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ALABAMA WILLS

Name

County Date Reference
Abner Tatum Madison September 1819 Wills 1818 - 1820, Page 204
Edward Tatum Jefferson 15 Dec 1831 Wills 1832 - 1837, Page 201

Will of Abner Tatum

This is not the will of Abner Tatum, but a Deed Abstract which sheds light on his family.

Deed Book E, Page 500, Item 763, 1 November 1819 - Madison County, Alabama

Grantor Samuel Davis and John Tatom
Affidavit.  We do hereby certify that we heard Barnett Tatom this day in person demand, as one of the executors of the last Will and Testament of his father, Abner Tatom, lately deceased in the Alabama Territory, now the State of Alabama, $800 of James Tatom, one of the legatees of said estate, agreeable to the tenor and Last Will and Testament of said deceased, and James Tatom refused to pay the money on demand.  (signed at Goshen on November 1, 1819.  Proven by Statham in Lincoln County, Georgia on November 2, 1819 and  duly recorded in Madison County, Alabama Territory November 22, 1819.   Recorded November 29, 1819.

 

Will of Edward Tatum           ( A THANK YOU to Sara Hill for providing this will)
Jefferson County, AL, Book 1832-37, p. 201:

In the name of God, Amen, I Edward Tatum, of the County of Jefferson and State of Alabama, being in reasonable health of body and of perfect mind, thanks be given unto God for it, and calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die; do make and ordain this, my last will and testament, that is to say, principally and first of all I freely give and recommend my soul into the hand of the Almighty God, that gave it, and my body I recommend to the earth, to be buried in a decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executor and executrix, believing at the general Resurrection I shall receive the same by the mighty power of God. And as to touching such wordly estate wherewith it has been pleased God to bless me within this life, I give, demise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form:

My whole estate to be sold to the highest bidder on a credit of twelve months, the purchaser or purchasers to give bonds with sufficient security for the true payment of the money to my executor and executrix, and after paying all of my just debts and William Tatum's heirs five hundred dollars, because he deceased before he got his part of my estate as the rest of my children did, then the whole to be divided into nine equal moyites: (Viz: John Tatum, Jesse Tatum's heirs, William Tatum's heirs, Elizabeth Hanby, Sarah Martin, Martha Tatum, Nancy Wofford, Susan Baird and Jane Baird).

But if it should be the case that I should have a crop begun, my desire is for the crop to be gathered and finished before any sale. I also do constitute and appoint my grandson, David Hanby, of the County and State aforesaid, my lawful executor and my daughter, Martha Tatum, of said County and State, my lawful executrix of this my last will and testament, dis-annulling all other wills and bequeaths prior to this, my last will and testament.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this the fifteenth day of December in the year of our Lord, One Thousand Eight Hundred and Thirty-One and of the Independence of America the Fifty-sixth year. Interlined before signed with (the) second place
(security).

INDIANA

NAME COUNTY DATE REFERENCE
Crafton Tatum
(link to another website)
Lawrence 1850 Book A, Page 127

Kentucky

NAME COUNTY DATE REFERENCE
Seth Tatum Logan  1883 Book M, Page 468

Will of Seth Tatum

(Will Book M, page 468, Logan County, Kentucky.)

I Seth Tatum of Logan County Ky do make this my last will and testament as follows. First that my just debts and burial expenses be paid and the balance be apportioned as follows. I first do will and bequeath to my beloved wife Francis M. Tatum the following property towit: to have all she brought here and all the beds and bedclothes that she has made since she has been here and carpeting and provisions for twelve months and all the lard and soap on hand and table furniture and all the poultry on hand the use of the house for twelve months. If she wants to live in them. I moreover give her a childs part of all the remainder of my property. I also will and bequeath to M. E. Tatum one share equal with the balance. I also will and bequeath A. W. Tatum one share equal. I also will and bequeath Alonzo M. Tatum’s heirs on share equal. I also will and bequeath John T. Tatum one share equal. I also will and bequeath T. K. Tatum one share equal. I also will and bequeath Seth H. Tatum one share equal. I also will and bequeath Eli W. Tatum one share equal. It is my will that my heirs should get together and select some suitable person to carry out this will according to its dictates or a majority of them. In testimony hereof I have set my hand and seal this the 28th day January 1879.  

                                                                                                Seth Tatum

Witness

John T. Coles

F. _____ Tatum

 

State of Kentucky

County of Logan

At a County Court held for Logan County at the Court house in Russellville Ky on Monday the 27th day of August 1883 the foregoing testament _____________________ purporting to be the  last Will of Seth Tatum dec’d was producted in open court and proven by the oath of J. T. Coles and F. ____ Tatum subscribing witness is thereto to be the act and deed and last will and testament of said Seth Tatum dec’d whereof the court ordered the same to be recorded as the true last will and testament of said Seth Tatum dec’d and the same together with this certificate stands truly recorded in my office.

            Witness my hand as Clerk of said Court this 27th day of August 1883.

