b.10 JAN 1764
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Thomas Paxton was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
The elder of the boys named Thomas in honor of his grandfather, was born in Rockbridge County, January 10, 1764. His wife was Martha Steele, whose father was Robert Steele, said to have been the son of Andrew; she was born in 1764. Although only a boy when the Revolutionary War broke out, he served one of the Rockbridge military companies as the drummer, marching with it to eastern Virginia and giving the roll at the siege of Yorktown. Before
Thomas Paxton died in 1846, in Crawfordsville, Indiana.
The family of Thomas and Martha Steele Paxton consisted of six sons and three daughters. The girls, Martha, Jane and Phoebe, married and went to the West as did Samuel, who married Nancy McCorkle; John Steele, who married Margaret Steele; Alexander, who married Nancy M. Switcher; and David, who married Jane Paxton. The other two boys, Thomas and William, remained in Rockbridge.
Thomas was born, May 30, 1801, and grew to manhood on the old Paxton farm of his father. He married Polly Edley and settled in the vicinity of Fairfield where his twin sons Thomas and David Edley were born, June 29, 1834. The father and husband became became one of the most prominent men of the community and when the Civil War broke out, his sympathies were placed on the side of the South. Being a man of sixty, he was too old for military service although he had achieved rank of Colonel in the militia. Thomas Paxton, one of the twins born to Col. Thomas Paxton, married Sarah Snyder and they were parents of several children who died in infancy. He was a soldier of the Confederacy and saw such hard service that he died on June 3, 1863. His service was in the Stonewall Brigade and he is said to have been an officer.
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