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John Benjamin Thomas[1]

Male 1840 - 1905  (65 years)


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  • Name John Benjamin Thomas 
    Born 13 Sep 1840  Newton, Baker, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1860  Barnardsville, Roane, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Died 21 Oct 1905  Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried Oakwood Cemetery, Montgomery, Montgomery, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Findagrave memorial for John Benjamin Thomas
    Findagrave memorial for John Benjamin Thomas
    Created by: Sharon Thomas
    Record added: May 27, 2009
    Find A Grave Memorial# 37586656
    Person ID I13998  Dickinson
    Last Modified 17 Feb 2015 

    Father Samuel B Thomas,   b. Aft 1799, Hancock County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. ca. 1850  (Age ~ 50 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Ann R Askew,   b. 1 Aug 1804, Hancock County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Oct 1868, Columbus, Muscogee, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 25 Jan 1825  Hancock County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Family ID F0232  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah Rebecca Scott,   b. 24 Jan 1856, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Oct 1938, Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 27 Jan 1881  [5
    Children 
     1. Ada Thomas,   b. 24 Nov 1881, Hurtsboro, Russell, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1969, Brooklyn, Kings, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)  [Birth]
     2. Frederick B Thomas,   b. Jan 1884, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     3. Mary Thomas,   b. 28 Sep 1886, Hurtsboro, Russell, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Feb 1967, Morganton, Burke, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)  [Birth]
     4. Fannie Belle Thomas,   b. 13 Dec 1890, Hurtsboro, Russell, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jun 1955, Bergen County, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)  [Birth]
    +5. William Dickinson Thomas,   b. 21 Apr 1893, Hurtsboro, Russell, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Nov 1941, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years)  [Birth]
     6. Grisby Crawford Thomas,   b. 26 Dec 1895, Hurtsboro, Russell, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Sep 1938, Milledgeville, Baldwin, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 17 Feb 2015 
    Family ID F4230  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 13 Sep 1840 - Newton, Baker, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1860 - Barnardsville, Roane, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 21 Oct 1905 - Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa, Alabama Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Oakwood Cemetery, Montgomery, Montgomery, Alabama Link to Google Earth
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    Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

  • Sources 
    1. [S336393] Email, Sharon Thomas, 14 Feb 2015.
      " * * *Jack Irvin Thomas
      Son of William Dickinson Thomas
      Son of John Benjamin Thomas
      Son of Samuel Burdette Thomas

      When I asked Jack what his grandfather's name was, he responded 'Grandpa'. I sent for William Dickinson Thomas' social security application. It gave his parents names as John Benjamin Thomas and Sallie Scott. His birthplace was Hurtsboro, Alabama.

      Since Hurtsboro is in Russell County, I went to the courthouse in Phenix City, the county seat. This courthouse has a staircase that circles as it goes down and I found very difficult to maneuver. Dust and dirt were everywhere. While going through the old probate records, I ran across an interesting tidbit. Filed on May 30, 1899, W. W. Dickinson et al, applicants filed an application for the admission of John B. Thomas into the Ala. Bryce Insane Hospital. Witnesses were W. W. Dickinson and M. S. Dickinson. We then sent for his medical records. In Georgia, they are sealed, but in Alabama, they are not..

      He was admitted and released several times, and committed suicide while in the hospital.

      Each time he was admitted, a form was completed.

      John Benjamin Thomas, born Baker County, Georgia (in 1905, he was age 64)
      He was a farmer.
      Missionary Baptist on one form, Baptist on another
      His home at that time was Montgomery, Alabama
      Gives his father as Samuel B. Thomas, born South Carolina on one form, Hancock County, Georgia on another, farmer, age 40 when John was born, died in Texas of cholera at age 54.
      Gives his mother as Ann R. Thomas, born Hancock County, Georgia, age about 36 when John was born
      Six brothers lived to be grown (Mar 21, 1901), 0ne brother still living, 4 died (as of Jan 15, 1905)
      Four sisters lived to be grown (Mar 21, 1901). One sister still living, 3 died (as of Jan 15, 1905)

      He did not marry until he was age 40.
      Married Sallie R. Thomas
      Seven children living (Mar 21, 1901) 6 still living, one died (as of Jan 15, 1905)

      Keeping the above in mind, it appears that Samuel Burdette Thomas and Ann R. Askew had 6 sons and 4 daughters.
      From my research, I believe them to be:
      Fred born about 1840
      Thee or Theophilus, born about 1840
      Araminta Thomas, born 2 Dec 1825 Hancock County, Georgia, died 1 Oct 1859 Union Springs, Bullock County, Alabama
      Boy Thomas, birthdate unknown suspect between 1830-1835
      Grigsby Eskridge Thomas born 30 Dec most likely Hancock County, Georgia, died 5 Feb 1914, Columbus, Muscogee County, Georgia
      Elizabeth R. Thomas born about 1835, Georgia
      M. Thomas, born between 1835-1840
      William B. Thomas, born about 1836
      John Benjamin Thomas, born 13 Sep 1840, Baker County, Georgia, died 21 Oct 1905, Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa County, Alabama
      Sophia Thomas, born about 1844, Georgia* * * "

    2. [S014287] 1860 United States Census, Bureau of the Census, (Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1860), Census Place: District 11, Roane, Tennessee; Roll: M653_1269; Page: 202; Image: 413; Family History Library Film: 805269.
      The relationship of John Thomas or his mother to the Doss household is not clear. (Mrs. Mary Doss maiden name has been given in an S.A.R. application as Allison. No marriage record has been found.) The relationship to Roane County is also unclear; however, Ann's daughter Araminta was married there in 1844.

      Name: John Thomas
      Age in 1860: 19
      Birth Year: abt 1841
      Birthplace: Georgia (country)
      Home in 1860: District 11, Roane, Tennessee
      Gender: Male
      Post Office: Barnardsville

      John L Doss 41
      Mary B Doss 34
      Margaret J Doss 17
      Eliza C Doss 15
      Georges Anna M Doss 12
      Mary K Doss 10
      John Thomas 19
      Ann R Thomas 55
      Saml B Eskridge 17
      Saml Courtney 35
      Wm Rose 20


    3. [S336288] Georgia Confederate Pension Applications, 1879-1960 , (Morrow, Georgia: Georgia Archives, RG 58-1-1), Application of Sarah Thomas.

    4. [S012032] Georgia Marriages, 1699-1944, Hunting For Bears, comp., (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004).
      Online publication - Hunting For Bears, comp.. Georgia Marriages, 1699-1944 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004.Original data - Georgia marriage information taken from county courthouse records. Many of these records were extracted from copies of the original records in microfilm, microfiche, or book format, located at the Family History Library.

    5. [S336288] Georgia Confederate Pension Applications, 1879-1960 , (Morrow, Georgia: Georgia Archives, RG 58-1-1), Application of Sarah Thomas, 24 Aug 1937.