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Thomas, Asa

Male 1762 - 1813  (50 years)


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  • Name Thomas, Asa  [1, 2
    Born 13 Dec 1762  Pittsylvania County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Reference Number 9401 
    Died 11 Apr 1813  Pittsylvania County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I9241  Caswell County
    Last Modified 25 Nov 2022 

    Father Thomas, Captain William,   b. Abt 1719, Hanover County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Dec 1794, Pittsylvania County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 75 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Watkins, Joyce,   b. 5 Sep 1730, Henrico County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Mar 1829, Pittsylvania County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 98 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 1756  [2
    Reference Number 66148 
    Family ID F4854  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Living 
    Last Modified 25 Nov 2022 
    Family ID F4855  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 13 Dec 1762 - Pittsylvania County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 11 Apr 1813 - Pittsylvania County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    Asa Thomas 8 July 1797 Deed  #1
    Asa Thomas 8 July 1797 Deed #1
     Asa Thomas 8 July 1797 Deed #2
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    Asa Thomas 8 July 1797 Deed #4

    Newspapers
    Asa Thomas Mills and Property for Sale. The North-Carolina Journal (Halifax, NC), 15 March 1802
    Asa Thomas Mills and Property for Sale. The North-Carolina Journal (Halifax, NC), 15 March 1802

  • Notes 
    • Asa Thomas (1762-1813)

      Asa Thomas Mills and Property for Sale. The North-Carolina Journal (Halifax, NC), 15 March 1802

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      Asa Thomas Mills and Property for Sale. The North-Carolina Journal (Halifax, NC), 15 March 1802
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      See: The Family of Reuben Phelps
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      Asa Thomas, Thomas Gatewood, and James Dix were partners in the business Thomas, Gatewood & Company. The nature of this business is not known. Asa Thomas died 11 April 1813.

      Durette Richards was appointed administrator of the estate of Asa Thomas. Why? What relationship does Durette Richards have to Asa Thomas?

      Caswell County, North Carolina
      Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions
      Will Book F, Page 382

      Sales of perishable estate of Asa Thomas sold by Durrett Richards, administrator, on 4 and 12 May 1813. No names given of the purchasers.
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      Caswell County, North Carolina
      Deed Book G, Page 171-2
      William Thomas Sen. of Pittsylvania County, Virginia, to Philip Thomas of Caswell County, North Carolina and Asa Thomas of Pittsylvania County Virginia, his sons, for love and affection, one mill and millseat on Country Line Creek in Caswell County with 1 acre of land which was included in deed from William to Philip Thomas; 1 acre on north side, 1 acre on a side bought of John Campbell. 15 January 1791. Witnesses: Will Thomas Jr., John Thomas, George Thomas.

      Source: Caswell County North Carolina Deed Books 1777-1817, Katharine Kerr Kendall (1989) at 126.

      Caswell County, North Carolina
      Deed Book J, Page 83

      Jacob Thomas of Pittsylvania Co., VA, to Asa Thomas of Caswell County, for 200 lbs, 1 acre (or 1/2 acre on each side of Country Line Creek), adjacent to the mill that was laid off for the mill by William Thomas, Sr. 26 October 1795. Acknowledged in open court.

      Source: Caswell County North Carolina Deed Books 1777-1817, Katharine Kerr Kendall (1989) at 160.
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      Caswell County, North Carolina
      Deed Book J, Page 83
      Jacob Thomas of Pittsylvania County, Virginia, to Asa Thomas of Caswell County, North Carolina, for 200 pounds, 1 acre (or one-half acre on each side of Country Line Creek) adjacent the Mill which was laid off for the mill by William Thomas Sen. 26 October 1795. Acknowledged in open court.

      Source: Caswell County North Carolina Deed Books 1777-1817, Katharine Kerr Kendall (1989) at 160.

      Caswell County, North Carolina
      Deed Book K, Page 102-4

      Asa Thomas of Caswell County to Commissioners to lay out town of Milton, for $5, land adjacent Milton, three lots and four springs for free use of water to inhabitants of Milton and to be reserved as Town Common: lot #1 of fifty-three square chains and one spring; lot #2 of one acre and two springs; lot #3 of 1.75 acres. 8 July 1797. Witnesses: James Rainey, L. Lea, Robert Wilson.

