The following are my notes on Thomas, then his father Thomas P. McG. b. 1779 Chester co. PA (probably) and last his grandfather Thomas b. abt 1740/45 Ireland ,Co. Down (probably) THOMAS & ABIGAIL -supplied info re his mothers death in March 1845 -NOV./99I found a marriage record in AncestryWorld tree for Abigail and a Thomas McGuffin. The marriage took place July 2, 1829. I have lots of Thomas' but this is the only one not married and he is in the right place (Augusta County VA) at the right time.I think this is a good fit. -DEC/99 found a list of VA mrriages on Ancestry and there is a Thomas married Mary Matzker Nov. 18, 1841 in Fayette (county I think). Fayette is right next door to Greenbrier and Thomas & Abigails children were born in Greenbrier. I can not find another Thomas to fit this latest marriage. I think Abigail must have died and Thomas remarried to Mary. THOMAS P. MCGUFFIN & JEAN TEMPLETON -his father did not purchase land in VA until about 1804 so I'm quite sure this Thomas was born in Chester Co. PA.(near Philadelphia). -marriedJean Templeton (he is the second McGuffin to marry a Templeton girl. The 1st was Hugh- his older brother. -This info from Gwen Campbells Ref. book via" Rockbridge Co. Marriages" by Dorthie & Edwin Kirkpatrick. Married Jan. 27th 1806, Rockbridge Co. VA to Jane(Jean?) Templeton b. 1782 Rockbridge Co. daughter of John & Mary.d. March 29th,1854 buried in Mt. Carmel Cem. The 1830 census lists Edgar T. b. 1806, Thomas b. 1808?, Alfred b.Aug.25th,1809, Jamison D. b. 1811. THOMAS MCGUFFIN & NANCY? Thomaswas in Chester County -Oxford Twp in 1790. The last name was spelled McGaughin. In 1810 he was in Augusta Co. VA and the name is spelled McGriffin. Nolas notes read:Purchased land in Augusta Co. in 1804 & 1813. Married Agnes(Nancy?) probably in DE or PA(Newcastle Co. or Chester Co.) Agnes(Nancy) died in Augusta in 1829. He had 6 sons and a daughter. Hugh b. 1765 d. 1820/21, Richard 1769, Thomas 1779, James 1788, Archibald 1789, Samuel 1790, Elizabeth 1792. The break in births between 1779 & 1788 suggests to me that Agnes was wife #1 and Nancy was wife # 2. There are lots of Thomas' in the records and it certainly seems to have been a family name. One of course is a son and some are surely nephews or Gd children.