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Thomas FROST, Sr.

Male Abt 1735 - 1807  (~ 72 years)


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  • Name Thomas FROST 
    Suffix Sr. 
    Born Abt 1735  VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1807  Anderson County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Assumed to be Peoples Cemetery, Edgemoor Road, Clinton, Anderson County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • (1) Source: John Lewis "Jack" Frost .

      (2) Bass, Josephine Lindsay and Bonner, Becky, "My Southern Family" <http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mysouthernfamily/>:

      Thomas FROST Sr.

      ABT 1735 - 1807 . . .

      • RESIDENCE: Amherst and Bedford and Washington Cos. VA and Anderson Co. TN
      • BIRTH: ABT 1735
      • DEATH: 1807, Anderson Co. Tennesse

      Family 1: Sarah Nancy HARMON

      • MARRIAGE: ABT 1760, Bedford Co. Virginia

      1. Elijah FROST
      2. Micajah FROST
      3. Sarah FROST
      4. Amelia (Emiluh) FROST
      5. Phoebe FROST
      6. Thomas FROST Jr.

      Family 2: UNNAMED

      • MARRIAGE: Washington Co. Virginia

      1. Joseph FROST
      2. Joshua FROST
      3. Hezekiah FROST
      4. Hannah FROST

      Family 3: Martha NEVILLE

      • MARRIAGE: 1799, Knox Co. TN . . .

      Notes

      CONFLICTS on ancestry.com trees shows different wives names viewed May 2005 therefore I have added a small amount of data from . . . personal research of Snyder E. Roberts http://www.roanetn.com/frost.htm.

      "Thomas Frost's Bible, listing his children and date of births by first wife, was handed down to Docia Ruffner Halburnt, and has been contributed to McClung Collection in Knoxville, TN.

      i. THOMAS FROST, SR., b. Abt 1735, VA; d. 1807, Anderson Co. TN; m. (1) SARAH ?; m. (2) UNKNOWN; m. (3) MARTHA NEVIL, 1799, Knox Co, TN."

      "The ancestry of Thomas Frost is not proven, however, strong evidence concerning land transactions indicate that Joseph Frost, one of the first property owners in Amherst county Virginia, is the father our Thomas Frost. Revolutionary soldier, Joseph Frost states he visited his brother in Bedford Co., VA. Since the only Frost's living in Bedford Co. during this time were brothers Thomas and John, the supposition is that Joseph Jr. is a brother of Thomas and John. Thomas signed documents with a distinctive combination of the letter "T" and "F" rather than the normal "X" that iliterate individuals of the time would make. This distinctive mark has been of great benefit in confirming his migration and holdings in various documents in the archives.

      The Frost Clan were among the first to colonize Washington County, VA. Sons Micajah and Joseph had been in the Indian Wars defending the lands from which this county was formed. They moved from Bedford to their new home high in the Allegheny Mountains in Washington County in 1776. Thomas was just an ordinary pioneering frontiersman gradually increasing his land holdings. His brother John was ordained a minister and became a leader in the historic Holston Baptist Convention, the forerunner of the Baptist Convention in Tennessee. In 1795 Thomas Frost became the first known permanent settler of Anderson County TN settling in Racoon Valley. His brother John joined him by 1797 and established the first Baptist church in Anderson County, Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church, which later became Zion Baptist Church."

      The first known white settler in Anderson county, Tennessee. Neighbor to Robert Samuel Brasher.

      (3) http://www.carolyar.com/Frost.htm:

      Bible Record [of] Thomas Frost (b. abt 1735 VA; d. 1807 Anderson Co., TN) [Contributed by Pat Roberts McDonald]

      This Bible record lists children and dates of births by Thomas Frost's first wife, Sarah.

      Births

      Elijah Frost born 16 Jun 1762
      Micajah Frost, . . . born 11 Jun 1764
      Sarah Frost, born 25 Mar 1766
      Amelia Frost born 15 Jun 1768
      Phebe Frost born 23 Jan 1771
      Thomas Frost, Jr. born 06 May 1773

      (4) Message posted by Pat Roberts McDonald to the Frost Family Genealogy Forum on September 19, 2004:

      The Thomas Frost Bible was passed down to my mother, and it lists the children from his first marriage (born 1762-1773) This includes Elijah born 1762 and Thomas (Jr) born May 6, 1773.

      I am showing children by the second wife to be Dr. Joseph, Rev. Joshua, Hezekiah, and Hannah. . . .

      Thomas Frost Sr. is my direct ancestor, and he died 1807 in Anderson Co. TN.

      (5) Hoffman, Evelyn, In Search of the Mountain: Frost Family Stories, 1693-1993, Seattle, WA: E. Hoffman Designs, 1994, pp. 4-5, 6, 7-9:

      FROST BOTTOM COUNTRY

      THE TULSA TRIBUNE, Tulsa, OK
      Spring, 19(?)

      by George Vecsey, NY Times Service

      FROST BOTTOM, Tenn. -

      High on the cemetery overlooking Poplar Creek, there is no doubt who are the blessed ones.

      They are the generations of Frosts and Browns and Duncans and Seebers lying under the cover of bright flowers, already gone to meet the Lord. . . .

