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9. Jacob THOMAS17 was born on 3 February 1767 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.11 He died on 7 May 1803 at the age of 36 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.11

Pittsylvania Co Land Tax Lists. In 1785, Jacob Thomas is listed as receiving 400 acres from Edmund Sammuel - see deed following.

Pittsylvania Co VA DB 7:
p.394 21 Feb 1785 Edmund Samuel of Caswell Co NC to Jacob Thomas. 80£ paid by Jacob Thomas. 400 acres on Branches of Dan River in Pittsy Co. Begin at John Owen corner maple, along his line, slong Lewis's line, pine in William Thomas line and along same, new line, John Owens line. Signed: Edmund Samuel. 21 Feb 1785 Ack. by Samuel.

Pittsylvania Co VA DB 8:
6 Apr 1789 William Thomas to Jacob Thomas. Love and affection. 400 acres both sides Strawberry Creek. Begin pointers in line of Richard Chamberlaynes Paten being part of his Order of Cousel.
Signed: Wm. Thomas
20 Apr 1789. Ack by William Thomas.

Pittsylvania Co VA DB 9:
p.179 9 Nov 1790 John Lewis Jnr of Caswell Co NC & Charles Kennon of Halifax VA. 55£ pd by Kennon. Tract in Pittsy, 180 acres. Begin on upper side Wolf Hill Crk at Ball's Corner, along his line, Lewis's line, by land of said Lewis, Robert Williams & Gabriel Richards, Eastwardly by Wolf hill Crk. Signed: Jno. Lewis Jn.
Wit: Will. Williams, John Ball, Jacob Thomas, John Thomas, John Pittet.
20 Jun 1791. Proved by two of witnesses. 16 Apr 1792 Proved by one of the other witnesses

Pittsylvania Co VA DB 10:
p.38 Will of John Lewis, Sr. 26 Oct 1790 The witnesses were: Peyton Thomas, Jacob Thomas, John Thomas. 21 Jul 1794 Will Exhibited by John & Robert Lewis. Proved by Oaths of witnesses. Jonathan Read & Haynes Morgan their securities. Liberty is reserved to Charles Lewis to join in the probate. Test: Will. Tunstall C.C.
6 Apr 1795  Halifax DB 15, p.628.   Philip Thomas of Caswell NC to Jacob Thomas of Pittsylvania for £73 about 167 ½acres in Halifax on branches of the Country Line Creek, bounded by the Country line a little below the Mill. Signed:  Ph Thomas.  Wit: Lewis Cox, George Thomas, Asa Thomas.  Rec. 27 Jun 1796.
Pittsylvania DB 10; p.501 26 Nov 1795 Jacob Thomas to Philip Thomas of Caswell NC. 200£. tract on both sides of Strawberry Crk. 400 acres. Pointers in line of Richard Chamberlayns patent, part of his Order of Council., new dividing line. Signed: Jacob Thomas Wit: John Lewis, Benjamin (X) Burton, George Thomas17 Oct 1796 Ack. by Jacob Thomas

Pittsylvania Co VA DB 11
p.469 28 Jan 1799 Jacob Thomas of Persons Co NC to John Walters of Pittsy. 100£. Waters of Dan River, 106 12 acres. Metes & bounds, no neighbors. Signed: Jacob Thomas Wit: Presley Carter, Ezra Waters, Charles Carter, Achilles Whitlock, Spiers (X) Walters
17 Jun 1799 proved by 3 of witnesses. Dower release not recorded until 1803, see later.

Pittsylvania Co VA DB 12
p.186 12 Apr 1799 Jacob Thomas of Person Co NC to John B. Lewis of Pittsy. $588. On branches of Dan River. Begin at William Thomas corner tree, dividing line below the said Jacob Thomas and John Walters, 294a. Signed: Jacob Thomas Wit: Thos Gatewood, D. Richards, Asa Thomas, James Dix Jun 1799 Proved by two of witnesses. 20 Oct 1800 further proved.

