Thank you for all of the information, including the information on the Shepherds who were connected in records with Tarvers and Stantons.It is certainly food for thought.
If my ancestor, Andrew Hipkin Tarver III, was, indeed, a son of Andrew Hipkin Tarver II, the father of General Hartwell H. Tarver, it seems, based on previously posted information, the Bible record of Gen. H. H. Tarver, and the revealing 1827 Hancock County, Georgia Will (see later) of Andrew Tarver (apparently Andrew Hipkin Tarver II, and NOT the Andrew Tarver who was the son of John Tarver of Wilkes Co. - see later) that Andrew Hipkin Tarver II had four wives:
(1) Unknown wife married before 1780/81 North Carolina birth of Andrew Hipkin Tarver III.
(2) Ann Young, married 1785 Greensville Co., VA; Mother of Mrs. Nancy Tarver Allen (b. abt. 1786) who was residing in Virginia in 1827 and in Twiggs Co., GA by 1850.Andrew Tarver named his "daughter, Nancy Allen of Virginia" in his 1827 Hancock Co., GA Will.
(3) Elizabeth Hartwell, married before 1791 Brunswick Co., VA birth of Gen. Hartwell Hill Tarver, whose Bible recordshows him to be a son of Andrew Tarver and Elizabeth Hartwell.
(4) Nancy Singleton Holt, widow of Henry Colquitt & mother of Walter Terry Colquitt.Andrew Tarver married Mrs. Nancy S. Colquitt on July 16, 1823 in Hancock Co., GA and named his wife, Nancy S. Tarver, in his 1827 Hancock Co., GA Will.
See also MEMOIRS OF JUDGE RICHARD H. CLARK, which shows that Judge Colquitt's widowed mother married the father of Hartwell H. Tarver (see later).
Andrew Tarver signed his Hancock County, Georgia Will on January 10, 1827.It was produced in court in Hancock County on March 30, 1827.In the Will, Andrew Tarver left property "to my beloved wife, Nancy S. Tarver...to my grand children the heirs of my daughter Nancy Allen of Virginia..." and "my daughter Nancy Allen."Andrew makes it plain within the Will that Walter T. Colquitt is the son of his wife, Nancy.He names his wife, Nancy S. Tarver, as his Executrix and "my son William M. Tarver and Walter T. Colquitt" as his Executors.The actual images of the Will and Inventory are online at the free site, Familysearch.org.I am giving the following instructions for those not familiar with the site:Go to Familysearch.org.Click on the SEARCH tab or button.When the RECORDS/Discover Your Family History page comes up, SCROWL DOWN TO THE BOTTOM and click on "United States," which pulls up a wonderful page titled "Historical Record Collections."Click on "Georgia, Probate Records, 1742-1990."Then, click on "Browse thru...Images."Click on "Hancock" and then on "Wills and Administration Records 1827-1830 Vol. M."Type 158 in the Image Box and click on the right arrow.That (and Image 159) will bring up Andrew Tarver's 1827 Hancock Co., GA Will & Inventory which are on pages 294-297 of the Will Book. (I found this Will yesterday.)
MEMOIRS OF JUDGE RICHARD H. CLARK/edited by Lollie Belle Wylie and published in 1898 is online at Digital Library of Georgia.Click on "Browse by Media Type" and then on "Books."Type "Richard H. Clark" in the Search box at the top left.Judge Clark was born in 1824 and died in 1896.
On Page 339 he states, "...the mother of Judge Colquitt, and having been left a widow, she married a Tarver, the father of a very wealthy and widely known planter named Hartwell H. Tarver.That marriage made Walter Colquitt and Hartwelll Tarver step-brothers..."(see more on this page and on page 342).
An Index of Troup Co., GA Wills at FamilySearch.org shows that the Will of Nancy Singleton Tarver is in Troup Co. GA Will Book B, p. 224, but that book doesn't seem to be available at Familysearch.org.
Find A Grave lists the grave of "Nancy S. Colquitt Tarver" and shows that she was born Apr. 14, 1781 Halifax County, Virginia and died Aug. 25, 1861.Her grave is located in Hillview Cemetery, LaGrange, Troup Co., GA.A photo shows the name on the tombstone as "Mrs. Nancy S. Tarver" and there is a long inscription which I can't read.
Troup County, Georgia was created in 1826 from Indian lands.
I believe the facts, that Andrew Tarver died, leaving a Will, in Hancock Co., GA in 1827 and that his last wife, Nancy, is buried in Troup Co., GA, created some of the confusion.
Walter Terry Colquitt, son of Henry Colquitt and wife,Nancy Singleton Holt, and stepson of Andrew Tarver, was born in Halifax Co., VA in 1799, and moved with his parents to Mount Zion, Carroll Co., GA.He was a lawyer, Superior Court Judge, Methodist preacher, U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator and a Militia General.Colquitt County, Georgia was named for him.The information on W. T. Colquitt came from various sources, including THE HILLS OF WILKES COUNTY, GEORGIA...and Wikipedia.
I saw in one of the posts at Rootsweb/Ancestry.com, Messages "Re:6 Tarver brothers in Revolutionary War - John, Benjamin and ??" by rwayneallen, dated 20 Jun 2009, that Nancy, daughter of Andrew Tarver and Ann, married Wyatt Allen in 1805 and had sons, Robrt L. Allen, Andrew Young Allen and Wyatt Carter Allen.He mentioned that Nancy Allen was on the 1850 census of Twiggs Co., GA.I looked at that census this morning,and it shows her as Nancy Allen, age 64, (so born about 1786), born in Virginia.She was in the household of Robert W. Allen, age 30, farmer, b. in VA.The other person in the household was Hartwell Bohman(?), age 14, b. in VA.
There is a site called "Twiggs County, Ga in the News 1820-1829" which shows, from GA and SC newspaper notices, that Dr. Ruffin R. Tarver of Pulaski Co., married (in Twiggs Co.) Miss Mary R. Slappey of Twiggs Co. in 1827 and that she died, at the age of 20,in 1829.It also shows that Wm. M. Tarver married Miss Hannah Slappey in Twiggs Co. in 1828.
I also just discovered that there is some great information on Mary Tarver Headen, b. 1816 Georgia, d. Oct. 21, 1837 Talladega Co., Alabama, at Find A Grave.Find A Grave also has photos of the tombstones of Catherine G. Tarver Garrett and her husband, Thomas Dee Garrett.