Third Generation


9. Thomas McCuistion was born on 17 December 1731 in Londonderry, Ireland.8,15,36,37 Although Nellie Smith McCuistion states he may have been possibly born in South Carolina; the family did not immigrate to America until 1735, therefore, Thomas would have been born in Ireland. He owned 640 acres in 1759 in Guilford County, North Carolina.14,38 Thomas held land in North Carolina. From Guilford County, North Carolina Court Records: Thursday, 18 October 1759, lease and release from Thomas and Ann McCuiston 640 acres to Robert McCuistion [brother of Thomas], dated Apr 1-2, 1758. Proved by Thomas Donnel, Esqr. He was a Justice of Peace. Thomas served in the military Revolutionary War in North Carolina.39,40 Thomas suffered losses of property destroyed by the British. Lord Cornwallis occupied his home, driving the women away, and used it as headquarters during the battle until he was forced to retreat. The battle was found on Thomas's land which is now a historical park. He died on 9 December 1783 at the age of 51 in Guilford County, North Carolina.8,15,41 Thomas apparently died from "biting off the end of bristle while mending a shoe, which became fast in his throat causing inflamation, to take place from its effects he died. Several of his neighbors called in one rainy day and a joke sprang up (while he held a bristle in his mouth) causing a laugh, and by accident bit it off" He has reference number RM 145.42 GKM 3155 - LBM 2-331 The two story hewn log home of Thomas and Ann was briefly occupied by British General Cornwallis during the Revolutionay War.

Thomas McCuistion and Ann Moody were married on 15 September 1756 in Rowan County, North Carolina.13,43 Ann Moody and Thomas McCuistion were fifth cousins. Ann Moody44, daughter of Thomas Moody and Jean McCuistion, was born on 17 May 1732 in Derry Co., Ireland.13,43 She Guardian to half-sister, Elizabeth in August 1794 in North Carolina.45 Name moved place date.46 She died on 30 September 1819 at the age of 87 in Shelbyville, Bedford County, Tennessee.44 She is buried in a family burying ground, which was still preserved as of 1937. The land was bought by a Mr. Aikins and then owned by a Thomas Green in 1925.

Ann was buried in McCuistion Cemetery, Shelbyville, Bedford County, Tennessee. Hearing that the British were approaching, Andrew Jackson, being older than Ann and Thomas McCuistion's children, helped his Aunt carry a little keg of gold coins down to the creek where they let it sink far out of sight among some fallen trees. It was while they had taken refuge in the smokehouse that a British officer ordered Andrew, then 13, to polish his boots. Andrew refused, and the officer struck him across the cheek with his sword, leaving a lasting scar. Andrew wrote home that 'Dear old great-aunt Ann bandaged it.

Ann Moody is the great aunt of General Andrew Jackson, 7th president of the United States. Ann was the 'Dear Old Great Aunt' referred to in Andrew Jackson's writings, who took him and sent him to school in Guilford. His parents lived in the wilderness on the line between North and South Carolina at the Waxhaw Settlement.

Thomas McCuistion-145 and Ann Moody-146 had the following children:

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James McCuistion-122.

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Jeane McCuistion was born on 23 November 1759 in Rowan Co., North Carolina.47 She died on 24 December 1779 at the age of 20 in Rowan Co., North Carolina.47 She has reference number (2ii-332).

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Ann McCuistion was born on 25 April 1761 in Rowan Co., North Carolina.8,15,47 She died on 22 November 1779 at the age of 18 in Rowan Co., North Carolina.8,15,47 She has reference number (2iii-332).

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Thomas "Buffalo Tom" McCuistion-161.

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Sarah McCuistion was born on 20 July 1764 in Guilford County, North Carolina.8,15 She died on 13 April 1765 at the age of 0 in Guilford County, North Carolina.8,15 She has reference number (2v-332).

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Sarah McCuistion was born on 17 June 1766 in Guilford County, North Carolina.47,48 She died on 2 September 1821 at the age of 55 in Bedford County, Tennessee.21,48,49 Buried McCuistion Family Burying Ground, Shelbyville, Tennessee. Headstone reads, "Sarah McCuistion, Daughter of Thos. and Ann McCuistion, Born Jan 17, 1766 and departed this life Sept 2, 1821." Sarah died at the home of her brother, Benjamin. She was buried in McCuistion Cemetery, Bedford County, Tennessee.48 Sarah has reference number (2vi-332).

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Alexander McCuistion was born on 1 January 1768 in Guilford County, North Carolina.8,15 He died on 10 October 1792 at the age of 24 in Guilford County, North Carolina.8,15 Tradition says, Alexander was sent to the mill by his father; the day being very hot, he stopped at a spring on his way back; probably drank too much and from the effects, sickened and died. He has reference number (2vii-332).

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Robert Newton McCuistion-165.

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Benjamin F. McCuistion-166.

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John Quincy McCuistion-167.

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Joseph McCuistion21 was born on 25 June 1776 in Guilford County, North Carolina.8,15 He died in 1821 at the age of 45. He has reference number (2xi-332). Joseph was noted to be a precocious child. As a young man, he went to South Carolina as a tutor. He wrote to his mother from Statesburg in 1801.

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Samuel McCuistion-169.