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My Treadway Lineage

By Randall S. Treadway

Priscilla Davis and Aaron Treadway

This page is dedicated to my Grandfather; Hubert Harvey Treadway (1911 - 1977), and my Father; Benny George Treadway (1937 - 2011)

     Welcome to my Treadway Lineage. I have worked long and hard for many years to acquire the information I have below. I believe this information is correct to the best of my knowledge, but it is up to the individual genealogist to find exact proof for their records. Some of this information was given to me, and not all has been verified. There are many people to thank for the information below, as this was not just a one man project. Thanks to Jared Treadway, Doris Woodington, Garnett Sprinkle, Randall Davis, Daniel Treadway, Claudia Angel, and so many others, for without all of you this page would not be what it is today. If you find any discrepancies please email me. I was finally able to go to North Carolina and Maryland in August of 2000, and was thrilled to find much needed information and many corrections to the below families. Please make sure to check them out. I hope you will find this page helpful to you, and who knows, maybe we will connect.


    The English Surname of Treadway originated from the Cornish name Thretheway. Thretheway stands for "Settlement of Little David". There are many derivatives of the name: Threthway, Tredway, Tredaway, Treadaway, and Tredoway.


     A special thank you goes out to my brother Craig, who traveled to Maryland and gathered much needed information for me, along with supplying me with many books. This page would be incomplete without his help. Thanks Craig. And I would also like to thank Hubert Treadway (My Uncle Hubie) for all the information he has given me on our lines as well.

Descendants of Thomas Tredway

**********  1st Generation  **********

     Thomas was born ca 1700, possibly in Maryland. He arrived in Baltimore County ca 1718. From a deposition made by Thomas Tredway in 1774, provided by Jared Tredway (Thanks Jared), Thomas states the following: "He was 74 years of age, and that he knew Antil Deaver since coming to this county in 1718, when he was a boarder of Antil's. He also stated that he worked for John Webster in 1719." Thomas became a farmer, and an Inn holder, owning a large plantation and tracts of land on the upper Chesapeake Bay, near Joppa. His staple crop was tobacco. According to Dr. Alexander Hamilton, whom a book was written on, he states that Thomas was a large pursy man. Thomas was married four times and had 9 children.  His first wife was Ann _____ (1724 -1734), 2nd wife was Mary Bull/Ball (1734 -1741/42), 3rd wife was Elizabeth McComas (1743 -1759/60), and his fourth wife was Mary Lee Lynch Gittings (1761 -1782).

      Here are a few facts about Thomas: From the Baltimore Co. Families Book, pg. 650, by Robert W. Barnes: On 10 June 1757, William and Elizabeth Smith conveyed Thomas Treadway, innholder, 160? a. Turkey Hills and Strawberry Hills. On 04 May 1759, Thomas and wife Elizabeth (McComas) conveyed to John Goodwin 40 a. White Oak Bottom and 70 a. Strawberry Hills. Also from the same book, pg: 650: On 25 April 1769, Thomas and wife Mary (Gittings) conveyed 50 a. Turkey Hills and Strawberry Hills to Joseph Stiles. From Jared Treadway (Again many thanks): Baltimore Co., Maryland Deeds JLG-0-31, Dated 1798 (Deed was not recorded properly on 25 April 1769). Thomas purchased a tract of land called "Come by Chance" from James Osborn for £600 near Joseph Giles house containing 50 acres called Strawberry Hills. Strawberry Hills.

     In Thomas' golden years he retired from Inn keeping in Long Green Valley, Baltimore Co., Maryland.  It is not known the actual parentage of Thomas, but as more and more records are becoming available, we soon will. There are many stories, but none have yet to be proven. Please note that some family members went by Tredway and others Treadway. I will try a spell them correctly when I find the info.

     Thomas married first to Ann _____, around 1724 in Maryland. Ann witnessed the Will of John Deaver on 03 Jan 1731 in Baltimore Co., Maryland. She also appeared on 18 Mar 1731 before Thomas Sheredine, Dep. Commissioner and swore an oath that she was a witness to the said Will. Ann probably died not too long after the birth of he last child John as I could not find any other records of her, and then we see Thomas marrying again in December of that same year.

