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  • Name THOMAS, John 
    Born 4 May 1718  Cardiff, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 2 Oct 1811  Greenville, Greenville, South Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • From Greenville County South Carolina Genealogy
      A Very Brief History of Greenville County, South Carolina

      While the lower parts of South Carolina had been settled for many years, Greenville County remained part of the old Cherokee hunting grounds and white men were strictly forbidden to enter the area. The Cherokee ceeded these lands to South Carolina in 1777. The Indians remained in their mountain homeland for several years after signing their grant, however, and not many white people ventured into the beautiful Cherokee country before the Revolution.

      The first white settler in present Greenville County was Richard Pearis, an Irishman, who came from Virginia about 1765 as a trader. He married a Cherokee woman and became so highly thought of by the Cherokee tribe that tradition records their repeated gifts to him of land that finally covered a tract 10 miles square. On part of this estate now stands the city of Greenville and Paris Mountain, it's name a corruption of Pearis. The enterprising settler called his acres "Great Plains.' He built a home, a mill, storehouses, and a trading post, and lived the life of a prince. He served with the British forces in the French and Indian War and had the distinction of being the first Britisher to enter Fort Dusquesne. When the Revolution began, Pearis's allegiance was sought by both sides. It is said that he had promised his help to the Americans, but, disappointed at the military rank offered him, turned to the King's party. He was probably more disappointed in how the Cherokee Indians were being treated. Held prisoner in Charles Town nine months, he became on his release a captain of the loyalist militia and attained the rank of colonel after performing several daring exploits. While he was in prison (1776) his plantation was captured and destroyed by Colonel John Thomas's Spartan regiment, on the grounds that it was a Cherokee and Tory stronghold. Ironically enough, after the fall of Charles Town, May 1780, Colonel Pearis received the 'submissions' or surrenders of General Andrew Pickens and, possibly, of Colonel Thomas. After the Revolution, Pearis settled in the Bahama Islands on a grant from the British Government.

      Greenville County was established in 1784. From this time thousands of settlers migrated to the area. It's name is variously said to honor General Nathanael Greene of Revolutionary fame or to recall Isaac Green, an early settler. Most evidence points to the last inference.
    Person ID I3485  ReeseFamily
    Last Modified 2 Jun 2009 

    Father THOMAS, Joanthan,   b. 1690, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1770, Wales, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Mother Newcastle, Victoria,   b. 1695,   d. 1765  (Age 70 years) 
    Family ID F1323  Group Sheet

    Family Black, Jane,   b. 1720, Fairforest, Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Apr 1811, Greenville, Greenville, South Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 3 Jan 1740  Spartanburg, Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. THOMAS, Abram,   b. Abt 1755, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1781, South Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 26 years)
     2. THOMAS, Captain Robert,   b. Abt 1747, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Mar 1781, Laurens County, South Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 34 years)
     3. THOMAS, Martha,   b. Abt 1749, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1827, Daviess, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 78 years)
     4. THOMAS, REV, Col JOHN,   b. 26 May 1751, Chester, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jul 1819, Shiloh, St. Clair, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
     5. THOMAS, Mary,   b. Abt 1754, Chester, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. THOMAS, Anne,   b. 15 Jan 1757, Anson, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Mar 1826, Union, Union, South Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     7. THOMAS, William,   b. Abt 1759, Chester, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. THOMAS, Letitia,   b. 3 Jul 1760, Anson, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Feb 1793, Union, Union, South Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years)
     9. THOMAS, Jane,   b. Abt 1761, South Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1830, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 69 years)
     10. THOMAS, William Davis,   b. Abt 1763, South Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 5 Apr 1814, Greenville, Greenville, South Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 51 years)
     11. THOMAS, Esther,   b. Abt 1764, South Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1813, Greenville, Greenville, South Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 49 years)
    Last Modified 28 Jul 2016 
    Family ID F1322  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 4 May 1718 - Cardiff, Wales Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 3 Jan 1740 - Spartanburg, Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 2 Oct 1811 - Greenville, Greenville, South Carolina, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Histories
    By Ilene Jones Cornwell

  • Sources 
    1. [S36] Carl R Carver Notes dated April 2007.




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