                                                                        Jno. G. Orndorff clerk

                                                                        By Elvis A. Hail dc  


 

MARYLAND

NAME COUNTY DATE REFERENCE
John Tatum Somerset 1768 Book 36,  Page 541

 

MISSISSIPPI

NAME COUNTY DATE REFERENCE
Christopher Tatum Jasper 1871 Book 1, Page 58
Daniel Tatum Monroe 1892 Book I.6, Page 174
Joel Haywood Tatum Monroe 1886 Book I 5, Page 203
Robert Tatum Yazoo 1871 Book B, Page 14

 

OHIO

NAME COUNTY DATE REFERENCE
Charles Tatem Hamilton 1845 Will Book 16, Page 561
Charles Tatem, Jr Hamilton Estate 1835 Case 7386

 

VIRGINIA

NAME COUNTY DATE
Christopher Tatum Sussex 1769
Dinah Tatem Norfolk 1784
Edward Tatum Surry 1739
Epes Tatum Prince George 1789
John Tatum Northampton 1725
John Tatum Sussex 1766
Josiah Tatum Chesterfield 1797
Mary Tatum Prince George 1715
Mary Tatam
(inventory)
Prince George 1716
Nathaniel Tatam Prince George 1719
Nathaniel Tatum
(land record)
Prince George 1727
Nathaniel Tatem Norfolk 1737
Nathaniel Tatem Norfolk 1771
Nathaniel Tatem Norfolk 1787
Paul Tatum Brunswick 1787
Peter Tatum Surry 1751
Solomon Tatem Norfolk 1799
Susanna Tatum Sussex 1819
Thomas Tatum (estate) Northampton 1702
Thomas Tatum Sussex 1782
Thomas Tatem Norfolk 1800
Trimagen Tatem Norfolk 1762
William H. Tatum Prince George 1866
William Tatem Norfolk 1792

 

Virginia Wills and Administrations 1632-1800

Copies of an individual will or inventory may be obtained from the individual county.

NAME

COUNTY

DATE

INSTRUMENT

Mary Tatam Prince George 1716 inventory
Saml Tatum Prince George 1715 inventory
Nathl Tatam Prince George 1719 will
Nathl Tatem Norfolk 1739 will
Ann Tatem Norfolk 1744 inventory
Trimagen Tatem Norfolk 1762 will
Nathl Tatem Norfolk 1771 will
Dinah Tatem Norfolk 1784 will
Nathl Tatem Norfolk 1787 will
Jno Tatem Norfolk 1788 inventory
Wm Tatem Norfolk 1792 will
Solomon Tatem Norfolk 1797 inventory
Solomon Tatem Norfolk 1799 will
Anne Tatem Princess Anne 1768 will
Edmd Tatham Accomack 1723 will
Thos Tatham Accomack 1776 will
Thos Tatham Accomack 1780 inventory
Ezekiel Tatham Accomack 1791 will
Richd Tatham Accomack 1791 will
Jno Tatham Accomack 1797 will
Jas Tatham Accomack 1798 inventory
Esther Tathom Accomack 1786 will
Edward Tatum Brunswick 1744 will
Peter Tatum Brunswick 1755 inventory
Peter Tatum Brunswick 1772 inventory
Jos Tatum Brunswick 1782 will
Paul Tatum Brunswick 1787 will
Jesse Tatum Henry 1790 inventory
Jno Tatum Northampton 1725 will
John Tatum Southampton 1774 inventory
Joshua Tatum Southampton 1775 will
Edward Tatum Surry 1739 will
Christopher Tatum Surry 1751 inventory
Peter Tatum Surry 1751 will
Jno Tatum Sussex 1766 will
Christopher Tatum Sussex 1769 will
Thos Tatum Sussex 1782 will

 

Inventory - Estate of Mary Tatam 1716
(Deeds etc 1713-28, page 111, Prince George Co.VA.)

INVENTORY of the Estate of Mary Tatam Dece'd.

To one third part of the personal Estate of her Dece'd. husband Sam'l. Tatam....L 13.12.10 1/2

To two pr.of spectacles and case, two hand baskets, one Doe skin.

To one Bush.and half of wheat, one silk Hankerchief, one pr.tobacco tongs, one thimble.

To one pr.scissors, two petticoats, one gown, one frock, one waistcoat, one cloak.

To one shift, three blue aprons, two hoods, one cap, one pr.of __ose.

Nathl.(the mark T of)Tatam Executor etc.

Att a Court held for the County of Prince George on Tuesday the 12th of June 1716. The above written Inventory of the Estate of Mary Tatam Dece'd. was returned into Court by Nathaniel Tatam Executor etc. upon oath and by order of the Court the same is truly recorded.
Test Wm.Hamelin ClCur.

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Will of Mary Tatum
(Deeds etc. 1713-28, page 91, Prince George Co.VA.)

