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(Captain) Thomas Avery Muscheon (Mustain) (, The Musteen) b. 1730 d. 21 November 1791
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|Full name (at birth)||(Captain) Thomas Avery Muscheon (Mustain)|
|Other last names||, The Musteen|
yDNA testing would be required to sort out the various Mustain lineage relationships prior to validating the ancestry of any or all of the various Thomas Mustains. Please see the discussion page of this individual for more information about yDNA testing.
Possible Fathers of This Thomas
It is not entirely clear who exactly Thomas' father was. There are several possibilities that I will mention below. What is clear is that there has been some confusion in the records which have resulted in a historic contract wherein this Thomas has been confused with both his father and his son. This Thomas referred in his will to his son Thomas by his middle name (his mother's maiden name) "Avery" in order to avoid confusion between the various Mustain men named Thomas who resided in the area and who were all related.
The Four Thomases
- Thomas Muscheon (Sea Captain turned colonizer with widespread land holdings in VA, MD, and Carolina, descendant of Ancient Planters..ancestors were primarily from Auvergne, Castille, Provence, and the Piedmont. They include the following names Muscheon/Moncieux, Legare/Ligon, De La Mere, Bannister, Marestang, Auson/Dausson, Boucher/Buckner, Astorg, Fougere and possibly Melancon/Melancton/Ironmonger)
- Thomas Musteen/Mustain (The meztizo [Metis]), This Thomas was a former sea captain who married twice, author of the Thomas Mustain will. He claimed land in VA that was originally deeded to his father. Mother of this Thomas was either a Jones or Legare)
- Thomas Avery Mustain (Father of daughters, commonly referred to as Thomas the Immigrant, Revolutionary Soldier, Father of Saludy I)
- Thomas Mustain (Son of Jesse Mustain and Jenny Bufort, Grandson of Thomas the Meztizo, Father of Saludy II, Revolutionary Soldier)
The Three Ludies
In addition to the confusion over the various Thomases... was the confusion over the three Saludy's (Daughters of Thomas)
- Ludy/Ludie (Sister of Thomas the Meztizo)
- Saludy I (Daughter of Thomas Avery the Immigrant, who married a Shelton (Not Claiborne))
- Saludy II (Daughter of Thomas son of Jesse, who married Claiborne Shelton, her sister in law Martha Shelton married Mr Mansfield the son of a Sea Captain.)
This family was heavily invested in legitimate (and less than legitimate) trade between French holdings in the Caribbean and East Indies and British Markets.
Common Mustain Occupations
- Sea Captains
- Clerk/Barrister (Esquiem)
Associated Shipping vessels
(Either captained by a member of the Family, or recorded a share ownership):
- Treasure of Mostyn: Thoomas Mostuun
- The Fancy: Thomas Mustain
- The Phoenix: Thomas Musteen
Associated Companies (owned, operated by, or worked at by members of this family)
- Sun/Phoenix I n s u r a n c e Company
- Falling Creek Iron Works
- Bannister Plantation
Land Records for this Family
- 400 acs Lunenburg Co. on both sides of Boplar Br, a Mill Cr,. adj Hugh Henry; 5 Feb 1753
Origin of the name
As a play on his paternal name Muscheon, Thomas was nicknamed "the Musteen" (meaning Quadroon) indicating either a possible mixed race ancestry, or a genetic predisposition to Methemoglobinemia (blue bloodedness), which rendered a person dark complected with a touch of blue pigmentation on the face and hands. Given his ties to the families of Legare, Moncieux, and Fougere (all of which are related families) Methemoglobinemia is the most likely reason for the nickname.
- ↑ First Census of the United States 1790 - Virginia p.100 -
- ↑ A History of Halifax County Virginia, Wirt Johnson Carrington. p24 - Name given as Thomas Masten the Magistrate
- ↑ Virginia Genealogical Society Quarterly Vol31, #4, p57 - Thomas Mustain, 400 acs Lunenburg Co. on both sides of Boplar Br, a Mill Cr,. adj Hugh Henry; 5 Feb 1753, p 42. 40 Shill.
- ↑ Virginia Genealogical Society Quarterly Vol 23, #1, 9 - Thomas and sons Avery and Jesse Mustain recorded as swearing Oath of Allegiance.
- ↑ Holston past finder, Issues 36-47 Holston Territory Genealogical Society - Archive repository for Mastin letters. Statements by Thomas Mastin/Mustain pertaining to the orphans he took in, left by the Cornstalks who were killed at the fort in 1777. "Tomas Mastin's papers for the orphans are found in Tennessee. (It states he raised 4 orphans) There is also one from Hezekiah Whitt in Virginia for the recognition of Thomas Christian as a Cornstalk orphan. Following the murder of Chief Cornstalk October 9, 1777, at Fort Randolpt, Point Pleasant, VA. now WV. A white-man friend, Thomas Mastin and his Indian wife, Agnes adopted 4 of his children. Cornstalk lived on the Saludy River.
- ↑ Holston Territory Genealogical Society - 1991Annual - Thomas MASTIN took our Thomas CHRISTIAN, Sr. under his wing when our Thomas was orphaned
From grandparents to grandchildren
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♀ Mary Barber Shelton
♂ William Buckner
♂ Jesse Keesee