Who were his parents? [1 March 2011]
We don't have the answer yet. If you are a descendent of Thoas Bailey Christian you may want to join a DNA project to help solve this mystery. I found one on the Internet:
chalkley chronicles [3 March 2011]
this notice is from the chakley chronicles which some writers online think is our Thomas. I wasn't sure about including it on his page until we can verify it is him.
Thomas Christian vs. Wray--O. S. 54; N. S. 18--Bill, 23d July, 1803. Joseph Wray obtained a certificate by settlement right in Washington County (afterwards Russell), now Tazewell County. Joseph died intestate, leaving his son John Wray heir-at-law, who sold to orator. In 1799 John Wray lived in Kentucky. Joseph's widow deposes in Madison County, Ky. The land was on Clinch River called Indian Crick. John Ray deposes in Clermont County Ohio, where he then resided 18th February, 1806. Deed 26th September, 1794 by John Wray to Thomas Christian of Sumner County, territory south of the Ohio. William Lockhart deposes in Tazewell County 28th September, 1805; aged 27 years. Richard Oney deposes in Tazewell County 28th September, 1805; aged 50 years. John Hawkins deposes in Tazewell County, 28th September, 1805; aged 65 years. John Deskins deposes in Tazewell County 28th September, 1805; aged 31 years. James Brown deposes in Tazewell County 28th September, 1805; aged 50 years. Lawrence Murray deposes in Tazewell County 28th September, 1805; aged 53 years. Oliver Wynne deposes in Tazewell County 28th September, 1805; aged 36 years.
CHRONICLES OF THE SCOTCH-IRISH SETTLEMENT OF VIRGINIA; Vol 2, pp 86-95 by Lyman Chalkley
Hezekiah Whitt, Capt Thomas Mastin [3 March 2011]
This is a message online about Thomas Christian.
Posted by: Karen DaPra (ID *****5302) Date: September 17, 2003 at 18:53:26 In Reply to: Re: Thomas Christian wed Louisa Harman abt1800 Va or WVa by Bob Christian of 3214
Hezekiah Whitt's pension application of 1844 in Tazewell Co, VA mentions as part of his service, Hezekiah served in 1779 under Capt. Thomas Maston to fight the Cherokee Indians of Tennessee.
In this same pension application, there is a deposition of Thomas Christian who deposes that he was raised from childhood by Capt Thomas Mastin (being left an orphan)...also Thomas Christian knew said Whit at the time & has known him ever since.
I believe the Christian Chronicles state that no papers have ever been found to verify Capt. Thomas Mastin formally adopted Thomas Christian. It is said Capt. Thomas Mastin had at least one daughter Elizabeth (b.1792 Washington Co, VA d. date unknown in Warren Co, KY) who m. John F. Carpenter.
In Chalkley's Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish there is a lawsuit "Thomas Christian vs. Wray" 23 Jul 1803 which in a nutshell states Joseph Wray obtained certificate by right of settlment in Washington (afterwards Russell) now Tazewell Co. Joseph d. intestate, leaving son John Wray heir-at-law. John Wray sold a piece of land twice - first to Thomas Christian, of Sumner Co, territory south of the Ohio, by deed dated 26 Sep 1794 and then sold it a second time to Craven Belsha who bribed him......it states Thomas Christian was an orphan. Thomas Christian won the case.
This places Thomas Christian in Sumner Co, TN in 1794 and this is where Capt. Thomas Mastin died. Thomas Mastin born October 07, 1749, Spotsyvania Co Va married Agnes (maiden name unknown) January 04, 1773, Sumner County, Tenn. Thomas Mastin died 3 Oct 1810 Sumner Co, TN. (These dates are either from the Christian Chronicles OR a DAR application.]
As far as Nathaniel Christian being the father of Thomas: 1) I have some notes regarding Nathaniel's estate but I need to get a full copy of estate papers. Nathaniels' will was witnessed by Isham Christian (his son?) and a Boydston (Nathaniel's daughter m. William Boydston). Of course, Thomas would only have been abt 9 yrs old. There should be guardianship papers for Thomas in Montgomery Co, VA court papers....I don't have. 2) Early Adventures of Western Waters (Kegley)Volume 2, p. 102 states Thomas Christian, Heir-at-law of Nathaniel Christian, deceased, 400 acres on Brush Creek, Branch of Bluestone. Isham and Anthony Christian, Heir-at-laws of Nathaniel Christian, deceased, 400 acres on East River below Five Mile Fork.
If I have more, I don't have in front of me. Hope this helps. I would like to know more on this CHRISTIAN line. Karen in Michigan--Cthrnvl 19:15, 2 March 2011 (EST)