Tobias Tillman, Rev. War Soldier, Updated Timeline

Tobias Tillman, one of my husband’s 5X great grandfathers, has much information to be found online, but not many people have cited much in the way of sources.

Little by little, I’ve been documenting the facts of Tobias Tillman’s life. I have still not been able to come to any definitive conclusion about his parents. However, his Revolutionary War pension application, some marriage records of his children and local personal property and tithable tax rolls have placed him in specific locations at specific times.

Therefore, since I’ve recently found Tobias in the 1783-1789 personal property tax lists of Botetourt County, Virginia, it’s time to construct an updated timeline of his life. [Note: Tobias was only found there from 1783-1789, minus 1786. He was absent before 1783 and not found on any of the 1790s lists.]

The facts in his timeline all come from one of the three sources I’ve mentioned above.

  • 1751 or 1752, mid-June – Tobias born in Orange County, North Carolina
  • 1776, February 15 – Tobias enlisted in Captain William O’Neal’s Company in Col. Butler’s Regiment of Orange County, North Carolina militia.
  • 1776 – Tobias married around this time. He stated that he lived in North Carolina “until the end of the war.”
  • 1779 – Orange County, North Carolina Tax List – Tobias Tillman
  • 1783 – Personal Property Tax List, Botetourt County, Virginia, Captain Looney’s District, 1 tithable, 2 horses, 4 cattle
  • 1784 – Personal Property Tax List, Botetourt County, Virginia, Captain Looney’s District, 1 tithable, 2 horses, 7 cattle
  • 1785 – Personal Property Tax List, Botetourt County, Virginia, Captain Looney’s District, 1 tithable, 3 horses, 6 cattle
  • 1787 – Personal Property Tax List, John Robinson’s Company, Botetourt County, Virginia, 1 tithable, 4 horses, 9 cattle
  • 1788 – Personal Property Tax List, John Robinson’s Company, Botetourt County, Virginia, 1 tithable, 5 horses/cattle
  • 1789 – Personal Property Tax List, John Robinson’s Company, Botetourt County, Virginia, 1 tithable, 6 horses/cattle
  • 1795, November 7Montgomery County, Virginia: Tobias Tillman & Catherine his wife sold 75 acres on a branch of Sinking Creek called Bear Camp to George Sharp for £40.
  • 1799 – November 16 – Daughter Barbara Tillman married Martin Rice in Knox County, Tennessee
  • 1800, October 14 – Daughter Catherine Tillman married James Abbott in Knox County, Tennessee
  • 1800, December 22 – Daughter Elizabeth Tillman married Alexander McNutt in Knox County, Tennessee
  • 1802 – Tobias Tillman taxed for 227 acres, south of Clinch River and 350 acres north of Clinch River, Anderson County, Tennessee [Note: Anderson County was formed from Knox and Grainger Counties in 1801.]
  • 1803 – March Session,  Anderson County, Tennessee Court Minutes – Tobias Tillman bought 197 acres of land
  • 1804 – June Session, Anderson County, Tennessee Court Minutes – Tobias Tillman called for jury duty
  • 1805 – Anderson County, Tennessee Tax List – Tobias Tillman
  • 1805 – Tobias Tillman with 3 sons and 7 daughters, plus extended family removed to Harrison Township, Preble, Ohio and settled on Swamp Creek about this time.
  • 1806 – March 14 – Deed recorded. Tobias Tillman sold 185 acres to Jacob Weaver and another 400 acres to Jacob Weaver. Both deeds witnessed by John Loy and Lewis (Ludwick) Clapp. Anderson County, Tennessee
  • 1808, November 22 – Daughter Mary Tillman married in Preble County, Ohio
  • 1811Preble County, Ohio – Tobias Tillman on tax list
  • 1812Preble County, Ohio – Tobias Tillman on tax list
  • 1812, February 27 – Daughter Margaret Tillman married Isaac Nation in Preble County, Ohio
  • 1813Preble County, Ohio – Tobias Tillman on tax list
  • 1814Preble County, Ohio – Tobias Tillman on tax list
  • 1815Preble County, Ohio – Tobias Tillman on tax list
  • 1816Preble County, Ohio – Tobias Tillman on tax list
  • 1817 Preble County, Ohio – Tobias Tillman on tax list
  • 1818 – Preble County, Ohio – Tobias Tillman on tax list
  • 1819 – Preble County, Ohio – Tobias Tillman on tax list
  • 1820 – Preble County, Ohio – Tobias Tillman on tax list
  • 1820 Census – Preble County, Ohio – Tobias Tillman
  • 1821 – Preble County, Ohio – Tobias Tillman on tax list
  • 1821, October 11 – Daughter Eva Tillman married Jesse Piles in Preble County, Ohio
  • 1822 – Preble County, Ohio – Tobias Tillman on tax list
  • 1822, June 13 – Son Jacob Tillman married Mary Thomas in Preble County, Ohio
  • 1823 – Preble County, Ohio – Tobias Tillman on tax list
  • 1824 – Preble County, OhioTobias and John Tillman are taxed as NON-RESIDENTS of the county
  • 1825 – Preble County, Ohio – Tobias Tillman on tax list
  • 1825, October 13 – Daughter Rachel Tillman married Moses Huffman in Preble County, Ohio
  • 1826 – Preble County, Ohio – Tobias Tillman on tax list
  • 1826, August 27 – Son Henry Tillman married Parmelia House in Preble County, Ohio
  • 1830 Census – Preble County, Ohio: Tobias Tillman likely was the male 70-79 living with Jesse and Eva Piles (his daughter). Eva is the only child of Tobias’s in Preble County that has a male in his age range in the home.
  • 1833, March 22 – Tobias Tillman was granted a military pension for his Revolutionary War service, Preble County, Ohio
  • 1840 Census – Preble County, Ohio: Tobias Tillman likely was the male 80-89 living with his son Henry’s family
  • 1845, February 6 – Tobias Tillman reportedly died on this date. He does not appear in the 1850 census, Preble County, Ohio

Tobias Tillman, in his pension application, somehow forgot to mention that he lived in Tennessee for at least six years between 1799-1805. That fact didn’t pertain to his pension eligibility, but it did leave a gap in his timeline. His land purchases and children’s marriages helped fill in that omission.

Unfortunately, there are no extant tax lists for the time period in which Tobias was a young adult in Orange County, nor are there any land records there in his name.

There is still more to be learned about the life of Tobias Tillman. Perhaps continued research will point to the names of his parents.

One thought on “Tobias Tillman, Rev. War Soldier, Updated Timeline”

  1. Your ancestor had Ohio Fever! Looks like he arrived in Ohio just a short while after it became a state.

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