Thomas THURMOND 1775-abt 1828

A biography

Thomas THURMOND was born about 1775 in , Albemarle County, VA. He was the son of William THURMOND and Macharina NORVELL (aka "Mackie"). He probably died 1828/1830, perhaps in Maury County, Tennessee. He may be buried on the family plantation between Santa Fe and Williamsport.

In Albemarle County Virginia, he appears on tax lists, indentures and land records until 1828. He does not appear in the 1830 Maury County Tennessee census. No legal record of his sizable estate can be located in either Albemarle County or Maury County. It is possible that he died in route to Tennessee. His disappearance from the records between 1828 and 1830 remains a mystery.

Thomas married (1) Patsy NORVELL, daughter of George NORVELL. Her proper given name may have been Martha. Marriage bond 25 Jan 1805, Albemarle County, Virginia.

Thomas married (2) Elizabeth THOMAS, daughter of Jesse THOMAS. Marriage bond 4 Jun 1810, Albemarle County, Virginia. This marriage is questionable as it may have been another Thomas THURMOND.

Thomas married (3) Mary Spencer JOHNSON (aka "Polly"), daughter of Benjamin JOHNSON and Anna NORVELL, whose mother's was Anne SPENCER.

Thomas was a Virginia planter who owned slaves and grew the crops of the era including tobacco. Some of his lands were in the Green Creek area. It was common for planters to have scattered holdings. His holding probably expanded after 1819 when the estate of his father was settled. However, the lands in Virginia were yielding less and less production per acre by this time. This probably explains the move to middle Tennessee where lands were fertile and cheap.

  • 2 Nov 1812 - Thomas THURMOND signed a trust deed to Samuel Dyer on behalf of Benjamin JOHNSON to whom he owed £100. The trust was comprised of 200 acres of land plus a negro woman, Leah, and her child, Islam. Wit: Samuel JACOB and Robert LEITCH. Source: Albemarle County L & P Book 19, pg 3.
  • 9 Jan 1819 - 1st Division of the estate of William THURMOND recorded to: son Thomas, brother William Jr, brother John, brother James T, sister Elizabeth THURMOND-APPLEBERRY, and sister Mary THURMOND-DAVIS.
  • 1820 Albemarle County, VA Federal Census - pg 40a
  • 11 May 1822 - Thomas and Polly sold 33 1/2 acres of land on Green Creek that was willed to Thomas by his father to Reuben THOMAS; wit: Benjamin HARRIS and William HARRIS. Source: Albemarle County Land and Property Book 23, pg 80.

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