James Tarrant was born about 1782 in Pittsylvania Co, VA, a son of Benjamin and Martha Dalton Tarrant. The family moved to Greenville District, South Carolina by 1790. James was married to Rebecca Elizabeth Langley about 1803. They had children: Newton Edward born 1805, Mary Ann born 1807, James Caple born 1809, Sarah M. born 1811, Leonard Douthit born 1812, Robert McKendree and John Wesley (twins) born in 1814, Fletcher born about 1817, Martha Catherine born 1819, Benjamin W. born in 1821, and Samuel Lee born in 1822. James and Rebecca moved their family to Tennessee from Greenville Co, SC about 1820. They settled in the part of Hickman County which later became part of Lewis County near Palestine. A James Tarrant (the same?) was a private in Col. John Cocke, Captain Daniel Price's Infantry (listed in "Tennesseeans in the War of 1812").
In 1823/4 James Tarrant ("old Brother Jimmie Tarrant") organized the first church in Lewis Co, TN (then a part of Hickman Co) which was the Ebenezer Methodist Church at Palestine. Trustees included William Harder, James Tarrant, Sr, James Tarrant, Jr, John Webb, and Edward Sharp.
James Tarrant was listed on the 1836 tax list of Hickman County, Tennessee with 53 acres. By 1840, he was listed in the Census of Hickman Co, TN with family listed as (00011001-00000001). Also listed in the household were 1 free black male age under 10, 2 black female slaves under 10, 1 black female slave age 20-30, 1 black female slave age 40-50. Both he and Rebecca were still living in 1850 in Lewis County when the census was taken.
In 1850 James Tarrant was listed as owning 1 black female age 50, 1 mulatto male age 16, (also maybe male 18, female 24..can't read notes scribbled in), 1 mulatto female age 12.
James died between 1850 and 1860. His daughter and son-in-law Martha and James Henderson Plummer lived on the old home place, along with mother Rebecca Langley Tarrant, and also son John and the youngest son Samuel Lee Tarrant.
In 1860, sons Samuel & John were listed as owners of 1 black female slave age 75, 1 mulatto female age 21, 1 mulatto male age 3, and 1 mulatto male age 1, the last 3 listed as "fugitives from the state." Number of slave houses = 0.
Created by: Cynthia Rice
Record added: May 22, 2011
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Rest-in-peace to my 4th-great grandfather, James Tarrant, father of Martha Catherine Tarrant, wife of James Henderson Plummer.|
Added: Feb. 8, 2013
In memory of our third great grandfather, Reverened James Tarrant. Husband of Rebecca E. Longley.|
Added: Jun. 18, 2012