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Tabitha South (bef. 1780 - aft. 1840)

Tabitha South
Born before in Virginia, USAmap
Ancestors ancestors
Sister of [half] and [half]
Wife of — married 17 Nov 1798 in Rutherford County, North Carolina, USAmap
Descendants descendants
Died after after age 60 in Jackson Parish, Louisiana, USAmap [uncertain]
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Tabitha's birth year is somewhere between 1771-1780, according to her age in the 1830 and 1840 censuses. Given her marriage date and the ages of her children, it is likely to be closer to 1780 than to 1771.

Her birth location of Virginia comes from her daughter Permelia Williams' response in the 1880 census.

Tabitha is sometimes stated to be the first, brief wife of William Huddleston, with most of his children being born later to a second wife ("Elizabeth Newton"). However, Tabitha is found alone in the 1840 census near the grown Huddleston children. No marriage record between William Huddleston and an Elizabeth Newton has been located.

Tabitha is also often cited as a wife of Littleberry West, with the unexamined evidence showing that she married to him and having children with him at the same time that she was married to Huddleston. DNA does support links between Huddleston and West descendants, not including the known marriages of Tabitha and William's descendants with the West line. Perhaps the Tabitha Ann South who married Littleberry West will turn out to be a first cousin or similar to this Tabitha.

DNA Notes

The following segment locations, particularly chromosome 8, may be worth noting for descendants seeking to triangulate with each other.

Chromosome 4: position range 157-175

  • descendants of Tabitha's daughter Permelia (single line)
  • descendant of Tabitha's alleged brother Phillip South (single line)

Chromosome 8: position range 101-124

  • descendants of Tabitha's daughter Permelia (single line)
  • descendant of Tabitha's alleged brother Phillip South (two different lines)


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DNA Connections
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Tabitha by comparing test results with other carriers of her mitochondrial DNA. However, there are no known mtDNA test-takers in her direct maternal line. It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share some percentage of DNA with Tabitha:

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