I descend from Ellis TYCER through his daughter, Louisa TYCER who married Thomas M. WHEELER in Dickson Co., TN 3 August 1841. Oral history from Louisa and Thomas' oldest son (my g-grandfather) claims that Louisa was half French.
According to Revolutionary War records and other sources, Ellis TYCER was born 04 June 1756 in Northumberland Co., VA. From the Revolutionary War Pension Abstract, Dickson Co., TN Handbook: Ellis Tycer, NC Line Soldier b. 1755 in Northumberland Co., VA; enlisted at Halifax Co., VA. Discharged from service in 1782; returned to Halifax Co., VA and lived there after War; then moved to Wilkes Co., NC for 3 years; in 1792 moved to Davidson Co., TN. He was living in Dickson Co., TN when he applied for his Revolutionary War Pension 8 Jan. 1835. He fought under General Green at Guilford Courthouse, NC during the Revolutionary War and is listed on the courthouse monument for Dickson Co., TN residents who fought in the Revolutionary War.
By or before 1806 Ellis moved to Dickson Co., TN. Son, Lewis TYCER was born in Dickson Co. 10 May 1806. Ellis is also mentioned in Dickson Co., TN Court Minutes 30 January 1807 as part of the "hands" who were assigned to help Robert NESBITT, "overseer of the road from the town of Charlotte leading toward Palmyra as far as John Irwin's Mill." He also appears in other court records; serving as a juror or acting as a witness for various civil transactions.
Ellis Tycer bought 170 acres of land from James Robertson on the headwaters of Barton's Creek. Made 19 Oct. 1811, witnessed by Richard C. Napier and Jon Carick (source: Dickson Co. Handbook). In 1835 a purchase was recorded for Tycer, Ellis, Dickson County, 50 acres, M Dist., bk. 15, pg. 403, Grant #12635.
It is believed that Ellis TYCER married Rachel STANSBURY bet. 1792-1795 possible in Wilkes Co., NC or Davidson Co., TN. From census records, it appears likely that they had nine children of which five have been identified:
1. Unknown Son Tycer, born Bet. 1794 - 1797 probably TN
2. Martha Tycer, born 07 October 1798 in TN; died Aft. 1870 in Wayne Co, TN, married John Nesbitt
3. Unknown Son Tycer, born Bet. 1802 - 1804 probably TN
4. Unknown Daughter Tycer, born bet. 1804-1810 probably TN
5. Lewis Tycer, born 10 May 1806 in Dickson Co., TN; died 16 June 1883 in Brownsville, Linn Co., OR, married 1) Sarah Angelina Wright; 2) Frances Jane Sanders
6. Louisa Tycer, born Bet. 1810 - 1813 (prob. May 1812) in Dickson Co., TN; died Aft. 1900 probably Crawford Co., MO; married Thomas M. Wheeler
7. Allen Tycer/Ticer, born between 1811-15 probably Dickson Co., TN; died in Putnam County, MO, married Perniah/Pemina Freeman
8. Letticia Tycer, born 26 August 1818 in Dickson Co., TN; died Aft. 1880 in Near Dallas, TX, married John W. Ragan.
9. Unknown Son Tycer, born Bet. 1825 - 1830.
The Tycer name means "weaver" in French. As I said, oral history through the family of Louisa Tycer Wheeler states that Louisa was half French, an educated woman who taught school to help support her family after she was widowed while the family was living in Wayne Co., Tennessee (ca 1846-1877).
You are absolutely correct that this name is very rare. It appears that the early TYCER, TICER, TYSOR families were probably in Virginia. While Ellis moved to North Carolina and then Tennessee, there was another line in Louisiana that doesn't appear connected to our line. Those who were in Lauderdale, AL appear to have links to Tennessee and may have a connection to Ellis TYCER of Virginia. This is an assumption; no proof has been found to confirm this one way or the other. We have no information about Ellis' parents or siblings so it is hard to say where his blood relatives settled. There is some circumstantial evidence, however, that may link him to other TYCER or TICER'S in TN and AL. When a name as rare as this one crops up more than a few times in one county or area, it seems logical that one should search diligently for a link. Families often moved together from one locale to another. I also believe that a lot is made about the spelling of this name. Remember, census takers and other public officials often spelled named the way they wanted rather than the way the name was actually spelled. For instance, one son of Ellis TYCER (Allen TYCER/TICER) saw the spelling of the name change after he moved to Missouri. I may be wrong, but I believe these names are, in most cases, interchangeable.
I invite you to check my World Connect site, which contains the TYCER information that my cousins and I have found. I welcome additions and corrections.
Good luck to all researchers of the TYCER, TICER, TYSOR, ect. surname.
Lonna Jean Conroy
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