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The Tidwell/Dunaway Home Page

Updated September 5, 2000

Susan Tidwell
651 Spiva Road
Temple, Ga 30179
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I'm looking for any information on the Tidwell's of Virgina and Georgia. The Dunaway's we are looking for come from South Carolina Can anyone help?
If you know any thing about Baskins, Jacksons, Tarpleys, McElroy, Hendrix, Harrison or Potate in Georgia, The Carolina's, or Virginia it would be a great help.

We have info on the Tidwell's as far back as the 1600's if it would help you any way.

I'm putting some of the Tidwell's information on the page to help anyone I can.

The Tidwell name in first found in the English Records in 1273 and is spelled later in various ways: Tidwell, Tidswell, Tyddesville, Tideswell, Tidgewell, Todwell; in Virgina it was often spelled Tedwell. It is supposed that the Tidwell family was originally Norman French and came over from France to seek a refuge in England. The name is found in County Devon, England and also on the Parish Register of Middlesex. About 1686, Three Brothers, Richard, John, and Robert Tidwell came to America and settled in Westmoreland County, Virginia. They all obtained large grants of land large grants of land and lived quiet lives as wealthy, influential planters on their plantations on the Potomac River. They held no public office as their names do not appear on public records of this county but their names appear on the Parish registers of the Yeocomico Church.

Yeocomico Township was established on the land grant of Richard Tidwell in 1705. They had small families, but the children married and intermarried with well-known Va families.. In 1772 some of the members of this family found their way to South carolina and settled in Craven County. After the Revoutionary War, the families drifted apart and established separate Tidwell families which now knows no kinship between themselves.

In 1790 the name of Tidwell was extinct in Virginia and name does not appear in the 1783 Census.

The name of the wife of John Tidwell is unknown; only the names ot two children are known. 1 Robert m. Hannah Carr; 2 John, perhaps others?
John(2) born in Va lived near his father until 1772 when he removed with his family to S. Carolina.A settlement was nade of the waters of Wateree Creek. He married in Va but his wife is unknown. His name does not appear as a Revolutionary Soldier so he probably died before this time. Children William(3) perhaps others

William Tidwell(John(2), John(1)) was born on the Potomac River Westmoreland County, Va in 1765;moved with his parents to Craven County, S. Carolina, in 1772, wherre he lived until he volunteered as a Revolutionary Solder.

The family history tell a touching story of the death of William and his young wife during the Revolutionary War and of the Two orphan boys. After the fall of Charleston S. Carolina, William Tidwell hastened to join the force commanded by General Francis Marion,The Swamp Fox. As a Lieutenant of Scouts he was killed in 1782, while on a scouting expedition. When the news of his death reached his young wife, her feeble constitution gave way under the burden and she dropped dead on hearing the news, leaving two babies, William(4) and Benjamin(4)---the two pioneers to Ga.

William(3) married in 1779 Mary de Graffenried of Chester Co. S. Carolina(dau. of Baker de Graffenried and Sarah Vass. Baker's father was Tacharner De Graffenried.
Children of William and Mary:
William(4) and Benjamin(4)
The two brothers were never separated. They came with relatives from S. Carolina to Greene Co, Ga.;Married and settled in Baldwin(now Putman) Co.; they drew land in Cherolee Land Lottery in 1825 and moved to Coweta County; Bought adjoining plantations in Meriwether County, where they reside until their death.

William(4)b 1780 married Mary Amelia Jones b. 1785 in S. Carolina, In 1814 he volunteered as a Soldier of the War of 1812. He never held any public office. In the 1820 he was living on a large plantation in Putnam county with his wife and 7

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