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Thomas Paxton was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
Will of Thomas Paxton
From Chalkley's Augusta County, Virginia Court Records:
Page 188 - - 25th May, 1760. Thomas Paxton's will - - To wife, Sarah; to son, Thomas, executor; to son, Samuel; to son-in-law, Mathew Robinson; to granddaughter, Elizabeth Eakin, to grandson, John Robinson, Teste: Mathew Lyle, Alex. Smiley, Andw. Smiley. Proved, 16th November, 1762, by Lyle and Alex. Smiley. Thos. Paxton qualifies, with Andw. Hays, Mathew Lyle.
Information on Thomas Paxton
When Thomas Paxton, now one of the most substantial land owners on South River, felt the encroachment of physical decay and knew that his years were coming to an end, he made his will, May 25, 1760. In that document, he made tender mention of his wife Sarah – there was a great devotional attachment between the two. He made several small gifts to his son Samuel, to the Robinsons (his son-in-law Matthew Robinson and Matthew’s son John – the wife and mother was apparently dead at this time), and to his granddaughter Elizabeth Eakin, who was undoubtedly and orphan as the names of her parents are lost in the dimness of history. These items being cared for, the testator bequeathed the rest of his estate to his son Thomas, Jr., evidencing a great father-son tie.
The old and cherished friends of Thomas Paxton, Matthew Lyle and Alex. Smiley, signed the will as witnesses. Since the document was probated on November 16, 1792, it is highly probably that the testator had died in either October or the first part of November. Granting that he was born in Ireland prior to 1700, he must have been nearing the century mark at the time of this death. The will, made more than thirty years before, had never been changed, in spite of the changes of time.