New for 2013 and 2014
Joseph Tatum (1700/05 – 1782), Son of Peter Tatum (~1675)
Is Now Found in His Chapter.
St. Andrew’s (Parish) Episcopal Church still exists today (Est. 1720)
New for 2016
More on Edward Tatum “III” (~1779 to 1852)
Working the Burned County Marion County, Tennessee for clues on Children of Jesse Tatum “II” (ca1760 to 1805 Tennessee) and wife Mary “Polly” Cook
Third Generation – Peter Tatum (~1675 – 1771) and his Descendants
1st generation – Nathaniel Tatum – the Immigrant (~1599)
2nd generation Nathaniel Tatum (“II”) (~1635)
(Thank you, Ronnie Tatum for all your help on this line)
Peter Tatum of Brunswick County, Virginia and Proposed line:
Born: Unknown date; estimated ~1675 Charles City-County, Virginia
Married Mary __.
Died 1771 Brunswick County, Virginia
Parents: Nathaniel Tatum “II” (~1635 to 1719) + Marie Robertson
Grandparents: Nathaniel Tatum – the Immigrant (~1599) + wife Ann
Brothers: 1 - Christopher Tatum “I,” (~1683-1751), 2 - Henry Tatum (1670’s - >1727), 3 – Edward Tatum (~1670/80 – 1739) of Surry County
Will? None, but an estate administration exists.
Mary (____ ?)
Recorded only once 1729 and that is a problem!
Birth, death date, and parents not known
Point of much confusion and concern: Prince George County’s Mary Epps who married a different Peter Tatum (~1705 to 1751/55+) - son of Nathaniel Tatum (1670 to 1738+).
First compilation 1 February 2007; previous revision 1 March 2014, this revision 1 December 2015 by J. R. Murphy, www.planetmurphy.org.
Warning: These early Brunswick Tatum families are poorly understood and some placements are very speculative. Problems continue with birth date estimations. There could be future changes. Readers are invited to help root out errors and make corrections.
To begin with, there are three Peter Tatums to understand. Questions continue to exist on whether all the Peter Tatums have been properly separated.
(1) Peter Tatum (~1675 to 1771) of Surry and Brunswick Counties, son of Nathaniel Tatum “II” (~1635 – 1719). This Peter Tatum married Mary _ who is recorded only once.
(2) Peter Tatum (~1705 to 1751/55+), son of Nathaniel Tatum (~1670 to 1738+) – both of Prince George County. This Peter married Mary Epps.
(3). Peter Tatum (~1710 to 1751), son of Edward Tatum (~1670/80 to 1739) – both of Surry County, Virginia. This Peter married Sarah Heath.
Within Brunswick County, there are other Tatum lines to keep in mind, including the four sons of Christopher Tatum “I” line: Christopher Tatum “II (~1717-1769),” John Tatum (~1707 – 1766), Thomas Tatum (~1724->1787), and Cheney Tatum (~ 1725 - >1783). No children have been identified for Thomas. The above John Tatum had only a daughter, per his will. Cheney is a question mark for a daughter and son. Only Cheney settled permanently in Brunswick, but his estate probate or administration is missing.
One additional line was in Brunswick County: George Tatum (~1721 to 1801), whose projected father is thought to be Samuel Tatum (~1692 – 1758 Sussex) or Samuel Tatum “II” (~1670’s – 1750).
Section 1 - This Chapter Covers the Following
Proposed line: Peter Tatum (~1675 to 1771-admin) + wife Mary of Brunswick County, Virginia.
Children are (i - iii) and grandchildren (a – e)
Wills and Estate Administrations as noted
Counties noted with main record; Birth dates “~” estimated
(i). Lucia Tatum + husband William Jackson - will; Brunswick County only
(ii) (proposed) Edward Tatum “I” (~1700 to 1744 will) + wife Martha of Brunswick County, Va: Children are (a) through (e).
(a) Jesse Tatum “I” (~1722 to 1790) + wife Elizabeth of Brunswick & Henry Counties, Virginia. Their children are (aa & bb)
(aa) Edward Tatum (1747/50 - ~1835) + wife Martha Daniel of Brunswick, Pittsylvania, Henry & Patrick, Virginia; Lincoln, Tn: Jefferson, Al.
(bb) Jesse Tatum “II” (? to 1805) + wife Mary of Brunswick & Patrick, Virginia; Franklin Va or Ga; Knox and Rhea Tn
(b) Edward Tatum “II” (-1735 to 1811-will) + wife Susanna/Sucky of Brunswick, Va. and Guilford NC.
(c) Reverend John Tatum (~1740 to 1803) + Milly Howard of Brunswick Virginia, Guilford & Stokes North Carolina
(d) Martha Tatum
(e) Frances Tatum (~1739)
(iii) Joseph Tatum (~1700/05 to 1782-will) + wife Rebecca of Brunswick, Virginia; Children are (a) though (d) – Details can be found in Joseph Tatum chapter.
(a) Rebecca Tatum
(b) (likely) Paul Tatum (~1725 to 1784-will) + 1st wife _ + 2nd wife Elenor of Brunswick County, Va.
(c) (possibly) Peter Tatum “Jr.” who died 1755 Brunswick County.
(d) Nathaniel Tatum (~1735 to 1795/96) + Pheby Fort - will; of Brunswick & Southampton, Virginia; Guilford & Rockingham, NC; Greene & Hancock Georgia. Their children (aa) to (jj): (aa) Sarah Tatum, (bb) Elizabeth Tatum, (cc) Polly Tatum, (dd) Osbern/Osburn Tatum, (ee) Jonathan Tatum, (ff) Nathaniel Tatum “II”, (ff) Seth Tatum, (hh) William Tatum (1776 – 1845), (ii). James Tatum, (jj) Peter Tatum
(Section 6) Brunswick County Tatums who cannot be placed:
(i). Nathaniel Tatum who died 1736 Brunswick County
(ii). Hezakiah Tatum noted in ~1781 Brunswick County
(iii). Nathaniel Tatum, born 1759, Revolutionary Soldier Brunswick Co., Va to Tennessee.
(Section 7) A few other Tatum puzzles.
The abbreviation “Admin” means no will was filed, but the deceased’s estate went through administrative disposal; sometimes with few clues as to family, other times a long legal fight ensued.
Section 2 - Sources/References include:
* 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
^ individual references saved for a single paragraph and noted below it.
^ ^ "Descendants of Cheney Boyce, "Ancient Planter," and of Richard Craven," by John Anderson Bayson, 1996
^^^ Surry County Historical Society, summary (no source given) found on a Peter Tatum who died ~1771. This same summary states Peter Tatum's children were Peter Tatum, Joseph Tatum, Paul Tatum, Jessie Tatum, Nathaniel Tatum, Rebecca Tatum, and Lucia Tatum.
*^ Adventurers of Purse and Person – Virginia 1607-1624-25, + 4th Edition, Volume 3, by John Frederick Dorman, 264, 271
^+ Roster of Revolutionary Soldiers and Patriots in Alabama, by Louise Milam Julich, 1979, page 568-589.
+++ Brunswick County, Virginia Deed Books 1738 – 1780 in 5 volumes, by Dr. Stephen E. Bradley, Jr. 1998. Deeds abstracted from Bradley’s books will be noted as Bradley, followed by original Brunswick Deed Book/page number, i.e: +++ (Bradley: DB 5/400)
Section 3 – Overview for Peter Tatum (~1675 – 1771)
Peter Tatum moved From Surry to Brunswick County, Virginia by 1728, as noted in his land grant of 455 acres on the south side of Reedy Creek. In 1729, Peter Tatum and his wife, Mary Tatum of Brunswick County deeded 152 ½ acres to his brother Christopher Tatum. In 1732, Peter leased 227 acres to Edward Tatum, who is most likely his son. By 1741, Peter’s daughter, Lucia Tatum married William Jackson, son of Thomas Jackson, Sr. of Brunswick County, who left a will 13 January 1740/1. Peter died in 1771 without a will and his estate was administered November 1771 by his grandson, Edward Tatum. 1771 would make Peter about 90-100 years old, if he was born about 1675.
Section 4 - Details Found for Peter Tatum (~1675 – 1771)
Surry County, Virginia
1711 October – Surry County, Virginia Court: Peter Tatum produced an account against the Publick for eight days working on the Batterys’ at James Town and three days going and returning from the said Service, and having made oath that he never received any satisfaction for the same; it is therefore ordered to be certified to the next General Assembly for Allowance.”
Surry County, Virginia Court Records 1700-1711, Book VI, by Weynette Parks Haun, 1992, (171)
1712 May – Surry County, Virginia Court: Ordered that the Sherriff summons Peter Tatum to appear at the next Court as an Evidence on behalf of her (sic) Majesty Against Thomas Wynn. At the following meeting, this order was again repeated. Finally at a Court held at Southwark for the County of Surry, 18 June 1712, Peter Tatum having been summoned as an Evidence on behalf of Thomas Wynne, It is ordered that the said Wynne pay the said Tatum for one days attendance according to Law with costs.
Surry County, Virginia Court Records 1712-1718, Book VII, by Weynette Parks Haun, 1992, (2, 5, 6)
Comment: Surry County Order Books failed to survive between the years of 1719 and 1741.
Brunswick County, Virginia
1728 September 28 - Brunswick County: Virginia Land Grant to Peter Tatum, 455 acres on the south side of Reedy Creek.
Library of Virginia Land Office Grants on-line
1729 October 14 - Surry County, Virginia: Peter Tatum and wife, Mary Tatum of Brunswick County deeded to Christopher Tatum of Surry County, 152.5 acres (being part of two tracts of land, one of which was bought by Nathaniel Tatum, father of the aforesaid Peter Tatum and Christopher Tatum, from Thomas Busby and the other was granted to said Nathaniel Tatum. These lands were devised to said Peter Tatum by the Will of Nathaniel Tatum, deceased, dated 24 August 1714. 152.5 acres is on the south side of Joseph's Swamp and bounded by Stephen Housman and the Miry Meadow Branch. One hundred acres begin at the lower end in Stephan Houseman's line ...along Christopher Tatum, Robert Doby and to the land of Samuel Tatum, Jr. Recorded 15 October 1729. Signed: Peter Tatum, Mary (x) Tatum. Witnesses: Thomas Avent and John Payater?
(Surry County, Virginia Deeds 1715-1730, microfilm page numbers unreadable, possibly 984.)
Comment: We are seeing Peter Tatum selling some or all his Surry County lands by 1729, which were inherited from his father, Nathaniel Tatum “II.” After this, Surry County entries for Peter Tatum belong to someone else.
1732 October 3 – Brunswick County: Peter Tatum of St. Andrews Parish in Brunswick County leased (to eventually purchase?) to Edward Tatum of same county and parish, lease one year for 5 shillings, release 2.2.0 pounds 227 acres on the south side of Reedy beginning at a small branch...lying in parish...being half the said land granted to said Peter Tatum by patent on 28 September 1728. Witnesses - Joseph Kymball, Robert Hicks. Signed - Peter Tatum. At a court which was held for Brunswick County 2 October 1782. (from Ronnie Tatum). Yes, this deed was entered into court in 1782, fifty years later. Lease – release deeds may be a form of mortgage payment that has to be paid before a deed is released or issued.
1733 April 6 - Brunswick County Court: In the case between Theophilus Field – Plaintiff and Peter Tatum – Defendant. The plaintiff not prosecuting, the same is dismissed.
