Nathaniel Tatum 1599/1605 - 1675+

New for 2010

From Ed Tatum:

(1). A Missing 2nd Tatum Generation?

(2) Family Disaster for William Tatum of London, England.

(Thank you, Ed Tatum!)


New for 2011 and 2012

Did Nathaniel and Ann Tatum have only 3 Children - ???

Marianne Tatum finds Plague in 1603 London



Nathaniel Tatum – the Immigrant, First Generation in Virginia

- Current Theory -


Nathaniel Tatum "I" – the Immigrant

Baptized 18 November 1599 at Holy Trinity the Lesser, London, England, and less likely born in 1603/05 as suggested by Virginia L. H. Davis in "Tidewater Families," 1989.   

Married: Ann __.

Died – last record 27 January 1674/75 Charles City-County, Virginia.   

Immigration Date: Sailed from London on "The George" in March 1619 and arrived in Virginia in May 1619.  Dates during these years were commonly written as 1618/19 denoting two different and confusing calendar dates.  The older calendar ended its calendar year near the end of March.

Will or estate administration: Missing


Ann __, wife to Nathaniel Tatum

Birth date and location speculative.

Immigration Date: Anytime before 1638.

Children: Possibly 3 or 4   

Died: unknown

Parents unknown, but speculation exists. 


First compilation 1 February 2007; previous revision 24 June 2016; this revision 27 December 2016 by James R. Murphy, 


Researcher's Notes:


            Nathaniel Tatum "I" arrived in Virginia in May 1619.  This is about 1 ½ years before the Mayflower landed in New England.  Jamestown colonists preceded everyone in 1607.    


            Nathaniel Tatum "I" – the immigrant still has gaps and questions which need clarification.  Future surprises may still exist, including questions about a missing 2nd generation.   Birth dates need greater precision.  One big problem is that Charles City-County has incomplete and spotty records.   There may be several possible origins for our Nathaniel Tatum – the Immigrant, but he most likely is the son of London’s William and Ann Tatam.  At some point, Nathaniel becomes one of London’s street children before he is sent to Virginia.   


English Origins of Nathaniel Tatum, born 1599


            His father is thought to be William Tatam who married possibly 1st to Ellen Kirke in 1589 and more certainly to Ann at an unknown location.   Details and sources can be found in William Tatam’s (~1565 – 1603) chapter.


Children of William Tatham per St. Michael Crooked Lane Parish (wife not named):

(1) Samuel Tatam (5 July 1590 and died young, but no burial record)

(2) Anne Tatam (24 August 1593 to 5 October 1593)

(3) Samuel Tatam (8 October 1594 to __)  

Children of William Tatam per Holy Trinity the Less Parish (wife is Anne):

(4) Jerome Tatam (27 February 1597 to 8 August 1603)

(5) Nathaniel Tatam (3 August 1599 to likely >27 January 1676 Virginia)

(6) Nehemiah Tatam (25 April 1602 to August 1603)


English church records note a family disaster: Jerome, and Nehemiah Tatum and their father William were buried 1(?) August 1603 and wife Ann on 30 July 1603.*   Marianne Tatum “found out why Nathaniel’s family died the summer of 1603…the plague…from July until November, over 37,000 Londoners died….” ^

^ Email courtesy Marianne Tatum, 23 July 2012.


What happened to Nathaniel after the 1603 disaster is not known.  Ed Tatum believes this Nathaniel Tatum could be our immigrant who passed for someone younger when he became a London street child. * 

* Emails, courtesy of Ed Tatum, 23 May 2010.   Thank you Ed for the great finds.

Note: There is also a William Tatham who married Ellen Kerk on 3 August 1589 at St. Benet Grace Church, London England.   


            In 1989, Virginia Lee Hutcheson Davis** wrote that she believed Nathaniel Tatum was one the Bridewell Hospital children in London who eventually sailed March 1619 on the Ship, "George" and arrived in Virginia in May 1619. 

