Penny, just about all of the Tallent/Tallant's in NC, TN, GA, AL, MS, TX, AR, and MO are descendants of one of three brothers; Thomas, Moses, or Aaron, who lived in Anson County, NC in the 1700's. These were mountain people and many couldn't read and write, so the spelling of the name was left up to census takers or court clerks. The later generations spelled the name how they thought it should be spelled.
I have a family with a "Conaly", (probably not spelled right) but probably the family you are looking for.
4-7. PETER A. TALLENT b. June 25, 1874 - d. Nov. 14, 1949. m. Nov. 5, 1894 to Alice Cook b. Mar. 30, 1879 - d. June 23, 1927. They resided Burke Co. 1900-10. Children,
5-1. Charles A. Tallent b. Apr. 1896
5-2. Julius Marion Tallent b. Sept. 1899
5-3. Janice Tallent b. 1903
5-4. May Tallent b. 1905
5-5. Conaly Tallent b. 1907
5-6. Mary Tallent b. 1909
3-4. AARON TALLENT b. 1828 - d. 1895. He m. 1st Apr. 22, 1852 to Barbara Buff b. 1834 in N.C. daughter of Peter and Margaret Buff, and m. 2nd Mar. 27, 1892 to Mary Ann York b. Aug. 1840 N.C. Aaron fought with Co. F 55th N.C. Inf. C.S.A. His marker is in Mt. Gilead Baptist Church Cemetery in the South Mountains of Burke Co. He resided Lower Fork Twp., Burke Co. 1860-80. Seven children,
2-2. REUBEN TALLENT (also known as Robert) b. 1794 in Anson Co., N.C. He was married to Lydia Bird b. 1799. In the 1850 Burke Co. census, Lydia states that she was from Virginia. Tradition says that she came from Blount Co. Tenn. as a young bride riding upon a mule behind her husband. Reuben's grandfather, Aaron, Sr. probably was in Blount Co. at that time. Lydia was a mid-wife. On Mar. 30, 1831, Reuben Tallent made indenture with Michael Rinehardt for 121 1/2 acres of land on the waters of Whitener's Creek in Lincoln Co. The tract of land was known as Speculation Land. Reuben paid $50.00 for the 121 1/2 acres. Sale was proved in July 1831 Court Session of Lincoln Co. The children of Reuben and Lydia Bird Tallent have been ascertained from an old letter dated 1878. The letter was written by their son-in-law David Boyles to David Young in Union Co. Georgia. The letter states, "You wanted to hear from my wife's folks. I will say to you they are well her mother brakes mity fast but old Reuben looks like he did when you left. Jes and Aaron is married. Jes married his cousin Polly Yancey and Aaron married a Buff and both has a house full of children. Jane married Dick Chapman and he went to the war and got killed and Jane has 6 children and she is giting along mity bad. Her children is all girls but one and they are no account. She lives in the mountains so no more on that subject." Reuben and Lydia were not listed on the 1880 census of Burke Co., so they would have died sometime between 1878 and 1880 and are buried in unmarked graves in the South Mountains of Burke Co. Five children,
AARON TALLENT, Jr. b. about 1760 in N.C. He married to Mary Moses b. 1760 in Va. They resided in Anson Co., N.C. 1790 and Burke Co. 1820-40. Mary resided with her son Aaron in 1850 & Reuben in 1860 at age 100. Mary lived to be 102 and it was said she died from smoking too much. Children, Joshua b. 1790, Reuben b. 1794, Margaret b. 1802, Aaron b. 1804, & Jesse b. 1806. (there was probably another daughter, according to the 1820 census)
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