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Descendants of Leonard Tarrant

Generation No. 3

7. ROWLAND3 TARRANT (JOHN2, LEONARD1) was born Bet. 1769 - 1794, and died Aft. 03 September 1826. He married HANNAH WOOD.

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Rowland Tarrant's will was dated 3 Sept 1826.
Children of R
12. vi.   SUSAN ROLAND TARRANT, b. 19 February 1827, Jefferson Co, AL; d. 10 February 1909, Drew Co, AR, buried same @ Collins Cem.

8. SAMUEL3 TARRANT (JOHN2, LEONARD1) was born Bet. 1769 - 1794 in (VA/SC?), and died 1797 in Montgomery Co, TN. He married NANCY ANNA HAMPTON.

Notes for N
"Collection of Material on the Life of Edward Hampton Tarrant"
typescript at Ft Worth Public Library, comp. by Juanita Ruth (Maddox)
Jarrell c. 1984:

After Samuel Tarrant died in Montgomery Co, TN (Will Records A:114),
widow Nancy (Hampton) Tarrant returned to Greenville Co, SC (1800
census). She m. (2) Jesse Cobb and moved to Caldwell Co. KY before 1815
(based, I think, on 1850 birthplace entries for the sons). There were at
least three Cobb sons, found in Desoto Co, Miss. 1850 (p. 370, 372,
377). Ed's will refers to one of them as "brother Wade H. Cobb."

Ed married 7 Aug 1816 Polly Young (Caldwell Co, KY Marriage Book 1, p.
27). She was b. 1800 SC, D. May 1850 Ellis Co, TX (1850 Mortality
Schedule, Ellis Co, TX). Since Ed was under 21 and Polly only about 16,
consent was given by Hugh Young and by stepfather, Jesse Cobb.

Ed m. (2) 6 April 1851 Mary Danforth (Navarro Co, TX Marriage Book A, p.

Child of S
  i.   EDWARD HAMPTON4 TARRANT, b. Abt. 1796; d. 1858, TX.
TARRANT, EDWARD H. (1799-1858). Edward H. (possibly for Hampton) Tarrant was born in South Carolina in 1799. It appears that during the War of 1812 he was living in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. By the early 1820s he was in Henry County, Tennessee, where he was elected a colonel of militia in the new frontier environment. In 1825 he helped organize the first Masonic lodge in Paris, Tennessee, and by 1827 he had become sheriff of Henry County. He was a resident of Henderson County, Tennessee, from 1829 to the early 1830s, when he moved to Texas, possibly by way of Mississippi. Tarrant apparently established his household of relatives, hired men, and slaves in Red River County, Texas, by November 23, 1835; on February 2, 1838, he received a league and labor of land from the Republic of Texasqv as part of a uniform grant made to all heads of families resident in Texas on March 2, 1836. There is no record of his participation in the Texas Revolution.qv Tarrant was elected in September 1837 to represent Red River County in the House of Representatives of the Second Congress; his last appearance in the House was apparently on November 11, 1837, and he submitted his resignation on December 12, 1837. He had decided that he could better serve the republic by directing ranger activities against the Indians. He served as chief justice of Red River County in 1838 after Robert Hamiltonqv had been nominated to that post in December 1836; there is some question as to which of the two men actually served as first chief justice of the county.