1. Daniel Tredway, born: 22 Nov 1724, died: 25 May 1810, married Sarah Norris of Harford Co., Maryland on 02 Aug 1744 in the Spesutiae Church, Upper Node Forrest, Baltimore Co., Maryland, now the Bethel Church, in Harford Co., Maryland. Sarah was born on 15 Jan 1727, the daughter of Edward Norris and Hannah Scott. Edward Norris mentions his daughter Sarah Treadway in his Will dated 05 December 1761, Baltimore Co., Maryland. Sarah Treadway was also the Executor to her fathers Will (Wife of Daniel Treadway). Daniel and Sarah had 10 children. They all were born on their homestead in the Upper Node Forrest. Daniel and Sarah are both buried on their homestead. Their children were: Thomas, Daniel, Susan, Nancy, Edward, Hannah, Crispen, John Norris, Mary, Sarah Treadway.

2. Mary Tredway, born 08 Nov 1726 in Baltimore Co., Maryland, married Clothworthy Cunningham (Thanks Jared). Clothworthy was born ca 1720. She was listed in Richard and Jane Tredway's son Thomas Tredway's Will dated 21 Jul 1749 in Baltimore Co., Maryland. Mary witnessed the Will of Mary Deaver on 29 Jul, 1749 along with her father Thomas and step mother Elizabeth. Mary was also mentioned in her brother John's Will dated 1767. Mary was also left a "stript potting gound (gown)" in Mary Lee Tredway's (her step mother) Will dated 1779. Clothworthy died on 29 Aug 1780 in Harford Co., Maryland. Mary was listed as the administratrix to her husbands estate. Mary, however, was not listed in her fathers Will, possibly due to the matters caused by her husband Clothworthy's estate. Mary and Clothworthy's children were listed in Mary's fathers will. Children: George Cory, James, Thomas, Crispen, and Daniel Cunningham.

3. Thomas Tredway, born: 20 May 1730, died young (Not mentioned in brother John's Will).

4. John Tredway, born: 25 Jan 1734, died: 24 Dec 1767, married twice, first to Elizabeth Osborne on 03 Mar 1761 in Baltimore Co., Maryland. Elizabeth was the former wife of Benjamin Osborne. Children: Milcah. John married second to Sarah Griffith on 12 Jan 1764, the daughter of Samuel Griffith and Mary Raven. Sarah died on 20 Jan 1766. John died on 24 Dec 1767 in Baltimore Co., Maryland. Children: Elizabeth Treadway.

     Thomas Tredway married second to Mary Bull/Ball on 27 Dec 1734/35 in Baltimore Co., Maryland. Mary was born 13 Jan 1707/08, and died sometime after 1741.

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5. Crispen Tredway, born: 19 June 1736, died young (Not mentioned in brother John's Will).

6. William Tredway, (See 2nd Generation), born: 23 Oct 1738.

7. Martin Tredway, born: 07 Oct 1741, died young (Not mentioned in brother John's Will).

     Thomas married for the third time to Elizabeth McComas ca 1743 in Maryland. Elizabeth was born 04 Nov 1718 in Baltimore Co., Maryland to William McComas and Hannah Scott. William McComas mentions his daughter Elizabeth Tredway in his Will, dated 01 Sep 1747, Baltimore Co., Maryland, leaving her a slave named Phylis. Thomas and Elizabeth witnessed the Will of Mary Deaver on 29 Jul, 1749, along with his daughter Mary Cunningham. Elizabeth died sometime after 1759.  Their children were:

8. Aaron Tredway, born 02 Nov 1744 in Baltimore Co., Maryland, migrated to Virginia, then to North Carolina, and finally settling in Kentucky. He married Eleanor Bounds, the daughter of Jesse A and Nancy Ann Bounds. Aaron purchased land on the Big Ivy River in 1794. It has been said that Aaron had all girls, however, the 1790 Burke Co., North Carolina census lists four males in his household; 2 over 16 years of age (1 being Aaron himself), and 2 males under 16 years of age. Aaron died in 1805 in Christian Co., Kentucky. Their children were: Son, John, Nancy, Ellen, Lena, Jennie, Melinda, and Robert Tredway.

9. Moses Tredway, born: 22 Feb 1746, died: 27 Nov 1805 in Prince George Co., Virginia (Death date from Virginia Vital Records, pg. 156), married Sarah Hopkins, the daughter of Joseph Hopkins and Mary Baldwin. Moses kept a tavern in Manchester, Virginia and later relocated Powhatten Co, and then to Prince Edward Co., Virginia. All of their children were born in Virginia. Their children were: William, Thomas, Elizabeth, Thomas, Moses, John, Sarah, and Mary Tredway.

     Thomas married for the fourth time to widow Mary (Lee) Lynch Gittings on 26 Jan 1761 in Long Green Valley, Baltimore Co., Maryland. Mary was the daughter of James Lee and Margaret Wilson, widow of John Wilson. Mary was married first to James Lynch. She married second to Thomas Gittings. She died 11 Dec 1782, and is buried in the Gittings family plot in the Long Green Valley Cemetery, Baltimore Co., Maryland. Thomas Treadway and Mary never had children together, but Mary had children by her first and second husbands.

