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309. William A. THOMAS224 was born in 1825 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. He died between 1864 and 1870 at the age of 39.

Date given for marriage is the Bond Date. John M. Richmond and T. H. Milles, witnesses.

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 HH, p.590
13 Jun 1853 Power of Attorney. William Thomas and Hannah S. Thomas of Calhoun Co, AR to Nathaniel L. Graves of Ouachita Co, AR to demand from estate of Mrs. Hannah Lea, dec'd of Caswell.

A document in the papers of Robert Sterling Graves states that Hannah S. Graves and William A. Thomas "went to Texas before the Civil War." They must have gone soon after the 1860 census.

W. A. Thomas found in Calhoun Co AR in 1860 was listed as a Physician with property values of $8000/$18,000. He was in Caswell Township and the "Thomas's Store" post office. He had six slaves listed on the slave schedule.

Living with his family were the following: R. Garrett, male age 30, carpenter, born in NC; J. C. Barrow age 22, principal of Cain School born in AR; J. H. Minney, male age 36, hatter, born in PA; Ellen Keene, age 21, Domestic, born in England; S. C. Neal age 24, merchant born in GA; and W. W. Calhoun, age 40, carpenter, birthplace unknown.

William was not with his family in Texas in 1870; presumably he died after they arrived. The youngest daughter, Fannie H., was born 1865 in Texas.

William A. THOMAS and Hannah S. GRAVES were married on 1 October 1844 in Caswell County, North Carolina.112,225,226 Hannah S. GRAVES, daughter of Jeremiah GRAVES and Delilah S. LEA, was born in 1822 in Virginia.225

Groom: William A Thomas
Bride: Hannah S Graves
Bond Date: 01 Oct 1844
Bond #: 000018617
Level Info: North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868
ImageNum: 003069
County: Caswell
Record #: 01 308
Bondsman: John M Richmond
Witness: T. H. Miles
Source:Ancestry.Com North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868

In 1870, the family was indexed on Ancestry as "Hamas" - it reads Thomas.
Titus County, TX, Mount Pleasant P.O., Hh 47
Lindsay Thomas, age 25, merchant, b. NC
Hannah S., age 45, keeping house, b. NC
Willie A., age 23, farm labor, b. TN
Christopher, age 19, clerk in store, b. AR
Price N., age 17, farm labor, b. AR
Warren S., age 15, farm labor, b. AR
Fanney H., age 4, b. TX
Mary J., age 14, Black, domestic servant, b. AR

1880 Census. Lamar County, TX. Hh 37
Warren S. Thomas, age 35, b. AR, father b. VA, mother b. NC
Hannah S., mother, age 54, b. NC as were her parents
Nathan P., brother, age 26, b. AR
Fannie H., sister, age 15, b. TX

William A. THOMAS and Hannah S. GRAVES had the following children:

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Lindsay P. THOMAS was born on 26 August 1845 in North Carolina.224,227 He died on 6 January 1924 at the age of 78 in Fannin County, Texas.227

1880 Census. Fannin Co, TX. Precinct 4, Hh 1
Linsey T/P Thomas, age 34, Clerk in store, b. NC. Father b. VA, mother b. NC
Antonia L., wife, age 28, b. TN. Father b. TN, mother b. NC
Wm. D. Powell, stepson, age 10, b. AR. Attending school
Fannie Lee, daughter, age 6, b. AR
Lindsey L., son, age 6/12, born Nov 1879, in 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.]

1910 Census. Bonham Ward 2, Fannin Co, TX, Hh 147
L.P. Thomas, age 65, married 1 time for 35 years, b. VA as were his parents, County Deputy Treasurer
Louise, wife, age 59, married twice, has had 11 children, 6 are living, b. TN, father b. Ireland, mother b. SC
Fannie, dau, age 34, public school teacher, b. AR
Josephine, dau, age 17, b. TX
Dick Louie, son, age 5 [not possible that he is a son of Lindsay & Louise], b. TX, both parents b. TX

1920 Census. Bonham Ward 2, Fannin Co, TX Hh 385
Lindsay P. Thomas, age 75
Ann, wife, age 68
Dick, grandson, age 15
Hh 186 [same residence]
U. B. Kirkpatric, age 28, barber
Josie, wife, age 27

Willow Wild Cemetery, Bonham Cemetery, has the graves of several members of the family.
Antonia Louise Thomas [Lindsay's wife], b. 5 Nov 1851, d. 10 Mar 1923.
Lindsey P. Thomas, b. 26 Aug 1845, d. 6 Jan 1924
Lindsey L. Thomas, b. 1879, d. 10 Feb 1946
Fanny Lee Thomas, b. 1894; died 16 Jan 1963
Nathan Morgan Thomas, b. 20 Mar 1884, died 22 Mar 1957 [probably Nathaniel from 1900 census, but not positive]

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William Alexander THOMAS was born on 14 May 1847 in Tennessee.224 He died on 26 November 1926 at the age of 79 in Fannin County, Texas.227

I have never been able to find the family in 1880.


