January 1728.

Prince George County, Virginia Wills and Deeds by Benjamin B. Wisiger, III, page 143.


1727 October 15 to November 16 - Bristol Parish, South Side: To Henry Tatum, Clerk of the Mother Church and Ferry Chapel, 2000 pounds of tobacco/160 cash, except for the last date which was for 1900 pounds/152 cash. 


1727 October 14 and November 26 - Bristol Parish Register Records (Prince George County, Virginia: “Agnes D. of Henry and Mary Tatum, born 14th Oct; baptized 26 November 1727.”


1727 December 4 - Henrico County, Virginia: Will of Thomas Branch, probate December 1728 named wife Elizabeth, sons - Thomas Branch, William Branch, James Branch, daughters – Tabitha Mitchell, Agnes Worsham, Elizabeth Punch, Francis Tanner, Amey Branch, Mary Tatum, Martha Branch.

Genealogies of Virginia Families, Volume 1, Thomas and William Branch of Henrico, VA Genealogies #2, 1600’s-1800’s as found on Family Archive Viewer, CD186.


Children of Henry Tatum “I” and wife Mary noted as (i), (ii)

And grandchildren noted as (a), (b).


2nd generation children of Nathaniel Tatum I – the Immigrant are noted with enclosed Roman numerals and boxed (I) (II) (III), i.e. Nathanial Tatum II.

3rd generation Grandchildren underlined and boxed, (1) name, (2) name, i.e. Henry Tatum “I”

4th generation with (i), (ii), (iii), with name boxed, Josiah Tatum:

5h generation with bold letters, (a), (b), (c), etc.

6th generation with (aa), (bb), (cc), etc.

7th generation with (1^), (2^), (3^), etc

8th generation with (i^), (ii^), (iii^), etc


(i). Frances Tatum, daughter of Henry “I” and Mary Tatum, born 6 June 1724, baptized 12 July 1724 (Bristol Parish Register).


(ii). Agnes Tatum, daughter of Henry “I” and Mary Tatum, born 14 October 1727, baptized 26 November 1727 (Bristol Parish Register).  Agnes married a Lewis and left a will in Prince George County (will dated 27 February 1787 and proved 9 June 1789.  Three sons were later named in estate account of her posted brother Henry Tatum.*   


(iii). Captain Josiah Tatum (18 September 1715 to 1797), son of Henry Tatum “I,” married 1st to Ann Brewer/Brower between 1745 and 1749.  Joseph married 2nd on 2 November 1751 to Sarah Brooke (1726 – 1778).


Overview of Josiah Tatum (1715 to 1797)


From John W. Pritchett: Josiah Tatum (18 September 1715 – 1797) was appointed a road surveyor in Chesterfield County July and November 1750.  He was summoned by a grand jury for failing in his duties; he was obligated to appear in court and successfully challenged the charges.  Josiah took the oath of militia Captain on 1 December 1758.   Chesterfield County charged Josiah for 10 tithables in 1756 and 20 in 1762.  *

* Southside Virginia Genealogies, by John W. Pritchett, Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 2007 on CD   


A 1749 deed of land to Josiah Tatum indicates he married Ann Brewer, widow of Sackville Brewer.  Ann had no children by her 1st marriage and no suggestion of any with her 2nd marriage to Josiah Tatum.  She soon died as Josiah remarried on 2 November 1751 to Sarah Brooke (2 February 1725/6 to 8 December 1778).   Josiah prospered as his plantation grew and by 1786, he had 27 slaves.


Details for Josiah Tatum (1715 to 1797)


1749 January 8 – Chesterfield County, Virginia: (Abstract) James Brewer, brother and devised for Sackvil Brewer/Brower (spelling very questionable – see below), deceased sold land to Josiah Tatum of Chesterfield County, Planter.  Sackvil Brewer, late of Henrico County, deceased by his last will and testament, dated 10 December 1744 gave and bequeathed unto his then wife his whole estate….(but) gave land…to Brother James.    Whereas Ann wife of said Sackvil hath not now nor never had any child by him; whereby the remainder being his plantation called Peare Hill containing about 300 acres and purchased of Samuel Goode now lying in Chesterfield County….  “Ann now wife of the said Josiah who was the wife of the said Sackvil….”   James Brower being mindful…now sells for $120 pounds, paid by Josiah Tatom, plantation called Peare Hill.   (Signed) James Brewer.  Witnesses: John Worsham, Joseph Wills, John Bryant, __ Ward, Jno Oliver. Entered 2 March 1749.   (DB1/65)

Comment: Brewer’s full name appears a number of times on this document and at no time can this writer decide on its actual spelling.  Benjamin B. Weisiger in his Henrico County deed abstracts says it’s Sackvil or Sackville Brewer.  Chesterfield was established 1749 from Henrico.  To this writer, the name looks more like Sarhvil or Garhvil Brewer or Brower.  


