Molly Liggin Rankin
Celebrating our Independence Day. We honor our brave ancestors who fought to obtain our freedom. My 4X great grandfather William Tabor (born Jan 4, 1761) enlisted in the Army at age 14 and was advanced to the rank of Lt. by age 20 (service # WF 6245)…while fighting in the battle of King’s Mountain. in South Carolina, he was severely wounded ….would have died of head wounds if not for the valiant effort of a young girl named Susannah Tubb who lived near the battleground and was (as the story goes) returning with the body of her father (George Tubb) (killed at Kings Mountain) strapped to her horse …she heard Lt Tabor moan. She took her father’s body from her horse and somehow put Lt Tabor onto the horse and led him back to her house where he was nursed back to health. They fell in love and married after the war. He remained in the Army to help dispel Indian raids. Later he worked for Indian Affairs and located to Winston Co Mississippi where he stayed until he died. He and Susannah are buried in the woods near Louisville MS. One of their children, Elijah Tabor, moved to Union Parish LA. His son, George Mason Tabor, fought in the Civil War. His son, John Burl Tabor was my great grandfather. Laura Tabor Matthews my grandmother and Edna Matthews Liggin my mother and then ME.
Addition to story:
My 5X great grandfather John Tabor was the father of William and both fought at Kings’ Mountain South Carolina.. His wife was Elizabeth Sharpe Tabor …She was as heroic as a soldier in caring for her big family (11 children) while the men were away fighting. Supposedly she had to ride 80 miles all alone through the wilderness of territories infested with Torries and soldiers to get SALT for her family.
Molly’s grandmother, Laura Tabor Matthews was my grandmother’s older sister. My line is John Burl Tabor, Bertha Tabor Fomby, Tressie Fomby Upshaw and me.
Fred and Adam Rankin at the burial site.