Person:Thomas McSpadden (1)

Thomas McSpadden
m. Abt. 1743
  1. Sarah McSpaddenabt 1745 - bet 1818-1820
  2. Alexander McSpaddenabt 1746 - 1787
  3. Thomas McSpadden1748 - 1833
  4. Archibald Edmiston McSpadden1749/50 - 1840
  5. Isabel McSpaddenabt 1752 - bef 1820
  6. Moses McSpaddenabt 1753 - 1827
  7. Samuel McSpadden, "Gun Powder Sam"1758 - 1844
Facts and Events
Name Thomas McSpadden
Gender Male
Birth? 1720
Marriage Abt. 1743 Timber Ridge, Augusta County, Virginiato Dorothy Edmiston.
Death? Abt. 1765 Lexington, Augusta County, Virginia

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


McSpadden Tapestry
McSpadden Diagrams
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Families Old Chester OldAugusta Germanna
New River SWVP Cumberland Carolina Cradle
The Smokies Old Kentucky



Thomas McSpadden settled on Borden's Grant by 1744 when his deed to 366 acres on Sheep Creek was registered. At the time his immediate neighbors included Archibald Alexander, Mathew Lyle, William caruthers, and Alexander McLeary. His property was approximately 1 mile to the south of Timber Ridge Meeting House.

Early Land


Thomas McSpadden's land (Borden Tract SE, 306 acres (listed as 106 acres in Chalkley's), 1744) as shown on the map meticulously drawn by J.R. Hildebrand, cartographer. This map is copyrighted©, used by permission of John Hildebrand, son of J.R. Hildebrand, April, 2009.

Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 173.--22d November, 1744. £3.3.3; Benjamin Borden, &c., to Thomas McSpeadon; 106 acres, part of 92,100 acres; corner to Alexander McCleary. Acknowledged, 22d November, 1746.


"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 settler’s lands and their neighbors at specific time periods:
  • Vol. 2 - Page 151.--1755: David Dryden and Wm. Hall processioned as follows, viz: For Moses McClure, for Alex. McClure, for Ro. Allison, for Moses Trimble, for Robert Huston, for Samuel Lyle, for David Dryden, for Archd. Alexander, for Thos. McSpadden, for Mathew Lyle, for Thomas Paxton, for George Stevenson, for Robert Allison, for Thos. Paxton, Joyner; for Isaac Taylor; for Jno. Davison, for Jno. Robison, for Reynolds's Orphans, for Nathaniel McClure, for William Hall, for Wm. Caruthers, for Samuel Gray, for John Maky, for Baptist McKnab, for Jno. Lowery, for Widow McCleary, for Thos. Paxton, for Moses Whiteside, for John Stevenson, for Wm. Lusk, for John Allison, for Jno. Dule (Lyle?), for John McClure, for Moses McClure, for Danill Dyle (Lyle?).
  • Page 286.--1760: Processioned by Samuel Lyle, Wm. Lusk: For Andrew Hall, for David Dryden, for Baptis McNab, for James Thompson, for Nathaniel McClure, for Alex. McClure, for Robert Allison, for Moses McClure, for Wm. Ramsey, for Samuel Lyle, for Reynold's Orphans, for Moses McClure, for John McClure, for Wm. Caruthers, for Thomas Paxton, for Samuel Paxton, for Nathan Peoples, for Robert Allison, for John White, for Archibald Alexander, for Robert Teris (Tevis?), for Thomas McSpadden, for Samuel Gray, for John Maky, for Moses Trimble, for John Maky, for Isaac Taylor, for John Davison, for Moses Whitesides, for Samuel McCroskrey, for Daniel Lyle, for Wm. Lusk, for John Lowrey.


