The Thaxton – Matkin (Madkin, Matkins, Madkins) connection

To any descendants of the Thaxton (with an “X”) family who had had your DNA tested:  Please check for any Matkin / Matkins / Madkin / Madkins in your matches.

We have found ourselves linked with several descendants of the Matkins family from Pendleton District, South Carolina.  We have seen a family group sheet that said a Sarah Thaxton married Daniel Madkin (presumed son of James Matkins), who later moved to Missouri.  However, we have never found support for that assertion, and we tend to think the Thaxton connection might be further back than that.  Our DNA links have not been to descendants of Daniel Madkin, but rather to presumed siblings of his, other children of James Matkins.  So far, we have been linked to descendants of:

Ophelia Matkins or Madkin (b. ca 1777) (two different descendants)

Ezekiel Matkin (b. ca 1775)

William Matkin (b. ca 1781)

We are very interested in any information regarding a Thaxton connection or other DNA links with this Madkin / Madkins / Matkin / Matkins family.

 

 

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Thaxtons in Halifax County, Va, Court of Common Pleas books (1802-1807)

HALIFAX Co. Pleas Books

Book No. 21:

p. 564

Thaxton v. Cloudes.  (1803)  On the motion of Peter Thaxton a witness for Francis Cloudis in his suit against Robert Stanfield Senr Ordered that the said Francis Cloudes pay him two dollars and twelve cents for four days attendance and forty eight cents for damages according to law.

Book 22

p. 2 September Court 1803. William Thaxton’s will. The last will and testament of William Thaxton deceased was proved by the oaths of two witnesses thereto subscribed and ordered to be recorded.

Book 23 (I reviewed all index entries for potential Thaxton defendants, not just Ts)

p. 24 William Thaxton extx sworn. February court 1804. On motion of Lucy Thaxton the executrix named in the last will and testament of William Thaxton decd who made oath according to law certificate is granted her for obtaining a probate of the said will in due form the giving security [sic] whereupon she with William Yancey Jr, Jeremiah Johnson, Peter Hudson and Charles Thaxton her securities entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of five thousand dollars conditioned as the law directs

p. 195 July Court 1804. A deed of trust between Naish Glidewell of the first part, John Baynham of the second part and George Thaxton and William Gill of the third part was proved by the oath of two of the witnesses thereto subscribed to be the several act and deed of the said Naish Glidewell, John Baynham, George Thaxton and William Gill and ordered to be recorded.

p. 361 Thaxton v. Thaxton’s Extr. February Court 1805. Sally Thaxton against Lucy Thaxton executrix of William Thaxton decd. On the motion of the defendant and it appearing that the plaintiff is not an inhabitant of this state It is ordered that unless security be given in manner by law directed for all costs and damages which may be awarded to the said defendant in this cause, and also for all fees which may become due to the officers of the court within sixty days next coming that this suit shall then be dismissed with costs.

p. 375. Baird Thompson & Co. v. Thaxton Extx. March Court 2005. John Baird Junr, William Baird and James Thomson merchants and partners, acting under the firm and state of Baird, Thomas & Company against Lucy Thaxton executrix of William Thaxton deceased. By direction of the plaintiff’s attorney – It is ordered that the suit be dismissed.

p. 377 Thaxton v. Thaxton Extx. March Court 1805. Sally Thaxton against Lucy Thaaxton executrix of William Thaxton decd. Richard E. Bennett came into court, and undertook for the plaintiff, that in case she the said plaintiff shall be cost (?) in her petition against the defendant, that she shall pay all costs and damages which may be awarded to the said defendant, and also all fees which will become due to the officers of the court, or that he the said Richard E. Bennett will do it for her.
p. 460 Thaxton v. Bailey. May Court 1805. On the motion of George Thaxton a witness for Sarah Bailey, John Holloway and William Penick executors of Yancey Bailey deceased in their attachment against William Bailey Ordered that they pay him one dollar & six cents for two days attendance and sixteen cents for ferriage according to law.

p. 460. Identical entry but on the motion of Sarah Thaxton.

p. 474. May Court 1805. William Baird and James Thomson surviving partners of Baird, Thomson & company, John Baird Junr the other partner being dead and which said said Baird, Thomson & Company an assignee of Ambrose Jones against George Thaxton. This day came the plaintiff by their attorney, and also the defendant in his proper person, who acknowledgeth the plaintiff action against him for the sum of ten pounds with interest thereon at six per centum per annum from the twenty fifth day of December one thousand eight hundred and four until payment the debt in the declaration mentioned to be just Therefore it is considered by the Court, that the plaintiff recover against the said defendant their debt aforesaid in form aforesaid confessed And their costs by them in their behalf expended And the said defendant in mercy &c And the plaintiff agrees to stay the execution of this judgment until June Court next.

p. 481. May Court 1805. Thaxton v. Glidewell. On the motion of Sarah Thaxton a witness for Naish Glidwell Junr an infant under the age of twenty one years who sues by Robert Glidwell his next friend in his suit against Thomas Collins (?) Ordered that the said Naish Glidewell Junr an infant under the age of twenty one years who sues by Robert Glidewell his next friend pay her two dollars and sixty five cents for five days attendance and sixteen cents for ferriages according to law. [p. 482, Obediah Tindall was also a witness, for 3 days, as was Benjamin Boxley (?) Junr for 4 days. Abner Boyd and John Boyd were witnesses for Collins, each paid for 5 days attendance, and Daniel Gooch or Goode 3 days.] This was a suit in trespass assault and battery. The defendant was adjudged not guilty.