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     Thomas outlived all four of his wives. He died at the age of 86 years in 1786, at the home of his son Daniel Tredway. He is buried on that homestead in Madonna, Harford Co., Maryland. From Jared Treadway: Daniel was the heir at law of his father Thomas. He sold the 10 acre tract of land called Strawberry Hills and Turkey Hills for 5 shillings to Herman Stump. The land is described as that being near land condemned for a mill by the name of the Old Mill, and which stands on James Run on the north side of the post road bordering land owned by John Bull called Bull's Lot, together with all houses, outhouses, stables, coach houses, improvements and advantages.

     There was also a Thomas Tredway living in Baltimore Co., Maryland, who left a will dated 21 July 1749-02 Aug 1749, in which he named his cousin Thomas Brown, friend Thomas Tredway, and Mary Cunningham as his administrators. This Thomas Tredway I believe was the son of Richard Treadway and Miss Jane (Parker)...

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     Note: Many people believe that this Thomas Tredway of which this page is about, was the son of Richard Treadway, who was the son of Josiah Tredway. I have looked through Josiah Treadway's Will and there is no mention of a Richard nor any of his children. But, many people state that Richard had passed before Josiah and that is why he is not mentioned in the Will. I would also like to note that I can find no proof of Crispen Tredway being the father of this Thomas either, although the name of Crispen traveled down many lines of Daniel Tredway's family. Let's hope we can find out soon.

**********  2nd Generation  **********

     William Tredway born 23 Oct 1738 in Baltimore Co., Maryland, migrated Virginia with his brothers Aaron, and Moses. Moses stayed in Virginia, Aaron went to North Carolina, and then to Kentucky. William located in Washington Co., Virginia. William received a 200 acre Land Grant that adjoined Colonel Henderson's boundary line on 30 Aug 1781. William built a mill on this land. He fought in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. William later migrated to Buncombe Co., North Carolina, and then to Sullivan Co., Tennessee, owning lands in these states. He received a 300 acre North Carolina Land Grant on 09 Nov 1784. On 09 Aug 1787, he received an additional North Carolina Land Grand for 150 acres located in Sullivan Co., Tennessee. On 20 Feb 1796, he transferred 150 acres on the north side of the Holston River to Francis Bird of Hawkins Co., North Carolina. He sold the other 150 acres of land to Charles Ison on 14 Mar 1796. His wife's name is unknown. William died on 14 Mar 1796? and is thought to have been buried in Sullivan Co., Tennessee. William's children were:

1. Daniel Tredway, born: Baltimore Co., Maryland, married Mary Young on on 08 Aug 1782 in Maryland. Daniel died in Maryland? Daniel and Mary had 3 sons, who went with her to Kentucky. I do not have the names of all three. I only have one. He was: Robert Treadway.

2. Robert Treadway,born 1762 in Baltimore Co., Maryland, married Nancy Lynch on 05 November 1784 in Scott Co., Virginia. Nancy was born 1763 in Albemarle Co., Virginia to John Lynch and Hannah Short. Robert was a soldier in the U. S. Army under Captain John Carns and he served in the Regiment of North Carolina Volunteers. He fought in many battles which included: The battle of High Hills of the Santee in October of 1780, the battle of Cross Roads in South Carolina, the battle of Monks’ Corners, and the battle at Goose Creek. Robert made an Amendatory Statement in regards to his Revolutionary Pension in Sullivan Co., Tennessee on 26 March 1833. Robert died on 16 Nov 1834 in Sullivan Co., Tennessee. Nancy made a Declaration for benefits for her husband Robert's pension in the Carter Co., Tennessee court on 13 December 1839. Nancy died on 18 Feb 1845 in Carter Co., Tennessee. Their children were: John, William, Robert, Elizabeth, Sarah "Sally", Letitia, Patsey, Nancy, Jane, Susan Treadway.

3. William Treadway, (See 3rd Generation), born: 1766, Baltimore Co., Maryland.

4. Nancy Tredway, born: 05 Oct 1773, Washington Co., Virginia, married William Finley on 15 Aug 1789 in Sullivan Co., Tennessee. William was born in Maryland, and died on 17 Feb 1815 in Robertson Co., Tennessee. Their children were: William Jr., Thomas, Mary, Susanna, Elizabeth, Richard Finley.

