- Shenandoah County, VA Marriage Bonds
Hurst, Thomas --- Breeding, Siley. July 27, 1786. Bondsman: Jacob Coleman
Thomas Hurst lived in Wythe Co. Va.,then moved to Lee Co. Va., and later to Claiborne Co. Tenn. He lived on Tye's Branch and owned land there. He became a member of Big Spring Church in 1807 and was a preacher. He was buried in the churchyard.
Virginia Historic Marriage Register, Shenandoah County, Marriage Bonds, 1772-1850. Comp. John Vogt & T. William Kethley, Jr., Iberian Press, Athens, Georgia, c1984.
He was a Revolutionary War Veteran.
From "The People's History of Claiborne County 1801-1988" page 19:
"Thomas Hurst, son of John Hurst II, and 4th great grandfather of the writer, was born in Frederick County, Virginia in 1764 and died on December 25, 1847. He lies buried in Big Springs Churchyard. His wife was Sylvia Breeding, who was born in Virginia in 1767 and died on May 12, 1854. They married on July 27, 1786.
"Grandfather Thomas Hurst came to Claiborne County from Lee County, Virginia in either 1806 or 1807. He was the first Hurst to settle at Big Springs. He owned the Big Springs lands and all lands along the State Road from Big Springs to Sycamore Creek. On May 25, 1807, Thomas Hurst sold a negro girl named Dica, about 11 years old, to William Stroud for the sum of $300.00. On October 29, 1807, he purchased from William Stroud a tract of 330 acres of land on Tye's Brand of Sycamore Creek for $900.00. Thomas Hurst owned no less than fourteen tracts of land until after the year 1829, when he began to sell and dispose of his lands. The Hurst families owned nearly all lands from the top of Wallen's Ridge south to Clinch River, and from the top of Powell's Mountain west to Lone Mount or Ball Creek. At the coming of the Civil War in 1861, the majority of the Claiborne County Hursts sided with the Confederacy."
"Thomas Hurst's home was a large two-story log house, which stood on the state Road leading to Bean Station between Big Springs (Springdale) and Sycamore Creek. Before his death, he deeded his home and several negro slaves to his youngest daughter, Fetney Stone. Thomas Hurst became a member of Big Springs Church in February of 1807. In his will dated October 7, 1846, he provided that two slaves, Fanny and Louisa, should be the property of his wife until her death, and that they then be emancipated."
"THE HISTORY OF THE HURST FAMILY", by Philip M. Hurst, Tazewell, TN, "The Claiborne Progress" newspaper, July 15, 1982
"Grandfather Thomas Hurst, son of John Hurst and Nancy Nunn, came to Claiborne Co., Tn, in the year 1806. He was the last of his brothers and sisters to settle in Claiborne co., but there is evidence that he owned land in Claiborne Co., some years prior to that date.
Thomas Hurst was born in Frederick Co., Va in the year 1764 and died near Big Springs (Springdale) on Dec. 25, 1847. He lies buried in Big Springs churchyard. He married Sylvia Breeding (born in Va in 1767), on July 27, 1786. Sylvia Breeding Hurst died on May 12, 1854 at her home between Big Springs and Sycamore Creek.
On October 4, 1796 Thomas Hurst purchased land on the east side of the New River, Wythe Co., Va, from Zediel Morgan. On January 9, 1800 he purchased from Sarah and James Breeding 100 acres on Little Reed Island Creek in Wythe County. In 1804 he sold the two tracts above mentioned to Absalom Hurst, Senior and James Breeding. The deeds mention him as "Thomas Hust of Lee county", where he resided from the years 1803-1806. On July 10, 1801 Jeremiah Breeding (his brother-in-law) purchased 95 acres lying in Lee County, Virginia crossing Big Kentucky Branch on Rocky Ridge, from Stephen Thompson for 100 pounds. On December 12, 1803, Breeding sold this same tract to Thomas Hurst for the sum of 200 pounds. On August 1, 1801, Jeremiah Breeding purchased from James Thompson, Jr. 100 acres of land lying on the south side of Powell's River, Lee Co., Va. On December 12, 1803, Breeding conveyed this tract to Thomas Hurst.
