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The History of Reverend George Tarvin by Verne Hoffman



The History of Reverend George Tarvin by Verne Hoffman (vhoffman@softcom.net) Adapted from The Descendants of George Tarvin IV, Tenth Child of Reverend George Tarvin prepared by the Tarvin Family Association and published by Family History Publishers, 845 South Main Street, Bountiful UT 84010. Copyright 1993 by the Tarvin Family Association. Permission to reproduce is granted provided proper attribution is made. Reverend George Tarvin was an ordained minister for the Church of the Brethren. He was a compassionate individual, an outstanding leader, and a pioneer in the true sense of the word. Rev. George was born about 1744 in Charles County, Maryland, to second generation Americans who were prominent land owners in Southern Maryland, near Port Tobacco. His ancestors were members of the Church of England, which, along with the Catholic Church, was prominent in early Maryland. Rev. George's father, also named George Tarvin (George II in the Tarvin histories), died in Charles Co. in 1750 and his estate was administered that year. At that time, George was only six years of age. Ref. Estate settlement, Charles Co., Maryland, 1750. The next probable recorded date in the life of Rev. George was his release from apprenticeship in Fairfax Co., Virginia, in 1757 when he was thirteen years of age. Speculation has it that George was apprenticed out sometime after both of his parents had died. He continued to have ties in Charles Co., however, as his aunts still lived there and his future in-laws, the Craycrafts, were also residents of Charles Co. Ref. Bound in apprenticeship and discharged from apprenticeship in Fairfax Co., Virginia, 1757, court order 1754-56, part 1, page 77, 17 April 1754. Rev. George's introduction to the Church of the Brethren, commonly known as the "Dunkers" or "Dunkards," could have come early in his life, during his apprenticeship or most likely when he started courting Sarah Craycraft. Sarah was the daughter of Joseph Craycraft, a Dunker preacher himself, and his wife, the former Margaret Bowles, whose family was also affiliated with the Dunker faith. Family tradition has it that Rev. George was disinherited when he joined the Dunker Church. His parents would not have disinherited him because he was only a boy when they both died; however, his aunts were still living during the years when he is likely to have joined the Dunkers. Perhaps it was they who disinherited him. A record of George's ordination has not been found, but it probably would have been sometime after his marriage to Sarah Craycraft in 1767, when he was 23 years old. Ref. Allegeheny Passage by Emmert Bittinger The next official record of Rev. George was as a witness to a deed in Hampshire Co., then in Virginia, in 1779. (Note: Hampshire Co. later joined nearby Virginia mountain counties in supporting the North in the War between the States and seceded from Virginia in 1863, when it was made a state of the Union called West Virginia.) He could have been in Hampshire Co. as early as 1765, for he probably married Sarah Craycraft there in 1767. Their first child, Thomas, was born in June 1769 in Hampshire Co., Virginia. Ref. Early Records of Hampshire County Virginia Now West Virginia, compiled by Clara McCarmack Sage and Laura Sage Jones, Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Company, 1969, page 33. The family is listed in Hampshire Co. in the State Census of 1782 and again in 1784. (The Federal Census of 1790 for Virginia was destroyed in the War of 1812) During those years, Rev. George was involved in a number of land transactions in the Cacapon Valley near the Potomac River in Hampshire Co., Virginia. Ref. Early Records of Hampshire County Virginia Now West Virginia, compiled by Clara McCarmack Sage and Laura Sage Jones, Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Company, 1969, page 97. He also served as a witness for a transactions of several of his neighbors, many of whom show up later in Kentucky, both as neighbors and probably as members of his congregation. Ref. Early Records of Hampshire County Virginia Now West Virginia, compiled by Clara McCarmack Sage and Laura Sage Jones, Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Company, 1969, page 24, 13. The last land transaction Rev. George made while still living in Hampshire Co. was the sale of 417 acres, one mile from the Potomac River on October 18, 1794.

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