We created this web page not only to honor the life of a great American Talbot but also in the hope and expectation that readers would see errors in the manuscript and would suggest ways that we could make the page more accurate thereby assuring that this outstanding man would have all the recognition that he richly deserved.

He would have been quite young, not yet a teenager, when he arrived. It was here that he would be married, raise his children, live a long and fruitful life.

He died in Wilkes in 1858 and was buried in the Callaway Cemetery.

The records available from 1800 forward, while not extensive, are sufficient to establish certain facts.

They show that he spent the remainder of his life in Wilkes County and it is to those data that we address the remained of this piece.

His will included a reference to his children with Jane, to wit "...l, the plot thickens once again.

Joseph Hale Talbot would have been a teenager, perhaps seventeen, when his mother died but, if the folklore is to be believed, he did not accompany his father to Virginia and Tennessee.Joseph married Bethany Callaway, daughter of John Callaway and Bethany Arnold, in 1797 in Wilkes County, Georgia.Before 1805, Georgia did not require marriages to be recorded and the actual marriage record of Joseph and Bethany is not available.Within a year, Matthew (III) had moved his new bride to Davidson County, Tennessee.He and Jane Quarles reared six children and there , in Davidson County, Matthew (III) died in 1804.But Matthew (III) had children much younger than Joseph. Is it possible, that the records are so convoluted so as to be completely unreliable when referring to the marriage and children of Matthew (III) and Lucy Bailey?