While at Thompson's Settlement Church in Lee County, Virginia, Jeremiah Breeding had some difference with Stephen Thompson. Thomas Hurst, a member of the church, was appointed one of a committee on Saturday, august 18, 1804 to settle the difference. Thomas was chosen clerk at Thompson's Settlement Church on the third Saturday in May 1806. He came to Claiborne co., very shortly after this.
From the records of Thompson's Settlement Church: February 3, 1806; "Ordered the clerk to write a petition to the Rob Camp Church for Brother Hezekiah Applegate's membership and appointed Thomas Hurst to carry the petitionn for that purpose. Thompson's Settlement Church was founded on the third Saturday in December, 1800.
Solomon White was given a land grant of 700 acres, lying in Powell's valley in Lee county, and by deed, dated February 24, 1793, Solomon White and wife, Catherine, conveyed the 700 acres to James Thompson, where he and his family settled and thereafter became Thompson's Settlement. (Rob Camp was the daughter church of the Thompson Settlement Church).
In Claiborne County on May 25, 1807, Thomas Hurst sold a negro girl named Dica, about eleven years old, to William Stround, for the sum of $300.00. On October 29, 1807, Grandfather Thomas Hurst purchased from William Stroud a tract of 330 acres of land on Tye's Branch of Sycamore Creek for the sum of $900.00. Grandfather Hurst owned no less than fourteen tracts of land until after the year 1829 when he began to sell and dispose of some of his lands. According to Eathan Allen Hurst, great grandson of Thomas, Grandfather Hurst owned the Big Springs lands and all lands along the State Road from Big Springs to Sycamore Creek. The Hurst families owned nearly all lands from the top of Wallen's Ridge, south to Clinch river, and from the top of Powell's Mountain, west to Lone Mountain, or Ball Creek.
Thomas Hurst's home was a large two-story log house which stood on the State Road between Big Springs and Sycamore Creek.
Before his death, he deeded his home and several negro slaves to his daughter, Fetney Stone. In 1837 Thomas Hurst sold 180 acres of land to John Breeding. This tract of land was the homeplace of John Breeding after the above date.
Thomas Hurst became a member of Big Springs Church in February of 1807. In his will, dated October 7, 1846, he provided that two of his slaves, Fanny and Louisa, should be the property of his wife, until her death, and then that they be emancipated.
The children of Thomas and Sylvia Hurst were:
Aaron, Sarah, Hiram, Thompson, Nancy, Sylvia, Mahala, Simpson, Olivia, Charles, Henley, and Fetney."
"Old Time Tazewell" by Mary A. Hansard, Published by Mary Lorena Hansard
Wilson, Sweetwater, TN, 1979, Kingsport Press, Inc. Kingsport, TN.
A SKETCH OF THE HISTORY OF REVEREND THOMAS HURST SR.
Page 175 - 176
Rev. Thomas Hurst, Sr. owned and lived on a farm about six miles south of
Tazewell on the road leading from Tazewell to Bean Station, a few miles beyond
Big Spring Church, known at present as Springdale. He was pastor of said
church for many years. He was considered an old man in my earliest recollection.
He was esteemed very highly as a minister of the gospel of the Anti-Babtist
Church. He was one amongst the earlest settlers of this county. I don?t know
where he emigrated from, nor whom he married. But this I remember, that they
raised a fine, respectable family. I will mention the names of those that I
recollect. Rev. Hiram Hurst is the only one of his sons that I can call to mind.
There perhaps were others. I only remember three of their daughters; Mrs
Nancy Day, a widow lady; Mrs. Fetney Stone, wife of James Stone Sr.; and Mrs.
