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Lt. Edward Tatum ca. 1745-1835


Family Record

The Forgotten Revolutionary Soldier
Jefferson County, Alabama

Edward S. Smith

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Copyright Edward S. Smith 1968




The following record is one that I have wanted to complete for many years but I have not had the time. The material has lain in my files for over fifteen years and I see no hope of perfecting it in the near future. In the meantime many who expressed interest in the subject have passed on. Therefore I have determined to publish this narrative in its present imperfect state for the benefit of those who wish to read it and with the hope that some may see it who can contribute additional information for a later revised and improved edition. Hopefully it will contain a record of all of the descendants of Edward Tatum. A form of Family Record with interlined directions appears at page thirteen.

I began this work when I left Alabama building on earlier collections by my brother, Hester M. Smith, and my grandmother, Mrs. Benjamin M. Tatum. I expected to record for my children information about their Alabama relatives, not knowing whether they would ever enjoy the close family associations that I had as a child. Their ancestors who have lived in Alabama number over forty, including members of the following families: Adams, Barbour, Bickley, Childs, Comer, Cowley, Croft, Curry, Dickey, Drewry, Haynes, Hickman, Leapheart, Parr, Pickens, Pollock, Pullen, Seay, Shackelford, Smith, Tatum, Thompson, Thornton and Wallace.

Both children chose to return to school in Alabama, an indication that the "ties that bind" may be not only in blood, but also in geography. Thus, they have even more reason to want to know something about their Alabama kin.




INDEPENDENCE DAY each year brings to mind such heroic events as Lexington, Concord, Washington crossing the Delaware, the long winter of Valley Forge, and the final victory at Yorktown.

Among the Virginians who witnessed the defeat of Lord Cornwallis was a man who later settled in Jefferson County, Alabama. The year was 1819, the same year Alabama entered that Union which this man's patriotic deeds had helped to establish, and he lived in Alabama for theremaining sixteen years of his life.

Edward Tatum was an officer of the Revolution, a citizen of substance, a holder of public office, and a partner of Captain John Hanby, the discoverer of coal in Jefferson County. He was the patriarch of a large and respected clan, most of whom accompanied him on the long trek from Patrick County, Virginia, to Georgia, thence to Tennessee and finally to the area surrounding the present site of Birmingham, Alabama.

One would think that a man of such qualifications would have received some local recognition, if not fame, yet his name does not appear in any of the histories of the area or of its early inhabitants. He is not recorded as a member of the group that appears on the monument standing in Woodrow Wilson Park in Birmingham, nor have the Daughters of the American Revolution marked his grave with their traditional seal of recognition.* Even his descendants are not certain where he is buried, and the curious fact is that he has been virtually overlooked except in the informal annals of the families that trace their ancestry to him, and by descendants who occasionally name a son for him.

Nevertheless, many records do exist which permit a documentation of the following narrative, and the correction of an oversight of local history.


*Edward Tatum's grave was discovered at the old Baird Cemetery between Pinson and Palmerdale, AL and was marked by the William Speer DAR chapter on April 27, 1977.




The Tatums (also spelled Tatam, Tatem, Tatom) are recorded in the early records of Virginia, the earliest being one Nathaniel Tatam, who at age 16 came to Virginia in 1619 in "The George".1 This was a year earlier than the coming of the "Mayflower" to Massachusetts. Samuel Tatam is recorded in Bermuda in 1626.2 Nathaniel Tatam, Jr., grandson of Samuel Tatam of Bermuda, owned plantations in Bermuda, Barbados and Virginia.3

The 1830 Census of Jefferson County, Alabama, indicates that Edward Tatum, our subject, was born 1740-504 in Virginia, probably in Brunswick County.5 During the period of the American Revolution his home was in Henry County, Virginia and he took the oath of allegiance there in 1777 before James Lyon, Esq.6

In March 1781, Edward Tatum fought at the Battle of Guilford Court House, NorthCarolina, serving as 1st lieutenant in the Henry County Militia under the command of Colonel Abram Penn. They also fought at Eutaw Springs, South Carolina, and at Yorktown.7

Edward Tatum was voted an award for giving supplies in assistance of the Revolution on April 23, 1782.8* On December 8, 1783, he received a grant of 106 acres of land "on both sides of little Peter's Creek, adjoining Hanby," and on December 9, 1783 he received an additional grant of 550 acres of land "on the south side of Bartlett's Branch, a south Fork of Dan River."9 This land was in Henry County. (Apparently grantees were permitted a period of fourteen years within which to survey grants and return the plats to the Land Office, as Edward Tatum joined a large group in a petition to the Legislature dated December 7, 1797, requesting an extension of time within which to comply.)10

