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Thomas and Brown Family


Living

Roberta Louise Thomas [Parents] was born on 7 Nov 1924 in Miami, Dade Co. Florida. She died on 3 Dec 1951 in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Co FL. She was buried in Hillcrest Cemetery, West Palm Beach, FL. She married Living on 28 Dec 1942.

Other marriages:
Living

1930 census data; age 5. - rhg Details from family: Marcia Boothe: graduated Pahokee High School in 1941; Private boarding school, Monteverde, Fla; school in Lake Worth. - rhg

~suicide due to threat of or confirmation of cancer. - MB


Living

Roberta Louise Thomas [Parents] was born on 7 Nov 1924 in Miami, Dade Co. Florida. She died on 3 Dec 1951 in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Co FL. She was buried in Hillcrest Cemetery, West Palm Beach, FL. She married 1 Living on 26 Nov 1948.

Other marriages:
Living

1930 census data; age 5. - rhg Details from family: Marcia Boothe: graduated Pahokee High School in 1941; Private boarding school, Monteverde, Fla; school in Lake Worth. - rhg

~suicide due to threat of or confirmation of cancer. - MB


John B. Thomas [Parents] was born about 1852 in Washington DC or Maryland. He died after 1910. He married Lucretia Brooks on 16 Nov 1877.

Other marriages:
Johnson, Florida Ann

Data from Thomas family (supp by Marcia Boothe): Census data:
1880: District 5, Precinct 6, Hillsborough Co FL Port Inspector.
1900: Trabue, DeSoto Co FL

Tradition claims he was a judge in Arcadia; McRae also said he was a commercial fisherman?

Census data (where the informant is a descendant) keeps repeating his birthplace as Washington DC rather than MD. (so far) - rhg MD comes up more frequently with the older data. Wondering if the confusion is that there is a Washington Co, Maryland?

There is a John Benjamin Thomas b. 6 Dec 1850 s/o Col. John Benjamin Thomas and Charlotte E. Thomas (1st cousin - married in Frederick Co MD) No evidence that this is the John B. we're looking for. This is raw data found online; no evidence that this John Benj. Thomas has any connection to our family. Noting here should there be a connection in the future. - rhg.

Seminole Indian Wars - shows a Benjamin Thomas PVT 02:021-22 and a Benj.. Thomas OVT 04:049, 04:051;
also JOHN. 3rd Seminole War was dated 1855-1858 so THIS John B. Thomas had just been born; however, again, we are placing the raw data here should we find a connection in the future. - rhg

Found John B. and wife, Florida, in the Palm Beach Co FL census for 1910!! Apparently, Florida was visiting, or in the process of moving to Palm Beach - and is shown in BOTH censuses. The marriage designation on the Wauchula, FL census DOES look like W for "widow" - however, she is shown with her husband in Palm Beach. Yes, it's the same person.
Sloppy handwriting on the part of the census taker, I assume. Interesting that the 1910 census in Wauchula indicates that Florida and John B. had been married for 26 years (and our belief, as well) - however, on the Palm Beach 1910 census -
both John and Florida show they have been married 12 years. Hmmm. And clear as a bell. - rhg

I've added "parents" to John B. - but they are a wild GUESS. Working on this. - rhg 2/2004

Lucretia Brooks [Parents] was born in 1855/1856 in Florida. She married John B. Thomas on 16 Nov 1877.

Family tradition shows her surname as Brooks - even with her parents; however, on Lucius Bard Thomas'
death cert. (her son) - his mother is listed as Lucretia BARD. ??

They had the following children:

  M i R. Bard Thomas was born about 1878 in Florida.

Data from Marcia Boothe: Census 1880- Dist 5, Prec 6, Hillsborough Co FL. - rhg
  M ii Otho N. Thomas was born in 1879 in Florida.
  M iii Lucius Bard Thomas

Thomas Brooks was born about 1820. He married Nancy Harper.

They had the following children:

  F i Lucretia Brooks

John B. Thomas [Parents] was born about 1852 in Washington DC or Maryland. He died after 1910. He married Florida Ann Johnson on 14 Sep 1884 in Polk Co FL.