Ollie Cheek, wife of George Cheek. The most of them owned and lived on farms a
few miles apart. Some of their descendants still live in that vicinity at
Rev. Hiram Hurst was a fine citizen and a notable man. He was elected two
terms to the office of register of this county and occupied a room and kept his
office at Father?s for a number of years. Father acting as deputy. He spent
a great portion of his time at Father?s for the space of eight years. I was
taught by my parents to call him uncle. I entertained as kind a feeling toward
him as if he was a near relative. He was a minister of the gospel of the
Anti-Babtist faith. His wife was Miss Polly Thompson of Knox County Tennessee.
She was a nice high-minded lady and descended from a fine family of people.
They raised several sons. I can only call to mind: Thompson, William Henley and
Nathan McDowell Hurst. The daughters were Mary and Fannie. It has been over
50 years since I have been in their company and their history has faded from
my memory. I hear that Nathan McDowell Hurst is a very prominent preacher of
the gospel of the Anti-Babtist Church at the present time. Uncle Hiram and
Aunty Polly Hurst have passed away but there were but few, if any better citizens
ever lived in our county.
Fetney Hurst, the wife of James Stone was a fine lady, one that was highly
esteemed by her neighbors. Her husband was a fine man also. He was one that
his word could be depended on in all business transactions. He supplied us with
flour and other products of his farm while we lived in Tazewell, which always
proved to be of the best quality. I can truthfully say that he was a good
honest man. He was the brother of Thomas Stone Sr. He was a cripple. I am
told that they raised a respectable family. I have no acquaintance with any of
his family except Mrs. John Webb. She was a fine lady and much respected. She
died in Middlesboro, Kentucky, a few months ago, leaving three small children
in care of her husband. Kelly Stone, a son of James and Fetna Stone, was a
nice polite man, when he left Tennessee a number of years ago. I hear he
settled in Webster County, Missouri, near Marshfield. This is all I know of their
family. Their parents have passed away.
Mr. Jessee Evans married a daughter of Rev. Hiram Hurst. They owned and
lived on a farm a few miles beyond Springdale. He followed blacksmithing for a
livelihood. He was the son of John Evans Sr. Mrs. Nancy Day, the widow of
Ransome Day Sr., was a daughter of Rev. Thomas Hurst also. I remember two of her
daughters, Ollie and Eliza Day, who were schoolmates of mine nearly 60 years
ago. I think one of them married Mr. Andrew Payne a well known citizen of Lone
Mountain. Ransome Day, a son of Widow Day was a very fine looking man. He
went west and was a volunteer in the Mexican War to assist the United States in
the annexation of Texas to her borders, and never returned back to Tennessee.
I hear that he died a few years after he left.
"The Hurst Family" by Patrick Pearsey
"Thomas Hurst, Reverend was born 1764 in Frederick County, Virginia to John and Nancy (Nunn) Hurst. He married on July 27, 1786 in Shenandoah County, Virginia to Sylvia Breeding, daughter of James and Sarah Breeding, born July 27, 1767 in Shenandoah County, Virginia, died May 12, 1854 in home between Big Springs and Sycamore Creek, Claiborne County, Tennessee. Thomas was listed as a co-defendant in a trespass case in Shenandoah County, Virginia, May 27, 1784, along with brother John. Thomas Hurst is listed as a taxpayer in Russell County, Virginia in 1788 and 1789.
Thomas Hurst is listed in the 1793 tax list of Wythe County, Virginia. Thomas Hurst was granted 90 acres on Little Reed Island, a branch of Big Reed Island, the waters of New River in Montgomery County, Virginia, June 2, 1796. On October 4, 1796, Thomas Hurst purchased land on the eastside of the New River in Wythe County, Virginia. He purchased additional land on January 9, 1800 from James and Sarah Breeding (100 acres), which was on Little Reed Island Creek of Wythe County, Virginia.
Thomas Hurst was counted April 24, 1800 by the tax collector in Wythe County.
