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Thursday, July 14, 2016

A Vietnam Casualty

As I read the online newspaper, I discovered distant cousins tried to rename the road on which my maternal grandparents lived for most of their married life (and my grandmother's parents before that). Descendants of Carlos Leroy "Bo" Tartt, a person about the age of one of my brothers who was a casualty in the Vietnam War, wanted the road named in honor of him and for the family who resided on the road.1 Carlos was the son of Clarence L. Tartt and his wife Marvelle Jean Lyle Tartt.2 They lived on Blackcat Bottom Road, just below what was B and B Cleaners back in the days I was growing up.

I was curious as to whether or not I could tie Carlos in with my grandmother's "Aunt Dollie" who married James M. Tartt on 25 August 1881 in Monroe County, Mississippi3 and then his brother Enos on 12 December 1893 in Monroe County4 or not. I decided to explore.

Clarence appears in the 1940 Monroe County, Mississippi census as the ten-year-old son of Edgar and Sadie Tart.5 Edgar appears on the 19006 and 19107 censuses as the son of John Chesley Tart, Jr. and his wife M. Alice. In the 1870 census, John C.  Tartt, Jr. along with brothers Enos and James appears as the son of John Chesley Tartt and his wife Elizabeth "Liza" Conwill.8 This means that Carlos was not directly related to me through Dollie. Dollie's children, however, would be related to this Vietnam "hero."


1 Emily Tubb, "City Rescinds Name Changing of Blackcat Bottom Road," Monroe Journal (Amory, Mississippi), 14 July 2016 (http://djournal.com/monroe/2016/07/14/city-rescinds-name-changing-blackcat-bottom-road/ : accessed 16 July 2016).
2 Clarence L. Tartt, obituary, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (Tupelo, Mississippi), 25 Feb 2009 (http://djournal.com/news/obituaries-feb-25-2009/ : accessed 14 July 2016).
3 Monroe County Mississippi Marriages (1821-1921) (s.l.: s.n, n.d.), Vol. 2, p. 261; Evans Memorial Library, Aberdeen, Monroe County, Mississippi; also Monroe County, Mississippi, Marriage Book ___, J. M. Tartt and Della A. Hester, 25 August 1881. A photocopy of the marriage record is in my possession, but it is not cited properly so I am unable to provide the book and page number. Something to add to the "to do" list.
4 Monroe County, Mississippi, Marriage Book __, E. A. Tart and Dolly Tart, 12 Dec 1893. A photocopy of the record is in my possession but is not properly cited with book and page number.
5 1940 U.S. Federal Census, Monroe County, Mississippi, population schedule, Beat 5, SD 1, ED 48-31, p. 438B (stamped), sheet 12B (written), visit 217, lines 50-55, Edgar Tart family; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L9MR-JG29 : accessed 14 July 2016); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication T627, roll 2050.
6 1910 U.S. Federal Census, Monroe County, Mississippi, population schedule, Boyds Precinct, SD 1, ED 124, p. 72A (stamped), dwelling 5, family 5, lines 21-26, John C. Tart family; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9RKM-9Q33 : accessed 14 July 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T624, roll 752.
7 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Monroe County, Mississippi, population schedule, Beat 5, East of Aberdeen & Richmond Road, SD 1, ED 81, p. 270B (stamped), sheet 3B (written), dwelling 58, family 58, lines 87-95, J. C. Tart Junior family; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-XCHQ-FHQ : accessed 14 July 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T623, roll 822.
8 1870 U.S. Federal Census, Monroe County, Mississippi, population schedule, Township 12, Smithville post office, p. 218B (stamped), sheet 64 (written), dwelling 414, family 467, lines 6-15, John C. Tartt household; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-DC67-1VK : accessed 14 July 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication M593, roll 741.

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