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About John James Tidwell
We have not found any records proving the father and mother of John J.Tidwell. Family members remember that he was born in Dade County, Georgia (formerly Walker County), and that he lived for a time in Savannah, Georgia (Chatham Co.), where he was a gunsmith by trade. We found record in Savannah where he had an apprentice and was teaching him the trade of gunsmith. After he married Jane Lovene Devereaux in 1863 they lived in Ludowici, moved to Savannah, and then back to Ludowici, where he engaged mostly in farming in Liberty and McIntosh counties.
On a small headstone resting against his marble monument in Elim Cemetary was inscribed "John J.Tidwell, Co.B,20th Battalion, Cavalry". This was apparently the last company he served with during the Civil War. Family members remember that he held the rank of Captain, and that he was invalided out of the service after suffering wounds during the fighting. Since he was a gunsmith by trade, he may also have served in the artillery units, but we did not find any records to support this theory. We found a record of a John J.Tidwell, elected Jr.Lieutenant on 28 November,1861, name appearing on the roll for 30 June 1862. This was the Muster Roll of Co.D, 1st Regiment Georgia,Volunteer Infantry Chatham County,Ga., Savannah City Light Guard (or City Guard).
Prior to 1850 the United States Census records do not list the names of the wife or children in the family, only the heads of the household. Therefore we have not been able to locate the name of John J.Tidwell's father from the census records. We
have searched the records for Dade County and Walker County, Ga., back to 1800 without being able to find this ancestor. We did locate scores of Tidwells, however, we could not find any record of one with a son named John J. born in 1839. We are still researching this family.
The name, Tidwell, is found in County Devon, England and sometimes spelled Tidswell, Tidwell, Todwell, Tydswell and Tyddeswell. The family were of the Church of England, and when they located in Virginia became members of the Episcopal faith. Early records in Virginia show that John, Richard, and Robert Tidwell settled near the Potomac River (in 1700). In 1705 the town of Yeocomico was established on Richard's land. John had two sons, Robert and John, and John moved to South Carolina in 1771 where he received a land grant on Wateree Creek. Richard moved to Craven Co.,S.C. in 1769. Hi&son, Captain Francis Tidwell was in Col.Winn's S.C. Continental Regiment. In 1782, a William Tidwell, who had moved from Virginia to Craven Co.,S.C. was a revolutionary soldier, and was killed while on a scouting expedition. His wife was so shocked when she heard the news that she dropped dead, leaving two babies.
In the early 1800's William and Benjamin Tidwell moved to Georgia. We found record where there were Tidwells living in the following Georgia counties: Green, Baldwin, Putnam, Coweta, Troup, Meriweather, Dade, DeKalb, Forsyth and Chatham. None of these families could be connected to our John J.Tidwell. We have contacted the National Archives in Washington, D.C. for John J. 's military record and hope this will show his father's name.