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


            Bridewell Hospital served as a house of corrections for street children who had been rounded up.  Names found on a February 1618/19 Bridewell list and compared against Virginia arrivals were a Nicholas Granger and Nathaniel Tatum.  Bridewell internees were between the ages 8 and 16 which puts Nathaniel Tatum outside the age range.  Nathaniel Tatum's birth might then be between 1602 and 1605 and Davis assigned the year 1605.  According to Davis, an older man would "not have been among those kept at the hospital." **  Ed Tatum counters by suggesting Nathaniel passed for someone younger when he was at the Bridewell Hospital. 


1618/19 February 27 - Court Book of Bridewell and Bethlem:  "A note of the names of the boyes and wenches that were appointed to goe to Virginnia" (included) Nathaniell Tatum.

"Early Child Immigrants to Virginia 1618-1642," by Robert Hume, 1984        


            "Nicholas Granger was among the 75 boys and 25 'wenches' listed in the Bridewell Royal Hospital records, 27 February 1618/9, to go to Virginia.  These were children 8 to 16 found 'running wild in the streets' of London, 'sleeping under stall,' and begging, who had been committed to Bridewell which served as a house of correction.  They were mainly homeless waifs....   One of the ships that brought them to Virginia was the George, 150 tons, William Ewens, Master, which left England in March 1618/9 and arrived in Virginia in May 1619.  By February 1624/5...two, Nicholas Granger and Nathaniel Tatum...can be proved" alive.

Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia 1607-1624/5, Fourth Edition, John Frederick Dorman, Volume 2  


Possible Bermuda/Barbados Connection - ???


             There is a striking similarity of names with the mariner Bermuda - Norfolk, Virginia Tatems.   Speculation exists that Nathaniel Tatum (1599) is the brother of Samuel Tatam/Tatem (1594) who migrated to Bermuda on or before 1626.    


Events for Nathaniel Tatum in Virginia

Shirley and West Hundred, Virginia


1619 May – Virginia: “Nathaniell Tatam aged 20 yeares (arrived) in the George, May 1619.”  From a muster list dated 22 January 1724/5.

"Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia 1607 – 1624/5," Fourth Edition, Compiled and edited by John Frederick Dorman, Volume Two, page 16


There are several ways to interpret Nathaniel Tatum's birth year from this Muster List.   Best is Nathaniel Tatum was 20 years old when he arrived on the ship George in May 1619, making his birth date 1599.


1622 March 22 - Good Friday:  Indians attacked the settlers in almost every settlement.  Everyone at Charles City Point was reported to be wiped out.  The English were poorly prepared  For instance, Flowerdew Hundred had 6 pieces of ordinance and Charles City Hundred had two.^  


1624:  Between 20 January and 7 February 1624, the colonial government began drawing up muster lists of about 21 plantations in preparation of future attacks.  The muster was answers to 8 questions about inhabitants from Privy Council instructions to their commissioners.  The text was transcribed from a photo copy of the original found in the Public Record Office, London and available at the Library of Virginia.^^  

^ The Prince George – Hopewell Story by Francis Earle Lutz, 1957, pages 23-24

^^  Adventures of Purse and Person – Virginia 1607 - 1624/5,  Fourth Editions, 1956, by John Frederick Dorman, Volume one.


1625 January 22 – Virginia: "The Muster of the Inhabitants of West and Sherley Hundred Taken the 22th of January 1624/5: 

“Nathaniell Tatam aged 20 yeares in the George, May 1619.  Armes and Munition: Peece fixt, 1; Armour, 1” 

"Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia 1607 – 1624/5," Fourth Edition, Compiled and edited by John Frederick Dorman, Volume Two, page 16  


            Shirley Hundred was divided into Shirley Hundred Main (land) and Shirley Hundred Island.  At this time, this writer does not know the exact locations of Shirley and West Hundred.  However, within today's Charles City County is the landmark of Shirley on the northeast bank of the James River, just north of Eppes Island.  Across the river on the southwest bank is Bermuda Hundred and a road called West Hundred.   Amazing how these old names still exist!     


Nathaniel Tatum "I" on the South Side of Appomattox River


            "Nathaniel Tatum...obtained patents in 1638, 1639, and 1641 located in present day Hopewell in the vicinity of Mansion Hills.  He obtained a patent for the land between Lieutenant Run and Sycamore Street...."