Other marriages:
Brooks, Lucretia

Data from Thomas family (supp by Marcia Boothe): Census data:
1880: District 5, Precinct 6, Hillsborough Co FL Port Inspector.
1900: Trabue, DeSoto Co FL

Tradition claims he was a judge in Arcadia; McRae also said he was a commercial fisherman?

Census data (where the informant is a descendant) keeps repeating his birthplace as Washington DC rather than MD. (so far) - rhg MD comes up more frequently with the older data. Wondering if the confusion is that there is a Washington Co, Maryland?

There is a John Benjamin Thomas b. 6 Dec 1850 s/o Col. John Benjamin Thomas and Charlotte E. Thomas (1st cousin - married in Frederick Co MD) No evidence that this is the John B. we're looking for. This is raw data found online; no evidence that this John Benj. Thomas has any connection to our family. Noting here should there be a connection in the future. - rhg.

Seminole Indian Wars - shows a Benjamin Thomas PVT 02:021-22 and a Benj.. Thomas OVT 04:049, 04:051;
also JOHN. 3rd Seminole War was dated 1855-1858 so THIS John B. Thomas had just been born; however, again, we are placing the raw data here should we find a connection in the future. - rhg

Found John B. and wife, Florida, in the Palm Beach Co FL census for 1910!! Apparently, Florida was visiting, or in the process of moving to Palm Beach - and is shown in BOTH censuses. The marriage designation on the Wauchula, FL census DOES look like W for "widow" - however, she is shown with her husband in Palm Beach. Yes, it's the same person.
Sloppy handwriting on the part of the census taker, I assume. Interesting that the 1910 census in Wauchula indicates that Florida and John B. had been married for 26 years (and our belief, as well) - however, on the Palm Beach 1910 census -
both John and Florida show they have been married 12 years. Hmmm. And clear as a bell. - rhg

I've added "parents" to John B. - but they are a wild GUESS. Working on this. - rhg 2/2004

Florida Ann Johnson [Parents] was born on 1 Nov 1853 in Columbia Co FL. She died after 1910. She married John B. Thomas on 14 Sep 1884 in Polk Co FL.

Family data from Marcia Boothe: secondary birth date: 2 Nov 1854 FL; age 45 in June 1900. - census (washerwoman).; June 1, 1900 census of Punta Gorda (town) (now Charlotte Co) ; Precinct 7, DeSoto Co FL; April 15, 1910 in Wauchula FL.
Residence from 1850-1855 - Nocatee, DeSoto Co FL. 1866, Ft. Ogden area, DeSoto Co FL; Moved from Columbia Co.
// - rhg Added data: 1910 Wauchula census has Florida living with her daughter, Frances, and her husband, Wm. Krause. Son, Benjamin, age 18, is also with her. She is shown as a widow, age 56, born FL; Parents b. GA FL. Also noted, is that in 1910, little Beulah died in Wauchula (Feb). - rhg

From Johnson family researcher: Florida Ann was the 4th child of 8; 3rd daughter. We can get sibling's names. - rhg

1880 Polk Co Florida; ED 129, 2nd Elect. Precinct:
HH 342/343:
Johnson, Elias 60 Farmer GA GA GA
Elizabeth 45 FL GA GA
FLorida 26 FL FL GA
Marietta 18 FL FL GA
McCkemthon, Georgina 31 (dau) FL FL GA
Wm. 5 FL
A. Kar 4 FL
Mary 14 FL
Thomas 8 FL
James 6 FL
Ida 7 months (Oct) FL (grandkids - above)

Next door, Moses Johnson (son of Elias), age 27.

========================== rhg

They had the following children:

  F i Myra May Thomas was born in Aug 1886 in Florida. She died after 1910.
  F ii Frances Folsum "Frankie" Thomas
  F iii Beulah B. Thomas was born on 11 Apr 1891 in Florida. She died on 4 Feb 1910 in Wauchula, FL. She was buried in Wauchula Cem., Wauchula, FL.

