- NOTE: from the research of Thomas Heflin Compton:
"Best information available indicates that John Tisdale Sr. was born in Virginia, probably Winchester County, in February 1730. Our research indicates that he may have married Mary Jane James, the daughter of Francis James. This Francis James was the son of Sherwood James who moved from Virginia to the High Hills of Santee area of Camden District South Carolina, and died there in 1764. The parents of Sherwood James were Francis James & Margaret Marable of Virginia.
The surname "Tisdale" did not appear in South Carolina until a few years before the Revolution. We like to believe that the John Tisdale Sr . family was among the first in the area. A few of the variations in the spelling of the surname Tisdale, that we encountered were: Teasdale; Teasdell; Teasdle; Tisdal; Tisdall; Tisdle; Tizdale, and Tuzdel.
John Tisdale Sr. was a successful planter owning a very large plantation in Camden District (later Sumter), plus scores of slaves. A part of his plantation was from a land grant that he received from the King of England on June 19, 1772. According to the Mills Atlas, a map of Sumter District published in 1825, from a survey made by S. H. Boykin in 1821, the John Tisdale grant was located about three (3) miles southeast of Sumterville (now Sumter), along the Pocotaligo River Road. This should be on Home Swamp, McGirt Branch, once a part of Craven County.
On August 10, 1808 John Tisdale Sr. executed a series of deeds, witnessed by Joseph Denson and Billups Gayle, wherein he deeded a tract of land and a number of slaves to each of his heirs, to take effect upon his death. Each bequeath ranged from 150 to 300 acres of land, and from 4 to 10 slaves.
John Tisdale Sr. died November 14, 1813 in Sumter Co. South Carolina . On September 21, 1814 John Tisdale Jr., Sherwood Tisdale, and John Draughn were appointed administrators of the estate. The bondsmen were Thomas Davis, Amos Davis & Benjamin P. West. In late 1818 the estate was "wound up". The undesignated assets were divided as follows: One third to his widow; the balance was divided equally between his sons Pleasant, Haley, Sherwood, Francis & John Jr., his grandson John Draughn, son of Prudence Tisdale & Joshua Draughn, and Benjamin Parker, husband of Tabitha Tisdale. I should point out that in South Carolina, prior to 1868, no woman could hold property, in her own right, unless she was single or a free-trader. A married woman's property was subject to her husband.
Jane Tisdale, widow of John Tisdale Sr., died on November 19, 1817 in South Carolina. The children of John Tisdale Sr. were: Prudence, Pleasant, Haley, John Jr., Francis S., Tabitha, and Sherwood, who was the link to the Crenshaw County Alabama Tisdales."
NOTE: from the Leonardo Andrea papers:
JOHN TISDALE Sr... A series of Deeds of Gift to take effect at his death (he died 14 Nov. 1813) and signed 10 Aug. 1808 He gave certain slaves and other property and certain lands to : JANE TISDALE My wife HALEY TISDALE My son JOHN TISDALE Jr My son SHERWOOD TISDALE My son FRANCIS TISDALE My son TABITHA PARKER My daughter JOHN TISDALE DRAUGHN My grandson, in right of his mother Prudence long deceased. Witness: Joseph Denson & Billups Gayle.
JOHN TISDALE Sr. His Estate was Administered 21 Aug. 1814 by his son, Sherwood Tisdale and his grandson, John Tisdale Draughn. This was a second administration. For on the 8th of March 1814 reference was made to the first administration with Thomas Davis. Amos Davis and Benjamin P.West as the same bondsmen. On 8 Mar. 1814 the following men made the appraisal: John China, Elisha Hodge and Jacob Lackey. Annual reports were made from year to year on this estate and it was not settled completely until the widow, Jane Tisdale died. At the final division heirs were as follows : Pleasant Tisdale, Haley Tisdale, Sherwood Tisdale, John Tisdale, Benjamin Parker for wife John T. Draughn..for his mother. This was a large estate and much money was involved. JOHN TISDALE DRAUGHN and his uncle. SHERWOOD TISDALE, as administrators had a large job to settle all of this estate. TABITHA TISDALE was the wife of BENJAMIN PARKER. John furnished supplies for Gen. Marion during the Revolutionary War . His name was on the first SC Census in 1790.
Amelia Co., VA Deed Book 6 & 7, page 476. John Tisdale and Jane, his wife, of Lunenburg to Francis Patram of Amelia Co. Dated May 24, 1760. Consideration: 40 pounds. 64 acres in Amelia Co. L/S Winticomake Cre ek, being part of 400 acres patented to William Tisdale on July 9, 1737, a dj. Willson, and said creek as it meanders, with all houses, etc.
Wit: John Pardue, John Newby, William Pardue
Lunenburg Deed Book 11, page 30. Dated April 15, 1767, receievd June 11, 1767. John Tisdale of Craven Co., SC to Michael Mackey of Lunenburg Co. Consideration: 40 pounds, 237 acres in Lunenburg Co., branches Reedy Creek, adj. Richard Hanson, Joshua Winfield, Roland Ward, John Hopson, orphan s of Nicholas Hobson dec'd, John Hix.
Signed: John (X) Tisdale
Wit: Thomas Coley, Edward Goode Hatcher, Jonathn Patterson, Daniel Comer Jane Tisdale, his wife, relinqueshes dower.