"Dinwiddie County Carrefour of the Commonwealth," by Richard L. Jones, page 17


1638 July 24 County not listed:  Virginia Land Office Grant to Nathaniel Tatum, 500 acres lying on Appamattuck River west upon a great Creek.   Further details stated the 500 acres were on the Appamattuck River, west upon a great creek and south in the main woods, east upon Causey's field and north upon said river, due by assignment from Thomas Causey. 

Library of Virginia Land Office Grants online with added details by "Cavaliers and Pioneers," by Nell M. Nugent


1638 July 25 - Charles City County:  Virginia Land Office Grant to Nathaniel Tatum, 100 acres on Appamattox River, bounded northerly upon the river, easterly upon a creek that parts the said land from 500 acres granted said Tatum, upon the river towards land of John Baker, due for transport of his wife Ann and his daughter Mary Tatum.   

Library of Virginia, Land Office Grants online with additional material from Charles City Co – Prince George County, Virginia, compiled by Louise Pledge Heath Foley, Vol. II, Clearfield Pub


Before 1638, some authors speculate that Nathaniel apparently left Virginia, married Ann and had one daughter before returning to Charles City County.  Another line of thought speculates that Ann was a "mail-order" bride.  However, children’s names for Mary Tatum + John Howell included Nathaniel Howell and Ann Howell. 


1639/40 January 6 - Virginia Colonial Assembly: Nathaniel Tatum named as a tobacco viewer for the north side of Appomattox River.

Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia 1607-1624/5, Fourth Editions, Volume 3, by John Frederick Dorman – Families R-Z Genealogical Publishing County, Inc. page 260.


1641 December 4 - Charles City County – Virginia Land Office Grant: Nathaniel Tatum, 500 acres on Appomattox River, beginning upon the farther side of a creek (separated from) land of said Nathaniel Tatum from the land of John Baker.

Library of Virginia Land Office Grants online


1644: A year where the Indians attempted to massacre the settlers again. ^


1656 July 25 – Charles City County: Militia was ordered out to secure the immediate area from Indians.  ^^ 

^  The Prince George – Hopewell Story by Francis Earle Lutz, 1957

^^ Virginia Colonial Abstracts, Volume III, by Beverley Fleet, 1988, page 168-169.               


Tracking Nathaniel Tatum "I" through other Land Grants & Deeds

All are on the South side of Appomattox River in

Charles City-County unless noted.


Date                  Name               Acres   Reference to Nathaniel Tatum


1638 May 27   Joseph Farye,   250a    North side Appomattox, opposite land of Nat. Tatum

1639 Oct 10    Edward Prince, 500a    Adjoining Nat. Tatum with Prince's land running up the falls

1649 Nov 5    Walter Childs,    813a    to run of water parteth Nat. Tatum

1653 Jan 23    Col. Francis Epps 280a  adjoining Nat. Tatum land

1654 Mar 12   Walter Brooks   300a    running E along head of Nat. Tatum's land

1662 Mar 12   John Coleman   600a     head of Nat Tatum land

1662 Mar 18   Walter Brooks  300a    N on Appomattox, E along head Nat. Tatum's land.

1663 Feb 17   Col. Francis Epps 285a  head of Nat. Tatum's land

1663 Mar 25   Lt. John Howell 212a   W by N on Nathaniel Tatum's land

1669 Aug 18  John Howell      203a    Dev'd called Bakers, gut parting Nat. Tatum and Cawson's Creek.

Cavaliers and Pioneers – Virginia Land Patents and Grants 1623-1666, by Nell Marion Nugent and Library of Virginia on-line grants)


            Comment: John Howell married Mary Tatum, daughter of Nathaniel Tatum “I” (1599 – 1674).   


Final Years


1664 June 6 - Charles City County Court Order: to Nathaniel Tatem and Jervis Dix to be paid as witnesses for Richard Nance. *    It is not clear if this is Nathaniel Tatem “I” or “II.”     