From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:

  • Vol. 2 - LIST OF MUSTERS IN AUGUSTA COUNTY (ABT. 1742) - Capt. John Buchanan's List: John Buchanan, Captain; Will Evins, Lieutenant; Josef Catton, Ensign; John Mitchell, Sergeant; Joseph Kanada, James Cooke, Charles Donocho, Solo Moffett, Jas. Sunderlin, Will Sayers, John Dyche, Rob. Catton, Charles Gamble, Sam Walker, Alex. Walker, John Walker, Joseph Walker, Cha. Hays, And. Martin, John Edmoston, Jas. Robinson, Ths. Duchart, Will Quinn, Thomas Williams, Jab Anderson, Joh Anderson, James Anderson, Isaac Anderson, And. Hays, John McCroserce, Will Buchanan, Rich. Courser, Sam Dunlap, Will Lonchrage, Rob. Dunlap, Jams Ecken, Will McCantes, John Moor, Will Moor, David Moor, Alex. Moor, And. Moor, Will Mitchel, Nathn. Evins, John Stephenson, James Eken, Jas. Greenlee, John Paul, Mat. Lyle, Joh. Gray, Ths. McSpedan, Joh. Mathews, Will Armstrong, Rob. Huddon, Will Hall, Sam. Gray, Isaac Taylor, Michael O'Docherty, Sam McClewer, Edw. Boyle, Will Humphrey, Nathn. McClewer, John Philip Weaver.
  • Page 209.--19th March, 1746. Benj. Borden & Co. to Mathew Gyle (Lyle). Testator agreed to sell in his lifetime, 451 acres, 2 R., 17 P., for £13.10.0 current money Virginia, part of 92,100, grantee's old survey; Thomas McSpadon's line; John Mathews' line; John Gray's corner. Witnessed and acknowledged as above.
  • Page 463.--18th February. 1747. £29. Benj. Borden. &c., to Archibald Alexander (sold in testator's lifetime), 980 acres, part of 92,100; corner Thomas McSpaden; corner Alexander McCleary, near a sink hole called the Punch Bowl. Teste: None. Acknowledged as above.
  • Page 241,--6th April, 1749. Robert Edmiston's will--Wife (Jean?); legatee, Jean Edmiston; daughter, Dorothy Edmiston; son, James; son, William. Executors, Thos. McSpaden, Wm. Edmiston. Teste: Jno. Edmiston, Samuel Buchanan. Proved, 22d May, 1750, by Buchanan, and Edmiston summoned.
  • Page 412.--17th December, 1751. Alexander McCleary's will, yeoman--Wife, Margaret; daughter, Rachel, infant. Executors, Archd. Alexander and Robt. Huston. Teste: Samuel Gray, Moses Whitesides, Thos. McSpeaden. Proved, 20th May, 1752, by all witnesses, and executors qualify.
  • Vol. 2 - List of Delinquents - 1755--List of Robert Breckinridge, Sheriff: Thos. McSpaddon
  • Page 70.--20th March, 1759. Archibald Alexander to Wm. Alexander, £8, 208 acres; corner Mrs. Cummins, Thos. McSpeden's corner. Teste: Jno. McClung, Joseph Alexander, James ( ) Edmeston.
  • Page 198.--2d April, 1762. Mathew Lyle and Esther to John Lyle, £10. 461 acres, part of Borden's 92,100 and conveyed by Borden to Mathew; corner Thomas McSpadin, John Mathews' line; corner John Gray. Delivered: Jno. Lyle, 4th March, 1774.
  • Page 284.--20th June, 1763. Archibald Alexander to Samuel Cummins, of Chester County, Pennsylvania, £20, 250 acres on South River; Thomas McSpeden's line; corner Archibald Alexander. Teste: William and Joseph Alexander. Delivered: Capt. Samuel McDowell, November, 1768.

Personal Data

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Spouse:Dorthy Edmiston
Name DOB POB DOD POD Spouse DOM POM Dispersion and Notes
Sarah McSpadden c1745
Person:Alexander McSpadden (1) c1746 Appears briefly with brother Samuel in records of Washington County, c1775; no further information
Person:Thomas McSpadden (3) 12 MAR 1748 1833 Mt. Juliet, Wilson County TN To SW VA c 1775, then to TN after Revolution.
Person:Archibald McSpadden (1) MAR 1750 To SW VA c 1775, then to TN after Revolution.
Person:John McSpadden (1) c1750 , 1754 Augusta Co., VA about 1798, Dandridge, TN Esther Thompson December 20, 1779, Rockbridge Co., VA. See DigLib for wife
Isabell McSpadden 1752
Person:Moses McSpadden (1) 1754 To SW VA c 1775, then to TN after Revolution.
Person:Samuel McSpadden (1) 19 OCT 1756 To SW VA c 1775, then to TN after Revolution.
Margaret McSpadden c1758