Re: another piece of the early Tarver puzzle
Rufus M.Tarver Sr. did have a plantation and 300 slaves in Jackson Parish, La. and the 1860 census said his property was valued at 70,000. Which was a lot of money in 1860. The civil war came and he was burn out, so was the courthouse burn down and all records were lost. By the census in 1880 I found four of his children in Bienville, Parish, La. I have the marriage license of Clarie Tarver and Richard F. Harrell, my husbands greatgrandparents, on Dec. 1, 1880. He was a doctor and went to Tulane University where Rufus M. Tarver Jr. also went to become a doctor. Rufus Jr. married Alice Louise Head a judge's daughter. Mary Tarver and her husband Robert B. Howell an attorney were in the 1880 census. I found Alice Tarver married William U. Richardson and he was school superintdent in Bienville Parish records. They all married well. But they all died young in their 40's from heart attacks.