compiled by Linda Sparks Starr February 2008
LSS note: Two Hiram Traylors are identified in this time line; which of them is the son of William is the question I can't answer. One appears in Alabama with Randolph & Edy (Sparks) and her brother William. The other appears in Tennessee records with Edy and William's siblings, Isaac and Bailey Sparks.
1769-1770 estimated birth year Hiram Traylor, son of William, based on first appearance in extant Wilkes Co. tax record 1791. He was likely born in Dinwiddie County, Virginia.
1791 Wilkes Co. Georgia Tax List, Capt. Patton's District: Matthew Sparks, John Banks, Thos. Trailer (two taxpayers whose names are torn from the original) Hiram Tr[torn], Randolph Trailer, James Brooks. [Hudson p. 310-311] LSS note: Matthew Sparks is the father of William, Isaac, Bailey and Edy (Sparks) Traylor.
1792 Wilkes Co. Georgia Tax List, Capt. James Sander's Dist: John Banks, James Brooks, Dunstan Banks, William Trailer, Thomas Trailer, Matthew Sparks, Hiram Trailor, Randolph Trailer, William Sparks. [Hudson p. 372-374] LSS note: of those, Hiram Trailor and William Sparks are only ones shown without property.
1793 Wilkes Co. Georgia Tax List, Capt. Sanders Dist: John Banks, Matthew Sparks, Thomas Traylor, Dunstal Banks, William Traylor, James Brooks, Paskel Traylor, Randolph Traylor, Hiram Traylor. [Hudson p. 500-502] LSS note: Of this group, only Hiram is without property; Paskel owns a slave. This tax district fell into Oglethorpe County when it was created December 1793. [Handybook]
1800 Pendleton District South Carolina Census: #452 Hyrum Trayler 2 males under 10; 1 male 26-45; 1 female under 10; 1 female 10-16; 1 female 26-45 [LD] LSS note: Hiram, son of William, does not appear on the 1800 Oglethorpe Co. GA census, but neither does his brother Randolph who was in Jackson or Clarke Co. GA. To my knowledge this Hyrum has not been identified with any Traylor family so far.
1802 August Halifax Co. Virginia Court Session: Hiram Traylor named as one of legatees in lawsuit Richard Bradshaw vs Thomas Traylor (as administrator & legatee of William Traylor dec'd) et al. [Halifax Co. VA Pleas Bk 21 p. 105]
LSS note: This is last entry that can definitely be linked to William's son, Hiram. My original thought was Hiram died about 1803 for he drops from all Georgia records prior to that time, but was definitely alive when the lawsuit was filed in Virginia. I then learned about the two other Hiram Traylors. Some researchers have difficulty positioning the one in Alabama with Randolph as his son. In my opinion, if that Hiram is not Randolph's son, then Hiram must be Randolph's brother. It all comes down to this entry from Randolph's probate records.
1820 Payments made by the "estate of Randolph Traylor dec'd" as reported on the Annual Return filed 1821 in Lawrence County, Mississippi include: "to Hiram Traylor his account against the Estate $131.15." [Lawrence Co. MS Case #5308, Box 9, Randolph Trailor estate. Joseph Cooper and Matthew Traylor Administrators.] LSS note: This is the only mention of Hiram in the probate papers. Researchers agree the wording "his account against" suggests he was owed the amount for services rendered or loan made to Randolph or his estate. However the amount received is very close to the amounts received by legatees Matthew Traylor and Sarah Traylor. Additionally the payment to Matthew in the same account record is written in the exact same words.
The other Hiram Traylor appears in Tennessee records with Sparks siblings of William and Edy (Sparks) Traylor -- Isaac and Bailey. There may be nothing more than pure coincidence.
1810 Tennessee Census 38th Regiment: Hiram Traylor and Isaac Sparks [LD]
1820 Humphreys Co. TN Census: Hyram Traylor 2 males under 10; 1 male 10-15; 1 male 16-25; 1 male over 45. [JSB] Isaac Sparks 2 males under 10; 1 male 10-16; 1 male 26-44; 2 females under 10. Bailey Sparks 1 male under 10; 1 male 26-44; 4 females under 10; 1 female 26-44; 1 female over 45. [Sparks Quarterly p. 5613]
1840 Humphreys Co. TN Census: William Traylor 1 male 60-70; 1 female 60-70 [LD Polly Traylor 2 male 5-10; 1 male 10-15; 1 male 15-20; 1 female 5-10; 2 females 10-15; 1 female 30-40; 1 female 50-60 [LD] Hiram B. Traylor 1 male under 5; 1 male 5-10; 1 male 30-40; 2 females under 5; 1 female 20-30. [LD]
1841 October 30, birth in Humphreys Co. TN Thomas B. Traylor, son of Hiram B. and Martha B. (Adams) Traylor. [Johnson p. 13, 15, 21, 80, 20, 71, 102, 103] LSS note: Thomas was clerk of Humphreys Co. Circuit and Criminal Courts. The entry adds he was one of five sons and three daughters.
1848 March 26 birth David D. Collier, Sheriff of Humphreys Co., TN, son of Greenberry Collier and Elizabeth Traylor (born in Humphreys Co.) [Johnson p. 13, 15, 21, 80, 20, 71, 102, 103]
1848 September 1 birth in Humphreys Co. TN William S. Traylor, son of Hiram B. [Johnson p. 13, 15, 21, 80, 20, 71, 102, 103] LSS note: William was Deputy Sheriff of Humphrey's Co.
1900 June 7 death Capt. Thomas B. Traylor, Waverly, TN [Confederate Veteran, vol. 9, 1901, p. 81] R. C. Carnell writes of Comrade Traylor: He was born October 31, 1841; and died June 7, 1900 in his native county. His father, Hiram B. Traylor was a prominent official of Humphreys County. He (Hiram) came to Tennessee with his parents from Georgia in 1809. His mother was a daughter of Sylvester Adams, a Virginia, who came to Tennessee in 1806.
Wilkes County Georgia Tax Records 1785-1805 in two volumes, compiled by Frank Parker Hudson, Atlanta, GA 1996.
Tennessee research by Lea Dowd LD
History of Humphreys County, Tennessee published 1888 shared by Tony Johnson <tjstubby> [Johnson]
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