IN The Name of God, Amen. The fourteenth day of December one thousand seaven hundred and fifteen, I Mary Tatum being sick & weak of body, yet of good and perfect memory thanks be to God do make this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following. That is to say. First I bequeath my soul and spiritt into the Hands of Almighty God my heavenly father by whom of his m___ and onely grace I trust to be saved and received into Eternal rest through the Death of my savior and Redeemer Jesus Christ in whose precious blood I set the whole and only hope of my salvation, my wretched Body in hope of a joyful resurrection
I committ to the Earth to be buried as my friends shall think fitt, and touching distribution of my Estate I dispose of the same as followeth, viz. I give to my Daughters Ann Lee and Rebecca Temple, each of them one shilling.
I give to my son Samuell Tatum my brown Rugg.
I give to Richard Carliles Daughter Mary one cow.
I give to Thomas Mitchells Daughter Mary one Cow.
I give to Jack Minge my old trading qunn.
I give to my sonn Nathaniel Tatum all the rest of my Estate.
I do appoint my sonn Nathaniel Tatum to be my full whole and only Executor of this my Last Will and Testament to see the same performed accordingly. And I do utterly revoke all former Wills and Testaments by me in any wise heretofore made or declared.
In witness my hand this 15th day of December 1715.
Mary(her+mark)Tatum Sealed wth. a wafer

Sealed Declared and Delivered by the said Mary Tatum in the presence of the witnesses whose names are subscribed Test.
Xtopher Tatum
Richard Carlile

Att a Court held for the County of Prince George on the second Tuesday in January Anno Dom: 1715 being the tenth day of the said month. The next before written Last Will and Testament of Mary Tatum dece'd. was presented into Court by Nathaniel Tatum the Executor therein named who made oath thereto and it being proved by the oaths of Witnesses thereto is admitted to Record and a Certificate granted the said Executor for obtaining a probate in due form.
Test Wm.Hamelin ClCur

(Note: I will not try to explain the discrepancy between the date this
will was written, and the date it was proven).

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Will of Nathaniel Tatum
(Deeds etc. 1713-28, page 370, Prince George Co.VA.)

In the name of God, Amen. The twenty fourth day of August in the year of our Lord God 1714. I Nathaniel Tatum of Prince George County being weake of Body, but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given to God, therefore calling to mind the mortality of my body, and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to dye, Do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament, that is to say, principally and first of all, I give & recomend my soul into the hands of God that gave it, and for my Body I commend to the Earth, to be buryed in a Christian like and Decent manner, at the Discretion of my Executors nothing Doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God, and as to _____ing such worldly Estate as it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give Devise and Dispose of the same in the following manner and form. Imprimis. I give to my son Henry Tatum and his heirs forever the plantation and Land whereon I now live, and two hundred and nine acres of Land, Lying between the blackwater and the second swamps, joining on Mr.Batts Line.

2dly. I give to my son Christopher Tatum, and his heirs for ever, one halfe of a tract of Land that I bought of Thomas Busby, Lying in Surry County, with the plantation whereon my said son lives, and the other halfe to my son Peter Tatum and his heirs forever Christopher to have the upper part of the said tract, beining on Joseph Swamp, Down the same to a branch, thence up the said branch to an old field, which branch I take to be near the middle, thence to the Land that I have
taken up.

3dly. I give to my three sons Edward, Christopher and Peter Tatum, and their heirs forever, each of them one Hundred acres of Land, out of a tract that I have taken up on Joseph Swamp, to be divided as followeth, Edward to have the outer part joining to John Doley, and Peter to have the middle, and Christopher to have his hundred joining to his Land before bequeathed.


4thly. I give to my son Edward Tatum, and his heirs for ever, all the rest of my Land not before bequeathed.


Lastly. I Likewise constitute make and ordain Edward Tatum and Christopher Tatum Executors of this my Last Will and Testament, and I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and Disanul, all and every other former testament, Wills, Legacys, Bequests & Exec'rs. by me in any waye before this time named, willed bequeathed sattisfying and confirming this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament. In witness whereof  I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first above
written.


Nath'l.(hisNmark)Tatum Seald wth.red wax

Signed Seald published pronounced and Declared by the said Nath.Tatum as his Last Will and Testament in the presence of us the subscribers,
viz:
Thomas(hisHmark)Howell
Thomas Hood
Henry Tatum
Stith Bolling

At a Court held at merchants hope for the County of Prince George on the second tuesday in November being the fourth day of the said month, Anno Dom. 1719. The above written Last Will and Testament of Nathaniel Tatum dec'd. was presented into Court by Edward Tatum one of the Executors named therein, who made oath thereto, and it being proved by the oath of Stith Bolling, Henry Tatum and Thomas Hood, witnesses thereto, is by order of the Court truly Recorded.
Test Wm.Hamlin ClCur

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Prince Georgia County, Virginia
Wills and Deeds       1713 - 1728

Deed - Nathaniel Tatum Sr. to Nathaniel Tatum Jr.
(Deeds etc. 1713-28, page 1005, Prince George Co.VA.)