1751 August 2 – Chesterfield County: (Abstract) “Know all men by these presents that the said Dudley Book, Sarah Brook and Josiah Tatum are held and firmly bound unto Joseph Connor” for the sum of 500 pounds tobacco, to be paid to said Joseph Tanner.  Obligation is with Rebecca Brook, late of Chesterfield County and mother to the above bound Dudley and Sarah by her last well and testament, appointed Joseph Tanner executor.  Tanner has not been paid or taken anything in payment but (the estate) has been divided between the said Dudley and Sarah.  Signed: Dudley Brooke, Sarah Brooke, and Josiah Tatum.  (DB 1/258)


1751 November 2: Josiah Tatum married Sarah Brook. ^   Sarah’s mother, Rebecca Brooke (married name) of Oak Parish in Chesterfield County entered her will 4 June 1750 naming two children: Dudley Brooke and Sarah Brooke. (WB 5/145,153)

^ William Harrison Bible


Name of Rebecca Brooke’s husband needs to be identified.  In 1737, there was a Zachariah Brooke who purchased 1850 acres in Dale Parish which was bounded by Falling Creek (in Henrico County until becoming Chesterfield County in 1749).  Henrico Deed Books recorded Zachariah Brooke executors sold off some of his land in June 1742 Court. 


1752 September 15 – Chesterfield County: Peter Randolph of Henrico County sold to Josiah Tatum of Chesterfield County for 120 pounds, land lying on the north side of Appomattox River in Chesterfield County joining the said Tatem’s land, containing 300 acres…along Gabriel’s Branch…to Kennon Thome-?.  (Signed) Peter Randolph.  Witnesses: Cary B. Watkins, A. Claiborne.  Entered 6 October 1752.  (DB 1/374)


            Location of Gabriel’s Branch is not known.  The description being next to Tatum’s land and north of the Appomattox River suggests It might be a branch of Goode’s Creek, Goode’s Creek, or small branch to the north of either that empties into Appomattox. 


1753 October 5 – Chesterfield County: A complex, confusing set of documents began here wherein John Robertson and Josiah Tatum became securities for Alexander Gordon, all of Chesterfield County.  Gordon owed Colonel Peter Randolph of Henrico County the sum of 193 pounds, 12 shillings Virginia money.  On October 1755, Alexander Gordon safe-guarded John Robertson and Josiah Tatum in their premises by conveying his estate of 484 acres he had purchased from Colonel Peter Randolph and several slaves to them for 55 shillings, 3 farthings.  


After this, Alexander Gordon died leaving four unnamed daughters and the debt ridden estate.  The August 1763 Chesterfield Court required John Robertson and Josiah Tatum to put the estate and 3 slaves up for pubic sale for final disposal.  The highest bidder was Josiah Tatum for 142 pounds. 


On 1 February 1765, John Robertson and Josiah Tatum sold this plantation of 484 acres and slaves to Thomas Worsham for five shillings.  On 1 August 1766, Thomas Worsham sold this same 484 acres back to Josiah Tatum for 5 shillings.  


On 2 August 1768, Jane Forsee - the widow of Alexander Gordon had now married John Forsee.   Jane had seized (rental) fees and her deceased husband’s land.  Now John and Jane Forsee turn over their claims of the 484 acres to Josiah Tatem for 20 pounds Virginia money.   (DB 2/359, DB5/1, DB5/385, DB5/482)


1758 December 1 – Chesterfield County:  Court Order Book notes a “Captain Josiah Tatum.”

Virginia’s Colonial Soldiers, Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck, 1988, page 11.


1760 December 5 – Chesterfield County:  Vestrymen of the Parish of Dale in Chesterfield County - William Bass, Francis Mosley, Archibald Cary, Richard Epps, Seth Ward, Richard Royall, Thomas Bott, Robert Goode, John Robertson, William Watkins, Claiborne Anderson, and Benjamin Watkins – sold two half acre town lots #28 and #95 to Josiah Tatum.    This town is never named in the deeds.  Both lots were described as being in the present Glebe land of Dale Parish with appurtenances.

(DB4/72 – entered 4 August 1761 and DB4/158 – entered 7 August 1761)


            So far, a name or location for this town is not known.    


1765 October 30 - Chesterfield County: Thomas Branch “II” of Chesterfield County willed to his brother William Branch land and plantation whereon William formerly lived on the Appomattox River.    Residue to estate to go to Henry Mitchell, Edward Osborne, Robert Goode – son of Robert Goode deceased, Josiah Tatum,  Branch Tanner, Christopher Branch, Thomas Branch Willson, and John Goode, and they are named as executors

(WB 1/336 per Genealogies of Virginia Families, Volume 1, Thomas and William Branch of Henrico in Family Archive Viewer CD 186)


            This will adds weak evidence that Josiah Tatum’s mother was a Branch, but is it good enough?


