Robert Tyler
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Robert Langley Tyler (1751 - 1815)

Capt. Robert Langley Tyler
Born in Frederick County, Virginiamap
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Husband of — married 1772 [location unknown]
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Died at age 63 in Tyler Station, Shelby County, Kentucky, United Statesmap
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Robert Tyler is a DAR Patriot Ancestor, A117704.

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Name: Robert Tyler. [1]

Born 1751 Cross Creek, VA. [1]

Died 1815 Shelby County, KY. [1]

Captain Robert Duvall or Langley Tyler, Rev War vet. b. 19 July 1751, Cross Creek, Frederick, Virginia d. 6 April 1815, Tyler's Station, Shelby, Kentucky. He was buried Tyler's Station, Shelby County, Kentucky. His parents: Edward Tyler and Nancy Ann Langley. Captain Robert Duvall or Langley Tyler married Margaret Unknown about 1772 in Virginia. [There is speculation that her name was Margaret Adam, Margaret Ballard, and Margaret Tyler, the daughter of Robert Tyler and Eleanor Bradley; however they were married in 1756 so I disagree with this speculation. Some say her father was Samuel Tyler (no known mother). However, there was a Ballard family at Tyler's Station.] Robert was sufficiently educated to read, write, and do basic arithmetic. Like many frontiersmen, Robert served periodically in the militia during the Revolutionary War and it was perhaps from this service that he gained the title of Captain by which he was nearly always known; as no document has been located to prove the he actually served in that capacity. He took the oath of allegiance on August 27, 1777, along with his brother Moses. By April 1780 Robert and Margaret Tyler were among the first settlers of Boone's Station, which had been erected by Squire Boone. This is where their daughter, Ann Drusilla, was reportedly born. (She would become the great-grandmother of Harry Truman). Robert and his family were among the settlers that were attacked during the Long Run Massacre. Robert was among those that returned the next day to bury the dead when Peter A? Sturgis, the husband of Robert's sister Nancy was killed in a second attack by Indians. This event became known as Floyd's Defeat. It was then that the settlers abandoned Boone's Station. In October of 1782, Robert joined his Militia under the command of Gen. George Rogers Clark for the next four weeks on an Indian campaign. It was in the spring of 1784 that Robert Tyler established Tyler's Station about 5 miles east of present Shelbyville. ( In the winter of 1788, five member of the Bland Ballard family were killed by Indians at Tyler's Station and shortly after that, Tyler's Station was abandoned and Robert and his family continued to live on Tick Creek at the Brashear's Creek Settlement. Shortly before 1793, he moved to his Guist Creek property on the Old State Road. During the 1790's rightful ownership of Robert's property on Tick Creek came into question when Squire Boone confused a tree he had marked for Robert's early survey with one marked for Eli Cleveland. The case lasted until 1803, when the Franklin County Court of Appeals handed down the final decision in favor of Robert Tyler. Robert died and was buried on his Guist Creek property on April 6, 1815. His widow died on October 15, 1840. She was buried beside her husband . [Robert and Margaret's 1st child Robert is the great-great-great grand father of the 46th vice-president, Richard Bruce Cheney.] [Robert and Margaret's 4th child Nancy is the great-grandmother of the 33rd president, Harry S. Truman.] Their children:

Robert Duvall (19 Mar 1773-6 Sep 1827) born in Fayette, Va. and died in Fulton Co, KY, he married Sarah Prichard (1775) on February 18, 1794. Their children: John (16 Feb 1795, George (1796), Alfred (28 Oct 1796), James Abraham (7 Oct 1799), Benjamin (1800), Austin (6 Aug 1801), Mary (19 Sept 1805) married David Blankenbaker, Willet (26 Feb 1808), Abraham (9 May 1811), and Robert Duvall (1 Feb 1817). Willet Tyler (26 Feb 1808) married Rachel Montgomery(24 Sep 1810). Their son: James Alexander Tyler (6 May 1848) married Sarah Elizabeth Swift (15 Mar 1843) in 1869. Their daughter: Margaret Ellen Tyler (15 June 1877) married Thomas Herbert Cheney (10 Apr 1869) on May 20, 1914, the son of Captain Samuel Fletcher Cheney and Ella A Phillips. Their son: Richard Herbert Cheney (15 June 1915) married Marjorie Lorraine Dickey (8 Jan 1918), Their son: Richard Bruce Cheney (30 Jan 1941) 46th Vice-President of the United States under George W. Bush

John (11 June 1775) married Margaret Henshaw Mitchell (1775) on Sep 13, 1803.