Brunswick County, Virginia Court Orders 1732-1737, TLC Genealogy
1733/34 April 6 - Brunswick County Road Orders: John Douglass is appointed Surveyor of a Bridle Way from Chamberlain’s Ford to Jackson’s Mill Swamp where Tatum’s Road crosses it…. (ibid, page 24)
1734 November 7 – Brunswick County Road Orders: Richard Ledbetter is appointed Overseer of a bridle Way from Quarrel Swamp at Henry Ledbetters old path to the old Westward Ford on Maherrin River, and from thence the straightest way into Tatum’s Road…. (Ibid, page 72)
1735 August 7 - Brunswick County Court: Elizabeth Bartholomew is granted administration of the estate of John Bartholomew, deceased. Charles Kymball and William Kimball were her securities. Joseph Kimball, Edward Tatum, Ralph Jackson, and Peter Tatum are appointed to appraise the estate.
1735 August 8 - Brunswick County Court: In the action of debt between Robert Bolling, Esquire – Plaintiff and Peter Tatum – Defendant, the plaintiff not prosecuting, case dismissed and defendant to pay no costs.
1735-1736 - Brunswick County Court: Account 1735-1736 for the estate of Thomas Godwyne, deceased. Named (included) Peter Tatum +++ (Bradley: DB 1/445)
1736 April 1 - Brunswick County Court: Upon petition of Thomas Wilson, he is granted administration of the estate of Elizabeth Urvin. He gave John Brown, James Matthews, Peter Tatum, and James Coleman securities.
Brunswick County, Virginia Court Orders 1732-1737, TLC Genealogy
1740/41 January 13 - Brunswick County: Will of William Jackson of St. Andrews Parish, and proved 2 April 1741. To wife Lucia my plantation during her widowhood to live on. To son Peter Jackson the land where I now live. Rest of estate divided between 2 children. Ex: my brother Thomas Jackson, my brother-in-law Joseph Tatum. Witnesses: Edward Tatum, Ralph "x" Jackson and Peter Tatum. Probate indicates executors were Thomas Jackson, Jr. and Joseph Tatum. ^+ 1741-1742: Money paid to Joseph Tatum and Peter Tatum. ^ 7 Mary 1741: Appraisal of Estate of William Jackson: (signed) Joseph Tatum ^
^Courtesy of Ronnie Tatum, email of 16 May 2009
^+Brunswick County, Virginia Will Books 1-3, by Dr. Stephen E. Bradley Jr., page 5, 1997, Will Book 2.
1747 January 7 - Brunswick County: indenture from James Speed of Brunswick County to David Sinclair of same...300 acres on north side of the Great Creek...Witnesses St. Clack, Peter Tatum, William Eldridge. Court 7 January 1747. (DB 3/365)
1748 August 20 - Virginia Land Grant to Peter Tatum, one tract or parcel containing 389 acres lying and being in Brunswick County on the north side of Reedy Creek and bounded as follows...beginning at Thomas Jackson, Juniors corner on the said creek...along Jackson's line south...on a branch...up said branch...to John Jackson's Corner...to said Reedy Creek and down said creek as it meanders to the beginning. (Virginia Land Patent Book 26)
1748 August 20 - Brunswick County: Land Grant on the same date to Peter Tatum 611 acres in Brunswick County on the south side of Reedy Creek, bounded by Thomas Jackson's line, James Clack's/Clark's line, a path, his own old line, a dividing line between himself and Edward Tatum; (which included) 227 acres formerly granted unto the said Peter Tatum 28 September 1728; and (a new) 384 acres (p. 563) the residue never before granted (until) 20 August 1748. (Virginia Land Patent Book 26)
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
Comment: Chris. Tatum “II” and Thomas Tatum are sons of Christopher Tatum “I,” (~1683 – 1751)
1749 December 26 - Brunswick County: Deed of Peter Tatum of Brunswick County for love and affection, to his son, Joseph Tatum of same. Deed of gift, 389 acres which was a patent to said Peter Tatum dated 20 August 1748, dated 26 December 1749 on the north side of Reedy Creek, joining Thomas Jackson Jr. John Jackson. Witnesses: John Douglass, Moses Dunckley, Thomas Jackson, Jr. Proved 26 December 1749. +++ (Bradley: DB 3/623)
1753 December 24 - Brunswick County: Marriage of Thomas Lyall (Lydall) to Rebecca Tatum, with Securities by Peter Tatum.
Virginia Marriage Records, Brunswick County Marriage Bonds, from Family Archive Viewer, CD174 Virginia Vital Records #1, 1600-1800s + Virginia Marriage Records on ancestry.com
1755 November 24 – Brunswick County: Peter Tatum, planter of Brunswick County deeded to Robert Ruffin, gentleman of Dinwiddie County, 24 November 1755, for 45 lbs, 120 acres, joining James Clack. Witnesses: John Clack, Nathaniel Green, Alexander Poole. Proved 26 November 1755 . +++ (Bradley: DB 6/03)
Comment: The next deed shows Peter Tatum selling land to two of his grandchildren, Paul and Nathaniel Tatum.
1758 January __(torn) - 1758 Brunswick County: Deed abstract from Peter Tatum of Brunswick County to Paul Tatum and Nathaniel Tatum of same county for 40 pounds…grant, bargain, sell to Paul Tatum and Nathaniel Tatum a tract or parcel of land lying in Brunswick County on the south side of Reedy Creek…beginning at Thomas Jackson’s corner on said creek to James Clacks lines to…to a dividing line between himself and Edward Tatum’s…to a branch…down branch to Reedy Creek…meanders of the said Creek to beginning…containing 611 acres. (Signed) - Peter Tatum (seal). Witnesses: John Clack, William Vaughn, William Morris and then dated clearly 25 January 1755.
Courtesy of Ronnie Tatum 27 February 2011, DB 6/237
9 August 1759 – Brunswick County: Indenture from Peter Jackson to Edward Robinson, both of Brunswick County, for 70 pounds, 125 acres which was a patent to Thomas Jackson the elder who conveyed it by deed of gift to his son William Jackson 6 April 1738 and which descended to said William’s son Peter Jackson, on the west side of Reedy Creek adjoining lands of Ambos Jackson and Peter Tatum. ... Court 27 August 1759. +++ (Bradley: DB 6/389)
10 December 1771 Brunswick County; In Obedience to and Order of Court, we the subscribers have appraised in current money the estate of Peter Tatum, deceased as above this 10 December 1771... Signed - __ Parham, Edward Tatum, Benjamin "x" Bass. Returned into Brunswick County Court, 23 March 1772.
Inventory of Peter Tatum included 1 bed and furniture, 1 chest of Drawers, 1 small chest, 1 table, 2 iron pots and hooks, 1 Bellmattle skillet, 1 dish, 2 plates, 1 basin, 5 spoons, 1 bowl candle stick and hatchet, 1 jug and 2 bottles, 3 old books, 1 washing tub, 1 flax wheel, 1 water pale, 1 chest of cotton – carpenters, 1 chair, 1 cow and two yearling, 4 sheep, a parcel of wood and a pair of fine tongs, 1 loom....
(Courtesy of Ronnie Tatum, email of 16 May 2009; Brunswick County Will Book 4, page 108.)
Section 5 - Children of Peter Tatum and wife Mary __ as noted (i), (ii):
1st Generation – Nathaniel Tatum “I”
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, which includes Peter + Mary Tatum
4th generation with (i), (ii), (iii), with name boxed which includes Edward Tatum (~1700-1744)
5th generation with bold letters, (a), (b), (c), etc
6th generation with (aa), (bb), (cc), etc
7th generation with (1^), (2^), (3^), etc
By 1741, Lucia Tatum, daughter of Peter Tatum married William Jackson, son of Thomas Jackson, Sr. of Brunswick County. Jackson left a will 13 January 1740/1 which was proved 2 April 1741 indicating Lucia was a sister to Joseph Tatum.
Details for Lucia Tatum + William Jackson
1738 April 6 – Brunswick County: Thomas Jackson of Brunswick County deeded to his son William Jackson, deed of gift, 6 April 1738, 125 acres on the west side of Reedy Creek, joining Ambross Jackson, Tatum, Witnesses: Cadet Young, John Brooks, Jr. Proved 6 April 1738. +++ (Bradley: DB 1/401)
1740/41 January 13 - Brunswick County Will of William Jackson of St. Andrews Parish, and proved 2 April 1741. To wife Lucia my plantation during her widowhood to live on. To son Peter Jackson the land where I now live. Rest of estate divided between 2 children. Ex: my brother Thomas Jackson, my brother-in-law Joseph Tatum. Witnesses: Edward Tatum, Ralph "x" Jackson and Peter Tatum. Probate indicates executors were Thomas Jackson, Jr. and Joseph Tatum.
1742 November 4 - Brunswick County Court; Lease/Release deed from John Jackson of Brunswick and Rebecca his wife to Robert Hicks of Surry County...425 acres, being part of a tract of land on the north side of Reedy Creek in Brunswick and was granted to said John Jackson by a patent dated 28 September 1728, and bounded by James Parham. Signed: John "x" Jackson. Rebecca "x" Jackson. Witnesses: Edward Tatum, Jesse Tatum, Lucy “x” Jackson. Recorded 4 November 1742. +++ (Bradley: DB 2/192)
1756 - 1758 – Brunswick County: Peter Jackson, orphan of William Jackson, had Paul Tatum handling guardian duties.
Brunswick County, Virginia Orphans Book #1, 1740-1781, page 88.
9 August 1759 – Brunswick County: Indenture from Peter Jackson to Edward Robinson, both of Brunswick County, for 70 pounds, 125 acres which was a patent to Thomas Jackson the elder who conveyed it by deed of gift to his son William Jackson 6 April 1738 and which descended to said William’s son Peter Jackson, as son and heir of the said William Jackson, deceased, on the west side of Reedy Creek adjoining lands of Ambos Jackson and Peter Tatum. ... Court 27 August 1759. +++ (Bradley: DB 6/389)
Overview of Edward Tatum “I” (~1700 to 1744)
Edward Tatum (~1700 to 1744) is likely a son of Peter Tatum, who sold him 227 acres in 1732.* Edward appears in county records with Joseph Tatum and was clerk for St. Andrew's Parish. * Edward with Peter Tatum and others processioned the precinct from Junktapurse Creek to Reedy Creek in 1735-43. Edward left a will in Brunswick County naming wife Martha, and identifying 5 children (will undated and proved 5 April 1744). The St. Andrew's Parish vestry paid his widow what was due her late husband and appointed his son clerk of the Middle Church on 31 October 1744.* In November. 1771, the vestry reimbursed Dr. Ridley for the cost of treating Edward Tatum's mother.*
* “Southside Virginia Genealogies,” by John W. Pritchett, Genealogical Publishing Company, 2007 on CD
Ronnie Tatum was recently researching lands linking Peter Tatum (~1675 to 1771) with Edward Tatum (~1700 to 1744). He says: By 1748, Peter had a total of 611 acres, but no longer included ½ of Peter’s original 1728 patent which had been deeded to Edward in 1732. Those lands at Peter’s NE corner belonged to Edward Tatum and were passed on to his son Jesse Tatum after his death. Location of Peter’s lands approximates today’s I-58 at the Reedy Creek crossing.
Email courtesy from Ronnie Tatum 10 February 2014. Nice pick-up!
Details for Edward Tatum “I”
1728 September 30 - Surry County: Will of John Hicks (Hix) names his wife Rebeckah Hicks and her brother George Rieves. Hicks had son Robert Hicks go and live with son-in-law Edward Tatum until he is 18 years of age. Witnesses were Ursilla Rieves, Elizabeth Rieves, and Christopher Tatum. Proved 20 August 1729.
