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James Thomas I (1714 - 1780)

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James Thomas I
Born in Nansemond, Virginiamap
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Husband of — married in Bertie Co., North Carolinamap
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Died in Bertie, North Carolinamap
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James Thomas I served during the American Revolution
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James I Sr was born in 1714. James I Sr Thomas ... He passed away in 1780. [1]

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  1. Entered by Nancy Stanley, Jul 2, 2011


This biography is a rough draft. It was auto-generated by a GEDCOM import and needs to be edited.


Name: James /Thomas/[2][3]


Date: 1714
Place: Nansemond, Virginia, USA[4]


Type: Military service
Place: Private in Revolutionary War- listed as soldier in NC Revolutionary Army accounts dated 7/25/1783.


Note: #N518


Husband: James Thomas
Child: Selah Thomas
Relationship to Father: Natural
Date: 1741
Place: Bertie, North Carolina, USA[5]


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  • Source: S43 Author: Yates Publishing Title: U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 Publication: Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004.Original data - This unique collection of records was extracted from a variety of sources including family group sheets and electronic databases. Originally, the information was deriv; Repository: #R1
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Note N518Name: James , Sr THOMAS Given Name: James , Sr Surname: Thomas Sex: M Birth: 1714 in Nansemond Co, VA Death: 1780 in Bertie Co, NC 1 Will: 1780 Bertie Co, NC Note: Source of Thomas Family from CD#8, tree # 1089 She quoted her sources back to ancestor, John Sr, from Book by Edison H Thomas, "The THOMAS & BRIDGES Story"Tree from James W Hampton 13406 SE 50th Pl Belleview, WA 9806-3413 (I also personally viewed this will at the Catawba County Genealogy Library in Newton, NC. It is from Bertie County, NC Wills 1761-1780, November Court 1780, by Sandra Lee Almasy) Deborah Lloyd Will of JAMES THOMAS of Bertie Co. N. C. to his wife SARAH THOMAS, one third part of my land and plantation wheron I now live, one feather bed and furniture that belongs to it, one mare, bridle and saddle, one line living Wheale, one Iron pot and Hooks and two pewter plates, one pewter dish, one pewter basin, one cow and calf. to son EZEKIEL THOMAS one fether bed and what belongs to it, one pewter dish and two pewter plates one Noohorne heffer to him and his heirs forever. To LUKE THOMAS, five shiliings sterling to him and heirs forever. To JAMES THOMAS, all my land and plantation after his mothers death and two parts of the land from the time that the will is proved one feather bed and what belongs to it one horse bridle and saddle to him and his heirs forever Except my son James Thomas shold die without heirs the Land to be equally divided between my two Eldest sons, Ezekiel Thomas and Luke Thomas. To SELAH DEMENT wife of Charles Dement one small chest cow and lamb to her and her heirs forever. To daughter LURIDILL THOMAS one feather bed and what belongs to it , one linning wheale, one pewter dish and two pewter plates, one cow and calf, one Ewe and lamb, one chest to her and her heirs forever. daughter SARAH THOMAS, one heffer yearling three years old daughter LIDDA THOMAS the feather bed I lent to my loving wife to her forever. All the remainder part of estate is to be equally divided between my son JAMES and LIDDY THOMAS , at my sons James coming to the age of 21 and the said LIddy to be in the nads if the said JAMES THOMAS during the discretion at the age of 18 or marriage. This will was signed sealed published pronounced and declared by the 1st James Thomas as his last will and testament the Presents of Abner Eason Esquire, Joseph Eason, and Mary Pritchard. Oct, 22 1780 ********************************************** He must have been in the same Business the David Dement and