Person:John Tate (6)

John Tate 1743
d.15 Dec 1828
m. Abt. 1767
  1. Robert Tate1768 - 1844
  2. John Tateabt 1769 -
  3. Hannah Tate1772 - 1844
  4. Samuel Tate1775 - 1845
  5. Isaac Tate1780 -
  6. Lydia Tateabt 1785 - 1854
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Name John Tate
Gender Male
Birth? ca 1743 based on age 85 at death
Marriage Abt. 1767 Virginiato Mary Bracken
Death? 15 Dec 1828 per personal history
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John Tate first appears in southwest Virginia in November of 1772, when he settled on an 145 acre tract in the Moccasin Creek watershed, about 15 miles southwest of Lebanon, Russell County. (based on his deposition in Russell County court case of George Fugate vs. Nancy Mahon, 1810, fide Burdine, 1978). This tract was surveyed for him in 1774, with the notation that it was first settled in 1772. (See Land records, below. Note: Hamilton, 1968 indicates that Tate's original settlement was for 175 acres. This has not been confirmed. Summers, 1903:813 shows it as 145 acres.).

During the initial period of Indian Hostilities (1773-1775) John Tate and his neighbors on Moccasin Creek "forted up" in the stockaded "Houston's Fort", near modern Snowflake, Virginia. Subsequently, following the restart of hostilities in 1776, the settlers established a second fort, known as Tate's Fort, on John Tate's land. While nearby Houston's Fort is known to have been besieged in 1776, there is no evidence that Tate's Fort was ever attacked. John Tate in his deposition of 1810 for the case of Fugate vs. Mahon, noted that another early settler who lived five miles from him, "did as the rest of us did, defend our land and families, and lived on the land in dispute (1772-1781) except for the time forted."

Over the next 40 years John would serve in a leadership role in Washington County, and after 1786, Russell County. As a Gentleman Justice he showed the best attendance of any of the justices who so served. (See Justices of Russel County 1786-1791

John's wife Mary, died in 1817. John himself died December 15, 1828, at 85 years of age. They were buried in "Tate and Burdine cemetery in the Moccasin Valley, 15 miles southwest of Lebanon" according to a descendant. (Tate, 1976.


The children of John Tate and Mary Bracken are:

Robert Tate1768-1844, Winnie Atkinson moved to Pulaski Co., KY.
John Tate, Jr1769-?, Sarah Darity wife and child moved to Claiborne Co., Tn then Monroe Co., In in 1822.
Hannah Tate1772-1844, Colbert Fugate lived in Russell County, Virginia, just southwest of her parents in the Moccasin Valley.
Samuel Bracken Tate,1775-1845 Jane Owens moved to Pulaski County, Kentucky.
Jane Tate1770s-1823 Henley Haddix moved to Kentucky.
Martha Tate, 1780-1847John Buster amoved to Kentucky
Isaac Tate, 1780s-?, Peggy Walton of Pulaski County, Kentucky in 1809 lived in Russell County until 1833, then in Kentucky and Missouri.
Lydia Tate, 1785-1854William Fugate lived in Russell and Scott Counties, Virginia


Tate, 1976

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