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Isaac Thomas & Elizabeth Massengill
* Note: As of 2006 his is birth place was still unknown according to some of the people who have done the most research on him.
Most of the entries at RootsWeb have him born in Frederick Co., VA In 2013 I looked at FamilySearch again and found several records for his parents and birth place.
Birthplace Parents Talbot, MD John Thomas 1716 Bucks Co PA - Lucretia HART abt. 1720 - Talbot, MD John Thomas 1716 Bucks Co. PA- Lucretia HART abt. 1715 Frederick Co., VA John Thomas Cheltenham, Montgomery, PA - Lucretia Hart Fredrick Co, VA John Thomas b. 1716- Lucretia HART b. abt. 1720 Warminster Township, Bucks, PA John Thomas b. Oct, 1673, Pembrokeshire, Wales; d. 25 Dec 1747 Cheltenham, Montgomery, PA, John Thomas b. 19 Jan 1716 Cheltenham, PA; d. 1759 VA Isaac Thomas b. Frederick Co., VA; d. 30 Dec 1818 Sevier, TN 1736 Berkley, WV Nathaniel Thomas 1714 WHITE CLAY CREEK, New Castle, DE- Ann Morgan 1718
The Plaque above in Court Square (Court Ave. & Main St) Sevierville, TN reads:
A Soldier of the American Revolution, Isaac Thomas guided John Sevier's army to King's Mountain as well as serving with him in many battles against the indians. Believed to be the first permanent white settler in this area, Thomas lived with and traded among the Cherokee Indians. His home at "The forks of the Little Pigeon" served as the setting for the first Sevier County Court, Territory of the United States south of the river Ohio in 1794. Thomas suggested this settlement be named "Sevierville" in 1795 in honor of his friend and companion, General John Sevier. With his wife, Elizabeth Massengill (1759 - 1832), Thomas reared his large family upon their vast land holdings along the west prong of the Little Pigeon River near this site.
Jean Fladger Shanelec in "For His Own Personal Adventure" writes in the words of Mary Cobb Massengill:
Issac lived with the Cherokee Indians for 8 years. He along with Patrick Jack and Captain Stuart were spared durring the massacre of Fort Loudoun because of the love borne him by Chief Atta Culla Culla.
During the Revolutionary War, Colonel Sevier asked Isaac to lead his troops directly over a mountain after they discovered two spies had warned the British their plans to take the old trail. And that is how the overmountain men Tennessee completely surprised and defeated the British at King's Mountain in South Carolina on October 7, 1780.
An interesting note is that Isaac Jones (1735-1818) died 30 Oct 1818, the day after Isaac Thomas died, and is buried in the Thomas family cemetery in Sevierville TN, along with Isaac Thomas. Although their families followed different routes to Calif., Jones to KY, TN, Stockton, CA and the Thomas to TN, MO, Sonoma Co. CA, two their respective G G Grandchildren, Susan "Fanny" Gard and Benton Thomas' were married in Lake County CA in 1884.
Plaque picture is from "For His Own Personal Adventure", Jean Fladger Shanelec, 1996.
More Information: Isaac Thomas Page at Terry Mason's web site.
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