maybe some of the other Dements, because he left lining wheale's to some of his children. And I think that lining weale's made the lining for some products from Linen material that was made on these lining weale's. A big factory burned in Illinois that was supposedly owned by David and maybe John Dement, Col. Etc. 1811 *********************************************** Father: Joseph , Sr THOMAS b: Abt 1680 Mother: Alice SPIVEY Marriage 1 Sarah BARNES b: Abt 1721 Married: Abt 1741 in Bertie Co., NC Children Selah THOMAS b: Abt 1740 in Bertie Co, NC Luke THOMAS b: Bet. 1741 - 1760 Uredica Laodicia"Dicey" THOMAS b: Bet. 1741 - 1760 Ezekiel , Sr THOMAS b: Abt 1753 in Berite Co., NC Lydia THOMAS b: Bet. 1759 - 1780 James II THOMAS b: 1762 in Bertie Co NC Sarah THOMAS b: 1 May 1766 in Bertie Co, NC Sources: Title: Will-Abstarct Text: @NS020121@ Repository: ******************************************************************* From Ancestry - JAMES THOMAS-----WEST KENTUCKY PIONEER- (this is the son of James Thomas not the one listed in tese notes.) Contributed by Edison H. Thomas, 9402 Janna drive, Louisville, Ky. 40272 The first Thomas to settle in what is now Trigg County, Kentucky, was James Thomas of Bertie County, North Carolina, Revolutionary war Veteran, and ancestor of practically every Thomas in Trigg county today. He migrated to Western Kentucky in July 1806 with this wife Mary (Standey) Thomas and their six children. He came for his homesite, 200 acres of land located inChristian county (now Trigg) at what today is the intersection of the Donaldson and Cadiz roads, acquiring a grant that had been issued Oct. 18, 1798. This land was surveyed June 18, 1799 by James B. Mabry, deputy surveyor for Christian county, and lay in (Num. missing from document) 180-pole square bisected by the west word run of the waters of donaldson creek. In acquiring the tract James Thomas paid a surveyor's fee and taxes of .80. He cleared from his new acreage portions of the virgin timber that grew in profusion in the valley, built a cabin of white oak and poplar logs, and settled there for the reaminder of his life. James Thomas was one of the first five permanent settlers in theDonaldson Creek valley. In the ensuing years he acquired a large part to the land that lay in the upper portion of the nine-mile long valley, as well as part of the land in the surrounding, heavily wooded hills. By the time his four sons had grown to man hood and acquired adjoingin land, the family collectively owned almost 4,000 acres, the nucleus of which was the original grant surveyed in 1799. James Thomas was born in Bertie County, North Carolina, in 1762, the son of James and Sarah (Barnes) Thomas. He grw up on the portion of plantation that his father had inherited from his father, Joseph Thomas, who had purchased it in 1728 after migrating to North Carolina from Nansemond County, Virginia. This original plantation was located about fivemiles southeat of Windsor, seat of Bertie county, in the fertile coastal plain between the Cashie and the Roanoke Rivers not far from Albemarle Sound. When James's father dies in Bertie county, N. C. in 1780, he bequeathed his estate to his seven children. James, the youngest of his three sons, inherited the plantation house and 400 acres of land, with his mother inheriting dower rights to one-third of it as long as she lived. On May 12, 1781, some six months after his father died, James, then only 19 years old, enlisted in the North Carolina troops to serve in the continental Army in the Revolutionary War against the British. He served under the overall command of General Nathaniel Greene, and was assigned to the 10th Regiment, Capt. Thomas Donoho's Company, Col. Abraham Shepherd commanding. James spent his entire time in the service with General Greene's army in skirmishes and other action against the British, mostly in South Carolina. He served until May 12, 1782 After Returning home from the war, James Thomas began his courtship of Mary Stanley, a girl his own age, who lived on an adjoining plantation. this courtship set somewhat of a record for longevity--almost eight years. One reason perhaps for the lengthy delay in his plans for matrimony was that when James returned from the war, he was the only man of...... (I was not sent he rest of this story) it just ended here. bottom of page has 1979 V15-2 Page number is 93 ********************************************************************* ON ANOTHER PAGE FROM THE SAME PERSON: JAMES THOMAS - - WEST KENTUCKY PIONEER REFERENCE NOTES 1979 V14-2 PAGE 96 3. For some reason that he never divulged, James Thomas did not claim the free land in Tennesse, made available for him by the State of North Carolina for his service in the Revolution. 