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Bob, not sure if I've communicated with you or not since my original post on James Knox polk Thomas but the one you mentioned is a different James Knox polk Thomas and I've run onto his info a few times in my searches. My James Knox Polk Thomas was born in Christian County KY (but did not die there or anywhere in KY), according to delayed birth certificates for my Grandfather, Edward Martin Thomas and my Great Uncle, Billie (Billy) Stonewall Jackson Thomas he was born in Christian Co. KY. Some online family trees have him listed as born in Caswell, KY which I have found does not and never did exist. I do know for sure that he married Jane Sharp in 1868 in Madison Co. Tennessee after the war. They had several children. He and his first wife divorced and he then, in 1903 ( again in Madison co. Tennessee), married my Greatgrandmother, Saphronia Annette Wilkins McArthur. She was widowed from McArthur. My James K P Thomas died and was burried 1922 Brown's Cemetery in Madison county Tennessee. So you see he cannot be the James K P Thomas you mentioned. Mine served in the war on the confederate side under Jackson & Forest. My problem has been that he was born in 1844 so he will not be found in the 1840 census and by the 1850 census his family may have moved to another county or state. I am at a brick wall and may never find his ancestry. The first census that he's found in Tennessee is 1880 with his first wife and children. He and this wife had one other daughter not found with the family in this census as she was born that year but after the census was taken. So I don't know if he enlisted as a confederate out of Kentucky and made his way to Tennessee durring the war or did his family move to Tennessee some time before the war and he may have enlisted out of Tennessee before settling in Jackson, Tennessee area and married his first wife. Oh well, I'll keep stabbing at it and will most likely have to make a trip to Christian County for more indepth research. Cathy Jo