William Hall Tuten (WHT) of Barnwell South Carolina & The Hamilton County Florida Connection by Charles Anthony Tuten
The following findings perhaps represent only a fraction of the interaction or happenstance between these cousins. It was never realized that such an extensive connection existed between the Tuten’s of South Carolina and Hamilton County Florida or nearby communities until brother-in-law Andy Ricard and I began making significant connections in our quest to resolve some of the relationships of the scattered Tuten family lines. This all began almost twenty years ago or soon after Dr Tuten published THE Tuten Family, 1980. It would not have sparked our interests without his initial work and that of Mary Kettus Holland of Appling Ga. Their work began in the early 70’s resulting in the compilation of The Tuten Family c 1980 or affectionately known as the “Blue Book.” Sometime around 1980 Dr Tuten’s unpublished follow-on work was handed over to Bruce Thomas Tuten of Savannah (formerly of Roanoke VA) and with Bruce’s research he created three volumes of expanded data which added significantly to the original work. Andy Ricard and I with the help and input of hundreds of “Tuten’s” , relatives, and friends both on-line and not, have from that pointbeen able to more than triple the size of the original works and amass perhaps the most comprehensive database of the Tuten Family in North America, c 2002.Our work is in CD format and requires the use of “Family Tree Maker” version 8 or higher to enjoy the full details of the files. We may at some point publish a book but it has not yet formulated. At last update there were over 22,000 Individuals, 8,000 marriages, 77,000 texts records, 21 generations, and 3,134 surnames and the earliest birth date is 1475.There is so much more to tell about these and the many Tuten’s in the database but here is but one connection which may have some genealogical value as others search for descendants.
1. Jonathan Tuten Jr. (grandson of WHT) a. Joseph John Tuten (g grandson of WHT) is found in the Hamilton County 1860 Census. b. Mary Tuten Woods (g granddaughter of WHT) is found in Hamilton County Florida’s “Suwannee Valley,” she is buried in neighboring Suwannee County.
2. Isaac Tuten a. John Eldred Tuten (grandson of WHT) Hamilton Co, Pioneer of Florida net worth in 1860 was over $273,000.00 in 1860 dollars. b. Isaac Tuten Jr (grandson of WHT) in Hamilton Co in 1850. c. Redden J Tuten (grandson of WHT) Hamilton Co in 1840-1850..descendants still here.
3. Lazarus Tuten a. Alexander Abraham Tuten (grandson of WHT) Hamilton Co b. John A Tuten (grandson of WHT) was in Hamilton County and married Pearson Michael Tuten's (son of William Pearson Tuten) daughter, Mary Ann Tuten (1st cousins).
4. Caleb a. Edward's daughter ( g granddaughter of WHT) Sarah G. Tuten lived and married Thomas Jefferson Bryan in Hamilton County Florida
5.Elizabeth Tuten Johnson (Johnston) a. William Tuten Johnson (listed in WHT’s Will) lived just across the Florida line/ Hamilton County border with Ga near the Withlacoochie River and was a prominent figure in early Ga development (Lowndes County (Valdosta), Brooks Co, and Tattnell Quitman Ga).
6. William Pearson Tuten a. wife Rachel and children; Rigdon B. Tuten, Pearson Michael Tuten,Patrick Howell Tuten, William Robert Tuten, Hampton Tuten, Mary Escella Tuten McAlpin, Harley McLoyd Tuten, and James R. Tuten are all associated with Hamilton County Fla. Children later scattered into Madison Co, Taylor Co, Jefferson, Levy/Alachua Co.
7. Simon a. Joseph Payton Walker (gg grandson of WHT) relocated and lived on a farm in Hamilton County Florida. I can almost sling shot a rock to his gravesite and old farm from my house.