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My Tungate Line: VA -> KY
Posted by: Tony Popp Date: April 05, 2001 at 09:59:32
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Appreciate any information on the following:

Jeremiah (Jerry) Tungate, my sixth-great grandfather, was born about 1725-1730. I do not know whether he was born in England and immigrated to the United States, or whether he was born in Stafford, Stafford County, Virginia, where he married Elizabeth Ann ("Betty") Evans at Aquia Episcopal Church. Nonetheless, his ancestors probably came from the town of Tungate, England. There was a Thomas "Turget" or "Tunget" who came from England to Virginia in 1657. This could be Jeremiah's immigrant ancestor. I know nothing about Elizabeth's parents.
By 1783, Jeremiah moved his family to Buffalo Creek near the town Amherst, Amherst County, Virginia. By 1795, he moved again to Lincoln County, Kentucky, which became Garrard County in 1797. When he died, Jeremiah owned 100 acres near the Kentucky River.
Jeremiah had a brother, Thomas (~1733/1812), a tobacco planter who fought in the French Indian War. Militia records list him as being "brown" and five feet, seven inches. Later in life, Thomas moved to Tennessee with his sons.
Jeremiah had many children. Dennis, Elizabeth, Meredith, Sally, and Jenny moved to Indiana in Orange, Daviess, and Vigo Counties after they were grown. The rest of the children stayed in Grant, Lincoln, Garrard, and Taylor Counties in Kentucky. One of Dennis' grandsons, Lewis, was hung by a lynch mob in Paoli, Indiana for participating in an armed robbery with a gang. Uriah was a farmer and slave owner in Grant County, Kentucky. Tamara Tungate, one of his descendants, was Miss Missouri and Fourth Runner-Up to Miss U.S.A in 1986.
There is some speculation that Jeremiah might have been married to two different women named Elizabeth, if the Jeremiah married in Stafford is the same as the one in Kentucky . It seems unlikely that Elizabeth Evans could have been the mother of all of Jeremiah's children. Elizabeth was a common name. It is the possible that the Jeremiah in Stafford County was a different Jeremiah.
Jeremiah and his wife are probably buried in unmarked graves on a farm in Garrard County, Kentucky.
Following is the family of Jeremiah Tungate:
Jeremiah Tungate (~1725-1740/10-1808) and Elizabeth Ann Evans? (~1740/1827) m. on 3-3-1751 and Elizabeth Lawless about 1766
Mary (~1765/?) m. John Ballow on 5-2-1785
Dennis (~1768/1836-1840) m. Sally Scott on 3-18-1797
Jeremiah ("Jerry") (1770/9-1852) m. Magdalene Sally on 4-11-1797
John (~1772/10-1823) m. Elizabeth Rice on 12-5-1791
Ephraim (1774/10-1862) m. Nancy Marksbury on 4-10-1799
Uriah (1776/2-23-1863) m. Sarah Lawless on 9-27-1809
Elizabeth (1778/1846-1850) m. Thomas Maxwell before 1808
Lucinda ("Lucy") (~1780/1830s) m. Elijah Casteel on 12-29-1800
Jemima (Nancy, Jane, Jensey, or Jenny) (~1782/1850s) m. Wade Booth on 8-4-1807
Dixon (~1786/1860s) m. Matilda Lawless on 10-5-1814
Meredith (10-4-1790/8-7-1842) m. Elizabeth Seward on 7-26-1810 and Elizabeth Baker on 5-1824
Sarah ("Sally") (~1791/1850s) m. Reuben Shearer on 3-6-1806
Lucretia (1794/1860s) m. John White on 5-7-1816