Comment from Ed Tatum: John Hicks' will never mentions the name of his daughter who is the “son-in-law Edward Tatum." Later Robert Hicks witnessed the will of Edward Tatum (~1700 to 1744 Brunswick County). (Courtesy of Ed Tatum, email of 1 December 2009 and 13 September 2010)
1732 – 1744 Brunswick County: Edward Tatum is Clerk of the St. Andrews Parish Church. This was at the main church, location undetermined, and sometimes at its Meherin branch. During this time, the number of tithes (taxes) rose from 438 in the year 1732 to 1989 in the year 1744.
1735, 1739, and 1743 - St. Andrews Parish: Peter Tatum, Edward Tatum and one other Processioned for St. Andrews from Junkatapouse (Junchatapurse Road) down the road to Reedy Creek. These were held about every four years to determine parish taxes.
St. Andrews Parish Vestry Book 1732-1797, Brunswick County, Virginia, by William Lindsay Hopkins 1993.
St. Andrews (Parish) Episcopal Church still exists (March 2014) and still has a Sunday service. Outside it is a sign stating the parish was established in 1720. Its address is 400 Windsor Avenue, Lawrenceville, Brunswick County. It has a 4 interment church yard cemetery. One of them is a small monument to Goronwy Owen (1723-1769) which says was he buried 6 miles NE of Lawrenceville on the “Old Trotter Plantation. Rev. Goronwy (Gronow) Owen was their minister from 1760-1769. Owen was a famous Welsh poet who migrated to America who first took a post at William and Mary College before moving on the Brunswick. The Trotter Plantation should be near Peter and Edward Tatum’s lands. Back in 1730-1760’s, this church built two chapels whose exact locations haven’t been determined.
1732 June 1 - Brunswick County Court Road Orders: Charles Kimball is appointed Surveyor the Highway… (from the) county line to the Reedy Creek in this County. And it is ordered __ with the male laboring tithable persons belongs to Ralph __, Thomas Jackson, Edward Tatum, Joseph Kimbal, Joseph (missing), John Seering William Gower, Richard Huckabee, John Harwell, William Pool, Robert Dier, Robert Renard, John Cook and Charles Kimball __ the same according to Law.
Brunswick County Virginia Road Orders 1732-1746, by Virginia Genealogical Society, 1988/2005, (Court Order Book 1, Page 4)
1732 October 3: Peter Tatum of St. Andrews Parish in Brunswick County leased one for 5 shillings land to Edward Tatum of same county and parish, followed by a release (to purchase for) 2.2.0 pounds 227 acres on the south side of Reedy beginning at a small branch...lying in parish...being half the said land granted to said Peter Tatum by patent on 28 September 1728. Witnesses: Joseph Kymball, Robert Hicks. Signed - Peter Tatum. At a court which was held for Brunswick County 2 October 1782. (from Ronnie Tatum, DB 1/31).
1732 November 2 - Brunswick County Road Orders: Edward Tatum is appointed Surveyor of the “High Waies” from Reedy Creek below Jacksons Mill the nearest Way to the Church. And it is Ordered that all the Male Labouring tithable persons assist him in clearing the same which are on the Rocky and Reedy Creeks.
Brunswick County Virginia Road Orders 1732-1746, by Virginia Genealogical Society, 1988/2005, their source - Court Order Book 1, Page 14
1732/3 March 1 - Brunswick County Court: Charles Kimball and John Rose are ordered to assist Edward Tatum and his gang in clearing a bridle way from Reedy Creek below Jackson's Mill, the most convenient way into the road that leads from this court house to Surry County.
Brunswick County, Virginia Court Orders 1732-1737, TLC Genealogy
1735/6 February 6 - Brunswick County Court: Upon the petition of Lewis Parham to build a mill on the Reedy Creek on a tract of land which he lately purchased on John Watson, "opposite to a parcel of land appertaining to Edward Tatum," ordered that his petition should be granted.
Brunswick County, Virginia Court Orders 1732-1737, TLC Genealogy
1735 August 7- Brunswick County Court: Elizabeth Bartholomew is granted administration of the estate of John Bartholomew, deceased. Charles Kymball and William Kimball were her securities. Joseph Kimball, Edward Tatum, Ralph Jackson, and Peter Tatum are appointed to appraise the estate. Later, returned to Court 2 October 1735.
1736 June 1 - Brunswick County Court: Charles Kimball is appointed surveyor of the Highways...county line and Reedy Creek in this county. The male laboring tithables belonging to...Edward Tatum.
Brunswick County, Virginia Court Orders 1732-1737, TLC Genealogy.
1740 July 3 - Brunswick County Court: Lease/release deed from William Shandes (Shands) or Surry County to Hubbard Farrel of Brunswick...175 acres on the south side of the 3 creeks in Brunswick... Signed: William Shands. Witnesses - John Douglass, Edward Tatum, Joseph Tatum. Recorded: 3 July 1740.
Brunswick County, Virginia Court Orders 1740-1744, TLC Genealogy.
1740/41 January 13 - Brunswick County: Edward Tatum and Peter Tatum were witnesses to the Will of William Jackson and debts of the estate which included Joseph Tatum and Edward Tatum.
1741 August 6 - Brunswick County: Edward Tatum was appraiser of the estate of John Macklane.
Courtesy of Ronnie Tatum, email 16 May 2009
1742 November 4 - Brunswick County Court; Lease/Release deed from John Jackson of Brunswick and Rebecca his wife to Robert Hicks of Surry County...425 acres, being part of a tract of land on the north side of Reedy Creek in Brunswick and was granted to said John Jackson by a patent dated 28 September 1728, and bounded by James Parham. Signed: John "x" Jackson. Rebecca "x" Jackson. Witnesses: Edward Tatum, Jesse Tatum, Lucy “x” Jackson. Recorded 4 November 1742.
Brunswick County, Virginia Court Orders 1740-1744, TLC Genealogy.
1744 April 5 - Brunswick County: Will of Edward Tatum, no date, but court proved 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 Martha Tatum and my son Jesse Tatum. Witnesses: Robert Hicks, Cheney Tatum.
Brunswick County, Virginia Will Book, Stephen E. Bradley, 1997, WB/79
Edward Tatum’s Widow Martha Tatum married 2nd to William Scoggins
31 October 1744 - St. Andrews Parish Vestry: Edward Tatum had died and Vestry Book reported: “Widow Tatum to be paid extra as Administratrix of Edward Tatum, deceased, for the service for himself and son as Clerk for one year at the Middle Church.” This son was not named.
St. Andrews Parish Vestry Book 1732-1797, Brunswick County, Virginia, by William Lindsay Hopkins 1993, p/50, Vestry Book p/30
1736 – 1759: William Scoggin (various spellings) was a Processioner for St. Andrews Parish between these years, with his last Procession between Burches Road, Lower Cut Bank Road, Stith’s road, Waqua Creek and Nottoway River.* 1759 is the last year he was noted living. (* ibid, various pages)
1751 to 1756 - Brunswick County : Guardian accounts note William Scoggan was guardian to Edward Tatum, Frances Tatum, and John Tatum, who were “orphans of Edward Tatum.” Guardian duties included paying King’s quitrents, fees, receiving and disbursing rent income from ~189 acres of estate land. By August 1759, former “orphan” Edward Tatum “II” replaced Scoggan and became Guardian to Frances and John Tatum who were still minors. Frances Tatum was last noted by Orphans Court on 25 August 1760, and John Tatum on 24 August 1761.^ What happened between 1744 and 1751 is not known.
^ Brunswick County, Virginia Orphans Book, Volume 1, various pages from 33 to 146.
1756 January 8 – Brunswick County: Nathaniel Green and his wife Phebe of Brunswick County deeded to Lewis Charles of Warwick County 8 January 1756 for 35 pounds, 140 acres on the south side of Reedy Creek, joining Jesse Tatum, James C lack, Green Branch. Witnesses were William (‘x”) Scogin Sr., Robert Hicks, Edward Tatum, Jno Clack, Patrick Hall. Proved 25 January 1757 and again 26 September 1758 (Bradley DB 6/293)
1762 April 13 – St. Andrews Parish Vestry Meeting Minutes: Edward Goodrich pays to Martha Scoggan (Hopkins ibid p/73, Vestry Book p/96)
1763 January 5 – Brunswick County: William Scoggin late of Brunswick County (estate) deeded to David Tucker of Sussex County 5 January 1763, for 50 pounds money 143 acres on the south side of Nottoway River & the south side of Reedy Branch, joining said Tucker, Theofilus Field, Matthew Evens. Witnesses: John Prichard, Peter Green, Thomas Sanders. Proved 28 March 1763 and again 23 July 1763. Martha the wife of said William Scoggin relinquished her right of dower. (Bradley DB 7/331)
1767 November 23 & 1769 January 14 – St. Andrews Parish Vestry Meeting Minutes: (Funds furnished for) Martha Scoggan, a poor woman. (ibid p/80, 83; Vestry Book p/120, 124)
1770 January 3 – St. Andrews Parish Vestry Meeting Minutes: Martha Scoggan for her maintenance. (ibid, p/84, Vestry book p/128)
1771 November 30 – St. Andrews Parish Vestry: Edward Tatum for maintaining his Mother from 15 December last til 11 April being the time she died. (ibid, p/86, Vestry Book, p/133)
1773 January 20 – St. Andrews Parish Vestry: Alexander Watson to discharge Dr. Ridley’s account against the Parish for Edward Tatum. (ibid, p/90, Vestry Book, p142)
Children of this Edward Tatum + Martha by will:
Noted as (a), (b):
(a). Jesse Tatum (~1722 to before 27 October 1790), son of Edward Tatum (~1700-1744). Proof of relationship is in Edward Tatum’s 1744 will. Jesse’s wife was Elizabeth.
Overview on Jessie Tatum
Jessie Tatum’s wife was named Elizabeth.* He has numerous Brunswick County land transactions beginning in 1746 when he sold 214 of 215 acres he inherited from his father. Later, he briefly owned land on Brandy Creek, followed by land on White Oak Creek and Coldwater Run. As time went by, his land choices moved southward along Brunswick County’s eastern side.
He was appointed a constable in Brunswick County, July 1748.*^ Jesse was clerk of Rattlesnake Chapel, 1750-2, * and Kettle Stick Chapel until about 1754 of St. Andrew's Parish. *^ Jesse’s last land transactions in Brunswick County was 29 September 1788 when with wife Elizabeth sold 310 acres. *^ He died in Henry County in October 1790* and his estate administration was granted to Edward Tatum.*^
Jesse’s two sons were Edward Tatum and Jesse Tatum, Jr., who were recorded on Henry County tax Records for 1790. ** Elizabeth Tatum – Jesse's widow along with Jesse and Polly Tatum are recorded in a Greenbriar County, (West) Virginia record, 24 July 1794. ^
^ Biography of Jesse Tatum ca1724-1790, by Sara Hill on the website Tatum Archives.
Details for Jesse Tatum (~1722 to 1790)
1742 November 4 - Brunswick County Court; Lease/Release deed from John Jackson of Brunswick and Rebecca his wife to Robert Hicks of Surry County...425 acres, being part of a tract of land on the north side of Reedy Creek in Brunswick and was granted to said John Jackson by a patent dated 28 September 1728, and bounded by James Parham. Signed: John "x" Jackson. Rebecca "x" Jackson. Witnesses: Edward Tatum, Jesse Tatum, Lucy "x" Jackson. Recorded 4 November 1742.