* Virginia Colonial Abstracts" – Volume III, by Richard Nance


1675 January – Charles City County:  Nathaniel Tatum was noted living in January 1675.

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


1675 January 27 - Bristol Parish Court:  A gift of Nathaniel Tatum to his grandson – Nathaniel Tatum.  This was the last entry of the Bristol Parish Court. 


"Received of said Nicholas Dison, one old parchment book containing about 2 quire of paper and being Procedures of the Bristol Parish Court, held at Fort Henry, beginning 19 May 1655 and ending with a deed of gift from Nathaniel Tatum the elder to his grandson Nathaniel Tatum, of a parcel of land, entered 27 January 1675"

(Henrico County Colonial Deeds 1677-1705 by Benjamin B. Weisinger, III, 1996, page 62.)


            Comment: The wording of grandson is useful here.  The grandson would appear to be Nathaniel Tatum (~1670), son of Samuel Tatum I.   Other interpretations are possible.


1684 April 26 – Isle of Wright County, Virginia: Ann Tatum had died by this date.  There is an Isle of Wright land patent for 156 acres to Mr. Thomas Put; described land which Ann Tatum died and land was 'seized' by Thomas Put.

Tidewater Virginia Families, by Virginia Lee Hutcheson Davis, 1989


            Comment: This entry may belong to a different Ann Tatum.


Years following Nathaniel "I" + Ann Tatum


            11 August 1718 - Prince George County: William Mitchell and Kathrine his wife of Prince George County deeded to Stith Bolling of Surry, land known as "Pear Trees" on the south side of the Appomattox River, 70 acres next to Causon Creek, Daniel Nunnally, and Nathaniel Tatum, Sr.   Signed - William Mitchell and Kathrine (x) Mitchell.  Witnesses John Bolling, Will Kennon, Henry Randolph, Jr.  Entered. 12 August 1718.

Prince George County, Virginia Records 1733-1792, by Benjamin B. Weisiger, III, 1975, page 237         


            11 August 1718 - Prince George County: Drury Bolling of Prince George County to Stith Bolling of Surry County, 80 acres, being part of 500 acres granted to Nathaniel Tatum, Sr, deceased, lying in Prince George County on the south side of Appomattox River, for 10 pounds, beginning at Henry Mitchell, Sr's line and is that tract which Samuel Tatum Sr. and Mary his wife sold to Colonel Robert Bolling, deceased (no witnesses).  12 August 1718.  Drury Bolling. 

Prince George County, Virginia Wills and Deeds 1713-1728, by Benjamin B. Weisiger, III, 1973, (page 13, original page 111


Where are the Locations for these Lands?


            A number of Tatum entries are identified with Hopewell, Virginia, which is near Petersburg.  The book, "Dinwiddie County Carrefour of the Commonweath," by Richard L. Jones in 1976, has this to say on page 13: 


During the 1600's, "Nathaniel Tatum obtained a patent for land between Sycamore Street and Lieutenant Run.  Tatum's patent should not be confused with another Tatum patent which can be located as lying in (the town of) Hopewell, at 'Mitchell's.'" 


By punching in these names into, both Sycamore Street and Lieutenant Run (Creek) in Hopewell do show up.  Also, Jones adds the following on page 20:


"Nathaniel Tatum's lands were inherited by his son, Samuel Tatum.  Samuel Tatum sold part of his Hopewell lands to Robert Mitchell, who sold the tract...(Mitchells or Mansion Hills in Hopewell."


Is There a Missing Tatum Generation?

(A). Possibly a Missing Nathaniel Tatum?


            From Ed Tatum: There's not enough evidence to be able to say outright that Nathaniel the Immigrant and brothers Nathaniel and Samuel were only one generation apart.  I guess I'm in the minority, since most of what I see in print (including Pritchett and Dorman) appears to accept the one generation theory at face value.  Seems to me there's plenty of reason to be skeptical.  I know Laurence Gardiner and Charles H. Hamlin went back and forth on this subject, but I believe there are some important points they overlooked.^   Ed includes in his arguments:

(Email, courtesy of Ed Tatum, 8 December 2009)

^ un-identified source by David Avant


            (1). If "Natt Tatem Sr" in the 1701/02 militia lists is Nathaniel Tatum who died 1719, he would over 60 and too old for the military.