1767 August 13 – Chesterfield County:  Francis Good deeded to Josiah Tatum, both of Chesterfield County for 110 pounds Virginia money 54 acres adjoining lands whereon Josiah Tatum now lived…with boundaries including Gabriel’s Branch near Appomattox River.  (Signed) Francis Good.  Witnesses: Ben Collier, John Forsee, David Latteson, Junr., and William Brown.  Entered 4 September 1767.  (DB 6/44)


1767 September 4 – Chesterfield County (Abstracted): Heirs of Thomas Branch of Kingsland, deceased - Edward Osborn and wife Elizabeth, Christopher Branch and wife Martha, Branch Tanner and wife Mary Page, Robert Grove, Henry Mitchell and wife Priscilla – all preceding of Chesterfield County, Thomas Branch Willson and wife Elizabeth of Amelia County, and John Goode of Mecklenburg County…sold to Josiah Tatum of Chesterfield County for 50 pounds a tract or parcel of land containing 102 acres in Chesterfield County that Thomas Branch, deceased had formerly lived…with boundaries to Seth Wards land, to Kingsland Creek at the mouth of a small branch, up this branch to Tanner’s line.  Entered 4 September 1767.   (DB 5/523)   


            Kingsland Creek can be found slightly south of Richmond, Virginia and empties into the James River.  This land is no where near Tatum’s Appomattox land.


1786 Chesterfield County:  Personal Property Tax indicated Josiah Tatum had 27 black tithables and 12 horses


1788 Chesterfield County: Personal Property Tax – Josiah Tatum has 2 white, 14 black tithables and 11 horses.


1790 and 1791 - Chesterfield County: Personal Property Tax – Josiah Tatum has 2 white, 10 black tithables, and 11 horses.


1797 January 1 – Chesterfield County, Virginia: Will of Josiah Tatum of Chesterfield County gave to son Henry Tatum his land on Middle Creek and a number of slaves; to son Zachariah Tatum the land he (Henry Tatum) lived on and slaves.  Son-in-laws named were William Harrison and Lewellen Hudson - who married his daughter Rebecca Tatum.   William Harrison is mentioned only once, probably because daughter Mary – Harrison’s wife had died earlier in 1789.  William Harrison is the person who kept the Tatum Bible records.  (WB 5/382) 


            John H. Stutesman states Chesterfield County’s “Middle Creek is a stream now known as Goode’s Creek.” ^

^  Some Watkin’s Families of Virginia by John Hale Stutesman, 1989, page 117.


Tatum Bible Records from William Harrison


The births of their children are in the William Harrison Bible, which was found in a bundle of old letters at Library of Virginia. *   These records can be seen online.


Josiah Tatum, born 18 September 1715

Sarah Brooke (Tatum), born 2 February 1725.  (Sarah the wife of Josiah Tatum.) departed 8 December 1778

Josiah Tatum was married to Sarah Brooke 2 November 1751.

Mary Tatum, born 22 September 1755.

Zachariah Tatum born 20 July 1759

Rebecca and Sarah Tatum born 2 October 1761. 

Mary Tatum (born 17 September 1752) married on 29 January 1778 William Harrison (born 1 August 1747).   Mary Harrison, wife of William Harrison (died) 12 July 1789.  William Harrison (died) 20 October 1822, age 75, 2 months and 20 days.  Bible then notes birth of their children.   William Harrison noted information on the first six Tatums were found in a bundle of letters      


Children of Josiah Tatum + Sarah Brooke – noted as (a), (b), etc:


(a). Mary Tatum (22 September 1755 to 12 July 1789) married William Harrison (1 August 1747 to 10 October 1822).   Notice that Mary’s birth date is the same as her brother Henry Tatum “II.”


(b). Rebecca Tatum (twin – 2 October 1769) married Lewellen Hudson. 


1808 January 20 – Chesterfield County: Lewellin Hudson of Chesterfield County for the benefit of his wife whom he did not name, daughter Rebecca Hudson and her children for the loss of Nanny, a negro girl (daughter of Ussey) belonging to the estate of Josiah Tatum.  Lewellin hired her out to John Tibbs who left the state for parts unknown.   She was replaced with Sarah, a negro woman about 35 years of age, with the recipient being Henry Tatum. (DB 17/559)


(c). Sarah Tatum (twin – 2 October 1769) died when young. *


(d). Lt. Henry Tatum (22 September 1755* to 22 July 1836+) was the son of Josiah Tatum.  Notice his birth date is the same for his sister, Mary Tatum.  From John W. Pitchett and other sources: He inherited land on the east side of Middle Creek (now Goode’s Creek), served in the Virginia Continental Army from 1776 to 1781.   Henry was living next to his father, head of a household of  one white and 11 blacks in Chesterfield County in 1783, and later that year on 10 July 1783, married Dorothea Claiborne.   Dorothea Claiborne was born 18 May 1765 and died 12 March 1844, ^^ and is buried at Shockoe Hill Cemetery, Richmond City, Virginia.  She was the daughter of Daniel Claiborne and Mary Maury.   Later, Henry Tatum became a Dinwiddie County deputy sheriff and Chesterfield County magistrate. ^^    He resided at “Woodland Hill” in Chesterfield County where he had a large plantation.  Tatum left a will in Richmond where he was living at his death (will dated 28 November 1831 and proved 24 August 1836).  * +


