35. Thomas "Buffalo Tom" McCuistion was born on 30 October 1762 in Guilford County, North Carolina.8,39,47 DAR records list the date of birth as 31 October 1762. He served in the military on 15 March 1781 in North Carolina.103,104 Thomas served with the American Army, during the Revolutionary War, at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, 15 March 1781. He served with a company from North Carolina as a private. Family tradition reports he was a baggage master in the army commanded by General Nathaniel Greene.
He signed a will on 6 September 1844 in Guilford County, North Carolina.105 I Thomas McCuistian of the County of Guilford and State of N. Carolina be of sound and disposed mind and memory do on this 6th day of September A. D. 1844 publish and declare this to be my last will + testament.
In the first place I allow my body to be buried in a discreit and Christian manner at the discretion of Executors herein after mentioned or named.
In the 2nd place I give and bequeath to my grand daughter Marjery Woodburn one horse her choice of the horses at my death our cow and calf her choice at my death one bureau, and two beds and and bed clothing made by her sister she lived with me our flax wheel our cotton wheel one pair of cards our corner cupboard and its contents our large family bible and all my kitchen furniture of every discription. In the 3rd place I allow all the balance of of my estate both real and personal to be sold by my Executors at public sale upon a credit of twelve months and bonds and good s<uniters> to be taken for the purchase money and the proceeds of sale to be disposed of in the follwing manner - first I allow all my just debts and funeral expences to be paid out of the said proceeds of sale and the remainder to be divided and distributed among my children and grand children in the following manner.
One fourth part to my daughter Letha Cook to have and to hold to her and her heirs and assiges forever. One fourth part to the heirs of my Daughter Elizabeth Lanier to have and to hold to them and their heirs forever. One fourth part to the children of my deceased daughter Anne Woodburn /including Marjery to be equally divided among them share and share a like and one fourth to the Children of my deceased daughter Sarah Unthank to be equally divided among them share and share alike and in case the two children of my daughter Sarah Unthank should both die leaving no lawful ifsue then it is my will that the legacy herein bequeathd to the said children should pafs to myother children and grand children in the following manner. One third to my daughter Lethia Cook if living at that time and if dead to her children. One third to the heirs of my daughter Elizabeth Lanier whether she be living, dead at the time, and the remaining third to the children of my deceased daughter Anne Woodburn share and share alike.
If at the time of my death there should be any cash on hand or any debts owing to me note or otherwise I allow it to be disposed of among my children in the same manner and possation as I have allowed the proceeds of sale of my real and personal estate to be divided.
And I do hereby constitute and appoint my two friends Jacob Albright and John Rufsell Executors of this my last Will and Testament to execute the same according to the spirit and meaning of the same and according to law.
In testimony of all which I have <unable to read> set my hand and affixed my seal this the day and date above written. Thomas McCuistian (seal)
Signed sealed published and delivered in presence of us -
Peyton L. Roy
A. L. Crusain
Wm Self Buffalo Tom lived in Guilford County, North Carolina 27 Thomas lived on North Buffalo Creek in Guilford County, North Carolina. He died on 14 February 1853 at the age of 90 in Guilford County, North Carolina.41,47 He signed a will after 14 February 1853 in Guilford County, North Carolina.105 Buffalo Tom has reference number RM 161. LBM 72-356 He was known to the family as "Buffalo Tom" in order to distinguish him from a second cousin, Thomas, who lived on Reedy Fork Creek and was known as "Reedy Fork Tom."
Thomas "Buffalo Tom" McCuistion and Mary Nicholson were married on 19 September 1786 in Guilford County, North Carolina.47,100,101 Leona's book notes the marriage on 25 September 1786.
James McCuiston is listed on the bond. Mary Nicholson, daughter of Elisha Nicholson and McLean, was born on 25 October 1763. She died on 25 October 1812 at the age of 49.
Thomas "Buffalo Tom" McCuistion-161 and Mary Nicholson-170 had the following children: