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Terry Mason's Family History Site

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Selected Families and Individuals

Notes


Judge John Henry Summerville Thomas

DESCENDANTS: Booklet - Thomas Family Reunion in Dallas, TX, 18 Jun 1994; Prepared by Jean Fladger Shanelec. Lists hundred of descendants of this couple.

CENSUS: Siever Co. 1830
John THOMAS
2 males under 5 1 female under 5
1 male 5-10 2 females 5-10
1 male 10-15 1 female 15-20
1 male 15-20 1 female 30-40
1 male 40-50

MILITARY: TENNESSEANS IN THE WAR OF 1812 by Sistler (p 492). War of 1812: John Thomas served as a private in a company of "Mounted Infantry" commanded by Captain William Mitchell in the Regiment of East Tennessee Militia under command of Col. Samuel Wear and Col. Samuel Bunch. Also took part in Indian Wars and Mormon encounter.

BIOGRAPHY: Letter from Lucy Kruse, 325 Seale St., Kingsville, TX 78363; Mar 1999; to T.Mason(file: Isaac Thomas); EXTRACT: Was 1st Chief Justice of Texas.

BURIAL: Thomas Family Reunion, Dallas, TX; 18Jun1994; Jean Alice Fladger Shanelec. NOTE: Buried in Thomas Graveyard but casket removed in 1900 and placed in Durgin plot, Greenwood Cemetery.

NAME: Some family records indicate a middle initial of "H". His obituary has "S". One printed biography list middle name of "Summerville".

OBITUARY: Weekly Herald Newspaper. Judge John Thomas, one of the oldest citizens of this county, died at his residence, eight miles north of Dallas, an Sunday morning last, after a protracted illness. Judge Thomas was well known to the older citizens of this city and county. He came to Texas thirty years ago this spring, and settled on the place on which he died. For the past two years he has been confined to his house by paralysis, we believe, but until the last ten days, had shown no sign of the near approach of death. He leaves a large family connection and a host of warm and sympathizing friends to mourn his departure. He was buried on yesterday afternoon, on his homeplace.

OBITUARY: THOMAS-Departed this life at his residence near Dallas, on the 11th instant, Judge John S. Thomas, in the 82nd year of his age.

Judge Thomas was born in Sevier county, Tennessee. After marriage in 1812, he removed to Missouri, and thence to Texas, thirty-one years ago.

One of the oldest settlers in this county, he had, by integrity as a citizen and kindly civility as a neighbor, made for himself an enviable reputation through all this county. The generous hospitality of his home is fresh in the memory of many of the early settlers, as well as of the earlier travelers through these then wild prairies. He reared a most reputable family of children, who now are among the best people of our county. At his death the family numbered about fifty-five, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

The deceased, stricken down with paralysis on the third Sabbath in April, 1873, lay upon his bed helpless as a child for nearly two years. Well do we remember that fatal Sabbath, the last day he was ever able to sit at his table.

He joined the Methodist Episcopal Church south, in the fall of 1872, in which he lived in good and acceptable standing till he died.

True, he came into the vineyard at the eleventh hour, yet in the evening the Master sent for him to receive his reward.

Though speechless and helpless for about eighteen months, filial affection and tenderness unfaltering ministered day and night around the bedside of the stricken father.

And now the aged husband and wife have met again, their bodies side by side in the churchyard, and their spirits in the mansion prepared for the good. "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord."

W. H. L. Dallas, Texas,. April 15, 1875. [The Galveston Christian Advocate and St. Louis Advocate.]


Hannah Andes

OBITUARY: W. H. S. Texas Christian Advocate, and Nashville Advocate. Dallas, Texas, June 23, 1872.
Departed this life, June 20th, at the old homestead in Dallas county, in the 77th year of her age, Mrs Hannah Thomas, wife of Judge John S. Thomas, a native of Rockingham county, Va., the deceased removed to Tennessee when a child, was converted and joined the Methodist Church at the age of 16, and was married in 1815. After marriage the husband and wife, in 1833 moved to Missouri; thence to Texas in 1844, the 24th of May of which year they reached Cedar Springs, then in the county of Nacogdoches, at which time this was a comparative wilderness, there being only 12 families within the limits of the present county of Dallas.

Among the very pioneers of these western wilds, she brought with her those elevated principles of female character that at once made her, her home and her family a nucleus for a higher state of society; which she lived long enough to see developed into a larger and useful circle, and one of the best neighborhoods in all this county.

As a wife, she made her house a "home" to husband, children and friends. As a mother, laying first the example by early uniting with the church at Cochran's Chapel (consisting of only ten members,) she so reared up her children under pious auspices, that in them and her large circle of grandchildren, may be readily seen how the "works of the good do follow them." As a neighbor, the poor and needy will bear testimony that she was the "good Samaritan," universally beloved, with a kind word for everybody, with ever ready charity for others' errors, the whole community esteemed her with filial regard.

Confined to her room and bed mostly for the last eleven years, she never abated in cheerfulness, nor failed in trust or in resignation to the Divine Will. Like a true servant of the Master, often by her prayer and admonitions had she ministered christian consolation to the dying, and cheered the bereaved in their sorrows.

In all her illness, husband nor children ever wearied in relieving her wants. Yet with her the life - chords gradually weakened, till the 20th of June, they ceased to vibrate and the aged servant of God calmly rested in the arms of her Redeemer.

