Would like to discuss the early Tarver families locating in the 65th militia district--burke county, ga.
The following is being presented to assist in untangling/connecting the early Tarvers in this part of Burke county, GA.
1) The 65th militia district was located in the extreme northwest corner of Burke county, Ga.--north of Brier creek which flows southeast a little south of keysville, ga and south of blythe, ga
2) Hopeful Baptist Church was established in this general area in 1815
3) The 65th militia district may at one time been known also as Daniel Evans milita district
4) Samuel Tarver obtained 500 acres just south of McBean creek which forms part of the northern boundary of the 65th district
August 20, 1793. Others adjacent to him at that time were Carswell, Palmer, Holmes, Toler, Templeton --chain carriers: Absalom Tarver and Willis mcDaniel
5) Absalom Tarver obtained 400 acres in this same area--August 5, 1793--adjacent John Mannan, McBean creek, chain carriers-
Jacob Tarver and ..................McDaniel
6) Jacob Tarver obtained 200 acres in this same area--May 3, 1799 near McBean creek adjacent Carswell land and Absalom Tarver land........chain carrier--Absalom Tarver, Jacob Tarver
7) Thomas Tarver obtained 100 acres in this same general area north of Brier creek in 1771 when Burke county, Ga was known then as St. George Parish, Ga. ....time of the English crown grant --Thomas had been in Georgia about a year--he petitioned for the 100 acres initially in 1770
8) Thomas Tarver was listed on the 1790-1793 tax defaulters list in Daniel Evans militia district
9) Etheldred Tarver was in Burke County, Ga about 1793 and obtained land in Richmond County soon after and located there
10) 1805 land lottery participants from Burke County, Ga--Robert Tarver, single-- # 70, Samuel Tarver--single--# 71, Celia Tarver--widow with minor children--# 72, Absalom Tarver--married # 74, William Tarver--married # 74. Then......Andrew Tarver--
single--# 41, Benjamin Tarver--married # 44, and Jacob Tarver, Sr. # 40....................Just north in Richmond County, Ga...Etheldred Tarver--married # 849 and Jacob Tarver--single-l # 847.
11) Burke county, GA tax digest listings--Jacob Tarver-- 1798 and Samuel Tarver--1798..............In Richmond county, Ga listed was Etheldred Tarver and Jacob Tarver in 1797 and again in 1800
12) Brother S.B. Tarver appointed assistant Clerk in May, 1820 --Hopeful Baptist Church.Filed request to be dismissed January, 1823.
13) Samuel B. Tarver is on the 1820 Burke county, Ga census in the 65th district
14) Samuel B. Tarver left the 65th district sometime between 1820 and 1830
15) Mark Tarver located in the 65th district sometime about 1820, moving from Barnwell County, SC after the war of 1812 and shortly after he re-married in 1819 to Sarah Greenaway(Greenway) .
16) Mark Tarver was born in Barnwell District, SC about 1785......He is shown on the 1810 Barnwell county, SC census
17) Thomas Tarver obtained land in 1784 in the Orangeburgh District, SC (southern part) which became Winton county, then Barnwell county, SC.
18) Thomas Tarver is shown on the 1810 Barnwell county, SC census fairly close to Mark Tarver
I am studying the possibility that Thomas Tarver, Samuel Tarver, and Jacob Tarver were all brothers and sons of Thomas Tarver of Northampton county, NC who left his will there in 1782, naming only sons Thomas and Jacob.
It is clear that all of them located in the same general area of the 65th district, Burke county, Ga. Thomas may have been there in Burke county, Ga initially about 1768 and may have resided there until about 1784. It could be that he left Burke county, Ga and moved across the Savannah river into Barnwell county, SC when he obtained the land there in 1784 or 1785.
My leanings at this time: about the three: Jacob--b. abt. 1737 married Mary Tarver, daughter of Andrew Tarver of NHT. Had the son Absalom Tarver, R.S. b. 1757. Jacob may have been Elder Jacob Tarver who was appointed to head a church in Robeson county, NC in about 1788. This was a primitive Baptist church. He is on the 1790 Robeson county, NC census and is noted in county records about 1795 or so selling land to Jacob Tarver, Jr. On the 1790 census he is shown with 5 sons. He may have been the same Jacob who was a member of the Phillips Mill Baptist church in Wilkes county, GA in the early 1820's
Samuel Tarver b. 1739 --1802 married Celia Jordan. Had sons Etheldred, Robert, and Samuel B. and maybe others. Was in old Dobbs county, NC as early as 1779-1780. Jacob, Samuel, and Absalom are shown on those tax lists about 1780 there.
Thomas Tarver b. abt. 1750 or so---Had sons Benjamin, Mark, Samuel, Joseph T. one other 1784 to 1794 (possibly William or Allen) and Thomas b. 1794-1804) Thomas Sr. is shown on the 1800, 1810, and 1820 Barnwell county, SC censuses.
It is my view that Samuel B. Tarver and Mark Tarver were first cousins and not brothers. However, I realize it is open for discussion. The name Etheldred is common in this group, though. Etheldred, son of Samuel and Mark Etheldred, son of Thomas as I sort of see it at this time
A Benjamin Tarver located in Amite county, Ms. about 1810-1816 or so, along with an Allen and an older John Tarver.
It is my contention at this time that Benjamin was a son of Thomas Tarver of Burke county, Ga who moved to to Barnwell county, SC and a brother to Mark Tarver of Barnwell county, SC who moved into the 65th district, Burke county, Ga as discussed above. This Benjamin Tarver had sons, Mark, Thomas, and Wilson. In the southern Ms. families the name Mark is not that common.
Mark Tarver of Barnwell county, SC then to Burke county, GA also had sons named Mark, Thomas and Wilson.
Would like to discuss this with amyone interested in these early Tarvers who left Northampton county, NC and migrated eventually into Burke/Richmond county in Georgia starting in the late 1770's, 1790's.
David A. Tarver
(near Tulsa, Ok )