On December 7, 1804, Thomas and his wife Sylvia sold the 100-acre tract to Absalom Hurst (1750-1829) and the rest of the land to James Breeding. His brother-in-law Jeremiah Breeding sold Thomas 95 acres in Lee County, Virginia on December 12, 1803. This land was located on the Big Kentucky Branch on Rocky Ridge. Between 1803-06 he recorded deeds as Thomas Hurst of Lee County, Virginia.
While at the Thompson's Settlement Church in Lee County, Jeremiah Breeding and Stephen Thompson had a disagreement of some kind. Thomas Hurst, a church member was appointed to a committee on August 18, 1804 to settle it. He was appointed clerk at the church in May 1806. Thomas Hurst came to Claiborne County, Tennessee in 1807. Thomas purchased land in Claiborne County, 1807 from William Strand. Thomas Hurst was received by letter into the Big Spring Primitive Baptist Church on the second Saturday in February 1807.
In Claiborne County on May 25, 1807, Thomas Hurst sold a negro slave girl named Dica, about 11 years of age to William Stroud for $300. Thomas Hurst purchased from Stroud a 330 acre tract of land on Tye's Branch of Sycamore Creek for $900. He purchased 13 additional tracts in Claiborne County. According to a descendant, the Hurst families owned nearly all lands from the top of Wallen's Ridge, south to Clinch River, and from the top of Powell's Mountain, west to Lone Mountain or Ball Creek. He lived in a large two story log house which stood on the State Road between Big Springs and Sycamore Creek. Thomas Hurst became a member of the Big Springs Church in February of 1807. He was annually appointed to delegations to represent the church and tend to various church matters, up to his death.
In January of 1816, the Big Spring Church met and excommunicated Thomas Hurst's "Fann" for the sin of adultery. Apparently this referred to one of Hurst's slaves. An earlier record in October of 1810 mentioned "Husk's Fann" being admitted to the church by experience.
He wrote his will on October 7, 1846, stating that two of his slaves, Fanny and Louisa, should be the property of his wife until her death and then they should be emancipated. Fanny probably is the "Fann" of the church records. Thomas died on December 25, 1847 in Big Springs (Springdale), Claiborne County, Tennessee. He is buried in the Big Springs Churchyard, Claiborne County, Tennessee.
28. i. Aaron Hurst b. January 24, 1787 d. 1837
ii. Sarah Hurst b. September 27, 1789 d. July 19, 1892
m. August 20, 1807 John C. Harper (1787-1846)
Sarah was born in Wythe County, Virginia, died at Mercer Co. Missouri according to one source. According to another, she died at Lone Mountain, Tennessee.
"John Harper (June 26, 1787) and Sarah Hurst (September
1789) were married in June 1807. John was a veteran of the War
of 1812, and his father, Richard Harper, was a soldier in the Revol-
tionary War, serving under a Captain Lane, a Captain Dixon an
Captain Long, according to his application for a pension.
Sarah was the daughter of Thomas, a Baptist minister, and Syl-
vania (Breeding) Hurst.
John and Sarah, with their family, came to Missouri in 1843. In
1849 John and Sarah returned to Tennessee to get Sarah's part from
an inheritance from her father. On their return home, John was
robbed and either fell or was pushed overboard near Cape
Girardeau and drowned on October 19, 1849, in the Mississippi
They were the parents of 13 children: Cileta (1808), Lucinda
(1810), Squire Jackson (1811), Richard H. (1814), Thomas Jeffer-
son (1816), Rhoda E. (1819), Reubin (1822), Nancy M. (1823),
Hiram Willis (1825), Sylvia Jane (1828), Tillman Howard (1828),
Sarah Mahala (1832) and John Calloway (1834). Tillman and Sylvia
Jane were twins.
Sarah (Hurst) Harper died on July 19, 1892, at the age of 102.
