- Jonathan Paxton1777 - 1852
Facts and Events
But the narrative of the Paxtons on the South River would be incomplete without the mention of Johnathan Paxton. This young man was born in Adams Co., PA., in 1777, the son of Samuel Paxton Jr., by his second wife whose name was Rachel. When the father died in February, 1793, the boy was a lad of sixteen eyars. Because of the large family –his father was the parent of twenty-two children – his share in the estate was very small. So, the young man claimed his portion and drifted off to the Valley of Virginia, intent on making his own way in the world. On the South River, in what had become Rockbridge County about fifteen years before, he found his uncle, Thomas Paxton, and received a hearty welcome.
17. Jonathan3 Paxton (Samuel2, Samuel1)59 was born 28 December 1777 in Adams Co. PA60, and died 05 January 1852 in Preble Co. Ohio61. He married Agnes Nancy Gilmore 07 February 1798 in Rockbridge Co. (Sidney Vale?)62, daughter of William Gilmore and Martha Lackey. She was born 09 May 1784 in Rockbridge Co., and died 02 February 1852 in Morning Sun, Preble Co. Ohio63.
Jonathan was the son of Samuel Paxton, Jr and his 2nd wife, Rachel. According to Dr.Diehl's Notebook articles, Samuel had 22 children. When his father died in Feb 1793, Jonathan was only 16. He claimed his small portion of any estate and drifted off to the Valley of Virginia to make his own way in the world. He found his uncle Thomas Paxton, and later came to the Gilmore plantation of Sidney Vale and was employed there. He married William Gilmore's daughter Agnes in 1784 when she was only 14 yrs. old, and after the Gilmore brothers Joseph and William divided the property in 1816, Jonathan moved his family (consisting of 10 children) first to Franklin Co. Ohio, and then to Preble Co. where they settled on 640 acres. An additional 6 children were born. Jonathan died at the age of 76 in Jan 5,1852 during a typhoid fever epidemic that took the lives of 6 Paxton family members. Agnes died of the same illness less than a month later on Feb 2 aged 68.
More About Agnes Nancy Gilmore:
Burial: Hopewell Cemetery
Sources: (1) Mary K. Wright;
(2) Paxtons-We Are One
(3) House of Ochiltree
Children of Jonathan Paxton and Agnes Gilmore are:
58 i. Robert4 Paxton, b. 1799 in Rockbridge Co. VA; d. 30 Jan. 1872 in Ohio. He
married 10 March 1824, Mary Ann McDill. Bet. 1840 - 1846:- Justice of the
Peace in Preble Co. OH
59 ii. William G Paxton, b. 1800 in Rockbridge Co. VA; d.1873 in Mercer Co. IL. Married
15 September 1829, Catherine Diehl
+ 60 iii. Martha "Patsy" Paxton, b.1802 in Rockbridge Co. VA; d. 03 Feb. 1852 in
61 iv. Samuel Paxton, b. 27 Aug. 1804 in Rockbridge Co.; d. 02 Oct. 1834 in IN (?).
62 v. Rachel Paxton, b. 29 September 1805 in Rockbridge Co.d. 18 Feb. 1852
in Preble Co. OH. Married: 11 March 1824, Preble Co. to William McGaw, Jr.
63 vi. James S Paxton, b. 15 June 1807 in Rockbridge Co. d. 1898 in OH .
Censured & suspended by Hopewell Church for "...sins of Slander, Lying &
profane swearing and contumacy" after spreading tales of his sexual
conquests with young Gilmore cousins. James later married and became
involved in politics.
64. vii. Thomas L Paxton, born 13 March 1809 in VA; died 1864.
Married: 06 June 1839, Preble Co. OH to Martha Weed.
65 viii.Eli Paxton, b. 02 April 1811 in VA; died 19 December 1857 in Ohio. Married:
17 November 1831, Preble Co. to Sarah Whiteman
66 ix. J Madison Paxton, b. 28 May 1813 in Rockbridge Co. In 1863, his son
Thomas Paxton d in battle during Civil War.
67 x. Sarah W Paxton, b. 04 November 1814 in Rockbridge Co. VA; d. ca. 1843 in
Ohio. Married: 1837, Preble Co. OH to Samuel Weed.
68 xi. Sabina Gilmore Paxton, b. 28 April 1817 in Ohio(?); m. 1855, Preble Co. to
James H. Graham.
69 xii.Jonathan Paxton, Jr, b. 28 March 1819 in Ohio; d. Aug. 1901 in College
Corner, OH.Married: 1852, Preble Co. OH Elizabeth McQuiston
70 xiii. Lena Irwin Paxton, born 28 October 1820 in OH.
May occasionally have used name of "Sina Lena Irwin" Paxton.
71 xiv. Mary J. Paxton, b. 28 May 1823 Preble Co.OH; d. 29 June 1895 in OH.
Married: 1849, Preble Co. OH to Thomas C. McDill.
72 xv. Eliza Paxton, born 1825.
73 xvi. Alexander P Paxton, born 1826.
74 xvii. Agnes L Paxton, born 1827.