Researching Wyatt’s of Henry Co. Georgia to Tallapollusa Co. Alabama
Could we be mistaken about our Samuel Wyatt b. 1790 Georgia being married to Sarah Ann Sheffield, and the son of John Wyatt and Mary Buckley?Many of us have tried to work from the article in “Georgia Pioneers” about the Wyatt’s of Henry Co. Georgia.There are some errors in his account and we still run into barriers finding the parentage of our Samuel who married 2) Mary Bledsoe Torrence widow of James in Dallas Co. Arkansas.
There are also numerous legal documents left in Henry Co. Ga. relating to the heirs of John Wyatt and administration of his estate.However, the people mentioned in these documents are more likely children of the deceased William Wyatt (wife Elizabeth Smith), who went to Tallapoosa Co. Alabama by 1840.The 1840 census of Tallapoosa shows a Samuel Wyatt b. 1800-1810; William Wyatt 1790-1800; and Elizabeth Wyatt –who refused to give the census taker information about her family in the 1840 census.The 1850 census gives the younger children’s names and ages, which are wrong since no children were born after abt 1826, the death of William, her husband.
According to the Tallapoosa Heritage Book, Elizabeth had ten children when her husband died.John P. Wyatt, and William H. Wyatt areolder children who probably participated in the administration of their father’s will and actedas guardian’s for the minor children.Mary Wyatt,an olderdaughter, married Lewis Fargason, who was also a guardian.It was probably the Samuel in Tallapoosa Alabama 1840 that is the one mentioned in the papers in Henry Co., relating the administration and guardianship.
Upon checking the line presented in “Georgia Pioneers” one realizes there are two Samuel Wyatt’s born about the same time.However, in 1840 our Samuel Wyatt is in Heard County. …and now possibly a third one that is on the 1840 census of Tallapoosa Co. Alabama.This Samuel in Tallapoosa could also be the father of those in Henry Co. with a female Sarah and children—if he had abandoned this family and moved to Tallapoosaafter William Wyatt died.
“Georgia Pioneers” cites there is a Samuel Wyatt on the 1850 Henry Co. Census, which is an error.Instead there is an “S” Wyatt, female widow with children.There was noSamuel Wyattin the household on the Henry Co. Census.
One Samuel Wyatt married Elizabeth Jackson 19 Oct 1843 in Henry Co.Jackson was probably not her maiden name.Our Samuel Wyatt was in Heard Co. Ga in 1840 with a wife and his sons Jesse, John H. and Zachariah Wyatt.Zachariah Wyatt (wife JoAnna Delemar) stayed in Heard Co. and is buried at the Jackson Cemetery.The Jackson family at the time of this writing does not know how these Wyatt’s are related to the Jackson’s.
The 1850 census of Henry Co. Ga. Lists only one Wyatt family: 1840 Henry Co. Census John J. Wyatt Males 1 - under 5 ( F. M. Wyatt) 2 - 5 to 10(William Wyatt) 2 - 15 to 20(Joshua Wyatt and John J. Wyatt) Females 1 - 10 to 15(wife of John J. Wyatt – Mary) 1 - 40 to 50(Sarah Wyatt)
1850 Henry Co. Georgia S. Wyatt 57 (female) (born 1793) F. M. 14 male W. 19 male
“Georgia Pioneers” list the family of Samuel Wyatt and wife as: 1.John J. Wyatt 2.Joshua Wyatt 3.Samuel Wyatt 4William Wyatt 5.F.M. Wyatt
The “Georgia Pioneers” report agrees when compared to the census.The female age 10-15 may be Mary, wife of John J. Wyatt.The 1860 show John J. living alone in Cherokee Co. Ga. And in 1870 he is married to Sarah Allen.
Joshua Wyatt married Miranda Lewis and can be followed living in Henry Co. up to 1880
Samuel Wyatt married twice and can be found on the Henry Co. census up to 1880
William Wyatt can also be followed up to 1880 in Henry Co. Georgia.
The widow Sara Wyatt was still living and on the 1880 census of Henry Co. Georgia at age 88 living with George Wyatt, b. 1833—in which the census states is mother of George.“Georgia Pioneers” has a George listed as the son of John Wyatt and Mary (Buckley).He was in prison for gambling on the 1850 census and in 1860 living with Caesar Lutzer??sp. age 28 – so it’s possible he could be a son of Sarah’s but it doesn’t appear that he is on the 1840 census with the family.
This George Wyatt is listed with his mother and several mulatto children in 1880.In 1870 he is listed with Frances and his mother, Sarah.
With this name “Sarah” coming up—and knowing there was a marriage between a Sarah A. Sheffield and Samuel Wyatt in Jasper Co. Georgia abt 1808.We have had this Sarah Sheffield linked with our Samuel who was in Heard Co. Georgia—and assumed she had died when our Samuel remarried in Dallas Co. Arkansas.
We may be back to square I in searching for the parents and siblings of our SAMUEL WYATT, b. abt 1790 Georgia.The most concrete fact we have is that he was in the War of 1812 and received bounty land in Dallas Co. Arkansas.
He should be on a 1820 and 1830 census wherever he is, but there is not a Samuel on the Georgia census for 1820 and 1830.He was not the Samuel on the Perry Co. Tennessee census, as he should show some children born by 1820.
The children of John Wyatt and Mary Buckley as given in “Georgia Pioneers” is as follows (and I added the names of the marriages which are given in the Henry Co. Ga. Records:
1. John P. Wyatt, b. 1800 Ga. M. Matilda Mabya 5/20/1820 Henry Co.She died and he probably remarried. Rachel McBee was the sister of Mary Buckley and Matilda was her granddaughter.
2. Zachariah Wyatt – no info about except“Georgia Pioneers” says Zach was listed in a sale of property
3. Sarah Wyatt married Samuel Lindsey.He was on an 1840 census but couldn’t find after that.
4. Louisa Wyatt married John Shadrick then Stephen Clements.
5. William Wyatt d. by abt 1826 wife was Elizabeth Smith who moved to Tallapoosa Co. Al.
6. George Wyatt – was in jail 1850 for “gaming” on the 1880 census he claims to be the son of Sarah, the widow on the 1850 Henry Co. Census, with John J. Wyatt as head of household.Might have married Frances,who died by 1880 and he is shown with several Mulatto he says are his children.
7. Samuel Wyatt – m. Elizabeth Jackson 1847 and possibly the Sarah that is on the 1850 Henry Co. Census.
Not listed in the account that was in the Henry Co. records: