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  • ID: I117
  • Name: Benjamin P Tyson
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 14 OCT 1788 in Moore County, N.C.
  • Death: 8 NOV 1870 in Gibson Co, Tn
  • Burial: Gibson Co, Tn, North Union C.P. Church
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    • Note:
      Came to Gibson County about 1822 and purchased 3000 acres at what is now
      known as Tyson Store. He donated the land for the North Union Presb.Church
      in Gibson County. In 1832, he was issued a license to operate a house of entertainment.
      On 19 Jan 1836, he was appointed commissioner to divide the County into Civil Districts.

      From The Tri-City Reporter
      Gibson County, Tn Newspaper Article
      SEPT, 1976

      Smith Farm Oldest of County's "Century Farms"

      By Mary Jeffries

      Ask almost anyone in the northern part of Gibson County where
      Tyson's Store Community is located and they will give you pretty
      accurate directions. The store burned down four years ago and a
      D-X station stands in its place at the crossing but folks do remember -
      and will point out its location. Although there are few direct
      descendants of Benjamin P. Tyson left in the area west of
      Rutherford - it is still known as Tyson's Store Community.
      Approximately one mile north of the old store's location, on the
      Mason-Hall Road there is a white farmhouse and shady yard.
      Posted on one of the utility buildings, there is a neat yellow and
      black sign proclaiming, "This is a Century Farm" - and, indeed, it is.
      The farm, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Smith, was honored by the
      State Department of Agriculture, for 100 years of continuous family
      ownership. Mr. Smith is the great-great grandson of Benjamin P.
      Tyson and he is farming 49 acres of the original 3000 acre tract
      purchased in 1827.
      Actually, the farm could be called a one and a half century farm.
      Next year will mark the 150th year of farming operation by the same
      family. It is the oldest Century Farm in Gibson County.
      Benjamin P. Tyson came to the area from North Carolina and
      possibly traded acreage there for land in the western purchase --
      or he may have bought the 3000 acres outright. He arrived four years
      after the county was established and, with the help of six other
      early settlers, divided the county into civil districts. He and his
      family were Cumberland Presbyterians and records show that in
      1847, he deeded 12 acres for the North Union Cumberland Presbyterian
      Church and cemetery. The Smith family are members of this same
      church and Mr. Smith serves as an elder.
      An interesting event in the family history is the fact that Davy
      Crockett's mother was buried in the Tyson Cemetery. It is believed
      that Mrs. Crockett's daughter married a Tyson - -and for this reason
      she was buried there. The land where the old cemetery is located
      now belongs to Oliver Gibbons. In recent years the remains of the
      famous man's mother was moved to Rutherford.
      Benjamin Tyson's son, William was the second owner of the farm
      and his daughter, Mary Tyson Smith, and her husband, Louis, were
      the third generation to farm the land. The present dwelling was built
      by Louis and Mary Smith in 1884. And although it has been remodeled
      and improved through the years, it is basically the same.
      After the death of Louis Smith, the farm was owned by their
      sons, W.E. Smith and Tyson Smith. The present Century Farm
      acreage was purchased from W.E. Smith and his brother.
      Alvin and his brother (Anderson Smith of Rt. 4, Kenton) and a
      sister (Mrs. Marvin Headdon of Newborn) were raised in the Fairview
      Community. Alvin married a neighbor girl from Bell's |Chapel, the
      former Miss Annie Catherine Norton, in August 1942 and they moved
      to the home place in January of 1943. They lived with "Granny"
      (Mary Tyson) Smith and cared for her until her death in 1945.
      Granny Smith was known as "Aunt Whitey" and was loved by all the
      community. The Smith's have kept some of "Granny's" household
      items, among these a black wash pot, and they are valued possessions.
      The Alvin Smith's are the 5th generation of Tyson descendants to
      farm the land. For several years they raised livestock and raised
      cotton, grain and other main crops and this is a full time operation.
      Mrs. Smith has worked side by side with her husband in addition to making
      a home and raising a family. The comfortable six room house built in
      the 1800's is completely modern but it has lost none of its warmth
      and hospitality of earlier years.
      The Smith's two daughter's, Mrs. Frank (Sarah) Allen of Route 2,
      Kenton and Mrs. Mike (Sue) Milligan, of Trenton are 6th generation
      Tyson descendants and although they live in different towns in the
      county, both still call "Tyson's Store Community" home.
      According to Goodspeed's History of Tennessee (published in 1887)
      some of the best farming land in Gibson County was located in this
      area. Land must be cared for properly if it continues to be productive
      and the present owners of this Century Farm have more than enriched
      the Tyson heritage. Mr. Smith does all his own farm work.
      He is a combination of electrician, carpenter, mechanic and
      jack-of-all-trades but most of all - he is a good farmer. The modern,
      productive Century Farm is a fitting tribute to the memory of his
      great-great grandfather, the late Benjamin P. Tyson.

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      LAST WILL and TESTAMENT of Benjamin P. Tyson,
      dated 25 October 1870.
      Gibson County, Tennessee Will Book Page 188-189.

      I, B P Tyson of Gibson County Tennessee do make and publish
      this as my last Will and Testament.
      In the first place, I do appoint and constitute my son, William R Tyson
      and my son in law, R. C. Tilghman, executors and trustee of this
      my last will and testament. I am owing some debts. I am owing
      Leathann about $800.00 balance on loan. I wish my said executors
      and trustees to pay this money as soon as they can and for that
      purpose they are authorized to borrow the money at a greater interest
      than six percent. They are authorized to borrow the sum as such a
      rate of interest as they may deem best, and they are to be allowed
      on settlement for every hundredth of interest they may thus pay as
      my said executors and trustees are authorized to sell any of my
      real estate for the purpose of raising said money.
      My said executors and trustees are authorized to sell any of my
      real estate for purpose of paying my debts and they are directed
      to pay off all of my debts at as early a day as they reasonably can,
      so as not to sacrifice my property by farewell sale in so doing I wish
      my wife to have the use of one of the rooms of the House, in which we
      are now living, during her natural life. I also wish my wife to have all
      the bedding and bed cloths that we now have, and also such of the
      Household and Kitchen furniture as she may wish to keep, during
      her natural life. I give to my wife, absolutely, my Horse and Buggy.
      I direct my executors and Trustees to give my wife out of my estate,
      a good support during her natural life.
      I wish my grandson, John W. Needham to remain with and be cared
      for by my wife during her natural life. If she wishes to keep him and to
      that end, I direct my executors and trustees to appropriate such an amount
      out of my estate as they think proper for his support and education
      and if he does not live with my wife, I wish said trustees and executors
      to appropriate so much of my estate for his support and education
      as they may think proper, under all circumstances. I hereby authorize
      and empower my executors and trustees to sell all of my estate, at
      such times and upon such terms as they may deem best for all the
      interest of all parties interested under this will. I have some real estate
      in Kenton Station. My executors are authorized to improve the same,
      have plain comfortable buildings put on the same, before selling,
      if they think best, and rent out the same for a time if they think best.
      My object being to give my executors and trustees power to manage
      my estate for the best interest of all parties concerned therein.
      The process of my estate after paying all my just debts and after the
      support and education of my said grandson, John W. Needham, I wish
      equally divided among all my children and grandchildren except as
      herein below stated. The grandchildren to represent his or her
      deceased parents in said division, taking the same that the parents
      would if living and in making this division all of the parents are to
      account for any advancements that they may have received from me,
      my object being to make all the parties equal. But my said executors
      and trustees are hereby authorized to give something more to my
      grandson, John W Needham, if they think proper and right to do so.
      It is distinctly understood that my wife is to be supported as above directed.
      My executors may divide off my estate from time to time as they may be in
      condition to do so and not wait for a division until they are prepared to
      make a final division. At the death of my wife, all such property
      as she may then have in possession is to go to her relatives, or as
      she may direct that is all such property as owned by her, or that she
      had at our marriage.
      For the purpose of carrying out the objects of this, my will, my said
      executors are hereby given full power to sell all my real estate and
      personal estate, except as the same is herein hereby given to my
      wife and in all cases, to make titles to the purchases, when they may
      make deeds.

      In witness whereof I have signed, sealed and published this, my Will this 25th of
      October 1870 in the presence of:

      Test. P L Dozier B.P Tyson {SEAL}
      T R Carrol

      Probated in the January 1871 Term of Court, Gibson County, Tennessee

      Father: Thomas Tyson b: 1 SEP 1754 in Cumberland Co, NC
      Mother: Margaret Siler b: 5 OCT 1760 in Orange Co, NC

      Marriage 1 Hannah Williams b: 22 JUL 1792 in NC
      • Married: ABT 1812 in Moore Co, NC
      1. Has Children Mary A Tyson b: ABT 1812 in Moore Co, NC
      2. Has Children Reuben B Tyson b: 30 JAN 1813 in Moore Co, NC
      3. Has Children Thomas D. Tyson b: ABT 1820 in Moore Co, NC
      4. Has Children William Riley Tyson b: 2 JAN 1822 in Moore Co, NC
      5. Has Children Lydia Tyson b: 1825 in Gibson Co, Tn
      6. Has No Children Benjamin W. Tyson b: 6 APR 1828 in Gibson Co, Tn
      7. Has Children Esperan (Epsy) A Tyson b: 1833 in Gibson Co, Tn

      Marriage 2 Mary V Bledsoe b: 1808
      • Married: 27 OCT 1859 in Gibson Co, Tn

      1. Abbrev: Photo copyright 2004, B.V. Hughes
        Photo copyright 2004, B.V. Hughes