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Martha Avery Tatum

born c. 1834 to 2-5-1886



c.1823-Sarah Elizabeth Avery Babb

1828-M.J. (Spencer & Bodkin)

c.1829-James F Avery

c.1830-Margaret Avery Pate

c.1832-John H Avery

c.1836-Frances Avery Booth

c.1838-Emily Avery Tatum

c.1840-Henry Avery

c.1842-William A.G. Avery

c.1844-Thomas Avery

c.1846 Louisa/Margaret (Aspray)


married 12-29-1857 

Gibson Co TN


James B. Tatum

born c.1835



 1859-John B


 c.1874-Jas. Johnson   adopted son


NOTE: Martha's sister Emily wed her husband's brother, Absalom H. Tatum


BGHB Avery


 Charity Brooks

spouse's parents:

John Tatum


Lucinda Porter 

maternal grandparents:

Jacob Brooks & Sarah Warrington


paternal grandparents:

Alexander Averet Jr. & Elizabeth Vinson

maternal aunts & uncles:

c.1794-Nicy (& Micajah Midyett); c.1796-John William Brooks; 1798-Benjamin Samuel Brooks; 1804-Joseph Brooks; 1806-Simeon Brooks; 1808-James Stevens Blackman Brooks; c.1810-Frederick Nash Brooks


paternal aunts & uncles:

1800-Eliza Warren; 1807-Winifred McEwen; 1809-Rev. William "Alexander" Avery; 1811-Drury Vinson Avery; 1813-Troy; 1815-John Avery; 1817-Reuben T. "Sidney" Avery; 1820-Henry Avery

1822-James A. Avery; c.1825-Sarah Elizabeth Avery (McDouglad)(Hall)

(John not proven to be brother of BGHB; Troy and Reuben T may be same person)


1850 census, Gibson County, TN., District 16, household 493:

(note that household 495 is his daughter Margaret Pate and household 496 is his brother RTS Avery)

BGHB Avery, age 47, Meth. E. Clergm., worth $5000, born NC.

Charity, 45, born NC. All others born TN.

James, 21.

John, 18.

Martha, 16.

Frances, 14.

Emily, 12.

Henry, 10.

William, 8.

Thomas 6.

Louisa 4 (she becomes Margaret in the next census).


1850 census, Gibson Dist 16, household 464

John C. Tatum, age 51, born NC, farmer

Lucinda, age 47, born VA

Absalom, age 25, born TN

John, age 23

Elizabeth, age 21

Mary, age 17

James, age 14

Henry Cassells, age 25, farmer, born TN

William, age 12

Rufus, age 9

George, age 6


Gibson County marriages:

Emily AM Avery & Absolum H Tatum 3-7-1855

Martha AP Avery & James Tatum 12-29-1857


1860 census, Bradley County Arkansas, Miller Township

James B. Tatum, age 23, teacher, $400/300, born TN

Martha Tatum, age 24, born TN

John B Tatum, 7 months (census taken in June), born Arkansas


1870 census, Gibson County TN, District 16, household 96

J.B. Tatum, age 34, farmer, $1200/800, born TN

Martha Tatum, age 36, born TN

John Tatum, age 10, born TN (not accurate)

George Tatum, age 6, born TN

Lavinia Reasons, age 46, white, $800/200, born TN

J.C. Tatum, age 68, white, --/150, born NC (his father)

NOTE: Gibson County marriage records include "Levina Tatom" to Wm. Reasons 7-7-1838


2-10-1871 date of signature on will of BGHB Avery, Gibson, TN Will Book G, page 202. To wife Charity: half of stock, so Jonas and Katy may make a living, house and land on which she lives, beginning line of James F. Avery's 40 acre tract, so as to include the graveyard, and over to the corner of the gin field, including the field to the lane. To son W.A.G. Avery: the rest of the tract to live on. To son James F. Avery: 50 acres. Daughter Martha has had $400 worth of land in Arkansas; must make account to estate before she shares. Grandson B.G. Pate owes me some notes and accounts and he has acted very strange. It is my will that two-thirds of what he owes me be collected and paid his sisters Amanda and Emily. Grandson B.G. Tatum: $150 put to interest, and when he is twenty years old, principle and interest to be paid to him. All others equally. Executors: sons H.B. and James F. Avery


Crockett County Marriages: JBW Tatum to AJ Davis 12-28-1875


References in a notebook written by James M. Moore on microfilm TN State Library & archives, transcribed and contributed to Rootsweb by Natalie Huntley apparently about the doings of the Cox Chapel Bible Society that was formed in November 1877:

List of teachers included J.P. Tatum

List of members included James B. Tatum, John C.P. Tatum, and James B. Tatum Jr.

Other notations include:

list of deacons appointed 3-24-1878 included John P Tatum

James B. Tatum withdrawn from 6-15-1879.

John B. Tatum died 1882

Martha AP Tatum departed this life 2-5-1886

John B. Tatum, gone astray 1888

John C. Tatum Sr departed this life 10-20-1899

JTCW Tatum died.

Alice L Tatum, gone without letter

Jennie Tatum dead

Mentioned also are Minerva and Martha Cates (daughter and mother). Minerva's marriage to "Simmion Babb" is listed (William Simeon/Simpson Babb was Martha Avery Tatum's nephew). Also members of the Hefley and Dunlap families are mentioned.


1880 census, Crockett County TN, District 3, Civil District 4, household 224

James Tatum, age 46, farmer, born TN, father born NC, mother VA

wife Martha, age 46, born TN, parents born NC

father John, age 78, born NC, parents born NC

adpt son Jas. Johnson, age 6, born TN, parents born TN

household 225

Jno B Tatum, age 21, farmer, born ARK, parents born TN

wife Amanda J, age 20, born TN, parents born TN


1900 census, Crockett County Civil District 4, household 178

John B. Tatum, born Nov. 1859, age 40, married 24 years, farmer, TN-TN-TN

wife Amanda, born Aug 1858, age 41, mother of 8 of whom 5 are living, TN-TN-TN

son Connell? G., born Mar 1886, age 14, farm labor, born TN

daughter Mattie M, born Sept 1887, age 12, born TN

daughter Allie P, born Feb 1890, age 10

daughter Virgie M, born May 1893, age 7

daughter Vertina? Verbena?, born Sept 1896, age 3

cousin Thomas Tatum, born Dec 1880, age 19, single, farmer, TN-TN-TN


Crockett county marriages also include

"Connie" Tatum to Ora Boyd, 10-5-1918

"Vervie" Tatum to John McCoy 1-7-1912

Virgie Tatum to Elbert Webb 2-28-1908

Mattie Tatum to Herman Key 1-15-1905; Mattie Tatum to JW Castleman 11-3-1920; Mattie Tatum to Nelson Smith 9-2-1920