Thomas Painter

Burlington County, New Jersey, USA
Death 1800 (aged 57–58)
Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 138442206 View Source
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Thomas Painter, son of Hannah (née Braddock) and John Painter, senior, was born about 1742 (or soon afterwards) in Burlington County, New Jersey. His family later moved to Frederick County, Virginia. Thomas Painter reportedly married Sarah Williams, also of Burlington County.

From 1782 to 1787, Thomas Painter was a taxpayer in Berkeley County, then in Virginia, and his son Joel was born 1786 in Harper's Ferry, then in Berkeley County. The family afterwards moved to Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, where son Isaac was born in 1792.

Thomas Painter was living at least as late as 1800, and may have moved west into what is now Ohio. His places of death and burial are unknown. If he remained in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, he may have been buried in the Old Quaker cemetery in that county's Sewickley Township.


Some genealogies estimate Thomas Painter's birth year to be 1740, but it could be no earlier than 1742. John Painter's minor children—Thomas, Isaac, and Hannah—on 3 Jan 1763 were granted membership certificates to the Hopewell Monthly Meeting in Frederick Co., Virginia. (Joint Committee of Hopewell Friends, Hopewell Friends History, 1734-1934, Frederick County, Virginia; Records of Hopewell Monthly Meetings and Meetings Reporting to Hopewell... (Strasburg, Va.: Shenandoah Publishing House, Inc., 1936), p. 407.)

The Hopewell Monthly Meeting in Frederick Co., Virginia, disowned Thomas Painter on 2 Dec 1776. He was reinstated on 1 Sep 1795. Hopewell Friends History, p. 501.)

In his 1771 will, John Painter, senior, gave "my well beloved son Thomas Painter one certain tract of land" in Frederick County comprising 175 acres. Further: "It is my will that all the remainder of my movable estate be equally divided amongst my said children as I allow, Sarah Humber, John Painter, Robert Painter, Jane Branson, Thomas Painter, Isaac Painter, and Hannah Painter to them their heirs and assigns forever." (Frederick County, Virginia, Will Book, vol. 4, p. 65.)

1800 U.S. Census, North Huntingdon Twp., Westmoreland Co., Pennsylvania; p. 1079.
[6.] Painter Thomas.
[7.] Parks Wm.
The Thomas Painter household of 15 persons included a male and a female aged 45 or older. William Parks was the father of Harriet Parks, who would later marry Thomas Painter's son John.

"His father, John Painter, was born in 1781 and was a Quaker in religious belief as was his father [Thomas Painter] before him." (Bio. of Thomas W. Painter in: Biographical and Historical Cyclopedia of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia: John M. Greshan & Co., 1890), p. 403.)

"Thomas Painter, Mrs. [Sarah] Byer's grandfather, had three sons and seven daughters. Of these, Joel [Painter], her father, was born in 1787, and moved to Pennsylvania from Harper's Ferry, Va., when he was quite small [...] Mrs. Byers is descended from an old family of Quakers who lived in Virginia many years." (Bio. of John W. Byers in: R. C. Brown, History of Madison County, Ohio (Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1883), p. 859.)

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