David Tate, Jr. (1825-1864), of Grainger Co., TN, was the second son of David Tate, III or Sr. (1789-1868) and Mary (Polly) Chamberlain (1788-1872). He was buried in the Chamberlain Family Cem., at May Sprg., Grainger Co., TN (reburied in Martha Sunderland Cem., Hamblen Co., TN, 1941 by TVA to make way for Cherokee Reservoir).
In her "Leaves from the Family Tree" (p. 253), Penelope Johnson Allen claims that David Tate, Jr., m. Mary Senter. The date usually given is 5 Oct. 1858 and the place is Jefferson Co. However, more than one source identifies David's wife instead as "Mary Jane Parsley," b. c1839; the surname "Senter" is not mentioned here. Again, husband David's parents are given as David Tate, III or Sr., and Mary Polly Chamberlain. The date of marriage given is as above; so is the marriage venue. Indeed, the marriage of a David Tate, Jr., to a M. J. Parsley is listed in Genealogy.com's TN Marriages. (There is no similar listing there for a David Tate marrying a Mary Senter!)
Mary Jane Parsley's parents, according to one such source in RootsWeb.com's WorldConnect, were Jesse Parlsey and Matilda Pearce, who were m. in Jefferson Co. on 13 Jun. 1838. It will be noted that a Jesse Parsley is included in the 1861 list of Free White Males for Jefferson Co. Indeed, there is also a "Jessee Parsley," 49, with wife "M.," 45, and several children listed on the 1860 Jefferson Co. census. One of the daughters, 21, is named "M. J." (This on the 1860 census, where there are no definite indications of marital status or specific blood relationship. It will be recalled that Mary Jane Parsley is listed in Jeff. Co. marriage records as having married David Tate in 1858--2 yrs. earlier! Also, there is a separate 1860 Jefferson Co. listing for David, wife Mary, and son David, 1!) The same Parsley family appears also a decade earlier on the 1850 Jefferson Co. census, although finding it requires going beyond Ancestry.com's mistranscription of "Pareeley." Besides Jesse, 38, and Matilda, 45, there are Jas., 17, Sarah, 14, Mary Jane, 12, Wm., 10, and Jno. Henry, 5. Living with them too is a Caleb Pearce, 65, presumably Matilda's father. Next door live Wm. B. Tate, Sr., and bro. David, who will marry M.J. Parsley (Mary Senter?) 8 yrs. later.
The clincher is the 1870 Jefferson Co. census. Widowed Mary Jane Tate, 30, is listed as head of household; living with her are children David, 11, Wm. B., 10, and Mary T., 7. But also in the same household is her widowed (?) mother Matilda Parsley, 55, along with bro William, 25. On the 1880 Grainger Co., TN, census, M.J.'s bro Wm. Parsley, 35, appears with wife Sarah, 21, two young sons and mother Matilda, 60(?), who for some reason is designated as his daughter! They live in the next house from David Tate, 21, and bro Wm., 19.
The other piece to the Parsley/Senter puzzle also appears on the 1880 census--this time in Hamblen Co. One house away from W. W. and Mary Tennessee Dennis (her daughter), a Mary J. Senter, 40, husband James O. Senter, 54, and sons John, 7, and Jas., 5, are living. With them in the same household is Mary J.'s mother, Matilda Parsley, 66 (a second census listing?). So it turns out that the "Senter" surname is that of Mary J.'s second husband. This is further confirmed by the existence in TN marriage records (on Genealogy.com) of an 18 Feb. 1872 marriage in Hamblen Co. of a Jas. O. Senter to a Mary J. Tate.
On the 1900 Hamblen Co. census, Mary J. Senter, 60, is now widowed a second time. Living with her are sons Jno. N., 27, and Jas. P., 25. Her mother Matilda is nowhere to be found and has probably passed on. In 1910 and again in 1920, Mary J. is living in the Hamblen Co. household of son John and his family. John and family appear again on the 1930 Hamblen Co. census, but mother Mary J. is no longer with them.
Mary J.'s second husband, Jas. O. Senter, appears to be the one called "Jas. Ore Senter" by several sources. The latter, supposedly b. 5 Jan. 1820, Bean Stn., Grainger Co., d. 5 Jan. 1889, is listed as the son of Stephen Wilson Senter and Elizabeth Ore. He is the bro of Caroline M. Senter, who m. Samuel Baker Tate, the brother of David Tate, III or Sr. Some sources give 1826 as Jas. O.'s DOB.
According to the Civil War Confed. Pension Application Index, on Genealogy.com, a Mary J. Senter, of Hamblen Co., filed a pension application after her husband "James Orr Senter" died. No date is given