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The WIATT / WYATT Family of Virginia and Mississippi

Updated October 5, 2004

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We are researching the family of THOMAS P. WIATT, who was born in Virginia in 1810. We believe that Thomas was the son of Sarah "Sally" MILLER and Thomas WIATT, Esq., who made their home in Amherst Co., VA. (Their daughter, Ann "Nancy" WIATT, married Chiswell DABNEY and became the grandmother of the famous Langehorne sisters of Virginia.) We believe this is our family for a number of reasons, but it was the use of the name CHISWELL in our family that first tipped us off to the possible connection. There are many other reasons why we believe this is the correct set of parents for our "Mississippi Thomas." Please feel free to contact me if you would like a full explanation. If you can offer any information about the children of Thomas Wiatt, Esq. and his wife Sarah Miller, we would truly appreciate your assistance!

Our Thomas moved on to Mississippi sometime prior to 1844, when he married REBECCA SNELL, a native of Mississippi. They lived in Jasper County, Mississippi, and had at least six children together. Thomas P. WIATT is buried in the cemetery of the Baptist church in Lake Como, Jasper County, Mississippi. His son, John E. WYATT, is buried in the churchyard of Old Williamsburg Baptist Church, Covington County, Mississippi.

We know that Thomas was an Adjutant in the militia prior to the Civil War. We are told that he was an officer in the CSA Medical Corps during the Civil War; however, the 1850 Census does not mention his occupation.

The only other tidbit that has been handed down in our family about our origins, is that the family is originally from England and is said to have been wealthy (of course!), and involved in shipping. The family legend is that our particular "founding father" was slated to be the heir to the family shipping business and fortune but ran away to America instead. Yeah -- right...!

HOWEVER, we were fascinated to learn that Thomas WIATT, Esq. and his brother John E. WIATT (NOTE: same name as our own ancestor, John E. WIATT/WYATT of Mississippi) were the nephews of William "The Mariner" WIATT, a man famous in the WYATT family for founding a successful shipping business in England! As is often the case, it appears that our family legend is "history" that has become garbled over the generations. Is it possible that our Thomas, a youngest son with few prospects, was sent to England to work in the "family" shipping company, only to discover that he hated it and wanted to go home?

Our ancestor, Thomas P. WIATT, Adj., spelled his last name with the "i," as did his relatives in Virginia. His son, John E., is the one who changed the spelling to WYATT, apparently late in his life; on his marriage record in the family Bible, his name is spelled WIATT, but at his death is recorded as WYATT.

Some of the affiliated names that we are researching are: BRADLEY, BYNUM, GRAVES, MAGEE, MARTIN, RAINS, RANKIN, RODGERS, SNELL, THIGPEN, VAN ZANDT, WARREN, and WINDHAM. All of these families were early settlers in Mississippi, Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, and Georgia. As time goes on, I hope to add genealogy reports for each of these names. In the meantime, if you are looking for ancestors with these names, please contact me if you think I might be able to help. I have a LOT of MAGEE, RANKIN and VAN ZANDT information, especially.

Please take a look at our easy-to-read "Wyatt Family Genealogy Report" in "Related Files" (below) and see if you recognize any of the names! Thanks for visiting!

 
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  • The WIATT/WYATT Family of VA & MS (GedCom file) (67 KB)
    Dr. Wyatt was born in 1810 in Virginia and moved to Mississippi where he married REBECCA SNELL in 1843. They and their descendants lived in Jasper County, Perry County, Jones County, Lauderdale County, Covington County, Forrest County, and other counties in Mississippi. This family MAY be related to the WYATT family of Newton County, MS, but no definite connection has been found yet.
 
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