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  • ID: I8281
  • Name: Thomas Thrasher
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 29 OCT 1725 in Prince George's Co, MD 1
  • Death: 6 JUN 1804 in Frederick Co, MD 2
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    • Note:
      Photo: The spring house on the Thomas Thrasher (b. 1725) farm near Jefferson, Maryland.
      Thomas cleared the land and planted the first crops. The farm has stayed in the family
      and is now owned by his direct descendant, Steve Thrasher. Photo courtesy Jim Moule.
    • Note:
      The following time line was developed from the research of Jim Moule,

      5 Nov 1748 - listed as a soldier on the roll of Captain Thomas Sappington's Company, Prince
      Georges County, MD. (Clark p27).

      30 Apr 1748 (OS) - Thomas Thrasher, planter, buys from John Bell [Beall?], planter, for 1720 lbs tobacco
      a parcel of 43 acres of land, beginning at the 13th line of a tract called "Discovery".
      [No mention of wife, Martha] (Prince Georges Co., MD Deeds, Liber EE, Folio 441.)

      10 Nov 1749 - Thomas sells the above 43 acre parcel to Rev. John Eversfield, Rector of St. Paul's
      Parish in Prince Georges Co., for 2400 lbs tobacco. Deed acknowledged by Thomas Thrasher
      and Martha, his wife. (Frederick Co., MD Deeds, Liber B, Folio 115.)

      1750 - "Thrasher's Lot", a parcel of 100 acres, surveyed for Thomas Thrasher in Prince Georges Co.
      (later Frederick Co.). (Rice , page 63)

      1751 - In the June session of the Frederick Co., MD Court, the Grand Jury presented Thomas Thrasher for cheating
      Alexander Beall and John Cleckitt, inspectors, "by putting bad tobacco in one end of
      a hogshead after being pickt out as bad tobacco". In the March 1751/52 session, the case
      was struck off after two continuances .

      15 Jan 1753 - Thomas Thrasher recorded the marks of his cattle and hogs in Frederick Co., MD (Anderson , p 4)

      9 Jan 1754 - Thomas Thrasher recorded a stray bay mare taken up by him in Frederick County, MD (Anderson , p 30)

      1757 - In the November Court, Thomas Thrasher was the appraiser in an attachment along with
      Westall Ridgely, Nathaniel Walker, and John Radford .

      16 Feb 1762 - Inventory of the Estate of John Hook. Appraisers: Joseph Ray and Joseph Simpson.
      Creditors: Arthur Charlton and Charles Beatty. Next of kin: James Hook and
      Thomas Thrasher. Executrix: Sarah Hook. (Maryland Perogative Court Inventories;
      Liber 79, Folio 289. Cited by Skinner )

      1763 - "Thrasher's Chance", a parcel of 178 acres adjacent to "Thrasher's Lot" surveyed for
      Thomas Thrasher. (Rice , page 63)

      20 Aug 1765 - Thomas Thrasher of Fred. Co and wife Martha deed to James Hook of Frederick Co.,
      for 31 pounds 8 shillings of sterling money and 35 shillings of current money, a tract
      of 78 acres, the part of "Thrasher's Chance" which lay north of the Harper's Ferry
      Road. (Frederick Co., MD Deeds, Liber J, Folio 1273.)

      Dec 1775 - Thomas was an Associator in Frederick Co., MD (Maryland Historical Magazine
      Vol XI p 173 - 1917 referenced by Peden )

      ca 1778 - Thomas Thrasher, along with his brother, John, sign oath of loyalty in Frederick Co., MD.

      ca 1780 - Thomas Thrasher loans money to the government during the Revolutionary War.
      (Maryland Archives, Volume XLVIII, p 432.)

      17 Jun 1783 - Ordered that the western shore Treasurer issue certificate to Thomas Thrasher
      for twenty three pounds, seventeen shillings, and eight pence due him on Continental
      Loan Office Certificate (Maryland State Archives Vol XLVIII page 432)

      November 1785 - Thomas Thrasher was a grand juror in the Frederick Co., MD November Court

      4 Nov 1788 - Thomas Thrasher and Wm. Bishop Lamar witness the wedding of Elias Thrasher
      and Sarah Lamar in Frederick Co.

      4 Nov 1792 - Thomas Thrasher and John Sergent witness the wedding of Lancelot Chun and
      Martha Ridgeley in Frederick Co., MD

      13 Aug 1793 - Thomas & wife Martha sell Elias Thrasher, for 5 shillings, a one acre parcel,
      part of "Thrasher's Chance" (Frederick Co., MD Deeds, Book 11, page 681.)

      10 Nov 1794 - Thomas Thrasher & Martha sell Eli Thrasher, for 5 shillings, a one acre parcel,
      part of "Thrasher's Chance". (Frederick Co., MD Deeds, Book 12, page 598.)
      [On 7 Mar 1799, Eli Thrasher & his wife Henrietta sold this parcel to Solomon
      Vickery for 100 dollars]

      1797 - The remainder of "Thrasher's Chance" and "Thrasher's Lott" was re-surveyed for Thomas
      Thrasher into one tract of 224 acres called "Enough and to Spare". (Rice , page 64.)

