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Thomas William WYATT
Husband:  Thomas William WYATT
Birth:  ca. 1763, VA (some say NC)
Death:  bef. 1850
Military:  Revolutionary War:  said to have been present at the surrender of Cornwallis 
Father:  Mr. WYATT
Wife:  Mary NEEDHAM
Birth:  1775-78, VA
Death:  aft. 1850, prob. Morgan Co., IL
  1.  John WYATT, b. 1780-90 
  2.  Thomas Edward WYATT, b. 11 Dec 1789
  3.  Nancy WYATT, b. ca. 1793 
  4.  Isabella WYATT, b. 1796/7, TN 
  5.  Mary WYATT, b. ca. 1797 
  6.  Edward WYATT, b. 1797/8, TN 
  7.  Nelson WYATT, ca. 1799
  8.  Elizabeth WYATT, 1801/2, TN 
  9.  (Son A) WYATT, b. 1801-04 could this son be William T. WYATT (b. 1803, TN)? 
10.  Eli Martin WYATT, b. 1805/6/9/10 or 18 May 1809
11.  Thomas WYATT, b. 1806/7
12.  Needham WYATT, b. 27 Jun 1807, TN 
13.  (Daughter A) WYATT, b. 1810-20 
14.  Finis W. WYATT, b. 1817/8, Todd Co., KY
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Year Location Event
    birth of Thomas WYATT
    birth of Mary NEEDHAM
    marriage of Thomas WYATT and Mary NEEDHAM


The greatest question in my mind is on what bases are these children attached to these parents?  And how do we know that this Thomas Wyatt is the one who came to Todd Co. ca. 1811?  Did the parents really go back and forth between KY and TN?  Or are there errors in the later census records of the children?

I have added Isabella Wyatt to this list of children based solely on the fact that she and her husband were living two doors down from Edward and his wife in the 1850 Census of Morgan Co., IL, which would be an extraordinary coincidence if they were not related.

It would make a lot more sense if at least the first two children were not Mary's, both from the standpoint of her age and the span of her fecundity.  This is 30 years of child-bearing.  Not impossible, but unusual.  Do we really have the correct children with these parents?  You have to accept a lot of census errors to accept this arrangement (including Mary's age, see Source 5 below).  Or is Mary Thomas' second wife?


1.  Marriage Record:

2.  1790

3.  1800

4.  1810

5.  Heritage Quest. Kentucky 1820 Federal Census: Livingston, Logan, Mason, Mercer, and Todd Counties. Family Quest Archives Digital Microfilm CD M33-26 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1820 KY Todd Co. p. 127B Thomas Wiat 122201-10010
These data indicate:
No. & Sex  Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 9 or under 1810-1820 = Finis (b. 1817/8)
2 males 10-15 1804-1810 = Needham (b. 1807)
= Thomas (b. 1806/7)
2 males 16-18 1801-1804 = Eli (b. 1805/6)
= Son A William? (b. 1803)
1 male 45 or over in or bef. 1775 = Thomas (b. ca. 1763)
1 female 9 or under 1810-1820 = Daughter A
1 female 26-44 1775-1794 = Mary

6.  1830

7.  1840

8.  Census Microfilm Records:  Illinois, 1850 (Broderbund CD-310, Disk 3):  Morgan Co., IL, p. 296, 1771/1813, enumerated 13 Oct 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen; this is a difficult record to read, especially the numbers):
Edward Wyatt 52 M Farmer 2000 Tenn
[Edwards' wife and children]
Mary     " 72 F     Ill
Mary is almost certainly Edward WYATT's mother, Mary (NEEDHAM) WYATT.  I seriously doubt that she was born in Illinois.  European settlers simply hadn't reached Illinois by 1778 explorers, yes, but not settlers.  As for her age, I wonder if she is lying about her age even at this stage in her life.  If she is truly 72, then surely she is very young to have birthed Thomas's eldest children.  More likey she is fibbing (or incorrect) as to her age. 

8a.  A.B. Willhite.   [n.d.]  Christian Co., Kentucky, Tax List, 1810-1813.   (Self-published; available from author at 4396 Coopertown Rd., Russellville, KY 42276, or from the Christian County Genealogical Society, Hopkinsville, KY).
Pg. in
Year Last 
A B C D E Acres Watercourse
94 1811 Wyatt Thos 1       4    
147 1812 Wiatt Thos 1       7    
201 1813 Wyatt Thos 1       5    
Legend for numerical data:
A = White Males 21 and over; B = White Males 16-20 (this column used only in 1811);
C = Blacks over 16; D = Total Blacks; E = Horses

8b.  A.B. Willhite.   [n.d.]  Christian Co., Kentucky, Tax List, 1814-1818.   (Self-published; available from author at 4396 Coopertown Rd., Russellville, KY 42276, or from the Christian County Genealogical Society, Hopkinsville, KY).  This book is out of print; I do not have a copy.  If you have one to sell, please contact me.

8c.  A.B. Willhite.   [n.d.]  Christian Co., Kentucky, Tax List, 1819-1823.   (Self-published; available from author at 4396 Coopertown Rd., Russellville, KY 42276, or from the Christian County Genealogical Society, Hopkinsville, KY).
Pg. in
Year Last 
A B C D Acres Watercourse
67 1819 Wyatt Thos 1     2 150 E F
Legend for numerical data:
A = White Males 21 or over; B = Blacks over 16; C = Total Blacks; D = Horses
Abbreviations:  E F = Elk Fork of the Red River [now in Todd Co., KY]
As expected, Thomas drops off the Christian Co. tax rolls when Todd Co. is formed in 1820.

9.  Family Group Sheet by John Charles Tippet.

10.  Messages in the Wyatt Family Genealogy Forum (online at GenForum.com).

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