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330. Phillip Henry THOMAS110,229,230 was born on 17 January 1828 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.110,231 He died on 4 January 1878 at the age of 49 in Melvins, Dallas County, Arkansas.110

Caswell Co Deed Book HH, p.106
26 May 1849 Power of Attorney. William Thomas and Philip H. Thomas of Dallas Co, AR, to William T. Walters of Pittsylvania Co, VA, to recover from estate of Archibald Walters, dec'd.
Deed Book ii, p.381
12 Mar 1857 Philip H. Thomas, guardian of Junius F. Thomas to Price N. Thomas of Caswell to receive from estate of Nathaniel Thomas dec'd.

P. H. Thomas was in the 1850 Dallas Co AR Census. Occupation: Farmer. By 1860, Phillip was listed as a Merchant with real property value of $9250 & personal property of $41,500. His younger brother Junius lived with the family; his occupation given as Clerk. A. J. Rounsaville, a 24 year old lady, also lived with them - possibly a younger sister of Philip's wife, Mary Rounsaville George W. Taylor, age 35, merchant, born in Alabama also lived with the Thomas family - probably a business partner.

1860 Census. Princeton, Dallas, AR, Hh 691
Phillip H. Thomas, 33, Merchant, Value of real estate $9250, Value of personal property $41,500, b. NC
Mary E., 33, b. NC
children all b. AR: Emerline, 10. Henry R., 8. Phillip H., 7. Mary E., 4. C. A., age 1, male
Junius I., age 18, clerk, personal property $13,000, b. NC
A. J. Rounsaville, 24, b. NC (female)
Geo. W. Taylor, 35, Merchant, real estate $13,720; pers prop, $57,500, b. AL

The Slave Schedule for 1860 actually shows Junius with more slaves (total of 11) than his older brother - I wonder if this might have been a tax advantage. Or perhaps much of Phillip's personal property was for his merchandise. Geo. Taylor had no slaves listed so certainly his property was merchandise.
P. H. Thomas, 1 female age 23, Black, 1 female age 5, Black, 1 female mulatto, age 1

1870, still in Dallas Co. Philip was 42, a Drygoods Merchant. Mary E. age 42, Rebecca C age 19, Henry R. age 17, clerk in store, Phillip 15, Mary 14, Charly 11, Ida 8, and Fannie 2.

Arkansas Probate Records
Princeton, Dallas Co, AR
Mary E. Thomas, Principal & J. W. Woods, B. H. Holmes & Philip Thomas as securities, bound in the sum of $6000.00, 28 Jan 1878. Mary E. Thomas to be Administratrix of estate of Philip H. Thomas, deceased. Phillip E. Thomas died on the 4th day of Jan 1878. Mary received her approvale, signed 29 Jan 1878 by E. M. Harris, Clerk of the Circuit Court.

Phillip Henry THOMAS and Mary E. ROUNSAVILLE were married on 25 October 1849 in Dallas County, Arkansas.110,231 Mary E. ROUNSAVILLE232 was born in 1827 in North Carolina.229,231

Mary E. Thomas is in the 1880 Census in Dallas Co AR with her children - some of the names differ somewhat from those found earlier.
Town of Princeton, Hh 232
Mary E. Thomas, age 52, b. NC. She has consumption.
Rebecca E., age 29, Daughter, b. AR as were all the children.
Phillip, age 26, son, works on farm. Mary, daughter, age 24. Charles W., son, age 21. Ida, daughter, age 18. Fannie, age 12, daughter.

Phillip Henry THOMAS and Mary E. ROUNSAVILLE had the following children:



Emeline Rebecca THOMAS was born in 1850 in Arkansas.229,230,232

Emeline in 1860 seems to be Rebecca in 1880, age 29. Perhaps she went by her middle name at some time in her life.