            (2). Hamlin argued that when Nathaniel Tatum was exempted from county levies in 1715, Nathaniel Tatum "II" would be about 80 years of age and much older than customary exempt. 


            (3). Regarding the 1675/76 deed of gift from Nathaniel Tatem the Elder to his grandson Nathaniel Tatem, Hamlin thought it highly unlikely that Old Nathaniel would deed land to a child because of the uncertainly he would ever reach adulthood. 


            (4). There is an undated Henrico County Deed of Gift from Marie Robinson (mother of Marie Robinson who married Nathaniel Tatum) to each of her" children (Christopher, Edward, Henry, and Marie Robinson) when they come of age."  Because of this, Ed Tatum believes the daughter Marie was born in the 1650's.  This would make daughter Marie much younger than Nathaniel Tatum who is estimated born about 1735-1740.    


(B). Is John Tatum a Missing Generation?


            There is another point of controversy with Peyton Neale Clarke in his book, "Old King William Homes and Families," 1897.  Clarke inserts a "John Tatum" as an added (missing) generation between Nathaniel Tatum – the Immigrant and Nathaniel Tatum, who died 1719.  Clarke does not give any source for his conclusion.  However, readers beware!  Thanks go to Ronnie Tatum for pointing this out.

(Courtesy Ronnie Tatum, email 3 August 2009)


Children of Nathaniel and Ann Tatum

Birth date estimations for children are very rough


1st Generation: Nathaniel Tatum “I” (1599)

2nd Generation: Children of Nathaniel Tatum “I” are noted as enclosed Roman numerals and boxed as (I) (II) (III), etc

3rd Generation: Grandchildren are underlined and boxed, (1) name, (2) name,

4th generation with (i), (ii), (iii), with names underlined.

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



Second Generation: Children of Nathaniel Tatum (born ~1599-1605)

 (I). Mary Tatum (~163? England? to ?) married John Howell (? – 1717 Surry County, Virginia)


1669 August 18 - Charles City County: John Howell had 32 acres commonly called Bakers in Charles City County at the mouth and on the south side of Appromattox River.  A gutt(?) parting this land of Nath. Tatum, running to Cawson's Creek, &c granted said Howell for a greater quantity above found. 

From "Early Virginia Families Along the James River, Their Deep Roots and Tangled Branches, Charles City County, Prince George County, Virginia," compiled by Louise Pledge Heath Foley, Volume II, Clearfield Pub., page 40. 


1697 October 28 - Charles City County: Land Grant to Robert Bolling, 300 acres at the head of Walter Brooks on 160 acres of John Howell, who purchased of Nathaniel Tatem, running east along the land of Nathl Tatem's the head of John Baker...the said land being formerly granted to Walter Brooks who joined the same with other lands in one patent of 460 acres this 12 March 1654 and by him deserted and since granted unto the said Robert Bolling by order of ye General Court bearing the date 22 April granted for the transportation of six persons into the colony....    (Library of Virginia Land Office Grant on-line.)


1716 August 13 - Surry County:  Will Abstract of John Howell (Senior) - To daughter Ann daughter Mary Hood (Flood?) sons Nathaniel Howell and John Howell all of my land to be equally divided.  (Signed) John Howell (Witnesses) Christopher Tatum, Elizabeth Youron(?).  Probate 19 February 1717.

(Surrey Book 7, page 93.)


            Children of John Howell + Mary Tatum are (i) Ann Howell Gibbs, (ii) Mary Howell Hood (Flood), (iii) Nathaniel Howell, (iv) John Howell. 


(II). Nathaniel Tatum ("II") (born ~1635 and died 1719) and wife probably Marie Robertson.   


See Write-up in chapter on Nathaniel Tatum “II”


(III). Samuel Tatum, "I" Sr. (1740/45 to <1715) + Mary __


See Write-up in chapter on Samuel Tatum "I."


(?). (questionably) John Tatem (birth date not known and died 1673) married Elizabeth ___.   John Tatem was a merchant.   Do note his name is usually spelled “Tatem” rather than “Tatum.”  It appears John Tatem and Isaac Tatem both lived in Martin’s Brandon Parish.