Tarrant practiced law, engaged in farming, and took a leading role in the militia's activity against the Indians while he was chief justice; when he resigned from the post on May 30, 1839, he was one of the most prosperous men in Red River County. He was elected by popular vote on November 18, 1839, as commander, carrying the rank of brigadier general, of an organization of Northeast Texas defenders known as the Fourth Brigade. His Indian-fighting career culminated in the battle of Village Creekqv in May 1841. In 1847 Tarrant ran for lieutenant governor, but he was defeated by John Alexander Greer.qv He served in the House of Representatives in the Third and Fourth Texas legislatures from 1849 to 1853. He was married to Mary Danforth on April 6, 1851. They lived on Chambers Creek near Italy, Ellis County, and participated in the social life of Waxahachie. In 1857 Tarrant moved part of his household to Fort Belknap, and when Indian depredations became frequent in that area, he again turned his attention to raising forces against them. While traveling from his home on Chambers Creek to Belknap, Tarrant became ill and died on August 2, 1858, at the home of William Fondren, about ten miles from Weatherford, where he was buried. He was reburied on his farm on Chambers Creek on January 28, 1859, and was buried a third time on March 3, 1928, in Pioneer Rest Cemetery, Fort Worth. Tarrant County was named for him.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Robert L. and Pauline H. Jones, "Edward H. Tarrant," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 69 (January 1966). Rex Wallace Strickland, "History of Fannin County, Texas, 1836-1843," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 33, 34 (April, July 1930). Vertical Files, Barker Texas History Center, University of Texas at Austin.
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Edward H Tarrant was a Brigadier General in the Republic of Texas Militia. He is best remembered for his service during the battle of 1841. Tarrant County, Texas was named for Gen. Edward Tarrant on 18 Dec 1849.
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His tombstone monument @ the Pioneers Rest Cemetery reads:
"General Edward H. Tarrant was born 1796 and died at Ft. Belknap on August 2, 1858. He was a veteran of the was of 1812, and took part in the Battle of New Orleans on January 8, 1815. He was also a veteran of the Texas War for Independance in 1836. He was Commander of the ranger forces of the Northwestern Frontier in 1837. He was representative of the Red River district in the Congress of the Republic of Texas, in 1838. He was General of the militia at Village Creek Indian fight, 1841." [The monument was erected in 1931 by the state of Texas, Willis Brewer Chapter of the U.S. Daughters of 1812, and public spirited citizens of Tarrant County.] The back of this memorial reads," General Edward H. Tarrant, This stone marks his reting place; Tarrant County is his monument."
An Historical marker at the front gate of the cemetery reads:
"South Carolina native, Edward H. Tarrant enlisted in the Kentucky Militia in 1813, and served under Andrew Jackson in the Battle of New Orleans. Moving to Tennessee after 1816, he was elected Colonel of Henry County Militia and served as County Sheriff. Tarrant arrived in Texas in Nov. of 1835, settling in Red River County. He Served in the Republic of Texas in 1839. He commanded the Texas Rangers at the Battle of Village Creek in present Tarrant County. In 1841 and with George W. Terrell, he negotiated treaties with many of the Indian tribes at Bird's Fort in 1843. Tarrant represented Bowie County at the annexation of 1845 where he became Chief Justice and was elected to the 3rd and 4th Texas legislatures. In the 1850's, Tarrant commanded a force of Texas Rangers defending the frontier of Ft. Belknap. He died in Parker County in 1858 and was buried there. The next year, his remains were moved to his farm in Ellis County. In 1928, his body was re-interred here by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. Tarrant County, created in 1849, was named in his honor. "
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A query received 2 Mar 1999:
I am looking for a female Tarrant that married a Thomas Hines from NC and
SC, in the late 1700's. Their son Thomas Jefferson Hines (born 1800 in
S.C.) and Edward H. Tarrant was related somehow and went to Ellis Co. Tx.
together, they were neighbors there. Edward H. Tarrant was the son of
Samuel and Nancy (Anna) Hampton Tarrant, born about 1796, in S.C. History
of Ellis Co. Tx. states that Edward H. Tarrant was the uncle of Thomas
Jefferson Hines, but I cannot find where Edward Tarrant ever had a sister.
The wife of Thomas Hines and mother of Thomas Jefferson Hines must have
been an aunt or something. Thanks for any help you can provide.
Inetta Soontay aka
Tahlequah, Okla.


9. GEORGE3 TARRANT (JOHN2, LEONARD1) was born Abt. 1785, and died Abt. 1854 in (probably AL). He married MARY CAROLINE WALKER, daughter of EDWARD WALKER and LUCY UNKNOWN. She was born Abt. 1796, and died Bet. 1825 - 1829 in (probably in AL at birth of another child).

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From Talladega Co, AL Deeds, 21 Sept 1836 (pg 381):
"Know all men by these present that I George Tarrant of the County of Talladega in the State of Alabama for and in consideration of the natural love and affection which I have and ______ unto my children William A Tarrant and Mary E Tarrant have given, granted and transferred and by these present do give, grant and transfer to the said William and Mary E Tarrant all my rights, titles claims interest and _______ to sorrel horse _____ three years old and a gray mare colt
______ ______ but to remain in my hands and in the hands of ____ A Walker as in either of our posession until the above named children is twenty one years old. In _______ _____ I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 21t Sept 1836." George Tarrant \

Notes for M
After her death, two of Mary (Walker) Tarrant's children went to live with her sister, Frances (Walker) Tarrant. William Anderson Tarrant was the only child to stay with his father, George Tarrant.
Children of G
13. i.   EDWARD CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS4 TARRANT, b. 03 July 1819, Elyton, Jefferson Co, AL; d. 19 June 1878, Taylorville, Tuscaloosa Co, AL.
14. ii.   MARY ELIZABETH TARRANT, b. Bef. 1823; d. 1854.
15. iii.   WILLIAM ANDERSON TARRANT, b. Abt. 1823, AL; d. Aft. 30 March 1886, AR - buried Antioch Cem., Crossett, Ashley Co, AR.

10. BENJAMIN3 TARRANT (JAMES2, LEONARD1) was born 08 October 1792 in Amherst Co, VA, and died 1840 in south of Elyton, Jefferson Co, AL. He married MORNING RICHARDSON 26 December 1815, daughter of MATHIAS RICHARDSON.
Child of B
16. i.   ANDREW JACKSON4 TARRANT, b. 17 June 1832, Jefferson Co, AL; d. Aft. 1904, Jefferson Co, AL.

11. LARKIN3 TARRANT (LEONARD2, LEONARD1) was born Aft. 1755, and died 1805 in SC. He married MARY ANN SMITH.
Child of L
  i.   WILLIAM C4 TARRANT, m. FRANCES LIVINGSTON WALKER, 21 December 1819, Jefferson Co, AL, Marriage Book 1, page 172; b. Abt. 1792; d. December 1833, Jefferson Co, AL..
William C Tarrant and George Tarrant (husband of Mary Walker) were cousins

Frances Walker was a younger sister of Mary Caroline Walker. Mary Caroline married George Tarrant; Frances married George's cousin, William C Tarrant. Mary died at or shortly after the birth of her third child. Her husband then took two of his childen, Mary and Edward to live with Frances and William. George kept one of the children, William Anderson Tarrant. Frances and William adopted Mary and Edward and raised them as their own. .

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