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John Tarter, Pulaski Co., KY
Posted by: Susan Chance-Rainwater Date: February 05, 1999 at 22:53:22
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I had reason to go through Oscar Darter's 1965 book "The Tarter-Darter Family", which is one of the standard references for the origins of this family. It is clear to me that Oscar Darter has completely misinterpreted the data which he presents in his own appendix by leaping to the conclusion that John Tarter Sr. of Pulaski Co., KY is the son of Jacob Darter, Jr. Here are the problems with that conclusion:

1. A series of Wythe Co., VA birth and baptism records tie together Jacob Sr., Jacob Jr. & John between 1807 and 1818. The last is the birth of John's daughter Catherina, recorded in the parish book. Our John Tarter is said to have arrived in Pulaski Co. in 1788, and was definitely there by 1806 based on the land records.
2. There is a John Tarter listed in the 1810C in BOTH Pulaski Co., KY and Wythe Co., VA. These cannot be the same individual.
3. Jacob Darter Sr. is said to have married ca 1781. John is said to have arrived in KY in 1788. He would, at best, have been 7-years-old. In fact, the dates of birth of John Tarter's known children force his marriage date to no later than 1779.

I believe the prevailing theory is that Balzer Darter is John Tarter's father. While there are no date-related problems with this theory there is one hitch. All of Balzer's living children are named in his will, and John is not among them. The only excuse one can make for this is that the others still lived in Virginia, while John had moved to the wilds of Kentucky.

If anyone can find a flaw in my reasoning I would very much like know.

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