Thanks for your response.
I have attempted to line up the three mysterious Andrew Hipkin Tarvers for such a long time.I have found only one reference to the old Andrew Hipkin Tarver in a land transaction in 1746 involving if, I recall correctly, Samuel Tarver.This was in Northampton county, NC andthis reference establishes Andrew Hipkin Tarver I in Northampton county, NC by 1746 and to me he is the same Andrew leaving a will there undated but recorded in 1780.In that will the oldest son, John Tarver, was made executor and was held responsible to take care of his 3 or 4 brothers all unnamed in the will and all not yet of age at 1780.One of these, I believe to be Andrew Hipkin, Jr.
Andrew Hipkin Tarver, Jr. would be born about 1758 or later assuming "legal age" was 21 and his father died in 1779 or 1780 as the filing of his will reveals.
Accordingly, Andrew Hipkin Tarver, Jr. and John Tarver would have been brothers.John left the Northampton county, NC area at least by 1787 as he is located in Wilkes county, Ga records beginning then.
Andrew Hipkin Tarver III then was born 1780-1781 and this would be logical as his father would have been born 1758 or later.
So, in my view it lines up Andrew Hipkin Tarver I, Andrew Hipkin Tarver II, and Andrew Hipkin Tarver III.
John Tarver did have sons Richard, Benjamin, and Andrew and all lived in Wilkes county, Ga in the early 1800's, before Richard and Benjamin went down into Dallas county, Alabama about 1819 or so.I cannot determine what happened to this Andrew.
I vaguely recall a citation in which an Andrew Tarver was killed in an accident back in the early 1800's.There was an Andrew J. Tarver who attended the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and was noted on the roster in 1816 as being most likely from Ga. (on roster..Ga. with ? mark).He may be the same one that was killed in the accident, but I need to locate those citations in my disorganized piles and piles of information and make absolutely certain.
Do you know if the Shepherds came out of Northampton county, NC then to Old Dobbs county, NC?You mention John M. Shepherd was a son of Thomas Shepherd.Do you know the father of this Thomas Shepherd and were any of the Shepherd's of this line in Old Dobbs county, NC say in the 1778 to 1790 time period?
There was a Samuel Tarver, Jacob Tarver and Absalom Tarver in Old Dobbs county, NC on the tax lists there in 1779 or so.On that list were Abraham Shepherd and Benjamin Shepherd.
Thanks again for your information.The James Draper information may indicate that Nancy Hall Draper may have resided in or near Morgan county, Ga prior to her marriage to Andrew Hipkin Tarver III as her father's will was recorded in Warren county, Ga as you note in 1843.Andrew Hipkin Tarver III was in Morgan county about 1808 to 1810.At that time Warren county, Ga. and Morgan county, Ga. were nearby one another, although not adjacent.
David A. Tarver