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Re: William Tiller and Rebecca Clay of Mercer Co., VA/WV
Posted by: Byron Durham (ID *****3597) Date: February 04, 2009 at 06:52:14
In Reply to: Re: William Tiller and Rebecca Clay of Mercer Co., VA/WV by BRADFORD PECK of 1046

Hi Brad,
Thanks for the marriage info on Ira Tiller and wife Nancy Carter. Our information appears to be 1 day off from one another. Ira Tiller was my great great grandfather. He is buried next to my great grandfather - David Anderson Tiller in Bluefield, Virginia. In a book "Marriage Records for Tazewell County, Virginia", I found the marriage record for Ira Tiller and Nancy Carter listed as "4 September 1839". I imagine one of the dates may be when they applied for the license and the other is the actual marriage date. Or maybe someone somewhere wrote down the wrong date, I don't know. I will keep my information but, I will add your note to this listing since it comes from a Family Bible.

As for the 3rd marriage of William Tiller, I have a death record for Nancy (Jones) Tiller that shows she was married to William Tiller but died of breast cancer before the 1860 census. The 1860 Census for Mercer County, VA (now West Virginia), lists William Tiller as a "widow", with Louisa Jones living with him. In a book "Marriage Records for Mercer County, VA (now West Virginia), William Tiller is listed as marrying Louisa Jones in September of 1861 in Mercer County, VA (now West Virginia). I have also found this listing at the West Virginia Cultural Center in Charleston, West Virginia, where the state archives are kept. The odd thing about this marriage record is that William Tiller's father is listed as "Samuel Tiller", which is different from most listings.

I also have a copy of the Will of William Tiller, that practically gives Louisa Tiller and her children, everything he owns. (Louisa was 22 or 23 when she married William Tiller, so William's children from his first marriage may not have been happy with their father, when he married Louisa, one third his age). The odd thing here is that Louisa (Jones) Tiller, seems to have several children after the death of William Tiller, although birth records do show William Tiller as the father of some, some only show Louisa Tiller as their parent.

As for Rebecca Clay - I have found the cemetery listing for Rebecca Tiller in Bluefield, Mercer County, West Virginia. I will have to look up the name of the cemetery. Her death is listed as 15 July 1851 in Mercer County, VA (now West Virginia). I am not sure where the last name "Clay" came from, which was the point of my question. I would like to know who Rebecca's parents were.

I would be very happy to hear what information you have on this family.

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