Name: Thomas CHRYSTIE
Given Name: Thomas
Birth: 12 Apr 1752 in Scotland
Death: 1812 in Hanover, Virginia
1. From Rosemarie Christie Benefield
Change Date: 18 Aug 2005 at 10:08:29
WILL OF THOMAS CHRYSTIE
14 Feb 1810
All my estate, real and personal, to the sons of my deceased brother James Chrystie, late of New York, to be equally divided amongst all of them, excepting as follows.
To each of my sisters Janet Sommerville, Agnes Curtis and Elizabeth Chrystie the sum of ten guineas, to buy a ring or any thing else they may think proper as a memorial of me.
To Hannah Spurlock the house where she and her husband now live together with the lot belonging thereto, as also an annuiety of twenty dollars during her natural life.
The law of this Commonwealth not permitting the emancipation of slaves, I desire that Aggy may be permitted to chuse any situation most agreeable to her, that she shall enjoy the sole benefit of her labour and if that should be insufficient for her support that my executors will add such an allowance further as may be deemed sufficient to support her. Bob, Billy and Jinny to be hired out and twelve dolars given to Bob out of his hire, at the expiration of each year, exclusive of the usual terms of hiring. If any of them desire to be sold they shall be at liberty to chuse their master or mistress, but they are not to be sold contrary to their wish or carrried out of the state unless they desire it.
My slave Nelson to my nephew John Chrystie and Agnes to Adden Chrystie, the wife of my nephew James of New York.
My wearing apparel to be equally divided between Robert Spurlock and James Moody.
Thos. Chrystie, James Chrystie, Ben: Oliver Junr. and Wm. Dandridge Claiborne executors. Tho. Chrystie
26 Feb. 1812. Hanover Co., Va. Offered for proof by Benjamin Oliver junr. William Cunningham and Benjamin Brand declare they are well acquainted with hand writing of the deceased. Test William Pollard C.H.C. A copy teste Tho. Pollard D.C.H.C.
The heirs of Thomas Chrystie were allowed land as surgeon of artillery for seven months and fifteen days over seven years in the Continental line. On 11 April 1812 warrant 6044 for 625 acres was issued to Thos. Chrystie, James Chrystie, John Chrystie and Albert Chrystie.
22 July 1812, City of New York. Certificate that Thomas Chrystie, James Chrystie, John Chrystie, and Albert Chrystie of the City of New York are the only sons and heirs of James Chrystie, late of the City of New York, living at the time of the decease of Dr. Thomas Chrystie, late of Hanovertown, Va., which Dr. Thomas Chrystie was the brother of James Chrystie.
In the Bounty Warrant file of Thomas Christie (Chrystie) (surgeon) at the Virginia State Library appears the following information:
A letter written by Thomas Chrystie from Han Town, 19 Nov. 1811, stated he entered public service in March or April 1776 as surgeon ofthe brigantine Liberty of sixteen guns. He performed one cruise under Capt. Thomas Lilly. In the fall or winter of 1777 he quit naval service and was appointed surgeon to the 1st Regiment of Artillery commanded by Charles Harrison and Lt. Col. Edward Carrrington and served to the end of the war in the middle of Oct. 1783. He returned to Hanover Co., Va., after conducting a vessel load of sick soldiers and invalids from Charleston SC., to Blk Town MD., and then proceeded to Philadelphia to deliver up his medicine chest etc., to the Chief of the Hospital at that place.
Another letter dated 28 Nov. 1811 stated he went in 1778 with the regiment to Valley Forge and continued with the army until Gen. Gates' detachment went to the South. When peace was announced in 1783 he was on duty with the corps to which he belonged on James' Island near Charleston, SC. Another paper states he was surgeon in the garrison at Yorktown from Jan. or Feb. 1778 until appointed surgeon to the 1st Regiment of Artillery.
Source: The following information is contained among the papers in Land Office Military Certificates, Box 35, folder 28, at the Virginia State Library. These papers were brought to the attention of the Editor by Miss Daphne Gentry of the Archives Division staff.
2. Information on Chrystie family lines from: Adden Balis Chrsytie of San Francisco, CA.
Father: John CHRYSTIE
Mother: Janet CLARKSON