Samuel S TATUM Missouri Colenia TATUM Amanda A TATUM Mary E TATUM Ancenetta TATUM Alpharetta TATUM Sanford Martin TATUM Miranda E TATUM Rosalee TATUM Sinie TATUM Sarah Elizabeth TATUM Sinie E TATUM Zona Leota TATUM Ona M TATUM Ransom R TATUM Bertha Marie TATUM Mary Ann NELSON Cloma Colenia TATUM Nancy Elizabeth MULLINS Mini tree diagram
Samuel Ross TATUM

Samuel Ross TATUM14,12,15,13,5,6,8,7,1,9,10,16,2

18th Jan 18802 - 27th Jun 195312,1,13,2


Life History

18th Jan 1879


(less likely)


Resident in Truckwheel, Pickens, Georgia.10

18th Jan 1880

Born in Truckwheel, Pickens, Georgia.4,5,6,7,8,9,10

(most likely)

15th Jan 1899

Married Mary Ann NELSON.13


Occupation Farmer.11


Residence2 in Township 3, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory.3

15th Jun 1901

Birth of daughter Sarah Elizabeth TATUM in Ahloso, Pontotoc, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory.6,17,18,19

about 1906

Birth of daughter Sinie E TATUM in Ada, Pontotoc, Oklahoma.6,20

19th Jan 1908

Birth of daughter Zona Leota TATUM in Ada, Pontotoc, Oklahoma.13,6,18,9

about 1912

Birth of daughter Ona M TATUM in Ada, Pontotoc, Oklahoma.21,9,7

10th Jun 1917

Birth of son Ransom R TATUM in Ada, Pontotoc, Oklahoma.22,23,7

18th Feb 1924

Birth of daughter Bertha Marie TATUM in Pontotoc County, Oklahoma.24,5,18

27th Jun 1953

Died in Ada, Pontotoc, Oklahoma.12,1,13,2

after 27th Jun 1953

Buried in Allen Cemetery, Allen, Pontotoc County, Oklahoma.1,2


  • This child of Samuel S and Nacy Elizabeth Tatum is known in Green family memory as Ross.  Various other family genealogies also report him as Ross.  Various sources report him as Ross S.   His grave in Allen, Pontotoc County, Oklahoma, is marked as Samuel Ross Tatum.

    The WWI military draft registration names him Samuel Ross Tatum.  I am following this, as it seems most likely the registration would have used the official name.  This is also consistent with the earlier census report using only the name Samuel.  It appears his full name was Samuel Ross.

    The 1900 census lists him as Ross.  His family must have used his second name as primary, probably to distinguish from the father Samuel.

    In the 1900 census in Chickasaw Nation (Ada, Pontotoc County, Okla), Ross and his wife lived next door to his parents Samuel and Elizabeth, and their 16-year old daughter Colenia living with them.

    1880 Federal Census, Pickens County, Georgia, 8 June, Truckwheel District, Enumeration District 162, page 13, Hse/Fam #112
    Tatum, Samuel S  W M  44   Farmer  Cannot read or write GA GA SC [b abt 1836]
    Tatum, Elizabeth W F  38  Wife Keeping House  Cannot write GA GA NC
    Tatum, Samuel W M  Son 4mos born February  GA GA GA

    The 1900 census is helpful as it includes the birth month and year of all persons.  This census gives Ross's birthday as Jan 1880.  He appears in the 1900 census as Ross Tatum.

    1900 Census, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory, no date August, Township 3, District 120, page 67A; Hse #1205, Family #1205
    Tatum, Ross   Head  W M  Jan 1880  20  M  married 1 yr  GA  SC  GA
    Tatum, Mary E Wife  W F  Dec 1881  18  M  married 1 yr AR  Unknown  Unk

    1910 Federal Census, Pontotoc County, Oklahoma, 15 April, Chickasaw Township, District 25, page 1A, Hse/Fam #2
    Tatum, Sam R Head M W 31 Married 10 years MS NC VA Farmer Owns [b abt 1879]
    Tatum, Marry Wife F W 27 Married 10 years [# of children borne not reported] AR MS MS [b abt 1883]
    Tatum, Sorry (=Sarry=Sarah) Dau F W 9 AR GA AR [b abt 1901]
    Tatum, Siney (Sinie) Dau F W 6 AR GA AR [b abt 1901]
    Tatum, Zoney (Zona) Dau F W 2 AR GA AR [b abt 1901]

    In 1920, the name of Ross appears as Samuel R Tatum, confirming our earlier analysis of the sequence of names.  Ross' wife has a different initial, A.  This again is different from family genealogy sources that report her name as Mary Jane.  Mostr genealogies have her name as Mary Ann.