1900 Census. Justice Prec 4, Fannin Co TX Hh 190
William A. Thomas, b. May 1847, age 53, married 30 years, b. TN, father b. VA, mother b. NC; Grocer
Mollie, wife, b. Dec 1851, age 48, had 7 children, 4 are living, b. TN, parents b. NC
Eddie B., son, b. May 1882, age 18
Iria B., son, b. Oct 1883, age 17
Murtle, dau, b. Apr 1888, age 12
Ruffus Book, boarder, b. May 1882, age 18


1910 Census. Prec. 4, Gober, Fannin Co TX Hh 289
Wm. A. Thomas Sen. age 62, married 1 time for 40 years. Born TN, father b. VA, mother b. NC
Mollie, wife, age 58. 7 children, 4 living. b. TN, parents b. TN

1920 Census. Bonham City Ward 2, Fannin Co, TX Hh 377
William A Thomas, age 73, b. TN
Mollie, wife, age 68, b. TN

Willow Wild Cemetery, Bonham, Fannin Co, TX
William A. Thomas, b. 14 May 1847, d. 26 Nov 1926.
Mollie J. Thomas, b. 15 Dec 1851, d. 11 Oct 1926

Texas Death Certificate for William Alexander Thomas, Bonham, Fannin Co. #38096.
He was widowed. Born 14 May 1847 in Tennessee, and 79 years, 7 months, and 11 days at his death, 26 Nov 1926. Cause of death says "Died Instantly". He was Farmer. His father was W. A. Thomas, born Virginia; mother was Hanna Graves, b. NC. W. A. Thomas Jr. of Dallas was the informant. He was buried Willow Wild Cemetery.

Texas Death Certificate for Mollie Thomas, Bonham, Fannin Co, #34774 has the same dates of birth and death as her grave marker. She was married at the time of her death. Died of angina pectoris [heart attack] Father stated as Elija Nelson. The informant was Mrs. Joe H. Hooper of Dallas.

There must have been an eldest son named William A. Thomas Jr.
1920 Census, Prec 1, Dallas City, Dallas, TX
William A. Thomas, age 45, b. TX [born about 1875]
Katherine, wife, age 39, b. TX
Sibling Mayo, stepson, age 12, b. TX

His name was actually William Albert Thomas. Texas Death Certificate #1458.
Residence was 4336 Avondale, Dallas - he had lived in Dallas for 35 years. He died at Baylor Hospital and was married. Born 28 Jul 1876, died 27 Jan 1946 - heart attack. He was an Internal Revenue Collector. His father was W. A. Thomas; his mother Mollie Nelson. Dick Rayburn of Dallas was the informant. He was buried Hillcrest Mausoleum, Dallas.

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iii.

Sidney THOMAS was born in 1849 in Arkansas.224

This child did not appear with the family in Texas in 1870. When brother Christopher died in Texas, only four brothers were living. That would indicate both Sidney and Uri had died.

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Christopher Yancy THOMAS was born on 21 November 1851 in Calhoun County, Arkansas.224,227,228 He died on 9 April 1899 at the age of 47 in Fannin County, Texas.227,228

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

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Nathaniel Price THOMAS was born in 1854 in Arkansas.224

Apparently never married.

1880 Census. Lamar County, TX. Hh 37
Warren S. Thomas, age 35, b. AR, father b. VA, mother b. NC
Hannah S., mother, age 54, b. NC as were her parents
Nathan P., brother, age 26, b. AR
Fannie H., sister, age 15, b. TX


1900 Census. Justice Precinct 1, Fannin Co TX. Hh 531
Living as a boarder in the household of Sidney A. Johnson:
N. P. Thomas, age 46. Boarder, b. Feb 1854. His occupation given as landlord while Sidney Johnson's was teamster. Born AR as were both his parents [they were born in Virginia & NC]

1910 Census. Bonham, Ward 5, Fannin Co TX Hh 76
Price Thomas, age 56, b. AR, father b. VA, mother b. NC. Doing odd jobs. Lived alone.

1920 Census. Bonham Ward 5, Fannin Co, TX Hh 288
Price Thomas, age 66, single, parents born "west Virginia". Working as a spooler at the cotton mill.

1930 Census. Bonham, Dist 3, Fannin Co, TX Hh 357
Price Thomas, age 77, single, b. TX, father b. SC, mother b. NC
Fannie Carrington, sister, age 64, widowed. She was 15 when she married.

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Warren Stone THOMAS was born on 30 May 1855 in Arkansas.224 He died on 19 July 1943 at the age of 88 in Dallas, Dallas County, Texas.

The name looked like "Marr" in 1860, but it must have meant to be Warren.


