David Tibbs

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Find a Grave ID


My wife and I are Researching my Tibbs family history in Ky. and TN.
We came across Find A Grave and were able to find quite a few grave sites of my ancestors. If you think your related or have any information, please contact me.

It all started with an 1820 census of Smith County, Tennessee that has Tibbs households. Their exact connections are still unknown, but it is probable they were related. The census lists the following Tibbs. *Note birth dates are approximate, taken from census data. Anderson Tibbs b.1790, John Tibbs b.1770-1780, Thomas Tibbs b.1790, William Tibbs b.1775. The earliest records, in Tennessee, that we have found prior to 1820 are Anderson Tibbs land records in 1816, Overton Co. Tn. & Thomas Tibbs in 1817 Smith Co. Later census indicate the early Tibbs were probably from Virginia.

My suspected line starts with Drury Tibbs who first appears in the 1840 De Kalb County, Tennessee Census as head of household. He is probably one of the children listed in one of the above households. We believe Drury might be the son of John Tibbs due to ages and family information that has been gathered. The oldest record we have for Drury is in 1831, a Drew Tibbs was named in a land survey and in an 1832 survey for him purchasing land. Same person? Both of these records were in White, Co. Tn. There is a Tibbs Hollow located in White, but it is unknown when and just who it was named for.
Drury & family moved to Warren County, Kentucky sometime between 1861-65. Tibbs had already been living in Warren a long time prior to then. The reason for the move is still unknown, was there family already living in Ky. or did the Civil War have anything to do with it? These counties in Tn. were pretty turbulent during the war with guerilla raids and other activity.

Surnames associated with Tibbs (some connected and others yet to be) are: Hendrick, Harris, Howell, Vickers, Merritt, LaFever, Grimes, Welch, Whitaker, Loafman, Justice and more.

Places Ky: Bowling Green, Sunnyside, Goshen, Boiling Springs and other.

Counties in Tn: Smith, White, DeKalb primarily. These counties all formed from each other and border disputes were common and can help explain why in one census a person lived in one county and the next census or records show another county, they didn't move, the boundary lines did. Tibbs Hollow is right on one of these boundary lines. Just below Burgess Falls on the Falling Water River which, after the dam was built, is part of Center Hill Lake today. Whichever Tibbs lived on this land, had also owned more on the other side of the river it would have made for some very interesting times!
Prior to statehood in 1796, Tennessee was part of North Carolina and Indian Territory. Parts of East Tennessee even tried to create a new state named Franklin. Tennessee history is very confusing and its possible Tibbs records could be found under any of these time periods of transition.

Thanks to everyone for your contributions of images and information! If you are a family member of one of the memorials I manage and wish to have it transferred to you please ask. In most cases it shouldn't be a problem.

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