Mary A. Herring was my third great grandaunt. She was born April 21, 1802 in Albemarle Co. Virginia, a daughter of Benjamin Herring and Nancy Hill.
Marriage record from the Albemarle Co. records
Mary Herring married Thomas Tatrum 1 Jan 1827; minister, John Goss; bondsman, Isaac D. Crosthwait; witness, Ira Garrett; daughter of Benjamin Herring, who gives his consent; witness, Stephen M. Faris and John Elliott.
Thomas T. Tatum was born about 1803 in Virginia. Thomas Tatum is a bit of a puzzle... he may have been a son of Gravett Tatum, who was born in 1765 in Virginia. If so, he was probably a brother of Wiley G. Tatum who also came to Callaway Co., Missouri.
He may have been (more probable), a son of William Tatum and Lydia Hill. Lydia was a daughter of a John Hill, who may have been a brother of Henry Hill (my 5th great grandfather). If that's who his parents were, Thomas and wife Mary were 2nd cousins, which is very common with these families. Lydia Hill Tatum was in Callaway Co., Missouri in 1850, William was probably deceased. If he was a son of William Tatum, then Thomas Tatum had at least 2 sisters, Frances Tatum Hill and Nancy Tatum Hill, who also were in Callaway County. The Bondsman at Nancy Tatum's wedding was Benjamin Herring.
Thomas Tatum and Mary Herring had five children:
- Sarah J. Tatum b: about 1828 Albemarle Co., Va. d: Nov 10, 1910 Callaway Co, Missouri, buried Prairie Chapel cemetery, Callaway Co., Missouri. Click her name for more information about this family.
- married March 14, 1850, my third great granduncle, Charles Hill b: 1818 Albemarle Co., Va. d: Sept 4, 1862 Callaway Co, Missouri, buried Prairie Chapel cemetery, Callaway Co., Missouri. Sarah and Charles were 1st cousins once removed.
- Charles Hill was murdered by Union troups at the home of William Given. The story of this incident is here.
- unknown daughter Tatum b: abt 1829, Virginia d: before 1850, Missouri. (note: This child was on the 1840 census tick marks, but died before 1850 when the census started listing children's names. Probably buried in the Carter - Herring private cemetery, see below)
- Nancy Tatum b: July 13, 1830, Albemarle Co., Virginia d: June 1, 1915, Callaway Co. Missouri, buried Prairie Chapel cemetery, Callaway Co., Missouri.
- married abt 1856 Thomas Merideth, b: Feb 21, 1821, Kentucky, d: Jan 22, 1912, Callaway Co. Missouri, buried Prairie Chapel cemetery, Callaway Co., Missouri. He was a son of John W. Meredith and Jane unknown of Deleware. (note: Thomas was the brother of James Merideth who married Georgia Anne Herring, daughter of Nathan and Susan Herring.) Nancy and Thomas Meredith had no children.
- John H. Tatum b: March 9, 1833, Callaway Co., Missouri, d: July 22, 1904, Callaway Co., Missouri, buried Prairie Chapel cemetery, Callaway Co., Missouri. (note: never married, lived with his sister Mary)
- Mary E. Tatum b: Jun 8, 1835, Callaway Co., Missouri, d: May 15, 1907, Callaway Co., Missouri, buried Prairie Chapel cemetery, Callaway Co., Missouri. (note: never married, lived with her brother John.)
Mary A. Herring Tatum died Feb 12, 1844. She is buried in the Herring - Carter private cemetery, Callaway County Missouri. Thomas T. Tatum died after 1850. We believe he was also buried in the Herring - Carter private cemetery on John B. Herring's land. This cemetery has been destroyed and we do not have a record of his burial. His headstone had probably already been destroyed before the DAR made their listing in 1933.