THE THRASH FAMILY IN AMERICA (cont.)
NEXT - Micheal Thrash & Rachel Elma Crislip
JOHN THRASH (1802-1888) & RACHEL UMSTOT
(Umpstot-Umpstadt-Oomsteott and about ten+ other ways to spell it have shown up. I will use the spelling that I have found to occur the most, which seems to follow
the Soundex format. My grandmother, the original author of these works, wrote it as Oomsteott. RmB )
Samuel Umstot was the father* of Rachel and this family resided in Hampshire County, West Virginia, for a number of years. Some of the children, if not all, were born in that
county. John Thrash, the third, was born there. Rachel Oomsteott, his first wife, was also born there. As far as we have been able to learn the older couple (Samuel Oomsteott and his wife) died and were buried in that county. Some of the children
moved to Elk City, in Barbour County, W. Va. The son, Jacob, and his wife are buried in the Elk City Cemetery. Rachel is buried on route 57 between Elk City and state route 20. The cemetery is on the north side of the highway, not far from and
across from a country church. We think that they must have been living in the large log house not far from the cemetery at the time of her death.
*Correction - In an email from
Ron McAvoy on 5-5-2003, he states that Samuel (1799 - 1859) was Rachel's (b.1808) brother. Her father was Jacob
Umstot (1774 - c.1818) and her mother is Catherine Hambleton (abt.1779 - 1847).
I checked it out and he was correct. Thanks, Ron for catching this. RmB
Click here for descendants of Jacob Umstott
Helen K Benter contributed.
this next UMSTOT tree carefully. It was noted by
Helen K Benter that there
were several mistakes in the UMSTOT info.
John Thrash and his first wife, Rachel Omstott were the parents of our ancestor, Michael Thrash, who married Rachel Elma Crislip. This couple are buried in the Big Run Cemetery, near Napier, W. Va. where "Mike" owned a store.
Marion James Thrash, the son of Michael and Rachel (Crislip), was born on Glen Elk Creek, which is now a large subdivision of Clarksburg, W. Va. While he was still a boy the family moved, by wagon, to Copen Run, in Braxton County, a short distance
from the Gilmer County line. Perrygreen (Peregrine) Crislip, a brother of Rachel, moved with his family to Braxton County at the same time. My father, Marion, spoke of Copen Run as "home" in later years, as did his siblings. In the early '40s we
took Aunt Lettie Hughes on a trip there to see if she could locate the site of the homestead, but all buildings were gone and she was not able to pinpoint the location.
Cousin Orma Musgrave said that our grandparents always boarded the school teacher for the Copen Run School, so it was probably here that my parents met, since Mother taught somewhere on Copen Run. This was probably her last year (fourth) of
teaching, since married women were not given jobs.
According to my older cousins, Amy Thrash Wilson and Orma Wilson Musgrave, my parents, Marion and Lillie Thrash, built a two room board and batten cabin on grandfather's farm on Copen Run. It was here that my oldest brother, Ted (Theodore) was born
in 1897. At that time Orma was visiting our grandparents and happened to be at my parents when mother became ill and the doctor and mid-wife were called. Orma was nine years old at that time.
Marion and Lillie lived in several locations in Braxton County. They evidently lived near a two room school on a ridge near Centralia in 1906, for it was here that my sister, Ruby, attended school for the first time. She was quite thrilled to find
the building in good repair in 1977, when we visited the area with her and her husband and two of my other sisters, Elma Bornstein and Beulah and Buddy Clinton. On this trip we visited the Poplar Ridge Cemetery where two of our little brothers were
buried. The stone was hardly legible so Troy and I put it in the car and on July 24th of the next year went back to reset it, after having it recut.
John Thrash (III), born 11-26-1802, died 2-20-1888, on his farm near Johnstown, W.Va. This picture was taken of a large, framed likeness, in the home of Kyle and Virginia
Thrash Chapman who now own the family farm. Her grandfather and mine were half-brothers.
The grave of the first wife of John III
was Rachel Umstott (originally Oomsteott). The marker says simply:
RACHEL UMSTOTT --
WIFE OF JOHN THRASH III
(She was the ancestor of Marion James Thrash.)
This picture of the large log home where the family lived may not show up in the reproduction for the book, but I was impressed by its size and in the state of preservation of the
logs. It is not far from Oldfield Cemetery, where Rachel is buried. (Route 57 between Route 20 and U.S. 119, southeast of Phillipi, W. Va.
Deeds and Wills of John Thrash (III)
John Thrash III and wife, Prudence, had several land transactions in different counties... Ritchie, Barbour, and Lewis. John's will is recorded in Harrison County.
The records in the court house at Harrisville, W. Va., for Ritchie County seem to indicate that this Thrash family was living on a farm in that county for a considerable period of time before receiving the deed to the property.
John Thrash received a deed to 125 acres of land on Goose Creek, in Ritchie County, on January 18, 1859. The cost was $625.00, and the deed is recorded in Deed Book 5, Page 466. It seems evident from the deeds that a house had already been
constructed on the property.
Three days after the above deed was recorded John and Prudence Thrash probated a deed for 125 acres of land on Goose Creek, with the exception of 3/4 of one acre, to W. F. Johnson. Recorded in Deed Book 6, Page 1. On the same day this 3/4 of an
acre was deeded to Chi Burchard, in payment for labor and materials used in building the farm house. Thrash received $600.00 down on the farm, with an additional $1200.00 to be paid within the next three years.
