Cocke County, TNGenWeb
James Dudley Talley

Submitted by Phebe Morgan


    b. Virginia c. 1775

    m. Nancy Davis, August 25, 1798, Jefferson County, Tennessee

    d. December 23, 1853, Inman Cemetery, Cocke County, Tennessee

    c. Joseph  1799 - 1864, m. Sarah O. Inman
        Sarah  1802, m. David Weaver Day 1834
        Robert  1804, m. Rachel Harrison
        Anny  1806
        Bartell  1808 - 1845
        Leticia  1810, m. Matthew Campbell
        Dudley  1812
        Jerry  1815 - 1834 (could this be Jeremiah?)
        Louisa  1817
        Luther  1821 - 1830
        Jerome 1834 - 1862, m. Sarah E. Conway

The records in Tennessee have been confusing because he went by the name "Dudley" and at other times by James. Prior to 1795 he and Carter Benoni Talley came to present day Cocke County Tennessee. They lived in the area of Bybee in the western part of the county. Cocke County suffered a fire in the court house and therefore, most records have been lost. The original Bible of James Dudley is still in existence, and the information above was taken directly from that Bible (Xerox copy in my possession). The Cocke County tax list for 1839 in District 4, lists James as owning 46 acres and 200 acres in "school lands" with one head of household. Other Talley men listed are: Benoni, Bradly W., Carter, Dudley, James H. and John. He was a slave owner but several weeks before his death he sold 6 of his slaves. He was considered a man of some means, as he had his photograph taken by a very early means of photography. In the 1850 census there is a 49 year old woman living with him who was born in Tennessee by the name of Nancy; a relationship is not given. Could this be the Nancy Rayl mentioned below. The date of death of his wife is unknown. The family in Cocke County believes it was in the 1870's and states she is buried in another cemetery. I believe she was dead before 1850 and buried somewhere in the Inman Cemetery--which I believe was land originally owned by Dudley Talley. A will did exist as shown by a request for power of attorney in Jackson County Missouri--where several children of Dudley and Nancy relocated.

Talley, Dudley, Sr.---Rayl, Nancy H.
Deed Book 6, pg. 289, Nov. 30, 1859
May 24, 1860, Mathew A. Campbell and Letitia Campbell, the state of MO., gave power of attorney to Nancy Rayl
---Heirs at law of Dudley Talley Sr., dec.---in our name to rec. for us and from Joseph Talley and William McFarland exec. of the last will testament of Dudley Sr. dec. late of Cocke Co.

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