Tackling Those Tacketts

With my latest massive update of my database to my website, I have spent a considerable amount of time and energy on my Appalachian TACKETT/TACKITT antecedents.

I have direct connections to the Tackett/Tackitt surname through my maternal ggg-grandparent, Sarah “Sallie” Tackett (1813-1904), who married Richard Hall (1810-1855), my main maternal Hall bloodline.

Sallie Tackett was a daughter of William “Preacher Billy” Tackett and Anna (or Amy) Johnson, early settlers on Long Fork of Shelby Creek in present-day Pike County, KY. Her husband Richard Hall was a son of Masias Hall and Unisiah Branham-Smith, who were also part of the original group to settle Long Fork.

While this is my most direct blood connection, it is also worth noting that as recently as my great-grandfather, Brother Joseph Leonard Hall (1865-1928), son of Enoch Mahlon “Red” Hall, there was a marriage into the Tackett family. He took as his fifth wife, Martha Ann Tackett (1897-1967), daughter of Wilson and Rhoda (Hampton) Tackett.

My methodology for exploring these Tackett connections was very simple…

Out of my total database of 125,000 people, some 1,065 bear the Tackett/Tackitt surname. I have spent the good part of a month attempting to review each individual Tackett record with on-line data resources from FamilySearch in order to discover whether birth, death, burial, and/or marriage records exist in the hundreds of transcribed public record databases on FamilySearch. (There are simply so many census record entries, I have not delved deeply into each decennial record yet!) Whenever I could find a reasonably-reliable match, I have updated my own database and linked citations to the underlying public-record transcriptions.

As part of this process, I would uncover duplicate entries — for example, an individual entered along with a spouse, who was also entered as a child in a family. If I could confirm that the records were duplicates, they were merged. Similarly, I uncovered numerous sibling relationships among folks who had not previously been linked as part of a single family unit in my database.

While this approach does not guarantee perfect matching and, therefore, complete accuracy of my revised database, it will offer other researchers suggestions about where to start pursuing confirmation of links, facts, and dates. As always, I rely on the “crowd-search” wisdom of others to test and verify — or reject — assumed links to people, places, and events. Therefore, I will respect and strongly consider your comments, evidence, and alternate analyses of the extant on-line data!

Now that I have built stronger linkages among the individuals with Tackett surnames or married names, I will begin to do the data analysis that is nearest and dearest to my heart: “When, where, and why did they move into and out of the Southern Appalachian Highlands?” If you happen to be a Tackett family member, directly or indirectly, and if you have documents that trace the perambulations of your branch of the family throughout this country, please contact me.  And feel free to recommend this site and database to others!

ONE FINAL COMMENT: If you, too, have Tackett/Tackitt connections, I encourage you strongly to connect to the “Tackett Family Association” Facebook group moderated by Jim Tackitt of Rio Vista, CA, a native of Pike County, KY who has performed outstanding service to Tackett family researchers for years. This “private” (or membership) group is a wonderful resource.

3 thoughts on “Tackling Those Tacketts”

  1. My name is Ronnie Lee Sexton. My line goes back to Phillip Moses Tackett??? I have a tree on Ancestry.com, feel free to check it out. ron_sexton. My grandparents were Silas and Emily Inas Cook Tackett. Please let me know if there is a better site than Ancestry.

    1. Ronnie, if you are not a user of the FREE data sources at FamilySearch.org (the genealogical research arm of the Latter Day Saints (Mormons), you may be missing out on the largest collection of online data in the world. I am not a Mormon, so I have no “agenda” to promote any particular religious teachings. But I am a lover of history and a vigorous researcher. I have volunteered, in years past, to transcribe images of public documents (census records, etc.) used to build these databases. The transcriptions are not perfect, but neither is what you have to pay for with an Ancestry membership or one on MyHeritage or anywhere else. And I am grateful that the site is available to all.
      Having said that, I wil readily affirm that lots of the Family Tree data there can be suspect. Individuals can post their trees without citing any sources. So the way to use them is “with a grain of salt” — and a whole bunch of follow-up cross-checking against the public records databases there. Eventually, the “crowd-sourced” verification of a posted tree can either prove or disprove, or present clues to new facts/events in the posted family trees.

  2. I have lots of Tackett’s and Howard’s.
    Jim used to have a newsletter he published. It was really nice, but you had to pay for membership, which was reasonable considering all the work and expense he had.

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