Book 24

p. 15. June Court 1805. Sarah Thaxton against Lucy Thaxton executrix of William Thaxton deceased. Ordered that the petition be continued And that the defendant pay unto the plaintiff the costs of such continuance.

p. 40. July Court 1805. Sally Thaxton against Lucy Thaxton executrix of William Thaxton deceased. Ordered that the petition be continued and that the defendant pay unto the plaintiff the costs of such continuance.

p. 109. September Court 1805. Thomas Thaxton orphan of William Thaxton deceased being of full age for that purpose, came into court and made choice of Charles Thaxton as his guardian who is accordingly appointed. And thereupon the said Charles Thaxton with Robert Tuck and Joseph Sandford his securities, entered into and acknowledge their bond in the penalty of ten thousand dollars conditioned as the law directs for that purpose

p. 115. September Court 1805. On the motion of Martha DeGraffenreidt a witness for Lucy Thaxton executrix of William Thaxton deceased on the petition of Sarah Thaxton Ordered that the said Lucy Thaxton executrix of William Thaxton deceased pay her eight dollars and twenty six cents for two days attendance and once coming and returning ninety miles according to law

p. 116. September Court 1805. On the motion of William Johnson a witness for Lucy Thaxton executrix of William Thaxton deceased on the petition of Sally Thaxton Ordered that the said Lucy Thaxton executrix of William Thaxton decd pay him four dollars and twenty five cents for eight days attendance according to law

p. 116. September Court 1805. On the motion of George Thaxton a witness for Lucy Thaxton executrix of William Thaxton decd on the petition of Sally Thaxton Ordered that the said Lucy Thaxton executrix of William Thaxton decd pay him three dollars and twenty one cents for five days attendance according to law

p. 142. October Court 1805. Sally Thaxton against Lucy Thaxton executrix of William Thaxton decd. Ordered that the petition be continued and that the plaintiff pay unto the defendant the costs of such continuance.

p. 142. October Court 1805. On the motion of William Thaxton a witness for Lucy Thaxton executrix of William Thaxton decd on the petition of Sally Thaxton Ordered that the said Lucy Thaxton executrix of William Thaxton decd pay him one dollar and fifty cents for three days attendance according to law

p. 143. October Court 1805. On the motion of Sterling Hughes a witness for Lucy Thaxton executrix of William Thaxton decd on the petition of Sally Thaxton Ordered that the said Lucy Thaxton executrix of William Thaxton decd pay him two dollars and sixty five cents for five days attendance according to law

p. 143. October Court 1805. On the motion of George Thaxton a witness for Lucy Thaxton executrix of William Thaxton decd on the petition of Sally Thaxton Ordered that the said Lucy Thaxton executrix of William Thaxton decd pay him one dollar and fifty nine cents for three days attendance according to law

p. 143. October Court 1805. On the motion of William Johnson a witness for Lucy Thaxton executrix of William Thaxton decd on the petition of Sally Thaxton Ordered that the said Lucy Thaxton executrix of William Thaxton decd pay him fifty three cents for one days attendance according to law

p. 143. October Court 1805. On the motion of the plaintiff, and by consent of the parties A commission is awarded her to examine and take the depositions of Elizabeth Thaxton and David Buck [or Burk] of Person County in the State of North Carolina, before any two magistrates of that county She giving the defendant legal notice of the time and place of executing the same.

p. 211. November Court 1805. John Pap or Paf (?) against John Thaxton, in trespass assault & battery. Ordered that this suit be continued. Same p. 343 March Court 1806. Same p. 443 May Court 1806. Same p. 520 August Court 1806.

p. 212. November Court 1805. On the motion of William Thaxton a witness for Lipscomb Ragland in his suit against Archibald Grant Ordered that the said Lipscomb Ragland pay him one dollar and fifty nine cents for three days attendance and sixteen cents for ferriage according to law.

p. 227. December Court 1805. Justices of the court &c v. Thaxton’s Estate. On the petition of Jeremiah Johnson, stating that he is bound in this court as security for Lucy Thaxton executrix of William Thaxton decd for her due and faithful execution of the will of the said defendant And that he considers himself to be in danger of suffering thereby, and praying relief It is ordered that the Sheriff summon the said Lucy Thaxton to appear before the Justices of the said Court, at the Courthouse on the fourth Monday in January next to answer the petition and to give counter security for the due and faithful execution of the said will, or to abide by and perform such order of the court for the relief of the said petitioner as shall be made.

