For many years, you have debated on the parent of John Thurmond of Edgefield County SC Many of you have read that John Thurmond and Molly Dickerson of VA were married and John was the son of Phillip. His wife Molly dies he went on to marry Elizabeth Thurmond- I have heard Goode, Gutridge. It's Thurmond. He then moves on to Edgefield SC.
Of course the will of 1808 of John Thurmond in Lincoln County Ky proves this to be incorrect. This John Thurmond of Lincoln County, Ky is the John that married Molly Dickerson.
John Thurmond of Edgefield is the son of John Thurmond Sr. and Elizabeth is the daughter of Phillip Thurmond.
That is not to say that all the people that wanted to believe that John Thurmond of Phillip was married to Molly Dickerson were wrong. Interestly enough, they were correct.
The only thing is they had the wrong location. John Thurmond, son of Phillip does marry Molly Dickerson, but ends up in Lincoln County, Kentucky and the will is proved in January, 1808.
Both sides are correct. The John of Edgefield, that so many thought was the son of John were right all along. The others were correct up to a point and that point is location and the marriages. I can understand both sides strongly divided in this, but if you search the records you will come to the same conclusion.
This is my opinion on these families. If you do the research on this family, then hopefully it will bear me out sometime in the future.