Person:Thomas Feamster (1)

Thomas Feamster
b.1715 Scotland
d.Bef 6 Jun 1798 Bath County, Virginia
m. 1740
  1. William Feamster1740 - 1801
  2. John Feamster1742 -
  3. Martha FeamsterBef 1745 - Bef 1815
  4. Susannah Feamster1756 - 1807
  5. Elizabeth FeamsterAbt 1757 - Bef 1830
  6. Sarah FeamsterAbt 1759 - Bef 1784
  7. Mary FeamsterBef 1761 - 1829
  8. Rachel FeamsterBef 1767 -
Facts and Events
Name Thomas Feamster
Alt Name Thomas Feemster
Gender Male
Birth? 1715 Scotland
Marriage 1740 Virginiato Elizabeth Graham
Death? Bef 6 Jun 1798 Bath County, Virginia[Estate Inventory Filed]

Thomas Feamster was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA

Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 470.--19th August, 1752. William Lewis, Gent., to Thomas Fleemster (Feemster), wheelwright, 390 acres on Cow Pasture; corner land in possession of John McCreery; Clover Creek. Teste: Andrew Lewis, Silas Heet, Jno. Poage.

Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 75.--2d March, 1764. Thomas Feemster and Elizabeth to John Mountgomery, £48, 100 acres on Cowpasture, part of Thomas' plantation, up said River and Clover Creek. Teste: Robert Knox, Wm. Jackson, Wm. Black. Delivered: Alex. Black, 17th May, 1790, per order.

Estate Inventory

Pg. 120 - Inventory - Thomas Feemster, 1,300 pounds (approx.)
Submitted June 6, 1798 by Thomas Wallace, George Benson, Patrick Miller and John Lewis
Slaves Jerry, York, Porn, Nance, Mall, Mary and Alice, kitchen and household furniture, loom, farm utensils, 2 wagons, horses 17, cattle 38, sheep 23, hogs 22, Henry comments on Bible, 7 books "on different subjects", 90 pounds wool, "the hire of a Negro"; and bills, bonds and open accounts owned by George Clenoman, Stephen Wanless, John Brown, James Windon, James Blake, David Frame, Elisha B. Williams, James Hanes, John Crane, Joseph Moore, John Lewis, Robert Givens, Edward Stuart, Robert Burnet, Robert Carlisle, Thomas Wilson, John Eady, Peter Byrns (Burns?), Van Swearingham.
[Abstract of Wills and Inventories of Bath County, 1791-1842, Bruns, pg. 15].

Pg. 312 - Emancipation by Elisabeth Feemster (X) at her death of Negro man Jerry, purchased at sale of late husband Thomas Feureter's [sic, s/b Feamster] estate, June 26, 1804.
Wit: Mathew Wallace and Alexander Taylor
[Abstract of Wills and Inventories of Bath County, 1791-1842, Bruns, pg. 40]

Pg. 515 - Articles of agreement June 20, 1812 between Thomas Feemster, son and administrator of William Feamster, who was son and administrator of Thomas Feemster, and Mary Feemster, formerly Mary Fulton, administrator of William Feemster, parties of the first part and
Robert Sitlington and Mary, formerly Feemster, Elizabeth Bratton and Rachel Carlisle, formerly Feemster, Mathew Wallace and wife Sarah, formerly Brown and his only daughter [of] Sarah Brown, formerly Feemster, and Joseph Wallace, heir of Susannah Wallace, formerly Feemster, devisees of the estate of Thomas Feemster, parties of the second part
parties of the 1st part relinquish claims to lands of Thomas Feemster and to moneys paid by Thomas and Mary Feemster, adm. of William Feemster, to James Bratton and Mathew Wallace, court appointed parties of the 2nd part quit any claims against the personal estate of Thomas Feemster (cash, bills, bonds and slaves)
Wit: John Brown, Mary Brown, Thomas Feemster, A. Sitlington, Robert Gardner, William and Eliza Bratton.
[Abstract of Wills and Inventories of Bath County, 1791-1842, Bruns, pg. 63]
[Note: This record is apparently dealing with the assets left by Thomas Feamster to his son William, who had died in 1801, and William's third wife, Mary Fulton, who was so administrator with William's son Thomas].