Overview of John Tatem (Tatum)


            “John Tatum – 2 (son of Nathaniel Tatum – 1), purchased 326 acres on Upper Chippokes Creek, Surry County, 20 January 1662/3, and another 100 acres on Chippokes Creek, 26 January 1662/3, but as a resident of Martin’s Brandon Parish, Charles City County, sold the latter tract 26 April 1666 and with his wife sold 100 acres out the former 21 November 1669.  His adjoining patents of 160 and 110 acres both issued 21 May 1666 were located in Martin’s Brandon Neck.  He left a will, now lost, proved 15 September 1673.  He married Elizabeth __, a widow.”  She married next to John Good.  

Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia 1607-1624/25, Fourth Editions, Volume 3, by John Frederick Dorman, Families R-Z, page 262


Details for John Tatem (Tatum)


1661/2 February 24 – Charles City County Court:  Receipt dated 24 February 1661/62 from Moris (x) Rose to Richard Brayne for amount of all a/cs.  Witnessed by John Tatem.  Recorded 4 April 1661.

Virginia Colonial Abstracts, Volume 12, Charles City County Court Records, 1661-1664, by Beverley Fleet, page 13, original page 316


1663 April 25 – Charles City County Court: Grand Jury of Inquest included John Tatem. 

Ibid, page 52, original page 380


1663 Charles City County Court: A list of Jury sworne to inquire of the death of a child drowned the 30th of October 1663.  Included Mr. John Tatem, foreman.  “We the above mentioned Jury do not find any ways but that this child came accidentally by its death by examining the family and causing them to touch the corpse, we find no other ways.”    (ibid, page 70, original page 417).


1664 February 16 – Charles City County:  Marke Avery of Martins Brandon, Planter, deeded to John Tatem) of Martins Brandon, merchant, 10 acres of east side of said Tatum’s land and 50 acres on west side toward house now inhabited by Avery.  Land part of a patent granted George Burcher by Sir John Harvey 22 August 1637.  Signed: Marke “x” Avery.  Witnesses: Thomas Reynolds, Charles Gregory.  Recorded 16 February 1663/4.

Virginia Colonial Abstracts, Volume 12, Charles City County Court Records, 1661-1664, by Beverley Fleet.  Fleet misspelled Tatem as Patem which has been corrected.


            Comment: Burcher’s 1637 land lay on the Upper Chippokes Creek, probably close to where it empties into the James River.  Upper Chippokes Creek divides today’s Prince George and Surry Counties and should not be far from the landmark of (Martins) Brandon and Brandon Road.   If Tatum lived on the Prince George side, records would be filed in Charles City County until Prince George County was established from Charles City County in 1703. 


1663/4 February (Probably) – Charles City County Court: As agreed by Governor and Council, Captain Francis Grey and Mr. John Tatem to divide the estate of Richard Brayne, deceased, between the widow and orphans, first deducting amount for public dues.     (ibid, page 83, original page 439)    


1666 May 21 – County not stated:  Land grant to John Tatum, 160 acres situate in Martin Brandons Neck.   (Library of Virginia on-line land office grants.)


1669 November 21 – Surry County: John Tatem doe for me my heirs or executors, assigns over unto Robert Burges his heirs or assigns one parsell of land called by ye Name of Boyer(?)/Boger(?) Poynt as wittnes my hand this 21 November 1669.  Signed: John Tatem, Elizabeth “E” Tatem.  Testes: John Rawlings, Rich. Hide (his mark “R”).  Acknowledged in Court: Major Wm. Marriot 3 May 1670.

(Surry County, Virginia Court Records Deed Book D, 1664-1671, Book II, by Weynette Parks Haun, 1987)


1673 August 4 – Charles City County Court: Probate of Will of John Tatem of Martins Brandon Parish to Elizabeth, his relict and Executrix named in the will.

(Virginia Colonial Abstracts, Volume III – Charles City County Court Orders and Fragments 1664-1696, by Beverly Fleet, 1988, page 354.)


             An Order Book mentions John Tatem’s will, but the actual will is missing.


