I’m looking for information about the parents of William A. “W.A.” THOMAS, 1858-1929 – W.A. THOMAS & Sally MITCHEL
1879 -- married Mary Jane MCCAIN in Attala County, MS.
1880 – living with wife and in-laws, John James MCCAIN and Martha BRUNT McCain, in Attala County, MS. No children, yet. Indicates birthplace as MS, blank for parents.
1881-1894 – They have six children: John James, 1881; George, 1884; Effie, 1886; Ben, 1888; Mattie, 1891; & Drew Wilkins, 1894 – still living in MS. This is from later censuses and family tradition.
1895 – wife Mary Jane dies. Widowed mother-in-law Martha BRUNT McCain lives with them for a while.
1900 – have not found census.
1910 – remarried to Rosa L (1903), living in Carroll County, MS. George, Ben & Drew are still living at home. Indicates birthplaces as:
Self -- AR,
Father’s -- AR,
Mother’s -- MS.
1920 – living in Houston, TX. Indicates birthplaces as:
self – AR,
father’s -- NC,
mother’s -- MS
1929 – dies in Cherokee County, TX. Death certificate (info provided by daughter Effie THOMAS Petty) states:
He was born in MS.
Father – W.A. THOMAS, born in MS.
Mother – Sally MITCHEL, born in AR.
The stated birthplaces are a jumble, with Mississippi and Arkansas trading places and North Carolina tossed in once. His death certificate is our only documentation of his parents’ names.
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