4. The others: Shadrach Futrell, of Northampton county, N. C. : Joel Cahoon (later spelled Calhoun) of Edgecombe County, N. C. John Craig, of Albemarle county, Virginia, and Basil Holland, of Laurens County, South Carolina. Descendants of some of these families still live in the Donaldson Valley today. 5. This rather secluded valley is located only a few miles north of the Kentucky-tennessee state line. Nuberous fresh water springs feed Donalson Creek, a perpetual stream that empties in the cumberland River. now, Barley Lake. 6. In this area of Bertie county also lived the Barnes, Spivey, Standley,Pugh, Sholar, Eason and Lawrence families, all prominent in the early history of that county. All except the Pugh and Eason families intermarried with the Thomas family. 7. County Wills, Vol. VIII page 5, State Archives, Raleigh, N. C. 8. Revolutionary War records, National Archives, Washington, D. C. lineage book, national Society of Sons of the American Revolution, Washington, D. D. James, Thomas, National number 98251 assigned to the author. 9. James Thomas, private, no. 90144, Pierce's Register, Page 1174. He also is listed as "soldier" in North Carolina Revolutionary Army accounts dated July 25, 1783, journal of the proceedings of the Commissioners appointed by the Act of Assembly passed in may 1873 to liquidate and finally settle accounts of the officers and soldiers of the Continental Line of the State of North Carolina.ina. 10. Marriage Bonds, Bertie county, N. C. 11.Selah Thomas, James' oldest sister married Charles Dement before 1780 and settled in Rutherford County, Tenn. Sarah Thomas, his third sister was married three times: (1) Benjamin Edwards, Feb. 5, 1787; (2) James Foreman (no date found); (third) Andrew Greer II (no date found). she and her third husband settled in Smith county, Tenn., where he died in 1819 and where she died in 1851. 12. Bertie county marriage bonds. 13. "Heads of Families of North Carolina, 1790" Edenton District, Beetie county, page 15. Cullen was born Aug. 21, 1791 the year the census was completed. 14. "Old Albemarle and its Absentee Landlords by, "Worth S. Ray, page623; also, "Cast Away on Bermuda," by W. E. S. Zull, Bermuda Historical Quarterly, Hamilton, Bermuda, Summer 1959 issue, pages 49-67. 15 John Thomas was born between 1585 and 1590 in Wales, probably in Caermarthenshire. He died before 1653 in York County, Virginia. His wife's name was Dorothy and they had four sons; John Jr., from whom the Trigg county line descends; Philip, Richard and William. There is a huge amount of Thomas marriages to be had on Trigg Co. Kentucky. They are on FTM CD Vol. 3 FTM: Home Page Jason Allan Coffman 4385 E. Campo Bello Dr. Phoenix, AZ 85032 United States 602-867-3089 James Thomas, born circa 1714 in Nanesmond County, Virginia; died 1780 in Bertie County, North Carolina. He was the son of 1312. Joseph Thomas and Alice Spivey. He married 657. Sarah Barnes. Sarah Barnes, died Aft. 1780. She was the daughter of 1314. John Barnes and. Katherine. Children of James Thomas and Sarah Barnes are: Leodicea of Uredica Thomas, died Unknown; married (1) EzekielThomas; died Unknown; married (2) Ben Sholar 1791; died Unknown,Luke Thomas, died Unknown,Lundill Thomas, died Unknown, Lydia Thomas, died Unknown; married James Lawrence; died Unknown. Sarah Thomas, died Unknown. Selah Thomas, died Unknown; married Charles Dement; died Unknown. Ezekiel Thomas, born circa 1756 in Bertie County, North Carolina; died1809\ in Bertie County, North Carolina; married Sarah