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Jesse Tatum ca. 1724-1790

By Sara Hill.

     Jesse Tatum was born about 1724 as established by an entry in his prayer book "Jesse Tatum senr-- Departed this life May the 21st day 1790 in the 66th year of his life."  His father was Edward Tatum, Clerk of St. Andrew's Parish.

    When he was 18, Jesse witnessed a deed from John and Rebecca Jackson to Robert Hicks for 425 acres on the north side of Reedy Creek and two years later in 1744 he was named an executor of his father's estate.  Jesse's inheritance included 215 acres in Brunswick County, VA adjacent to his father's plantation and Parham's Mill.  He assumed the duties as Clerk of the parish the year his father died.

    Jesse married Elizabeth (surname unknown) before June 1,1749 for in that year he sold 1 acre of his inherited property to James Parham, and Jesse's wife relinquished her dower right.

    On March 2, 1748/9, Jesse bought 235 acres on Brandy Creek in Brunswick County from John Yarbrough which he sold six months later to James Speed.  The records of the parish note him as Clerk of Rattlesnake Chapel in Brunswick in 1750, 1752 and 1753.  During this time he witnessed a deed from Thomas Jackson, Sr. to his son Daniel Jackson (1750), bought 100 acres from John Wray (1751),  and appraised the estate of Abraham Yarbrough (1753).

    On January 8, 1756 Jesse sold the land he inherited from his father to Lewis Charles of Warwick County.  The next year he patented 335 acres adjoining Warren, Wray and Yarbrough, 125 acres of which he sold six months later to Benjamin Warren.

    Jesse witnessed the will of William Johnson in 1758 and qualified as security for the estate in 1759.  Less than a month later, he purchased 516 acres on White Oak Creek adjoining William Johnson's land and sold it September 26, 1764 to John Tatum, presumably his brother.

    On February 27, 1769, Jesse Tatum (along with Cheney Tatum and Robert Hicks) qualified as security for the will of John Weaver of Brunswick County.  The relationship between Jesse Tatum and the Weaver family is unclear, but one Nathaniel Tatum whose will was probated 1750 in Edgecombe Co, NC had purchased land in NC from Stephen Weaver in the 1740s and this Nathaniel's will was witnessed by Eleanor Weaver. 

    In 1772, Jesse Tatum of Meherrin Parish entered into a deed of trust with Allen Love for 310 acres.  This land was comprised of the 100 acres he purchased from John Wray in 1751 and 210 acres remaining from his 1757 patent.  In 1774 he patented 76 acres in Brunswick County on the north side of Coldwater Run which he sold in 1779 to Joseph Phips.  From 1784-1788, Jesse Tatum, Sr. is listed on the Brunswick County Personal Property Tax List.  Evidently the 1772 deed of trust was a mortgage, for the 310 acres was sold to Paul Hartwell on September 29, 1788.    After selling his property in Brunswick County, Jesse moved to Henry County for he is listed there in 1789 and is not responsible for a head tax, thus apparently 65 years of age at this time.  He is listed as deceased on the Henry County Personal Property Tax Records for 1790.  His probable sons, Edward and Jesse, Jr., are also listed on the Henry County Tax records for 1790.

    The administration of Jesse Tatum's estate was granted to Edward Tatum on October 27, 1790.  The estate was appraised for 32.1.0 and inventory returned on November 24, 1790.  Jesse's wife Elizabeth apparently survived him for there is a record of Jesse and Polly Tatum and Elizabeth Tatum recorded in Greenbriar County, VA (WV) on July 24, 1794.  

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A special thanks to Sara Hill for this contribution.