Henry Rounsaville THOMAS was born on 7 January 1852 in Arkansas.12,229,230,232 He died on 23 November 1915 at the age of 63 in Calhoun County, Arkansas.12

1880. Town of Princeton, Dallas Co AR.
Henry R. Thomas, age 28, Dry Goods, Merchant, b. AR, parents b. NC
Betsey, age 22, wife, b. NC as were her parents.
Lewis H. age 2, son, b. AR.
Bill Garrett, age 9, Servant.



Phillip H. THOMAS was born in December 1854 in Arkansas.229,230,232

Thomas, P. H.
Submitted by: Jamila Sloan
P. H. THOMAS, editor and general manager of the Enterprise, Fordyce, Ark. Printing, the first and finest of all mechanical arts, has ever counted in the ranks of its prosecutors and the best talent of all communities. So peculiarly has its uses been recognized and developed that a distinct difference has been made by it between the civilized and an uncivilized people. The Enterprise, one of the newsiest and most interesting newspapers in Southern Arkansas, has for its editor and manager Mr. P. H. THOMAS, a great reader, a deep thinker, and a man of sound judgment and good practical common sense. Mr. THOMAS was born in Dallas County, Ark., in 1854, and is the son of Phillip H. and Mary E.(ROUNSABILL) THOMAS, who were born in Virginia in 1826 and North Carolina in 1825, respectively. The parents spent the principal part of their lives in Dallas County, Ark., and there died, the father in 1879 and the mother in 1880. He was a merchant of Princeton, Ark., for a good many years, and during the late war he was enrolling officer. P. H. THOMAS was reared on the farm, and as he attended school but about thirteen months altogether, his education was obtained most wholly by his own exertions. He remained with and took care of his mother until after her death, and in 1881 was married to Nannie W. SMITH, a native of Dallas County, Ark., and the daughter of Samuel W. and Hester A. SMITH, early settlers of Dallas County, where they passed their latter days. The mother died in 1880, but the father died in 1864, from the result of imprisonment in the prison at Little Rock during the late war. Both were members of the Methodist Church. To Mr. and Mrs. THOMAS were born four children two sons and two daughters. Mr. THOMAS farmed until 1888, when he removed to Fordyce, and in 1889 was the means of establishing Fordyce District Fair, of which he is secretary. In 1890 he became manager and editor of the Enterprise, and his being a man of ability and energy accounts for his success as a journalist. In politics he is Democratic and his first presidential vote was cast for Gen. Hancock. He and wife are members of the Methodist Church. His father was one of the first settlers of Dallas County, and for many years one of the foremost citizens in many respects. He accumulated a fortune, which he lost the principal part of in the late war. He owned immense salt works and during the war manufactured salt for the Government.
Source: Biographical & Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas (1890) The Goodspeed Publishing Company. Page 735.

Spouse: SMITH, NANNIE W. Marriage Date: 14 Apr 1881
County: Dallas State: AR

1900 Census. Pennington, Bradley Co AR, Hh 182
Phillip H. Thomas, born Dec 1854, age 45, married 5 years [obviously a second marriage] b. Arkansas, father b. VA, mother b. NC, Editor & publisher
Mary J., wife, b. Aug 1858, age 41, married 5 years, b. AR, father b. AL, mother b. NC
Susan E., daughter, b. Feb 1882, age 18; all children b. AR as were both their parents.
Nannie L, daughter, b. Aug 1883, age 16.
Philip H., son, b. Dec 1885, age 14
Junius R., son, b. Nov 1887, age 12



Mary E. THOMAS was born in 1856 in Arkansas.229,230,232



Charles A. THOMAS was born in 1859 in Arkansas.229,230,232



Ida THOMAS was born in 1862 in Arkansas.230,232



Junius W. THOMAS was born on 14 January 1864.12 He died on 3 October 1864 at the age of 0.12



Alice M. THOMAS was born on 5 September 1865.12 She died on 7 June 1866 at the age of 0.12



Fannie THOMAS was born in 1868 in Arkansas.230,232