Family Faces (my 3rd great grandfather David Thrasher)

David Thrasher - 1796-1882

David Thrasher - 1796-1882 -- My THIRD great grandfather - not gg

Family faces are magic mirrors.

Looking at people who belong to us,
we see the past, present, and future.

– Gail Lumet Buckley



When I first began researching my Thrasher family, I attempted to get in touch with Vessie Thrasher Rainer, for I understood she had privately published a book about my Thrasher and Barton families.  Unfortunately, Vessie was no longer living and there were no more copies of the book to be purchased.  I persisted and eventually got in touch with Vessie’s son, Dr. Robert A. Rainer, Jr. and was able to purchase one of Vessie’s books.  From all I heard and read, Vessie was an extraordinary woman – not only was she an accomplished and meticulous researcher, by all accounts she was a very kind, generous, sweet woman who loved her family and was a friend to many.  I wish I had known her.  Vessie Thrasher Rainer credits Dr. Marion Thrasher’s A History of the Thrasher Family Traced Through THE EIGHTEENTH AND NINETEENTH CENTURIES in ENGLAND AND AMERICA published in 1895 as the source of some of her research.

In later years I corresponded with another generous Thrasher researcher: Dorothy Sturgis Pruett who published Cousins by the Dozens about the Sturgis, Thrasher, Carlton, Mitchell, and Branch families.

For many years, I scoured the various county courthouses (albeit sometimes by mail and telephone), genealogy libraries (The Clayton Library in Houston is a fabulous source of information for researchers), the Federal Center in Denver, and thousands of feet of microfilm from the LDS library in Salt Lake – searching for my ancestors.  The quest never ends!

My ancestor David Thrasher was the son of John Thrasher (1755-1844) and Susan Barton (1766-1837).  John Thrasher was the son of John Thrasher, Sr. and Ruth Cloud.  John Thrasher Sr. was at one time in Virginia.

Land Patent to John Thrasher

Goochland County, Virginia –

Patents 1738-1739

George the Second by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland King – granted unto John Thrasher, one certain tract of land containing four hundred acres being in the County of Goochland on both sides of the Buffaloe River near the Blue Mountains.  (Boundaries and specifications continued in detail at length.)  Issued by William Gooch Esquire our Lieutenant Governor and Commander-in-Chief of our said Coloney and Dominion at Williamsburg under the Seal of our said Coloney, the First Day of February one thousand seven hundred and thirty-eight.  In the (Exal) Twelfth Year of our Reign.

Extract from Vessie Thrasher Rainer’s book:

David Thrasher’s fourteenth child was a daughter named Elizabeth S. Thrasher, was born December 7, 1838, married Robert W. Sammon, fifth day of December, 1860.  Her husband died March 19, 1864, leaving her with two children–a son and daughter; the son named Robert Walker Sammon, now living in New Mexico; her daughter named Larlelia Sammon, married Frank Medlock of Gwinnett County, Ga., a very successful farmer and also a fine stock raiser and a very prominent citizen.


About hopeseguin

Who am I? I'm still discovering just who I am, I suppose. A. Powell Davis writes that "Life is just a chance to grow a soul."

Posted on June 24, 2009, in family, genealogy and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Hello,
    Read with interest your Thrasher information. My maiden name is Thrasher. I am stuck; can’t seem to get further than James Thrasher B:1830 in Frankfort, Hampshire Co, Virginia D: ABT 1868. James married Elizabeth Robison B: 1835. Upon James’s death, Elizabeth married John Waxler.
    James Thrasher is my g-g grandfather. Wondering if he is from your Thrashers.
    Thanks very much,
    Chere Thrasher Athey
    Cumberland, MD

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: