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W.A. THOMAS & Sally MITCHEL(L) -- parents of William A (WA) THOMAS, 1858-1929
Posted by: Amy Shanks (ID *****3646) Date: November 05, 2011 at 15:58:33
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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.

Does this family sound familiar to you?


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