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Ancestors of Donald Marshall Massey

Generation No. 6

      36. Thomas Massey, born 1790; died Bet. 1833 - 1836. He was the son of 72. William Massey and 73. Lettie Green. He married 37. Elizabeth Betsy Reavis Bet. 1815 - 1820.

      37. Elizabeth Betsy Reavis, born Mar 31, 1792 in Buncombe County, North Carolina; died Abt. 1851.

Notes for Thomas Massey:
.Born Circa 1790. 34
Died Circa 1830.

Date: 19-February-2000
Telephone conversation with James MASSEY
117 Stafford Drive
Palm Harbor, FL 34684-2239
(727) 786-2101
He married Elizabeth Betsy REAVIS, 1815/1820 33

Date: 3-March-2000

Internet response from Barbara LITT

Notes for Elizabeth Betsy Reavis:
Born 1796 in BUNCOMBE Co., North Carolina.
Died 1850 33

Date: 3-March-2000

Internet response from Barbara LITT
1850 BUNCOMBE County Census

Betsy Massey age 58 born in NC
Hester age 36 born in TN
Harriet age 16 born in NC
Thomas age 31 born in NC


10-23-1845 Hughey, Jesaid Book 24 Page 182 100 acres, Upper Camp Branch sold by Massey, Thos. H.

10-28-1833 Sold to Revis, George T. Book 23 Page 278 40 acres, Flat Creek sold by Massey, Elizabeth (REAVIS)

Land Bought

12-4-1813 Massey, Elizabeth (REAVIS) Book F Page 180 100 acres, Big Ivy. Grantor was the state of N.C. #2088

12-8-1846 Massey, Elizabeth (REAVIS) Book 21 Page 116 100 acres, Flat Creek. Grantor was the state of N.C. #3457.

7-6-1839 Massey, Hester Book 23 Page 294 300 acres, Flat Creek. Grantor Sheriff, Buncombe, Co.
Et al.

Email dated 1-21-1999 from Cheryl at

"I have just spent the day with my Great Aunt and she provided me with some wonderful information. Hopefully it will also help someone else. Here is part 1.......

Paper states: This is pages of myself and children and Elizabeth Mafsey and her children. Gives exact birthdates for Thomas Reavis and Mary Reavis children. Alos exact birthdates for Elizabeth Mafsey's children. Author unknown at this time.

More About Elizabeth Betsy Reavis:
Census: 1870, Madison County, North Carolina
Children of Thomas Massey and Elizabeth Reavis are:
  i.   Levina Massey, born Feb 07, 1811.
  ii.   Hester Massey, born Aug 05, 1813 in Tennessee.
  iii.   Mary Massey, born Des 30, 1814.
  iv.   Sinthagrzele R. Massey, born Nov 13, 1816.
  18 v.   Thomas Henderson Massey, born Sep 01, 1818 in North Carolina; married Malinda Catherine Foster Nov 20, 1851 in Madison County, North Carolina.
  vi.   Edith Eliza Massey, born Nov 09, 1820.
  vii.   Doris Doyle Massey, born Apr 06, 1825.
  viii.   Lucyann Matilda Massey, born Feb 27, 1827; married John Roberts.
  ix.   James Allen Massey, born Mar 28, 1828.
  x.   Samuel P.C. Massey, born Mei 28, 1829; married Elizabeth Roberts.
  xi.   Andrew J. Massey, born Feb 20, 1831; married Alcey.
  xii.   Jane Lekah Massey, born Nov 21, 1833.

      38. William Forster, born 1800 in South Carolina. He married 39. Mary.

      39. Mary, born 1795 in Scotland.

Notes for William Forster:
1850 Buncombe County, NC census:

William FORSTER age 50 born in SC
Mary FORSTER age 55 born in Scotland
Marcilla A.FORSTER age 18 born in SC
Delilah C. FORSTER age 16 born in NC
Malinda C. FORSTER age 12 born in TN
Thanks for writing!! I have not been able to connect the SC Foster families to my Buncombe Co Fosters..I did find the William Foster & Mary in 1850 & 60 Buncombe Co census..he was 60 & she 64 in 1860 & they were living in Averys Creek section of Buncombe Co. There was a Thomas H.Massey living near-by..Thomas H. Massey b.NC age 38 wife Linda (probably Malinda) C. b.TN age 38 with children Mary E. age 8 b.NC; David L. age 5; Matilda J. age 2.

I have traced my line from William Forrester b.1725 b. Ireland & wife Mary b. Ireland to William Forester Jr b.1748 (sometimes known as 2nd) wife Elizabeth Heath to Thomas Foster (Capt) b.1774 & wife Orra Sams..

Sorry I couldn't connect your line. There was another Foster line that came from Rutherford Co, NC to Buncombe & I could not connect them, although I did find most of that family..They were Edmond Foster Family..Keep me posted if you find more info..

Julia Anderson Garland

Children of William Forster and Mary are:
  i.   Marcilla A. Foster, born 1832 in South Carolina.
  ii.   Delilah C. Foster, born 1834 in North Carolina.
  19 iii.   Malinda Catherine Foster, born 1838 in Tennessee; married Thomas Henderson Massey Nov 20, 1851 in Madison County, North Carolina.

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