|Death: ||Nov. 13, 1817|
North Carolina, USA
Michael Thomas came to Rockingham county just before the American Revolution. His family was of German origin. Michael Thomas was a resident of Guilford county (now Rockingham County), during the Revolutionary War and entered for service in the company of horse under Captain Thomas Blair and Lt. Thomas McCrory in the regiment of Col. James Martin in the second expedition to Cross Creek against the insurgents. He was listed to be paid for this service of 31 days during the pay period of Dec 20 1775 to Feb 15th 1776 (Military Papers, Revolutionary Army Accounts, Misc. Vols 1-6; N.C. State Archives, Raleigh, N.C.).
Family tradition relates that the Thomas family heard the noise from the "Battle of Guilford Courthouse" which occurred 20 miles from their home. After the Revolution ended, Michael Thomas was paid 4-4-8 by the State of North Carolina for supplies which he furnished the militia during the war.
He was a member of Matrimony Baptist Church as early as 1789. His wife Barbara was also a member of the same church.
In 1780 Thomas received two state grants totaling 1,040 acres of land on Upper Hogans Creek and Buffalo Island Creek. Later he purchased land on Whetstone Creek where he probably made his home.
When Michael Thomas died on November 13, 1817 he owned a total of 2,0029 acres of land in Rockingham and Stokes Counties. One tract of land also extended across the border into Virginia. The Thomas heirs were dissatisfied with Michael's will and agreed "to have the will set aside" in 1818. Barbara's son-in-law, William Wray, collected the monies due the estate but made no effort toward division. She obtained a judgment agaisnst him in September 1821 to force a settlement. The estate was valued at $10,000, a sizeable sum for that period. In 1822 Barbara received a 392 acree dower on Whetstone Creek.
Michael Thomas and Barbara Harenstarger had the following children:
1.)John, born circa 1772.
2.)Adam, born circa 1773 died before July 13th, 1853. He married Martha J. Chandler.
3.)Samuel married Sally Mayse in 1814.
4.)Joanna married James Lemons, son of John and Tabitha Lemons.
Barbara Harenstarger Thomas (1744 - 1777)
Joanna Thomas Lemons*
Union Grove Baptist Church Cemetery
North Carolina, USA
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Record added: Oct 03, 2009
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