Brunswick County, Virginia Court Orders 1740-1744, TLC Genealogy.
1746 January 8 – Brunswick County: Jessie Tatum and his wife Elizabeth of Brunswick County deeded to Lewis Charles of Warwick County 8 January 1746, for 35 pounds money, 214 acres on the south side of Reedy Creek, joining Green, Parham’s Mill Pond, Duke, Munford. Witnesses: Paul Tatum, Edward Tatum, Nathaniel Tatum. Proved 25 January 1757. +++ (Bradley: DB 6/104)
1748 March 2 – Brunswick County: Indenture from John Yarbrough of St. Andrew’s Parish, Brunswick County, to Jesse Tatum of same, for 50 pounds, on Brandy Creek, 235 acres, by Patent formerly granted to the Reverend John Betty…. On 18 September 1749, Jesse Tatum of Brunswick County sold these 235 acres to James Speed. Indenture acknowledged by Jesse Tatum and Elizabeth his wife. Witnesses were Paul Tatum, St. Clack, John Ray. +++ (Bradley: DB 3/273 & 599)
1748 Brunswick County, Virginia Poll List: Thomas Tatum, Christopher Tatum, Jesse Tatum, Peter Tatum.
1749 June 1 – Brunswick County: Jesse Tatum of St. Andrew Parish in Brunswick County deeded to James Parham of same for 1.01.6 pounds money, 1 acre on the south side of Reedy Creek, bounded by a trench. Witnesses: Daniel Sears, William Smith, Charles Lucas. Proved 1 June 1749. Probate indicated that Elizabeth wife of said Jesse relinquished her right of dower. +++ (Bradley: DB 3/574).
1750 February 4: St. Andrews Parish Vestry named Jesse Tatum, Clerk of Rattlesnake Chappel. On 18 January 1752, Jesse was again reaffirmed in this position.
St. Andrews Parish Vestry Book 1732 – 1797 of Brunswick County, by William Lindsay Hopkins, 1989/1993.
1751 May 18 - Brunswick County: Deed from John Rae of St. Andrew Parish, Brunswick County to Jesse Tatum of same, for 10 pounds, 100 acres, being part of a larger tract of 277 acres formerly granted to the said John Rae by letters patent dated 12 July 1750. Signed. John (x) Rae and Frances (x) Rae. Witnesses: John Dugger, James Scott, Robert Campbell. Court 26 September 1751. +++ (Bradley: DB 5/124)
1757 May 10 – Brunswick County: Jesse Tatum was granted 335 acres of land adjoining Warrant, Wray, and Yarbrough’s land. (Library of Virginia online Grants)
1757 October 25 – Brunswick County: Jesse Tatum, planter, and his wife Elizabeth of Meherrin Parish in Brunswick County deeded to Benjamin Warren of said parish 25 October 1757, for 8 pounds 12 pence money, 125 acres which was part of an entry Jesse Tatum took up, joining Yarbrough. Witnesses: John Pettway, Edward Goodrich. Proved 25 October 1757. +++ (Bradley: DB 6/209)
1759 March 12 – Brunswick County: Benjamin Britt of Meherrin Parish in Brunswick County deeded to Jesse Tatum of said parish, for 30 pounds money, 516 acres which had been a patent to Lewis Parham 10 June 1756, joining Richard Upchurch, Edward Wesson, William Johnson, Walton, White Oak Creek, Sims. Also, signed by Sarah Britt. Witnesses: George Walton, Robert Gwaltney, Nathaniel Johnson. Proved 25 June 1759. +++ (Bradley: DB 6/376)
1764 September 26 – Brunswick County: Jesse Tatum and his wife Elizabeth of Meherin Parish in Brunswick County deeded to John Tatum of said parish for 41.10.0, 516 acres as by patent to Lewis Parham 10 June 1756, on White Oak Creek, joining Richard Upchurch, Edward Wesson, William Johnson, Walton Sims. Witnesses; Edward Tatum, Nathl Tatum Jr., Peter Jackson. Proved 22 October 1764. +++ (Bradley: DB9/295)
1769 February 27 - Brunswick County: Chaney Tatum and Jesse Tatum were securities for the Will of John Weaver.
(Courtesy of Ronnie Tatum, email of 16 May 2009; Brunswick County WB 3/768)
1774 July 5 – Brunswick County: Jesse Tatum was granted 76 acres on the north side of Coldwater Run. (Library of Virginia online Grants)
1779 September 16 – Brunswick County: Deed from Jesse Tatum to Joseph Phips, both of Brunswick for 30 pounds…tract or parcel 76 acres in County of Brunswick along Joseph Phippes old line to ‘Possimmon on Cold water’ thence up the meanders of the said run…formerly granted the said Jesse Tatum by Patent 5 July 1774. Signed: Jesse Tatum and Elizabeth, his wife. 26 June 1780. (DB 14/26)
1779-1781 Brunswick County Court Revolutionary War Claims: Jesse Tatum - 250 pounds beef.
Library of Virginia Public Service Claims, Records Group 48, page 34 courtesy of Ronnie Tatum, email 16 May 2009
1782: Brunswick County, Virginia, Tax: Jesse Tatum
1788 September 29 – Brunswick County: Jesse and wife Elizabeth sold 310 acres. *^
1790: Henry County Personal Property Tax: “Jesse Tatum, deceased.”
Possible Children of Jesse and Elizabeth Tatum
(aa). Edward Tatum (~1747/50 to ~1835), son of Jesse and Elizabeth Tatum: Edward Tatum married Martha Daniel. After Lincoln County, Tennessee, Edward and some of his children moved to Alabama. This Edward Tatum appears in two books: (1) “Edward Tatum – The Forgotten Revolutionary Soldier of Jefferson County, Alabama,” by Edward S. Smith, 1968. Smith confirms the name of the wife Martha Daniel and (2) “The Tatums of Patrick County, Virginia,” by Thomas E. Tatum, 2007 Additional proof is needed linking this Edward Tatum to the correct parents.
__ Brunswick County, Virginia
1776 to ~1798 Henry County, Virginia (established 1776/7)
1808 - 1811 Wilkinson and Franklin Counties, Georgia
1811 to ~1819 Lincoln County, Tennessee
1819 – 1835 Jefferson County, Alabama and/or near-by areas
Surry County (Virginia) Historical has a different arrangement on file for Edward Tatum, son of Peter Tatum (~1712 – 1751) + Sarah Heath (no author): Edward Tatum (born 1741 Surry County, died 1835 Jefferson County, Alabama) married Martha Daniel.^ Children were (a) John Tatum (14 February 1774 Pittsylvania County, Virginia to 13 January 1857) married 1 March 1797 Patrick County, Virginia to Priscilla Burge (22 February 1778 to 24 February 1862), (b) Jesse Tatum (ca 1773-1780 to Feb-March 1826 Alabama) married on 11 October 1797 to Sandal Parr, (c) William Tatum (__ to January 1819 Tennessee) married on 13 August 1811 Georgia to Parthenia Thurmond, (d) Nathaniel Tatum had a will 25 October 1819 Lincoln County, Tennessee, (e) Elizabeth Tatum (1780 Henry County and died >1850) married in Patrick County, Virginia to John Hanby, Jr. (16 November 1775 Pittsylvania County), (f) Sarah Tatum (1790/1800) married 1810/15 in Tennessee to James Martin, (g) Nancy Tatum (1791 Patrick County to 1867 Bartow County, Georgia) married William Hollinsworth Wofford, son of Benjamin Wofford, (h) Susan Tatum (6 "August 1793 Patrick County to 9 November 1884 Alabama) married 7 March 1822 to Robert Baird, Alabama, (i) Jane Tatum (ca 1792 Patrick County) married 1st to James L. Baird and 2nd to Mr. Massey.
Details for Edward Tatum (1747/50 to 1835) + Martha Daniel
1768 December 2 - Brunswick County: A Poll Taken by Nathaniel Edwards, Junior at an Election of Burgesses for the County of Brunswick: (includes) Edward Tatum
Brunswick County, Virginia Deed Books #4 1765-1770, by Dr. Stephen E. Bradley, Jr., 1998 from DB 9/279.
1769 October 23 – Brunswick County: Deed from William Ray, St and his wife Anne and Ray Baker and his wife Lucy to Joseph Phips of St. Andrew Parish, 250 acres in Meherin Parish joining the north side of Cold Water Run. Witnesses: Briggs Goodrich, Edward Tatum, Yearby Stroud. Proved 23 October 1769. +++ (Bradley: DB 9/551)
1777 April - American Revolution: William Murphy of St. Francis County, Missouri filed a Revolutionary War Application stating that he served under Captain Peter Herston, Lt. William Ferguson, Ensign Edward Tatum in Colonel Chastie’s Regiment. They marched 200 miles to Long Island in the Holston (River Area) to stand guard during a treaty with the Cherokees.
Virginia Militia in the Revolutionary War: McAllister’s Data, by Joseph Thompson McAllister, 1913, page 136.
Undated - Henry County, Virginia: Citizens of Henry County who took the Oath of Allegiance (includes) Edward Tatum
History of Henry County, Virginia by Judith Parks America Hill, 1925, page 304-310.
1780 May 22 - Henry County, Virginia: Jonathan Hanley of Henry County to Edward Tatum of same for 40 pounds a tract of land beginning at Hanby’s corner… crosses 2 branches. Part of tract granted Jonathan Hanby and David Hanby by Patent 15 June 1773. Witnessed: James Lyon, Mary ‘x” Hensley
Abstracts of Henry County, Virginia, Deeds 1776-1784, by Lela C. Adams, DB 1/58.
1780 September 1: Pittsylvania County: State Land Grant to Edward Tatum for 43 acres on branches of Peters Creek adjoining land on Jonathan Hanly (Library of Virginia on-line).
1781 Henry County: Militia of Captain Jonathan Hamby with Ist Lieutenant Edward Tatum and company ordered to the assistance of General Nathaniel Greene.
“Virginia in the Revolution and War of 1812 Military Records,” Family Tree Maker Cd 6-070-121
~1781: Edward Tatum was a Lieutenant in the Virginia Militia, under command of Colonel Abram Penn and fought at Guilford Court House, Eutaw Springs, and at Yorktown. *+
1781 August 23 – Henry County, Virginia: Deed of Gift from John Daniel, Sr. of Henry County for love and free goodwill give unto my; daughter Mary Daniel, all my house creatures, cattle, hogs, and best feather bed and 500 pounds cash after my decease and the decease of her mother Sarah Daniel. Signed John “x” Daniels. Witnesses: Edward Tatum, Martha “x” Tatum.
Abstracts of Henry County, Virginia, Deed Book 1 & 2 1776-1784, by Lela C. Adams, (1/142).
1782 Henry County personal tax: Edward Tatum with 1 tithe and 6 horses; Jesse Tatum with 1 tithe and 1 horse.
1783 December 8 - Henry County: State Land Grant on 106 acres on both sides of Little Peters Creek adjoining Hanley. (Library of Virginia on-line)
1793 April 7 – Henry County (this part became Patrick County in 1791) : Land grant to Edward Tatum of 282 acres on the north waters of Peters Creek adjoining his own and Jonathan Hanby’s. (Library of Virginia on-line).
1791 to 1802 - Patrick County Personal Tax lists. Beginning 1801, Edward’s personal tax list was greatly reduced, suggesting he might be leaving. Edward Tatum served as a tax commissioner for Patrick County from 1791-1795 and 1798.