Data from Thomas family (Marcia Boothe): 1900 Punta Gorda census - (now Charlotte Co FL). Looks, from the images, as if she was born 1890, age 9 at census. - rhg
  M iv John Benjamin Thomas

Elias E. Johnson was born on 15 Feb 1818 in Georgia USA. He married Elizabeth Keene on 3 Nov 1846 in Columbia Co FL.

Johnson family researcher had their marriage as 14 Sep 1884. This is obviously a typo. Checking . . . - rhg 1880 Polk Co FL, ED 129: shown as age 60, a farmer, GA GA GA.

Elizabeth Keene was born on 13 Jan 1832 in Appling or Tattnal Co GA. She married Elias E. Johnson on 3 Nov 1846 in Columbia Co FL.

1880 Polk Co census: shown as age 45 b. FL GA GA. - rhg

They had the following children:

  F i Florida Ann Johnson
  F ii Marietta Johnson was born calculated 1862 in FL.

1880 Polk Co FL census - shown as age 18 and single. - rhg

William J. Krause was born about 1874 in New York. He died after 1910. He married Frances Folsum "Frankie" Thomas about 1907.

1910 - Engineer at ice plant (near Wauchula?) Added data: census in Wauchula, Precinct 2; shown as age 36, born NY; both parents born Germany. Living with him is wife, Frankie, age 22, his mother-in-law, Florida and brother-in-law, Benjamin, age 18. - rhg

Frances Folsum "Frankie" Thomas [Parents] was born in Aug 1888 in Florida. She died on 10 Apr 1937/1939 in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Co FL. She married William J. Krause about 1907.

Other marriages:
Mizell, Napolean Washington

A nurse; in 1910 - Wauchula, DeSoto Co FL. - From family - Marcia Boothe. Added data: Nickname of Frankie from 1910 census of Wauchula, DeSoto Co FL. She and her husband are listed as HOH; with Mom and brother Benjamin with them. Frances is shown as age 22, md. 3 years; born Florida; Parents b. Wash DC and FL. They lived (in 1910) within a few houses of the D. A. Hendry family and several Carlton families (another Hendry family). - rhg

Death certificate (from GA) is rather slim pickings. No birthdate - only showing her age as 49 at death. Handwriting for death date is so poor - can't tell if it's 1929, 1939 or 1937. Given the age of 49 and the 1888 year that family tradition claims as her birthyear - the 1937 or 1939 is best for death date. Working on this. Mentioned that she was the wife of an undertaker; born Alabama (no way); and she died of complications from asthma. - rhg


Napolean Washington Mizell was born on 20 Feb 1894/1895 in Melrose, Volusia Co FL. He died in Dec 1971 in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Co FL. He married Frances Folsum "Frankie" Thomas after 1910.

Funeral Home Director. Data from Thomas family thru Marcia Boothe. - rhg Residence: West Palm Beach FL.

~SS# 263-07-1029 issued in FL

There is a Napolean Washington Mizell shown in the Palm Beach Co Courthouse Recs: Marriage dated 28 Nov 170 to Mary Wilma Toucberry/Pierpont (don't know which is maiden or former marriage). 17 Feb 1972, another entry categorized as CND (?)

Frances Folsum "Frankie" Thomas [Parents] was born in Aug 1888 in Florida. She died on 10 Apr 1937/1939 in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Co FL. She married Napolean Washington Mizell after 1910.

Other marriages:
Krause, William J.

A nurse; in 1910 - Wauchula, DeSoto Co FL. - From family - Marcia Boothe. Added data: Nickname of Frankie from 1910 census of Wauchula, DeSoto Co FL. She and her husband are listed as HOH; with Mom and brother Benjamin with them. Frances is shown as age 22, md. 3 years; born Florida; Parents b. Wash DC and FL. They lived (in 1910) within a few houses of the D. A. Hendry family and several Carlton families (another Hendry family). - rhg

Death certificate (from GA) is rather slim pickings. No birthdate - only showing her age as 49 at death. Handwriting for death date is so poor - can't tell if it's 1929, 1939 or 1937. Given the age of 49 and the 1888 year that family tradition claims as her birthyear - the 1937 or 1939 is best for death date. Working on this. Mentioned that she was the wife of an undertaker; born Alabama (no way); and she died of complications from asthma. - rhg


William Milton Brown [Parents] was born on 24 May 1875 in Pennsylvania. He died in Sep 1935 in Matecumbe Key, FL. He married Myrtle Mae Schneider on 10 Feb 1897 in Abilene, Dickinson Co, Kansas.

