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22. Christopher Yancey "C. Y." THOMAS14,48,49,50 was born on 24 March 1818 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.32,48 He died on 11 February 1879 at the age of 60 in Martinsville, Henry County, Virginia.51

1850 Census, Henry Co. Christopher Thomas lived alone, age 30, a Lawyer.
Slave Schedule: 9 Total. male age 31. female age 27, female age 24, female age 20 [mulatto], female age 7, male age 8, male age 5, female age 3, female age 2.

1860 Census, Henry Co VA. Christopher Y. Thomas, age 40. Mary A. Thomas age 25, and Sterling age 1. Christopher's occupation is that of Lawyer.
Slave Schedule: Nine total. One male age 39, mulatto, 1 female age 30, mulatto, 1 male 14, all the children after are listed as mulatto: female age 11, male 9, female 7, female 3, and a female age 1.
Then listed as "same employer" a female slave, age 25, mulatto.
Two slave houses.

1870, Henry Co, Martinsville Township. Listed as age 52. a Lawyer. Mary A., age 36, Keeping House. Sterling age 14, Nancy 12, John 10, Jane 6, Kate 4 and Frank 2. [Sterling was only age 1 in 1860 so he has aged a couple of extra years; Nancy was not listed in 1860, perhaps born that year after the census cut-off date.
Also living in the household were: 11 year old Martha Barber listed as domestic servant; Robert Hairson, a 24 year old Black man doing Farm labour, Wesley Thomas, age 18 and Aron Thomas age 13, both mulattos doing Farm labor.
Faith Thomas, age 8, was listed after these others. The 1880 census reveals she was one of the children, apparently almost forgotten.

Biographical Dictionary of the United States Congress:
THOMAS, Christopher Yancy, (1818 - 1879)
THOMAS, Christopher Yancy, a Representative from Virginia; born in Pittsylvania County, Va., March 24, 1818; attended the common schools, and was graduated from a private academy in 1838; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1844 and commenced practice in Martinsville, Henry County, Va.; served in the State senate 1860-1864; member of the commission to settle the boundary line between Virginia and North Carolina; treasurer of Henry County; prosecuting attorney for Henry County; member of the State constitutional convention in 1868; elected to the State house of delegates in 1869; successfully contested as a Republican the election of Alexander M. Davis to the Forty-third Congress and served from March 5, 1874, to March 3, 1875; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1874 to the Forty-fourth Congress; resumed the practice of law; died in Martinsville, Va., February 11, 1879; interment in the family cemetery at Leatherwood, Henry County, Va.

43rd U.S.Congress met in Washington, DC from March 4 to March 3, 1875, during the first two years of the second administration of U. S. President Ulysses S. Grant.
from Virginia:
5. Alexander M. Davis (1833-1889), Decmocrat …contested election, served until March 5, 1874.
Christopher Y. Thomas (1818-1879), Republican …contested election, seated March 5, 1874.


http://jimbuie.blogs.com/journal/2007/04/untold_stories_.html
C. Y. Thomas apparently fathered several slave children - perhaps prior to his marriage to Mary Reamy.
"As with Thomas Jefferson, there is evidence that C.Y. Thomas fathered children by a slave by the name of Chaney. Several area residents claim to be descended from Thomas and Chaney, and apparently generous provisions for some of the Chaney children were included in the Thomas will, including a property where the Patrick Henry Mall is now located. Thomas married Mary Reamy, a member of a prominent family in the area."

Virginia Deaths and Burials Index, 1853-1917, on Ancestry.com lists the death of a colored (Black) male age 10 days old in Henry County on 1 Mar 1858. Parents are listed as Christopher Y. Thomas and Rachel. The death of this baby was about two months prior to Christopher's marriage to Mary Reamy.

Christopher Yancey "C. Y." THOMAS and Mary Anne REAMY were married on 13 May 1858.14 Mary Anne REAMY14,51, daughter of Daniel REAMY and Susanna STARLING, was born on 15 June 1834.49,52 She died in 1910 at the age of 76.52

Mary Anne's father was Col. Daniel Reamy of Henry Co VA.

1880 Census. Mary A. Thomas was now head of household. Age 45. Children at home included Sterling, Hope, Faith, Jane, Kath., Frank, and Susan who was born 1871. Also living with the family was Thomas G. Penn, a dry goods merchant, age 35 and Elizabeth Penn, age 14, likely his daughter, at school. Susan Hardie, age 16, was also at school. Ruth Sheffield, a Black lady, age 35, listed as Domestic Servant. All born in Virginia.

1900 Census. Martinsville, Henry Co, VA, Hh 311
Mrs. Mary A. Thomas, b. Jun 1833, age 66, widow. Had 8 children - 6 are living, b. VA
Mrs. W. H. Parott, dau, b. Aug 1863, age 36, widow
Catherine [dittoed as Parott], dau, b. Jun 1867, age 32
Suzanne [dittoed as Parott], dau, b. Nov 1870, age 29
Ned Maline, servant, white, b. Jan 1894, age 6, b. NC
John Milliner, servant, Black, b. Apr 1835, age 65
Susan Craig, Servant, Black, b. Jul 1878, age 21
Ben F. Gravely, grandson, b. Aug 1884, age 15
Richard Gravely, grandson, b. Sep 1885, age 14.
Note: the enumerator mistakenly marked Catherine & Suzanne - their surname was Thomas - they were unmarried daughters.

Christopher Yancey "C. Y." THOMAS and Mary Anne REAMY had the following children:

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Lyne Starling THOMAS.

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Ann Hope THOMAS.

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John Watkins THOMAS14,49 was born about 1861 in Henry County, Virginia.49,51

Died as a minor according to his brother Starling.

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Faith THOMAS.

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Jane THOMAS was born about 1867 in Henry County, Virginia.49,51

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Katherine "Kate" THOMAS52 was born in June 1867 in Henry County, Virginia.49,51

1900 Census. Martinsville, Henry Co, VA, Hh 311
Mrs. Mary A. Thomas, b. Jun 1833, age 66, widow. Had 8 children - 6 are living, b. VA
Mrs. W. H. Parott, dau, b. Aug 1863, age 36, widow
Catherine [dittoed as Parott], dau, b. Jun 1867, age 32
Suzanne [dittoed as Parott], dau, b. Nov 1870, age 29
Ned Maline, servant, white, b. Jan 1894, age 6, b. NC
John Milliner, servant, Black, b. Apr 1835, age 65
Susan Craig, Servant, Black, b. Jul 1878, age 21
Ben F. Gravely, grandson, b. Aug 1884, age 15
Richard Gravely, grandson, b. Sep 1885, age 14.
Note: the enumerator mistakenly marked Catherine & Suzanne - their surname was Thomas - they were unmarried daughters.

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Frank W. THOMAS.

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Susan THOMAS52 was born in November 1870 in Henry County, Virginia.51

1900 Census. Martinsville, Henry Co, VA, Hh 311
Mrs. Mary A. Thomas, b. Jun 1833, age 66, widow. Had 8 children - 6 are living, b. VA
Mrs. W. H. Parott, dau, b. Aug 1863, age 36, widow
Catherine [dittoed as Parott], dau, b. Jun 1867, age 32
Suzanne [dittoed as Parott], dau, b. Nov 1870, age 29
Ned Maline, servant, white, b. Jan 1894, age 6, b. NC
John Milliner, servant, Black, b. Apr 1835, age 65
Susan Craig, Servant, Black, b. Jul 1878, age 21
Ben F. Gravely, grandson, b. Aug 1884, age 15
Richard Gravely, grandson, b. Sep 1885, age 14.
Note: the enumerator mistakenly marked Catherine & Suzanne - their surname was Thomas - they were unmarried daughters.

Deceased at the time the article was written for the Henry Co History book.