~1810 Lincoln County, Tennessee: County coroner is Edward Tatum.
“The Reconstructed 1810 Census of Tennessee” by Charles A Sherrill, 2001, page 509 from Helen Marsh and Timothy Marsh: First County Court Minutes of Lincoln County, Tennessee, 1989.
1811 February - Lincoln County, Tennessee: Bill of sale from Abraham Kirkendale to Jacob Vingant, Sr. for 3 blacks, with oaths from Edward Tatum and William McGehee.
Lincoln County Minutes Docket Book #1, 1811-1812
1812 February 27 – Lincoln County, Tennessee: Nathaniel Tatum is appointed a constable and took the oath of office and was entered into and acknowledged their bond in the sum of $400 with Edward Tatum. Other Lincoln County 1811-1819 entries for Edward Tatum can be found below with his children.
1830 U.S. Census of Jefferson County, Alabama: Edward Tatum, age 80-89.
1831 December 15 - Jefferson County, Alabama: Will of Edward Tatum gave to John Tatum, Jesse Tatum’s heirs, William Tatum’s heirs, Elizabeth Hanby, Sarah Martin, Martha Tatum, Nancy Wofford, Susan Baird and Jane Baird. Executor was daughter Martha Tatum. Estate settled 14 October 1837. (Jefferson County Book 1832-37, page 201).
~1835 death: Buried at the Tatum-Baird Family Cemetery, northeast from Pinson, Jefferson County, Alabama and marked by DAR in 1977.
SAR Revolutionary War Graves Register 2000 Edition on CD.
Children of Edward Tatum (~1747/50 to 1835) + Martha Daniel
(1^) John Tatum (14 February 1774 Pittsylvania County, Virginia to 13 January 1857) married 1 March 1797 Patrick County, Virginia (county record) to Priscilla or Bessey Burge (22 February 1778 to 24 February 1862). They lived in Patrick County, Virginia. John Tatum served in the Virginia State General Assembly - House for 1820 – 1824, 1827/28, 1829/30.
Register of the General Assembly of Virginia State Library, Volume 13-14, 1917, page 432.
1795 to beyond 1820+: Patrick County, Virginia personal tax records
1796 February 27 - Patrick County, Va: John Tatum qualified as Lieutenant of a Rifle Company
(2^) Jesse Tatum (ca 1773-1775 to Feb/March 1826 Tuscaloosa, Alabama ^+) married on 11 September 1797 Patrick County, Va. to Sandal Parr (county record). After Lincoln County, Tennessee, he moved to Tuscaloosa County, Alabama.
1793 July 9 – Patrick County: Stephan Lyon is recommended as Major of the 1st Battalion…with Jesse Tatum Ensign.
Abstracts of Order Book “O” Patrick County, Virginia, June 1791 – August 1800, Lela C. Adair, 1984, page 15/36
1795 September 24 – Patrick County: Jesse Tatum is recommended as Lieutenant to Samuel Staples Company.
1796 to 1811 Patrick County: On personal tax records as Jesse Tatum, Jr.
1796 February 27 - Patrick County Court: Jesse Tatum, Jr. was appointed Patrick County Commissioner.
1806 February 7 - Patrick County, Virginia: Will of John Parr, Jr. included wife Mary and personal estate to be sold and money divided by beloved children who included Sandall Tatum. Proved October Court 1806. Inventory of estate of John Parr, Jr., deceased was taken by Nathaniel Smith, Jesse Tatum, Gabriel Penn, M. Sandefar, Robert Sharp, December 1806 Court.
Abstracts of Wills, Inventories and Accounts, by Patrick County, Virginia 1791-1823, Lela O. Adams, 1973, page 20, 61. WB 1/88 & 244-245.
1812 February 26 - Lincoln County, Tennessee Court: Paley or Polly Parr, deceased: On motion of Jesse Tatem, late of this county, deceased administration is granted on the estate of the said Paley-? Parr, whereas the said Jesse Tatem together with Asa Street and Edward Tatum his securities entered into and acknowledge their bond to the Governor…the sum of $500…with Jesse Tatum having taken the oath of Administration….
Lincoln County Minutes Docket Book #1, 1811-1812, page 158.
1812 Lincoln County Court: Ordered the Cornelius Darnel be overseer of the road from the mouth of Mulberry to George Abels and that Isham Parrs, Samuel Roe, Stephan Alexander, Samuel Little, Jesse Tatum, Daniel Warren, John Hanly, James Coaler (and others) be his hands to work under him.
Lincoln County Minutes Docket Book #1, 1811-1812, page 147
1812: Jesse Tatum is noted in Lincoln County, Tennessee in 27 November 1811, but is late (moved away from) of the county after 26 February 1812.
1819 August 25 - Lincoln County: Jesse Tatem paid off a (promissory) note of $20.46 with interest to Allen Mobley. It is not clear, but the note appears related to debts from the William Tatum estate.
Wills and Minutes Documents, Lincoln County, Tennessee, source not correctly written, page 362
(3^) William Tatum (~1780? to January 1819 Lincoln County, Tennessee). William Tatum married on 13 August 1811 Franklin County, Georgia to Parthenia Thurmond (county record). Parthenia married 2nd in 1826 to Turner Land in Georgia.
1798 April 20 – Patrick County, Virginia: Edward Tatum deeded to William Tatum. (DB 1/537)
1799 to 1805 Patrick County, Virginia personal tax records: William Tatum, Jesse Tatum, John Tatum are included each year.
1818: August 1- County undetermined: “Power of attorney, dated 1 August 1818, of William Tatum of Lincoln County, Tennessee, appointing Nathaniel Tatum of Tuscaloosa County, Alabama Territory, his lawful attorney to collect money from the sale of 590 acres of land lying in Patrick County, Virginia, formerly occupied by his father Edward Tatum. The document also revokes the power of attorney that William Tatum had formerly given to John Tatum (d. 1857), if the land has not been sold and empowers Nathaniel Tatum to see it.”
Library of Virginia, accession 37245, Personal papers collection, online.
The biographical – personal note attached to the power of attorney by the Library of Virginia states the following: “William Tatum is believed to have been born in Henry County, Virginia. He was the son of Edward Tatum and Martha Daniel. On 13 August 1811, he married Parthenia Thurmond in Franklin County, Georgia. On 26 November 1816, he bought 228 acres of land on the Elk River in Lincoln County, Tennessee. He died there in January 1819.”
1818 December 25 - Lincoln County, Tennessee: William Tatum, deceased, had his Lincoln County, Tennessee estate inventory recorded 25 December 1818. Administrators of his estate were Parthenia Tatum and Edward Tatum. Subsequent papers gave his unnamed wife 25% of the estate. Inventory was dated 14 January 1819 with administrators Parthenia Tatum and Edward Tatum signing. On this date, there was on account money due the heirs of William Tatum, deceased, which went to Colley Tatum, Betsey Tatum, and John Tatum.
Lincoln County, Tennessee Will and Minutes Books 1810-1850 on microfilm
1826: “Turner Land (1801 Wilkes County, Ga to 1882) married in 1826, Parthenia (Thurman) Tatum (1796-1831), widow of William Tatum.”
Roster of Revolutionary Soldiers in Georgia and Other States, by Howard H. McCall, page 76.
(4^) Nathaniel Tatum (born __ and died 1819) has no record that he married. Events are:
1812: Nathaniel Tatum was appointed a Lincoln County constable either 27 February 1812 or 24 July 1812. *^ At an undetermined date, he was recorded as an Ensign in the 49th Regiment Lincoln County. *^
1818 August 1: Nathaniel Tatum of Tuscaloosa County, Alabama is named power of attorney to his brother William Tatum. (See William Tatum write-up)
1819 October - 22 Lincoln County, Tennessee: Nathaniel Tatum has a 22 October 1819 will in Lincoln County, Tennessee in Will Book A, page 283. He bequeaths to “my beloved sister, Susanna Tatum $500; unto all “my beloved brothers and sisters $100 out of my estate including brother William, deceased, unnamed children; the balance remaining to his father Edward Tatum who was his executor. Witnesses were Eli Ethridge, Robert Stephans, and William Chapman. Date the will was administered was not found, but there is an account of the sale of all the property of Nathaniel Tatum - deceased which was dated 31 December 1823, and signed by the Executor, Edward Tatum.
(5^) Elizabeth Tatum (~1780 Henry County and died >1850) married 8 November 1800 in Patrick County, Virginia (county record) to Capt. John Hanby, Jr. (16 November 1775 Pittsylvania County to 1817 Patrick County, Virginia). John Hanby, Jr. was a nephew of Capt. Jonathan Hanby. *^
(6^) Martha Tatum (~1785) married late, in 18 May 1834 Jefferson County, Alabama to William Stovall and had no children.
(7^ Sarah Tatum (~1790) married 1810/15 somewhere in Tennessee to James Martin and is lost to follow-up.
(8^) Nancy M. Tatum (1791 Patrick County to 1867 Bartow County, Georgia) married William Hollinsworth Wofford, son of Benjamin Wofford. They lived in Habersham County and later in Bartow (Cass) County, Georgia. *^
(9^) Jane M. Tatum (ca 1792 Patrick County) married 1st to James L. Baird and 2nd to Mr. Massey.
(10^) Susan Tatum (6 "August 1793 Patrick County to 9 November 1884 Alabama) married 7 March 1822 to Robert Baird, Alabama
(bb). Jesse Tatum “II” (born ca1760 to 1805 Tn), son of Jesse Tatum (~1727 to 1790) married Mary “Polly” Cook (~1766) in Brunswick County, Virginia on 28 May 1787 (county record).
According to Am. Revolutionary pension record abstracts, Jesse Tatum (birth date not given and died 16 August 1805 Rhea County, Tennessee) enlisted in Brunswick County, Virginia where he had residence, then served several years in the Virginia Militia Brigade during the Revolutionary War. Afterwards, he moved to Patrick County, Va., then to Franklin County, Va., to Knox County, Tennessee, and finally to Rhea County, Tennessee. He married in 1786 at Brunswick County, Virginia to Mary __ by Reverend John King. His widow applied for a pension in 1852 Marion County, Tennessee. No details were given about his parents. “Soldier’s son ‘Howel Tatum’ made an affidavit in 1852 from Dade County, Georgia, age 53. So did a Sarah Hughs, age about 57, of Dade County, Georgia in 1852. Surname can also be spelled Tatom, according to both sources. No age is stated for Jesse in either source. One difference between the two sources below was that one stated Franklin County was Georgia instead of Virginia. F-R10401 R2343.
1 - Revolutionary War Records, Volume 5, Heritage Books Archives, on CD and 2 - Abstracts of Rev. War Pension Files, by Virgil D. White, page 3423.
1782 Brunswick County Land Tax Books: Jesse Tatum with 310 acres
1787 Brunswick County Marriage Record - Jessie Tatum to Polly Cook 28 May 1787.
1787 Brunswick County Land Tax Books: Jesse Tatum with 300 acres
1791-1801 Patrick County, Virginia personal tax records as Jesse Tatum, Senior. In 1796 and 1797, Jessie Tatum served as a tax Commissioner to Patrick County.
1805 August 15 – Rhea County, Tennessee: Death of Jesse Tatum “II” per pension application.
1830 US Census of Marion County, Tennessee: Mary Tatum – 1 female 15-19, 1 male and 1 female 20-29, 1 female 40-49, 10 slaves
1840 US Census of Marion County, Tn: Mary Tatom – 1 male and 1 female 30-40, 1 male 50-60, 1 female 70-80
1850 U.S. Census of Marion County, Tennessee: Polly Tatum, age 84, with Nancy Tatum 38 (possibly 55) and Jesse Hughs, age 42.