      24 Feb 1797 - Thomas Thrasher and his wife Martha sell a 54 acre parcel, part of "Enough
      and to Spare", for 100 pounds current money, to Benjamin Thrasher. (Frederick
      Co., MD Deeds, Book 15, page 95.)

      1798 - Frederick County Assessment, Lower and Middle Kittoctin Hundreds includes
      Thomas Thrasher, pt "Enough and to Spare" 51a, Resurvey on "Lott" and "Thrasher's
      Chance" 169a. (Western Maryland Genealogy Vol 10, 1994)

      23 March 1799 - Thomas Thrasher made his will. Wife: Martha. Children: Mary Linch, Benjamin
      Thrasher, Ruth Ridgely, Keziah Leath, John Thrasher, Sarah Hook, Elias
      Thrasher, Eli Thrasher. Daughter Mary Linch shall pay unto grandaughter
      Martha Chunn... Son Benjamin Thrasher shall pay unto his son Thomas Thrasher...
      Executors: Sons Elias and Eli. Witnesses: Wm Luckett, Pat McGill, William B. Lamar.
      (Frederick Co, MD Wills, Book GMRB #1, page 31.)

      1800 - Thomas listed in census Frederick Co., MD

      12 Jun 1804 - Elias and Eli Thrasher present will for probate. (Frederick Co, MD Wills, Book
      GMRB #1, page 31.) Thomas Thrasher's land in Frederick County was
      adjacent to that of Westall Ridgely. Three children of Thomas and Martha Thrasher
      married children of Westall Ridgely.

      The following sources were used in the development of the time line:
      -Murtie June Clark, "Colonial Soldiers of the South 1732-1774" (Genealogical Pub Co 1983)
      -Millard Milburn Rice, "New Facts and Old Families", Redwood City CA 1976.
      -Millard Milburn Rice, "This Was the Life", Redwood City, CA:Monocacy Book Company, 1979
      -Patricia Abelard Anderson, "Frederick County Maryland Land Records Liber E Abstracts 1752-1756"
      (Gaithersburg, MD: Gen Law Resources 1955) Text: V. L. Skinner, Jr., "Abstracts of the Inventories
      of the Perogative Court of Maryland 1760 - 1763"
      -Henry C. Peden, Jr., "Revolutionary Patriots of Frederick County, Maryland 1775-1783"
      (Westminster, MD: Family Line Publications, 1995)
      -Brumbaugh, Gaius M., Revolutionary Records of Maryland. (Washington DC. 1924) p. 24.
      -Stefanie R. Shaffer, "Inhabitants of Frederick Co., MD, Vol 1, 1750-1790"
      (Family Lines Publications, 1998)
      -William J. Kinke and E. W. Reinicke, "Records of the Evangelical Reformed Church in
      Frederick, Maryland 1746-1800." [NGS Library]

      Father: Benjamin Thrasher
      Mother: Mary Hook b: 17 NOV 1707 in MD

      Marriage 1 Martha Lee b: 21 APR 1729 in MD. (possibility Fredrick Co.)
      • Married: 21 AUG 1748 3
      1. Has No Children Mary Thrasher b: 26 JAN 1749
      2. Has No Children Benjamin Thrasher b: 27 MAY 1753 in Fredrick Co, Md.
      3. Has No Children Ruth Thrasher b: 12 JUL 1755 in Fredrick Co, Md.
      4. Has No Children Keziah Thrasher
      5. Has No Children John Thrasher b: 16 FEB 1761 in Prince George's Co, MD
      6. Has No Children Sarah Thrasher b: ABT 1766 in Fredrick Co, Md.
      7. Has Children Elias Thrasher b: 10 MAY 1767 in Fredrick Co, Md.
      8. Has No Children Eli Thrasher b: 18 MAY 1771 in Fredrick Co, Md.

      1. Abbrev: Dr. Marion Thrasher, A History of the Thrasher Family (San Francisco, 1895) as researched by Jim Moule, http://home.eart
        Dr. Marion Thrasher, A History of the Thrasher Family (San Francisco, 1895) as researched by Jim Moule,
      2. Abbrev: Benjamin R. Thrasher Diary. Photocopy of MSS in possession of jim Moule,
        Benjamin R. Thrasher Diary. Photocopy of MSS in possession of jim Moule,
      3. Abbrev: Frances Dittmann, "Benjamin Thrasher". MATA DATA, Newsletter of the Mid-Atlantic Thrasher Association, Vol 4., No. 3. Ju
        Frances Dittmann, "Benjamin Thrasher". MATA DATA, Newsletter of the Mid-Atlantic Thrasher Association, Vol 4., No. 3. July 1997. as reported by Jim Moule,