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211. Christopher Yancy THOMAS was born on 21 November 1851 in Calhoun County, Arkansas.56,89,90 He died on 9 April 1899 at the age of 47 in Fannin County, Texas.89,90

1880 Census. Fannin Co TX. Precinct 4, Hh 35
C. Y. Thomas, age 28, Farmer, b. AR, father b. VA, mother b. NC
L. E. Thomas [female], wife, age 24, b. AL as were her parents
Ella G., 4 months, b. TX in February, daughter.
Washington Cason, age 2, stepson, b. GA
J. W. Rowden, age 20, Boarder, works on farm, b. MO

An online database had C. Y. Thomas's wife as Lydia Elizabeth Johnson. She was first married to John W. Cason by whom she had a son Washington Cason, b. 7 Nov 1877, Titus, TX, d. 1 Feb 1960, Kiowa, Pittsburg Co, Oklahoma. She died 7 Feb 1884, Bonham, TX
With the above information I discovered her grave, Willow Wild Cemetery, Bonham, with the dates as born 9 May 1856, died 7 Feb 1884.


Found 14 April 1899 issue Fannin Co., Texas "Bonham News"

Sunday morning at 4 o'clock Christopher Yancy Thomas died at his home in
this city after a weeks' illness. On the Monday before he was compelled
to leave M. Rosenbaum's store where he was at work and go home to bed,
erysipelas having broken out on his face. Very few people knew that he
was seriously sick and the news of his death was entirely unexpected to
most of his friends.

Monday morning at 9:30 funeral services were conducted at the residence
by Eld. Chas. Carlton and Rev. C.M. Threadgill, after which the remains
were buried in Willow Wild cemetery.

Mr. Thomas was born in Calhoun Co., Arkansas on Nov. 21, 1851. He was too
young to enter the army but boy as he was, he joined a company whose business
it was to protect the homes of the neighborhood and to assist the Confederate
army by burning bridges in front of the enemy and such like work.

In 1863 he came to Texas and had lived in this county ever since. He had
been a member of the Christian church for 15 years or more. He was a man
of strong convictions in religion and politics and he never feared or hesitated
to contend for principles he believed in whether they met popular approval
or not. As is always the case with such men, he made some warm friends
and some enemies.

He leaves surviving a WIDOW and 5 CHILDREN, besides 4 brothers and a sister
who have the sympathy of the community in their sorrow.

1900 Census. Fannin Co TX
Katie Thomas, age 41, widow, b. Jan 1859, TX, father & mother b. TN
Ida M., dau, b. Sep 1886, age 13, b. TX, father b. AR, mother b. TX
C. Y., son, b. May 1890, age 10
Ray M., son, b. Oct 1892, age 7
Walter Stegall, boarder, age 26, b. TX, father b. AR, mother b. TN
[Daughters Ella and Lev were living with Lindsay Thomas and family in 1900. Katie appears to have been their stepmother.]

Willow Wild Cemetery, Bonham, Fannin Co, TX
Christopher Y. Thomas, b. 21 Nov 1851, d. 9 Apr 1899
Mrs. C. Y. Thomas, b. 1859, d. 7 Mar 1922 and Katie J. Thomas, b. 19 Jan 1859, d. 22 Mar 1922 [this would appear to be a duplicate listing]
C. Y. Thomas, b. 30 May 1890, d. 27 Apr 1958
Rhea Mills Thomas, b. 9 Oct 1892, d. 1 Apr 1979

Christopher Yancy THOMAS and Lydia Elizabeth JOHNSON were married circa 1878 in Texas. Lydia Elizabeth JOHNSON was born on 9 May 1856 in Barbour County, Alabama.89 She died on 7 February 1884 at the age of 27 in Fannin County, Texas.89

Online database gives parents as William S. and Elizabeth Johnson.

John Washington Cason, her first husband was much older - born 24 Feb 1818, Anderson Co, SC. He died 26 Nov 1877, Titus Co, TX and is buried Snow Hill Cemetery. John Cason's first wife was Thursa Jane Scott by whom he had possibly ten children. They likely married in Georgia; she died 18 Feb 1873 in Titus Co, TX. Only one son was born to Lydia and he was born only a few weeks before his father died.

Christopher Yancy THOMAS and Lydia Elizabeth JOHNSON had the following children:

316

i.

Ella THOMAS was born in February 1880 in Fannin County, Texas.

1900 Census. Fannin Co. TX, Precinct 1, Bonham City
Lindsay Thomas, b. Aug 1845, age 54, married 26 years, b. NC as were his parents, County Tax Assessor
Antonia, wife, b. Nov 1851, age 48, had 11 children, 7 are living; b. TN, father b. Ireland, mother b. Mississippi
Fannie L., daughter, b. Jul 1874, age 25, b. AR, father b. NC, mother b. TN, teacher
Lindsay, son, b. Oct 1879, age 20, b. TX
Nathaniel, son, b. Apr 1884, age 16, b. TX
Jessie, son, b. Aug 1889, age 10, b. TX
Josephine, dau, b. May 1892, age 8, b. TX
Ella, niece, b. May 1880, age 20, b. TX, father b. AR, mother b. unknown
Lev, niece, b. Aug 1881, age 18
[I have childhood pictures of Ella & Lev - they were daughters of Christopher Y. Thomas who had died in 1899 - their mother [or stepmother] was still living in Fannin Co, but they were not listed in her household.]

317

ii.

Lev THOMAS was born in August 1881 in Fannin County, Texas.

Christopher Yancy THOMAS and Katie JOHNSON were married circa 1885 in Texas. Katie JOHNSON was born on 19 January 1859.89 She died on 6 March 1922 at the age of 63 in Dallas, Dallas County, Texas.89

There appear to be two listings in the Willow Wild Cemetery records online.
Mrs. C. Y. Thomas, b. 1859, d. 7 Mar 1922 and Katie J. Thomas, b. 19 Jan 1859, d. 22 Mar 1922

I found the following Texas Death Certificate #7249
Mrs. Katy Johnson Thomas, of 4411 Deere St., Dallas TX, a widow. Born 19 Jan 1859, died at age 63 years, 1 month, and 17 days, 6 Mar 1922. She had chronic nephritis. Her father given as _____ Johnson; her mother as Elizabeth Bass. R. M. Thomas was the informant [likely her son Rhea Mills Thomas]. She was buried Bonham, TX.

Christopher Yancy THOMAS and Katie JOHNSON had the following children:

318

i.

Ida M. THOMAS was born in September 1886 in Texas.

319

ii.

C. Y. THOMAS was born on 30 May 1890 in Texas.89 He died on 27 April 1958 at the age of 67.89

320

iii.

Rhea Mills THOMAS was born on 9 October 1892 in Texas.89 He died on 1 April 1979 at the age of 86.89