THIS INDENTURE made the thirteenth of June in the year of our Lord God, One Thousand Seven hundred and twenty seven. Between Nathaniel Tatum Senr. of Prince George County and in the Parish of Bristoll, of the one part and his son Nathaniel Tatum Junr. of the same County and Parish of the other, whereas the said Nathaniel Tatum Senr. by Indenture bearing date the twelfth day of this Instant did grant, Bargain and sell unto the said Nathaniel Tatum Junr. a part of a tract of Land, Lying and being in the sd. County and bounded, viz. Begining at a corner Hiccory, being a corner between the said Nath'l.Tatum and Christopher Tatum,
thence along the Line between them to a corner pine, thence along the said line to a corner Hiccory standing at the Lower end of the dividing Line between Nath'l.Tatum and Christopher Tatum, thence along the said dividing Line to a corner white oak standing in the out Line, thence along the said Nath'l.Tatums own out Line to a corner Hiccory between Nathaniel Tatum Junr. and his Brother Samuel Tatum, thence along their dividing Line to the head of a small Branch, which Branch is a  division between the said Brothers, thence down the said Branch to the main Josephs Swamp thence down the said swamp to the begining Hiccory, containing two hundred & twenty acres of Land, more or less and the reversion thereof as by Indenture bearing date the day before the date of these presents, as by the said rental Indenture more fully and  Large it doth appear. Now this Indenture witnesseth that the said  Nath'l.Tatum Senr. for and in consideration of the sum of five pounds, current money of Virginia,and for divers good causes, & considerations, hath granted, released & confirmed & by these presents doth grant, Release and confirm unto the sd. Nath'l.Tatum Junr. his heirs and  assigns, all the aforesaid parcel of Land with the appurtenances, and every part thereof, and all the Estate Right title, Intrest, Claim & Demand whatsoever of him the said Nath'l.Tatum Senr. of, in, or to the said Land or any part thereof, to Have and to Hold the said Land and
every part thereof with the appurtenances mentioned or Intended to be hereby granted, Released & confirmed unto the said Nath'l.Tatum Junr. his Heirs and assigns for ever, and to no other use, Intent or purpose whatsoever. In witness whereof the said Nath'l.Tatum hath hereunto set his hand and seal, the day & year above written.
Nath'l.(hisTmark)Tatum Sealed with a wafer

Signed, Sealed and Delivered
in Presence of us.
John Bonner Junr.
Wm.Hamelton

At a Court held at Fitzgeralds, for Prince George County on the the second Tuesday in June, being the thirteenth day of the said month  Anno Dom: 1727.
The above written Deed of Release of Land (Indented & Sealed) was acknowledged by Nathaniel Tatum to be his act & Deed to his son Nathaniel Tatum, and by order of the Court is truly recorded.
Test Wm.Hamlin ClCur

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Page 1004       12 June 1727

NATHANIEL TATUM, Sr. of Bristol Parish, Prince George County, to his son NATHANIEL TATUM of same, land on south side of Joseph's Swamp, bounded by said Nathaniel Tatum and CHRISTOPHER TATUM, and by line dividing Nathaniel Tatum and his brother SAMUEL TATUM
wit:   John Bonner, Jr;  William Hamelton           Recorded 13 June 1727

Page 1006       12 June 1727

NATHANIEL TATUM, Sr. of Bristol Parish, Prince George County, to his son SAMUEL TATUM of same, land on south side of Joseph's Swamp, next to land of Richard Carlile, Samuel Tatum, and line between Samuel Tatum and his brother, NATHANIEL TATUM, Jr., 100 acres.
Wit:  John Bonner, Jr;  Joseph Simmons            Recorded  13 June 1727

Page 1009       12 June 1727

NATHANIEL TATUM, Sr. of Bristol Parish, Prince George County to his son PETER TATUM of same, land on north side of Joseph's Swamp, bounded by line between Nathaniel Tatum and EDWARD TATUM, and line between Nathaniel Tatum and his brother Samuel Tatum, 250 acres, including plantation where Nathaniel Tatum lives.
Wit:  Joseph Simmons;  John Bonner, Jr.           Recorded  13 June 1727

 

Will of Edward Tatum            ( A THANK YOU to Sara Hill for providing this will)
16 May 1739
Surry County Wills and Deeds, 1738-1754, pp. 62-63

In the Name of God. Amen. I Edward Tatum of Surry County being sick and weak of body yet of sound perfect and disposing mind and memory thanks be to the Almighty God and calling to mind the uncertain state of this transitory life and that all flesh must yield unto Death when it shall please God to call do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in form as followeth.

IMPRIMIS I recomend my soul unto the hands of Almighty God my saviour Jesus Christ in whom alone I trust to be assuredly saved and for my body I commit to
the Earth to be decently interred at the discretion of my executor hereafter named and for my temporal estate I give and dispose of the same followeth.

ITEM. My will and desire is that all my just debts and funeral expenses be first paid and allowed.

ITEM. I devise unto my son Nathanell Tatum and his heirs forever one halfe of my land where he now lives beginning at a shrub white oak on Peter Tatum’s line thence along Peter Tatum’s line to John Young’s line thence along John Young’s line to a markt hickory thence along a line of markt trees to the place where it began.

ITEM. I devise unto my son Peter Tatum the other half of my land where I now live to him and his heirs forever beginning at a hickory on John Young’s line thence along John Young’s line to the main run of Joseph’s Swamp thence along the said run to Peter Tatum’s line thence along Peter Tatum’s line to a shrub white oak thence along a line of Mark trees to the place where it began.

ITEM. I give unto my daughter Ruth Tatum one loom and furniture one white box one large puter dish and one Bible.