Part of her obituary read, "She was as old as the Constitution of the
U.S... .For 80 years a member of the Baptist Church.. .Remembered
vividly early struggles with the Indians and incidents of the War of
Submitted by Nina J. Hickman
"Mercer County Missouri Pioneer Trails" 1997
28. iii. Hiram Hurst b. ca.1792 d. February 1, 1867
28A. iv. Thompson Hurst b. July 25, 1794 d. February 5, 1862
v. Andrew Hurst b. ca.1796
Thought by many Hurst researchers to be a son of Thomas Hurst.
vi. Nancy Hurst b. 1797 d. 1883
m. May 22, 1817 John Day
vii. Sylvia Hurst b. 1800 d. 1860
m. Mr. Pittman
viii. Mahala Hurst b. December 7, 1801 d. March 1892
m. Mr. Hurst
On the second Saturday in June 1834, Mahaley Hurst was received by experience into the Big Spring Primitive Baptist Church. In May of 1836 a "difficulty" arose between her and Dilily Nunn, apparently some disagreement, which ultimately could not be worked out. Dilily Nunn said she could not have Mahaley in the church and was therefore excluded, or expelled from the congregation.
ix. Charles Hurst b. ca.1802
m. Ranly Harper
Charles left the Big Springs Baptist Church of Claiborne County in March of 1843. The minutes of the church in 1853 show their continued interest in Charles Hurst:
September 2nd Saturday 1853. Church met at Big Springs and after preaching set for business.
4th From report we understand Bro. Charles Hurst and wife who was dismised from us by letter over ten years has not joined nor laid in the letter in any church of the same faith and order. Therefore the church agrees to write a friendly letter to them to know the cause and apointed Bro. Samuel Day to write.
Charles died in Buchanan County, Missouri.
m. Jacob O'Dell
x. Henly Hurst b. ca.1804
m. Malinda Day
xi. Simpson Hurst b. 1807 d. 1860
m. Betty Simmons
Simpson was received by experience at the Big Springs Primitive Baptist Church in December 1833.
April 2nd Saturday 1858. Church met at Big Springs. After preaching set for business.
1st Open the door for the reception of members.
2nd Dismissed Bro. Simpson Hurst and wife (Elizabeth Hurst) by letter and Sister Eliza Rice dismissed by letter.
He died in Urbana, Dallas County, Missouri.
x. Olivia Hurst b. 1809 d. June 25, 1859
m. George Cheek
Olivia was born in Claiborne County, Tennessee.
xii. Fetney Hurst b. February 18, 1812 d. September 11, 1892
m. B.F. Stone
Fetney died in Claiborne County, Tennessee.
xiii. Sally Hurst b. ca.1814"
From memorial marker in Big Springs Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Claiborne County, Tennessee: Served as moderator of Big Springs Primitive Baptist Church from September 1844 to August 1845.
Source: Celeste Tipton, Rootsweb
1840 CLAIBORNE COUNTY, TENNESSEE CENSUS.
I Thomas Hurst make and publish this my last will and testament here by revoking and making void
all other wills by me at any time made.
First, I direct that my funeral expenses and all my debts be paid as soon after my death as possible
out of any that I may possess of or may first come into the hands of my executor.
Second I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Silvia Hurst the cupboard and all the cupboard ware
and one cart and one horse brute and side saddle two bed stead and beds and furniture six chairs and
all the money now that I now have on hand one wheel and one choice table and one pair of choice
dogirons and one pet __________ and her lawful part iwth the ballance of the heirs and also my clack
girl Fanny and Louis be free at the death of my wife Silvia Hurst provided they treat well all of this I
give to her during her natural life. Lastly I do hereby nominate and appoint my son Simpson Hurst
George H. Cheek and Reuben Stone my executor in Witness whereof I do to this set my hand and
seal this 17th day of October 1846.
Thomas Hurst (his mark)
Signed Sealed and publish in our presence and we have subscribed our name hereto in the presence
of the testator this 17th day of October 1846.
Daniel O. Miller
He died on 25 December 1847 in Springdale, Claiborne County, Tennessee.17 His biographical essay
was done on 20 July 1932 in Claiborne County, Tennessee
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