Ephraim Tungate, son of Jeremiah, was born in Amherst, Amherst County, Virginia. He moved with his family to Lancaster, Garrard County, Kentucky and married Nancy Marksbury there. Ephraim was a farmer.
In 1814, Ephraim moved his family to Williamstown in Pendleton County, Kentucky. This became Grant County in 1820. He was fined for not paying his taxes there in 1814.
In 1818, Ephraim took John Lawless and Henry Lawless to court for forcing his daughter to have sex. He also took Daniel Seward to court for eloping with his daughter Lucinda that same year.
Ephraim was a sickly pauper the last 20 years of his life. He became a ward of the county, and the county awarded several people money over the years to care for him. He was thrown in jail in 1841 for not paying his doctor. In 1850, Ephraim was in an old folks home. I do not know why Ephraim's children did not care for him after his wife died.
All of Ephraim's children, except Tillitha, appeared to have remained in the Northern Kentucky area in Grant, Pendleton, Campbell, and Carroll counties. Tillitha moved to Henryville, Indiana with her husband. The wife of Ephraim's son, Gibson, was allegedly a granddaughter of the famous Northern Kentucky pioneer, Simon Kenton.
Based on available records, I have not been able to determine whether Dorinda, James, and Josephine are definitely Ephraim's children. They could be children of brothers of Ephraim's who also lived in Grant County. Dorinda might just be another name for Ephraim's daughter Lucinda.
Ephraim and his wife are probably buried in unmarked graves in Williamstown, Kentucky.
Following is the family of Ephraim Tungate:
Ephraim Tungate (1774/10-1862) and Nancy Marksbury (1775-1780/1840s) m. on 4-10-1799
Lucinda (~1802/1860s) m. Daniel Seward Jr. on 4-2-1818
Dorinda or Dosenda? (~1800/?) (same person as Lucinda?)
James Russell? (~1800/1852 or 1853) m. Susan Colbert on 9-12-1829
Samuel (~1801/1854-1860) m. Peggy Marksbury on 7-19-1825
Elizabeth (1806-1810/?) m. James Childers or Jonas Buskirt
William (1806/1880s) m. Nancy Doyle on 7-9-1833
Tillitha (7-13-1810/4-27-1856) m. John Rader on 9-17-1828
Gibson (1812/1889) m. Elizabeth McCarty on 9-20-1834
Casey (1815/~1843) m. Joseph Smallwood on 4-7-1833
Josephine? (~1815-1820?/?)

William Tungate, son of Ephraim, was born in Stanford, Garrard County, Kentucky. He moved with his parents to Williamstown, Grant (formerly Pendleton) County, Kentucky as a young boy. In Grant County, William married Nancy Doyle of Campbell County. For many years, their family lived on a farm in Dry Ridge in Grant County, near the old L&C (Lexington and Covington) Turpike, which is now called U.S. Route 25 or Dixie Highway. Between 1856 and 1860, William and his family moved to Gupser's Mill in Campbell County. William also lived in Carthage in Campbell County at one time.
Like his father, William was declared a pauper by the county (Kenton) in which he lived in 1879. He was awarded $10 to help pay for medicine for his amputated leg.
Nancy was buried in Persimmon Grove in Campbell County when she died.
Following is the family of William Tungate:
William Tungate (1806/1880s) and Nancy Doyle (1814/1-30-1898) m. on 7-9-1833
Ephraim (12-1834/1900s) m. Sarah Laughlin on 8-16-1860
Elliot (1839/1909) m. Lucy A. ? on 1-21-1866
Elizabeth ("Tillie?") (1842/1910+?)
Mary ("Polly") (1844/1864+) m. George Cathcart on 3-29-1864
John (1847/?)
Sarah M. (1849/1880+)
Martha (1851/?)
Anna (9-2-1853/?)
George (2-20-1856/?)
William? (7-21-1856/?)

Ephraim Tungate, son of William, was born in Grant County, Kentucky. He moved with his parents to Campbell County and met Sarah Elizabeth Laughlin, a native of that county, there. Ephraim and Sarah were married in Independence, Kenton County, Kentucky.
Sarah's parents were John Laughlin (~1815/1846-1849) and Martha Doyle. I do not know for sure who John Laughlin's ancestors were, but he was born in Kentucky, and there were many Laughlins in nearby Harrison County. The "Laughlin" name originated in Scotland or Ireland.
Ephraim and his wife were first cousins. Ephraim's mother, (Nancy Doyle) and Sarah's mother were sisters.
Ephraim was a farmer and a teamster. He and his family could not read or write.
Ephraim's daughter, Sally, married her husband in a horse-drawn carriage, according to William Craig, her husband's nephew. Following is a picture of Sally with grandson, William Craig III.

Sally Tungate Craig and William Craig III
Sally was tall and thin, as was her brother, Elliot.
I do not know where Ephraim and his wife are buried, but he probably died in Cold Spring, Kentucky, and she probably died in Gupser's Mill, Kentucky.
Following is the family of Ephraim Tungate:
Ephraim Tungate (12-1835/1900-1909) and Sarah Elizabeth Laughlin (1841/1880-1899) m. on 8-16-1860
William (1862/?)
Nancy J. (1863/?)
Elliot D. ("El") (10-1865/12-25-1941) m. Elizabeth Craig on 9-3-1891
John Moran ("Wesley") (4-1867 or 1869/1910+) m. Hattie Bradberry on 8-29-1892
Levia C. (1869/?)
Sarah Ann ("Sally") (1870/1940s) m. William Craig on 9-3-1891
Lewis (7-1876/?) m. Clara Miles in 1899
Elizabeth B. ("Eliza") (1874/1891+)

Elliot ("El") D. Tungate, son of Ephraim, was born in Gupser's Mill, Campbell County, Kentucky. He married Elizabeth ("Ella" or "Lizzie") Craig of Boone County, Kentucky in Erlanger, Kenton County, Kentucky before a Justice of the Peace. Elliot signed his name as "Tunget" on the marriage bond, shown next.

