Amanda Tanner Faucett

This page is made available through the work and research of Ed Tatum, a distant cousin to many of us. Ed’s great grandmother’s was a Tanner. She left written record of all of her aunts and uncles, including our Amanda Carolina Tanner b. 7/15/1833 who married a Bell. We find now that Amanda was a daughter of James E. Tanner and Lucy Thornton. In 1850 they were living in Marshall Co. MS. along with the Bells. Both the census and the marriage record definitely list his William’s name as William F. (There was some question as to whether it was William E. or F.) He was a ginmaker born in 1825 NC son of Thomas Bell and Elizabeth Lang (probably a widow). The Tanners all moved in the 1850s to what became Lonoke Co AR, but Ed lost track of Amanda until July 10, 2002. While looking for something else in the AR Gazette, Ed happened on an obituary for Mrs. Amanda Faucett. This caught his eye, because his grandmother had left a weird note about an Edward Tanner Faucett being shot and killed at dawn on 9/8/1897. She had no idea who this was. Then the obit mentions all Amanda’s living brothers, James, Thomas, David and John Tanner. His grandmother also said the Tanners had lived in Atkins at some point, but there is no record of this. He think she must have been referring to Amanda. Also, the obit mentions daughter Mrs. Dollie Marsh. Ed has several pictures of “Cousin Elizabeth (Bessie) Marsh,” a Baylor graduate who was supposed to be my gr-grandmother (Tanner)’s cousin. He until recently has never been able to fit her in his side of the family. So he now sees she was Dollie’s daughter. He discovered Amanda’s obit has actually been on the web all along. He has lots of info on this family, pictures of all the brothers, and several unidentified women who are very likely the sisters. Ed and I are planning to continue to work together and get to know each other and of course will continue to research our Faucett heritage together. We will share the photos as we get them via the website, so keep checking in from time to time.

Below is the entire Tanner ancestry that Ed has provided to us. I have included the names in our family database, but Ed has provided much more detail below than my database currently has.

Ancestors of Amanda Carolina Tanner

Generation No. 1

        1.  Amanda Carolina Tanner, born July 15, 1833 in Tennessee; died February 22, 1917 in Atkins, Pope County, Arkansas.  She was the daughter of 2. Rev. James E. Tanner and 3. Lucy Thornton.  She married (1) William F. Bell July 10, 1850 in Marshall County, Mississippi.  He was born 1825 in North Carolina.  He was the son of Thomas Bell and Elizabeth [widow Lang?].  She married (2) T.S. Faucett September 14, 1865 in Pope County, Arkansas.  He was born 1824, and died 1880.

More About Amanda Carolina Tanner:

Burial: Atkins City Cemetery

More About William F. Bell:

Occupation: October 23, 1850, ginmaker, Northern Division, Marshall County, Mississippi

Generation No. 2

        2.  Rev. James E. Tanner, born May 28, 1806 in Warren County, North Carolina/Mecklenburg County, Virginia; died October 08, 1888 in Lonoke, Lonoke County, Arkansas.  He married 3. Lucy Thornton ca. 1832 in Tennessee.

        3.  Lucy Thornton, born December 04, 1813 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia; died November 01, 1888 in Lonoke, Lonoke County, Arkansas.

Notes for Rev. James E. Tanner:

Their tombstones in Lonoke, Arkansas (the cemetery is located off of Remington road) read:

        James Tanner

        Born May 28,1806

        Died Oct. 8, 1888

        He said “My son forsake not the God of Thy Father”

        Lucy Tanner

        Born Dec. 4,1813

        Died Nov. 1, 1888

        Rest Mother, rest in quiet sleep

        While friends in sorrow over thee weep.