      Source: Caswell County North Carolina Deed Books 1777-1817, Katharine Kerr Kendall (1989) at 179.
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      Caswell County, North Carolina
      Deed Book K, Page 155-6

      Asa Thomas to Thomas Jeffreys and James Sanders sale of a mill plus two acres on Country Line Creek, one acre on each side of creek condemned to build a mill -- also one negro woman Magga and her sons Laban and James. Thomas Jeffreys to dispose of same by sale to satisfy James Sanders for deed of trust. 16 June 1797. Witnesses: James Sanders, Blueford Reed.

      Source: Caswell County North Carolina Deed Books 1777-1817, Katharine Kerr Kendall (1989) at 182.
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      Caswell County, North Carolina
      Deed Book N, Page 24

      Commissioners town of Milton to Asa Thomas, for 7 lbs. 7 shillings, lot #17 in Milton. June 1798. Witnesses: James Rainey, Abraham Stanfield.

      Source: Caswell County North Carolina Deed Books 1777-1817, Katharine Kerr Kendall (1989) at 182.
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      Caswell County, North Carolina
      Deed Book N, Page 268

      Asa Thomas of Milton to James Dix of same, for $40, lot #17 of 1/2 acre in Milton. 12 April 1804. Witnesses: Edmond Swann, Thomas Boulton, Abraham B. Morton.

      Source: Caswell County North Carolina Deed Books 1777-1817, Katharine Kerr Kendall (1989) at 254.
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      Caswell County, North Carolina
      Deed Book K, Page 357

      Asa Thomas of Milton, North Carolina to Jesse Robertson of same, for $20, 2 acres on north side of Milton. 30 December 1798.

      Source: Caswell County North Carolina Deed Books 1777-1817, Katharine Kerr Kendall (1989) at 194.
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      Caswell County, North Carolina
      Deed Book L, Page 85

      Asa Thomas of Milton to James Sanders of same, For $770.50, sale of five negroes: Magga a woman about 30 years old, and her four children, Laban age 10, James age 6, Dilsey age 3, Harry two weeks old. Witnesses: H. Harrelson, Tho. Jeffreys. 11 May 1799

      Source: Caswell County North Carolina Deed Books 1777-1817, Katharine Kerr Kendall (1989) at 198.
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      Caswell County, North Carolina
      Deed Book L, Page 144

      George Thomas of Pittsylvania County, Virginia, to Asa Thomas of Milton, Caswell County, for $63, 1/2 acre lot #38 in Milton. 1 March 1799. Witnesses: George Samuel, Dx Inge.

      Source: Caswell County North Carolina Deed Books 1777-1817, Katharine Kerr Kendall (1989) at 202.
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      Caswell County, North Carolina
      Deed Book L, Page 197

      Asa Thomas of Caswell County to James Sanders of same, for 50 pounds, 58 acres on Virginia line on Country Line Creek adjacent to the town of Milton, Daniel S. Farley, Jesse Robertson, Charles Boulton. 25 January 1800. Acknowledged in open court.

      Source: Caswell County North Carolina Deed Books 1777-1817, Katharine Kerr Kendall (1989) at 204.
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      Caswell County, North Carolina
      Deed Book L, Page 230-1

      Asa Thomas of Milton to John Lewis of Pittsylvania County, Virginia, for 180 pounds, 5 shillings, a mill and 2 acres of land on Country Line Creek, 1 acre on east side, 1 acre on west side; also 191 acres in Halifax County, Virginia, adjacent to the State line. 29 October 1799. Witnesses: Daniel S. Farley, James Dix, William Moore, Wm. Wilkerson.

      Source: Caswell County North Carolina Deed Books 1777-1817, Katharine Kerr Kendall (1989) at 206.
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      Caswell County, North Carolina
      Deed Book M, Page 279

      Asa Thomas of Caswell County to Thomas Jeffreys of same, for $1500, 2 acres on Country Line Creek near Milton with a grist mill and two saw mills. 27 July 1802. Acknowledged in open court.

      I have not found information on the purchaser, Thomas Jeffreys. However, there are two possibilities in my database:

      1. Thomas Jeffreys (1769-1832), married Mildred Elizabeth Mitchell

      2. Thomas Jeffreys (1796-1846), married Keziah B. Watlington

      There also is a Thomas Jeffreys who married Kesiah Donoho, about whom I have little information.