Marion County, Tennessee records are a problem. Marion County is a burned county with missing wills, administrations (begin 1875), and order books (begin 1844). However, deeds did survive. The first saved US Census of Marion County is 1830.
Children of Jesse Tatum “II” + Mary “Polly” Cook
1^. Edward Tatum (24 October 1787). Marion County, Tennessee deed indexes C/63 list a division of slaves with Edward Tatum, Henry Tatum, Nancy Tatum and Howell Tatum, date not determined and document not yet reviewed.
1824 Marion County, Tennessee: Edward Tatum purchased land here.
1850 US Census of Marion County, Tn: Edward Tatum 64 Va. Alone, but on same page as Henry Tatum.
2^. Henry Tatum (26 December 1788 and died 11 February 1852) married ~1822 Elizabeth Hendricks. In 1850 U.S. Census of Marion County, Tennessee, age 65, Rebecca Tatum 42, Lucinda Tatum 12, and Emily Tatum 14.
1840 US Census of Marion County, Tn: Henry Tatom, 1 female 5-9, 3 females 10-15, 2 female 15-20, 1 male 50-60
1850 US Census of Marion County, Tn: Henry Tatum 63 Va; Rebecca Tatum 42 NC, Lucinda Tatum 12 Tn, Emily Tatum 14 Tn.
3^. Polly Tatum (11 March 1790) married Alfred Street
4^. Sarah Tatum (8 March 1792) married _ Hughes. 1850 U.S. Census of Marion County, Tennessee shows her as head of household, age 54, with Mary 16. Nearby is (1) Edward Tatum, age 66 and (2) Henry Tatum 65 and family.
5^. Elizabeth Tatum (2 July 1794) married _ Shelton
6^. Nancy Tatum, (12 April 1796) died unmarried. She was living with her mother Polly Tatum in 1850. Marion County deed indexes has the following: H/646 and L/275
7^. Howell Tatum (13 September 1798). Marion County, Tn. deed indexes include a deed to Edward Tatum C/111 and two other deeds E/445 and H/44.
1840 US Census of Marion County, Tn: Howel Tatom:, 2 males 0-4, 2 males and 1 female 5-9, 1 female 20-29, 1 male 30-39.
Children’s names, exact birth dates, and daughter’s marriage names are from "The Maxwell History and Genealogy" by Florence Amelia Wilson Huston, Laura Anna Cowan Bodine and Ella Dunn Mellette, 1916, pages 268-269. Their source was a Prayer Book by Jesse Tatum. Also, in the Prayer Book is “Jessie Tatum married Mary __,” and “Jesse Tatum died 21 May 1799, age 66 years.” Problem with Jesse Tatum’s date of death is that it is wrong, whether it refers to Jesse Tatum “I” or “II.” But then, someone else added it incorrectly.
(b). Edward Tatum “II” (~1735 to 1811 Guilford County, North Carolina), son of Edward Tatum “I” (~1700 to 1744). Proof of relationship is in Edward Tatum’s 1744 will, but do note there can be confusion with another Edward Tatum in this time period.
What Other Say about Edward Tatum “II”
Edward had a wife Susanna when they sold 200 acres that he inherited from his father to Thomas Jones of Sussex County 22 March 1784,* and moved to Guilford County, North Carolina.*^ Edward Tatum left a will 24 September 1805 which was administered February 1811.
Details for Edward and Susanna Tatum:
1758 Brunswick County” – Sergeant Nathan Tatum and enlisted men include Edward Tatum.
Virginia Colonial Militia 1651-1776 by William Armstrong Cruzier, page 69. Also, Virginia’s Colonial Soldiers, by Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck, 1988/1999, page 209
1771 November 30 – St. Andrews Parish Vestry: Edward Tatum for maintaining his Mother from 15 December last till 11 April being the time she died.
Bath Parish Register 1827-1897 and St. Andrews Parish Vestry Book 1732-1797 by William Lindsay Hopkins, 1989, p/86, Vestry Book, p/133
1773 January 20 – St. Andrews Parish Vestry: Alexander Watson to discharge Dr. Ridley’s account against the Parish for Edward Tatum. (ibid Hopkins, p/90, Vestry Book, p142)
1773 April 10 - Brunswick County: Lewis Charles and his wife Ann of Brunswick County deeded to James Baugh of Dinwiddie County 10 April 1773 for 437.10.0 money, 345 acres on the south side of Reedy Creek, joining the mouth of a branch, Edward Tatum, Brodnax, Green’s Branch. Witnesses Benja Blick, John Brodnax, James Blick. Proved 26 April 1773. +++ (Bradley: DB 11/34)
1784 March 22 - Brunswick County: Edward Tatum and his wife Susanna of Brunswick County deeded to Thomas Jones of Sussex County 22 March 1784...for 400 pounds...200 acres on Reedy Creek, joining Baugh, Broadnax, Clack, and Jones. Witnesses: Mordicai Jones, William Rideout, Robert Rivers, Proved 22 March 1784
Brunswick County, Virginia Will Books 1-3, by Dr. Stephen E. Bradley, Jr., page 39, 1997, WB 2/212); Courtesy of Ronnie Tatum, email of 16 May 2009
1784 April 13 - Guilford County, North Carolina: Nathaniel Tatum of Guilford County sold his 440 acres to Edward Tatum of Guilford County: beginning on south bank of Rocky Branch, to Sarah and Mary Blairs line, though the Beaver Ponds, to Haw River (whereon the opposite side were lands of John Pyatts, Orphants, and Thomas Person), to the mouth of Rocky Branch and up it. Signed: Nathaniel Tatum and witnessed by Charles Bruce, John Tatum and Edward Tatum. Phebe, wife of Nathaniel Tatum, relinquished her right dower. May Court 1784. (DB 3/50).
1786 January 10 – Guilford County: Jacob, James and Peter Pyatt deeded to Edward Tatum, both of Guilford County, for 400 pounds money, 433 acres of land lying on the south side of Haw River, Guilford County to Thomas Parsons line, meanders said river. August Court 1786. Witnessed by John Tatum, __ Endsley, and Alexander Nelive. (DB 4/135). This deed for 433 acres was repeated 16 March 1789 with grantors now being James Pyatt and John White and Martha wife of John White. Edward Tatum “proved the execution of the within deed” and witnesses were Edward Tatum, Hubbard Tatum and James Barrow. (DB 5/324) Hubbard Tatum is probably his son Harbert Tatum.
1787 May 4 – Guilford County: State of North Carolina granted Edward Tatum 65 acres lying in Guilford County on waters of Haw River to Nathan Peeples line, to John Tatum’s corner. (DB 6/3)
1790 U.S. Census for Guilford County: Edward Tatum with two males over 16, 3 males under 16 and 1 female. Another son with children is probably included.
1790 August 16 – Guilford County: Henry Mitchell deeded to Edward Tatum, both of Guilford County for 120 pounds, 387 acres on the south side of Haw River, Guilford County….beginning on the bank of Lowry’s Branch on David Peeples line…meanders of said river…to Edward Tatum’s own land…to Moravian Road side, down a branch. August court 1792. Witnesses Charles Bruce, Zachariah Williamson and Harbart Tatum. (DB 5/316)
1802 March 5 – Guilford County: Edward Tatum deeded to Harbart Tatum this same 380 acres of land on which Edward Tatum now lives for 100 pence. Signed: Edward Tatum. Witnesses were Charles Bruce Jr. and John Tatum. February Court 1803. (DB 8/15)
1805 November 5 – Guilford County: Edward Tatum sold to Wilson Patteson, both of Guilford County, for 105 pounds money, 106 acres being 1/3 part of the land of Peter Harrison, deceased and lot No. 3 purchased by said Edward Tatum from William Harris, __ of Peter Harris. …to Edward Tatum’s line…to Aaron Owens line…to Hartwell Barcham’s line. Signed Edward Tatum. Witnesses were Henry Tatum and Harbert Tatum. Harbert Tatum proved the execution of the deed in May term court 1809. (DB 9/ 530)
1806 January 8 – Stokes County, NC: Edward Tatum of Stokes County sold 230 acres of land to William Walker of Guilford County for 500 hundred pounds. February Court 1807. Signed: Edward Tatum. Henry Tatum proved the execution of the deed. Witnessed by Henry Tatum and Harbart Tatum. (DB 9/150).
1809 March 20 – Stokes County: Edward Tatum deeded to Robert Lomax for 250 lbs, 100 acres of his remaining land. Signed: Edward Tatum. Witnesses were Henry Tatum and Kinchin Vaughan. Henry Tatum proved the deed in open Count, February term 1812. (DB 10/323)
1805/1811 - Guilford County NC: Edward Tatum’s Will, 24 September 1805 was probated February 1811. He gave to wife Sucky Tatum, to son Harbert Tatum, to son Sihon Tatum plantation with land on Pyatt’s Branch wherein John Pyatt formerly dwelt, to son Henry Tatum plantation and land whereon Edward lived, to son Edward Tatum land between Harbert and Sihon, to daughter Patsy Tatum. Executors were wife Sucky Tatum, sons Harbert and Sihon Tatum. Witnesses were William Ogburn, Kinchin Vaughan, Tabitha Vaughan, Charles Bruce. (WB A/390)
Children of Edward Tatum (~1735/38 to 1811) and Susannah:
Harbert Tatum, Sihon Tatum, and Edward Tatum “III” married 3 Ogburne Sisters
(^1) Harbert Tatum (<1766 to 1829) first appears as witness to a 1786 deed of his father Edward. This gives us our best clue to estimate his birth year. Harbert Tatum has a Brunswick County, Va. wedding bond on 27 February 1797 to Elizabeth Ogborne (county record). Harbert Tatum was in the 2nd company, Detached 1st Guilford Regiment during the War of 1812. He has numerous Guilford County deeds until deed indexes mention an 1829 dower problem of Elizabeth Tatum, widow of Harture (Harbert?) Tatum. His lands were seized including 279 acres on Haw River and an additional 629 acres elsewhere. Sherriff was required by a jury to put Elizabeth Tatum in possession of 209 of these acres including the dwelling house of said “Harture Tatum, deceased” (DB 18/514). Possibly, it is this Elizabeth Tatum who is head of household on the 1840 U.S. Census of Guilford County, North Carolina.
(^2) Sihon (Sion) Tatum (born ? to 1833) married in Brunswick County, Va. on 6 January 1799 to Martha Ogborne (county record). He has a number of Guilford County deeds. Sihon Tatum has a reported 1833 will in Forsyth County, North Carolina. Martha Tatum is possibly the one on the 1840 U.S. Census of Stokes County, North Carolina. Here, she is age 26-45 and has one daughter age 5-10. Next to her on the census is Edward Tatum “III.”
(^3) Edward Tatum “III” (born ~1779 to 1852 and buried Bethel Springs Cemetery, Bethel Springs, McNairy County, Tennessee per findagrave.com) has a marriage Brunswick County, Va. bond 10 January 1797 (county record) to Mary E. Ogborne (18 February 1778 to 27 December 1839 and buried same cemetery). Edward Tatum married 2nd to Elizabeth __. He moved to Guilford/Stokes Counties, North Carolina, before finally settling in McNairy County, Tennessee. 1850 Census indicates his birth date was about 1777 and has a wife named Elizabeth. He died about 1855 at the age of 78.