In the center of the two tombstones it reads:

        They steered their course to

        The same quiet shore

        Not parted long

        And now to part no more

James Tanner’s obituary was in the Arkansas Methodist Dec. 8, 1888.  It states “Rev. James Tanner was born in Pyttsylvania [sic] County, Va., May 28, 1806.  He removed to North Carolina with his parents when young, and from thence to Middle Tennessee, where he was married to Miss Lucy Thornton, with whom he lived for more than fifty years, and died, after several weeks confinement, Oct. 8,1888; leaving her at ‘the margin of the River,’ where she still lingers in feebleness extreme, anxiously waiting for the summons to rejoin her glorified husband in Beulah land.  When he was about 24 years old he was licensed to preach in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.  In 1848 he joined the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and was sometime thereafter licensed to preach….”

According to Goodspeed, he followed farming a while in Tennessee, but, about 1846, moved to Marshall County, Miss., which was his home for five years, or until his location in Prairie County, Ark., in 1852.  Here he began to farm.  When the lines were changed by county surveyors, he became a resident of Lonoke County, and here lived until his death… he being at that time eighty-two years old.  His wife survived him about three weeks, dying at the age of seventy-five years.  Of their family, four sons and five daughters grew to maturity, all except one daughter being alive at this writing.  The brothers lived in this county.

More About Rev. James E. Tanner:

Burial: Concord Cemetery, Lonoke County

Fact 6: October 23, 1850, $300 real estate

Fact 7: 1870, farmer, Pulaski County, Prairie Township, $1000/900

Fact 8: November 21, 1825, S Sellers to E Williams 200a Anson wit: Wm Dutton, James Tanner, Robt H Tanner

Occupation: October 23, 1850, farmer,  Northern Division, Marshall County, Mississippi

More About Lucy Thornton:

Burial: Concord Cemetery, Lonoke County

Children of James Tanner and Lucy Thornton are:

        1                 i.               Amanda Carolina Tanner, born July 15, 1833 in Tennessee; died February 22, 1917 in Atkins, Pope County, Arkansas; married (1) William F. Bell July 10, 1850 in Marshall County, Mississippi; married (2) T.S. Faucett September 14, 1865 in Pope County, Arkansas.

                          ii.               Lucy Jane Tanner, born February 02, 1836 in Tennessee; died October 24, 1891 in Lonoke County, Arkansas; married (1) Merida S. Rhodes October 30, 1852 in Marshall County, Mississippi; born 1827 in Marshall County, Mississippi; died Bef. 1870; married (2) [William?] Driver Bef. 1860; born 1805.

More About Lucy Jane Tanner:

Burial: Concord Cemetery, Lonoke County

Fact 6: 1870, lived with parents, Pulaski County, Prairie Township

                          iii.               Mary Ann Elizabeth Tanner, born March 28, 1838 in Tennessee; died March 17, 1857 in Lonoke County, Arkansas; married J.C. Bell; died April 14, 1870.

More About Mary Ann Elizabeth Tanner:

Burial: March 17, 1857, Concord Cemetery, Lonoke County

                          iv.               Rev. James Edmon Tanner, Jr., born May 01, 1840 in Marshall County, Mississippi; died July 04, 1926 in Sweet Home, Pulaski County, Arkansas; married (1) Syrena Emma Johnson September 14, 1860 in Prairie County, Arkansas; born 1841; died June 16, 1861; married (2) Mary Malinda King October 28, 1866 in Des Arc, Prairie County, Arkansas; born October 17, 1843 in Memphis, Tennessee; died January 05, 1926 in Sweet Home, Pulaski County, Arkansas.

Notes for Rev. James Edmon Tanner, Jr.:

He joined the Confederate Army in September 1861, fought as a private in Company B regiment of the Arkansas Mounted Rifles, and served until April 26, 1865.   According to his great granddaughter Lee Sharp, “One of my brothers has the buttons off of his uniform and another brother was given the Civil War Ribbon that he is wearing in the picture….  I received, shortly before Aunt May died in the early 1990s, a handmade “shoulder shawl” made by Mary Malinda King (when she was 16 during the Civil War).  Mary Malinda King was the last wife of James E. Tanner Jr. and was my great-greatgrandma.  According to Aunt May,  James E. Tanner Jr.  married three of Mary Malinda’s sisters before marrying her.  James E. was hard on his women.  He’d marry one and she’d “up and die on him” (probably in childbirth) then he’d marry another and so on.  My aunt called it the tragic story of the M’s, since all of the sisters names started with M:  Matilda, Mariah, and I can’t remember the other at present….

