Person:Thomas Mastin (1)

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Major Thomas Mastin
m. 04 Jan 1773
  1. Elizabeth Mastin1792 - 1845
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Name[2] Major Thomas Mastin
Alt Name Masten
Gender Male
Birth[1] 07 Oct 1749 Spotsylvania, Virginia, USA
Residence[6][13] abt 1772 Fincastle County, Virginia, United Statesthe western side of Baptist Valley (in what is now Tazewell County)
Residence[7][13] 1773 Fincastle County, Virginia, United StatesThomas Maston (sic), William Patterson, and John Deskins farther west in the same (Baptist) valley in what is now Tazewell County
Marriage 04 Jan 1773 Sumner, Tennessee, USAto Agnes Unknown
Other[2] 8 Sept 1773 Fincastle, Virginia, United States
Property? 26 Oct 1773 Fincastle, Virginia, United Statespurchased land from James Skaggs and wife Rachael
Military[1] abt 1776 Washington County, Virginia, USA(now Tazewell County) Captain in the Revolutionary War
Military[2] 1776 part of Col William Christian's Cherokee Campaign
Other[8] abt 1777 adopted 4 orphans from the Cornstalk family
Military[9] 26 Feb 1777 Washington County, Virginia, USAbecame Captain in the militia
Other[9] 29 April 1777 Washington County, Virginia, USADaniel Smith & Thomas Mastin, two of the Gentlemen named in the Commission of the Peace for this County, took the Oath of Office
Military[2] 1779 he was part of the nautical campaign against the Cherokees of Chickamauga by Col Evan Shelby
Military[2][9] 22 March 1781 Washington County, Virginia, USA(now Tazewell County) became a Major in the militia
Residence[2] 1 Apr 1785 Washington County, Virginia, USA(now Tazewell County) sold 275 acres in Baptist Valley, moved to Tennesse
Occupation[2] 7 June 1787 Sumner, Tennessee, United Statesfirst Sheriff of Sumner County (for one year)
Unknown[7] 1788 or 1789 Tazewell County, Virginia, USAMastin's neighbor Joseph Ray and his family were killed by Indians
Property[2] 12 July 1788 Sumner, Tennessee, United Statespurchased 200 acres from his old friend Daniel Smith, then 68 acres, where he lived the rest of his life
Other[12] 1790 Sumner, Tennessee, United Statestax list
Occupation[2] 1804-1808 Sumner, Tennessee, United StatesSheriff of Sumner County
Will[2] 6 Oct 1808 Sumner, Tennessee, United StatesNo children mentioned. Only "beloved wife, Agnes"
Death[1] 03 Oct 1810 Sumner, Tennessee, United States
Property? 17 March 1812 Russell County, Virginia, USA(now Tazewell County) a land grant for Walter Preston describes his property as neighboring Thomas Mastin's

Thomas Mastin was a friend of Senator Daniel Smith (133). They lived 16 miles apart in what is now Tazewell County. S2

When Chief Cornstalk and his son, Elinipsico, were murdered, Thomas Mastin, and his wife Agnes, took in the orphans Kumskaka (renamed Thomas Bailey Christian), Low Hawk (renamed Hezekiah N. Whitt), Outhowwa Shokka Cornstalk, and Mountain Raven (renamed Sarah Mastin).S4S8

In Tazewell

  • Thomas Mastin owned adjoining land to John Hankins, Sr. S3

Col. William Christian's Cherokee Campaign 1776

Mastin was a captain of a company of militia for Col. William Christian's Cherokee Campaign in 1776. Among Mastin's soldiers on this campaign were Richard Cavett, John Harmon, Israel Harmon, Jacob Harmon, Sr. and Jacob Harmon, Jr. S2

Nautical Campaign against the Cherokees of Chickamauga 1779

Mastin was part of this campaign led by Col. Evan Shelby. Two pension statements preserve the names of two of his men: Lyles Dolsberry and James Elkins. It is also known that Hezekiah Whitt was in that company. S2

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References
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 A075173, in Daughters of the American Revolution. Genealogical Research System.

    Thomas Masten
    Service Description: 1) WASHINGTON CO, MIL

  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 Aronhime, Gordon. Thomas Mastin: important unknown of the early Clinch River Settlement, 3-11, May 1982.
  3.   Lula Hunter. Skaggs & Hankins, Beginnings with Never Endings Msg 3-A.