Although many of the Tatums are omitted from the listings in the U. S. Census of 1790 for Virginia,11 Edward Tatum's presence in Henry County is confirmed also in the tax and Court records.12

On April 20, 1798, Edward Tatum delivered to William Tatum a deed in fee of approximately 150 acres of land in Patrick, County, Virginia.13 This appears to have been the same land received as a grant in 1783. The deed carries no relinquishment of dower, indicating that Edward Tatum's wife, whose maiden name is known to have been Daniel, died between the years 1793, the date of birth of their last child, and 1798, the date of this deed. On April 24, 1800, Edward Tatum, John Hanby, Jr., and John Tatum, "known by the firm name of Tatum, Hanby and Tatum," gave a deed of trust for the benefit of Dunlop, Pollok & Company, merchants of Manchester, Chesterfield County, secured by land in Patrick County, including 100 acres previously obtained by Edward Tatum from Joshua Hudson.14



*This is probably another Edward Tatum.



In 1800 or shortly thereafter, Edward Tatum and some of his children migrated South, apparently drawn by the land lotteries. Several Tatums and related names appear in the U. S. Census of Pendleton District, South Carolina, both for 1800 and 1810.15 On December 14, 1808, Mary C. Daniel of Franklin County, Georgia, gave her "trusty friend Edward Tatum of county and state aforesaid" power of attorney to give deed to purchaser of "202 1/2 acres drawn by me in 7 District Wilkinson County, Georgia."16 Further confirmation of Edward Tatum's presence in Franklin County, Georgia, is the marriage of his son, William Tatum, on August 13, 1811, in Franklin County, to Parthenia Thurmond, by Benjamin J. Wofford, J. P.17 Wofford's son, William H. Wofford, was married to Edward Tatum's daughter, Nancy, and their son was Gen. William Tatum Wofford of Cassville, Georgia.18

Next we find Edward Tatum in Lincoln County, Tennessee, where he appeared in Court on February 25, 1811, to prove a bill for three slaves.19 Lincoln County Court records also show that he appeared as a security in Appeal of John Marr (Moore), November 16, 1811,20 and in qualification of Jesse Tatum as administrator of the Estate of Polly Parr, deceased, February 26, 1812.21

Suit against Edward Tatum for slander was dismissed in Lincoln County Court November 17, 1811;22 he was elected the Lincoln County Coroner without opposition February 28, 1812;23 he and Captain John Hanby purchased from William Pillow of Maury County "land lying on both forks of Mulberry Creek of Elk River" in Lincoln County on October 7, 1813;24 he returned Inventory on the estate of his son, William Tatum, January 14, 1819;25 he qualified October 25, 1819 as executor of the estate of his son, Nathaniel Tatum, will dated October 22, 1819;26 and he returned final accounting in the estates of William and Nathaniel Tatum on December 31, 1823.27

Edward Tatum moved to Jefferson County, Alabama in 1819.28 It is possible that he first lived just across the line in Tuscaloosa County on land purchased on September 17, 1819 by his son, Nathaniel. He owned several tracts of land in Alabama, but his home apparently was located at the present site of McCalla, Alabama, on Fivemile Creek between Cox Spring Branch and Moore's Brook, in the southwestern part of Jefferson County.29 Presumably he is buried in that area; however, he may have lived with his children in the Mt. Pinson area in his last illness, and could have been buried there.

Early records of Jefferson County at the Court House in Elyton, now in Birmingham, show that on April 3, 1822, Edward Tatum bought from the Government a half quartersection of land about two miles northeast of the present site of Mt. Pinson, Alabama, which he gave to Pamelia




Stokes Baird and Caroline Legrand Baird, children of his daughter, Jane Tatum Baird, on September 17, 1822.30 Tuscaloosa County, Alabama records show that on November 5, 1823 he gave his daughter Jane Baird, "one negro girl, Milly, age 13,"31 and he is recorded in the Jefferson County records on March 14 and on July 3, 1826, as a Justice of the Peace.