ITEM I give unto my daughter Elizabeth Tatum one loom and furniture a plank box and large puter Casson.

ITEM. I give unto my daughter Ruth Tatum one featherbed and furniture and whatever she purchases(?) from this time by her own Industry she shall have it.

ITEM. I give unto my Daughter Elizabeth Tatum one Feather bed and furniture and whatever she purchases from this time by her own Industry she shall have it.

ITEM. I give unto my loving wife Rebeckah Tatum the use and prophets of all the rest of my Estate During her Natural life and then I give it to my son Peter Tatum.

ITEM. I give unto my son Peter Tatum all the rest of my Estate after his Mother’s decease and I do appoint him sole executor of this my last Will and Testament in testimony whereof I have here unto set my hand and affixed my seale this third day of September one thousand seven hundred and thirty-six.

Signed Sealed and Delivered                 his
in presence of us—                         Edward E Tatum
                                                         mark
Christopher Tatum
        his
P J Peter Tatum
       mark
At a court held for Surry County May the 16th 1739

The above mentioned Will of Edward Tatum deceased was presented in Court by Peter Tatum Executor thereof who made oath thereto and gave Bond with security according to law and being proved by the oaths of Christopher Tatum and Peter Tatum witnesses thereto the same is ordered to be recorded and is recorded by________[illegible]

 

Will of Peter Tatum           ( A THANK YOU to Sara Hill for providing this will)
Surry County Book 9, p 699-700

In the name of God Amen. I Peter Tatum of Surry County being sick and weak of body but of perfect mind and disposing memory thanks be to almighty God for the same Do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following. First I bequeath my soul into the hands of almighty God who gave it me and as for my body I commit to the earth to be buried in a Christian like manner at the discretion of my Executrix hereafter named and as for what Worldly Estate it hath pleased God to bless me with I Dispose of in Manner following, to Wit,

Item I give and bequeath unto my son Thomas Tatum the Plantation whereon I now live with half my land thereto adjoining to him and his heirs forever

Item I give and bequeath unto my son Edward Tatum and his heirs forever the Plantation whereon my Mother lived with the other half of my land thereto adjoining

Item My Will and Desire is that my loving wife Sarah Tatum may not be debarred of the use of my plantation during her natural life

Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah Tatum one feather bed and furniture and my large trunk

Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Rebecca Tatum one feather bed and furniture and my small trunk

Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Winia Tatum one feather bed and furniture and one chest

Item I give and bequeath to be equally divided between my two sons Thomas and Edward Tatum thirty pounds current money which William Hunter now is indebted
to me for the one Negro____ sold him

Item I leave the use of my Negro Wench Moll to my loving wife Sarah Tatum during her natural life and after her death I give the said wench and her increase to be equally divided among all my children that shall be then living

Item All the remaining part of my estate I leave to my loving wife Sarah Tatum during her natural life and after her decease I give it to be equally divided among my children that shall be then living

Item My Will and desire is that my estate be not appraised

Lastly I do appoint my loving wife Sarah Tatum my whole and sole executrix of this my Last will and Testament revoking all former wills by me made In Witness
whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this eleventh day of March in the year of our Lord Christ one thousand seven hundred and fifty.

Signed sealed and Published by the
Said Testator to be his last Will and                 Peter Tatum
Testament in presence of

Thomas Young
Elizabeth (her E mark) Tatum
Mary (her mark) Heeth

At a court held for Surry County the 16th day of April 1751 The within and afore written last will and testament of Peter Tatum deceased was presented in court by Sarah Tatum Widow and Relict of the said Decedent and Executed therein named who made Oath thereto according to law and the same was proved by the oaths of Thomas Young Elizabeth Tatum and Mary Heeth the Witnesses thereto and by the court ordered to be recorded and on the motion of the executrix certificate is granted her for obtaining a probate thereof in
due form.                          Teste A. Claiborne, Clerk

 

Inventory of the Estate of Peter Tatum
1755,  Brunswick County, Virginia

Thank You, Ed Tatum, for supplying this material

Peter Tatum, Jun'r Appraisement. By order of the Worshipfull Court of Brunswick County We the Subscribers Edward Robinson Thomas Jackson & Robert Hix Being first Sworn hath Appraised the Estate of Peter Tatum jun'r Dec'd as viz:

One Mare and Young one Do                 £ 0..12..—
One Bed at 36/                         1..16..—
One Meal Sifter, 1 Bell, 1 Small pale, 1 pott Mugg    —..7..11—
One pewter Dish & two Plates—                 —..5..—
Two Tinn Panns                         —..1..6
One Smoothing Iron 3/. 1 Rasp, 3 Spoons & a knife 2/6    —..5..6
One Breaches Buckle $ pair of Nee buckles         —..1..3
One Razor @ 1/. & 5 nives and forks 4/. & paper 6d    —..5..6
One Hatt at 10/. & 1 Chest and Table. 17/         1..7..—
Five Chairs at 10/. & 1 Pottle Bottle at 2d         ..10..2
One Washing Tubb 2d. & 1 Saddle & Bridles Bitts         —1..0..2
One Horsmans Coat at 25/. & a parcel of old Cloaths    1..12..6
One Pair Deer Skin Breaches at 7/6             —..7..6
One Bed and Bed Stead Rugg and 2 Sheets             3..10..—
One Bottle and a Silk Capp at                 —..1..4
One pair of Cards & a parcel of Cotton             —..7..—

    Nathaniell Tatum Adm'r                 £ 20..11..4

Pursuant to the above said Order We the Subscribers Have Valued the above Estate According to Equity and good Conscience.

