Biographical Sketch of Robert T. Tanner

(See Adair and Grant) -Mary Elizabeth daughter of William Peters and Rachel Louisa (Adair) McClellan, born April 7, 1879. Educated in the Cherokee public schools and Female Seminary.

Married December 26, 1906 Robert Tanner son of Benjamin N. born in Boone County, Ky., Jan 6, 1842 and Nannie V. Tanner, born March 10, 1848 in Chariton County, Missouri.

They are the parents of Pearl Edith, born September 28, 1910; Mary Louisa born May 15, 1912 and Robert Turner Tanner born January 14, 1917.

Mr. and Mrs. Tanner are members of the Presbyterian Church and she is an Eastern Star. Mr. Tanner is a furniture dealer and conducts a splendid farm.

Ludovic Grant a Scotchman married a full blood Cherokee woman. Their daughter married William Emory, an Englishman and they in turn were the parents of Susannah Emory, whose third husband was Joseph Martin, born about 1740 near Charlotteville, Albermarle County, Virginia. He held the following revolutionary offices: elected Captain of the Transylvania Militia in 1776, became Major February 17, 1779 and Lieutenant Colonel in March 1781. He was elected Brigadier General of the North Carolina militia by legislature on December 15, 1787 and was commissioned Brigadier General of the Twentieth Brigade of Virginia Militia by Governor Henry Lee of Virginia on Dec. 11, 1793. Martinsville the county seat of Henry County, Virginia was named for him. His daughter Nancy married Jeter Lynch and they were the parents of Rachel Lynch who married Thomas Benjamin Adair and their only son John Lynch Adair married Mary Jane Jeffreys, a native of Virginia, and their daughter Rachel Louisa Adair married William Peters McClellan of Cane Hill, Arkansas and they were the parents of Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Tanner.


Starr, Emmett. History of the Cherokee Indians and Their Legends and Folk Lore. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: The Warden Company. 1921

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