On November 20, 1826, Edward Tatum gave his grandson, David Hanby, a power of attorney to sell the land on Mulberry Creek in Lincoln County, Tennessee, that "was rented to a certain William Sansom until the first day of January, 1827."32 This land was sold on February 28, 1827 to William F. Smith.33 On June 1, 1829, Edward Tatum gave a half quartersection of land lying in and northeast of the present site of Mt. Pinson, Alabama, on Turkey Creek, to Elizabeth Baird, John Baird and Franklin Tatum Baird, children of his daughter Susan Tatum Baird.34

In the U. S. Census of 1830 for Jefferson County, Alabama, Vol. 5, page 172, Edward Tatum is listed as head of family consisting of himself, age 80-90; one white female, 40-50 (apparently his daughter, Martha); one white female 60-70; and seven slaves. The identity of the older white .female is not known,* but it is not likely that she was a second wife, as there does not appear to be a record of a remarriage, and none of Edward Tatum's deeds carry a relinquishment of dower.

On December 15, 1831, Edward Tatum executed his last will and testament beforeJohn B. Moore, Robert M. McAdory and William Patterson, his neighbors in the southwestern area of the county.35 In it he directed the sale of his whole estate and distribution in nine equal parts to his children or the heirs of his deceased children. The only child omitted from mention is Nathaniel, who had previously died unmarried. A grandson, David Hanby, and a daughter, Martha Tatum, were named executors. Martha married in the period between execution of the will and her father's death, and did not serve as executrix.

Edward Tatum, officer of the Revolution, merchant, planter, public servant and respected citizen of at least four states during his long life, died in January, 1835, a resident of Jefferson County, Alabama. His will was presented for probate on January 29, 1835 and proved at the Court House, Elyton, on the "4th Monday in February, 1835."35 The Inventory and Appraisement of Christopher Deavers, Zechariah Hagood and Peter Anderson was made on April 25, 1835 and approved by the Court on June 27, 1835.36 Final settlement of the personal estate was approved on October 14, 1837,37 and on February 15, 1838 his homeplace was sold to William Lawley by David Hanby, Executor.29



*Later research indicates this to be "Aunt Polly"óMary C. Daniel who was sister of

Edward Tatum's wife, Martha Daniel.



Family Record

Husband: Edward TATUM

Born: 1740-50 at Virginia

Died: January, 1835 Jefferson County, AL


Wife: Martha DANIEL

(Dau. of) John and Sarah DANIEL, SR.



1. John born 1774 Pittsylvania County, VA

mar. 1 March 1797 at Patrick Co, VA. to Priscilla "Bissey" BURGE


2. Jesse born 1775 Virginia

mar. 11 Sept 1797 at Patrick Co, VA to Sandal PARR

died c1824, Tuscaloosa Co., AL


3. William born c1778 Virginia

mar. 13 Aug 1811 at Franklin Co, GA to Parthenia THURMOND

died Jan 1819, Lincoln Co, TN


4. Nathaniel born ? Virginia


died Oct 1819, Lincoln Co, TN


5. Elizabeth born c1780 Henry Co, VA

mar. 8 Nov 1800 at Patrick Co, VA to John HANBY


6. Sarah born 1790-1800 Patrick Co, VA

mar. to James MARTIN


7. Martha born c.1785 Henry Co, VA

mar. 18 May 1834 at Jefferson Co, AL to William STOVALL


8. Nancy M. born 1791 Patrick Co, VA

mar. to William Hollingsworth WOFFORD

died 3 June 1867, Cassville, GA


9. Susan born 6 Aug 1793 Patrick Co, VA

mar. 17 Mar 1822 at Jefferson Co, AL to Robert BAIRD

died 9 Nov 1884, Mt. Pinson, Jefferson Co, AL


10. Jane M. born c1792 Patrick Co, VA

mar. to James L. BAIRD

died 9 May 1867, Jefferson Co, AL


Data compiled May 30, 1968; revised 1998



Children of Edward Tatum


JOHN, son of Edward Tatum, was born about 1772,38 probably in that part of Pittsylvania County, Virginia, which in 1776 became Henry County, and in 1791 became Patrick County.5 He was a planter, and prior to 1800 he was in a business partnership with his father and with his brother-in-law, John Hanby.14

On March 1, 1797, in Patrick, County, John Tatum married Priscilla "Bissey" Burge.39 She was born about 1780. Their children (with data taken from census and marriage records) were: Pryor Tatum, born c. 1805, wife's given name Letitia, who was born c. 1807; Thomas J. Tatum, born c. 1806, married January 26, 1826 to Elizabeth M. Clark; Edward Tatum, born c. 1808, married October 17, 1839 to Charlotte D. Critz, born c. 1819; Elizabeth "Betsy" Tatum, born c. 1810, married May 17, 1827 to Samuel Clark; Nancy Tatum, born c. 1815; John Tatum, Jr. , born c. 1817, married October 23 , 1838 to Martha T. Foster, born c. 1820; William J. Tatum, born c. 1820, wife's given name Mary, who was born c. 1830; Sarah Tatum, born c. 1821, married May 30, 1841 to Thomas J. Stovall; and James M. Tatum, born c. 1825.