1688 April 13 – Charles City-County: At a Court held at Westover, 13 April 1688, complaint made that an orphan, Elizabeth Tatum, now in the care of Jno. Good, is utterly neglected by Good both in fitting education and apparel and other necessaries suitable to her estate.  Good summoned to next court with account of Jno. Tatem, deceased.  In meantime, Good (is) to decently care for girl or else Captain Nicho. Wyatt to be entrusted with her care.  Said Elizabeth likewise to appear at next court.

(Charles City County, Virginia Court Orders 1687-1695, by Benjamin B. Wessiger III, 1980, page 17, original 122)


1688 June 5 – Charles City-County Court: Mr. Jno. Good to answer complaint against him by Elizabeth, orphan of Jno. Tatem, deceased. 

(ibid, page 24).


1690 June 12 – Charles City-County Court:  Wyett versus Good – at a Court holden at Westover for Charles City 12 June 1690.  Anthony Wyatt and Elizabeth his wife bring action of trespass on a case by Nicho. Wyett, against Jno Good and declare that Jno Good having married Elizabeth relict of Jno. Taytem, deceased, and who was the grandmother and guardian to Elizabeth, wife of Anthony Wyatt did by that marriage get possession of a certain tenement in Martin’s Brandon Parish with 300 acres which (in right of first named Elizabeth) doth belong to Anthony Wyatt, yet said Good doth unlawfully detain said house and lands, and many other harms to plaintiff, damage of 15,000 pounds tobacco and request they may be restored to possession of said lands.  Court orders Good to restore lands to the plaintiff and 800 pounds tobacco.

Ibid, page 81, original 286             


Known children of John Tatem (Tatum) and wife Elizabeth: (1). Elizabeth Tatum 


??? - Possibly not a Son – Isaac Tatem (1636 – 1667+)


            Isaac Tatem (1636 to >1667) is little understood and may not be a son of Nathaniel Tatum “I.”  Reasons: (1) First name of “Isaac” was never used by Prince George and Surry County Tatums and that is a negative clue.   (2) Didn’t live in the same area as the main line Tatums.  (3) odd use of “e” when Tatem is spelled.  (4). Of the bits and pieces found for Isaac, nothing ties him to the other Tatums, except John Tatem who lived nearby.   


1661 April 22 - Charles City County Court – abstract: At a court holden at Westover 22 April 1661, page 268   Difference between Richard Price and Isaac Tatham on defendant's request to next court.

Virginia Colonial Abstracts II – Charles City County Court Orders 1658-1661, page 90, original page 268


1661 June 3 - Charles City County Court: At a court holden at Westover June 3, 1661, page 273.  Isaac Tatem ordered to pay Richard Price 486 pounds tobacco due by "bill assigned from Jolm Ffeepes" with one year interest.  Tatem appeals and is ordered to give bond. 

      ibid, page 94              


1667 – Surry County: Ages of early Surry Settlers taken from depositions, mainly about domestic issues and servants.  "Isaac Tatem, age 31"

Colonial Surry, by John B. Boddie, 1948, page 217


1673 August 4 - Charles City County Court: Judgment to Isaac Tatem, Agent (for) Morgan Jones for 200 pounds tobacco for himself and wife as witnesses in case between Jones and John Niblett.

Virginia Colonial Abstracts, Volume III – Charles City County Court Orders and Fragments 1664-1696, by Beverly Fleet, 1988, page 354.


Tatum Resources in Colonial Virginia


"Southside Virginia Genealogies," by John W. Pritchett, Genealogical Publishing County, Inc. 2006, on CD.


"Tidewater Virginia Families": Generations Beyond, by Virginia Lee Hutcheson Davis, 1998      


"Marriages of Some Virginia Residents 1607-1800," by Dorothy Ford Wulfeck, Volume II, Surnames I-Z.


"Descendants of Cheney Boyce, 'Ancient Planter,' and of Richard Craven," by John Anderson Bayson, 1996


"Adventurers of Purse and Person – Virginia 1607-1624/5," Fourth Edition, by John Frederick Dorman, Volume 3, Tatum