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Thomas SPAIN born 7/12/1760 in Sussex/Surry County Virginia, son of Drury and Mildred SPAIN. Enlisted in the Revolutionary war on the 10th of February 1777 for three years, in the North Carolina 5th Regiment under Colonel James ARMSTRONG in Captain James MAYO's company. Fought in the battles of Brandywine, Germantown and Momouth. Was in Charleston, South Carolina during the British seige and in May of 1780 was taken prisoner at the surrender. His three year enlistment had been served before his capture, therefore when he was released in an exchange of prisoners, he also received his discharge and returned home to Pitt County, North Carolina. Thomas SPAIN was a drummer in the service.