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Maj. John Tolleson owned a tavern and inn used as a way station for travelers
on the way to and from Columbia. It is said that when he died, his estate was
worth about $80,000 in cash and notes, he owned 12,500 acres of land, the
general store in Spartanburg and the tavern in Pacolet.
His wife, Amy, left him after 25 years of marriage.
He possibly also married Charlotte Muse.
He also married Mary Smith, but it is uncertain if it was legal because Amy
said she never got a divorce.
"Record of the Deaths in Columbia, South Carolina and elsewhere as recorded by
John Glass 1859-1877" by Brent H. Holcomb: Pg. 81: "Jas. A. Tolleson, son of
A. Tolleson (merchant in Columbia) died Jany 17, 1867, of pneumonia."
"Marriage Notices from the Southern Christian Advocate 1867-1878" by Brent
Holcomb: pg. 108:"Married on the 16th of Nov. 1871 by Rev. F. B. Davies, Mr.
Joseph G. Tolleson to Miss S. Emma Talmadge, all of Monticello, Ga.
"Marriage and Death Notices From Baptist Newspapers of South Carolina Vol. 2,
1866-1887" by Brent Holcomb. Page 135: Issue of Feb. 19, 1880: By Rev. W. L.
Brown, Jan. 28t;h, Charles R. Meng and Miss Alice, youngest daughter of Rev.
John Tolleson, both of Union County, S. C."
(same as above) pg. 203, issue of Jan. 18, 1884: On the 25th of December 1883,
at the residence of Mrs. Mary Tolleson, the bride's grandmother, Miss M. A.
Wilkins and Mr. W. S. Grant, both of Union County, S. C."
Sarah, who married Wm. Briant, might have been Maj. John's sister.
John Tolleson in Craven County, SC in 1769 received a grant of land on the
Wateree River from the colonial Governor of SC.It is thought by some
researchers that this plat was in York Co, and would very well be the same
John Tolleson that received grants in Spartanburg Co from 1784 to 1797
totaling l,036 acres.
This John Tolleson is our Major John Tolleson who brings so much color to our
family history. John Tolleson also bought land on the Pacolet River, both
sides of Pacolet River, on the River and still later 52 acres between the
Pacolet River and Fairforest Creek.Many deeds are recorded to him the Sptbg.
Court House, totaling 8,338 including the grants.His modus operandi was not
always totally ethical.
From the Bryants of Spartanburg, by Jennings Bland Pope: My documentation is a
deposition by Amy (De Hart) Tolleson on record in the Spartanburg County Court
of Equity (Box 6, package 1, date 1825).
These records are now at the S.C. State Archives in Columbia.
Amy DeHart was the estranged wife of John Tolleson, who according to her own
statement, was given to drunkenness and who abused her offer.She separated
from him and moved to Greenville County. During this time, John Tolleson began
living with Polly Smith, and he kept on begetting offspring.These latter
off-spring were considered to be illegitimate by Amy, at least, and to bar
them from her husband's estate was the intent of her deposition.
John Tolleson died some time in 1820, but his daughter, Nancy (Tolleson)
Briant, wife of Reuben,Sr, died before John did.This latter circumstance
allowed for the opportunity for Amy (DeHart) Tolleson to list her
grandchildren by her daughter Nancy (Tolleson) Briant.We therefore have a
record preserved of the children of Reuben and Nancy, as well as all the
children of John Tolleson and Amy De Hart.
Document possibly is in Spartanburg County Probate -- John Tolleson Estate
Papers -- File No. 2033 (Muse Tolleson, Ex.).~~~~~