Peter Tallman (1623 - 1708) was originally from Hamburg, Germany. He settled first about 1647 at Barbados, where he married his first wife Ann Hill, then in 1649 relocated to Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Peter and Ann were divorced in 1665 based on alleged infidelity of Ann, producing a child by another man. Peter Tallman then married Joan Briggs in July, 1665. Our descent is from Peter and Joan's son Benjamin (1684 - 1759) and his wife Patience Durfee, via their son William, born in Rhode Island, who married Anne Lincoln and lived at Reading in Berks County, Pennsylvania. Of eleven children born to William and Anne Lincoln Tallman, only Benjamin lived to adulthood, to marry and have children of his own. Ben Tallman married Dinah Boone, daughter of Benjamin and Susannah (Liken) Boone in 1764 in Berks County.
In about 1778 (during the Revolutionary War), the William Tallman family, including Ben and Dinah, relocated from Berks County, Pennsylvania, down the Great Wagon Road through the Valley of Virginia, past the farms of the Wendells at Toms Brook, to the northern part of Augusta County, Virginia, which later became Rockingham County. Possibly they had received favorable reports of that area from Dinah's uncle Squire Boone, who had previously lived there for about a year during his migration to Yadkin Valley, North Carolina. Ben and Dinah settled on Smith's Creek near the town of Harrisonburg. Their homestead at the foot of the Massanutten Mountain was adjoining that of the John Lincoln family who were close kin of the Tallmans. This John Lincoln being the great-grandfather of President Abraham Lincoln, was brother of Anne Lincoln Tallman. Benjamin Tallman, having already served in the Pennsylvania Militia in 1777, reenlisted as a private from Virginia on March 27, 1782 and served in the Fourth Troop of the first Partisan Legion under Col. Charles Armand, Marquise De La Rouerie. The Fourth Troop was commanded by Capt. Claudius De Bert. (Ref: Pa. Archives, Series 3, Vol 3, page 152: Series 5, Vol. 3, p. 864 Continental Line, Fifth Pa. Jan 1, 1777 - Jan 1, 1783). Although the earlier Boones were Quakers, Benjamin and Dinah Tallman joined the Linville Creek Baptist Church near Harrisonburg, Virginia. In 1797, Benjamin was a delegate at a meeting in Loudoun County, of the Ketrockton Baptist Association when a plan was made for gradual emancipation of slaves. About 1810, Benjamin and Dinah removed to Fairfield County, Ohio with others of their family, including son in-law David Brumfield and his children (daughter Patience had died in Rockingham County, after having 17 children in 23 years). Their Ohio homestead was near Canal Winchester. Ben and Dinah were originally buried at Union Grove Cemetery, in Canal Winchester, but later they were moved to a new cemetery at son William's farm, to enable a new road into Union Grove Cemetery, now named Cemetery Road. The photos below were taken at the Tallman Cemetery, which is on a hill on the west side of the Pickaway County line, about a mile south of the intersection with Royalton Road.