I am looking for information about the Tarpley Family in Giles County, Tennessee

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My family tree on my father's side is hitting a dead end when I get to my great grandfather, Herman Tarpley. I have his birth date, death date, wife's information (her tree branch is filling out thus far easily). I have been unable to locate any records on him further than December 1923 when she and Carrie Mae Dawes were married in Giles County Tennessee. I am looking for his parent's names and where they originate from so I can try to research further back into my family history.
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Jennifer, welcome to G2G forum.

There is a great chance that the parents of Herman Tarpley were Jerome R. and Mary A. Tarpley. Please see the following 1910 US Census sheet:


Herman is listed in line 81, 7 y/o. Jerome and Mary were 53 and 51.

Jerome and Mary got married in Giles, TN on 1874 according to the following record:


Mary died in Giles, TN on 1916:


Jerome died there on 1927:


I also found a page with the same information on Herman's parents:


Mary Alice Garrett is listed No. 117 in bold capital letters, married to Jerome Tarpley. Herman is listed their child letter D.

Hope this information helps in your search.

by Rubén Hernández G2G6 Pilot (763k points)
selected by Jennifer Tarpley
Thanks so much!

You're welcome Jennifer.

Thank you for Best answer.

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Possible father of Herman Tarpley born 1860. If true, then, John C and Hellen Tarpley would be Hemman's paternal grandparents. 

Charles C Tarpley

United States Census, 1860

Name Charles C Tarpley
Event Type Census
Event Date 1860
Event Place Southern Subdivision, Giles, Tennessee, United States
Gender Male
Age 0
Race White
Race (Original) [Blank]
Birth Year (Estimated) 1860
Birthplace Tennessee
Page 183






John C Tarpley   M 55 Virginia
Hellen Tarpley   F 36 Tennessee
Catherine D Tarpley   F 23 Tennessee
Leonardas J Tarpley   M 21 Tennessee
Sarah P Tarpley   F 18 Tennessee
John R Tarpley   M 12 Tennessee
Mary V Tarpley   F 1 Tennessee
Charles C Tarpley   M 0 Tennessee
John F Black   M 12 Tennessee
William R Black   M 11 Tennessee
Ann E Black   F 10 Tennessee
Almeter Black   F 9 Tennessee
George W Black   M 8 Tennessee
Martha T Black   F 7 Tennessee
Andrew J Black   M 5 Tennessee

Citing this Record

"United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M8T8-SY6 : 12 December 2017), Charles C Tarpley in entry for John C Tarpley, 1860.


View the original document. The original may contain more information than was indexed.

United States Census, 1860

Household ID 1320
Affiliate Name The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Affiliate Publication Number M653
Affiliate Film Number 1251
GS Film Number 805251
Digital Folder Number 005171430
Image Number 00391
by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.3m points)
Thanks, there seems to have been a couple of lines of the Tarpley family in Giles and the surrounding counties during this time frame. This one may pan out to be a different set of relatives.



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Possible father of Carrie Mae Dawes. If so, then Robert Dawes and Ruthie Diane Turner would be her paternal grandparents. 

Arthur Dawes

Tennessee Death Records

Name Arthur Dawes
Event Type Death
Event Date 07 Dec 1963
Event Place Stella, Giles, Tennessee, United States
Gender Male
Age 79
Birth Year (Estimated) 1884
Father's Name Robert Dawes
Mother's Name Ruthie Diane Turner
Spouse's Name Zamer Duncan Dawes
Spouse's Gender Female

Citing this Record

"Tennessee Death Records, 1914-1963", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2HD-YKH1 : 17 March 2018), Arthur Dawes, 1963.


View the original document. The original may contain more information than was indexed.

Tennessee Death Records, 1914-1963

GS Film Number 002455915
Digital Folder Number 007717300
Image Number 00095
by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.3m points)
I found a census record for her which had her parents listed as being Minnie Dawes and W.W. Dawes. A bit more digging and I found Minnie Jane (Duncan) Dawes and William Walter Dawes as her parents. However there seems to be spelling variances between the census records I found. One of them has the surname spelled as Daws, but the next document for the same family had Dawes. Have you run across this variance in your research?





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