Summers, Thomas

Summers, Thomas

Male 1780 - 1871  (91 years)

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  • Name Summers, Thomas  [1
    Born 14 Mar 1780  Truro Parish, Fairfax County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died 18 Apr 1871  Putnam County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I18972  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 3 Dec 2018 

    Father Summers, Francis Sr.,   b. 2 Mar 1732, Fairfax, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Oct 1800, Fairfax, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Watkins, Jane,   b. 1735, Of, Fairfax County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Aug 1814, Summer Grove, Fairfax County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 1756  Fairfax, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Family ID F4680  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Hooper, Rachel,   b. Abt 1756 
    Married Sep 1801  Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
     1. Summers, George W.,   b. 17 Jan 1813, Fairfax, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    Last Modified 3 Dec 2018 
    Family ID F7573  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Riches, Matilda,   b. Abt 1756 
    Married Aft 1780  Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Last Modified 3 Dec 2018 
    Family ID F7574  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsDied - 18 Apr 1871 - Putnam County, West Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    Thomas Summers Obit
    Thomas Summers Obit

  • Notes 
    • West Virginia and its People, Volume 3 by Thomas Condit Miller, Hu Maxwell, Lewis Publishing Company, 1913, page 951-953

      The Summers family is said to be of Flemish origin, SUMMERS and to have been first known in England at the time of the Reformation. Property was granted to them at a former religious seat a short distance from Worcester, and this became the family seat. Here they resided and here they entertained Queen Elizabeth in her progress through Worcestershire in 1585. Many of the members of this family became men of distinction and renown. One branch of the family moved into Dorsetshire, England, and it is from this branch that the Virginian family is descended. The name is variously spelled Somers, Sommers, Sumers and Summers, but the Virginians of this stock have in general used the form Summers. As is well known, the tracing of ancestries in Virginian families is attended with much difficulty and many dangers of error, so that the results are often incomplete or uncertain, if not both. In the present case there is much more material for judgment than in many, and the following account is based on good evidence and confidently believed to be correct from the time of the settlement of the family in Virginia, which cannot have been greatly posterior of the coming of the family to America.

      (I) John Summers, the first member of this family about whom we have definite information, was born in Maryland, in 1687, died near Alexandria, Virginia, December 4, 1791. Coming early into Virginia he settled on the Potomac, where the city of Alexandria now is, and his cabin was the first building erected on the site of this city. The first framed house ever put up at this place was prepared under his direction and on his land, being afterward hauled therefrom to its intended site. The country abounded at that time in deer, bears, wolves, wild turkeys and other animals, and his earlier years were largely passed in hunting. He became an active leader of the white settlers and a pioneer in the campaigns against the Indians west of the Blue Ridge. Hunting, however, was still a favorite employment. So little did he care about the acquisition of land that he refused a deed from the patentee for the land on which Alexandria has been built and on which he lived in exchange for a rifle. In his later years he was much engaged in pointing out the best vacant lands and in conducting surveyors and others through the forests. At last he did acquire from four hundred to six hundred acres of land for each of his sons, but he did not do this for his daughters. He lived to see Alexandria become a place of some importance. The home, on the Little river turnpike, about four miles west of that city, which he bequeathed to his son Francis was long known as one of the finest estates in Fairfax county. At the time of the revolution John Summers was too old to take a part. He was a man of robust constitution, broad of chest and powerful, and retained his faculties to a remarkable degree, although he lived to be more than one hundred years old, but about a year before his death he was disabled by a severe fall. He was a member of the Church of England. The name of his wife is not known, but among his children the youngest son was Francis, of whom further.

      (II) Francis, son of John Summers, was born in Fairfax county, Virginia, March 3, 1732, died at "Summers Grove," October 14, 1800. "Summers Grove" is the estate which he had inherited from his father, four miles west of Alexandria. His life was the quiet and uneventful life of a Virginia planter. For many years he held the office of magistrate. Being, like his father, a member of the Church of England or Protestant Episcopal church, he was a vestryman of Christ Church, Alexandria. He married Jane (Watkins) Charlton, born in 1735, died August 22, 1814. Children, so far as known to us: George, born October 5, 1758, died January 10, 1818, married, in 1776, Ann Smith Radcliffe; Thomas, of whom further; Francis; Samuel. All these sons settled in the Kanawha valley in 1810; George, accompanied by his daughter Jane, made an exploration of the Kanawha valley and of the Ohio valley between Wheeling and Guyandotte, and settled three years afterward at Walnut Grove, Kanawha county, Virginia, to which he brought his family in the winter of 1813-14. From him has come a prominent family of West Virginia.

      (III) Thomas, son of Francis and Jane (Watkins-Charlton) Summers, came from Fairfax county, Virginia, and settled on the Kanawha river, in Mason county, Virginia, one mile above Winfield; according to the best information his settlement was made about 1816. He was a farmer. He married Hooper. Child, George W., of whom further.

      (IV) George W., son of Thomas and (Hooper) Summers,

      was born, probably in Fairfax county, Virginia, January 17, 1812. He was a farmer, and about 1838 became a member of the state militia. He was a Democrat and a Methodist. He married, January 29, 1835, Sarah A., born in Cabell county, Virginia, May 12, 1813, daughter of Adam and Elizabeth (Cockburn) Black. Children: 1. Quintilian L., born March 12, 1836, died September 28, 1842. 2. Sylvester Adams, born January 23, 1838, died May 8, 1912; a Confederate soldier. 3. John William, born May 15, 1840. 4. Constantine Ruf us, born October 9, 1842; Confederate soldier. 5. Edgar Lewis, born October 29, 1844. 6. Thomas Bascom, born March 11, 1847. 7. Tyra Campbell, born November 6, 1849. 8. Matthew James, of whom further.

