Sharyn, In the unrelenting quest for relatives, I have uncovered more information on the Tapp family with the help of Kammi Ollson-Tapp at my request in the last 24 hours, and I have drawn some conclusions on William Tapp. There is probably more information out there, but for at least this is the definitive message on Eber Tapp and William Tapp for at least a number of months due to my work schedule:
As of 1850, the Tapp family lived in District 31, Forsyth County, Georgia as follows:
Father: Joshua Tapp 62 yrs Teacher born in Virginia
Mother: Susannah Tapp 53 yrs House keeper born in NC
Daughter: Elizabeth Tapp 24 yrs
Son: Eber Tapp 18 yrs
Daughter: Martha A. 13 yrs
Son: name illegible 9 yrs (name looks like Patillo)
I am sure that Patillo is not the name as the first letter is illegible due to a correction with the rest of the name looking like _atillo.
In 1857, Eber S. Tapp married Sarah E. (possibly Elvira) Ezell (although her maiden name much less likely could have been Rippy). By 1860, Eber S. Tapp and Sarah E. Ezell Tapp and William C. Tapp had moved to Pickens County, Georgia.
Eber S. and Sarah E. Tapp had two children:
William C. (Cicero?) Tapp born in 1859
"Nora" Lanora Jane Tapp born in 1861 (either April, 1861, I believe, or August 1861)
Eber S. Tapp died while a member of the Confederate States Army, I believe, in Virginia on December 15, 1861. As there were no combat hostilities going on, I would guess that the colder Virginia weather probably was a possible contributing factor to his death; although, I could be wrong.
My great great grandparents Perry H. Morris (who was living in Georgia in 1864 during Sherman's March to the Sea and was forced to enlist in the Union Army in 1864) and Sarah E. Ezell Tapp Morris became married in Jasper, Pickens County, Georgia sometime after the Civil War ended with this marriage resulting in four additional children being born:
"Perry" Andrew P. Morris was born in 1870 in Jasper, Pickens County, Georgia.
William C. Tapp and "Nora" Lenora Jane Tapp were raised with the Morris family. The family left Pickens County, Georgia shortly after 1870 for Texas.
Then, three Morris daughters were born in Texas. I would assume Alvarado, Johnson County, Texas as their place of birth with the second Morris daughter being my great grandmother Roxanna Morris.
It appears that the family including William C. Tapp and "Nora" Lenora Jane Tapp settled for a number of years in Alvarado, Johnson County, Texas with both William C. Tapp and "Nora" Lenora Jane Tapp showing up on the 1880 census in Alvarado, Johnson County, Texas with the rest of the Morris family which now totalled eight members. William C. Tapp was 21 years of age as of the 1880 census. As the 1890 census was accidentally destroyed in archives in Washington, D. C., the where abouts of everyone is uncertain during that time period.
Unknown is whom, or if, William C. Tapp became married, but he fathered a daughter by the name of Myrtle Tapp who was born December, 1886 almost assuredly in Alvarado, Johnson County, Texas who was raised by the grandparents no later than at the beginning of Myrtle Tapp's teenage years and probably much sooner. Unfortunately it appears based on the 1900 census that William C. Tapp died sometime between 1886 and 1900 with the cause unknown as the 1900 census shows that Sarah E. Ezell Tapp Morris had given birth to six children, but only five were living based on the information supplied on the 1900 census form. As all four Morris children were alive and "Nora" Lenora Jane Tapp Fenley had married one of my distant relatives William Vivion Fenley (middle name spelled Vivion) most likely in Alvarado, Johnson County, Texas and lived well into at least the 1930s, then this meant that William C. Tapp died sometime between March, 1886 and 1900 with date of death unknown.
It is unknown to me at the current time, but I will keep digging as to whom was the wife of William C. Tapp and whether William C. Tapp had more children other than just Myrtle Tapp.
William C. Tapp died most likely in one of two locations which were Alvarado, Johnson County, Texas or Snyder, Scurry County, Texas as by the year 1900 Perry H. Morris, Sarah E. Ezell Tapp Morris, Myrtle Tapp, "Perry" Andrew P. Morris, and "Perry's" wife Dora had move as one family unit to Snyder, Scurry County, Texas by 1900. The three Morris daughters were no longer living at home by 1900 including my great grandmother who lived a number of occasions in Snyder, Scurry County, Texas in addition to Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico, San Antonio, and back to Snyder.
Perry H. Morris and Sarah E. Ezell Tapp Morris died several months apart in 1915 in Snyder, Scurry County, Texas and are buried in the Snyder Cemetery.
I have not checked the 1910 census for the status of Myrtle Tapp; however, the last census in which William C. Tapp appeared was the 1880 census. So, all facts point to an early death for William C. Tapp or some other misfortune.
