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Leonard Douthit Tarrant
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Birth: Nov. 15, 1812
Death: Aug. 17, 1886

Leonard Douthit Tarrant was born in 1812 in Greenville Co, SC, a son of James and Rebecca Langley Tarrant. 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. 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. James Tarrant was listed on the 1836 tax list of Hickman County, Tennessee with 53 acres.
Leonard D. Tarrant was married about 1834 to Louisa Elizabeth Webb, daughter of John and Elizabeth Mayfield Webb, also of Hickman (later Lewis) Co, TN. Leonard and his wife left Tennessee about 1840 to settle in Effingham County, Illinois where they helped to start the Ebenezer Methodist Church near Shumway (no longer in existance, at the site of Rentfro Cemetery). Leonard was a minister there. He and Louise were the parents of 14 children: Monroe b. 1835, Mary b. 1836, Frances b. 1838, Martha b. 1839, John b. 1841, Elizabeth b. 1843, Rebecca b. 1845, Newton b. 1847, Sarah Ellen b. 1849, James b. 1851, Louisa b. 1853, Lucinda b. 1855, William b. 1857, and Hester b. 1862. Leonard's wife Louise died in 1862, just 1 month after the birth of Hester.
In 1870, Leonard married 38-year-old Sarah Skipper, widow of Sterling Carroll who had died in 1860. She and Leonard had no more children. By the time the 1880 Census was taken, all of Leonard's children had married and left home. His younger brother, 50-year-old Samuel Tarrant had moved in with them. Leonard's occupation was listed as a farmer. He died in 1886. His widow Sarah remarried a third time to James Madison Rentfrow in 1889. She died in 1896, he in 1910. 
 
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 Spouse:
  Louisa Jane Webb Tarrant (1817 - 1862)
 
 Children:
  Frances D. Tarrant Carroll (1838 - 1918)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Rentfro Cemetery
Shumway
Effingham County
Illinois, USA
 
Created by: Cynthia Rice
Record added: Aug 05, 2006
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Leonard Douthit Tarrant
Added by: Cynthia Rice
 
Leonard Douthit Tarrant
Added by: Cynthia Rice
 
Leonard Douthit Tarrant
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