      (V) Matthew James, son of George W. and Sarah A. (Black) Summers, was born in Cabell county, Virginia, June 9, 1852. His home is now at Huntington, West Virginia, and he is a baggage master on the Chesapeake & Ohio railroad. Mr. Summers is a Democrat and a Methodist. He married, February 24, 1875, Elizabeth Handley, born June 6, 1855, daughter of Warren P. and (Handley) Rece. Children: 1. Gertrude Medora, born January 1, 1876. 2. Frederick Lindley, of whom further. 3. Olive June, born November 11, 1879. 4. Lewis Rece, born May 31, 1882, died December 5, 1883. 5. Florence Buffington, born June 6, 1885. 6. Harry Lee, born September 26, 1887. 7. Robert Pritchard, born November 1, 1889. 8. Herbert Sidney, born November 21, 1893.

      (VI) Frederick Lindley, son of Matthew James and Elizabeth Handley (Rece) Summers, was born in Cabell county, West Virginia, near Milton, December 26, 1877. His education was received at Huntington, West Virginia; there he attended the public schools, including the high school, and he pursued also a business course at Marshall Business College in the same city. December 19, 1899, he became a stenographer at Parkersburg, West Virginia, for the Ohio River railroad, in the maintenance of way department, and in this position he remained until October 1, 1903. From that date to the first of May in the following year he was assistant cashier at Parkersburg for Armour & Company, Then he was general bookkeeper for the General Distributing Company, of Clarksburg, West Virginia, until August 15, 1906. He was secretary of the Penn Table Company, at Huntington, West Virginia, from August 15, 1906, to February 1, 1911. Since that date to the present time he has been a partner in the firm of Logan & Summers, insurance agents at Parkersburg. In this city also Mr. Summers now makes his home. He is a member of the United Commercial Travelers, Council No. 35, at Parkersburg. In Masonry he is a master mason, member of Mount Olivet Lodge, No. 3, of Parkersburg; a Royal Arch Mason, being a member of Adoniram Chapter, No. 11, at Clarksburg; a member of Huntington Commandery, No. 9, Knights Templar, at Huntington; and of Beni Kedem Shrine, Ancient Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, at Charleston. He is also a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Lodge No. 198, of Parkersburg. Mr. Summers is a Democrat. He and his family are members of the Baptist church.

      He married, at Parkersburg, October 26, 1904, Donna, daughter of John A. and Mary E. (Cochran) Hutchinson, who was born at Parkersburg, February 26, 1879. Her father was a lawyer of this city. Children: Frederick Lindley, born at Clarksburg, July 23, 1905; Mary Elizabeth, born at Huntington, August 1, 1909.

      GI has b. abt 1775.

      BIRTH-MARRIAGE-PARENTS-DEATH: Research of Ronda Berry-documents recorded on research repor t of 30 March 1995.

      Delna, Thomas Summers & Rachel Hooper had had children Sarah Ann Summers
      b.1806 Winfield ,W.V. she married 1824 Kanawha Co.W.V., Patrick Henry
      Morris son to Joshua Morris & Frances Sims. Patrick Morris & Sarah Ann
      Summers had these children
      1) Floyd W.Morris b.1825 Kan.Co.W.V. d.Pa.
      2) Patrick H.Jr. b.June 2,1826 d.Ar.
      3)Madison "Matt" b.1828 Kan.Co.W.V. d.1909 Ar.
      4) Thomas Jefferson b. 1830 Kan.Co.W.V. d.Ar
      5) William H. b.1833 Kan.Co.W.V. d.Ar.
      6)Ferdenand b.1834 Kan.Co.W.V. d. Hurricane Creek,Kanawha Co.W.V.
      7) Nancy Jane b.1836 Kan.Co.W.V. d.Hurricane Creek,an.Co.W.V.
      8)Harriet Ann b.1838 Kan.Co.W.V.
      9)George Lewis b.1840 Kan. Co.W.V. d.Ar.
      Sarah Ann Summers ,widow to Patrick H.Morris remarried after 1st
      husbands death , to Richard Carter ChandlerJr. b.1803 Albemarle Co.Va.
      son to Richard Carter Chandler Sr b.1771 & Sarah "Sally" Eades b.abt
      1772, that came to Kanawha Co.W.V. about 1812 from Albemarle Co.Va .
      Richard Carter Chandler Jr's 1st wife was Catherine "Kitty" Morris ,dau
      to Thomas Morris & Sarah Kinnard. Kitty died in Kanawha Co.W.V. 1854.
      Now, Patrick Henry Morris & Thomas Morris were bros. You will find them
      in William Morris "The Pioneer" to Kanawha Co.W.V. Sarah Ann Summers &
      Richard Carter Chandler Jr never had children as he was 53 & she 50 when
      they married in 1856. I have Will of Richard .Chandler Jr. Sarah Ann
      Summers Morris Chandler d.Dec.31,1895 White C.Ar. (Searcy) ,went out
      there to live with her children. Sarah Ann Summers married Jan 22,1824
      Teays Valley, W.V. Thomas Summers Sarah's father married Melitta C.
      Ritchie in Putnam Co.. W.V. I'm a Kanawha Co.W.v. Chandler reseacher.

  • Sources 
    1. [S320] Summers.FTW.
      Date of Import: Aug 7, 2002

    2. [S804] Obiturary - Thomas Summers, (Location: Alexadria Gazette; Date: June 5, 1871;).

    3. [S327] The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Ancestral File (TM).
      Date of Import: Apr 18, 2000