             Tatum’s Woodland Hill was in the western-most part of Chesterfield County and has been reported about 2 miles (northeast) of Goode’s Bridge on the Chesterfield-Amelia County border.    Goode’s Bridge once crossed the Appomattox River and today’s Interstate I-360 bridge (formerly Hull Street Road) is thought to be approximately the same location.  Goode’s Creek is nearby.  Henry Tatum (1755 to 1836) and wife Dorothea lived at Woodland Hill.  After they died, this writer thinks the name of Woodland Hill became history.   Descendants of Zachariah Tatum also lived in the area – see details with Henry W. Tatum’s write-up.


Details for Henry Tatum (1755 to 1836)


1776 to ~1783 – American Revolution: Henry Tatum’s Revolutionary War pension application (Henrico County) stated that he began in 1776 as a Cadet under Captain Ralph Faulkner.  Later that year, he became an Ensign and was attached the 5th Virginia Regiment with Charles Scott Commander. 


In 1780, his Regiment was incorporated into the 3rd Regiment, and he became supernumerary and had to retire.  He was called on after 1780 and reentered the service under General Muhlenberg and acted as a Brevet Major, although he held only a Lieutenant’s commission.  Henry Tatum “fought the taking of the Hessians at Trenton (26 December 1776), Battles of Quibble Town (22 June 1777), Coote’s Mill, Brandywine (11 September 1777) where he was wounded, German Town (4 October 1777), White March (5-8 December 1777), Monmouth (28 June 1778), and several others of lesser note and finally at the taking of Cornwallis at Yorktown (September- October 1781).”


For his services, he was rewarded (1) 2666 2/3 acres on 24 December 1802 for the war, (2) 444 1/3 acres on 8 January 1807 for the 7th year, and 296 acres on 10 February 1808 for an 8 additional months.   He applied for and received a pension in 1828 of half pay which certain officers were entitled.   By 1835, he had received $2,888 half pay.   Henry died in 1836 and his wife Dorothea applied for a widow’s pension on 16 September 1837.   She was denied because she was “not a widow until after the passage of the 1836 widow’s act, having missed that date by only 18 days.   Dorothea died in 1844.  On 4 March 1846, the Senate of the United States determined Henry Tatum was not entitled to half pay since he was not in service on October 1780 when the resolution granting half pay was adopted.  How this played out has not been reviewed. 


1779 May 3 – Amelia County, Virginia:  Marriage of Henry Tatum to Sally Scott (county record).


1783 July 10:  This is the date Henry Tatum married Dorothea Claiborne, per her 1837 widow’s pension application.  Dorothea’s mother was Mary Claiborne of Chesterfield who left a will dated 1 September 1796 naming daughters Mary Ann Butts, Hannah Triplett, Dorothea Tatum with executors being Henry Tatum and Buller-? Claiborne (WB 5/145).   Her father was Daniel Claiborne (1731 – 1790).  ^^


1786 to 1810 – Chesterfield County: Personal Property taxes show Henry Tatum with a maximum of 8 horses in 1794.


1810 and 1820 - US Census of Chesterfield County:  Henry Tatum is listed with 31 slaves on the 1810 US Census, but only 15 slaves on the 1810 Chesterfield County tax record.


1815 December 5 – Chesterfield County:  Henry Tatum and Dorothea his wife, sold to Edmund Goode, for $320, 16 acres lying in Chesterfield County, on the west side of Goode’s Bridge, adjacent to Henry Coxs, Henry Tatum, and Goodwin.  (signed) Henry Tatum (seal), Dorothea Tatum (seal).  Witnesses - Worthen Goode, William G. Elam, both Justices of the Peace for Chesterfield County.  Entered 26 February 1816.  Said Dorothea Tatum acknowledges the sale.  (DB 20/581)


1817 May 14 – Chesterfield County: Henry Tatum of Chesterfield County deeded one acre of land to trustees - Elijah Maxey, John Maxey, Arthur Lublott, Samuel Walkins, George Markham, Peter Rowlett, Thomas Anderson, Daniel Wooldridge, John Rowlett.  Location details were unreadable.  Land was for a Methodist Episcopal house of worship.  Entered 12 January 1818.  (DB 21/47)  


1819 February 24 – Chesterfield County: William Goode sold to Henry Tatum (county not mentioned) for one dollar down payment and 172 pounds later, 684 acres of land sold by Samuel Rudd, Executor of Thomas Rudding, bearing date of 25 March 1808 to William Goode, and then to Henry Tatum.    Lands were bounded by Francis Goode, John Risen, James F. Forsee estate, Henry Cox, Edmund Goode, Arthur Bass, John Goode, and Lawson Beufort(?).  (Signed: William Goode (seal).  Witnesses: John Goode, Benjamin Goode, Edmund Good.  Entered 8 March 1819.  (DB 19/433)


1830: US Census of Richmond Monroe Ward, Richmond (Independent City), Virginia: Henry Tatum, wife, one male and female 20-29.   The young male and female are probably son - Henry A. Tatum, M.D. and wife Amelia with the Tatum elders living with them.