    1920 Census, Pontotoc County, Oklahoma, 12 February, Ada (Chickasaw Township), District 170, page 9B, Hse #146, Family #140
    Samuel R Tatum Head  M W  40  Georgia   Georgia   Georgia  Farmer
    Mary A Tatum Wife  F W 37  Arkansas Unknown Unk
    Sinie E Tatum Dau  F W White  14  Oklahoma Georgia Arkansas
    Zona L Tatum Dau  F W  White  12  Oklahoma Georgia Arkansas
    Ona M Tatum Dau  F W  White   8  Oklahoma Georgia Arkansas
    Ramson [Ransom?] Tatum Son  M W 3  Oklahoma Georgia Arkansas

    Birth of the children is shown as Pontotoc County, since this is where the family are located from Ross' childhood till the 1930 census.  It appears they are in Ada town after this became incorporated, though the one source I have found for his place of death has the town as Allen.

    I received an email from a Tatum descendant, with a name I had not seen in the sources.

    "Samuel and Mary also had another daughter named Bertie Marie Tatum (brown).  She is buried in fair view cemetery in Denison Texas. She was my grandmother."
    --  Crystal Brown, Through OurFamily Genealogy messaging

    With the name Bertie Marie I was able to find the family in the 1930 census, which hd eluded me the last time I had investrigated this family.  Berdie M is enumerated in 1930 as the last child of the famly, age 6, thus born about 1924?

    1930 Federal Census, Pontotoc County, Oklahoma, [no date], Allen Township, District 9, page 2B, Hse #36, Fam #39
    Tatum, Sam R Head Rents M W 50 Married at 19 GA AL GA Farmer
    Tatum, May [sic] A Wife F W 47 First married at 17 AR MS AR
    Tatum, Onie M Dau F W 18 Single AR GA AR
    Tatum, Ransom R Son M W 13 Single AR GA AR
    Tatum, Birdie M Dau F W 6 Single AR GA AR

    1940 Federal Census, Pontotoc County, Oklahoma, 12 April, Allen Township, District 2-11, page 4B, Hse #68, Rents, $0
    Tatum, S R Head M W 61 Grade 5 b Georgia, same place in 1935 Farmer
    Tatum, Mary A Wife F W 58 Grade 5 b Arkansas, same place in 1935
    Tatum, Marie A Dau F W 16 Single Grade 8 b Oklahoma, same place in 1935

    Ross is buried in the Allen Cemetery, Pontotoc County, Oklahoma.  Samuel Ross's gravestone shows his birth, by year only, as 1879, instead of 1880.  The year of death 1953 matches the known date of 27 Jun 1953.

    This is interesting, since his wife's grave also has the year wrong on the birth date.  Mary's grave says she was born in 1882, when she was actually born in 31 December 1881.

    Pontotoc Co. Historical & Genealogical Society
    Samuel Ross Tatum  1879   1953  Allen
    Mary Ann Tatum      1882   1960  Allen

    Samuel Ross Tatum Obituary
    "Ross Tatum, 74, resident of Pontotoc county for 60 years, died in Valley View hospital in Ada Saturday noon after an prolonged illness.  He was born..."
    --  The Ada Weekly News, Ada, Oklahoma, July 2 1953

    Samuel Ross Tatum
    Birth Jan. 27, 1879
    Death Jun. 27, 1953
    Spouse Mary Ann Tatum (1882 - 1960)
    Bertha Marie Tatum Brown (1824 - 1999)
    Ransom R. Tatum (1917 - 1989)
    Burial Allen Cemetery,Allen, Pontotoc County, Oklahoma
    Created by Danny Chancellor Nov 30, 2010
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #62381871,


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