On October 10, 1820, John Tatum received a grant of 56 acres of land on the northwaters of Peter's Creek in Patrick, County, Va.40

Both John Tatum and his wife were living at the time of the U. S. Census of 1850, taken in his district on September 17 of that year.38


JESSE, son of Edward Tatum, was born in Virginia, probably in Pittsylvania County, about 1772-1780.41 The first public record of him is of his marriage to Sandal Parr on September 11, 1797, in Patrick County, Virginia.39

When he left Virginia is not certain, but his son, Mark, is known to have been born in Patrick County in 1804,42 and Jesse first appears in the records of Lincoln County, Tennessee on December 5, 1811 as a member of a road committee.43 On February 12, 1812 he moved the Lincoln County Court for letters of administration on the Estate of Polly Parr, deceased, which were issued on February 26, 1812.21

On September 17, 1819, Jesse Tatum bought land at the Huntsville, Alabama Land Office as follows: NW 1/4 Sec. 29, T20, R5W. This land lies just south of Bucksville, Alabama, in Tuscaloosa County, and adjoins a quartersection purchased the same date by Nathaniel Tatum.




On September 17, 1822, Jesse Tatum became security on a deed of gift from his father, Edward Tatum, to the children of Jane Tatum Baird.30

Jesse Tatum died apparently in February or March of 1826,* in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama.44 His estate was finally settled on March 6, 1832, a fact recorded in the Tuscaloosa County, Alabama Court records.45

The children of Jesse and Sandal Parr Tatum were William S. Tatum, who married (1) Margaret (maiden name unknown), and (2) the widow of Stephen Herring, (also named Margaret); John Tatum; Jane "Ginsey" Tatum, who married Franklin Brown and lived in Tennessee; Mark P. Tatum, who married Leuticia J. Cowley and lived in Bibb County, Ala., after first having lived for a while in Jefferson County and in Tuscaloosa County; Jesse Tatum, whose wife was Maria West, and who later moved to Arkansas; Mary "Polly" Tatum, who married William Burchfield and lived in Tuscaloosa County; Susan Tatum, who married Leander Hays and lived in Tuscaloosa County; and Edward Tatum.


WILLIAM, son of Edward Tatum, was born in Virginia, probably in Henry County. On April 20, 1798, Edward Tatum gave a deed of 150 acres of land in Patrick County, Virginia to William Tatum.13

On August 13, 1811, William Tatum was married in Franklin County, Georgia to Parthenia Thurmond.17 On November 26, 1816 he bought 228 acres of land on the Elk River in Lincoln County, Tennessee.46

William Tatum died in January, 1819 in Lincoln County, Tennessee. The inventory of his estate is interesting because of the minute detail which reveals many of the common household articles of the times.25 An accounting of his estate was recorded by Edward Tatum on December 31, 1823.27 According to the division of Edward Tatum's estate, the children of William and Parthenia Thurmond Tatum were Mary Tatum Slack, John Tatum, and Elizabeth Tatum (Mrs. E. W. Anderson). A later marriage of one Parthenia Tatum, recorded in Greenville County, Virginia, indicates that William Tatum's widow may have returned to Virginia from Tennessee and remarried.


NATHANIEL, son of Edward Tatum, was born in Virginia, probably in Henry County. On February 27, 1812 he was appointed constable of Lincoln County, Tennessee.47


*Later research has suggested c. 1824.




On July 24, 1812 Nathaniel Tatum is recorded as an ensign in the 49th Regiment, Lincoln County, Tennessee.48

The records of the Land Office, Huntsville, Alabama reveal that Nathaniel and Jesse Tatum bought adjoining tracts of land on September 17, 1819. Nathaniel's tract was SE 1/4 Sec. 29, T20, R5W, and lies between Bucksville and Tannehill in Tuscaloosa County.