      Some of that weekend traffic was headed for Frost Bottom, which is not a town, but an area, flowing below long and spiny Walden's Ridge, to the base of massive Cumberland Mountain.

      The region was named for a family named Frost that came over the mountains from North Carolina around 1800. (Errata, they came from Washington Co., Virginia.) Their 12-year-old daughter named Nancy drowned in Poplar Creek in 1809 and her weathered tombstone is the oldest in the cemetery.

      (Heretofore, I thought the term "Frost Bottom" referred to the amply endowed women of the Frost Family, as many a jibe was sent our way over the years regarding the size of the territory!)

      In August, 1795, Thomas Frost bought from the land speculator, Stockley Donelson, 640 acres of land located in Raccoon Valley, Knox County (Later Anderson County). This conveyance is recorded in Knox County Deed Book "C," Page 244. He built a log house which is generally believed to be the first house of record erected in present Anderson County. The house was located on the present Edgemoor Road near the Guy Jones home. Dr. Ira Chiles, a retired University of Tennessee Professor and a descendant of Thomas Frost, has in his possession a small photograph of the house, and an oil painting of the home by a well-known artist, which is framed with wood taken from the old house. This settlement in Raccoon Valley by Thomas Frost would have complied with the terms of Indian agreements in effect at that date, and would have been a reasonably safe location.

      THE FROST FAMILIES

      References to THOMAS FROST and his brother, REVEREND JOHN FROST, may be found in Amherst and Bedford counties, Virginia, as early as 1765. In 1776, they moved to Washington County, Virginia, and settled near Moccasin Gap. Reverend John was licensed to preach in 1780. The Frosts moved across the line and settled on the North Fork of the Holston River where the Frost Baptist Church was erected. Reverend John was the representative from this Church to the historic organization of the Holston Baptist Association at Cherokee Meeting House on the fourth Saturday in October, 1786, which marked the beginning of Baptist Associations in present Tennessee. He was a messenger from his church to the Holston Association for the years 1787 through 1795. Thomas Frost was, also, a messenger from the North Fork of the Holston Baptist Church for the years 1789, 1791 and 1794.

      As seen by the deed, Thomas Frost and family had relocated to present Anderson County in 1795. His brother, the Reverend John, soon followed. By 1797 the Frost clan and others had erected Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church, the first associational Baptist Church in present Anderson County. Reverend John was a messenger from the Chestnut Ridge Church to the Association for the years 1797, 1798, 1800 and 1807. Reverend John Frost removed to Cumberland County, Kentucky, where he engaged in the ministry for that area.

      In 1795 two of Thomas Frost' s sons, Elijah and Micajah, bought (Book D, page 108) 1000 acres of land from Stockley Donelson located in present Frost Bottom. However, Micajah is shown in the Anderson County 1802 Tax list as still living in Raccoon Valley on 225 acres of land possibly because of the Indian title question. Micajah, born in 1764, was a Revolutionary War soldier, and Frost Bottom was named for him. . . .

      * * *

      ELIJAH FROST, 16 June 1762

      MICAJAH FROST, 11 June 1764

      SARAH FROST, 25 Mar 1765-66?

      *AMILLUH FROST, 15 June 1768

      *PHEBE FROST, 23 Jan 1771

      THOMAS FROST, 6 May 1773

      The birthdates of these children came from the Bible of Thomas Frost, which was owned by Mrs. Snyder E. Roberts of Anderson Co., TN, a descendant of Amelia Frost and Rowland Chiles, the pages of which were donated to the Knoxville Museum. (Summer 1991, Debbie Fulmer traveled to Knoxville, and was unable to locate these pages. ed.) *Modern spelling for these names has been used throughout the document. (Amilluh/Amelia, Phebe/Phoebe.)

      * * *

      THOMAS FROST
      B: c 1745 ?
      D: Anderson Co. (or Knox), TN between 10 Sept 1807 and 15 Dec 1807
      Mrd: (1) Mary (2) Sarah

      CHILDREN OF THOMAS FROST and his first wife MARY [Note by compiler: According to Thomas FROST's Bible record, his first wife was Sarah, not Mary]:

      1. ELIJAH 1762
      B: 16 June 1762, three miles from where Lynchburg, VA, is now on Burnt Bridge Creek in Bedford Co., VA
      D:
      Mrd: (1) _____ . . . .

      2. MICAJAH FROST
      B: 11 June 1764
      D: 1843, in Rockcastle or Lincoln Co., KY. (He served in the Rev. War.)
      Mrd: 12 Sept 1786, Washington Co., VA Nancy Robbins. . . .