1880 Census. Lamar County, TX. Hh 37
Warren S. Thomas, age 35, b. AR, father b. VA, mother b. NC
Hannah S., mother, age 54, b. NC as were her parents
Nathan P., brother, age 26, b. AR
Fannie H., sister, age 15, b. TX

1900 Census. Justice Precinct 5, Fannin Co, TX, Hh 48?
Warren Thomas, b. May 1855, age 45, married 20 years
Lucy, wife, b. Jan 1862, age 38, 8 children and 6 are living, b. TX, father b. KY, mother b. TN
Children all born in Texas:
Willie, b. Mar 1883, age 17
Minnie, b. Dec 1884, age 15
Walter, b. Oct 1886, age 13
Elmer, b. Sept 1889, age 10
Roy, b. Oct 1891, age 8
Lillie, b. Oct 1893, age 6

1910 Census. Justice Precinct 5, Fannin Co TX, Hh 292
Warren S. Thomas, age 52, married 29 years.
Lucy B., wife, age 47, 10 children and 7 are living
Edward G., son, age 20 [Elmer?]
Roy, son, age 18
Lily, dau, age 16
Beulah, dau, age 9

By 1920, daughter Lillie was married to James Arthur Bertram. He was a brother to William Eston Bertram who married Audrey White Haden's sister Velma.

1920 Census. Honey Grove, Fannin Co, TX Hh 34
John N. Johnston, age 67, widowed, b. TN as were his parents. Has worked on the railroad.
Warren S. Thomas, age 64, farmer
Lucy B., wife, age 57
Beulah M., "son", age 19

1930 Census. Precinct 5, Fannin Co, TX Hh 115
Warren Thomas, age 74, married at 24
Lucy B., wife, age 68, married at 19

Texas Death Certificate #31381
Warren Stone Thomas had lived in Dallas for 9 years. His residence was 6211 Vanderbilt. He was widowed, a retired farmer. He was born 30 May 1855, and died age 88 years, 1 month, and 19 days, 19 Jul 1943 of pneumonia and senility. His father was William A. Thomas, mother not given. Ray T. Thomas of Dallas was the informant. He was buried Honey Grove, TX; cemetery not named.

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Uri THOMAS was born in 1859 in Arkansas.224

This child appeared only in the 1860 census. He probably died young.

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Fannie H. THOMAS was born on 19 April 1865 in Texas.227 She died on 8 December 1952 at the age of 87 in Fannin County, Texas.227

1880 Census. Lamar County, TX. Hh 37
Warren S. Thomas, age 35, b. AR, father b. VA, mother b. NC
Hannah S., mother, age 54, b. NC as were her parents
Nathan P., brother, age 26, b. AR
Fannie H., sister, age 15, b. TX

1900 Census. Justice Prec 4, Fannin Co, TX Hh 169
"Mat" C. Covington, b. Feb 1847, age 53, married 20 years, b. MO as were his parents, farmer
Fannie, wife, b. Apr 1865, age 35, has had 7 children, 4 are living, b. TX, father b. SC, mother b. NC
Children all born in Texas
Albert, son, b. Nov 1886, age 14 [should have been 13]
Lillian, dau, b. Sep 1890, age 9
Della, dau, b. Dec 1893, age 6
Hollis, son, b. Feb 1898, age 2

1910 Census, Justice Prec 3, Fannin Co, TX Hh 179
Nathan C. Covington, age 63, married for 29 years, b. MO, carpenter
Fannie H., wife, age 44, has had 8 children, only 4 are living, b. TX, father b. VA, mother b. NC
Lillie P, dau, age 19
Grace D., dau, age 17
Hollis L., son, age 12
Granville, son, age 6
[son Albert must have died since 1900]

1920 Census. Justice Prec 3, Leonard, Fannin Co, TX, Hh 20
Nathan C. Covington, age 71, b. TN
Fannie, wife, age 64, b. TX, father b. SC, mother b. NC
Hollis L, son, age 21, b. TX
Granville, son, age 16, b. TX
Lillie Baker, dau, age 28, married, b. TX
Mary R., granddau., age 1 year, 9 months

1930 Census. Bonham, Dist 3, Fannin Co, TX Hh 357
Price Thomas, age 77, single, b. TX, father b. SC, mother b. NC
Fannie Covington, sister, age 64, widowed. She was 15 when she married., b. TX

Texas Death Certificate #59993
Fannie Hall Covington died St. Vincent's Hospital in Sherman, Grayson Co, TX. Her residence given as 107 N. Carr Ave. She was born 19 Apr 1865 in DeKalb, TX [no longer found as a town] and died at age 87 years, 7 months, 19 days, on 8 Dec 1952. She was widowed. Her father was William Thomas; her mother Hannah Graves. The informant was G. Covington [likely her son Granville]. She fell at home on the 4th of December and fracture her right femur and subsequently died of a coronary occlusion. She was buried Willow Wild Cemetery, Bonham.