Nearly all of the Tinkers in Dade County, Georgia and Dekalb County, Alabama are descendants of one of three Tinker families that settled in the Rising Fawn area prior to 1860. It appears that they were poor dirt farmer and records indicate that at least one of the families homesteaded his land.

Benjamin Tinker (1806-1888) moved with his wife, Elizabeth Louisa Ann, from Marion County, Tenn. sometime during the 1840’s. They had 11 Children (10 sons, 1 daughter): Melvina, Henderson, Houston, James W., Jacob, William, Obadiah “Obie”, Abraham, Winfield Scott, Riley Cobb, and Taylor. (Houston, William, James, and Jacob died during the Civil War.)

By 1850 Abraham Tinker (1809-1887) and his wife, Sarah Steele, were living in the area. They had ten children (3 boys, 7 girls). William Melvin, Smith, Elizabeth, Malinda Parazaida, Mary Ann, Lucretia, Amanda, Sarah Catherine, Jacob Pierce and Paralee. Abraham, his wife and several descendents are buried in the Tinker cemetery (Gass Cemetery) next to the interstate off Byrd’s Chapel Road.

In 1847, William Tinker (1795-1847) was living in Knox County, Tennessee and was killed by lighting. He left a widow, Margaret Robinson, and eight children (5 boys, 3 girls): Henderson Callaway “Calvin”, Isaac, Ellendor, Serena, William, Jane, Nathaniel R., and Obediah. By 1860, Margaret and most of the children moved to the Rising Fawn area and settled next to Benjamin.

Although we do not know for a fact that Benjamin, Abraham and William were brothers, we can be sure that they were related. They all came from East Tennessee and probably had ancestors in Greasy Cove, Tennessee. Census records show that the Tinkers and Blevins lived close to each other in several other locations and migrated about the same time to the Dade County area. Records also show that the Tinkers, Blevins and Adkins families intermarried many times. All three families lived in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee at different times. These facts along with the tendency for all three families to give their children the same name, has made tracing the Tinker roots a challenge.

Written by Jim Tinker


  1. earleene gass prevatt

    this is another part of my family. abraham Tinker was born in greast cove unicoi co tn,it is in the smokie mts, his father was abraham tinker & believe his wife was a holiday,they had a large family & the names are some of the ones who setteled in dade co or dekalb al,abraham jr married sarah steel daughter of christian steel & elizabeth blevins she was born in buscome co nc1794, ,migrated to wayne co ky then to dade co or dekalb co al. their daughter married abraham tinker jr. tinker & gass families lived near byrds chappel & owned many acres of land which he gave to his children. some of them are buried in gass- tinker cemetery , this is across rd from where my grandparents lived, cicero a gass & ida m daniel. also melvin tinker was a neighbor & realitive.

  2. earleene gass prevatt

    adkins & blevins migrated from wayne co ky to dade co

  3. earleene

    Blevins were in va to begin with, Daniel Blevins,i have genealogy on this line also on tinker

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