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David Rivers Tuten
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Birth: Feb. 17, 1842
Death: Mar. 16, 1880

David Rivers Tuten, CSA-GA, b. Beaufort Dist., (now Jasper Co.), SC, d. Baxley, Appling Co., Ga.
s/o Ezekiel Pringle Tuten, Sr. & Nancy Rivers
h/o Flora Elizabeth Miles, m. January 3, 1861

1870 Federal Census, Appling Co., Ga., Holmesville Dist., Living as head with spouse and children. Name listed as David Tuten, 27 years old. Living next door to Berry & Emma J. B. Padgett Leggett.

1880 Mortality Census, Appling Co., Ga. - D. R. Tuten, 39 W Male, Assasinated-March 1880
1880 Mortality Census, Appling Co., Ga. - Davis R. Tuten, 45 W Male, Gun Shot-March 1880

Following information per Tuten Family History-Vol. 2: Charles Anthony Tuten:
11th Infantry Battalion GA mustered in 05-12-1862;
Fought on 06-10-1862 at James Island, SC.
Fought on 09-19-1863 at Chickamauga, GA.
Fought on 11-25-1863 at Missionary Ridge, TN.
Fought on 12-01-1864 at Augusta, GA.
Fought on 12-13-1864 at Fort McAllister, GA.
Fought on 12-21-1864 at Savannah, GA.
Fought on 03-08-1865 at Southwest Creek.
Fought on 04-04-1865 at Coleman's Creek, GA.

DRT lost an arm in the service of the Confederate States of America during the War Between the States. He was a Sergeant in Company "F" 47th Ga. Infantry, CSA. Commander was Capt. James H. Latimer. He later made sergeant.

He was killed from ambush by William and Berry Leggett, who shot him off his horse, seven miles south of Baxley, while going to court to testify in a hog stealing case. After he did not appear in court, William H. Padgett, a nephew, was sent to look for him and he found DRT's body covered with moss in the head of a branch near where his horse was feeding. (This was told to Dr. A. V. Tuten by Sheriff Henry L. Padgett in 1974 in Sheriff Padgett's 93rd year.)
[Berry Leggett was DRT's nieces' husband, William was Berry's brother.
Emma Padgett Leggett was Wm. H. Padgett's sister.
Sheriff Henry L. Padgett, is a s/o Wm. H. Padgett]
Both Berry and William show up in 1880 census which was counted 06-09-1880, only 3 months after the murder.

"We attended the funeral ceremony of David Rivers Tuten on last Sunday. The Rev W. A. McDonald, who is one of the ablest divines in this section of the state, preached the funeral sermon, 'Prepare to meet Thy God '. The sermon was truly impressive and showed clearly the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death. The brethen paid their last tribute to their deceased brother by giving a Masonic burial. There were a number of Masons around the grave, forming a circle in the midst of which the wife and children of the lamented brother, making a sad scene to behold".
Source: The Wiregrass Watchman - R. S. Burton, Editor, Hazelhurst, Georgia. [TFH-Vol. 1 & 2]

Per Tuten Family History Vol. 2:
The grave of David Rivers Tuten has been located next to that of John Miles and his wife Harriet in Wesley Chapel Cemetery in Bacon Co., Ga. The tombstone had been broken and thrown away. A discarded stone from John Miles' grave was propped up at this grave. This was done when a new stone for John Miles was erected some years ago. It was determined that this broken stone did not fit the base still remaining and by the initials DRT on the footstone, and the knowledge by descendants that John Miles was buried very close to DRT, it has been established that this is the grave of DRT. A bronze marker with his service in the CSA marked thereon has been placed on his grave by a descendant, Zachary G. Holland, Jr. It is believed that his wife Flora Elizabeth Miles is buried in an unmarked spot between DRT and her parents since no marked grave has been found for her by either second husband Roscoe Surrency or her third husband Joshua H. Stone.

Family links: 
  Ezekiel P. Tuten (1806 - 1869)
  Nancy Mary Rivers Tuten (1857 - 1857)
  Flora Elizabeth Miles Tuten (1843 - 1908)*
  William Bartow Tuten (1861 - 1896)*
  Martha Elnora Tuten Deen (1866 - 1928)*
  Harriet Lou Tuten Johnson (1868 - 1885)*
  Laura Sarah Josephine Tuten Johnson (1870 - 1896)*
  John Leonard Alexander Tuten (1873 - 1926)*
  Cynthia Amelia Padgett Tuten Leak (1830 - ____)*
  Josephine J.A. Tuten Miles (1837 - 1896)*
  David Rivers Tuten (1842 - 1880)
  William Oliver Tuten (1871 - 1957)**
*Calculated relationship
Wesley Chapel Cemetery
Bacon County
Georgia, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 31.58179, -82.32466
Created by: Cameron Padgett
Record added: Dec 15, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 62965821
David Rivers Tuten
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David Rivers Tuten
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David Rivers Tuten
Added by: Tony Middleton
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- ForeverRemembered
 Added: Jan. 5, 2016
Well done Sergeant. Deo Vindice.
- Tony Middleton
 Added: Aug. 25, 2013

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