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Thomas Tibbs 1775-1794 purchased land in Smith County and reads. "March 3, 1817 ..... Richard Lancaster to Thomas Tibbs a town lot in the town of Lancaster."

Lancaster is located in Smith County and from what has been gathered, the town probably was formed between 1815-1817 by the Lancaster family. The information comes from deed book records taken from a Lancaster Family forum and only gives the information from the deed books as it pertained to them. The following is part of the text.

"1813*Smith Co., TN, Wills & Inventories (1812-1814), by Historical Records project
June term, 1813... Estate sale of John Lancaster deceased. True accounting of the sale of John Lancaster, deceased. Signed, Robert A. Lancaster administrator. Returned into Court and duly recorded this June term of 1813. Buyers: Total amount of purchase for each individual (Family buyers listed only). (1) Robert Lancaster $63.50, (2) Richard Lancaster $2.75, (3) John Lancaster $.62 1/2, (4) Robert A. Lancaster $182.49 1/2, (5) William A. Lancaster $16.15, (6) William Lancaster $78.00, (7) Thomas A. Lancaster $30.11, (8) James Lancaster $15.12 1/2, (9) James Lancaster $.25, (10) Mary Ann Lancaster $206.75, John
·       1815*Smith Co., TN, Will Book B, part 1, by McKinney, pg. 109
We the commissioners to settle with Robert Lancaster, administrator of the amounts of John Lancaster, Sr., deceased: Jacob Thomas, Daniel Hiltons, Jesse Smith, Wm. Lancaster, John Bosley, John Gordon, Nathaniel Perry, Burrell Berryman, Lewis Ford, John. Boyd for Jacob Thomas, John Douglass, Polly Jackson, Leonard Fight, Wm. Perry, John Boyd, Richard Lancaster, Joseph McRains, Jesse Powel, Henry Turner, Thomas Berryman, John Bosley, R. McGarrick, John Fight, Lee Sullivan, S. Robertson, Henry Turney, Wm. Lancaster, Daniel Hylton, David Dale, Benjamin Seawell, Joseph Seawell, G. W. Campbell. John Lancaster deceased. Recorded: Aug 14th 1815. Commissioners: John Gordon, Jas. Wright, Richard Bailey.
·       1817*Smith Co., TN, Deed Book F, pg. 31
March 3rd 1817... Richard Lancaster to William A. Lancaster a town lot in the town of Lancaster.
·       1817*Smith Co., TN, Deed Book F, pg. 33-34
March 3rd 1817... Richard Lancaster to Terrell Sykes a town lot in the town of Lancaster.
·       1817*Smith Co., TN, Deed Book F, pg. 49
March 3rd 1817... Richard Lancaster to Thomas Tibbs a town lot in the town of Lancaster.

·       1817*Smith Co., TN, Deed Book F, pg. 56
March 3rd 1817... Richard Lancaster to Jacob Arnell a town lot in the town of Lancaster.
·       1817*Smith Co., TN, Deed Book F, pg. 141
March 3rd 1817... Richard Lancaster to Thomas Lancaster a town lot in the town of Lancaster.
·       1817*Smith Co., TN, Deed Book F, pg. 553
February 8th 1817... Richard Lancaster to Daniel Jackson's heirs.
·       1817*Smith Co., TN, Deed Book F, pg. 545-546
March 3rd 1817... Richard Lancaster to William Childen a town lot in the town of Lancaster.
·       1817*Smith Co., TN, Deed Book G, pg. 480-481
March 3rd 1817... Richard Lancaster to William Tubb a tract of land in the town of Lancaster.
·       1817*Smith Co., TN, Deed Book F, pg. 40
May 12th 1817... Richard Lancaster to Joshua M. Coffee a town lot in the town of Lancaster.
·       1817*Smith Co., TN, Deed Book F, pg. 41
May 12th 1817... Richard Lancaster to Abner Lack a town lot in the town of Lancaster.
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*Notice the deeds were all between March and May with the one exception Feb 8, 1817, and all by Richard Lancaster. Why it is earlier and out of sequence is not known or if it truly reads that way in the books. Also no mention of the town of Lancaster on this particular record.

It would lead you to think, that since there is no mention prior to 1817 of the town, perhaps Thomas was one of the first people to settle there.


Thomas is on the 1820 Smith County, Tennessee census with the following information.

Thomas Tibbs between 1775-1794

Males 1 (0-10), 1 (10-16), 1 (16-18), 2 (16-26), 1 (26-45) Females 3 (0-10), 1 (10-16), 1 (45 & up)

Later in 1822 Thomas is found on Smith County records that read.

