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Thomas McSpadden
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Birth: 1720, Ireland
Death: 1765
Virginia, USA

Thomas McSpadden was born in the year of 1720 in Ireland, and came to America from Ulster Ireland with two brothers about 1740. His father was Thomas C. McSpadden born 1695 in Ireland, and died in the year of 1742 in Virginia. Thomas' McSpadden family were the first of their clan coming to America, and Thomas settled in Virginia.

McSpadden History; MacFadyen, McSpeden, M'speden

McSpadden ancestors emigrated from Scotland to Ireland in the 13th Century. McSpadden clan is from the sept of the MacClaines of Lochbuie, the small islands off the west coast of Scotland. This clan descended from Eachan Heaganach, who received Lochbuie sometime after 1354 from John, 1st Lord of the Isles, of the powerful McDonald clan; clan motto is "Vincere vel Mori" - "To Conquer or Die". The tartan is one of the most beautiful among the Highlanders - a deep red with green and violet plaids. The name "McSpadden" is believed to have originated in Scotland, and is a derivative of the English translation of the Celtic name 'MacFadyen'.

The McSpadden Coat of Arms is a pointed silver shield, a green palm with a brown trunk standing on a green base. It is ornamented with a wooden colored raft in the crown of the tree. The Coat-of-Arms Ornament is a dark blue and gold gothic coat-of-arms holding the shield and helmet. The Helmet is a gothic helmet in silver, closed with a black and red visor and on a gold medallion. A black shoulder band is ornamented gothic. The Main Ornament consists of the shield symbol, in green, brown, and wooden colored, placed on a golden base, and lists the Motto as "Pondere Spreto".

Thomas married Dorothy Edmiston in the year 1743/44 in Timber Ridge, Rockbridge County, Virginia. Dorothy aka Mary was the daughter of Robert Edmiston and Jean, and born 1721 in Rockbridge County, Virginia, and died about 1763 in Augusta County, Virginia.(Ref. "Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia" by Lyman Chalkey Vol III pg 241, which lists Robert Edmiston's Will).

Thomas and Dorothy McSpadden children were Sarah born 1745 FAG#26069557, Alexander born 1746, Thomas Jr. born 1748 FAG#17023791, Archibald born 1750, John, Isabell born 1752, Moses born 1754, Samuel born 1756, Margaret born 1758, and William born 1760.

He was a charter member of "Old Timber Ridge Presbyterian Church", about 5 miles north of Lexington, Virginia. The old stone church was built in 1756. Ref."typed transcriptions" Thomas McSpeden" on the official call to their first full time pastor, Rev. John Brown, in 1752; also listed as "Thomas M'Speden" on the list of subscribers to underwrite Rev. Brown's salary.

"Congregations of New Providence and Timber Ridge Presbyterian Churches
list of Petition Signers for Reverend John Brown
Archibald Alexander, Francis Allison, Robert Allison, Francis Beaty, Charles Berry, Thomas Berry, William Berry, Magdalena Borden, Samuel Buchanan, William Caruthers, James Coulter, Robert Coulton, Samuel Davis, William Davis, John Davison, John Douglass, David Dryden, Thomas Dryden, Samuel Dunlap, James Eakin, Walter Eakin, John Edmiston, James Edmiston, William Edmiston, Andrew Fitzpatrick, Robert Gamble, Edward Gaor, Jacob Gray, Samuel Gray, William Gray, James Greenlee, William Hamilton, John Hawely, John Handley, Joseph Hay, Samuel Hay(s), Edmund Hearken, George Henderson, Robert Henry, Thomas Hill, John Houston Sr., John Houston Jr., Matthew Houston, Robert Houston, Samuel Houston, Joseph Kennedy, John Kerr, John Keys, Rodger Keys, Robert Kirkpatrick, William Lockridge, John Logan, John Lowry, John Lusk, James Lusk, William Lusk, Daniel Lyle, John Lyle, Matthew Lyle, Samuel Lyle, John Macky, Agnes Martin, Charles McAnelly, Edward McColgan, James McClung, James McClung Jr., widow McClung, Alexander McCluer, Nathaniel McCluer, Halbert McCluer, John McCrosky Sr., John McCrosky Jr., Alexander McCrosky, Samuel McCutchen, Samuel McDowell, Neal McGlister, Thomas McMurry, Baptist McNabb, John McNabb, Thomas McSpeden, Alexander Miller, John Mitchell, John Montgomery, Alexander Moore, John Moore, James Moore, John Patton, Samuel Paxton, Thomas Paxton, Nathan Peoples, Patrick Porter, Robert Reagh, William Reagh, Robert Robertson, James Robinson John, Robinson, Matthew Robinson, William Robinson, John Roseman, David Sayer, John Shields, John Smiley, William Smith, Widow Smith, John Sprowl, Andrew Steele, Samuel Steele, John Stuart, James Thompson, James Trimble, Moses Trimble, Alexander Walker, Alexander Walker, James Walker, John Walker, John Wardlaw, William Wardlaw, Robert Weir, Moses Whiteside, William Whiteside, Ann Wilson, John Winiston."

Thomas was a member of Captain John Buchanan's Company of the militia of Augusta County, Virginia, in 1742. He also fought in the French and Indian War 1754 to 1763. Thomas's 306-acre land grant, proven in 1744, was located on Sheep Creek, a tributary of South River, in the "92,100 acre grant of Benjamin Borden on the west side of the Blue Ridge in the County of Augusta, Virginia"

"1742 Augusta County, Virginia Muster Rolls
Captain John Buchanan's List
John Buchanan, Captain; Will Evins, Lieutenant; Josef Catton, Ensign; John Mitchell, Sergeant; Joseph Kanada, James Cooke, Charles Donocho, Solo Moffett, Jas. Sunderlin, Will Sayers, John Dyche, Rob. Catton, Charles Gamble, Sam Walker, Alex. Walker, John Walker, Joseph Walker, Cha. Hays, And. Martin, John Edmoston, Jas. Robinson, Ths. Duchart, Will Quinn, Thomas Williams, Jab Anderson, Joh Anderson, James Anderson, Isaac Anderson, And. Hays, John McCroserce, Will Buchanan, Rich. Courser, Sam Dunlap, Will Lonchrage, Rob. Dunlap, Jams Ecken, Will McCantes, John Moor, Will Moor, David Moor, Alex. Moor, And. Moor, Will Mitchel, Nathn. Evins, John Stephenson, James Eken, Jas. Greenlee, John Paul, Mat. Lyle, Joh. Gray, Ths. McSpedan, Joh. Mathews, Will Armstrong, Rob. Huddon, Will Hall, Sam. Gray, Isaac Taylor, Michael O'Docherty, Sam McClewer, Edw. Boyle, Will Humphrey, Nathn. McClewer, John Philip Weaver."

Thomas died about 1765 near Lexington, Augusta Co., Virginia.
Family links: 
  Sarah McSpadden Farris (1745 - 1820)*
  Thomas McSpadden (1748 - 1833)*
  John McSpadden (1749 - 1798)*
  Moses McSpadden (1754 - 1827)*
  Samuel McSpadden (1756 - 1844)*
  William McSpadden (1760 - 1798)*
*Calculated relationship
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Record added: Aug 02, 2012
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My wife's 6th great grandfather...
- George Bacon
 Added: Jun. 18, 2016
spring 2016. with respect
- david wooten
 Added: Apr. 5, 2016
2015 Fourth of July Celebration. A Nation you contributed....Rest, one of your many down line Grandson's.
- david wooten
 Added: Jul. 5, 2015
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