Holland, James Thomas II,born circa 1760; died Unknown. Edgecombe Co. Census 1790 Halifax Dist. Pg55 Sarah Barnes 0-0-2-0-0 James Barnes 2-2-1-0-0 William Barnes 1-0-2-0-0 Benjamin Barnes 1-1-2-0-0 Stephen Barnes 2-0-1-0-0 Absalom Barnes 1-2-4-0-0 Briton Barnes 1-4-4-0-0 Ephraim Barnes 4-3-3-0-0- Abraham Barnes 2-2-0-0 Selah Barnes 1-2-2-0-0 Jethro Barnes 1-4-4-0-0 Edgecombe Census 1790pg 54 Mary Thomas 0-0-2-0-8 Jonathan Thomas 1-0-1-0-2 Jonathan Thomas 1-0-1-0-2 Theophilus Thomas 3-5-5-0-21 Jacob Thomas 2-2-1-0-3 Amos Thomas1-2-3-0-0 Bertie co.. North Carolina 1790 census Jordan Thomas 1-0-0-0-0 Josiah Thomas 1-0-0-0-0 Jonathan Thomas 1-0-5-0-0 Ezakia Thomas 1-1-4-05 James Thomas 1-1-2-0-0 Name: James THOMAS* 1 2 Sex: M Birth: ABT. 1714 in Nansemond Co., VA 3 1 2 Death: 22 OCT 1780 in Bertie Co., NC 1 2 [Brøderbund WFT Vol. 5, Ed. 1, Tree #2059, Date of Import: Apr 30, 2001] Notes from Thomas-Bridges book; info from handwritten bio of Perry Thomas, grandson of James Thomas Immigrated to Bertie Co. between 1725-1740. Owned plantation on the Cashie River 1736 -- Bought 10 acres for 2:6:8. 08 Mar 1768 -- James and Sarah sold 4 acres to George Spivey for 4:2:6 20 Sep 1774 -- sold 80 acres to sons Ezekiell and Luke for 35 pounds Facts about this person: Occupation Farmer Source: World Family Tree Vol. 5, Ed. 1 Author: Brøderbund Software, Inc. Pub. Facts: Release date: August 22, 1996 Medium: Family Archive CD Comments: Customer pedigree. Pages(s): Tree #2059 Date of Import: Apr 30, 2001 Source: mcclure-parham.FTW Medium: Other Date of Import: Apr 30, 2001 Have Printed Inf. Thomas-Bridges; James Thomas, W.KY. Pioneer Source: World Family Tree Vol. 5, Ed. 1 Author: Brøderbund Software, Inc. Pub. Facts: Release date: August 22, 1996 Medium: Family Archive CD Comments: Customer pedigree. Pages(s): Tree #2059 Date of Import: Apr 30, 2001 Source: mcclure-parham.FTW Medium: Other Date of Import: Apr 30, 2001 Have Will Info. October 22, 1789 Have transcription; Bertie Co. records; prob. Nov 1780 Source: World Family Tree Vol. 5, Ed. 1 Author: Brøderbund Software, Inc. Pub. Facts: Release date: August 22, 1996 Medium: Family Archive CD Burial 1780 Plantation, Cashie River, Bertie Co. (No marker) Source: World Family Tree Vol. 5, Ed. 1 Author: Brøderbund Software, Inc. Pub. Facts: Release date: August 22, 1996 Medium: Family Archive CD Comments: Customer pedigree. Pages(s): Tree #2059 Date of Import: Apr 30, 2001 Father: Joseph THOMAS* b: ABT. 1680 in Nansemond Co., VA Mother: Alice SPIVEY* b: WFT Est. 1670-1696 Marriage 1 Sarah BARNES* b: WFT Est. 1711-1730 Married: ABT. 1741 3 1 2 Children Ezekiel THOMAS b: ABT. 1758 Luke THOMAS b: ABT. 1760 James THOMAS II b: 1762 in Bertie Co., NC Selah (Sely) THOMAS b: ABT. 1763 Laodicia THOMAS* b: ABT. 1764 in Bertie Co., NC Sarah (Sally) THOMAS b: 15 AUG 1775 in Bertie Co., NC Lydia (Martha) THOMAS* b: ABT. 1776 in Bertie Co., NC Sources: Title: World Family Tree Vol. 5, Ed. 1 Author: Brøderbund Software, Inc. Publication: Release date: August 22, 1996 Note: Customer pedigree. Repository: Call Number: Media: Family Archive CD Page: Tree #2059 Text: Date of Import: Apr 30, 2001 Title: mcclure-parham.FTW Repository: Call Number: Media: Other Text: Date of Import: Apr 30, 2001 Thomas/Bridges Book
  1. Entered by Nancy Stanley, Jul 2, 2011
  2. Source: #S56 Page: Ancestry Family Trees
  3. Source: #S43 Page: Source number: 726.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: PKS. Data: Text: Birth date: 1714 CONT Birth place: VA CONT Marriage date: 1741 CONT Marriage place: NC
  4. Source: #S43 Page: Source number: 726.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: PKS. Data: Text: Birth date: 1714 CONT Birth place: VA CONT Marriage date: 1741 CONT Marriage place: NC
  5. Source: #S43 Page: Source number: 726.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: PKS. Data: Text: Birth date: 1714 CONT Birth place: VA CONT Marriage date: 1741 CONT Marriage place: NC

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On 6 Apr 2017 at 00:31 GMT Cheryl (Stone) Caudill wrote:

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