    Excerpt: Thomas Mastin and Daniel Smith were among the many Virginians who migrated to the Territory South of the Ohio River (now TN) in the latter part of the 1700s. Major Mastin was an outstanding frontiersman, having
    been one of the leaders in fighting the Indians during the Chickamauga Campaign. He was involved in other frontier actions which I shall not enlarge on at this time. He was the first sheriff of Davidson County, TN; also, the first sheriff of Sumner County, TN, where he died ca 1810.

  4.   Holston past finder, Issues 36-47, 1991.

    Excerpt: Thomas Mastin took our Thomas Christian Sr. under his wing when our Thomas was orphaned and our Thomas was with him after he (Thomas Mastin) and David Smith left Washington County and went to the Territory South of the Ohio River - TN really.

  5.   Hamilton, Emory L. Indian Atrocities Along the Clinch, Powell and Holston Rivers of Southwest Virginia, 1773-1794. (Unpublished).

    Excerpt: 19th of May, 1783 letter written by Colonel Daniel Smith to Arthur Campbell, on that date, wherein he states: On my return from Cumberland, I came through Cassells Woods just after the Indians had been at the Fort at Hamlin’s Mill.(1) The people were greatly distressed: half of them had moved away, and the remainder ready to go, should the Indians make their appearance again. This was due, to their not having any assistance or protection from the interior...Last Wednesday the Indians murdered Joseph Ray, and several members of his family, also one Samuel Hughes, who happened to be there. Mr. Ray was a neighbor to Major (Thomas) Mastin. They have killed and made prisoner eight persons.

  6. Johnston, David E. (David Emmons). A history of middle New River settlements and contiguous territory. (Huntington), Chapter V. 1795 - 1836 (Part 2), 1906.

    Excerpt: Thomas, John and William Peery settled where the present town of Tazewell is now located, and John Peery, Jr. at the fork of Clinch one and one half miles east of the present county site. In the meantime a number of settlers, among them the Scaggs, Richard Pemberton, Johnson, Roark, and others settled in Baptist Valley, and Thomas Mastin, William Patterson, and John Deskins farther west in the same valley, Richard Oney and Obadiah Paine in what is now known as Deskins Valley.

  7. 7.0 7.1 Bickley, George W. L. (George Washington Lafayette), and J. Allen Neal. History of the settlement and Indian Wars of Tazewell County, Virginia. (Parsons, West Virginia: McClain Print. Co., 1974), CHAPTER VII.

    Excerpt: I have been unable to learn anything of the particulars of this occurrence, more than the bare fact, that Joseph Ray and his family were killed by the Indians, on Indian Creek, in 1788 or '9. It is from this circumstance that Indian Creek has taken its name.

  8. Whitt, Hezekiah. Revolutionary War Pension Application. (Tazewell County, Virginia: National Archives, 27 March 1844).

    Describes his service under Thoams Mastin and includes an affidavit from his adoptive son, Thomas Bailey Christian stating the friendship between TM and HW.

  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Summers, Lewis Preston. Annals of southwest Virginia, 1769-1800. (Kingsport, TN: Kingsport Press, 1929, 1967, 1972).
  10.   Do not confuse with Thomas Martin (1752 - 1818) who was also a Captain in the Revolutionary War in Virginia at the same time.
  11.   1773 Oct. 26, James Skaggs and wife Rachael sold to Thomas Maston 78 acres on Me(a)dow Creek, New River, Fincastle Co. - I found this unsourced note and am including it here in hopes to conclude "Thomas Maston" is this Thomas Mastin (1) Skaggs families intermarried with Thomas Bailey Christian family.
  12. Website: Rootsweb Record of the Taxes for the Year 1790 Sumner County Thomas Masten 200 acres Daniel Smith 4722 acres
  13. 13.0 13.1 A note about counties. I changed his 1772 entry to Fincastle County because I believe that would be correct for Baptist Vally for that date. For 1773 entry it could have been Botecourt County - more research is needed. user:cthrnvl
  14.   Nathaniel Parker Descendants Excerpt: +++ 4th Great Grandfather: Richard Parker: (b. 1775 in Hampshire,Virginia and d. 1831 in Sumner County, Tennessee) – m. Nancy Rogers in 1788. According to the online website, Parker Hannah Mesquite Tree, Richard followed his father to Sumner County Tennessee, and was listed among his siblings in Nathaniel’s will. In 1803 according to the Sumner County Tennessee DB 3:309, Richard purchased a “640 acre track of land in Sumner County located on the middle fork of Bledsoe Creek, one mile below Cook’s Camp from Thomas Mastin.”