1836 July 22:  Date Henry Tatum died, according to Dorothea Tatum on her widow’s pension application.


Children of Lt. Henry Tatum and Dorothea Claiborne include:


(aa) Mary Tatum has a marriage bond 19 December 1811 Chesterfield County to Robert F. Branch.*


(bb) Dr. Henry Augustus Tatum, M.D. (1798 reported at Woodland Hill, Chesterfield County to 1862 Richmond, Henrico County/and/ Independent City, Virginia) has a marriage bond 11 January 1827 Chesterfield County (county record) to Amelia Sherwin Brooking (15 July 1804 – 11 May 1865 and buried Shockoe Hill Cemetery, Richmond City, Virginia). *    Amelia was the daughter of Colonel Thomas Vivion Brooking.  Henry A. Tatum, M.D. practiced medicine for 40 years in Richmond. ***  


1830 to 1860 – Richmond, Independent City or Richmond Ward, Henrico County:  Henry A. or H.A. Tatum.  In 1830, he has his parents Henry Tatum and his wife living with them.  1840 Census has not been found.


Children of Henry A. Tatum and Amelia S. Brooking

(1^). Augusta S. Tatum (f - 1835/36)

(2^). Vivien H. Tatum(m -1837/38).   Confederate States of America soldier who in 1861 was in the 21st Infantry at age 23.

(3^). Augustus R. Tatum (m - 1839/40).   Confederate States of America soldier who in 1861 at age 21 was in the 21st Virginia Infantry.

(4^). Emma B. Tatum (1841/42)

(5^). Lucien Brooking Tatum (m – 1844/45 to 6 May 1905 and buried Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond City, Va.) married on 6 June 1882 Rockingham County, Virginia to Mary Selden Tatum.  Confederate States of America soldier who in 1864 was in Captain L. F. Jones Company Artillery (2nd Company Richmond Howitzers) and Captain King’s Company Light Artillery (Saltville Artillery) and Captain Kevill’s Company Artillery C. United Artillery.

(6^). Leslie F.  Tatum (m – 1848/49) 


(cc). Theophilus Tatum “I” (1801/02 to >1860) married 1st a Moor and 2nd on 5 June 1834 to Anna Dunbar (Edwards) Puryear (~1803) who had been previously married.   Their 1850 and 1860 US Census shows them living in Henrico County, Virginia.


Children of Theophilus and Anna Tatum “I” 


(1^) Edwin B. Tatum (1835/36)


(2^) William Henry Tatum (15 April 1838 to 24 February 1903 and buried Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond City, Virginia.) married to Harriett E. __.   He was a Confederate States of America soldier who in 1861 was in Capt. R. H. Anderson’s Company Light Artillery (1st Company Richmond Howitzers).


1870 US Census of Chesterfield County, Chester, P.O. Petersburg, Virginia:

1880 and 1900 US Census of Chesterfield County, Manchester, Virginia (Southside of Richmond, Va.):  1900 US Census of Chesterfield County, Manchester City, Virginia (south side of Richmond, Va.):  William H. Tatum, March 1839, 61, married 38 years, Harriett Tatum, wife, June 1844, 55, married 38 years (previous two census show Harriett only 1 year younger than husband), 8 children with 5 living; Charles Tatum, November 1866, 33; Linwood Tatum March 1876, 24; Archer Tatum,  March 1880, 20; Clarence Tatum, Feb. 1883, 17.


Children of William Henry and Harriett E. Tatum are (i^) Charles W. Tatum (November 1866), (ii^) Manerva Tatum (~1865) married on 13 December 1888 Manchester, Virginia to R. L. Ellis (county record), (iii^) Edward S. Tatum (1868/69), (iv^). Linwood Tatum (March 1876), (v^) Archer Tatum (March 1880), (vi^) Clarence Tatum (February 1883).


(3^) Louisianna Tatum (f – 1839/40)

(4^) Rosabelle Tatum (1841/42) – never married. ^


(5^ John Calhoun Tatum 1845/46.  Confederate States America soldier who was in 1864 in Capt. R. M Anderson’s Company of Light Artillery, (1st Company Richmond Howitzers).


1880 Henrico County, Richmond, Virginia: Jno C. Tatum 34, grocer; Martha A. Tatum 28; John Tatum 2, Katie 10/12.


(6^) Theophilus Tatum “II” (1848/49) – never married. ^

^ Children’s names (except Louisianna Tatum) from “Old King William Homes and Families, by Peyton Neale Clarke.


