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Hon. Tristram Shandy Thomas

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Bobbye C. Winston

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From: THE PICKENS REPUBLICAN 1854

Hon. Tristram Shandy Thomas was the first Judge of Probate of Pickens County, was elected by the people in May 1849, after having been clerk in the County Court. He was also a licensed Baptist preacher. He was born 1800 in Wythe County, Virginia, whence he removed to Kentucky, when a boy, resided one year in Tennessee, then to Pickens County in 1818. He died June 7, 1854.

1850 census of Pickens County, Alabama

T.S. Thomas, aged 49, born Virginia, Judge of Probate
Delila Thomas, aged 47, born Tenn.
John Thomas, aged 17, born Ala
Elizabeth Thomas, aged 15, born Ala
Joseph Thomas, aged 14, born Ala
Tristram, Jr., aged 12, born Ala
David Thomas, aged 11, born Ala
James Thomas, aged 5, born Ala

In this family was: David Thomas, born Tenn. aged 22.

From the family names, Tristram and Matthew Cother Thomas, there must be a descent from the Thomas family of Maryland, through George Thomas who married Elizabeth Cother. George Thomas said to have lived a short time in Christain County, Kentucky, then to Warren County, Tennessee. No record that he owned land in Wythe County, Virginia and the early records of Warren County, Tennessee were destroyed.

William Thomas, brother of Tristram, also lived in Pickens County for a while then moved into Jefferson County where he died. The settlement of his estate in Orphanís Court states that he died June 24, 1843. 


(Note: Tristram Thomasís sister, Elizabeth Thomas married my gr-gr-grandfather, John Russell Cole, Sr. Tristram Thomas built the hipped roof center part of the Thomas-Willett-Robison house located in Carrollton in the late 1840ís. This part has a center hall and interior end chimneys. There is article written on Tristram in the History of Pickens County, written in 1856 by Nelson F. Smith) 

Home in Carrollton, AL. Center part of home  built by Tristram Shanty Thomas for his family.


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