5. Isham Treadway, born: 1775. He lived in Robertson Co., Tennessee. He married Hannah _____. Isham purchased 177 acres of land at a public auction on 26 July 1805 in Robertson Co., Tennessee. Isham left a Will in which was written on 28 Sept 1817 in Robertson Co., Tennessee. Isham died ca 1818. Their children were: Benjamin, Aaron, William, Polly, John, Elizabeth, and Isham Treadway.

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**********  3rd Generation  **********

     William Treadway, Jr., born 1766 in Baltimore Co., Maryland. He married Judith _____.William purchased an unspecified amount of land on 26 Jan 1801 from Christopher Vickery of Pendleton Co., South Carolina located on the branch of Ivy, beginning on Vickery's line, and below Ritchey's Improvement. In 1804 and 1805, William added 90 additional acres on the east side of Gabriel's Creek for 60 pounds, and 102 1/2 acres from John Holcombe on 15 July 1805. William was a Justice of the Peace in 1793 for Morristown (Asheville), North Carolina. William must have died before 1850, as Judith was living with her son John in the 1850, Buncombe Co. Census.  It is not known where William and Judith are buried, possibly in Buncombe Co., North Carolina. It has been said that William and Judith had 11 children; five sons and 6 daughters, but these children are all that I have for them at this time:

1. Christoper Treadway, born: 1797, married Polly _____. Polly was born in Virginia in 1798. Christopher received land grants from the state of North Carolina amounting to 240 acres of land. Christopher was listed in the 1815 Ashe Co., North Carolina Tax List. I have no other information on them other than one daughter. She was: Polly Treadway.

2. Robert Peter "R. P." Treadway, born 1806 in North Carolina, married Elizabeth _____. Elizabeth was born ca 1806 in North Carolina. Robert appears to have migrated to several states. I found him and his family in the 1850 Clay Co., Kentucky Census. This census states that Minerva and James were born in South Carolina. They were also listed in the 1870 and 1880 Manchester, Clay Co., Kentucky Census. Robert and Elizabeth's children were: William B., Delilah, Minerva Jane, James M., Robert P., Amy, and John H. Treadway.  Here are a few interesting facts:

From Deed Book 1, pg. 336 10 Sep 1832, Yancey Co., North Carolina:

     I Robert P. Treadway, am bound unto John Roberts $1,200 to be void on condition I make deed to 700 acres, all mines and mettles reserved unto John G. Blount, on Big Laurel and waters thereof to include the plantation R. P. Treadway now lives on and the improvements where Wm. Henlee once lived on Laurel above Tredaway. Wit: Wm. H. Runion and James Keith.

From Deed Book 1, pg. 200, 04 Dec 1837, Yancey Co., North Carolina:

     Thomas Wilson, Esquire, High Sheriff of Yancey Co. to Joseph Rice of Yancey Co. Execution from August Court the Estate of Robert P. Treadway in favor of Jeremiah Redman. In favor of Yancey and Clark Co., as on record, died sieze no goods or chattles to be found, and in Yancey Co. as follows, beg. on John Roberts line on waters of Big Laurel bounded by Joseph Rice and others known by the name of Sycamore Bottom, the Treadway Tract, apart of the John G. Blount survey, on which R. P. Treadway lived and on what John Roberts now lives, 180 acres, public sale 04 Oct 1837 in Burnsville. Joseph Rice became highest bidder. Wit: Andrew C. Callison and James S. Ruble.

3. Aaron Treadway, (See 4th Generation), born: 27 July 1810, Sullivan Co., Tennessee.

4. John Treadway, b: 1813, Tennessee. He married Nancy "Betty" Teague. Betty was born in 1815 in Buncombe Co., North Carolina, the daughter of Henry Edward Teague and Anna Elizabeth Paine. John and Nancy were listed in the 1880 Leicester, Buncombe Co. Census as living with their daughter and son-in-law; Sarah A. and Leander Martin. John and Nancy's children were: Matthew Madison, Nathaniel Ervin, Sarah A., Catherine "Kate", Eliza L., Lucinda, Edward R., John Robert, and Rebecca Treadway.

5. Rebecca Treadway, b: 30 October 1818. She married Rev. John Parham. John was born on 01 December 1818 in North Carolina, the son of Littleton Parham and Elizabeth "Betsy" Martin. Rebecca died in 1902. John died on 20 May 1887. They both are buried in the Mountain View Cemetery, Buncombe Co., North Carolina. Their children were: Narcissus Caroline, Posey, Judahem, Elizabeth, Joseph Franklin, Nancy N., and Henry E. Parham.

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