Person:Samuel Paxton (17)

Samuel Paxton
b.16 March 1766 Augusta County, Virginia
m. Bef. 1766
  1. Samuel Paxton1766 - 1841
m. 8 August 1791
  1. Thomas Paxton1792 - 1862
  2. Elizabeth Paxton1793 -
  3. Sarah Paxton1796 -
  4. John Paxton1797 -
  5. Samuel Paxton1798 -
  6. Catherine Paxton1800 - abt 1820
  7. Alexander Paxton1802 - 1852
  8. William Paxton1804 -
  9. Jane Paxton1805 -
  10. Nancy Paxton1807 -
  11. Phoebe Paxton1809 -
  12. George Paxton1812 -
Facts and Events
Name Samuel Paxton
Gender Male
Birth[1] 16 March 1766 Augusta County, Virginia
Marriage 8 August 1791 Rockbridge County, Virginiato Catherine 'Betsy' Atkinson
Death[1] 30 March 1841 Rockbridge County, Virginia

On an elevation, overlooking the valley of South River and facing the Blue Ridge a plain brick building, with the distinctive architecture of the Baptist sanctuaries of the time, was constructed, rectangular in form and about thirty by forty feet in size. This was ample for the worship of the people, those who were ‘colonized’ to establish the church and the added converts. Soon the dead were being buried in the churchyard and among those who found rest in quietness and beauty of the place were Samuel Paxton and his wife Catherine Atkinson Paxton.

There were twelve children born in the Samuel Paxton home – six sons and six daughters. Elizabeth married Charles Cartwright, November 1, 1812, and they migrated out to Ohio. Sarah died in her early youth. Catherine, known by the family as “Kate,” died soon after her marriage to Malachi Staley. Jane became the bride of Nathaniel Henderson, August 12, 1823, and the young couple settled in Cooper County, Missouri. Nancy was twice married; her second husband was Thomas Robinson., whose grandparents, Matthew and Elizabeth Paxton Robinson were his bride’s great uncle and great aunt. Pheobe married her second cousin, John Paxton, and when her father died, March 30, 1841, the young pair cared for the bride’s mother until her death.

About 1825, Thomas, son of Samuel Paxton, and his wife of nine years, the former Dicie Cartwright, joined a wagon-train on the westward track and settled on the rich river-lands of Kanawha County, now in West Virginia. John, another son of Samuel, married a local girl, Elizabeth Childress, and resided in Rockbridge County all their lives. They were the parents of Capt. Samuel Paxton, of Company E, 52nd Virginia Infantry, who was wounded at Spottsylvania Courthouse and again in the assault on Fort Stedman where he was taken prisoner; he died in prison in Washington D.C.

Samuel Paxton Jr., married Susan Atkinson, his cousin, who was sister of his brother William’s wife, and they moved to Cooper County, Missouri, where his sisters Jane had settled. His brother William married Eliza Atkinson in 1830 and, after a brief residence in Kanawha County, they moved westward to the vicinity of Ofterville, Cooper County, Missouri. George Paxton, a brother of Samuel and William, was born in 1812, the youngest of the family, and he died in his early youth.

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