Processioning List of 1756, 1765 & 1767/68

"Processioning" was the periodic review and agreement of property lines between settler's lands. Processioning Lists are useful in determining the general area of a settlers lands and their neighbors at specific time periods:
  • Vol. 2 - Page 172.--1756: Processioned by Lofty Pullan and Richard Botkin, on Cowpasture and Bullpasture, viz: For Thomas Feemster, present Alex Black; for John Jackson; for Alex. Black, present James Knox; for Wallis Estill; for George Lewis; for Richard Boatkin, present Adam Jurden; for John McCreery.
  • Vol. 2 - Page 407.--1765: Thomas Feemster and Wm. Black procession as follows: For Joseph Hays, for Jno. McCreary, for Wm. Black, for James Knox for James Shaw, for Geo. Lewis, for James Clemens, for Hugh Hicklin, for Chas. Lewis, for Thos. Feemster, for Jno. Kinkead, for Robt. Hall, for Benj. Estill, for Wm. Jeeson, for James Botkin. Samuel Willson and Hugh Hicklin procession as follows, on Bull Pasture: For Wm. Willson, for Ro. Scott, for Jno. Carlile, for Saml. Givens, for Bowd Estill, for Thos. Hicklin, for Ro. Duffield, for Hugh Martin, for Ro. Grames, deceased; for Saml. Willson, for Robt. Carlile, for Hance Harper, for Lofftus Polan, for Ro. and Jno. Carlile, for Jno. Hicklin, for Richd. Botkin, for Wallace Estill, for Hugh Hicklin.
  • Vol. 2 - Page 445.--1767-68: Processioned by Henry Stoon and Henry Pickle, Sr., viz: For Honnical Simmons, for Hannah Hawse, for Posley Hover, for Mark Swadley, for Henry Pickle, for Adam Stroud, for Jacob Roleman, for Christian Roleman. Processioned by John McCreery, Jno. Montgomery, viz: From Widow Thompson's to John Kinkead's on Cowpasture, and from Wallace Estill's to mouth of Bullpasture, viz: For Joseph Maze, for Henry Guy, for Charles Lewis, for Benj. Lewis, for Thos. Feemster, for Jno. Montgomery, for Wm. Black, for Francis Jackson, for John Kinkead, for Widow Thompson, for Andrew Donnelly, for John Lewis, for John McCreerey, for Robert McCreerey, for William Jackson, for James Knox, for Thomas Niell. On Bullpasture, viz: For Wallace Estill, for Robert Carlile, for Bond Estill, for John Carlile, for Robt. Graham, for James Bratchey, for Thomas Hicklin, for Saml. Givens.

Records in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley's:

  • Page 108.--15th February, 1748. Christopher Graham's appraisement by Wm. Elliott, John Gay, Thos. Femster.
  • Vol. 1 - JUNE, 1757 (A). - George Wilson vs. Thomas Fimster.--Fimester charged that Capt. Wilson, while out with his men on the frontier, wronged the Country of its provisions, for he gave the provisions which belonged to the soldiers to women and children who had no right to it, and Captain Wilson's character will in a little time be as well known here as it is in Pennsylvania. (Notes by counsel of evidence. Defendant refused to muster and bred a meeting of which Fimster was spokesman). Verdict for plaintiff.
  • Page 75.--19th August, 1761. Daniel Smith's settlement of estate of Henry Lawrence approved and recorded--Paid Gabriel Pickins, Hugh Hamilton, Windle Siver, Peter Finiman (Vaneman?) Sale bill, viz: To David Nelson, Thos. Feemster, Martin Shoob, Jacob Peters, Jacob Goodman.
  • Vol. 2 - [Processioners appointed as follows, viz (1764)]: Page 379.--James Scott, James McCay, Thomas Feemster, Wm. Black, from the Head to the Mouth of the Cowpasture and waters thereof.
  • Page 377.--19th March, 1765. James Hall's appraisement, recorded, by Thomas Feemster, John Lewis.
  • Page 84.--20th August, 1765. John McCreery, Sr., to John McCreery, Jr., £120, 260 acres on Cowpasture, part of tract whereon John, Sr., now lives, great spring, corner George Lewis. Teste: Thomas Feemster, Robert Knox, Wm. Black. Delivered: John McCreery, 2d December, 1786.
  • Vol. 2 - Page 405.--12th October, 1765: As it has pleased your Worships to send an order to nominate four Persons in the Cow Pasture to mark the lines of the Several plantations there, we the subscribers, hereof, have gone from the Forks at James River upwards to Joseph Mays (Maes) and Thomas Feemster and William Black, from there to the head of the waters. There is many places that there is no livers in and others that doth not know their lines. The names of such as we found their lines are as follows: James Scott, William Gillespy, John Handly, Wm. McMurry, James Beard, Cap. Jno. Dickinson, James Hamilton, Ralf Laferty, John Cartmill, James Hugart, Robert Stewart, James McCay, Charles Donelly, Thomas Gillespy. James McCay, James Scott. N. B.--The above is as exact as we could make it to ye Worshipful Court. May, 1765, Parish debtor to James Hill. To summoning an inquest on Geo. Henderson, deceased. To burying said Henderson.
  • Page 428.--16th October, 1765. Robert Graham's estate appraised, by Thos. Feemster, Jno. Hicklin, Jno. Carlile.
  • Page 31.--7th August, 1766. James Shaw to John Botkin, £26, 100 acres on both sides Cowpasture River. Teste: Charles Lewis, John McCreery, Thos. Feemster, Jno. Montgomery. Delivered: Jno. Lewis, 7th June, 1770.
  • Page 116.--18th May, 1768. Robert Graham's appraisement (by Thos. Feamster, John Carllile), recorded.
  • Page 28.--20th November, 1770. James Young and Mary ( ) to William Jordon, £10, 98 acres on head branch of Cowpasture, a branch of James River, patented to James, 14th July, 1769. Teste: Thomas Fimster, William Young, James Gambel. Delivered: Anthony Johnston, 15th April, 1777.
  • Page 10.--15th September, 1772. Sale bill of above (Mark Swadley's estate in account with Mathew Patton and Sebastian Hover) to, viz: Anthony Regar, Thos. Feemster (Cowpasture), Aron Skihawk, David Whitton, William Darling, David Taylor, Martin Shole, George Bushberry, James Wilke, Jacob Brack, William and James Dyer, Adam Look, Jno. Dunwoodey.
  • Page 48.--17th November, 1778. Recorded. Edward Hinds' appraisement by Thomas Hicklin, Thos. Feemster, James Peebles.
  • Page 97.--20th February, 1788. John Miller's estate appraised by Thos. Femster, Jno. Kinkead, William Dickey.
  • Vol. 2 - Marriage Bond: 1788--July 4, Adam Bratton and James Lyle, Jr., surety. Adam Bratton and Elizabeth Feamster, daughter of Thomas Feamster (consent). Teste: Wm. Black, John McGummery.
  • Vol. 2 - JUDGMENTS. - SEPTEMBER, 1793 (G to Z). - William McCreery vs. Thomas Feemster--Trespass. Bath, 18th August, 1792. John Montgomery about to remove out of the State, 5th September, 1792. Sarah Black, George Black and Jenney Peoples are about to remove from Bath County to Kentucky.
  • Vol. 2 - Feemster vs. Feemster--O. S. 64; N. S. 22--From Bath. Bill filed 8th May, 1798, by John and William Feemster against Elizabeth Feemster, relict of Thomas Feemster, deceased; John McCreery and Martha, his wife; Robert Sitlington and Mary, his wife; Adam Bratton and Elizabeth; Rachel Carlisle, alias Feemster, Susannah Feemster; Sarah Brown, daughter of Sarah Feemster, who married Hugh Brown, deceased; which Martha, Mary, Elizabeth, Rachel and Susanna are daughters and heirs of Thomas. Orators are also sons. Thomas made a will, but it was lost.