(dd) Dorothea Ann Maury Tatum (ca1807 – 19 May 1862) married 13 January 1831 to James McGruder Boyd (10 Feb. 1798 – 17 July 1855).  In 1850, they were living in Lynchburg, Campbell County, with 9 children ages 4 months to 18 years.*

(ee) Elizabeth Tatum (ca1809 to March 1833). *    


(e). Lt. Zachariah Tatum (born 29 July 1759 in Chesterfield County, Virginia^ to ~1809) was a son of Josiah Tatum. 


Over View for Lt. Zachariah Tatum


From John W. Pritchett:*   With Henry Tatum as his surety, Zachariah married Judith Walker in Amelia County 21 December 1791 (bond and county record).  The bride was the daughter of Edmund Walker who mentioned daughter Judith Tatum in his 1793 will in Amelia County. 


Zachariah Tatum entered Virginia Revolutionary War service 13 December 1778 and was mustered out 1 January 1783 with three years total service.  He was first an Ensign and later a Lieutenant with the 5th Virginia Regiment December 13, 1780.   Zachariah Tatum was wounded in 1782.  For his services, he was awarded 2666 acres.* +++


Later he inherited his father’s home plantation on or near Goode’s Creek in western-most Chesterfield County.  In 1802, Zachariah married 2nd in Chesterfield County to Obedience Beasley.    One known child of Zachariah and Judith (Walker) Tatum is Henry Walker Tatum (21 October 1795 – 29 May 1849) who married Mary Goode in Chesterfield County 18 November 1818.*


Details for Zachariah Tatum


Zachariah Tatum and his brother Henry Tatum “II” may have served in the same Revolutionary War units, but not necessarily at the same time.   Zachariah Tatum received several warrants of land for his services, one of which was issued 8 July 1798 to him and assigned to Richard Bibb with the land being in near the Gasper River in southwestern Kentucky. 

The Kentucky Law Reporter, Volume 32, 1908, page 959 


1779 to 1782:  Revolutionary War records at National Archives and Records Administration indicate “Zachariah Tatum entered service about 1779 as an ensign in Colonel Russell’s (5th) Virginia (Continental) Regiment.  In May 1782, he was promoted to Lieutenant in Colonel Mathews’ (3rd) Virginia (Continental) Regiment and served to the close of Revolution….   Henry W. Tatum of Chesterfield County, Virginia, the only son and heir of Zachariah Tatum was allowed 150 acres of bounty land by the United States on Warrant #1955, which was issued July 26, 1833, on account of the Revolutionary War service of his father.  In said records, it is stated that Zachariah Tatum received bounty land from Virginia on Warrant #2648 (2666 2/3 acres), for his services as a lieutenant in the Virginia line, War of the Revolution.”  He retired from served on 1 January 1783.

Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files 1800-1900 as found on


1786 to 1814 Chesterfield County: Personal property taxes show Zachariah Tatum with an increasing number of slaves to 16 and 10 horses in 1805.   In 1809 and 1810 tax record indicate estate taxes for the deceased Zachariah Tatum.   In 1810, there were 20 slaves and 12 horses. 


1810 US Census of Chesterfield County: Obedience Tatum, 1 male 10-16, 1 male 26-45, 2 females 0-10, 1 female 45+


1815 August 13 – Chesterfield County: Lawson Burfort for T. Branch, Sheriff of Chesterfield County, sold to Obedience Tatum at public auction 225 acres of Chesterfield County land in the name of John Swann who in 1802 and 1803 failed to pay $7.18 taxes.  Location was not given in this deed.  (DB 20/433)


1820 US Census of Chesterfield County: Obedience Tatum, 2 females 16-25, 1 female 45+


Children of Zachariah Tatum + Judith Walker


(aa) and (bb).- Two daughters, names unknown, born 1795-1800.


(cc). Henry Walker Tatum (21 October 1795 to 29 May 1849) married on 18 November 1818 Chesterfield County (county record) to Mary Goode and lived at Longwood in Chesterfield County, Virginia.


1820 to 1840 US Census of Upper District, Chesterfield County: In 1830, Henry Tatum, wife, 1 male 1820-1825 (who should be Richard H. Tatum), 1 female 1815-1820 and I additional male born 1790 to 1800 in 1830.  In 1840, younger female is listed born 1820-1825.


A rather inaccurate 1863 Civil War map notes the specific landmarks for “Dr. Tatum,” “Longwood,” and “Seven Oaks.”   All are in the same general location as the older “Woodland Hill” of Henry and Dorothea Tatum.  On this map, “Woodland Hill” could not be found, but “Seven Oaks” is east of “Longwood” and “Dr. Tatum” is north of Longwood. 

^, Survey Map of the Western Part of Chesterfield County, Virginia, found on-line.


Longwood was where Henry Walker Tatum (born ~1795), son of Zachariah Tatum, lived.  His wife, Mary “Polly” Goode was reported born at Seven Oaks.   “Dr. Tatum” should be Richard H. Tatum, M.D. (born ~1823), son of Henry Walker Tatum and grandson of Zachariah Tatum.      This writer would appreciate comments from Tatums who have been in this area.  Is there anything left of historic interest?


