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Moses Toliver

Birthdate: (67)
Birthplace: Probably Fauquier County, Province of Virginia
Death: April 20, 1821 (63-71)
Between Tennessee and Indiana, United States (Died during his family's migration to Lawrence County, Indiana.)
Place of Burial: Mitchell, Lawrence County, Indiana, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Toliver and Elizabeth Toliver
Husband of Elizabeth Toliver
Father of John T. Toliver; Moses Toliver, Jr.; William Toliver; Jesse Toliver and Joel Toliver
Brother of William Toliver; Jesse Toliver; Sarah Hickerson; John Toliver; Charles Toliver and 1 other
Half brother of Mary Womack; Elizabeth Allen and Charles Anderson , Jr. Allen

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About Moses Toliver

From the Tolliver Family Association:

Moses Toliver (Unknown) was born about 1754. He died on April 20, 1821, on the way to Indiana. He married Elizabeth about 1776 in North Carolina. She died on Aug. 28, 1827, in Indiana.


Eleanor Waters says "not much is known about Moses and Elizabeth Toliver's children although I have information on some families in Tennessee, Alabama, and Indiana that I have been unable to match up with parents." Eleanor lists only possible birth dates for male and female children. NO NAMES!

Elizabeth's maiden name is unknown. Some think it is Connely, daughter of John Connely, but this has been proven wrong, as Elizabeth Conley, b. 1778, married a Hardin.

Eleanor Waters has found Moses in the following sources:

  • 1774-1784 Surry County, North Carolina, Tax Lists
  • 1787 Wilkes County, North Carolina, census (1 white male 21-60, 3 males under 21, 3 white females)
  • 1790 Wilkes County, North Carolina, census (1 white male 16 and up, 4 males under 16, 3 white females)
  • 1800 Ashe County, North Carolina, census - Ashe split from Wilkes County in 1799 (1 male 45 and up, 1 female 26-45, 2 males 16-26, 2 males 10-16, 2 males 0-10, 1 female 0-10)
  • 1812 Warren County, Tennessee (last written record of Moses)

Family tradition says that Moses died en route to Indiana.

The following is all that has been proven to date about Moses:

  • He was born before 1755.
  • He had the following children:
    • 4 males born 1774-1784
    • 2 females born before 1800
    • 2 males born 1790-1800.
  • Moses is listed as a North Carolina taxpayer in 1782 in Wilkes County.
  • In the census of 1784-1787, Moses is in Captain Nail's District with 3 white males under 21, and 3 white females (ages not given).
  • June 12, 1779, Moses sold Jesse Toliver 100 acres of land.
  • Feb. 5, 1799, Moses was security for John and Sarah Connelly in court. Richard Williams was the other security. Richard married the widow of David Edwards, Elizabeth Morris.
  • Dec. 8, 1780, Moses served on jury duty in Wilkes County.
  • Oct. 27, 1782, Moses and wife Elizabeth sold Abraham Edins 100 acres of land on Mulberry Creek for 50 pounds (Land granted to Moses by the state). Deed Book A-1, page 254.
  • Moses was a Revolutionary War soldier.
  • He is listed on the 1790 census in the Morgan District of Wilkes County, North Carolina. In his household are 4 white males under 21, and 3 white females (two of which are daughters). Jesse, John, William, and Charles Toliver are listed with Moses on the 1790 census.
  • April 26, 1790, Moses served on jury duty in Wilkes County, North Carolina.
  • In the 1810 Warren County, Tennessee, tax list, Moses is listed.
  • In the 1812 Warren County tax list, Moses is listed.
  • Moses' son and daughter-in-law, John and Soloma Toliver, are in Alabama in 1815. John attended a sale there in 1819.
  • Neil Sherman interviewed older family members in Indiana, who confirmed that Moses died on his way to Indiana, and that Elizabeth came on into Indiana with her son, John (although they thought her name was Soloma - which was John's wife's name, and we know Moses' wife's name was Elizabeth from land transactions in North Carolina). Mrs. Sherman, Neil's wife, wrote the book "Taliaferro-Toliver Family Records" in 1961.
  • According to John's Bible records, which are in the possession of Walter Toliver, Las Animos, Colorado (his great grandson): John Toliver and Salome Miller were married in the month of November 1801 in Ashe County, North Carolina, on the waters of the Little River. Two children were born there. They moved from there to Kentucky, and then to Tennessee, and then to Alabama, and then to Indiana and then Illinois, where they were in September 1852. He wrote: "My father died April 20, 1821 (but does not name him), and my mother died Aug. 28, 1827."
  • The children listed HAVE NOT BEEN PROVEN, but the information we have at present, based on location, is that Joel and John (m. Saloma Miller) are probably sons of Moses.
  • Joel was born about 1772 in Wilkes County, North Carolina. He married Hannah Sebastian. Joel and his family are on the Floyd County, Kentucky, census of 1820 and the Morgan County, Kentucky, census of 1830 and 1840. He had three children: Elijah, Joel, Jr., and Nancy.
  • Moses' son John (1780-1863) was in Warren County, Tennessee, by 1812, along with Moses, Jacob, and Jesse Toliver, so they may belong to Moses. Moses Toliver's descendants settled in Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri.
  • Land grants indicate that Moses and his 4 brothers were located near the present town of Sparta in Alleghany County, North Carolina, on the banks of New River or along its tributaries: Little River, Dog Creek, Glade Creek, Cranberry Creek, Meadow Creek, etc. Moses lived on top of Peach Bottom Mountain. New River flows northward from the mountains of North Carolina into Virginia, and eventually empties into the Ohio River. It is a beautiful area and has been featured in tourist ads.

