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Tate Family

James Tate, migrated from Augusta County, Virginia.  He served in the Virginia Continental Army in the Revolutionary War. James married Mary Lloyd and was living on
Elkhorn in 1796.  They had children; Elizabeth M., who married a Cox, Thomas L., Araminta, who also married a Cox, Sally and Martha.

Thomas L. Tate was born in Kentucky on August 14, 1787.  For many years he was a well known farmer in Franklin County. He married Nancy Taylor Gray, in Franklin
County on June 14, 1829.  She was previously married to John D. Gray and  was the daughter of Reverend John Taylor of Fauquier County, Virginia, who migrated to
Kentucky in 1783 and settled in Franklin County, where he died in 1835. Thomas L. Tate and Nancy are buried in the TAYLOR CEMETERY on the Macklin
farm at the Forks of Elkhorn.

James W. Tate, the only child born to Thomas L. and Nancy Tate, was born on January 2, 1831 in Franklin County. James W. Tate received a good education and in1848
he took a position as clerk in the postoffice. Governor Powell, in 1854, appointed James W. Tate assistant secretary of State.  A year later, being a Democrat, James retired
from the office.  A year later, under the administration of Governor Magoffin, he again held the position of assistant secretary of State. And in 1865, James was elected to the
House of Representatives as assistant clerk, which he held for two consecutive sessions.

On June 3, 1856, James married Lucy J. Hawkins, daughter of W. W. Hawkins of Woodford County.  They had children; Howard, born 1858, who died about three years later,
Edmonia Lloyd, who married Alfred W. Martin in 1886.  At the state Democratic Convention in May 1887, without opposition, was renominated for treasurer.  
Lucy Hawkins Tate died on April 16, 1894 and is buried in the Frankfort Cemetery, section B, along side other Hawkins and Tate family members.  When James W. Tate
died or the location of his burial place is unknown.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Sources:
Forks of Elkhorn Church, by Ermina Jett Darnell
Kentucky - A History of the State 1887, by Battle and Company
Church and Family Graveyards of Franklin County, KGS
The Frankfort Cemetery . . .in Kentucky, by KGS


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