Returned into Brunswick    County Court the 25 Day    of February 1755. And Ordered to be recorded

Appraisers: Edward {bhm} Robinson, Thomas Jackson, Robert Hix
       
Test'r: Litt. Tazewell Ct.C.

 

Will of John Tatum
(Will Book B, page 92, Sussex Co.VA.)

August Court MDCCLXVI
IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN I John Tatum of Albemarle Parish in the County of Surry being in good health and of a sound perfect & disposing mind & memory thanks be to almighty God for the same and calling to mind the uncertain Estate of this transitory life & that all flesh must yield unto death whenever it shall please God to call do make and ordain this my last Will & Testament first of all I recommend my soul into the hands of almighty God who gave it hopeing through the merits & intercession of my only savior & redeemer Jesus Christ to obtain fully free pardon of all my sins & to inherit everlasting life & as to my body I commit it to the earth from whence it came to be decently intered at the discretion of my Executor hereafter named and as to my Temporal estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me withall, I give devise & dispose of the same in manner & form following. Imprimis my desire is that all my just debts & funeral expences be duly paid & Discharged.
Item I desire my loving wife Mary Tatum have the use & benefit of my plantation during her natural life & also my daughter Mary Young the use of the said plantation During her natural life after her mothers decease.
Item I give & devise unto my Grandson Frederick Young & his heirs forever, my plantation above mentioned with all the land & Improvements thereunto belonging being one hundred & thirteen acres by computation be the same more or less to begin at the mouth of a slash,or low ground between my plantation & Henry Tatum's on Joseph's Swamp on the south side thereof & runing up the said slash to a corner black oak by a road known by the name of Claibornes road thence along the said road to Robert Tatum's line & along his line to Joseph Swamp & bounded by the various water courses of the same to the place first begun at.
Item I give & bequeath unto my Grandson Frederick Young my feather bed & furniture & one cow & calf & a young mare.
Item all the rest and residue of my Estate I leave the use of to my loving wife Mary Tatum during her natural life, & after her decease I give & bequeath the same to my daughter Mary Young & her heirs forever.
Item my desire is my Estate be not appraised.
Item I leave my son in law Thomas Young to and appoint him to be sole Executor of this my last Will & Testament hereby revoking & disannuling all former Wills & Testaments by me made. IN WITNESS whereof I have hereunto set my hand & affixed my seal this 29th day of January one thousand seven hundred & fifty four.
John Tatum (Seal)

Signed Sealed published and declared in presence of}
William Young
Edward Eppes
George Rieves

At a Court held for Sussex County the 21st day of August 1766. The last Will & Testament of John Tatum dec'd. was presented into Court by Thomas Young the executor therein named who made oath thereto as the law directs & the same was proved by the oaths of Edward Eppes & George Rieves two of the witnesses thereto & by the Court ordered to be Recorded. And on the motion of the said Executor Certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate thereof in due form.
Teste A.Claiborne C.S.C.

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Will of Christopher Tatum
(Will Book B, page 218, Sussex Co.VA.)

IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN. I Christopher Tatum being at this time in a low state of health but of sound mind & Memory blessed be God do make this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former Wills by me made.  Imprimis first my will and desire is that all my just debts be paid. 
Item. I do give to my son Henry Tatum one Bed & furniture. 
Item. I also do give to my son Christopher Tatum one Bed and furniture, one great chest & one iron pott.
Item. I do also give to my Daughter Elizabeth Tatum one Bed & furniture and one small trunk and one iron pott.
Item. My will and desire is that the money due to me from Henry Tatum be equally divided between my sons Henry & Christopher Tatum & my Daughter Elizabeth.
Item. My will and desire is that the residue of my Estate be it of what kind it will, be equally divided among my three children Henry, Christopher, Elizabeth Tatum.
And I do hereby nominate and appoint my son Christopher Tatum Executor of this my last Will and Testament. IN WITNESS whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this sixteenth day of May 1769. And my will & desire is that my estate be not appraised.
Christopher(hisCmark)Tatum (Seal)

Signed, Sealed & Acknowledged
in presence of-
Jno.Mason
Hugh Ivey
W.Mason

At a Court held for Sussex County the 21st day of September 1769. The afore written last Will and Testament of Christopher Tatum deceased was presented into Court by Christopher Tatum the Executor therein named who made oath thereto as the law directs & the same was proved by the oaths of John Mason & Hugh Ivey two of the witnesses thereto & by the Court ordered to be Recorded.And on the motion of the said Executor Certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate thereof in due form.
Test A.Claiborne CSC

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Will of Thomas Tatum
(Will Book C, page 441, Sussex Co.VA.)

IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN, I Thomas Tatum of the Parish of Albemarle and County of Sussex being weak of body but of sound mind and memory do make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following.-

Imprimis I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Williams Tatum, one feather bed and furniture, one large pine chest to her and her forever. Item. I give and bequeath to my three children hereafter named Mary Williams, Peter & John Tatum all the personal estate that may fall to me from the death of my mother in law Mary Doby to them & their heirs forever. Item. I leave the use of my plantation I now dwell on with two hundred & Fifty four acres of land thereunto belonging to my Loving wife Susanna Tatum & after her death I give the said plantation & land thereunto belonging to my two sons John and Edward Tatum to them and their heirs forever, I also leave my wife the use of all the remainder part of my personal estate during her natural life and after her death I give the said personal estate to be equally divided amongst my children namely, Mary Williams, Peter, John, Sally & Edward Tatum to them & their heirs forever. And lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint Henry Tatum and Arthur Williamson my whole & sole Executors of this my last Will And Testament revoking all other Wills by me heretofore made. IN WITNESS thereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fourth day of September one thousand seven hundred and eighty.
Thomas Tatum (Seal)

Published & Declared in presence of us}
Test. Jesse Williamson
Frederick(hisxmark)______
Jesse(hisxmark)Jordan

At a Court held for Sussex County the 21st day of Feby. 1782. The last Will & Testament of Thomas Tatum dec'd. was exhibited in Court & proved by the oaths of Jesse Williamson, Frederick ______ & Jesse Jordan the witnesses thereto & ordered to be recorded & the Executors therein named refusing to take upon themselves the burthen of the Execution thereof on the motion of Susannah Tatum who made oath according to law & with Thomas Milner & Jesse Jordan her securities entered into & acknowledged their Bond in the penalty of Five thousand pounds conditioned as the Law directs Certificate is granted her for obtaining Letters of administration of the said Decedents Estate withhis said will annexed.
Teste Jno.Cocke CC:Cur

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Will of Epes Tatum 1789
(Deeds etc. 1787-92, page 335, Prince George Co.VA.)

IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN,I Epes Tatum of the County of Sussex and Parish of (Blank) being in a low & weak condition of Body but of sound disposing mind & memory, thanks be to Almighty God for the same,do make and ordain this writing to be my last Will and Testament in manner and form following Vizt:

IMPRIMIS. I lend the use of one third part of my land and plantation in prince George County whereupon my son Littlebery Epes Tatum now lives to my beloved wife Lucy Tatum, during her widowhood or life, and after her Marege or Death I leave that with the other two thirds to be sold, and the money arising from such sale, to be equally divided between my four sons namely Littlebury Epes Tatum,Joel Carter,Peter, & Epes Tatum, but should either of my sons die before they come of the age of twenty one, my will and desire is that his or there proportion of the money, from the said sale, may be equally divided among the surviving son or sons to them and their Heirs forever.
Item. I lend the use of my two Negroes namely Sam & Judah,to my beloved wife Lucy Tatum, dureing her natural life, and also my Negro Girl Sary to her during her widowhood, and in case Sary should die before my dear wife should mary, I leave to her, annually the sum of forty shillings, in order to hire my wife another Negro Girl during her widow. and after her death, the said Negro's Sam & Judah & their Increase from this Day and Sary after her Marage or Death & her Increase from this Day,I leave to be equally divided among my four sons before mentioned, and my Daughter Jane Daniel to them and their Heirs for ever.
Item. I give and bequeath to my dear wife Lucy Tatum my riding chair and the old Horse, and at the old Horse Death, my will is that there should be another bought for the use of my wife at about eight or ten pounds price, and one Bed and Furniture, one pot and frying pan, one spining wheel & (chardi?), one table, six rush chairs, half of Doz. Puter Plates, two Puter Dishes, half Dozen knives & forks, one chest, two cows & calves, four Head Sheep, one Sow and Pigs, twenty Barl's.
Corn, and five Hundred pounds of Poork, to be delivered to her at the Faul, one cart and wheels the wheels not tyred to her and her and her Heirs for ever.
Item. I give and bequeath unto my dear son Joel Carter Tatum the just sum of ten pounds current money of Virginia to him and his Heirs forever, besides an equal proportion of my Estate.
Item. I lend all and every kind of the remainder of my household and Furniture to my beloved wife Lucy Tatum, during her widowhood, and give her six Bushels of wheat, and two head hoes and axe.
Item. I give and bequeath unto Martha Carter, the just sum of three pounds current money of Virginia to her and her Heirs forever.
Item.All the rest of my Negroes namely Peter, George, David, Tom, Dick,Will, Linn, Doll, Bett, Lucy, and including Moll and Agg and their Increase from this Day, which I have lent my Daughter Jane Daniel, my will and Desire is that the worshipful Court of Prince George should appoint three good men, the same being Freeholders to divide, and make an equal Division of the afore mentioned Negroes, namely Peter, George, David, Tom, Dick, Will, Lin, Doll, Bett, Lucy, Moll and Agg and their Increase from this Day, without selling any of the Negroes, among all of my dear children namely Littlebury Epes Tatum, Joel Carter Tatum, Peter Tatum, Epes Tatum, & Jane Daniel,to them and their Heirs forever.
Item. I give and bequeath all the remainder part of my Estate, both real and personal, consisting of stock of all kinds, and Hitching Furniture to be equally among all my dear children namely Littlebury Epes Tatum, Joel Carter Tatum, Peter Tatum, Epes Tatum, Jane Daniel, to them and their Heirs for ever.
Item. I give and bequeath unto my dear son Littlebury Epes Tatum, three shairs out of five of the crop of all kinds that is made upon my plantation in Prince George County, whereupon my son now liveth, to him and his Heirs for ever.
Item. My will and Desire is that my two sons Peter and Epes, should have one years schooling beside this present year and their Board.
Lastly. I nominate constitute and appoint my friends William Bonner and Henry Watkins and dear son Littlebury Epes Tatum Executors to this my last Will and Testament, revoking and disannulling all former Wills by me made, I desire that my Estate may not be appraised. IN WITNESS whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this second Day of May one thousand seven hundred and Eighty nine.
Eppes Tatum (Seal)