“Edward Tatum was born in Brunswick County, Virginia. He moved from there to North Carolina and was a member of the General Assembly of that State. He settled in McNairy County, Tennessee in 1830. His family consisted of 7 sons and one daughter. He died at the age of 78 years, his wife having died before him. He married a second time, but there were no children by the second wife. On the sons, Sion resides in McNairy County; Henry moved to Texas many years since and died; Harbert and Edward resided in Texas; the oldest son in South Carolina, and Edwin in Hardeman County, Tennessee. The family always maintained a high standing.”
Reminiscences of the Early Settlement and Early Settlers of McNairy County, Tennessee, by Marcus Joseph Wright, 1882, page 83.
Events for Edward Tatum “III”
1794 August 4 - Guilford County: John Tatum of Stokes County, NC deeded to Edward Tatum, Junior of Guilford Co. for 100 pounds money, 165 acres his land on the waters of Haw River, Guilford County. Edward Tatum, Sr. paid the money. May Court 1797. (DB 6/204)
1819 - State of North Carolina House of Representatives: Edward Tatum
North Carolina Manual by N.C. Secretary of State.
1820 U.S. Census of Stokes County, North Carolina: Edward Tatum with wife, 6 young males and one young female. He is adjacent to Martha Tatum, age over 45 and one female age 5-10.
1830 – Census not found
1840 U.S. Census of McNairy County, Tennessee: Edward Tatum Sr. 1 male 15-19 and 1 male 60-69, with no wife. On same page are Edward Tatum, Junior and Henry Tatum. In same county is Edwin Tatum.
1850 U.S. Census of McNairy County, Tennessee: Edward Tatum 73, Elizabeth Tatum 50, Robert Tatum 24.
Some Children of Edward Tatum “III” and wife Mary Ogburne (1a) to (6a):
(1a). Rev. Sion Tatum (17 August 1812 to 18 January 1885 and buried at Buena Vista Cemetery, Bethel Springs, McNairy County, Tennessee, per findagrave.com) married Julia A. Tatum (1822 to 1891 and buried same cemetery) .
1850 US Census of Town of Purdy, McNairy County, Tennessee: Sion Tatum 37 NC, Elizabeth Tatum 29 NC, Rosannah Tatum 5, Tn, Rebecca Tatum 1 Tn.
(2a). Henry Tatum (13 June 1810 to 13 December 1872 and buried Wharton Cemetery, Kerr County, Texas per findagrave.com) married Elizabeth Ann Rankin (17 September 1809 to 29 December 1872, buried same cemetery). By 1860, Henry and Elizabeth Tatum are in Washington County, Texas with two additional children – J. M. Tatum age 6 (male) and Samuel Tatum 2.
1850 US Census of McNairy County, Tennessee: Henry Tatum 40 NC, Elizabeth Tatum 39 NC, Anthony Tatum 17 Tn, Sion Tatum 15 Tn, Thomas Tatum 13 Tn, Mary Ann Tatum 11 Tn, Adaline Tatum 9 Tn, Jesse Tatum 6 Tn, Martha Tatum 2 Tn.
(3a). Harbert Tatum (1818/19 NC)
1850 US Census of Desoto County, Mississippi: H. Tatum 32 Merchant, N. Carolina; Letitia Tatum 27 NC, W.P. Tatum 7 Tn (male), M. J. Tatum 4 (female – Mary Jane), _ Tatum 8/12 Ms; A Saddler 20 Clerking, Ms, E. H. Draper 28 Farming, Va.
1880 US Census of San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas: Herbert Tatum 61, NC, Va. Va; Letitia Tatum 57, Ireland, Ireland, Ireland; Letitia Tatum 20 daughter, Mississippi.
(4a). Edward Tatum “IV” (born 1815/16 NC)
1840 US Census of McNairy County, Tennessee: 1 male 0-5, 1 female 15-19, 1 male 20-29.
1850 US Census of Hardin County, Tennessee: Edward Tatum 34 NC, Mary Tatum 27 Tn, Levi E. Tatum 11 Tn, C. M. Tatum 9 (female) Tn, Sion F. Tatum 7 Tn, Rebecca T. Tatum 5 Tn, Harris S. Tatum 3 Tn, Samuel Parson 17 Tn.
(5a). Edwin Tatum (born 1805/06 NC)
1850 US Census of McNairy County, Tennessee: Edwin Tatum 44 NC, Deborah Tatum 37 NC, Martha Tatum 17, Tn, Mary Tatum 13 Tn, WilliamTatum 11 Tn, Sarah Tatum 8 Tn, Nancy Tatum 6 Tn, Robert Tatum 3, Tn, Edwin Tatum 1/12 Tn, Elizabeth Tatum 20 NC, Zachariah Tatum 1 Tn.
(6a). Robert William Tatum (30 August 1821 to 16 April 1895) married Martha M. Green (15 February 1837 to 4 July 1863 - both buried same Buena Vista Cemetery)
(^4) Rev. Henry Tatum, (born 10 March 1781 and died 23 August 1858 Guilford County and buried Old Tatum Family Cemetery, Guilford County, NC – per findagrave.com) married Elizabeth Bruce (15 February 1777 to 1 January 1849 Guilford County and buried same cemetery.
(^5) Patsey Tatum.
(c). Martha Tatum, daughter of Edward Tatum “I” (~1700/05 to 1744)
(d). Frances Tatum (~1739), daughter of Edward Tatum “I” (~1700/05 to 1744)
(e). Reverend John Tatum (~1740 to 1 August 1803 Stokes County, North Carolina**), probably son of Edward Tatum “I” (~1700/05 to 1744). Wife is Milly Howard.^ Edward Tatum’s 1744 will names a son John Tatum.
What others say about John Tatum
His wife was Milly Howard (~1745 to 15 September 1821 in Logan County, Kentucky).^ John Tatum inherited the portion of his father's land not left to Jesse and Edward. He resided on White Oak Swamp in Brunswick County, Virginia. Of 516 acres his brother Jesse deeded John in 1764, he and Milly sold 314 acres in 1774* and on 22 November 1799 sold another 200 acres, both times signed with his wife Milly __.*^ They moved next to Guilford County, North Carolina in 1784. Thereafter, they moved to Stokes County, North Carolina where he was a Baptist minister.*^
^ From Ronnie Tatum, email courtesy 29 June 2012. “Howard” maiden name is from a letter by grandson Lewis F. Tatum.
Details on John Tatum
1763 October 24 – Brunswick County: John Tatum and his wife Milley of Meherrin Parish in Brunswick County deeded to Edward Robinson of St. Andrew Parish, for 50 lbs, 200 acres on the south side of Reedy Creek, joining Clack, Tatum. Witnesses omitted. Proved 24 October 1763. +++ (Bradley: DB 7/396)
1764 September 26 – Brunswick County: Jesse Tatum and his wife Elizabeth of Meherin Parish in Brunswick County deeded to John Tatum of said parish for 41.10.0 money, 516 acres as by patent to Lewis Parham 10 June 1756, on White Oak Creek, joining Richard Upchurch, Edward Wesson, William Johnson, Walton Sims. Witnesses; Edward Tatum, Nathl Tatum, Jr., Peter Jackson. Proved 22 October 1764. +++ (Bradley: DB 9/295)
1764: Benjamin Britt deeded 516 acres on White Oak Creek to Jesse Tatum in 1759, which he and his wife Elizabeth sold to his brother John Tatum in 1764. *^
1768: Polls taken at an election of Burgesses, Brunswick County Virginia 2 December 1768: Paul Tatum, John Tatum, Edward Tatum, Nathaniel Tatum, China (Chena) Tatum.
1771 March 25 Brunswick County: John Morris, planter of Brunswick County to John Tatum of same, 25 March 1771, 14.12.6 money, 130 acres joining the old Westward Road near Quarry Swamp. Witnesses omitted. Proved 25 March 1771.
+++ (Bradley: DB 10/113)
1774 September 26 - Brunswick County, Virginia: Deed from John Tatum and wife Milley of Meherrin Parish in Brunswick County to Cuthbert Smith of St. Andrew Parish in same, 26 September 1774, 314 acres on both sides of White Oak Swamp which was part of a patent to Lewis Parham 20 June 1746. Witnesses: John Clack, James Clack, James Alexander Watson, Jr. Proved 26 September 1774.
+++ (Bradley: DB 11/328)
1774 November 7 – Brunswick County: John Baker and his wife Martha of Brunswick County to John Tatum of same, 7 November 1774, 65 pounds, 200 acres on the south side of White Oak Swamp, joining Daniel Catoe, Ledbetter, Upchurch: Witnesses: Briggs Goodrich, David Tillman, Anne Tillman, Jesse Taylor. Proved 28 November 1774. +++ (Bradley: DB 11/part 2/357)
1783 August 19 – Guilford County, North Carolina: David Peeples deeded to John Tatum, both of Guilford County for 100 pounds money, 400 acres lying on the waters of Haw River, Guilford Co. adjacent James Hay, Hannah McCrorys, Orphant, Peter Harris. DB 2/336
1784 Guilford County, North Carolina: From a 22 x 35 inch Guilford County, North Carolina Historical Documentation Map 1980/1998: This map shows (1) 1787 State Grant property location for Edward Tatum and (2) 1784 property location for John Tatum. The two properties are about 1 mile apart and are located south of the Haw River, east of the old Dan River Road and north of the old Bruce Road (i.e. Bruce’s Mill 1783). They are close to the northern border of today’s Guilford County at about the western 1/3 mark. Today’s landmarks would translate to approximately I-220 at about the town of Summerfield for John Tatum. Several miles eastward is the Haw River Baptist Meeting House of 1784 which still exists today. Records show he served at Haw River Cross Roads Baptist Church in 1786.
1790 U.S. Census of Guilford County shows John Tatom with 2 males over 16, 3 males under 16 and 5 females. Next to him is Edward Tatom, presumed to be his son – 1 male and female 16+. Later, they appear in nearby Stokes County.
1792 Guilford County, North Carolina: Cross Roads Church (established 1786) - Strawberry Association listed John Tatum as minister and Nathan Tatum as a ministry associate/candidate for the year 1792. During this year, Elder John Tatum preached a sermon from Cant. ii. They had 20 members.
Universal Register of Baptist Denominations in North America 1790-1793 and part of 1794 by John Aspland, published date undetermined.
1794 August 4 - Guilford County: John Tatum of Stokes County, NC deeded to Edward Tatum Junior of Guilford Co. for 100 pounds money, 165 acres his land on the waters of Haw River, Guilford County. Edward Tatum, Sr. paid the money. May Court 1797. (DB 6/204)
1800 June 2 – Guilford County: John Tatum of Stokes County NC sold his remaining Guilford County land to Noel Parish of Guilford for 150 pounds, 235 acres. Edward Tatum proved the execution of the deed and also was a witness. February Court 180? (DB 7/322)
1803 July 3 – Stokes County, North Carolina (abstract): Will of John Tatum of Stokes County, named wife Milly Tatum, sons - Edward Tatum, John Tatum, Thomas Tatum, Seth Tatum and William Tatum, daughters - Mary Tatum, Lucy Tatum. Son - John Tatum to get land on west side of his Spring Branch. Also, bequeathed Aaron Burrer and Eli Griham 5 shillings each. Son - Thomas Tatum to get plantation which he now lives. Sons - Seth and William Tatum all the land wherein I (John Tatum) now live. (Signed) John Tatum. Witnesses: Jno F. New (Jurat), Matthew Benthol, Danl Benthol. Stokes County December 1803 Court. (WB 2/38 ½)
Children of John Tatum (~1740 to 1803) + Milly
(aa) Mary Tatum (26 December 1764 – 12 September 1854 Ky) reported married 1st to John Nunn, 2nd to Lewis Fortner, 3rd Edwin Nunn
(bb) Edward Tatum (~1766 - ~1845 Ky).
