Person:John McSpadden (1)

John McSpadden
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Name John McSpadden
Gender Male


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John is believed to be the son of Person:Thomas McSpadden (1), an early settler of Borden's Grant (Rockbridge County). John was born here sometime between about 1750 and 1754. JOhn had at least six brothers, five of whom moved to Southwest Virginia about 1775. John McSpadden apparently remained on Borden's grant for several years, probably farming the property his father acquired in 1744.

His wife, Esther Thompson was born in County Atrim, Ireland See Digital Library in 1761. Esther came to America in 1775 with her mother Elizabeth Lyle Thompson Donald, two sisters, and her stepfather, Mathew Donald [1] Her mother and stepfather apparently settled on Borden's Grant, at least initially, where her grandparents, Mathew Lyle and Margaret Snoddy, had settled some 30 years earlier. As it happens Mathew Lyle's land was adjacent to that of Thomas McSpadden. Here Esther met and married John McSpadden in December of 1779.[2]

Just after the Revolution John McSpadden left Borden's grant, moving south to Jefferson County, TN. At least one of his brothers, Person:Samuel McSpadden (1), also settled here, coming to the area from SW Virginia. He probably settled near the community of Dandridge, though some genealogists list the birth place of at least one child as in adjacent Monroe County. John died about 1798. Wife Esther lived on dying between June of 1832 (will written) and March of 1835 (probate date).

Personal Data

Personal Data
DOB:c1750, 1754
DOD:1798Estate Inventory dated January 1799, implying a DOD for the previous year.
Father:Person:Thomas McSpadden (1)
Mother:John's mother is variously identified as Dorthy Edmiston or as Mary Edmiston. A basis for either has not been found.
Spouse:Person:Esther Thompson (18)Affidavit of Elizabeth Thompson, 1796, Jefferson County
DOM:December 20, 1779
POM:Rockbridge, VA


Children (largely unconfirmed data. See Ancestry family Trees for a current listing of his family data.)
Name DOB POB DOD POD Spouse DOM POM Dispersion and Notes
James McSpadden ABT 1780 Augusta Co., Virginia Aalcey Gilbreath
Thomas McSpadden 1782 Augusta Co., Virginia Abigail Means
Elizabeth McSpadden 1783 Augusta Co., Virginia unm
Jane McSpadden 1785 Augusta Co., Virginia unm
John McSpadden 1787 Augusta Co., Virginia Nancy P. Carter
Mary Polly McSpadden 1789 Augusta Co., Virginia (1) Leroy Taylor, (2) John Dunwoody
Samuel Egleton McSpadden 15 JUN 1791 Lexington, Monroe Co., Tennessee (1) Mary Lowry
(2) Mrs. Mary Reynolds,
3) Charlotte Cunningham

Esther Blair McSpadden 1793 Patrick McClain Dunwoody
Matthew McSpadden 1795 1) Esther Dunwoody
2) Mrs. Margaret Ewing
Archibald Thompson McSpadden 1798 Isobel Dunwoody


  1. A daughter, Margaret Donald, is said to have been born at sea; her birthdate is given as 1775, indicating the date of migration. See Source:Armstrong and French, 1918.
  2. Reference needed.