Pittsylvania Co VA DB 13
p.338 Thos. Watson, John Vaughan, & Thos. Davenport, Justices of Halifax Co. Jacob Thomas sold on 28 Jan 1799 to John Walters, 106 ½ acres of land in Pittsylvania. Hannah Thomas, wife cannot conveniently travel. 18 Aug 1801
30 Oct 1801 Thos. Watkins & John S. Vaughan did examine Hannah Thomas and receive her relinquished dower. Rec. 20 Jun 1803.

Caswell Co NC Deeds:
DB H, p.438 6 Apr 1795 Phillip Thomas oc Caswell to Jacob Thomas of Pittsylvania, two tracts: on 50 acres upper side Country Line Crk including 1/2 acre on lower side part of mill tract adj Benj Merritt on the VA line; the other 100 acres adj James Sanders, ChasBoulton. Wit: Lewis Cox, John Thomas.
DB J, p.83 26 Oct 1795 Jacob Thomas of Pittsylvania Co VA to Asa Thomas of Caswell ... 1 acre (or 1/2 acres each side Country Line Crk) adj Mill laid off for William Thomas Senr. Ack.
DB J, p.256 25 Apr 1796 Jacob Thomas of Pittsylvania Co VA to Asa Thomas of Caswell ...118 acres W side Country Line Crk adj Benj Merritt, the VA line. Wit: John Thomas, Absolem Shackleford, Will Thomas.
DB N, p.26 3 Jun 1798 Commissioners of town of Milton to Jacob Thomas of Person Co NC lot #9 in Milton, S side Broad St, 1/2 acre. Wit: Abraham Stanfield, Asa Thomas.
DB L, p.117 22 Oct 1799 Jacob Thomas to Durret Richards & Co, slave Cloey and two children in possession of John Winters and hired out until January. Wit: James Sanders, Richd Sanders, John Jeffreys. Jacob will pay to Richards & Co amount of judgment obtained by Jas. & Abner Robinson
DB L, p.290 19 Aug 1800 Jacob Thomas of Caswell to loving friends Jeffreys and Richards, for love and good will, all goods, chattels, lands, & tenements; all legatee due from father William Thomas and of mother Joice Thomas. Inv of goods of Jacob Thomas included lots #9 & #14 in Milton, household articles. [This deed must have been in the form of a mortgage - abstract not clear.]

Pittsylvania Co Wills, Volume 11, p.257. Last Will & Testament of Jacob Thomas. To wife Hannah Thomas slaves, Rachel, Thomas, Miller, Moses for natural life or widowhood. At her death or remarriage, the Negroes and their increase to be equally divided between my two sons Maddinson & Jacob. If my two sons should died without heirs, then the sd Negroes and increase to return to the Thomas Family to the two sons of Nathaniel Thomas - William and Nathl. P. Thomas. Balance of estate to be equally divided between my two sons. John Farley and Asa Thomas, Executors. 2 May 1803. Signed: Jacob Thomas. Wit: Asa Thomas, Charles Thomas, Peyn. Thomas.
20 Jun 1803. Will proved by Charles Thomas and Peyton Thomas. 19 Sep 1803. Motion of Asa Thomas gives securities with John Griggory, George Sutherlin and John Walters. Bond in the penalty of $10,000.

Jacob THOMAS and Hannah FARLEY were married on 28 January 1792 in Halifax County, Virginia.14,24 Hannah FARLEY28, daughter of Josiah FARLEY and Hannah PRICE, was born (date unknown).

Mother Hannah Farley, guardian of Hannah consented to the marriage to Jacob Thomas. Surety was John Farley [prob Hannah's brother]

Found the following marriage record: I believe this is Hannah remarrying after the death of Jacob - she was from Halifax Co.
Henry Talley was bondsman.