Catherine (13 Jun 1777-10 Aug 1839) married Charles Baird (28 May 1777) on Jan 22, 1798. He was the son of Thomas Baird and Esther Kilgore. Their children: Hettie Ester (Aug 1804)

Nancy Ann Drusilla (4 Apr 1780-8 July 1874) married Jesse Holmes (17 Dec 1775-8 May 1840) on Nov 17, 1803, the son of James Holmes and Margaret Lewis. Their children: Margaret (15 Aug 1804), Elizabeth (24 Feb 1806), Sarah (23 Dec 1807), Robert James (15 Jan 1810), Catherine (1 Jan 1912), Silas (1 Mar 1814), Jesse, Jr. (9 Apr 1816), Martha Ann "Patsy" (14 Oct 1818), Mary Jane (15 Mar 1821) and Emily (10 Oct 1823).

Mary Jane Holmes (15 Mar 1821-15 Feb 1879) married Anderson Shippe Truman (27 Feb 1816-3 Jul 1887), the son of William Truman II and Emma Grant Shippe, on Aug 13, 1846. Their son: John Anderson Truman (5 Dec 1851-2 Oct 1915) married Martha Ellen Young (25 Nov 1853-26 Jul 1947), on Dec 28, 1881. Their son: Harry Shippe Truman (8 May 1884-26 Dec 1972) married Elisabeth "Bess" Wallace. He was the 33rd President of the United States.

Delilah (22 Feb 1783) died in infancy.

Margaret (29 Dec 1785) married Thomas Weakley (1781-1833) on June 29, 1807; the son of Thomas Weakley and Elizabeth Redding. Their children: Robert (1808), Eliza Ann (1810), Granville (17 Sep 1811), Thomas R (6 Dec 1819), Delilah (1821), Mayland Tayrol (1824), Ambrose (1827), and John Calvin (1 Nov 1831).

Deed Book E2 p.188, Jan 13, 1838-Margaret Weakley, widow in her own right, guardian to Delilah Jane Weakley, Mayland Weakley, and John Weakley, AND Stephen Weakley guardian to Granville and Ambrose Weakley; heirs of Thomas Weakley to William F. Campbell. (Stephen was the brother of Thomas Weakley)

Abraham (24 Feb 1788)

Delilah (b. 17 Oct 1790) married Walker Satterwhite (b. 1790) on Sept 28, 1815. She was known as ?Lily?. Walker married Sarah Church on June 6, 1822 after the death of Delilah.

Elizabeth (28 Feb 1793-3 Mar 1847) married James B. McClellann (23 Jul 1789- 18 Oct 1851) ) on Oct 13, 1811. Their children: Salem Piatte (26 Sep 1812), Zulina (14 Oct 1815), Margaret Jane (18 Jan 1817), Eliza Eleanor (20 May 1819), Catherine( ), Louisa Ann (24 Mar 1824), Robert Henry (118 Jul 1826), John Russell (18 Dec 1828), Angeline Amanda( ), and Madaline (1834).

Eleanor (17 Nov 1797). Married Sanford Connelly (1793), the son of Sanford Ramey Connelly and Mary Caldwell, Aug 6, 1818. Their children: Robert (1821), Mary (1823), Margaret (1825), Thomas (1826), and George (1832).


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Source: #S430315549 Book Title: Lineage Book : NSDAR : Volume 112 : 1914 Ancestry Record 61157 #3481753

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Added his 1776 stickers, used the rank listed on his DAR record.
posted by Beryl Meehan
Corrected the birth date from July to August. My data entry error.
posted by [Living Martin]
Per SAR and DAR records, his birth was August 19, not July 19. Please supply your source for the information.
posted by Robin Lee
Tyler-4003 and Tyler-8 appear to represent the same person because: same parents and wife, birth is off by exactly one month
posted by Robin Lee