Marriage Bond of Elliot Tungate and Lizzie Craig
When their first child was born, they were living in Ohio. When their second child was born, they were living in Burlington, Boone County, Kentucky. Between 1893 and 1895, they moved to Randolph, near Rising Sun in Ohio County, Indiana. Finally, between 1900 and 1902, they moved to a house on 2732 Montreal Street off River Road in Cincinnati, where they spent their remaining years. This street no longer exists. Ella lived with her son Charles at 1114 Sherman Avenue shortly before she died.
Elliot was a carpenter. He liked to smoke a pipe. He was tall and thin. He was about six feet, six inches tall and had red hair, as did his daughters Mabel and Minnie. His nephew, William Oscar Craig, remembered Elliot saying he was descended from Indians. My mother's grandma also told her this. Ella was slightly overweight. Following is a picture of Elliot and Ella.

Elliot and Ella Tungate
Elliot's daughter, Mabel, died of breast cancer.Bess died on Motherís Day from falling down steps. Dovey was named after her great grandmother, Dove Rex, who, according to family legend, was descended from Chief Whitefeather. Elliot's daughter, Sally, committed suicide. My mother remembers Elliot's daughters, Leanna and Betsy, as being beer drinkers. Leanna was tagged with the nickname "Dink" by her siblings for being the smallest of the family. The nickname stuck throughout her life. Ella and all her daughters chewed snuff and tobacco, and Ella smoked a pipe, like her husband. Elliotís sons, Bill, John, and Sam were World War II veterans. Following are pictures of his sons.

Sam and Lorraine Tungate

Bill Tungate

John and Charles Tungate
Elliotís daughter, Minnie, did not have any children. Of Elliotís sons, only Charles had any children. Like himself, his sons were tall. Following is a picture of Charles with two of his uncle Craigs, and a friend.

Charles Tungate, William Craig, Jacob Craig Jr., and a Friend
Next is a picture of Elliot as an older man and two of his sons on a farm.

John, Elliot, and Charles Tungate
Next is a picture of Elliot, his wife, and some of his daughters at their house on Montreal Street.

Elliot and Ella Tungate and Daughters
Next is a picture of Elliot and family members at his sister Sallyís farm inCleves, Ohio.

Elliot Tungate, William and Sally Craig, Charles Tungate, and Charles Tungate Jr.
Elliot died at Cincinnati General Hospital from an intestinal obstruction due to complications from a colostomy. Ella died at home from pulmonary bleeding due to hypertension and advanced arteriosclerosis. According to my great aunt, Ella Mae, her grandmother was sickly and hard to get along with in later years. Her nephew, William Craig, remembered that she did not like to be around noisy kids, and she yelled at them a lot. Late in life Ella converted to Catholicism. I have a copy of her baptismal certificate. Elliot and Ella are buried in Section 8, Grave 384 of Baltimore Pike Cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Following is a picture of Ella Tungate (as an older woman) and her daughters except Bessie (from left to right: Minnie, Mabel, Dovey, Pearl, Leanna).

Ella Tungate and Daughters
Following is the family of Elliot Tungate:
Elliot Tungate (10-1865/12-25-1941) and Ella Craig (8-1-1875/12-27-1946) m. on 9-3-1891
Charles Elliot ("Charlie") (6-11-1892/2-1955) m. Susan McArthur in 1913 and Mary Alcorn in 1947
Dove ("Dovey") Alice (10-9-1893/4-28-1977) m. Martin Kammerer on 11-1-1918
Minnie ("Min") (2-2-1895/2-1970) m. Ernest Stoffel
Pearl ("Pearly") (5-14-1896/3-1970) m. William Conway
Betsy ("Bess" or "Bessie") (9-2-1898/5-1951-1960) m. Harvey Bowman
Leana ("Lina" or "Dink") (9-9-1900/7-1960) m. George Antone
John Wesley (7-14-1902/2-19-1975) m. Mildred Domsher
Sally (9-22-1906/1930s) m. Ted ? and ?
Mabel (9-9-1904/8-4-1965) m. Tony Schnieders on 9-1922
Lewis (3-19-1911/3-19-1911)
Elliot Samuel D. ("Sam" or "Sammy") (12-22-1912/11-20-1963) m. Lorraine Kerns
William ("Billy") (7-3-1915/~1981) m. Corrine ? about 1945


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