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The Horn's of Horn's Valley Alabama

Updated November 2, 2012

Timothy Ray Horn
338 Cornell Drive
Lake Worth, Florida 33460
United States
Fax: 5619657257

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I am researching the HORN family descended from Joshua Horn b 1796 and Dorothy Ann Waits. I think Joshua's father was John Horn who is listed in Conecuh Co Ala Census in 1810, the very county that Joshua and Dorothy marry in 9 years later. Any information about Joshua's brothers or sisters would be welcomed. We don't know where and when Joshua or his family immigrated or even the country they came from. There has been much speculation that the Horn's were German but in researching the name HORN it becomes clear that the origin could have been German, Swiss, Austria, Holland, Ireland, England, or Wales. We know that Joshua and Dorothy Spoke English but could not read and write according to the Census information.

The Tidmore's and Waits of South Carolina

We know that Heinreich Dietmar of Germany immigrated to the US via Rotterdam in the Spring of 1750 on the ship Osgood arriving in Philadelphia. They landed Sept 29, 1750 after a difficult voyage. Heinrich's younger brother Johannes followed in 1754 via Hamburg on the ship Adventure and landed in Philadelphia on Sept 25 1754. Johannes became a naturalized citizen on Sept 24 1759 as John Titmore.

The Dutch Fork area of South Carolina was a small German settlement during this time and South Carolina was opening up to settlers as the land was being usurped (?purchased) from the Native Americans. 100 acres of land was granted on Nov 3 1763 to Henry Dietmar that was in the Dutch Fork area described as land on the Thickety Creek, a branch of the Broad River. On Dec 6 1768 Henry Dietmar filed for land on Cannon Creek in Craven County that later was to be Newberry County. He received title to this land on Jan 25, 1773. Henry's name was becoming anglicized in these documents to Henry Tidmore.

Henry married Dorothy ? sometime prior to 1754. We are unsure of all the children of Henry and Dorothy but those well documented are John Tidmore b 1757, Martha b 1759, Henry II b 1761, and Adam b 1774. We have strong circumstantial evidence that Suzannah was the daughter of Henry and Dorothy. Henry died prior to 1788 as Dorothy filed for and received an Indented Certificate from the Commissioners of the Treasury Office for provisions furnished for public use. This is documented evidence of her support for the Revolutionary War. There is considerable documentation of Dorothy and her son Adam on their land in the area and her negro slave girl Millie. Adam became ill and died and her son Henry went on to expand his estate when 577 acres were certified to him on Sept 15, 1809 east of Buffalow Creek. There are a group of people that insist that Dorothy's maiden name was Seas (or Sease) and others who insist that she was Goudelock. I have not seen evidence one way or the other.

The Tidmores/Waits and the Ties that Bind

Henry Tidmore (the son) sold land to Samuel Waits on May 15 1813 as this is documented in Newberry SC deed book K page 361. The transaction was for $22.

We know that Dorothy Waits was the daughter of Samuel Waits and Suzannah Tidmore of SC

Beyond this, all is speculation. Consider that the only Tidmores in the area during the time seem to have been Henry's family so it makes a very compelling argument that Suzannah was the daughter of Henry and Dorothy but I have not seen any documentaion to this effect. Max Tidmore's book on the Tidmore family doesn't list Suzannah as a chld of Henry. We do know that Henry II had a child named Suzannah so the presumption is that he named her after his sister. Also it would make sense that Suzannah would have a child named Dorothy since that is her presumed mother's name.

If anyone knows of documentation to this effect (or otherwise) please let me know.

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  • Joshua Horn's Will (2 KB)
    this is the text of the will of Joshua Horn
  • Joshua and Dolly marriage affidavit (1 KB)
    The courthouse in Conecuh burned destroying the marriage records of Joshua and Dorothy and this affidavit attests to their marriage
  • Joshua Horn Jr pay affidavit (1 KB)
    When Joshua Horn Junior was killed in the Siege of Vicksburg, he was still owed for service from his last pay to the date of death. Here Joshua Sr is applying for that pay from the Confederate States.

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