"Bond by Thomas Tibbs due 1 Feb 1822 putting land up as collateral notes it bound by Jeremy Baird, Amos Ellison, David Tyre, Josiah Baird and located on Hickman's Creek.
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The area we believe Thomas owned land on Hickman's Creek is located approximately 5 1/2 miles away from Lancaster as the crow flies. The only clues we have for this area is Baird Cemetery on the present day map. Its possible it might have been in the town of Hickman, but have no other information at present to narrow it down. It is also unknown if Thomas still owned or sold his lot in Lancaster. A trip to Smith County and further research into the deed books is needed.

This is where we lose Thomas in Tennessee, he does not show up in any of the later censuses. However, we have found several Thomas Tibbs in Missouri all being from Tennessee. We do not know who they are, and we are currently working on this and will update this page as information is found.

Anderson Tibbs abt 1787
The 1820 Smith County, Tennessee shows. Anderson Tibbs abt. 1787 Males 3 (0-10), 1 (10-16), 1 (26-45) Females 1 (0-10), 1 (26-45)

This is all we have for Anderson. In later censuses the name Anderson Tibbs appears for Illinois (1830) and Missouri (1850-1860). The Missouri census does have his place of birth being Tennessee. We do not know who they are, and we are currently working on this and will update this page as information is found.


The earliest record of Drury is a land grant record in White County, Tennessee.

This land was granted on 14 Sep 1839 by Grant #7184. The previous land records show that John R. was living on the 50 acre tract of land at the time it was entered and granted. It appears that he moved from the Buffalo Valley area at this time to the Mine Lick Creek area of present day DeKalb County, Tennessee.

"There was granted to Drury Tibbs 150 acres in White County, Tennessee on the ridge between where John R. Jones lives & Heaths Branch. This 150 acres was entered 21 Oct 1832, surveyed 6 March 1833, and granted 9 Dec 1836."

*Notice the map shows Tibbs Hollow is located right on the present day Putnam & White county line. Putnam did not exist then and did not become a county until 1854, prior to this, the area shown would have been White county. DeKalb formed in 1837. It is difficult to determine exactly how long Tibbs lived in this area without finding more records. Counties were formed and boundaries did change from time to time.

Also of note, is a land record for John Tibbs entered in 1832 Warren County, this is the same year Drury's land was entered in White. Since DeKalb formed in 1837, it is reasonable to assume that John in the
1840 DeKalb, Tennessee, District 8
is still living on the same property. John for some reason has not been located in the 1850.


In 1820-1830 Drury is possibly a mark on either William Tibbs or John Tibbs households in the earlier censuses prior to 1840.

His name first appears as head of household in the 1840 DeKalb, Tennessee, District 8
Census with the following information,
Males 1 (5-10), 1 (20-30), Females 2 (Under 5), 1 (5-10), 1 (15-20), 1 (80-90 (0-slaves).

Also on this same census is John Tibbs  1780-1790. Males 1 (15-20), 1 (50-60) Females 1 (10-15), 1 (50-60)  (0-slaves).

Next is the 1850 Smith, Tennessee, North of Cumberland & East of Caney Fork Rivers  census.
Dwelling/Family Number 386/386 Drury Tibbs 29 M, Nancy (Harris) “ 30 F, Minerva “ 13 F, John “ 17 M, Amziah “ 5 M, Emaline “ 4 F
, Susan “ 0 F.

*This is the only census where Drury's birth year is estimated at 1820. All other records indicate he was born closer to 1810. So he should be 39 and not 29 here and Nancy's age has remained a consistent ten years younger than Drury.

William Tibbs
1820 is living in the previous household with the following, Dwelling/Family Number 385/385, William Tibbs 30 M Laborer TN, Susan (Harris)Tibbs 31 F TN, Martha “ 12 F TN, Pleasant “ 10 M TN, Jane " 7 F TN, William “ 4 M TN, Elizabeth 2 F.

John Merritt & Family are living several households prior to Drury and is as follows, Dwelling/Family Number 296/296,John Merritt 45 M Farmer NC Nancy (Tibbs) Merritt 40 F Unknown, Elizabeth “ 20 F TN, Sarah “ 17 F TN, Eliza J. “ 14 F TN, William “ 10 M TN, Albert? “ 8 M TN, Cymantha? “ 6 F TN, Benj’n 4 M TN, Nancy J. “ 1 F TN, Nathan Austin  23 M Laborer, John “ 21 M Laborer.

The
1860 Smith, Tennessee, Jennings Fork, District 18, Pg. 76-77 has.....more to come!
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David Tibbs,
Jan 11, 2011, 12:42 PM
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