p. 273. February Court 1806. Lucey Thaxton executrix of William Thaxton decd who was summoned to appear at this court agreeably to answer the prayer of Jeremiah Johnson one of her securities for the due and faithful administration of the said decedents estate stating that he apprehends himself in danger of suffering thereby and requiring her to give counter security for her said administration, appeared accordingly And the said Lucy having entered into bond with William Thaxton her security in the penalty of five hundred thousand dollars [that is really what it says] Conditioned as the law directs. Therefore it is ordered that the said Jeremiah Johnson be discharged of his said securityship henceforth and that the summons aforesaid and proceeding thereupon had be dismissed.

p. 274. February Court 1806. Ordered that Richard E. Bennett, Samuel Ward, Benjamin Boxley Senr, Hampton Jones, and Richard Tuck or any three of them who are appointed commissioners for that purpose, do examine, state and settle and adjust the account current of Lucy Thaxton executrix of William Thaxton decd with the said testators estate and make report thereof to court.

p. 284. February Court 1806. Sally Thaxton against Lucy Thaxton executrix of William Thaxton decd. On fully hearing the arguments and debate of the parties by their attornies and the testimony of the witnesses It is considered by the Court that the plaintiff recover against the defendant the sum of three pounds ten shillings with interest thereon at five per centum per annum from the eight day of September one thousand seven hundred and eighty eight until payment together with her costs by her in the behalf expended to be levied of the goods and chattels which were of the said William Thaxton deceased at the time of his death in the hands of the said Lucy Thaxton his executrix of so much thereof she had to be administered but if not then the costs to be levied of her own proper goods and chattels.

p. 291. February Court 1806. On the motion of Jeremiah Johnston a witness for Sarah Thaxton in her petition against Lucy Thaxton executrix of William Thaxton deceased Ordered that the said Sarah Thaxton pay him dollar and six cents for two days attendance according to law.

p. 291. February Court 1806. On the motion of William Johnston a witness for Lucy Thaxton executrix of William Thaxton decd on the petition of Sarah Thaxton Ordered that the said Lucy Thaxton executrix of William Thaxton deceased pay him two dollars and twelve cents for four days attendance according to law.

Book 25

p. 166. March 1807 court. John Pafs (?) against John Thaxton. Case continued. Same p. 256, May 1807.

p. 329. August Court 1807. John Pafs against John Thaxton. For reasons appearing to the court It is ordered that this suit be dismissed.

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Thaxton DNA – intriguing results so far

We wish every Thaxton/Thackston descendant would have their Ancestry.com DNA done – the results have been exciting.  We even might have a lead on Abel Thaxton (see below).  Our line is through Thomas Thaxton, b. abt 1744 in Virginia, d. 1824 in Simpson Co., Ky.  Through Ancestry.com DNA, we have been linked so far to:

William Thaxton and Lucy Clay (through their son Yelverton Thaxton).  We had this William as a son of Abel Thaxton and probable brother of our Thomas.

William Thaxton and Lucy Clay again (through their daughter Elizabeth, wife of Jeremiah Johnson).

William Thaxton and Lucy Guill (through their son James C. Thaxton).  We had this William as a son of Elizabeth Clark and James Thaxton, a son of Abel Thaxton and probable brother of our Thomas.

William Thaxton and wife Martha Bowers.  As we have written about before on this blog, this is actually Williamson Thaxton, a son of our Thomas Thaxton.

John Thaxton and Delilah Anderson, our direct ancestor and son of Thomas Thaxton.

And then a surprising one, linked through DNA tests of 3 separate descendants:

a Mary or Sarah (or Mary Sarah) Thackston, who is completely new to us.  Some researchers list her parents as Thomas and Mary Thackston.  They have her married to John Hamblin in 1715 in Kent County, Maryland.  Her son George Hamblen is said to have died in North Carolina, so it’s possible that her relation is to another one of our (non-Thaxton) lines.  We’ll be looking into it.  But if her connection to us is through the Thaxton line, then could she be related to Abel Thaxton?  This is very intriguing.

 

 

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Eugenia F. Currie Thaxton obituary (1870 N.C.)

 

From the Hillsborough (N.C.) Recorder, 2 Nov 1870, an obituary of Eugenia F. Currie.  She was the wife of Henry Speck Thaxton, son of Jordan Reese Thaxton, grandson of George Thaxton and Sarah Bailey of Halifax Co., Va., and Person Co., N.C.:

Eugenia Currie Thaxton obituary

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Marcus A. Thaxton obituary (1870 Mo.)

From the Grand River Republican (Trenton, Mo.), 21 Apr 1870, an obituary for Marcus A. Thaxton, son of Benjamin D. Thaxton and Malinda Gaulding of Virginia and Missouri, grandson of John Thaxton and Nancy Ann Wilkerson, great-grandson of James Thaxton and Elizabeth Clark, great-great-grandson of Abel Thaxton, all of Prince Edward County, Virginia:

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Sarah Pate Thackston seeks her son Anthony’s discharge (1853)

In some communications with the Adjutant General in 1853, Sarah Pate Thackston (Smith County, Tennessee) asked that her son Anthony P. Thackston be discharged from the military.  Among other things, she provided proof of his date of birth.

ThackstonAnthonyLetter

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Richard Cantley Thaxton’s Civil War enlistment

RichardCThaxtonEnlistment

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August 29, 2014 · 8:40 pm