A few more toils and trials, and others of that home will go to join her on the blissful shores. May God, our Father give light to this darkened household, comfort to the desolate consort and bereaved children, and deeply impress her exemplary life and peaceful death upon their hearts, that every grand-child may sooner or later be gathered into the church of God, and finally come up to renew the family circle above where shall be no more parting or tears.


John P. Thomas

DIED-BURIAL: of typhoid fever and buried in Jalapa. Military Service in Mexican War (Dallas Company).


Elizabeth Thomas

February 10, 1834 - Carroll County Missouri - Margaret M. (Peggy) Jenkins marrries Jeremiah Maston Ellis. Marriage performed by Jonathan Eppler, J.P. Carroll County records, who Book A-1. Comments: Son of Elizabeth Thomas Ellis, daughter of Isaac Thomas and sister of Ailsie Thomas Eppler.


Dr John W. Porter

ESTATE: Deed Book H in registrar's office.


Elizabeth Thomas

February 10, 1834 - Carroll County Missouri - Margaret M. (Peggy) Jenkins marrries Jeremiah Maston Ellis. Marriage performed by Jonathan Eppler, J.P. Carroll County records, who Book A-1. Comments: Son of Elizabeth Thomas Ellis, daughter of Isaac Thomas and sister of Ailsie Thomas Eppler.


Henry Massengill Thomas

WILL: Will Book #1, Sevier County Tennessee, Pages, 162 and 163, Feb.11, 1869
I HENRY M. THOMAS of the County of Sevier and State of Tennessee do make and constitute this my last will and Testament.

FIRST.
It is my will that my wife Sarah Thomas have all my estate both real and personal of every kind for her use and benefit for and during her natural life except my Town lot herein after to be disposed of.

SECOND.
It is my will that at the death of my wife Sarah that my two sons, McKindre P. Thomas and P.H. Thomas have my lands lying in the 5th District of Sevier County requiring them to pay the following amount to my other heirs, viz. Nine hundred dollars to my daughter, Penelope Felker, nine hundred dollars to the children of my deceased daughter Eliza Hammer and two hundred dollars to the children of deceased daughter Sally Rinehart the above amount to be paid with interest within one year after the death of my wife.

THIRD.
It is my will that at the death of my wife all the personal estate and money remaining on hand be equally divided among all my children or their descendents.

FOURTH.
It is my will that after my death that my Executors sell my town lot at either public or private Sale as they may think best and appropriate the proceeds of Said Sale first to the payment of my funeral expenses and any just debts that I might then be owing and any necessary expenses that may be incurred in Settling up my business and to pay the remainder to my wife for her use and benefit.

FIFTH.
It is my will that should my wife at any time be unable from affliction or otherwise to attend to carrying on the farm that Executor assist her in attending to it.

SIXTH.
I do hereby appoint my two sons, M.P. Thomas and P.H. Thomas my Executors to execute this my last will and Testament. Witness my hand and Seal this 11th day of February 1869

The above will was signed and acknowledged in our presence and attested by us at the request of the Testator this 11th day of February 1869.
M.W. McCown
Isaac Trotter


Dennis Massengill Thomas

RESEARCHER: Information sent from Doug to Jami Weaver on 23 Jun 2004.

"I have a transcription of some Bible records that read like this:
Sarah E. Thomas - Her Bible, the daughter of ______ Thomas
Dennis Thomas was born August the twenty second 1801
Jerusha Thomas was born August the tenth 1802
Isaac Thomas was born the twentieth of January 1821
William Thomas was born November the fifth 1823
Mary (?) Elizabeth Thomas was born December the first 1825
Dennis B. Thomas was born the 31 day of May 1830
The Bible records are pretty clear evidence of the correct birthdates. The Bible records I obtained were from a Walden uncle who died in the 1970s. He was the son of Harry Walden and a Graham. They had been passed down in the Graham family of Sevier Co, then Davidson Co., Tennesee."


Jerusha Henderson

BIRTH: See notes for husband Dennis Thomas for bible records and date of birth of first children.


Dennis Massengill Thomas

RESEARCHER: Information sent from Doug to Jami Weaver on 23 Jun 2004.

"I have a transcription of some Bible records that read like this:
Sarah E. Thomas - Her Bible, the daughter of ______ Thomas
Dennis Thomas was born August the twenty second 1801
Jerusha Thomas was born August the tenth 1802
Isaac Thomas was born the twentieth of January 1821
William Thomas was born November the fifth 1823
Mary (?) Elizabeth Thomas was born December the first 1825
Dennis B. Thomas was born the 31 day of May 1830
The Bible records are pretty clear evidence of the correct birthdates. The Bible records I obtained were from a Walden uncle who died in the 1970s. He was the son of Harry Walden and a Graham. They had been passed down in the Graham family of Sevier Co, then Davidson Co., Tennesee."


Andrew Jackson Chambers

See letter in scrapbook of Marusa Chambers Atchley written on 13 Sep 1932 in Sevierville, Tennessee. "My grandfather was Andrew Chambers too, a brother of Martha Chambers Atchley. He died at the age of 95 or 96 when I was a little girl. I scarcely remember him. He first married a Houk and the second time a Henderson."


Rev. Samuel Douthit

Was a well known Methodist minister.


Mary Polly Ann Timotley or Motlow

NAME-DATES: Researched notes of Jean Shanelec, sent to T.Mason, Oct 1998; Lists 10 children.