“I have a picture of James E. Tanner, Jr. and Mary Malinda and their daughter out in front of the Tanner homestead at Lonoke (it is a copy of the original that my older brother has).  Aunt May used to visit her grandparents as a child and told me that ‘In Lonoke they (James and Mary) had a huge orchard with many different fruit trees.  They also had many acres of land on which they grew peanuts and I believe cotton as well as other different crops.’  She also said that James E. Jr. told her many war stories but said ‘I was a child and didn’t pay any attention.  I wish I had now!’  She also remembered that he tried to explain about his loss of vision in his left eye by saying, ‘A stick flew up and hit me in the eye and that’s why I can’t see out of it.’  Aunt May believed that he told her this so as not to frighten her (it is known that this blinding of his left eye occurred in one of the many battles he fought in and is listed on his pension record).

“James E. Jr.’s and Mary M.’s daughter (mentioned in the previous paragraph) was talked about in whispers according to my aunt.  As the story goes, James E., Jr. was a strict parent and was a minister.  His daughter rebelled against him by continuing to see a man (name lost to history) who James E. did not approve of and forbid her to marry.  Her response was said to have been, “You forbid me to marry, so I will go and live with him in sin.”  She did as she said she would, but tragedy struck and she died in childbirth.  She was called Wicked Sally and her story  was used to admonish the girls in the family as a lesson for what happened to girls who didn’t abide by their parents wishes.”


James E. Tanner, aged 86, died at the Confederate Soldier’s Home at Sweet Home at 9 o’clock Sunday night.  He is survived by one daughter Mrs. B. [sic] B. Lingo of Lonoke.  He had been at the home for 15 years, and during the Civil war he served, as a member of Company “B” of the First Arkansas Mounted Riflemen. Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Monday afternoon at the home, and burial will be in Pine Grove cemetery.

More About Rev. James Edmon Tanner, Jr.:

Burial: Pine Grove Baptist Cemetery

Military service: September 10, 1861, Private, Des Arc Rangers

Wounded: August 30, 1862, Rich, Kentucky

                           v.               Sarah L. Karen Tanner, born October 30, 1842 in Mississippi; died November 04, 1917 in Atkins, Pope County, Arkansas; married (1) Edward McNew February 06, 1868 in Prairie County, Arkansas; born 1839; died November 15, 1868; married (2) Henry Clay Caruthers Aft. 1870; born December 24, 1844.

More About Sarah L. Karen Tanner:

Burial: Atkins City Cemetery

Fact 6: 1870, lived with parents, Pulaski County, Prairie Township

                          vi.               Thomas H. Tanner, born January 06, 1846 in Fayette County, Tennessee; died June 24, 1932 in Pope County, Arkansas?.

Notes for Thomas H. Tanner:

According to Goodspeed:

T. H. Tanner was born in Fayette County, January 6, 1846, coming to this state and county with his parents in 1852.  He grew to manhood here, and in 1864 he enlisted in the Forty-seventh Missouri Cavalry, Col. Crannell commanding, and served till the close of the war.   He was taken prisoner and held three months at Little Rock.  At the expiration of his service he joined Price, taking part in the latter’s raid through Missouri.  When the war closed, he settled here for a short time, then attending school at Hickory Plains and Lonoke, receiving a good schooling in the common and higher branches. After obtaining his education, he went into business, later with his brother, buying the land upon which they now live, improving, cultivating and making it one of the most desirable pieces of property in Lonoke County.