There are likely guardianship records in Halifax Co for Madison & Jacob Thomas. I found likely marriages for both of them in that county, and they had inherited property from their uncles.

Jacob THOMAS and Hannah FARLEY had the following children:



James Madison THOMAS14,29 was born about 1794.

[Birth year estimated from marriage of parents. In references, including his father's Will, Madison is always listed first; presumably the elder of the two boys.]

I believe he also married several years prior to Jacob. The following is probably his marriage:
James M. Thomas to Sarah Adams, 17 Oct 1813, Halifax Co, VA
Virginia Marriages, 1740-1850;
William Adams was father of the bride.

Caswell Co NC Deeds:
DB S, p.123-4 4 Apr 1818. James M. Thomas of Halifax Co VA to Romulus M. Sanders of Caswell for $500, all claim to lot #24 in Milton where Asa Thomas Thomas died to which he is entitled being heir to Jacob Thomas brother of Asa Thomas. Wit: Henry Hooper, Monrow Epperson.

[I believe his name must have been James Madison Thomas]



Jacob THOMAS14,29 was born before May 1797.

He was old enough to make a deed May, 1818, so he was at least 21 by that time.

Caswell Co NC Deeds
DB S, p.328 26 May 1818. Jacob Thomas of Halifax Co to Romulus M. Sanders of Caswell for $500, all claim to lot #24 in Milton being lot where Asa Thomas lived and died and inherited by Jacob Thomas an heir at law. Wit: H. Hooper, Thomas Bolton.

I believe this is his marriage - his wife was apparently Nancy in the 1850 census.
Jacob Thomas m. Nancy Lawson, 10 Mar 1819, Halifax Co VA
Virginia Marriages, 1740-1850;
Irvin Brandon was Bondsman; Jacob's stepfather was a William Brandon.

These would seem to be Jacob's transactions in Caswell, even though he lived in Halifax Co.
Caswell DB T, p.85 18 Mar 1819 William Mutrey & Reuben Walton to Jacob Thomas for $140, part of lot #5 in E. Milton, east side Country Line Cr. adj David Mitchell, John Oliver's warehouse. Wit: J.P. Sledge, Jesse Walker
DB T, p.32 29 Apr 1819 William Mutrey to Jacob Thomas for $300, Lot #29 in E. Milton on High St., adj. James Rainey, James Mitchell, James Calloway. Wit: Hugh Campbell, David Taylor
DB Y, p.201 14 Nov 1829 Jacob Thomas of Halifax to Joseph McDowell & Stephen Dodson of Caswell for $30.50, Lot #29 in E. Milton at juncture of road from James Rainey to High St, adj James Mitchell, James Calloway. Wit: R. W. Thomas, Malbon Kenyon
DB Y, p.203 8 Dec 1829 Jacob Thomas of Halifax to Joseph McDowell of Caswell for $1.75, part of lot #5, east side Country Line Cr adj David Mitchell to John Oliver Warehouse. Wit: Jno B. Pugh, Malbon Kenyon

Probably found Jacob Thomas in Halifax Co, 1820:
Jacob Thomas: 1m age 16-26. 2f -10, 1f 26-45.

1830, Halifax Co VA
Jacob Thomas: 2m -5, 1m 15-20, 1m 30-40 [he would be about 34]. 3f age 5-10, 1f age 30-40.

Caswell Co WB M, January Court 1832
p.81 John O. Brackin, adm. estate of Durrett Richards. Collected debt from Jacob Thomas. Paid Milton Gazette for ad. Paid expenses for travel to Pittsylvania Court House, VA.

1840, Halifax Co VA
Jacob Thomas: 1m -5, 2m 10-15, 1m 50-60. 2f 5-10, 2f 15-20, 2f 40-50

Possible family of Jacob:
1850, Halifax Co VA.
Probable Widow, Nancy Thomas, age 55, b. VA
Jacob, age 21. Virginia, age 16.