Robert Talley

© by Phebe Morgan.  All rights reserved.

Submitted by and used with permission of Phebe Morgan.


Robert Talley was born in Jefferson County, Tennesse, September 10, 1804 and died in Hamilton County, Tennessee

He married Rachel Harrison who was born in 1808 in Kentucky and died in Hamilton County, Tennessee

Their children were:

    1. Nancy, Born in 1828

    2. James Pleasant, 1828 - 1911 married Caroline McCandless

    3. William, Born in 1829

    4. Sarah Jane Moore, 1832 - 1921 married Isaac Moore

    5. Samuel, Born in 1836

    6. Dudley Harrison ,1834 - 1933 married 1. Mary Jane Salmon 2. Isabelle Bacon

    7. Benjamin R., 1838 - 1868 married 1. Rachel J. Eldridge 2. Kate Day

    8. Latimore Yarnell, 1841 - 1864

    9. Zereldia, Born in 1843 and married John E. Green

    10. Mary Jane, Born in 1846

    11. Amanda F. T., Born in 1849

    12. Rachel E., Born in 1852


Robert makes his entrance into the public world in 1821; the State of Tennessee brings charges against him in Jefferson County Tennessee for stealing a muskrat. He pleads "not guilty" and request a jury trial; he is found "NOT GUILTY" and cost are born by the state. In the 1830 census he is living in Jefferson County. By 1840 he has moved to the Snow Hill area of Hamilton County. It is said that they moved to Hamilton County with the Yarnell family. On April 4, 1840, he applies and receives a land grant in the Ocoee District for 80 acres. In 1843 he purchases 80 acres from William Snow and George Waller for the sum of $75 (94 cents per acre)(Book E, 345). He sells 80 acres in 1843 for $275 (Book E, 326). Also in 1843, with Dr. John L. Yarnell they purchase three tracks contain 140; 80; and 20 acres (Book E, 276). Additionally he purchases 88 acres of land for $88. Later he paid $500 to Dr. Jackson B. Yarnell for 88 acres that was apparently more choice land. He sold 80 acres to Horace R. Latimer for $275. It is unknown if Isaac Moore is living in the Yarnell household at this time, but this proves the close association with the families. In the 1850 census the value of his land is $1,500 and he claims that he can neither read nor write. In the 1860 census the value of his land is $6,000 and his personal property is worth $1,000. By 1870 his land is only worth $2,000 and is personal property $826; he has hired 3 black farm workers and has a woman to do domestic work. His sons Dudley, Benjamin and Latimore joined the Union Army and James joined the Confederate Army. Latimore died at his fatherís home as a result of consumption and Benjamin died as a result of his war injuries. James Pleasant became a commissioner in James County Tennessee.