Nathaniel Tatum died shortly after returning to Lincoln County from Huntsville. His death was apparently very sudden, as his will was executed on October 22, 1819 and presented for probate on October 25, 1819.26 One wonders whether as constable hisdeath occurred in connection with his official duties.

Whether his land in Tuscaloosa County passed to his father according to the terms of his will has not been determined. He died unmarried and apparently was the last of his family to bear the name of Nathaniel Tatum, a name which appears with frequency in the records of Virginia between the years 1619 and 1819.1


ELIZABETH, daughter of Edward Tatum, was born, judging from the data in the 1850 census,49 in the year 1780 in Henry County, Virginia. On November 8, 1800 she was married in Patrick, County, Virginia to John Hanby, Jr.39

Although not much information comes down to us about Elizabeth Tatum Hanby, she graced the home of a family that was very prominent in the early history of Jefferson County.

Her husband, Captain John Hanby, born c. 1774 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia,5 was the son of John Hanby, Sr. His uncle, Captain Jonathan Hanby, was one of the followers of Francis Marion, the "Swamp Fox," and was also 1st Captain of the Henry County Militia in the Revolution.7 The will of John Hanby, Sr., was probated in Patrick County in 1817 and names his children Samuel, William, Gabriel, John, Nancy (Mrs. Charles Clement), Sally (Mrs. William McCraw), Jane, Mary and Susannah. Some of these names appear in the U. S.Census of 1800 and of 1810 for Pendleton District, South Carolina.15

Captain John Hanby was closely associated with Edward Tatum even before his marriage to Elizabeth Tatum. There are records of their joint ventures in Virginia14 and in Tennessee,24 and in all likelihood this partnership continued after their migration to Alabama. Certainly the inventory of Edward Tatum's estate shows that despite his advanced age he was actively engaged in business until the time of his death.36





John Hanby appears in Lincoln County, Tennessee on December 5, 1811 as member of a road committee.43 He received his commission as Captain in the 49th Regiment from Lincoln County, Tennessee, serving as an accomplished gunsmith as well as a soldier.48 His training as a smith and machinist resulted in his joining Andrew Jackson's forces at the personal request of "Old Hickory."50

Some writers have confused the accomplishments of Captain John Hanby and those of his son, David. Although Jackson's own youthful exploits in the American Revolution might have caused him to accept the military services of David as an eleven year old boy, it seems clear that it was John Hanby and not David who came into Creek Territory as a Captain with Jackson's forces and who first recognized the mineral potential of the area. In any event, Captain John Hanby and his sons are uniformly credited with the discovery of coal in Jefferson County and with being the first to ship coal to Mobile, as early as 1827.51 The Hanby Mill, "where Turkey Creek crosses the mountain," near Mt. Pinson, is said to have ground the first wheat in the county.52

The exact date of the move to Alabama from Lincoln County, Tennessee is not known, but appears clearly to have been before 1820, as no Hanbys or Tatums appear in the U. S. Census of 1820 for Lincoln County, and Gabriel Hanby was a delegate from Blount County to the first Alabama Constitutional Convention.53 Teeple and Smith place John Hanby and his son-in-law, Jeremiah Randolph, at Village Springs as early as 1821.54 These families appear near each other in the census records.

John Hanby's name appears as security with Jesse Tatum on a deed of September 17, 1822 recorded in Jefferson County,30 and Brown and Nabers state that the name "Hanby" appears on Tanner's map of that year.55

John and Elizabeth Tatum Hanby had six children. They were, with dates ascertained from census and court records: David, born 1801, married on December 17, 1829 in Jefferson County to Margaret Nash, and died April 19, 1865; Sara, who married Thomas H. Camp; John F., who married Amanda C. Hagood; James D., who married Lucretia Crump; Martha J., who married William Newton Crump; and Nancy M., who married Jeremiah Randolph..


SARAH, daughter of Edward Tatum, was born 1790-180056 in Patrick County, Virginia. Less has been developed about her than any of Edward's children. We know that she married James Martin,37 and from the ages in the 1830 Census the marriage apparently took





place between 1810 and 1815, probably in Lincoln County, Tenn. In the 1830 Census of Tuscaloosa County, five boys and two girls are listed with the family.56 A search of the Tuscaloosa County records will certainly reveal more about this family. There may be records also in Jefferson County, but care should be taken not to confuse the family with that of a James and Elizabeth Martin who lived in Jefferson County.

