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SAMUEL REES, Senior -was born in Gallia county, June 7, 1809. His fafher, Samuel Rees, was born in the State of Virginia, in 1764, and was one of the earliest settlers of this township, coming here in 1797. His death occurred in 1832. Mary (McCalester) Rees, mother of the subject of this sketch, was born in Virginia, in 1775, and died in this township in 1850. Adeline McCoy became the wife of Samuel Rees, at Gallipolis, September 12, 1861. She was born in Putnam county, West Virginia, February 7, 1832.

They have the following children:
Samuel, junior, horn October 3, 1862, died October 9, 1862; Mary J., June 28, 1865; Charles C., July 14, 1866; Anna B., November 5, 1867. Samuel McCoy, the father of Mrs. Rees, was born in Virginia, in 1807, and died in Putnam county, Virginia, in 1867. 

Virginia (McAlister) McCoy, the mother of Mrs. Rees, was also born in Virginia, in 1809, and died in Putnam county, Virginia, in 1879. Mrs. Rees had three brothers in the late war in the Confederate army. Lewis and Samuel McCoy enlisted in 1861, and Columbus McCoy enlisted in 1862. All three served fo the close of the war and returned home. Samuel Rees, senior, the subject of this sketch, died March 12, 1870. The post office address of his widow is Addison, Gallia county, Ohio.

The Original Township of Donegal, and of Its Subdivisions--East Donegal, West Donegal, Conoy, Mount Joy and Rapho.
Among those who owned land in Colerain in 1751 were Samuel Anderson, Robert Anderson, Joshua Anderson, John Anderson, Sr., John Anderson, Jr., Robert Allison, John and Hugh Barclay, Robert Boston, Wm. Burnside, James Brown, David Campbell, Robert Cunningham, Robert Clark, Timothy Douglas, Thomas Douglas, Robert Gilbraith (Galbraith), Francis Guthrie, John Gill, John Gillmore, John Henderson, Peter Hastings, James Hutchison Andrew Little, Moses Lockert, Robert Longhead, J. MeZanden, George McKeown, Daniel MeCieland, George McCullough, John and Alexander McConnel, George McCullough, Charles McCalester (McAllister), Jeremiah Morrow, John Murphy, Gabriel Morrison, James McKee, James Morrow, Chas. Oliphant, John Pasley, Wm. Patterson, Robert Ross, James Robison, Archibald Scott, Robert Scott, Robert Wells, David Coulter. Robert and William Walker were also on the list, as freemen of Colerain, in 1751.


History of that part of the Susquehanna and Juniata valleys, embraced in the counties of Mifflin, Juniata, Perry, Union and Snyder, in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania...
Edited by F. Ellis and A. N. Hungerford.
Published in
Philadelphia by Everts, Peck & Richards, 1886
Pages 808-832


The date of organization of this township is not known. It was not erected in October, 1754, at the time of the formation of the first townships “tother side of the N. Mountain.” That it was erected soon after the above-mentioned date is shown by a deed dated April 20, 1755, given by Captain James Patterson to William Armstrong.
The deed mentioned conveyed one hundred and fifty-five acres of land situated in Fermanagh township, near Juniata River. The original territory of Fermanagh township embraced all the new purchase lying north of the Juniata River. This township also included that part of Mifflin County lying south of the river to the Black Log Mountain, and was part of what is now Snyder County, embracing Selinsgrove, part of Centre and Huntingdon Counties. This fact is determined by the names of persons who were known to be residents of those parts, as will be shown here-after. 

The Indian troubles of 1756 interfered with all business in the settlements north of the mountain until 1762. At the March term of court in that year William White was appointed constable for this township. He resided a short distance above the
village of Mexico, and was killed by the Indians on the 10th of July, 1763. No mention of this township organization is found in the court records, but on and after 1762 it was officially recognized.
In 1763, the following-named persons were appointed officers of Fermanagh:
Arthur Moody, constable; John Nicholson and Samuel Mitchell, supervisors; Andrew McKeener and George Hays, overseers of the poor; Alexander Lafferty and James Gallagher, viewers of ferries; and George Hays, collector. 