Sometime in the early 1900s at the latest, William Vivion Fenley and "Nora" Lenora Jane Tapp Fenley moved to Santa Ana, Orange County, California. I would guess that the Fenleys had about six children and a number of grandchildren. "Nora" Lenora Jane Tapp Fenley shows up on the 1910, 1920, and 1930 census in Santa Ana, Orange County, California. "Nora" Lenora Jane Tapp Fenley had a long life together with William Vivion Fenley dying in 1924 in Santa Ana, Orange County, California.
On the 1930 census, "Nora" Lenora Jane Tapp Fenley was shown as married to a "William "B." Fenley" in 1930. As the Fenley family was fairly large and the Fenley family, the Tapp children, and the Morris family all grew up in the same geographical location, it is quite possible that "Nora" remarried to become "Nora" Lenora Jane Tapp Fenley Fenley. At least none of the Tapp children ever took the name Morris for their last name; although, they grew up in the Morris household, but they grew up with their natural mother and grandmother Sarah E. Ezell Tapp Morris.
As my relatively, relatively speaking, genealogical search only began about five months ago on a part time basis, I am only concentrating on direct blood lines of which the surname is one of four on my mother's same on which I am concentrating and members of the Tapp family keep coming up in the Morris family.
As I understand it, an American Tapp family history of all Tapp family members, related or unrelated, spelled Tap, Tapp, Tappe, or Tapps is to be published later in 2003 and will contain a number of names obviously approaching at least a thousand or more individuals with the surname of Tapp.
Due to the lack of visibility of Eber Tapp dying so young, Sarah Tapp marrying Perry H. Morris after becoming a war widow, with William C. Tapp and Lenora Jane Tapp and Myrtle Tapp being buried in the Morris household, I feel proud to have been able to identify up to five people with the surname Tapp who would not have been in the American Tapp surname book.
I guess through my great great grandmother Morris' marriage to Eber Tapp and by blood having given birth to two Tapp children with the resulting grandchildren, great granchildren, etc... and with "Nora" Lenora Jane Tapp marrying William Vivion Fenley who is a relative of my great great great grandmother Nunn Fenley and with "Nora" Lenora Jane Tapp possibly marrying another William Fenley relative, I guess I am related to the Tapp family in at least two ways, and possibly three ways.
On a different note, my maternal grandmother passed down through oral history that both of the parents of Roxanna Morris were from Georgia. This proves probably not to be true.
Sarah E. Ezell Tapp Morris on differing census lists her home state by birth as Georgia, South Carolina, and twice North Carolina, and I have not looked at the 1910 census to see what she gives her home state.
Census information is not always accurate as "Nora" Lenora Jane Tapp Fenley on several census forms was off 1 or 2 years on her age depending upon the census.
Also, a very common mistake for the surname Tapp is to have the census enumerator mispell and record the name Tapp as Tap as was done with Myrtle Tapp's name on the 1900 census. Also, the 1860 census of Eber, Sarah, and William, the handwriting of Tapp of the census enumerator appeared to be Fapp.
I have learned way too much about census enumerators over the last five months.
I have learned way too much about family tragedy by looking at census reports with the early death of Eber Tapp and apparent early death of William C. Tapp.
Of all of the family members of Eber Tapp's family, unfortunately, at least at this point, William C. Tapp has the least amount of information available on him.
Over the next several years as Alvarado, Johnson County, Texas and Snyder, Scurry County, Texas each have about three or four different family surname lines of extended relatives at each of the two Texas locations, I plan to make trips to get additional information such as birth, marriage, death, and cemetery information. I will probably also make a trip out to Georgia also.
Through William Vivion Fenley's bloodline, all of "Nora" Lenora Jane Tapp Fenley's children, grandchildren, etc... share one thing. Through the Fenley family from Georgia which also has some Nunn blood from Georgia in it, at least by blood through sharing common great...great grandparents with the former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn, we are related to him through the Fenley side of the family which would make the children of William Vivion Fenley and "Nora" Lenora Jane Tapp Fenley related to him. Also, most sources list another generation back on the Nunn side through the Fenley blood connection a common sharing of great...great grandparents with one James Earl Carter, which I am not personally excited about. One source disagrees on the common sharing of great...great grandparents with Carter though, but that Nunn family is related to this other set of possible great...great grandparents through the Nunn family. Then, Sam Nunn is a grand nephew of Carl Vinson for whom the aircraft carrier the USS Carl Vinson is named. Then, Carter is a sixth cousin of one Richard Milhous Nixon through the Milhous, Nixon, and Carter bloodlines. Don't ask me how the Milhous, Nixon, and Carter bloodlines got connected as all of Carter's relatives come from the South and all of Nixon's relatives come from California and the North with none from the South. I guess we are all related in one form or fashion.
If you would like to stay in touch with me as I gain more information on Eber Tapp, Sarah E. Ezell Tapp Morris, William C. Tapp, the Tapp family, the Morris family, and the Fenley family, I can pass it on to you.
I know that I answered just about everything except about Eber Tapp's William C. Tapp, but this is all of the information that I have.
San Antonio, Texasmichael8689@sbcglobal.net
P.S. I did not proof this message, so please forgive any grammatical mistakes or misspellings.