Judge George Clark Tann

Judge George Clark Tann

Mississippi, USA
Death 1932 (aged 73–74)
Hickory, Newton County, Mississippi, USA
Burial Hickory, Newton County, Mississippi, USA
Memorial ID 38328338 · View Source
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Father of Georgia Tann, infamous "Baby Seller" of the Memphis Branch of the Tennessee Children's Home Society.

George Tann was Chancellor of the Second District of Mississippi for 27 years. His court was in Meridian, MS. As a judge, young Georgia took interest that her father took in orphans through the operation of his court. Georgia later stated this is what led her into child welfare work.
George Clarke Tann of Hickory, Mississippi, Chancellor of the Second District, was born June 6, 1858, at Mokalussa, Miss. He is the son of Thomas Austin Tann and Matilda Ann (Floyd) Tann of Alabama and Mississippi. His father was a gallant soldier in the Confederate Army, was wounded at Murphesboro, Tennessee, and died a few days after at Bethel Springs, Tenn. He was the son of Alfred Tann and Mary Daniel Tann of Eutaw and Jones Bluff, Alabama.

Chancellor Tann's paternal grandfather, Alfred Tann, was a soldier under William Henry Harrison at the battle of Tippecanoe and also served a long time at Fort Vincennes. He was a pioneer of the State of Indiana, but came to Alabama in 1817, settling near what is now Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and was afterwards in the Creek War. He died in 1863 in Jones Bluff, Sumter County, Alabama, after an active and heroic pioneer life.

Chancellor Tann's mother was the daughter of Preslie Floyd and Winifred (Hodges) Floyd, of Moscow, Kemper County, Mississippi. Preslie Floyd removed from North Carolina to Kemper County, Miss., in the year 1840, where he resided until his death in 1851.

Chancellor Tann obtained his early education at home; went one year to the Baptist College at Cleburne, Texas and four years in Daleville, Miss., graduating at the latter place in 1884, with degree of A.B. He had always been a student and whenever possible, spent much time in the study of classic literature. He studied law in an office in Philadelphia, Miss., and was licensed to practice in 1887, in Philadelphia and Hickory.

He is a Democrat, has never asked nor held any political office until January 1915, when he became Chancellor. He served on the Democratic Executive Committee from 1905 to 1909. As a public official he renders efficient and faithful service, and although he had never sought political office prior to the position he now holds, he is popular with the people of his section, and is destined to remain a prominent figure in the political life of his District.

He is a member of the Methodist Church, and of the fraternal Order of Masons. On October 20, 1887, he married Beulah Isabella Yates, a daughter of Thomas E. Yates and Susan Lee Yates, of Philadelphia, Miss. Mrs. Tann's Grandfather, Darling Yates, moved from Georgia into Alabama on 1840, and from Alabama into Mississippi about 1850.

Chancellor and Mrs. Tann have two children, Rob Roy Tann, married and has one child, Court Stenographer, educated at University of Mississippi. George Beulah educated at Martha Washington College at Abingdon, VA., now teaching at Columbus, Miss.

From articles on the history of Mississippi. Date and Author, unknown.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Judge George Clark Tann (6 Jun 1858–1932), Find a Grave Memorial no. 38328338, citing Hickory Cemetery, Hickory, Newton County, Mississippi, USA ; Maintained by Neil Loftiss (contributor 47136115) .