I appreciated the additional information on the Tarver family.
I believe that my ancestor, John M. Shepherd, husband of Eliza Tarver, was a 1st cousin of Frances Caroline Henderson, wife of Eliza's brother, Rufus M. Tarver.Genealogies show that Frances' mother was Mrs. Ruth Shepherd Johnson Henderson and that Ruth was a daughter of Providence Prosperity Shepherd (various spellings) and his wife, Ann Walker.Thomas "Tom" Shepherd (father of John M.) was a brother of Mrs. Ruth Shepherd Johnson Henderson according to THE HILLS OF WILKES COUNTY, GEORGIA AND ALLIED FAMILIES (text is online). One of Thomas Shepherd's children was Mrs. Ruth Shepherd Duke.Mrs. Ann Shepherd died in Newton Co., GA, leaving a Will which was made in Feb. 1836 and probated in March 1837.The above-mentioned book states that Ann died "in 1837 at age of 90 years" and, referring to Providence Prosperity Shepherd and his wife, Ann Walker, states the following:"They lived 18 miles from Wilmington, N. C., where Providence worked in the ship yard in which, it seems, he owned an interest.They moved first to Raleigh, N. C., and later ,circa 1797, to the neighborhood of Athens, Ga., and Providence is buried at Beaver Dam Church..."My own research shows that Providence Sheppard was in Hertford Co., NC in 1779 (NC Early Census Index, Ancestry.com) and was listed, as Prov. Sheppard, on that county's 1782 Tax List.Providence Shepherd was a household head on the 1790 census of Hertford County, with a household which consisted of himself, 2 males under 16, and 5 females.Georgia Pioneers Genealogical Magazine shows that Providence Sheppard was a resident of Jackson Co., GA by Jan. 2, 1797, as he purchased (or was deeded) some land on Shoal Creek.
I have records showing Thomas Shepherd as an apparent resident of Clarke Co., GA (formed partly from Jackson Co. in 1801)from as early as 1805 to as late as 1824.One of his daughters married in Newton Co., GA in Dec. 1824.Thomas Shepherd, a plantation owner, apparently remained in Newton County until his death. Thomas Shepherd made his Newton Co., GA Will in 1857, and added a Codicil in 1862.He died in 1872.His known children were Elizabeth Shepherd (md. Isaac P. Gay), John M.Shepherd (md. Eliza Tarver), Edwin Shepherd (md.Emily Duke), Ruth Shepherd (md. Thomas Morton Duke), Eliza A. Shepherd (md.Vincent Rozier Tommey), Thomas J. Shepherd (md. Grace Ann Beck), and a probable son who was born between 1820-1825 (1830 census) and does not appear in Thomas' household on the 1840 census.
There was a James Shepherd who is said to have been born in Virginia in (I think) 1773 who resided in adjacent Morgan Co., GA.I know that there is a biography of him at Find A Grave.One of his wives may have been a Morton.His son, Talmon W. Shepherd, was the first husband of Eliza H. Evans,who was, if I recall correctly, a sister or other close relative of Joel Evans, who married Elanor "Ellen" Tarver in Newton Co., GA in 1838 or 1830. In his 1845 Morgan Co., GA Will, George Brooks bequeath his wife, "Eliza H. Brooks, formerly Eliza H. Shepherd, the property that I have or may receive from the estate of Talmon W. Shepherd..."The Southern Recorder newspaper, issue of May 3, 1836, shows that James D. Tarver married Miss Elizabeth B. Brooks, daughter of Rev. George Brooks and that Rev. Brooks was formerly of Virginia.Rev. Brooks' first wife, Mrs. Ann B. Brooks, died in Covington, Newton Co., GA in 1834.Since there were so many connections, I have to wonder if James Shepherd of Morgan County was a brother or other close relative of Thomas Shepherd of Clarke & Newton Counties.
