Not much is really know about my 5th Great grandfather Thomas ‘Buffalo’ Paxton. We do know he was born in 1719 in Ballymoney, County Antrim, Ulster Ireland and that he died in on the 27th of September, 1788 in Falling Springs, Rockbridge Co. VA…. I have been to that area of Virginia many, many times and will post a pic of his Gravestone in a bit.
One written account says that he was well liked and beloved in his community and he was also a ruling elder at the Falling Springs Presbyterian Church, which I will be writing about in a future installment.. His family line produced many Clergymen of which I of course am one, predominately from the Presbyterian and Baptist persuasions.
It is stated that Elizabeth Paxton and her sons acquired vast wealth and Thomas himself kept a boatyard, had flour and saw mills as well as being a thrifty farmer. Scant records indicate that he was a man of wealth and influence. Different sections of his recorded wills state that he distributed several thousands of acres among his children upon his death and that this land is all in the Buffalo Creek area of Rockbridge County VA. Thomas is a progenitor of the North River Paxtons. There are many Thomas Paxtons on record in both the North River and their South River Paxton cousins. So Frank Paxton Jr. in his large 2 volume set on the Family history designates my 5th Great Grandfather Thomas “Buffalo” Paxton as number 26. His brother William number 64 is the line of the family which General Elisha Franklin Paxton descends.
One thing that has been driven deeply to my heart about these early settlers in VA from my family is that they were people of deep faith in God and people of courage and dedicated to hard work in making a life for their children and childrens children. How different from the welfare mentality of our modern world. These ancestors of mine and probably your ancestors as well, were not people of entitlement who expected something for nothing. They knew what it was to work long hard days and earn wealth. They also clearly knew how to be good stewards over their wealth and relied upon the teachings of the Word of God to manage their affairs.. Many times I walk the Falling Springs area and two words always enter my mind and heart: Faithful and Diligent.
At the end of this section I will include bible verses on those two powerful words.
This is a picture of my 5th Great Grandfather Thomas ‘Buffalo’ Paxton’s grave in a little cemetery on Forge Rd in Rockbridge County Virginia… I will be sharing more on this is another section of the ebook..