Notes for Elizabeth: Elizabeth was NOT the daughter of John Connely, Sr., b. June 28, 1744, and Sarah Wilson, b. April 16, 1766. Their Elizabeth was born 1778 and married a Hardin. Elizabeth's death date comes from John's Bible record.

Moses Toliver and Elizabeth may have had the following children:

  • 1. Joel Toliver (b. 1776-1780, d. after 1860, m1. Hannah Sebastian, m2. Lucy Lakin or Lykin)
  • 2. John Toliver (4/20/1780 - 4/21/1863, m1. Soloma C. Miller, m2. Sylvania Cude)
  • 3. Jesse Toliver (b. 1790-1800, d. before Sept. 21, 1835, m. Hannah)


From the Find A Grave page on Moses Toliver:

Birth: 1758 - Ashe County, North Carolina, USA

Death: Apr. 20, 1821 - Indiana, USA

Moses married Elizabeth Stamper. They had sons:

  • 1. Moses Jr.
  • 2. John T.
  • 3. William
  • 4. Jesse
  • 5. Joel (?)

They moved from North Carolina to Arkansas, Tennesse, and Alabama. While they were moving from Alabama to Indiana, Moses died on the road. Elizabeth continued on to Indiana with her son John T. Toliver and his wife and children. Elizabeth died 28 Aug 1827 and was buried in Freedom Cemetery in Mitchell, Lawrence County, Indiana. The land for the cemetery was donated by her son John T. who moved to Clay County, Illinois before he died.

Family links:


  • John Taliaferro (likely Toliver, 1726 - 1821)


  • Elizabeth Stamper Toliver (____ - 1827)


  • John T. Toliver (1780 - 1863)

Burial: Freedom Cemetery, Mitchell, Lawrence County, Indiana, USA

Created by: Debra Polly Record added: Apr 03, 2012 Find A Grave Memorial# 88030862

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Moses Toliver's Timeline

Probably Fauquier County, Province of Virginia
April 20, 1780
Age 26
Wilkes County, North Carolina, United States
Age 36
North Carolina, United States
April 20, 1821
Age 67
Between Tennessee and Indiana, United States
Mitchell, Lawrence County, Indiana, United States