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Bruce Baird notes.

Subject: Questions of Jesse Tatum.

Date: May 6, 1998

Question.

In 1784 the Jesse in Brunswick gives half his cattle to another Jesse

living there and they continue to live in two households through 1788.

(I am confused by the 1787 listing #6T Tatum, Jesse Senr, Jesse Tatum and #7T Tatum, Jesse Junr, Jesse Tatum--looks like four Jesses!)?

 

Answer.

 

The VA 1787 Personal Property Tax Form was different from the previous years and was generally not used after 1787.  This form had a column labeled, "Persons names, chargeable with the tax" followed by a column labeled, "Names of white male tithables above 21."   Generally the person chargeable with the tax was also a white male tithable above 21.  In Brunswick Co. the person filling in the form listed the name twice.  In some counties, the name of the person chargeable with the tax was not included in the second column, just the names of other white male tithables above 21.  So for #6T, Tatum, Jesse Senr is chargeable with the tax, and Jesse Tatum (same person) is the white male titheable above 21. The same goes for #7T.  There are just two Jesse Tatums.

 

Question.

 

But I'm not sure what would be the legal age for some of these

responsibilities:

Aug 1792.......Jesse Tatum on jury

May 1794.......Jesse Tatum, Jr. qualified as ensign (probably Edward's Jesse)

Sep  1794......Jesse Tatum appointed Deputy Sheriff

Sep 1795.......Jesse Tatum recommended as Lt. (probably Edward's Jesse)

Apr 1796.......Jesse Tatum on jury

........................Jesse Tatum, Jr. appointed commissioner in place of Edward Tatum

..........................Jesse Tatum, Sr. allowed 2 days as witness

Jun 1796.......Jesse Tatum, Jr. qualified Lt.-Rifle Co. (probably Edward's Jesse)

Jul 1796........Jesse Tatum Gentleman qualified taxables

...........................Jesse Tatum on jury

...........................Jesse Tatum allowed two days as witness

Sep 1796........Jesse Tatum appointed commissioner of County

Sep 1797.......Jesse Tatum presented list of taxable property

...........................Edward Tatum appointed commissioner

Feb 1799........Jesse Tatum, Sr. allowed 2 days as witness

Jul 1799........Jesse Tatum, Sr. allowed 2 days as witness

Oct 1801........Jesse Tatum, Jr. allowed 1 day as witness

 

"Ages of Legal Action," page 186 of "The Source" by Arlene Eakle and

Johni Cerny.

 

Serve on jury, 21

Muster into militia, 16  (males only)

Fill public office, 21  (Age 25 or older required for some offices)

Testify in court, 14 (male), 12 (female)

 

Question. 

 

Patrick County Tax Records.  

1797........Edward Tatum........2 tithes....(Edward and William)

       Where is Nathaniel?

1798........Edward Tatum.........2 tithes....(Edward and William)

      Where is Nathaniel?

 

Answer.

 

For 1797 and 1798, it could have been Edward and Nathaniel and not

William.  With only two tithes someone is missing or not tithable because

of one of the reasons mentioned above.

 

Question. 

 

On further thought.  Does anyone have the original estate settlement for

Jesse Tatum d. 1790?  Edward Tatum was administrator and he writes his name "Edwd" with the "d" raised.  If the signatures compare, this may be the closest we will come to identifying the administrator as our Edward (Jesse's son) and not Jesse's brother Edward.

Answer.

 

I doubt if you are going to find Edward's signature on the estate

settlement.  Almost everything recorded in the record books was copied

there by a clerk so all you'll get is the clerk recording of Edward's

name.