(cc) Thomas Tatum (~1771 – 1845 Logan County, Kentucky)
(dd) Rebecca Tatum (1765 - >1794)
(ee) John Tatum, Jr. (1770 or 1776 to ?) married on 3 October 1796 Stokes County, N.C. to Bethany Clayton
(ff) Seth Tatum (24 September 1783 Guilford County, N.C. to December 1848 Casey County, Kentucky). Marriage bond 16 April 1804 Stokes County, with John Tatum bondsman, but no bride named. The following is probably our subject:
1810 Pulaski County, Somerset, Kentucky US Census: Seth Tatum - 1 male and 1 female 0-10, 1 female 10-16, and 1 male and 1 female 26-45.
1840 Casey County, Liberty, Kentucky: Seth Tatem: 1 female 15-20, 1 female 20-30, 1 male and 1 female 50-60.
(gg) Reverend William Tatum (24 September 1783 Guilford County, N.C. to 26 January 1856 near Springfield, Missouri) has a 4 April 1807 Stokes County, North Carolina marriage bond 1807 to Phebe Barham (~1789 to 1864), with Jno Tatum bondsman (county record). Both are buried in unmarked graves as Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery.
Thanks go to Ronnie Tatum, email courtesy 29 June 2012 for his William Tatum information.
1810 Stokes County, Bethania, North Carolina - US Census
1820 - 1830 Logan County, Russellville, Kentucky - US Census: William Tatum
1840 - 50 Greene County, Missouri – U.S. Census: In 1850, William + Pheoby Tatum, Seth C Tatum 25, Susan E. Tatum 23, Gemina L. Tatum 18, and Thomas W. Tatum, age 15.
“Elder William Tatum was born in Guilford County, North Carolina, September 24, 1783. Professed religion in 1805, and soon after commenced preaching in his native state. Moved to Logan County, Kentucky, six miles north of Russellville…. He raised a family of thirteen children…. In 1837, he moved to Greene County, Missouri and soon after organized the Mt. Pleasant Church. He was its first pastor and continued for 15 years. Died 26 January 1856. His father was a Baptist minister. He has two sons who are Baptist Ministers.”
History of Polk County Baptist Association, by J.W. Haines, 1897, page 136.
Children of William Tatum and Pheobe Barham:
(1^) Prudence Tatum married 6 April 1838 to Greenberry Robinson
(2^) Mary Tatum
(3^) Martha Tatum married __ unnamed.
(4^) John H. Tatum (5 May 1811 to 25 December 1879 Sherman, Texas) married on 26 January 1837 Russellville, Ky. to Cassandra Robinson (died >1879)
(5^) Lewis F. Tatum (4 November 1812 to 5 September 1890 near Springfield, Missouri) married 22 December 1835 to Sarah “Sally” Robinson (5 May 1813 Logan Co. Ky. to 27 August 1884)
(6^) Edward F. Tatum (20 September 1818 to 4 March 1875 near Bethlehem, Texas) married 9 January 1840 Logan Co. Ky. 1842 to Lucinda Rogers, (20 March 1822 to 18 November 1869 near Bethlehem, Texas)
(7^) William Barham Tatum (9 May 1820 to 17 March 1881 near Percy, Illinois) married 13 August 1846 to Emily Johnson (23 November 1823 Calloway Co. Mo. to 21 March 1894 Campbell Hill, Illinois)
(8^) Mildred Howard Tatum (3 December 1821 to 7 January 1873 Greene County, Missouri) married on 13 October 1842 Greene Co., Mo. to William Littleberry Lay (2 June 1818 Grouger Co., Tn. to 9 July 1887 Greene Co. Mo.)
(9^) Seth C. Tatum (1825 to >1880)
(10^) Susan Elizabeth Tatum (24 October 1825 to 18 December 1893 Conway, Dallas Co., Mo) married 21 November 1850 Greene County, Mo. To James C. Earnest (15 May 1828 Blount Co., Tn, to 16 February 1900 Dallas County, Mo.)
(11^) Rebecca Pheobe Tatum (22 February 1828 to 8 December 1897 Greene Co. Mo.) married 28 August 1845 Greene County, Missouri to Garland Johnson (1822 Ky. to >1860 Civil War)
(12^) Jemima Ann Lavina Tatum (1832 to >1909 near Ft. Smith, Arkansas) married 14 December 1859 Greene County, Missouri to William Adams.
(13^) Thomas W. Tatum (1835 to October 1862 Battle of Corinth, Mississippi)
(14^ - 16^) includes Thomas W. Tatum (1835) and unnamed son and daughter)
Continued – Children of John and Milly Tatum
(hh) Lucy Tatum (1785 to ?) married 14 March 1807 Guilford County to Solomon Deatherage
(ii) Martha Tatum 20 December 1791 Guilford County). ^
^ Biography – "Descendants of John Tatum (~1740 – 1803), found on Tatum Archives, author not listed.
See his chapter elsewhere….
Section 6 - Brunswick County, Virginia Tatums Who Cannot be Placed
(1). Nathaniel Tatum who died 1736: there are no clues to work, except that there was no estate administration and no follow up. If he was a resident of Brunswick, that might suggest he was a minor. If from outside Brunswick, anything goes.
1736 November 3 - Brunswick Court Orders: " Payments: William Maclin, Gent. (for an inquisition on the body of Nathaniel Tatum)"
(From Ronnie Tatum and Brunswick Court Orders 1732-1737, page 139, email courtesy 10 March 2009)
(2). Hezakiah Tatum cannot be placed at this time.
1776-1781 Virginia Revolutionary "Publick" Claims Index for Brunswick County include: Edward Tatum, Hezekiah Tatum, Jesse Tatum, Nathaniel Tatum, Paul Tatum.
Section 7 - A Few Other Tatum Puzzles
Nathaniel Tatum, Revolutionary Soldier
Revolutionary War Records note a Nathaniel Tatum, born 12 December 1759 Brunswick County, Virginia, who served in the Virginia Line. He applied for a pension 30 October 1832 Davidson County, Tennessee at age 73. Nathaniel Tatum lived in Brunswick County, Virginia when he 1st enlisted in October 1777 and continued living there until 1816, when he moved to Davidson County, Tennessee. His application was #S3769, R2343, PN 1833 and can be seen online.
1781 April 7 – North Carolina: Roster for Captain Turner Bynum’s Company of Militia: “Sergt. Major – Nath’l Tatem.”
Colonial Records of North Carolina, Volume 17/1042.
Turner’s Company is thought mistakenly filed in North Carolina. He began his military service in Brunswick County and that part Brunswick which became Greensville County in 1780/81. In fact, Turner Bynum is listed in 1782 Greensville County, Virginia twice. Capt. Turner Bynum of Greensville County in 1782 is noted in the William and Mary Quarterly, volume 22/37. Nathaniel Tatum’s pension application mentions that he had a tour of duty in Captain Turner Bynum’s Company in 1781.
1783 – Brunswick County, Virginia: 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.
1785 – Brunswick County: Nathaniel Tatum was listed by himself in Benjamin Blick’s district.
1810 US Census of Brunswick County, Virginia: microfilm on ancestry.com for Brunswick County, Virginia is too lightly struck to read.
1816: Revolutionary Pension for Nathaniel Tatum states he moved to Davidson County this year.
1820 U.S. Census of Davidson County, Tennessee: Nathaniel Tatum, 1 male 45+, 1 female 26-44, 1 female 45+, 1 slave.
1830 U.S. Census of Davidson County, Tennessee: Nathl. Tatum 1 male 60-69, 1 female 30-39, 2 females 70-79, 1 slave.
1840 US Census of Giles County, Tennessee: Nathaniel Tatum 1 male 70-80, 1 female 60-70, note for pensioners and other info – “Nathaniel Tatum 79.”
Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files (and) Revolutionary War Records, Volume 5, Heritage Books Archives on CD
1837 February 26/23 August 1844 - Davidson County, Tennessee: There is a will not seen, which was probated 23 August 1844. (WB13/78). Whitly reports this will mentions a sister “Rebecca Tatum” and a niece “Margaret Edwards.”
Red River Settlers: Records of the Settlers of Northern Montgomery, Robertson, and Sumner Counties, Tennessee, by Edythe Johns Riecher Whitley, 2004.
Nathaniel Tatum, 1768 Deed of Gift, Brunswick County, Virginia
1768 March 8 – Brunswick County: “Deed of Gift” from William Smith of St. Andrew Parish in Brunswick County to his son Nathaniel Tatum 8 March 1768. Negro girl Liddey. Witnesses: William Smith Jr. David Smith, Daniel Collier. Proved 22 August 1768. On this same proved date, William Smith also gave to “his son David Smith, daughter Mary Collier, and son William Smith, Jr. and Nathaniel Tatum was a witness to that of David Smith.
Brunswick County, Virginia Deed Books #4, 1765-1770, by Dr. Stephen E. Bradley, Jr. 1998, from DB 9/149.
The deed of gift is a real puzzler. One possibility might be Sussex County’s Nathaniel Tatum (30 March 1745 to >1784++), son of Robert Tatum (1725 to August 1759, grandson of Nat. Tatum “II” (~1700 to 1753/55). His father died when he was 13 and this deed of gift came when he was age 23.
Smith is a tough name to track. David Smith, son of William Smith had land grants in Brunswick County on Panther Creek in 1748 and Dinwiddie County on Little Cat Tail Run in 1755. He did hold unspecified Brunswick lands from his father William Smith.
Richard Tatum of Prince George County, Virginia
His estimated date of birth may be the biggest problem – when? Are there one or two Richard Tatums?
1712 June 19 – Prince George County, Virginia: Henry Michell, 179 acres, 19 June 1712 on south side Jones Hole Swamp, next to Robert Fellowes, next to Richard Leadbiter, 31 August 1730....a second copy issue in the name of Richard Tatum and delivered to Mr. William Eppes. Witnesses: John Fitzgerald. Signed: Robert Boiling.
Prince George County, Virginia Miscellany 1711-1814 by Benjamin B. Weisiger III, 1987, page 3, original 29, 58
1737 October 3 - Prince George County: Virginia Land Grant to Richard Tatum. 179 acres on the south side of Jones Hole Swamp adjoining Robert Fellows. (Library of Virginia on-line Land Office Grants)
1741 June 4 - Brunswick County, Virginia: Deed from John Duke, Gentleman of Brunswick to William More of Brunswick, Plantar, for 20 pounds...100 acres on the north side of Three Creeks in Brunswick...to a line formerly belonging to John Ray at the creeks, the Cabin Branch and John Duke. Signed: John Duke: Witnesses: James Huckely, Richard Tatum, Sam "x" Huckely. Recorded 4 June 1741. (Bradley 2/78)
1744 August 30 - Prince George County: Virginia Land Grant to Arthur Reding...200 acres on the south side of Jones Hole adjoining Richard Tatum and Thomas Tadlock. (Library of Virginia on-line Land Office Grants)
Another Richard Tatum
Richard Tatum, Virginia Line, S20437, applied 23 July 1828 Crawford County, Georgia, one Jesse D. Tatum & Moore Tatum made an affidavit in 1828 in Crawford County, Georgia as to the soldier's service, but no relationship was given.