Signed Sealed and acknowledge in presence of us, who have set our hands as witness thereto}
H.Watkins
Robert Tatum
Amey Rives

At a Court for Prince George County, at the Court House on Tuesday the 8th Day of December 1789. This foregoing last Will and Testament of Eppes Tatum dece'd. was presented into Court by William Bonner, one of the Executors named in the said Will, who made oath thereto according to law, and the same being proved by the oaths of Robert Tatum and Henry Watkins two of the witnesses thereto, is by order of Court truly recorded; and on the motion of the said Executor,Certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate of the said Will in due form.
Test C.Russell DClerk

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Abstract of Will of Josiah Tatum

Will Book 5, Page 382
Probated 1 January 1797
Chesterfield County, Virginia

(his wife was Dorotha Claiborne - daughter of Mary Claiborne - see Will book 5, page 145)

To son Henry - land east side of Middle Creek, adjoining my said son, and negroes

To son Zachariah - tract I love on, adjoining my said son;  also several negroes

To son-in-law William Harrison - negroes

Daughter - Rebecca Hudson      Son-in-law - Lewellin Hudson

Witnesses:  James F. Foese, Robert Lester, Martin Tucker

 

Will of Susanna Tatum
(Will Book I, page 12, Sussex Co.VA.)

IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN, I Susanna Tatam of the County of Sussex being weak of body but of sound mind and memory do make this my last Will and
Testament in manner following to wit, Imprimis, I give unto my daughter Sally Tatum one mare and coalt, one bed and furniture, one pine chest, one pine table, six chairs, one cubbard, and furniture, one Loom, eight barrels of corn, two shotes, one spinning wheel, one pr flat Irons, Shood and tongs, parsel tubs, pails, trays etc., one spider, six gees, six chickens, 3 ducks, six knives and forks, one pale red heifer.  Item, I give unto my daughter Winney, one bed and furniture, one pine chest, one spinning wheel, one pide heifer. The balance of my estate,  of what or sort soever, I wish to be sold and the money arising therefrom to be equally divided between my three children namely Edward, Sally and Winney to them and their heirs forever. Lastly I appoint  William Peters my whole and sole executor, of this my last Will in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twelfth day of February Eighteen hundred and nineteen, published and declared in presence of William Peters, Polly W.Clanton.
Susanna(her+mark)Tatum (Seal)

At a Court held for Sussex County the 4th day of March 1819. The last Will and Testament of Susanna Tatum dec'd. was presented into Court by William Peters the Executor therein named, who refused to take upon himself the execution thereof, the same was proved by the oaths of the two subscribing witnesses and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of Edward Tatum who made oath and entered into bond with security conditioned as the law directs, letters of administration on the estate with the Will annexed of Susanna Tatum dec'd. are granted him in due form.
Teste J.C.Bailey Clk.


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Will of William Tatum

(Will Book 1, page 28, Prince George Co.VA.)

In The Name of God, Amen. I William H. Tatum of the County of Prince George State of Virginia being of sound mind and disposing memory, wishing to dispose of all my worldly goods, do make and ordain this to be my last Will and Testament revoking all other Wills heretofore made by me. I give to my wife Melissa A.B.Tatum my whole estate, real and personal, during her natural life, she, my said wife, to raise and educate my children and at her death I direct that the Same be equally divided among all my children. The portion of my estate to which my daughter Rebecca S.Blow will be entitled, I give to her during her natural life and at her death, I give the same to the heirs of her body.

I hereby constitute and appoint John W.Temple Executor to this my last Will and Teatament. In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 11th day of October 1857.

Wm.H.Tatum (Seal)

Signed, Sealed and acknowledged before us, who in the presence of each other and in the presence of the Testator have subscribed our names as witnesses}
John A.J.Heath
Eli Bryant
Jno.R.Moore

At a Court held for Prince George County at the Courthouse thereof on Thursday the 8th day of February 1866. This last Will and Testament of Wm.H.Tatum was this day further proved by the oath of John A.J.Heath a witness thereto and having been at January term last proved by the oath of Eli Bryant also a witness to said Will, the same by order of the Court is truly recorded.
Teste Ro.Gilliam C.C.

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