In the Barbour County Court House, in Philippi, W. Va., in Deed Book 5, page 329, is recorded a sale of 100 acres more or less, from John and Prudence Thrash, to Richard Thrash, who was probably their son. The land is on the waters of Elk Creek.
The price was $1200.00. The deed was attested by two justices in Ritchie Co. This would seem to indicate that John Thrash was living in Ritchie Co. at that time. The date was March 1, 1856.
Two deeds are recorded in Lewis County Court House, at Weston, W. Va. Both are dated Sept. 28, 1874, and are recorded in Deed Book 7, pages 312 and 313. One deeds 53 acres in Harrison and Upshur Counties, on the waters of Rooting Creek, Elk
District, to David Thrash by John and Prudence Thrash. The other deeds 43 acres at the same location to Worthington. The price of each tract was $1200.00.
Copy of the will of John Thrash, Marion and Howard Brady's great-great-grandfather, on their mothers side, recorded in Will Book #7, pages 173 and 174 in the Harrison County, West Virginia, Court House at Clarksburg. The will itself is dated March
18, 1878, the codicil on Jan. 20, 1883 and they were probated March 13, 1888.
In the name of God, Amen
I, John Thrash, of the county of Harrison and State of West Virginia do make and publish this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and making all
former wills by me at any time heretofore made. And First I direct that my body be decently interred, and also such worldly estate as it has pleased God to intrust me with. I dispose of the same as follows: I direct that all my debts and
funeral expenses be paid as soon as possible after my decease out of the first moneys that shall come into the hands of my Executors.
1. I give and bequeath to my wife Prudence, the house and land on which it stands, together with the household and kitchen furniture. Also, one cow and one gray mare and her maintenance during her
2. I give and bequeath to my son Worthington. Eighty acres, more or less, of land being the same land on which I now reside, on condition that he pay to my Executor, six hundred & sixty six and
two-third dollars, within five years after my decease or sooner if he wishes to do so. And also that he pay one-third of Twelve Hundred dollars with its interest payable in the years Eighteen Hundred seventy eight and Eighteen hundred and
seventy nine and Eighteen hundred eighty.
3. I give to my son Joseph S. Thrash, seventy nine acres of land (which I Purchased of Elza Cummins, lying on the head of the run on which I now live) on condition that he pay my Executor six hundred
and sixty six and two thirds dollars within five years after my decease, or sooner if he wishes to do so. And also that he pay one third of twelve hundred dollars, with its interest, payable in October, Eighteen hundred & seventy eight, &
October, Eighteen hundred seventy nine and Eighteen hundred and eighty.
4. 1 give and bequeath to my son Nathaniel G. Thrash, fifty three acres of land (also lying on the run on which I live and purchased from Elza Cummins) on condition that he pay to my Executor, six
hundred and sixty six and two third dollars, within five years after my decease or sooner if he wishes to do so.
Also that he pay one third of Twelve hundred dollars with its interest payable in October, Eighteen hundred and seventy eight and October Eighteen hundred and seventy nine and Eighteen hundred eighty
and I also direct that my three sons, Worthington, Joseph B. and Nathaniel G. Thrash, to whom I have bequeathed land are bound for the maintenance of myself and wife.
5. I give to my son Richard, two hundred dollars in cash.
6. I give to my son Jacob, two hundred dollars in cash,
7. 1 give to my son William, two hundred dollars cash.
8. I give to my daughter Katherine Watson's heirs two hundred dollars.
9. I give to my daughter Eliza Armstrong two hundred & fifty dollars.
10. I give to my son Michael, Three hundred dollars.
11. I give to my son John, One hundred dollars.
12. I give to my son David, One hundred dollars.
13. I give to my son Jackson, two hundred dollars.
14. I give to my daughter Laverna, two hundred and fifty dollars.
I also direct that my son David Thrash, be sole Executor of this my last will & testament.
In Witness whereof, I, John Thrash, the testator, have to this my will written on one sheet of paper, set my hand and seal this eighteenth day of March, in the year of our Lord, eighteen hundred and
John Thrash (Seal)
Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of us who have subscribed in presence of each other.
James L. Jenkins
This is a codicil to my last will and testament, bearing date March 18, Eighteen hundred and seventy
eight, and which I direct to be taken as part thereof.
1. I give, bequeath and devise to my two sons Joseph Warren and Nathan Green, one wagon, one harrow, and one cider mill, together with the balance of my farming utensils.
As witness my hand and seal this twentieth day of January, eighteen hundred eighty three.
Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of us
who have subscribed in the presence of each other.
James L. Jenkins
Probated March 13, 1888
(In the body of his father's will Nathaniel is written as his Son, Nathaniel G., and in the Codicil to the will he is named as Nathan Green. The will was probated March 13,1888. It is
recorded in Will Book #7, on pages 173 and 174, in the Harrison County (W. Va.) Court house, Located in Clarksburg.) A notation in the court records of Rockingham County, Va., states that land was transferred from a "Thrush" to B. Huffman in 1803,
but that the deed was lost or burned during the court house fire.
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