John Milton Tatman
John Milton Tatman, a well known resident of Laurel township, Franklin county, Indiana, is a representative of one of the early families of the county. His father, Stephen Tatman, was born in Fleming county, Kentucky, March 5, 1789, and grew up in his native state, whence he went to Ohio, where, November 26, 1815, he was married to Miss Nancy Ross, who was born in what was then the territory of Ohio, January 21, 1802, and who at the time of their marriage was but thirteen years of age. They came to Indiana about 1836 and to Laurel township, Franklin county, in 1842. The family first settled just east of the Laurel cemetery, but did not make any purchase of land there. About two years later the father bought the place which is now owned and occupied by his son, John M., at Mount Auburn or Kokomo, a short distance from the town of Laurel. Stephen Tatman built the residence which still stands on this farm. Here he passed the rest of his life, his death occurring December 12, 1865. His wife survived him until October 15, 1876. They were the parents of eight children who grew to mature years, —five sons and three daughters. Three sons and a daughter are living in 1899, namely: James Harvey, a resident of Connersville, Indiana; Joshua D., also a resident of Connersville; John Milton; and Mrs. Mary Weber, of Des Moines, Iowa. Those deceased were: Mrs. Lizzie Mcintosh; David D. , who died at his home in Indianapolis; Johnson R., who died in Shelbyville, Indiana, where he had lived for several years; and Nancy Jane, who died in 1854.

John Milton Tatman, who resides at the homestead, was born in Ohio, October 28, 1832. He accompanied his parents to Indiana and has always lived at the old home, taking care of his parents in their old age and coming into possession of the homestead when they passed away.

He was married March i, 1S63, to Miss Sarah Malone, daughter of John and Joan Malone. The former was born June 17, 1795, and his wife April 6, 1795. In 1836 they emigrated from Butler county, Ohio, to Franklin county, Indiana, and settled near Andersonville. They lived there many years and reared a family of ten children, five sons and five daughters, four of whom are now living (1899): Mrs. Julia Ann Stevenson, Mrs. Tatman, Mrs. Margaret Lewis and David H. Those deceased were Hiram, Phoebe, Isaac. Harriet, John M. and James Harvey. The parents passed the last years of their lives in Laurel. The mother died February' 3, 1879, and the father March 13, 1884.

As already stated, Mr. and Mrs. Tatman are representatives of early pioneer families of Franklin county. They have a pleasant home, surrounded with the comforts which years of toil have brought, and are esteemed by all who know them. They are members of the Methodist church of Laurel, of which Mr. Tatman has been a steward for many years.

Source: BIOGRAPHICAL AND GENEALOGICAL HISTORY OF Wayne, Fayette, Union and Franklin Counties, The Lewis Publishing Co 1899

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