It is very possible that James Martin was related to General Joseph Martin, for whom the city of Martinsville, county seat of Henry County, Virginia, was named.

MARTHA, daughter of Edward Tatum, was born c. 178549 in Henry County, Virginia. She was unmarried until about the time of Edward Tatum's death and probably assumed the responsibility of her father's household. His confidence in her was such that she was named in his will as an executrix of his estate. Her name appears on a deed of gift from Edward Tatum to Susan Tatum Baird's children on June 1, 1829.34 She was married in Jefferson County, Alabama on May 18, 1834 to William Stovall. There were no children. In the U. S. Census of 1850 for Jefferson County she is listed in the home of her nephew, David Hanby.49

NANCY M., daughter of Edward Tatum, was born in 179157 in Patrick County, Virginia. She married William Hollingsworth Wofford, a son of Benjamin J. Wofford, and lived first in Habersham County, and later in Bartow (Cass) County, Georgia.18

Colonel James M. Tatum of Peter's Creek, Virginia, a grandson of Edward Tatum, wrote in 1905 that he had visited several times in the home of his Aunt Nancy Wofford, and that she had a son and two daughters.18 The son was General William Tatum Wofford, veteran of the Mexican War and the War Between the States.57 Mrs. Wofford died in 1867 in Bartow County. Her husband died many years earlier.57

In January, 1968, a member of this family displayed courage which resulted in the apprehension of Jack Murphy, the notorious jewel thief known as "Murph the Surf." Mrs. John B. Wofford, widow of the owner of the Wofford Beach Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida, managed to summon police when Murphy and two accomplices broke into her home. The thieves were captured on the spot.53


SUSAN, daughter of Edward Tatum, was born about 179349 in Patrick County, Virginia. On March 17, 1822 she was married in Jefferson County, Alabama to Robert Baird.





On June 1, 1829, Edward Tatum gave land located near the present site of Mt. Pinson, Alabama to Susan Baird's children.34 Robert Baird appears in the U. S. Census of 1830 for Jefferson County, Alabama in Vol. 5, at page 164.

Nathaniel Tatum singled out his sister Susan for special consideration in his will probated in 1819 in Lincoln County, Tenn. From this one might conjecture that perhaps they were twins.

The children of Robert and Susan Tatum Baird were: Elizabeth; John; Franklin Tatum; Robert B., who married Nancy C. McGuire; Edward James; and Martha Jane, who married James M. Hagood.


JANE M., daughter of Edward Tatum, was born about 1792-349 in Patrick County, Virginia. She was married to James L. Baird,37 probably in Lincoln County, Tenn.

On September 17, 1822, Edward Tatum gave land near the present site of Mt. Pinson, Alabama to the children of Jane Tatum Baird,30 and on November 5, 1823, he gave Jane Baird a slave.3l On December 12, 1826, James L. Baird's mother, Sarah Baird, gave the children a horse.59

Children of James L. and Jane Tatum Baird were: Pamelia Stokes Baird, who married Milton Nash; Caroline Legrand Baird; Milton A. Baird; Harriet Baird; Melissa Baird; Frances Baird; Susan Baird; Adam C. Baird; and Washington M. Baird.







1 'The Original Lists of Persons of Quality, " Hotten (1931), 170, 209.

2 Colonial Records of Bermuda, 1616-1640, Vol. 1, 1/3, 1/4.

3 Bermuda Wills, Book No. 4, 74.

4 U. S. Census of 1830 for Jefferson County, Ala., Vol. 5, 172.

5 See the origins of Patrick County, Va. , in "The Counties of the U. S. , their Derivation and Census Schedules, " Kirkham (1961), 70-73.

6 9 Va. Mag. Hist. 16.

7 17 Va. Mag. Hist. 189. See also "A History of Henry County, Virginia, " Judith Parks America Hill (Martinsville 1925), 12; "History of Patrick and Henry Counties, Va.," Pedigo (Roanoke 1933), 72; 45 D. A. R. Mag. 206.

8 6 Tyler's Quarterly 112.

9 Pedigo, op. cit., 322.

10 Hill, op. cit., Appendix, 291-.

11 "First Census of the U. S., 1790, Virginia," (Gov't. Printing Office 1908), 51, 95.

12 "Virginia Tax Payers, 1782-87, Other Than Those Published by the United StatesCensus Bureau," Fothergill and Naugle (1940), 123.

