Lewis Tackett IV

Lewis Tackett IV

Stafford County, Virginia, USA
Death 14 Feb 1865 (aged 98–99)
Henry County, Indiana, USA
Burial Lewisville, Henry County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 23823143 · View Source
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Lewis (IV) was born in Virginia the son of Lewis III and Mary (Polly) Tackett. Lewis was married (1795/1796) to Mary Hicklin. Their children are: Mary "Polly" (Tackett) Wyatt, Elizabeth (Tackett) Fletcher, Keizah (Tackett) Fletcher, Lewis Tackett (V) In about 1823 Lewis his wife Mary, daughter Keziah and son Lewis left Virginia and migrated to Indiana, their daughter, Elizabeth and husband James Fletcher had moved a few years earlier and became one of the earliest pioneers in Henry County. His wife Mary passed away in 1835 and buried at Lewisville and thirty years later Lewis was laid to rest beside her. In 1841 his son Lewis died six months before his son was born, he was named Lewis Tackett also. In 1843 his daughter Keziah Fletcher died and he went to live with his daughter Elizabeth Fletcher until he died in 1865. Lewis Tackett is listed as one of the pioneers of Henry County, Indiana. The inscription on his tombstone reads: Lewis Tackett A Revolutionary Soldier, 14 February 1865, Age 99 years, 4 months and 21 days.

Unfortunately there was an odd error when the headstone for this LEWIS TACKETT
JR., 1773 (sic)-1865 was erected in Henry Co., IN. He was not a Rev. War
veteran, but of the War of 1812. This headstone was not erected under the
auspicious of the D.A.R. and they have no knowledge of it. Below is a little
background on the authenticity of this claim, from The Tackett Family Assoc.,
Jim W. Tackitt, Pres., and .

"No verification has ever been found in any Virginia State or U.S. Gov't records
to substantiate a claim of Revolutionary service for this LEWIS TACKETT; nor is
he recorded as such by the D.A.R. If would seem that there would at least have
been be a Bounty Land claim by Lewis, or his heirs, if he actually participated
as a veteran of the Rev. War. However, neither he, nor his heirs, entered a
claim for his recorded War of 1812 service.
"Bounty-land warrants, which entitled their holders to free land in the
public domain, were given to veterans or their survivors for wartime service
performed between 1775 and 3 March 1855. Bounty-land warrant application files,
which provide evidence of military service, are part of Record Group 15, Records
of the Veterans Administration."

The evidence which prompted our questioning of the claim was the entry in the
Bible of Lewis Jr.'s daughter, Mary Tackett Wyatt (1799-1872). This Bible was
last known to have been in the possession of the family of a descendant, the
late Fred Wyatt Tregaskis of Raymond, WA, then a member of The Tackett Family
Assn. In this Bible the birth date is written as:


Of further note:
"In the files of The Tackett Family Assn. is a 1932 letter from Clarence H.
Smith, Curator, Henry County Historical Museum, 614 South Fourteenth Street, New
Castle, Indiana, to Thomas Ray Dille, Esq., Morgantown, West Virginia, which
contains the following:
". . . At Lewisville, a small town on the National Road in the southern part
of this county, a stone in the cemetery marks the grave of one, Lewis Tackett,
who has died there at the age of 99 years, etc. in 1865. Beneath the name and
dates the old headstone has engraved the words, A Revolutionary Soldier.
As I could never find proof of his Revolutionary service, I struck his name
from the list [of Rev. War veterans] buried in this county, because he would
only have been a fifteen year old boy [if born in 1765] at the close of (the)
War, by which I mean the Cornwallis surrender. . . ."

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  • Created by: Sherry (Tackett) Plowman
  • Added: 7 Jan 2008
  • Find a Grave Memorial 23823143
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lewis Tackett IV (1766–14 Feb 1865), Find a Grave Memorial no. 23823143, citing Lewisville Cemetery, Lewisville, Henry County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Sherry (Tackett) Plowman (contributor 46933002) .