More About Thomas H. Tanner:

Burial: June 25, 1932, National Cemetery, Little Rock, Plot: CSA 1124

Military service: 1864, 47th (Crandall’s) Arkansas Cavalry, Co. A

Occupation: 1870, farmer, Pulaski County, Prairie Township, $1000/150

Residence: March 12, 1903, Pope County, Arkansas

                         vii.               Hon. Alexander David Tanner, born May 17, 1848 in Marshall County, Mississippi; died Aft. 1923; married Maggie L. Hays January 17, 1882 in Lonoke County, Arkansas; born 1865 in Tennessee.

Notes for Hon. Alexander David Tanner:

Civil War vet.  According to Goodspeed, he “received a good English education in this county after arriving at mature years, later engaging in teaching in Lonoke and Polk Counties, which he followed for a number of years. He and his brother then formed a partnership and bought land where Mr. Tanner now lives, though little was then in a state of cultivation.  The brothers have now opened up about 600 acres, all of which are in good condition for crops.  They are at present engaged in developing some 600 acres more, and have good residences, stock, buildings, new gin, engine and machinery.  In this home tract there are 1,640 acres of bottom land, and in Lonoke Township they own about 200 acres, mostly under cultivation.  They also own some wild land in Arkansas County.  Commencing without means, the brothers have been very successful, being now foremost among the substantial men of the county.  A. D. Tanner was married in this county, January 17, 1882, to Maggie L. Hays, of Tennessee origin though reared in Arkansas, the daughter of Henry Hays of this county.  A family of three children blessed their union:  Floyd A., Maud and a girl baby.  Mr. Tanner is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, while his wife has linked her faith with the Presbyterian denomination.  He is a member of the Agricultural Wheel, having served that body as president.  He was elected to represent Lonoke County in the State legislature in 1881, being re-elected at the expiration of his term, and filled the office with credit to himself and to the honor of the county.  He has occupied various positions in the church, and is on the board of churches at Cabot. He is also a member of the board at Lonoke, and of the board of Lonoke tannery at Austin.”

More About Hon. Alexander David Tanner:

Occupation: 1870, farmer, Pulaski County, Prairie Township, $1000/125

                        viii.               John M. M. Tanner, born December 02, 1850 in Marshall County, Mississippi; died March 03, 1922 in Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas; married Martha E. “Mattie” Gray November 12, 1873 in Lonoke, Lonoke County, Arkansas; born February 11, 1857 in Hamilton Township, Prairie (now Lonoke) County, Arkansas; died December 17, 1914 in Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas.

Notes for John M. M. Tanner:

He and his wife Martha moved to Little Rock about 1912.  Possibly lived in Ola, Atkins, and Lonoke beforehand.  After his wife died, his eccentric son “Watt” and daughter Lucy took care of him until his death.

3/1/1883, Arkansas Co, land patents recorded for John Tanner and James E. Tanner which seem to be in adjacent sectors.

More About John M. M. Tanner:

Census 1: 1900, photographer, Lake Township, Perry County

Census 2: 1870, lived with parents, Pulaski County, Prairie Township

Census 3: 1880, farmer, Arkansas County, McFall Township

More About Martha E. “Mattie” Gray:

Burial: Oakland Cemetery, Little Rock

Census: August 20, 1870, house servant, Dr. W.H. Bird residence, Hamilton Twp, Praire County

Occupation: August 20, 1870, house servant, J.A. Beck residence, Hamilton Twp, Praire County

                           ix.               Prudence Rosana Catherine “Katie” Tanner, born September 30, 1854 in Arkansas; died July 29, 1904 in Lonoke County, Arkansas; married Samuel Bell Kirk September 30, 1874 in Eagle Township, Lonoke County, Arkansas; born November 07, 1844 in Tennessee; died January 27, 1890 in Lonoke County, Arkansas.

More About Prudence Rosana Catherine “Katie” Tanner:

Census: 1870, lived with parents, Pulaski County, Prairie Township.

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