      3. SARAH FROST
      B: 25 March 1766
      D:
      Mrd: Page Portwood. . . .

      4. AMELIA FROST
      B: 15 June 1769
      D:
      Mrd: 24 Feb 1791 Rowland Chiles, Washington Co., VA. . . .

      5. PHOEBE FROST
      B: 23 Jan 1771
      D: 1838 in Madison Co., AL
      Mrd: (1) Dec 17__ Israel Standifer. . . .

      6. THOMAS FROST
      B: 6 May 1773
      D: 1804-1806(?), Rutherford Co., TN
      Mrd: (1) Hannah Wilson. . . .
      Mrd: (2) 18 Oct 1799, Knox Co., TN Martha Naville

      CHILDREN OF THOMAS FROST 1745 and second wife, SARAH [Note by compiler: Thomas FROST's second wife was not named Sarah]:

      7. JOSEPH FROST
      B: c 1780 - 1782
      D:
      Mrd: 1802 Sally Chiles, daughter of Rowland Chiles, and his first wife, Mary Sondlin

      8. JOSHUA FROST
      B: 22 Dec 1782, Washington Co., VA
      D: 30 July 1865 in Montgomery Co., VA,while visiting his youngest son, Paul C.
      Mrd: Anna Chiles, daughter of Rowland Chiles and his first wife, Mary Sondlin

      9. HEZEKIAH FROST
      B: c 1784, went to Texas and Mrd. . . .
      D: Killed at Goliad, Texas, during the (?) war

      10. HANNAH FROST
      B: 10 July 1787(?)
      D: 1852, Madison Co., AL
      Mrd: Edmond Blankenship, who died in 1833; D: Madison Co., AL

      (6) Mary Kathryn Harris <http://records.mkhgenealogy.com/2607>:

      Washington County Virginia Records . . .

      Washington County Virginia Personal Property Tax List . . .

      1783 Robert Campbell's List
      John Frost
      Thomas Frost . . .

      1784 Robert Campbell's List . . .
      Simion Frost . . .

      1784 Joseph Black's List
      Thomas Frost
      Elijah Frost
      John Frost . . .

      1785 Joseph Black's List
      John Frost
      Thomas Frost
      Elijah Frost
      Micajah Frost

      (7) www.findagrave.com:

      Thomas Frost, Sr
      Birth: 1735
      Death: 1807, Edgemoor, Anderson County, Tennessee, USA

      Burial: Peoples Cemetery, Anderson County, Tennessee, USA

      Created by: Leo York
      Record added: Jan 05, 2014
      Find A Grave Memorial# 122794578

      (8) John Lewis "Jack" Frost :

      The Find A Grave memorial notes that he [Thomas Frost, Sr.] is buried in the Peoples Cemetery, Edgemore [Edgemoor], TN. Two things I would like to contribute. The Peoples Cemetery is actually on Edgemore [Edgemoor] Road in Clinton, TN. The grave marker that is posted on Find A Grave is actually a commemorative marker set up by the First Family of Tennessee organization. I checked with the City of Clinton when we were there last year and the office that maintains the cemeteries stated that the grave site of Thomas is not exactly known, it is just factually assumed to be in Peoples. The land that the cemetery is on (and about half the city of Clinton) sit on the old Frost homestead where Thomas and family settled in Anderson County as one of the first white settlers in Tennessee.
    Person ID I35142  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 5 Apr 2020 

    Father Joseph FROST, Sr.,   b. Abt 1710,   d. Abt 1790, Amherst County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 80 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F402  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Sarah Nancy HARMON,   b. Abt 1736, Bedford County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1776, Bedford County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 39 years) 
    Married 4 Jul 1757  Bedford County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Amelia FROST,   b. 15 Jun 1768, Bedford County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1852  (Age 83 years)  [natural]
     2. Phoebe FROST,   b. 23 Jan 1771, Bedford County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Dec 1838, Madison County, AL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)  [natural]
     3. Thomas FROST, Jr.,   b. 6 May 1773, Bedford County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1806, Rutherford County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years)  [natural]
     4. Elijah FROST, Sr.,   b. 16 Jun 1762, Bedford County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     5. Rev. Micajah FROST, Sr.,   b. 11 Jun 1764, Bedford County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Feb 1843, Crab Orchard, Rockcastle County, KY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)  [natural]
     6. Sarah FROST,   b. 25 Mar 1766, Bedford County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1830, Anderson County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 65 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 5 Apr 2020 
    Family ID F10538  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Martha NEVILLE 
    Married 18 Oct 1799  Knox County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Last Modified 5 Apr 2020 
    Family ID F15293  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Mary TERRILL,   d. Washington County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Knox County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Hezekiah FROST,   b. Abt 1784, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Mar 1836, Goliad County, TX Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 52 years)  [natural]
     2. Hannah FROST,   b. 1 Jul 1787, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Sep 1852, Madison County, AL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)  [natural]
     3. Dr. Joseph FROST,   b. Abt 1780, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1844, Jackson County, AL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 63 years)  [natural]
     4. Rev. Joshua FROST,   b. 22 Dec 1782, Lee County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jul 1865, Montgomery County, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 5 Apr 2020 
    Family ID F15294  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. Details: Details: Details: Citation Text: (1) Tennessee Marriages to 1825 [database online], Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1997: Name: Thomas Frost Spouse: Martha Naville Marriage Date: 18 Oct 1799 Marriage County: Knox.

    2. Details: Details: Details: Citation Text: (2) Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002 [database online], Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008: Name: Thomas Frost Spouse: Martha Naville Marriage Date: 18 Oct 1799 Marriage County: Knox.