Included is a portion of the paragraph leading up to the description of Tapley Dial which gives the name of his father (p.118).
JAMES DIAL, bc1715, most likely in Beaufort Co., NC, mar Elizabeth Hill, was described as a "full Cherokee Indian". It appears that he moved about 1745 to the old Cravens Co., SC. ... He could have been a son of the aforementioned Thomas Dyall, b c1698, who moved from NC to Cravens Co., SC. ... Two sons were: Tapley "Tap" Dial, John "Joshua" Dia.
TAPLEY "TAP" DIAL, the son of James Dial, b Beauford Co., NC, between 1740 and 1750, probably about 1742 before his father moved from NC to SC, (the 1840 Census of St. Landry's Parish, LA gave his age as between 90-100). He was the only Dial listed in the 1810 Census of that parish. He died there c1852 and left a 28-page will giving his property to the city of Washington, LA. Tapley Dial mar 24 Jan 1816, Sarah Johnson, dau of Francis Johnson and his wife, Patsy Buckner. His marriage record found in the Opelousas, St. Landry's Parish court records, gives the names of his parents. He migrated with James Groves, Sr. (See THE GROVES FAMILY) from NC to Natchez, Miss. c1798; moved from there to St. Landry Ph. The 1810 Census shows six persons in his family; 1820, four persons. He lived in the same areas as the families of Sweat, Ashworth, Perkins, Goins, Nelson, Johnson, etc. ---families closely related by many marriages. His children have not been identified by this compiler or others and it may be that at this death he had no living descendants and thus the gift of his estate to the city of Washington. He has been often identified as a brother of Aaron Dial and brother Keziah Dial but he was a full generation age older than these two who came from Craven Co., SC and whose parents have been identified as being John "Joshua" Dial and Mary Mixon. Thus it appears to this compiler that Tapley was probably an uncle to Aaron and Keziah.
Wise, Erbon W. Sweat Families of the South. Sulpher, LA, 2002. Rev. Ed.