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James Tarpley, II

Male 1692 - 1765  (72 years)


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  • Name James Tarpley 
    Suffix II 
    Born 8 May 1692  North Farnham Parish, Richmond Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1765  Charlotte Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I11701  MyTree
    Last Modified 18 Jan 2013 

    Father James Tarpley, I,   b. Abt 1659, North Farnham Parish, Richmond Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 5 Aug 1713, North Farnham Parish, Richmond Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 54 years) 
    Mother Mary Biddlecombe,   b. Abt 1670, Old Rappahannock Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Dec 1718, North Farnham Parish, Richmond Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 48 years) 
    Married 1687  King and Queen Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F5930  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Camp,   b. 5 Jan 1733/4, King and Queen Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1758, North Farnham Parish, Richmond Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 23 years) 
    Children 
     1. Thomas Tarpley,   b. 28 Oct 1734, North Farnham Parish, Richmond Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Aug 1788, 96th Dist., S.C. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
     2. Lucy Tarpley,   b. 17 Aug 1736, North Farnham Parish, Richmond Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Sarah Tarpley,   b. 13 Sep 1738, North Farnham Parish, Richmond Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Mary Tarpley,   b. 30 Oct 1740, North Farnham Parish, Richmond Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Aug 1789, Old 96th Dist. S. C. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years)
     5. James Tarpley,   b. 21 Jul 1743, North Farnham Parish, Richmond Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Elizabeth Tarpley,   b. 6 Aug 1746, North Farnham Parish, Richmond Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Winifred Tarpley,   b. 9 Jun 1748, North Farnham Parish, Richmond Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. Nancy Anne Tarpley,   b. 6 Oct 1750, North Farnham Parish, Richmond Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1815, Walton Co., GA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
    Last Modified 17 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F5928  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 

    • James Tarpley apparently was a diligent farmer and kept to his business of farming and raising his family. From the birth places of the children he stayed in North Farnham Parish, Richmond Co, Virginia for most of his life. He was not involved in public life and seldom entered into any court proceedings.
      Many documents of this region have been lost and we may never be able to prove conclusively that all questions of lineage and marriage have been answered.
      I have always suspected a connection to the story of the Burton Church Bell in Williamstown. The James Tarpley of my line are related as cousins. It seems the donated bell, known as the Plantation Bell, to the Bruton Parish church in Williamsburg, Virginia was given by James Tarpley "a prominent merchant of Williamsburg," who "was the son of John Tarpley, of Williamsburng and Elizabeth Ripping, of York county, and grandson of Colonel John Tarpley, of Richmond county, and Anne Glasscock, his wife". [Tyler 336]
      The record of Bruton Parish Church, by Rev. William Archer Rutherfoord Goodwin, D. D. LL. D. , page 16, states:
      "The outside of the church also received some attention at this time (1755). The steeple on the brick tower was erected in place of one which was beyond further repair, and arrangements were made to have a belfry in it. This was soon followed by the fit of a bronze bell with this inscription on it: "The gift of James Tarpley to Bruton Parish, 1761," This bell is still in use. It is sometimes spoken of as the "Liberty Bell of Virginia," as it rang out proclaiming the passage of the Declaration of Rights in the House of Burgesses on May 15, 1776."
      Additionally it may have also rung out the repeal of the Stamp Act in 1766 and the adoption of the first complete act of sovereignty by any of the colonies, May 15, 1776, six weeks ahead of the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. On October 19, 1781, it celebrated the surrender of Lord Cornwallis and later the peace with Great Britain.
      The Bell in the tower is engraved: " The Gift of James Tarpley to Bruton Parish, 1761." In 1766 it celebrated the repeal of the Stamp Act. On May the 15th, it celebrated the passing of a resolution by the House of Burgesses to establish a State Constitution and Declaration of Rights, and to instruct the Virginia Delegates in Congress to offer a resolution to declare the united Colonies free and independent states. In 1783 it celebrated the ratification of the Treaty of Peace between the the United States and Great Britain."
      (Mann pp. 11 - 13

      The Farnham Parish records used here to build this family apparently had been recopied from much older sources according to the editor, Judith McGhan. She thinks that it was probably a very dilapidated record of nothing more than loose pages. When it was copied any previous date sequence and catagories were lost such as births, deaths, marriages and perhaps more information. It is presently in the county clerk's office in Warsaw, Virginia. One of the things that is interesting about this record is that it also contains many of the associated families that the Tarpleys marry into from 1673 to 1781. You see here Davenport, Glascock, Peachey, Webb, Griffin, Barber and a few others. Notably absent are the Camp and Oldham families. (McGhan)

      The documentation of this family is based largely on the work of Judge Zelma Wells Price in her book on her ancestry, Of Whom I Came, From Whence I Came published in 1963. She claimed to have had good family sources for the make-up of this family and its history in terms of the marriages of the Camp women to Tarpley men. This information has been lost to researchers but the birth dates listed are very specific that I believe they came from a bible reference and verified by the Farnham Parish register. This source needs to be found to prevent the on-going arguments that this James Tarpley may have married Mary Oldham. In extracts from North Farnham Parish register in Richmond County we do find a Mary Oldham born to John and Sarah Oldham on June 25, 1712, however, no marriages are listed for any Oldham or Tarpley. (McGhan pp. 434 - 459)