TAXABLES OF 1763.—In this year the first assessment of the township was taken, a copy of which is here given,-- 

McCalester, Hugh
McCalester, William

There were seven thousand three hundred and sixty acres warranted and four hundred acres patented, which last was to James Patterson, who resided at the site of the town of Mexico. The location of some of these lands will be interesting,--
The Armstrongs, at and near McAlisterville; William Buchanan, near Jericho; James Crampton, below Mexico; William Curran, near Cedar Spring; Andrew Douglas, near Jericho; john Foughts (Pfoutz) and Joseph Greenwood, in Pfoutz Valley and below in Perry County; George Gabriel resided on the site of Selinsgrove, Snyder County; Samuel Hunter then owned the site of Thompsonville, in Juniata County, and Marysville, Perry County; Alexander Lafferty, the site of Mifflintown; Thomas McKee owned land on both sides of the mouth of Mahantango Creek;
 Hugh McCalester, Jr., where Washington McAlester now lives; Hugh McCormick, where Enoch Horning now resides; Samuel Mitchell, farm now owned by Benjamin Shellenbarger, Fayette township; Stuffel Man (Stophel Monce), in Greenwood township in 1768, and was the first collector; Robert Neilson, on Cedar Spring Ridge; James Patterson, Mexico; the Reeds, the adjoining tract up the river from Mifflintown; William White, adjoining James Patterson and above Mexico.

McCalester, Hugh, Jr.
McBride, John

THOMAS THOMASSON, born 25 Feb 1736/37 in Hanover Co VA; died 26 Aug 1818 in Granville Co NC. He was the son of George & Mary (Pollard) Thomasson. 
Thomas married 
ANNE McALLISTER Abt 1759 in Louisa Co VA who was born Abt 1741 in Louisa Co VA; died Abt 1810 in Granville Co NC. She was the daughter of William & Elizabeth (Garland) McAllister.
Notes for Thomas Thomasson:
(The following biographical account is from "Thomasson Traces, Narrative of the Thomasson Family 1677 - 1995" Volume II, by Curtis H. Thomasson & Marjorie B. Malloy) 

Thomas Thomasson was born February 25, 1737, in Hanover County, Virginia, the third child and second son of George and Mary (Pollard) Thomasson. His father had patented 1600 acres of land on the branches of Christopher's Run in 1736, a year and a half before his birth. Thomas was probably the first child to be born on the Louisa plantation (which at this time was located in
Hanover.) His father must have been busy building his home, constructing a mill on the waters of Christopher's Run, planting crops, clearing land, and all the many myriad responsibilities of establishing a home on the frontier. This area of Virginia was sparsely populated and still infested with Indians when the Thomassons first settled on the land. 

Thomas grew up on the Louisa plantation and married a neighbor's daughter, Anne Mackalester, daughter
of William Mackalester and his wife, Elizabeth Garland. They settled on a 210 acre tract of land which was part of the original 1600 acres issued to George Thomasson in 1736. Thomas and Anne were legally deeded this property in 1763 by George Thomasson, Sr which they sold on October 20, 1777, to Philip Carpenter. - - -
About a month later on November 10, 1777, Thomas sold another tract of 350 acres between Duckinghold Creek and Christopher's Run to Thomas Gooch, evidently geting ready for his move to Granville County. 

About the month of December in 1777, three sons of George and Mary (Pollard) Thomasson moved their families to
Granville County, Norh Carolina. Thomas settled on the west side of Fishing Creek in the Oxford District; Richard bought property in the Epping Forest District where he built a mill on his waterway that became known as "Richard Thomasson's Old Mill"; and John received a land grant on Fishing Creek.
The Revolutionary War was in full progress at the time the three Thomasson brothers left Louisa County Virginia For North Carolina. Thomas drafted for service in the North Carolina Militia, but there is no record that Richard ever served in the continental Army. 

Thomas, who was forty years old at this time, was drafted for service in the
North Carolina Militia soon after his arrival in Granville County. His son William Pollard Thomasson, who had just reached his fifteenth birthday, reported for duty in his father's place. This was customary practice at this time. After serving his father's tour of duty, William Pollard reenlisted in his own name, even though this was a time of almost constant defeat for the American Army. Why Thomas could not serve at the time he was drafted is not known. Family responsibilities probably had a great influence. Although he never served in the Continental Army or the Militia, Thomas furnished supplies on several occasions as evidence by claims presented to the Hillsborough Treasury Office in Granville County.
On May 11, 1784, he was paid sixteen shillings for Claim No. 6389, and on another occasion he was reimbursed 3 pounds, 13 shillings on Voucher No. 42 (Revolutionary Army Accounts, North Carolina Archives, Vol VI, page 58, folio 3). Another son, James C. Thomasson, took supplies to his brother after the battle of Guilford Court House and was with him in the American camp. William Pollard Thomasson served in the army until the surrender of Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown, October 18, 1781. 

