Note: The Tanner settlement of 1804 was made four miles southwest of Woodville, MS. Then known as West Florida. Robert built Witchwood Plantation about 1814. His children and family settled up and down Bayou Boeuf, LA. TANNER FAMILY CEMETERY (Cheneyville) - Rapides Parish, LA Directions: This small family cemetery is located behind Witchwood Plantation (presently the home of direct descendants of Robert Tanner and Providence Robert). It is in the back of a field near Bayou Beouf near Loyd's Bridge. The Tanner burials are in a fenced area while the Pierce and Brown graves are outside the fence. There are at least two dozen unmarked graves in this area, indicated by depressions. ROBERT, Paul Jebez (Minor Son of Peter Robert, Sr.) ROBERT TANNER, JOSEPH ROBERT & PETER ROBERT, $700, 30 July 1808. ROBERT TANNER appointed guardian to PAUL JEBEZ ROBERT, minor orphan of PETER ROBERT SEN. late of said county, dec'd. Wilkinson County, MS Territory, Inventory and Accounts, Volume one. 1808-1816 Microfilm #0877094 History: Robert Tanner and his wife, Providence Robert, along with numerous relatives and slaves left their home in Beaufort South Carolina, and traveled by wagon through Georgia to the Nickjack Cave near the present city of Chattanooga. Here, they built flatboats to carry their families, livestock, wagons, and goods down the Tennessee and Mississippi Rivers to Natchez. They arrived in Natchez in 1805 to find no suitable settlement, so they continued on to Fort Adams (60 miles further), and settled near Woodville Mississippi (1). By 1813, many of this group moved to Louisiana and settled in the Cheneyville area.
Note: (Research):Source The Rapides Parish History by Sue Eakin with illustrations by Lauren Marchive Published by the Historical Association of Central Louisiana with the help of Kisatchie-Delta Economic Development District Council and the Louisiana American Revolution Bicentennial Commission. Copyright 1976 by Sue Eakin In 1811 William Fendon Cheney of South Carolina located on a farm on Bayou Boeuf. Two years later, he was joined by as many as a hundred migrants originally from his home state. This group started west around 1800. They had one thing in common: they were all either descendants or family members through marriage of Rev. Pierre Robert, a French Hugenot, who had settled in South Carolina on the Santee River in the late 1600s. Peter Robert was the head of the clan with his son-in-law, Robert Tanner, who moved to the area on the Boeuf where Cheney had already settled. The Hugenot descendants had stopped off east of the Mississippi for nearly a decade--time enough for Robert Tanner to survey and lay out Woodville, Mississippi, found Beaulah Baptist Church, and leave some of the clan to move west. Plantations were laid out on both sides of the Boeuf, many belonging to Tanners, members of the large family of Robert and Providence Tanner, as well as other migrating kinsmen by the same name. A few of these places still remain in the hands of descendants of the original settlers.
Note: (Medical):Died of yellow fever
Note: died of yellow fever
Note: Large tombstone broken. Stone carver: John White, Memphis, TN
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