Andrew Tarrant

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Andrew Tarrant in 1904

Andrew Jackson Tarrant (born June 17, 1832 in Jefferson County; died ) was Jefferson County Tax Assessor and president of the Jefferson County Board of Revenue.

Tarrant was the oldest son of Benjamin and Morning Richardson Tarrant of South Carolina who had moved to Jefferson County near Bethlehem Church below Elyton in 1819.

In 1860 Tarrant married Martha Ayres, the daughter of John Ayres, another Carolinian settler. They had two children, Mattie J. and George B.

At the start of the Civil War he entered the Confederate Army as First Sergeant of Company C of the 20th Alabama Volunteers and fought in the Battles of Port Gibson, Baker's Creek and Vicksburg, where he was wounded and captured. After an exchange of prisoners, Tarrant rejoined his command and fought at Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge before joining General John Bell Hood's Tennessee Campaign which engaged Union troops in Franklin, Columbia and Nashville. From there he proceeded to Tupelo, Mississippi and finally to North Carolina. He was detached and sent home after the Battle of Bentonville and returned to farming.

In 1880 Tarrant was elected tax assessor for Jefferson County and was re-elected in 1884. In 1890 he was elected to assist Assessor S. L. Robertson for another six years. in 1900 he was elected to the Board of Revenue, which chose him president.