Thomas Thomasson, Sr had lived to the advanced age of eighty-one years when he died in November 1819. From documents in his estate file one can get a picture of his home and family t the time of his death. Three of his sons had moved to
York District, South Carolina: William Pollard, Nathaniel and James C. Two of his daughters, Annie and Elizabeth, had married and moved away from home. His sons, George, John, Nelson, and Thomas, Jr, were living on property bordering the homeplace that was "lent" to them by their father when they married. Two unmarried daughters, Mary (called Molly) and Lydia, were still living at home and evidently had cared for their aged father until his death. 

Thomas was still maintaining a working farm even though he was eighty-one years old and had lost his wife Anne. He owned 520 acres of land which he farmed with the help of two Negro families consisting of two men, four women, and three young boys. At the time of his death he had just harvested a crop of corn, wheat, fodder, oats and tobacco. He also must have raised fruit, as he had an Apple Mill among his possessions. He grew cotton and flax and had a herd of twenty-two cattle, forty-two sheep, and thirty-one hogs. Thomas made his own whiskey at his still, and shoes for the family were made right on the plantation. His home was sizable as he had five rooms of bedroom furniture. According to the times in which he lived, Thomas Thomasson was a successful planter. 

His will was probated in the February 1820 term of court by his son George Thomasson, whom he had appointed sole executor of his will. The large estate which Thomas had accumulated during the forty-odd years he had resided in
Granville County became embroiled in controversy among his heirs. It was 1825, five years later, before a final accounting was recorded in the Probate Court of Granville County. The estate returns give a valuable insight into this generation and is probably the only good result of this squabbling among heirs. 
Special bequeaths were made to Molly and
Lydia, as they were unmarried and still living at home. He lent them the homeplace jointly until their deaths, at which time he directed that all his property, including that "lent" to his sons, Nelson and Thomas, was to be sold, with the proceeds to be equally divided amongst all the children.
Evidently Thomas intended that Nelson and Thomas, Jr would have to purchase their property from the whole estate at the time of their sister's death, with each child receivng a proportionate share of the money arising from the sale. Molly and Lydia were thirty-five to forty years of age at their father's death and must not have been expected to marry.
Mar 1818 - Granville County, NC (Will of Thomas Thomasson, Sr) 
In the name of God Amen the _day of March 1818, I, Thomas Thomasson Senr of the County of Granville & State of North Carolina, being of sound mind & memory (at this time) for which blessing I thank the Eternal Being, but calling to mind that all flesh (or in other words) the whole of the human family must yeald to death when ever it may please God to call, do make this my last Will & Testament in manner and form following (to wit) 

I lend to my son Nelson Thomasson one hundred & forty acres of land, so as to include the house and plantation where he now lives, to begin on the South Boundary of my land and run a due North course for that number of acres. 
I lend to my two daughters (sic) jointly, that is to say Molly & Lidy, a part of my land begining near my son George's house and to run as direct a course as can, so as not to include the house where my son Thomas now lives, untill it intersects the North boundary of my land. all the balance of my land lying East of the last mentioned line to be run, I lend unto my son Thomas Tomasson –

The whole of my land which I have lent to my four above mentioned children, my will and desire is shall be sold by my Executor hereafter to be named as soon as the last one of my two daug (sic) above mentioned shall depart this life & the money arising from said sale to be equally divided amongst the whole of my children both boys and girls -
Item I give unto my daugters Molly & Liddy two choice sheep each also one cow and calf each the choice of my flock one bed & furniture each their own choice, & my riding mare jointly known by the name of Nancey. 

Also I jointly give unto them a negro boy by the name of Sam, - Item my will & desire is that immediately after my death that my executor to sell the whole of my personal estate which I have not herein give to my two above mentioned daughters, and the proceeds thereof after paying my just and lawfull debts, to be eqally (sic) divided amongst all my children (except one hundred and eighty dollars which sum I wish to be deducted from my son John Thomasson's part of my Estate, - which sum I wish to be equally divided amongst the remainder part of my children. 

Lastly, I constitute and appoint my son George Thomasson, Executor to this my last Will and Testament as witness my hand and seal the day and date above written - Thomas Thomasson (Signature) 
Witness: Thos Cooke, Jurat, Benja Thomasson, James Clay 


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