In addition to the above, it should be noted that Thomas Shepherd's wife, Sarah "Sally" Ramey, was a sister of Daniel Ramey, whose wife was Mary "Polly" Morton.Daniel R. Shepherd, son of John M. Shepherd and Eliza Tarver, was probably named for his father's uncle, Daniel Ramey.Sarah and Daniel were among the children of Presley (or Pressley) Ramey (b.1742 VA)who died at Double Wells, Wilkes Co. GA in 1792.Presley's wife was Judith "Judy" Owen and he is shown in genealogies to have been a great-grandson of Jacques "Jacob" Remy of France & Virginia.
John M. Shepherd was born in Clarke Co., GA and resided in Newton and Henry Counties before moving to Stewart Co., GA.
In Henry County he served as an Inferior Court Judge and he was Postmaster at McDonough.By 1850 he was a farmer/planter in the Lannahassee District of Stewart County.(According to THE HANDYBOOK FOR GENEALOGISTS, Kinchafoonee County was formed from part of Stewart County in 1853 and the name was changed to Webster in 1856, so, Andrew Hipkin Tarver III actually died in what was then known as Kinchafoonee County.) John M. Shepherd was Executor of the Will of his father-in-law, A. H. Tarver.John M. Shepherd served as State Senator for Webster Co., GA, 1857-1860, was listed on the 1860 census as a resident of the Southern District, Webster County, and was a member of Marshall Lodge No. 188, N.D.F.A. Masons, serving as Secretary (1860-1861) and Worshipful Master (1862-1865). The 1870 census Mortality Schedule of Webster Co., GA shows that he died of pneumonia in November of 1869.Let me know if you want the names of the 10 children of John M. Shepherd and Eliza Tarver.Their daughter, Mrs. Nancy "Nannie" E. Shepherd Morgan, was my great-grandmother.
James Draper, who may have been a son of James Draper and wife, Sarah Hanks (or Hancks), of Virginia, was on the Amelia Co., VA census in 1782 and was in Warren Co., GA by July of 1794 when he witnessed a deed of Jeremiah Duckworth of Warren Co. to Jacob Duckworth of Hancock Co. (See SOME GEORGIA COUNTY RECORDS, Vol. 1).That reference shows Draper marriages in Warren Co. in 1804, 1806, 1807 & 1808.James Draper was also on the Tax List for Warren Co. in 1794 and was shown as a household head in that county on the 1820, 1830 and 1840 censuses.
The actual marriage bond of Andrew Tarver and Nancey Draper is online at Familysearch.org under Search, Records, Georgia, County Marriages, 1785-1950.He is incorrectly listed as Andrew Farrer.Click on the 2nd listing and you will see that someone has written his name (apparently a later addition )incorrectly at the top of the page, but it is written correctly, as Andrew Tarver, within the document, which is headed "Georgia, Columbia County."Nancy's name is written as "Nancey Tarver."The amount of the bond was "eight hundred fifty seven dollars fourteen cents."Andrew Tarver and Thomas Burton were the bondsmen and they signed the document.
SOME GEORGIA COUNTY RECORDS, Vol. 9 shows that on Page 147 of Warren Co., GA Deed Book D the following transaction, dated 12 Dec., 1814 and recorded 17 Feb. 1815, is recorded:"Elijah Leonard and Joseph Leonard of Warren County to Andrew Tarver of same place for the sum of five hundred dollars for a tract of land in Warren County, estimated at two hundred acres, adjoining Leonard's land and Henry Williams, Junr.'s fence, and William Duckworth's line and by Nathaniel Thompson's line.Wit:James Draper and Thomas Draper."It is interesting that the same source shows that on Page 146 of the same Deed Book is recorded a deed of Larry Kitchens of Warren Co., GA and the witnesses were Winny Brooks and Batt Kitchens (Date:24 Dec.1814, Recorded 17 Feb. 1815). Advertisements in the Oct. 29, 1827 and Nov. 19, 1827 issues of the Southern Recorder newspaper and the Nov. 28, 1826 issue of the Georgia Journal newspaper show that Andrew H. Tarver was the Administrator of the estate of Bartholomew Kitchins (or Kitchens), late of Newton County.
Do you have a copy of all of the pages, including Births and Deaths, from the family Bible record of Andrew Hipkin Tarver III, or just the Marriages page?