            25 October 1902:  “We go to Chesterfield in search of Mrs. Tatum and the reds.  Cross the bridge following the big road by “Woodlawn” to Henry Miller’s, thence north and left by “Seven Oaks” the seat of the Woods – to Thelus Phaupi; thence through “Longwood” (Tatum’s), finally raising deer near Tatum’s old bridge site.  Located an old graveyard on Goode’s Creek, midway between Henry Millers and Tatum’s near “Seven Oaks” with some tombs said to be those of Goodes and Tatum, but I did not have the chance to see them….”

Walter A. Watson Diary entry in Notes of Southside Virginia, Bulletin of the Virginia State Library, Volume 15, 1925, page 221.     


Children of Henry Walker Tatum and Mary Goode


(1^). Daughter born ~1820, name unknown


(2^). Richard H. Tatum, M.D. (~1823 reported born at Longwood in Chesterfield County to >1880) was a Captain and Surgeon in the C. S. A. and one point was attached to the 18th Georgia Infantry.  Richard H. Tatum married on 24 November 1851 at Powhatan County, Virginia to Sarah Ann “Lilly” Seldon (county record).  Lilly was the daughter of Charles and Sarah Skelton of Powhatan County.   Richard H. Tatum graduated 1st from William and Mary College in 1841 and then University of Pennsylvania with a degree of M.D.   He first practiced in northwestern Chesterfield County and later in the Harrisonburg – Dayton, Virginia area. ^

^ Virginia Cousins, by George Brown Goode, 2009   


Details for Richard H. Tatum, M.D.


1850 US Census of Chesterfield County, Upper District, Virginia: R. H. Tatum with James W. Jackson

1860 US Census Chesterfield County, Southern Division: A. (should be R) H. Tatum 37 Physician, Lillie Tatum 27, Rives Tatum 5, Peebles Tatum 3, Constance Tatum 3.

1870 US Census Chesterfield County, 1st Revenue Division: Richard H. Tatum 48 Physician, Sarah Tatum 38, Reves Tatum 14, Peebles Tatum 15, Constance Tatum 13, Mary G. Tatum 10, Herbert Tatum 5, Charles H. Tatum 11/12.

1880 US Census of Rockingham County, Harrisonburg, Virginia: Richard H. Tatum 57 Physician, Sarah Tatum 47, _ Rives Tatum 27 - Physician, Peebles Tatum 24 - clerk in store, Mary Tatum 19, Herbert Tatum 15 - clerk in store, Mary Seldon 49 sister in law & school teacher; __ (f) Seldon, 36, sister in law; Gifford Seldon 20 brother in law 


Children of Richard H. Tatum and Sarah Ann Seldon


(i^). Rives Tatum (1853), M.D., graduated from Richmond Medical College in 1876, married on 18 November 1880 Harrisonburg City/County, Virginia to Kate W. Thurmond (county record).    He has written medical journal articles.

(ii^). Peebles Tatum (1854/55)

(iii^) Constance Tatum (1857) married on 1 October 1878 Rockingham County, Virginia to James Hay (county record).

(iii^). Mary G. Tatum (1859/60)

(iv^). Herbert Tatum (1864/65)

(v^). Charles H. Tatum (1869) 


Children of Zachariah Tatum + Obedience Beasley


None are known based on her 1810 and 1820 U.S. Census.


(iv). Henry Tatum “II” (1719 – 1782) + wife Rebecca


Overview from Henry Tatum “II” (1719 – 1782) + wife Rebecca


Henry Tatum “II” was the son of Henry and Mary Tatum was born 28 May 1721 and baptized 11 June 1721 (Bristol Parish Register).   If Henry owned land in Dinwiddie County, all records from this county have been lost until after he died.  From John W. Pritchett and Dorman: Henry Tatum (28 May 1721 to 26 January 1782) purchased 114 acres on Joseph Swamp in 1753, 212 acres on the Nottoway River in 1763, and a neighboring 100 acres in 1764, 214 acres of which he and Rebecca (21 September 1726 to 28 September 1784) sold to William Claiborne in 1777.  He died in Prince George County where his estate accounts were recorded 13 July 1790.*   After 1760, there is difficulty separating him from Henry Tatum (born ca1740) - son of Christopher Tatum “II.”


Names of children, if any, not are known at this time.    Readers with information on children are asked to help.


There is a Bible record at the Library of Virginia of Thomas Inglefields Phillip which records a Henry Tatum, born 20 May 1719 and died 26 January 1782.   His wife Rebecca was born 21 September 1726 and died 28 September 1784.   The death date of Henry Tatum is also confirmed in the Harrison Family Bible Records 1715-1833 at the Library of Virginia. 