Data from Thomas family thru Marcia Boothe. Moved from Abilene to Ft. Lauderdale FL in 1912 - rhg Found a William Milton Brown in the Fla. Death Index: died Orange Co FL June 1958; Vol 1976; Cert 23370; also found a William Milton Brown in the 1917 recs. showing a birthdate of 24 May 1875 - registered in Broward Co FL. - rhg

Oldest child - from Bertha Thomas' notes (from Janice Coffee). - rhg

1880 census for Ness Co KS shows William as age 5 when enumerated 8 June 1880. That would mean he was born in 1875. This agrees with the Broward Co FL 1917 draft registration date. We had 29 Jul 1869 - the same date listed as the birthdate of Myrtle Mae Schneider Brown. I believe the dates were confused. We are accepting the documented dates - as shown in the 1917 regs and Mrytle's death cert. for the time being. - rhg

Myrtle Mae Schneider [Parents] was born on 29 Jul 1869 in Illinois. She died on 17 Aug 1935 in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Co FL. She was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, West Palm Beach, FL. She married William Milton Brown on 10 Feb 1897 in Abilene, Dickinson Co, Kansas.

Data from Thomas family thru Marcia Boothe. June 1900 census: Buckeye Twp., Dickinson Co KS. Marriage recs were originally found LDS Film re: TOWSILL, Myrtle md. BROWN, William 02-10-1897 Dickinson KS. Film 1015900; Cannot locate on online site now. - rhg Found a John Schneider in 1920 Dickinson CO KS (Center Twp) census: John Schneider is 70 yrs old; owns his home; came to this country 1881; naturalized 1887; born Germany. With him is his wife, Mary, age 63, also born GER GER GER. Household 190/212. Ed 35, page 17A. I'm not suggesting that this John is her father (too young) but could be a brother - except she claims on later census that she was born in IL. Included this - just in case. - rhg

Myrtle's first husband's surname = Toweill. This from Janice Coffee, GA, granddaughter of Beulah Brown and John Benjamin Thomas. Janice's mother, Bertha, was the family "collector" of memorabilia and some new data shows: Myrtle was about 8 years older than Wm. Brown. Other notes including their wagon trip to Oregon is included in the notes of William Milton Brown. - rhg

Death Cert. No 13634; Reg. No. 329 issued from State of Florida (in hand): Lists residence as 513 44th, West Palm Beach. Shows she was a resident in city or town: 13 years (abt 1922? - should be 1912 or resident for 23 years) Informant - K. V. Brown (Kenneth Valentine Brown, her son); died at home - heart attack. No father's name; mother's maiden name as Schneider (confirms). Buried at Hillcrest Cem on 18 Aug 1935. Date of death 17 Aug 1935 (month before her husband). Listed as Married to W. M. Brown. Date of Birth is shown as 29 Jul 1869 (we had 24 May 1861); birthplace Joliet, Ill. (confirms). The signing physician, A. V Sibert, attended her for 12 days. - [20 Feb 2003] rhg We are using the death cert. birthdate for the time being. We believe there was confusion with both their birthdates. - rhg

They had the following children:

  M i Keith Cameron Brown
  F ii Beulah Bertha Brown
  F iii Living
  F iv Nina Margaret Brown
  F v Beatrice Brown
  M vi Kenneth Valentine Brown
  M vii Bruce Beryl Brown was born on 9 Mar 1908 in Abilene, Dickinson Co, Kansas. He died in Jun 1927 in Pomona, Los Angeles Co, California.

Data from Marcia Boothe - death was caused by ditch cave-in,. - rhg
  F viii Wilda Brown

John Schneider was born about 1840. He married Miss Cameron.

Miss Cameron was born about 1840. She married John Schneider.

Hersurname is a guess from middle name of first child of son. Wm. M. - rhg

They had the following children:

  F i Myrtle Mae Schneider

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