The following is an attempt to sort out the Tolliver/Toliver families that originate in the Virginia/North Carolina area. Please do not take this information as the final word. Always verify information that you find on the Internet.
The earliest Tolliver information that we have comes from the Douglas Register, which was a record of births, marriages and deaths together with other interesting notes, as kept by the Rev. William Douglas, from 1750 to 1797; by W. Mac Jones in Goochland County, VA:
- William Tolliver married Feb. 27, 1770 Mary Hopper
- John Hill married July 23, 1769 Peggie Tolliver
- John Tolliver and Eliz Symer had a daughter named Lucy born May 23, 1767. She was baptized July 3, 1768.
We are not sure that these are our Tollivers in the Douglas Register. There were also Taliaferros in the area.
1771 Surry Co., NC Tax Record lists William Tolliver with 4 polls (males over 16) and John Tolliver with 1 poll.
1772 Surry Co., NC Tax Record lists William Tolliver with 4 polls and John Tolliver with 1 poll.
1774 Surry Co., NC Tax Record lists William Toliver with 1 poll, Moses Toliver 1 poll, John and Jesse Toliver 2 polls.
1775 Surry Co., NC Tax Record lists William Toliver with 1 poll, Moses Toliver 1 poll, Jesse Toliver 1 poll, and John Toliver 1 poll.
1778-1780 Moses, Jesse, and William entered land in Wilkes Co., NC (Jesse’s land mentions “being improvement Tolover, Sr. now lives on”)
1782 Montgomery Co., VA ______Toliver 1 poll
Sept. 8, 1783 Montgomery Co., VA John Toliver 292 acres on Dog Creek
Oct. 6, 1784 Montgomery Co., VA William Tolliver 104 acres on Meadow Creek Br. New River
(Annals of SW VA 1769-1800 Vol. 1 by Lewis Preston Summers)
1787 Montgomery Co., VA Charles, John, and William were fined for not attending muster in Jones’ Company (they had moved to what is now Ashe Co., NC)
1787 Wilkes Co., NC Moses Taliafaro 1 male 21-60, 3 males 21 and over 60, 3 females; Jesse Tallafaro 1 male 21-60, 4 females
1790 Wilkes Co., NC 10th Company: Jesse Toliver 1 white male 16 and up; 4 females all ages
Moses Toliver 1 white male 16 and up, 4 white males under 16, 3 females all ages
John Toliver 1 white male 16 and up; 3 females all ages
Charles Toliver 1 white male 16 and up; 2 white males under 16, 2 females all ages
William Toliver 1 white male 16 and up; 4 white males under 16, 2 females all ages
1792 Petition of New River Settlers pub. by Wilkes Co. NC Gen Soc. Spring 1997, Vol. 31, No. 1 includes the following names: William Maxwell, John Baldwin, Jesse Toliver, Moses Toliver, William Toliver, John Toliver, Joel Toliver, and William Landreth.
From this information it has been assumed that there were 5 Tolliver brothers from NC. This would be William, Moses, Jesse, John, and Charles. Two sisters were Lucy and Sarah/Nancy.
Jesse’s children are proven by a Bible record that his widow presented to obtain a Revolutionary War pension. Charles’ children are proven by a will in Indiana. John’s children are from family information. NONE of the children of Moses or William are proven. Children listed are possibilities based on location and time. DO NOT READ THIS AND SAY THAT SO AND SO WAS A CHILD OF MOSES. THERE IS NOT PROOF.