13 Patrick County, Va. Deed Book No. 1, 537.

14 Ibid. , 660.

15 U. S. Census of 1800 for Pendleton District, S. C. , Vol. 4. U. S. Census of 1810 for Pendleton District, S. C. , Vol. 5.

16 Franklin County, Georgia Deed Book RRR, 67, 68.

17 Historical Collections, Georgia Society, D. A. R., 189.

18 Letter, Col. James M. Tatum, Peters Creek, Va., to Mrs. William Pickens Curry, Duncanville, Ala., Jan. 22, 1905, in possession Mrs. W. F. James, Tuscaloosa, Ala. (1950).



19 Tennessee, Lincoln Co. Minute Docket, Vol. 1, 16.

20 Ibid., 133.

21 Ibid., 158.

22 Ibid., 136.

23 Ibid., 155.

24 Tenn., Lincoln Co. Deed Book B, 40.

25 Tenn. , Lincoln Co. Wills & Inventories, 1810-24, 268.

26 Ibid. , 283, 284.

27 Ibid., 358, 362, 363.

28 No Tatums appear in the U. S. Census of 1820 for Lincoln Co. , Tenn.

29 Jefferson Co., Ala. Deeds, 1838. (NW 1/4 Sec. 36, T19, R5W).

30 Ala., Jeff. Co. Deed Book No. 2, 410. (W 1/2 of SE 1/4 Sec. 20, T15, R1W).

31 Ala., Tuscaloosa Co. , Deed Book No. 1, 296.

32 Ala., Jeff. Co. Deed Book No. 2, 304.

33 Tenn., Lincoln Co. Deed Book No. G-1, 614, 622.

34 Ala., Jeff. Co. Deed Book No. 3, 333. (W 1/2 of SE 1/4 Sec. 30, T15, R1W).

35 Ala., Jeff. Co. Orphans Court Record Book 1832-37, 201.

36 Ibid. , 227

37 Ibid., 1837-1844, 29.

38 U. S. Census of 1850 for Patrick Co., Va., Vol. 19, 377.

39 Patrick Co. , Marriage Bonds, 1791-1854, Gen. Soc. Utah (1937).

40 Pedigo, op. cit., 383.

41 Estimate based on available data relating to him and other members of his family.



42 Date confirmed by tombstone, Bucksville (Ala.) Cemetery.

43 Tenn., Lincoln Co. Minute Docket, Vol. 1, 147.

44 "The Ala. Sentinel, " (Newspaper adv.), Vol. 1, No. 14, March 10, 1826, page 3. (Ala. Archives, Montgomery).

45 Ala., Tuscaloosa Co. Orphans Court Record Book No. 1; 14, 15, 24; also abstract,Ala. Records, D. A. R. , Vol. 13, Tusc. Co. , p. 6.

46 Tenn., Lincoln Co. Deed Book D-1, 421.

47 Tenn., Lincoln Co. Minute Docket, Vol. 1, 163.

48 Tennessee Quarterly, 1948.

49 U. S. Census of 1850 for Jefferson Co., Ala., Vol. 6, 414, 416, 424.

50 "Birmingham and Its Environs, " Cruickshank.

51 "Jefferson County and Birmingham, Ala.," Teeple & Smith (1887), 55, 61; Birmingham and Its Environs, Cruickshank; "This Date (Nov. 12, 1840) in Alabama History," W. J. Boles; "The Story of Coal and Iron in Alabama, " Ethel Armes (University Press, Cambridge, U. S. A. 1910), 20, 22, 40, 48, 50, 164, 451, 457; "The Origin of Certain Place Names in Jefferson County, Alabama," Brown and Nabers, The Alabama Review, Vol. 5, No. 3, 188 (July 1952).

52 Brown & Nabers, op cit., 187.

53 Armes, op. cit. , 22. See also "Early Courthouses of Alabama Prior to 1860," edited by The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Alabama (1966), 10.

54 Teeple & Smith, op. cit., 55.

55 Brown & Nabers, op. cit. , 188.

56 U. S. Census of 1830 for Tuscaloosa Co., Ala. , Vol. 12, p. 56.

57 "History of Bartow County (formerly Cass)," Lucy J. Cunyus (Tribune Publishing Co., Inc., Bartow Co., Ga. 1933), 297.

58 Associated Press reports, January 29, 1968.

59 Ala., Jeff. Co. Deed Book No. 2.



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