      Note the Thomas "Jeffrey" mentioned in the following:

      One of the earliest references to the Thomas Mill is in a 1796 act of the North Carolina Legislature authorizing an inspection warehouse and the laying out of a town at the site of the warehouse. It was to be located near the mouth of the Country Line Creek at the Dan River on the property of Asa Thomas. Commissioners Thomas Jeffrey, Archibald Murphy, William Rainey, Archibald Samuel, and James Saunders were empowered to lay off thirty acres at or near the Thomas Mill into half acre lots and to establish a town to be named Milton. See When the Past Refused to Die: A History of Caswell County, North Carolina 1777-1977, William S. Powell (1977) at 100.
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      Caswell County, North Carolina
      Deed Book N, Page 268

      Asa Thomas of Milton to James Dix of same, for $40, lot #17 of 1/2 acre in Milton. 12 April 1804. Witnesses: Edmond Swann, Thomas Boulton, Abraham B. Morton.
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      Based upon Caswell County records, we do know that Asa Thomas lived on Lot #24 in Milton, and in 1805 was indebted to Archibald Murphey and Herndon Harrelson:

      "Asa Thomas of Milton to Archibald Murphey of Caswell County and Hearndon Harrelson of Person County, Lot #24 in Milton whereon Thomas lives to satisfy debt; also negro boy Archie age 13 years old and he [Archie] to be sold to pay debt of 108 pounds to Archibald Murphey. 24 May 1805. Witnesses: D. Richards, Timothy Stamps, Richard Johnston, Jr."

      Caswell County Deed Book O, Page 100-1.
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      Caswell County, North Carolina
      Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions
      July Court 1799
      Will Book C, Page 411

      Will of William Thomas, written 17 April 1798. Brothers Philip Thomas and Asa Thomas to get land. Executors: James Sanders, William Moore, Asa Thomas. Witnesses: Jesse Robertson, Nathaniel Pass, Theod. Johnston.
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      Asa Thomas Indenture 8 July 1797

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      This Indenture made the Eighth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand and seven hundred and ninety seven and in the twenty second year of our Independence between Asa Thomas of the County of Caswell and State of North Carolina of the one part and Thomas Jeffreys, Archibald Murphey, William Rainey, Archibald Samuel and James Saunders, Commissioners appointed by an act of our General Assembly for the purposes of laying out, building and carrying on the town of Milton near the mouth of Country line creek, all of the County of Caswell & state aforesaid of the other part.

      Witnesseth that the said Asa Thomas for and in consideration of the sum of five dollars to him paid by the said Commissioners the receipt whereof he the said Asa Thomas doth hereby acknowledge.

      That he given and granted bargained and sold and by this agreement doth give and grant bargain and sell, allieve in fee assess release and confirm unto the said commissioners and their successors for ever three certain lots or parcels of land situate lying and being in the Countyy aforesaid adjoining the Town of Milton it being three separate lots including four several springs, conveyed to the said Commissioners for the free and uninterrupted use of water to the inhabitants of the Town of Milton and by the said Commissioners to be reserved a Town common for that special purpose for ever and bounded as follows to wit,

      Spring Lot No. 1 beginning at the North East corner of the Lot No. 21 and running thence north 7 1/2 degrees east thirty three yards to a stake, thence North 82 1/2 degrees west twenty two yards to a stake, then north 7 1/2 __ degrees East fifty seven yards one foot eight inches to a stake, then South eighty two 1/2 degrees East 66 yards 2 foot 8 inches to a stake west corner of Lot No. 27 then South 7 1/2 degrees west ten yards to a stake, then north west corner of lot No. 26, thence north 82 1/2 degrees west thirty four yards two feet four inches to a stake the South 7 1/2 degrees west sixty nine yards one foot eight inches to __ the north west corner of lot No. 22 thence north.

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      And the said Asa Thomas for himself, his _____ Exec - and administrators doth covenant and grant to ___ ___ the said commissioners and their successors for ever for the special purposes aforesaid by these presents that all and every other person of persons and his or their heirs anything having or claiming in the said premises above mentioned or any part thereof by from or under him them or any of them shall and will warrant and fore ever defend ________ by these presents.

      In witness where of the said Asa Thomas hath hereunto set his hand and affixed his seal the day and year ____ above written.

      Asa Thomas [Seal]

      Signed Sealed & Delivered
      In Presence of

      James Rainey
      L. Lea
      Robert Wilson

      Caswell County July Court 1797
      The execution of this deed was duly proved in open Court by ___ ___ acknowledged in open Court ___ motion ordered to be registered.
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      A. D. Murphey CC

  • Sources 
    1. Details: William Thomas Family Bible.

    2. Details: Chapa Family Tree on Ancestry.com (#8775437; Owner: lynettemarierobin); Last Visited 30 December 2010.