Name: Thomas MACKLENDON ,Sr. 1
Birth: ABT 1690 in Scotland
Death: ABT 1758 in North Carolina
Occupation: Farmer/ Road Commissioner
Key Fact Vestryman St.Patrick's Parrish
Change Date: 26 NOV 2002
Thomas Macklendon, Sr. was the youngest of the four sons of Dennis and Elizabeth. It's believed he was born about 1690 and is known that he came to North Carolina with his family late in 1695.
In North Carolina his family became close friends with the family of William Bush, Sr. and his wife, Martha (Hill). There would be several marriages between the families, including both Thomas and his brother Francis. They married sisters.
Thomas married Elizabeth Bush, the youngest daughter of William Bush, Sr. and Martha (Hill). It is not known when she was born. She was not listed as a child on the importation list of 1701. They had not yet married when her father's will was written, but it's believed they married shortly after his death.
For some time there was some confusion among family researchers as to which of the Bush daughters Thomas married. Some early writers listed his wife's name as Elinor. Later writers have found conclusive legal records which show that Elinor married Francis Macklendon and Elizabeth married Thomas Macklendon.
On March 9, 1717 Thomas obtained 585 acres in Chowan Precinct, joining the land of John Bush. Over time, Thomas would buy a great deal of land. His name appears in the records for many transactions. Also, the continued closeness with the Bush family is shown in these records. Thomas and both John and William Bush, Jr. witnessed deeds for each other. Until 1724 all the transactions were located in Chowan Precinct, Bertie County.
In November 1724 Thomas and Elizabeth and apparently several other family members sold their land in Bertie County and moved to Craven County. There Thomas obtained 11 grants of land. In his claim for the grants he stated 17 people were in the family, but it is known that some of these people were slaves. (Craven County is located in central near-coastal North Carolina. New Bern is still its County Seat.)
Thomas and Elizabeth had 7 children, six boys and a girl. Elizabeth died in 1728 while giving birth to Thomas II. About 1730 Thomas married the widow of John Bush (his brother-in-law), Mary (Bryan) Bush. It is known that Mary and John Bush had children and that these children and those of Thomas and Elizabeth were raised together as one family. There is no record showing any children born to the marriage of Thomas and Mary.
In 1740 Thomas was appointed a Road Commissioner "for ye King's Highway". At the time this office was one of great honor as well as responsibility. The road he helped oversee began on the upper side of Great Contenten Creek and extended to the bounds of Craven County.
Thomas was also a vestryman of St. Patrick's Parish, New Bern, being appointed by the General Assembly to serve until the general election of vestrymen. This church was Church of England, an Episcopal church.
In 1746 Craven County "had become so extensive that many of the inhabitants lived very far remote from New Berne town," so Johnston County was formed from Craven, and Thomas' lands placed him in Johnston County.
Between 1747 and 1753 Thomas sold his land in Craven and Johnston Counties, and the family moved to the next county to the west, Bladen County. There the family applied for land grants, which were issued in 1748. The land they were granted there became a part of Cumberland County when it was formed from Braden County in 1754. They settled along Buck's Creek. This creek was later re-named McLendon's Creek since Thomas' son Joel ran a grist mill on it. (This creek is located in present-day Moore County, southwest of Raleigh, North Carolina.)
Thomas is believed to have died in 1758. He left no will but family researchers believe he had distributed the proceeds of the land sales in Craven County to his children at that time. It is believed that his second wife, Mary, eventually moved to South Carolina with some of the Bush children and died there.
Father: Dennis MACKLENDON b: ABT 1650 in Scotland
Mother: ELIZABETH b: in Scotland
Elizabeth BUSH b: ABT 1685 in North Carolina
in North Carolina
- Dennis MCCLENDON b: ABT 1718 in Perquimans CO North Carolina
- John MCCLENDON b: 1722
- Joel MCCLENDON b: 1722
- Isaac MCCLENDON b: 1724
- Jacob MCCLENDON , Sr. b: 1725 in Bertie County Chowan Precinct North Carolina
- Jemimia MCCLENDON b: 1727
- Thomas MCCLENDON b: ABT 1728
Mary Bryan BUSH
- Title: THE MCLENDONS OF CARROLL COUNTY GEORGIA AND RELATED FAMILIES
Author: Lois Clouse Mclendon
Note: Source Media Type: Book