Noted events in his life were:
1. Property, 2 Aug 1833, Bladen County, North Carolina, United States. Deed from John Smith [father-in-law of Theopholus Tatom] to Theopholus Tatom, both of Bladen Co. John sells 280 acres on south side of Jones Creek for $140. Acknowledged in Nov 1833 court term. (Bladen County, NC Deed Book 10 page 106, posted at Bladen Co Rootsweb site).
2. Property, 4 Aug 1834, Bladen County, North Carolina, United States. Grant No. 4170. August 4, 1834.. To Theophilus Tatom 100 acres on NE side of Turnbull Creek...adj lands of James Smith, Daniel Smith
3. Appearance in Document, Oct 1843, Bladen County, North Carolina, United States. Theophlus Tatum and Anna M. Tatum are among the members of Beaverdam Baptist Church that are dismissed to found Briar Branch Baptist Church, both churches in Bladen County. The list of members that are dismissed includes Daniel L. Smith, Daniel Smith, Daniel Register, George W. Downing, William D. Smith, Sarah A. Smith, Mary A. Downing, Elizabeth Smith, Anna M. Tatum, Elsa McLemore, May J. Tatum, Mary Register, John Smith Sr., Evin Downing, John H. Tatum, William J. Cowan, John D. Smith, Mary Smith, Susan Smith, Martha Smith, Elizabeth A. Downing, Susan Smith Sr., James Smith, Theophlus Tatum, Wright McLemore, John Downing, James S. Beard, Milton J. Smith, Thomas B. Cowan, Mary Downing, Pen[n]y Hayes, Claressa Beard, Susan Smith, Zillpha Smith. (posted at Bladen Co Rootweb site)
4. Census, 19 Aug 1850, Cape Fear NE Side, Bladen County, North Carolina, United States. 679
5. Property, 5 Aug 1853, Bladen County, North Carolina, United States. Grant No. 5034. Bladen County. August 5, 1853. Theophilus Tatum 300 acres on South West side of Indian Creek joining James J. McKays lands and others. CC/ J. H. Tatom & M. W. Tatom.
6. Property, 27 Dec 1853, Bladen County, North Carolina, United States. Grant No. 5090. Bladen County. December 27, 1853. Theophilus Tatom 24 acres on East side of Big Turnbull in West end of Indian Creek, joining 100 acre tract of D. O. Smith, and 50 acres tract of John G. Smith. CC/ James Smith and D. O. Smith.
7. Census, 1860, Bladen County, North Carolina, United States. Theo Tatom, age 65, farmer, real estate 7000, property 10,700, living with Ann M (52, domestic), M W (20, male, turpentine), Lenon A (15, male), and Francis E (12, female). Also with them is W J Edge (25, male, day laborer). (Bladen Co, Elizabethtown PO, p25, family 174)
8. Alt. Death, 1864, Bladen County, North Carolina, United States. 681
9. Will, 24 Jan 1863, Bladen County, North Carolina, United States. The will of Theophilus Tatom is dated 24 Jan 1863 in Bladen Co. A transcription is posted at the Bladen Co Rootsweb site. He leaves his wife the plantation where he lives, 50 acres "that the mill is now upon", "the Jones Swamp tract", and several slaves. He leaves his son Daniel two tracts of land. He leaves his youngest son Lennon 100 acres on south west side of Turnbull Creek below the mouth of Panther Branch, and two tracts on north east side of Turnbull Creek, "the land I bought of Jim Smith." The will also mentions daughter Mary Jane Downing and son John Henry Tatum. Proved May 1863. (Abstracts of Wills, Bladen Co, NC, by Wanda Campbell, p88)
10. Appearance in Document: Fayetteville Observer, 2 Mar 1863. 670 Died, in Bladen Co., from vaccination, Theophilus Tatom, aged 65, leaving a wife and ten children.
11. Probate, May 1863, Bladen County, North Carolina, United States. The will of Theophilus Tatom is proved May 1863.
12. Occupation: Farmer.
13. Religion: Baptist.
Theophilus married Anna M. SMITH, daughter of John G.* SMITH and Susan* McLEMORE, before 1828.679 (Anna M. SMITH was born circa 1806 in North Carolina, United States,679 died in 1887 in Bladen County, North Carolina, United States 670,682 and was buried in Briar Branch Church, Bladen County, North Carolina, United States 682.)