Facts and Events
Lodowick Thomas was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
- Philadelphia, PA
- List of foreigners imported in the ship Queen Elizabeth, Alexander Hope,
- Master, from Rotterdam. Qualified Sept. 16, 1738.
- Ludwick Thomas, age 34.
Records in Pennsylvania
- Stoever Baptisms (Lancaster Co. PA).
- Thomas, Ludwig (Northkill)
- Thomas, Anna Magdalena, b. Jan 5, 1744, Spon. Jost Hedderich & his wife.
- [Source: Early Lutheran Baptisms and Marriages in Southeastern Pennsylvania, the Records of Rev. John Casper Stoever from 1730 to 1779", pg. 26].
- Baptism record: Ludwig Thommes and wife for a daughter Maria Magdalena bpt. 2 June 1750 in the Bern Reformed Church, Bern Township, Berks County.
- Thomas, Loderwick. Will probate September 1778.
- Names children: Magdalene Rennils, Margaret Christian, Elizabeth, Abraham, Mary and Catherine.
- [Source: Early Marriages, Wills and some Revolutionary War Records, Botetourt County, Virginia, Compiled by Anne Lowry Worrell, pg. 64].
- Will of Lodowick Thomas
- Botetourt, County, Virginia
- Will Book A, Page 91
- Proved: September 1778
- In the name of god Amen August the 15th one thousand Seven Hundered and Seventy Five. I Lodowick Thomas of the County of Botetourt and Parish afs'd in the Colony of Virginia Being in Perfect Health and Sound Mind and Memory But Colling to the mind the Mortallity of my Body do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament.
- First I Recommend my soul to god Who gave it in Humble Hopes of Eternal Happiness through the Merrts of my Redeamer and my Body I give to the Earth to Be Burred in a Christian Like and Deccent Manner at the Will of My Executors Hereafter Mentioned Not Doubting But I Shall Receive the Same Again at the General Resurrection By the Mighty power of god and as Touching Such Worldley Estate as Which it Hath Pleas'd god to Bless me With in this Life I Devise and Despose of the Same in Following Manner and form Imprimus it is my Will that all my Just Debts and Funeral Charges Be paid out of my personal Estate.
- Item I give and Bequeth Unto my Daughter Magdalin Runnills Two Survais of Land one Where I formerly Live'd on Containing Two Hundred Acres adjoining John Caldwell and one of one Hundred Acres on the North Fork of John's Creek and Joins or Near Gasper Servers Land to have And to Hold the Said Two Tracts of land Her and Her heirs Forever. As allso one gray mare and Colt and one Still in possession of Wm. Caldwell As also all the Remainder of My Estate.
- item I give and Bequath to my Daughters Margaret Christian, Elizabeth and my Sun Abraham Thomas and my Daughters Mary and Cathrine Five Shillings Each if Demanded it is allso My Will that my Estate Should Not Be appars'd.
- And that my Executor Administrator Should Not Be Held to Bail.
- I do Hereby appoint my Trusty and Well Beloved Friend John Rennnels Executor of this My Last Will and Testament and I do hereby Revoke and Make Void all other Wills and Testaments By me Made and do publish pronounce and Decleare this to be my Last Will and Testament in Witness Whereof I have hereunto Set My hand and Seal the Day and year Just Above Written.
- (Signed) Lodowick (T) Thomas (Seal) [his mark]
- Signed & Sealed & published
- Pronounced and Delivered by the said
- Lodowick Thomas as his Last Will
- and Testament in presence of Us.
- Geo Skillern Joseph Cooper David Hutchison
- September Botetourt Court 1778 This Instrument of Writing was presented in Court as and for the Last Will and Testament of Lodowick Thomas deceased By John Reynolds the Exc'or named Therein and proved by the Oath of George Skillern and David Hutchison two of the Witnesses and Ordered to be Recorded and Agreeable to the prayer contained in said Will it is Ordered that the Said Exeuctor shall not be held to give Bail.
- Teste David May CBC
- Magdalin Thomas's father, Lodowick Thomas, was an early resident of the Sinking Creek/Johns Creek area. He is known to have been in that area of Botetourt (then Augusta County) when he was a drummer in Capt. William Christian's 1764 Militia Company which was organized to protect the frontier from Indian attack. He probably had lived there for some years prior to that date. Lodowick may have been the Ludwick Thomas, age 34, who arrived at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on the ship Queen Elizabeth, September 16, 1738. This possibility has not been proven, but if true, Magdalin and some of her siblings could have been born in Pennsylvania prior to the family's relocation to Virginia.
- [Source: http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/craig/bios/renlds06.txt].