Details for Henry Tatum


1752 March 3 - Albemarle Parish, Surry County, Virginia: Henry Mitchell and Joshua Tatum (Procession Masters) were appointed to procession all between John Harthorns the College line and the line dividing this county and Prince George and between Josephs Swamp and Jones hole stating: "We processioned:  … 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


1753 Surry County: Henry Tatum purchased 114 acres on Joseph Swamp in 1753.

* Southside Virginia Genealogies, by John W. Pritchett, Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 2007 on CD


1755 March 8 - 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 convenants (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.


1757 April -  Sussex County Court: Ordered that Thomas Epes pay unto Henry Tatum 25 pounds of tobacco for one days attendance at this Court as a witness for him Thomas Epes at the suit of Thomas Young.  Also for Sarah Tatum, the same.

Sussex County Virginia Court Records, Weynette Parks Haun, 1997, page 68


1758 February - Sussex County Court:  Thomas and Edward Tatum, Orphans of Peter Tatum personally appeared in Court and choose Henry Tatum for their Guardian whereupon he with John Tatum and Nathaniel Mitchell his securities entered into and acknowledged their Boon for his due performance of that trust.

Sussex County, Virginia Court Records 1757-1759, by Weynette Parks Haun, page 102, Book Two.


1763 December 15 - Sussex County: William Green of Albemarle Parish, Sussex County and Lucy his wife deeded to Henry Tatum of the same parish and county, planter...for 100 pounds, plantation tract or parcel of land in the same county on the Nottoway River, beginning at a black gum oak on the Nottoway River, corner of John Halls land, along a wood yard corner of Joseph mouth of __ gut on Nottoway River...112 acres with houses, etc.  (Signed) William Green, Lucy "x" Green.  Entered 15 December 1763.

Sussex County Deed Book C, page 30, microfilm 34164 Family History Library


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, acreage is __, in the parish beginning at a corner in Col. Augustine Claiborne...along Clairbornes Doby line...along Dobys head of a 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.    


1769 Surry County, Virginia: Will of Christopher Tatum, 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


1771 October 31 – Sussex County: Henry Tatum, Plantar, deeded to Augustus Claiborne, Scribe, both of Sussex County 10 acres for 100 pounds  lying to the southeast side of the main road leading part the plantation of said Henry.  Signed: Henry Tatum (seal).  Witness: John Baird, Junior.  Entered 30 October 1771. (DB D/419)


1774 February 17 - Sussex County Deed: Frederick Young to Joshua Livie for 90 pounds…113 acres on west side of Joseph’s Swamp and bounded by Henry Tatum and Robert Tatum near the Race Path.  Recorded 17 February 1774

Sussex County, Virginia Deed Book E 1754-1779, by William Lindsay Hopkins 1990, source page 142.


1777 December 22 - Sussex County Deed: Henry Tatum and wife, Rebecca Tatum to William Claiborne, Jr. of Windsor for 42 pounds….   214 acres being the land whereon Henry Tatum lately lived I Sussex County.  Witnesses: Henry Willis, Augustine Claiborne and Ann (x) White.  Signed: Henry Tatum, Rebecca Tatum.  Witnesses: Henry Willis, August Claiborne and ?   Recorded - 15 January 1778

Sussex County, Virginia Deed Books 1754-1779, by William Lindsay Hopkins, page 187, 1990, Deed Book "E."


1782 May 9 - Prince George County:  Virginia Public Claims Court for Revolutionary War Goods: Henry Tatum’s estate 19 gallons of brandy, 14 pounds bacon, cartage – cost pounds.

Virginia Public Claims – Prince George County, by Janice L Abercrombie           


1782 September 18 - Sussex County Deed: Joshua Ivey of Prince George County to Richard Russell of Brunswick County for 100 pounds, 113 acres joining Henry Tatum, Robert Tatum, the race paths, Joseph Sway, the old road.  Also signed by his wife Elizabeth Ivey.  Witnesses: Peter Williams, Rebekah Williams, Lucretia Rieves.  17 April 1783.

Deeds of Sussex County, Virginia 1779-1792, abstracted by Dr. Stephen E. Bradley, Jr, 1993 (154-(174).


Prince George land tax records record "Henry Tatum's Estate" in the years 1782, 1783 and 1785.  He owned 415 acres.  


Henry Tatum Records Not Understood


1789 to 1791 – Dinwiddie County, Virginia:  Oddly enough, nearby Dinwiddie County, which lost its earliest records, has among its odds and ends one lone court book which survived for the years 1789 – 1791.  It is only an index of names with thirteen entries for a Henry Tatum. ^   Other than county tax records, its county records begin in 1819. 

^ Dinwiddie County, Virginia Surveyor’s Platt Book (1755 – 1796) and Court Orders (1789 – 1791): An Every-Name Index, by T.L.C. Genealogy, 1995.


            Comment: Dinwiddie’s 1782 tax record, as well as the first Virginia US Census to survive in 1810, lists no Tatums.  Until these tax records are reviewed, it’s possible we are seeing Henry Tatum (1755 to 1836), son of Josiah Tatum, speculating in Dinwiddie lands.