To put Charles McAllester into the proper perspective and time span; he was born six years earlier than Reverend David Thames and died about three months prior to David. Charles was twelve years older than his first wife Elizabeth Thames, the daughter of Joseph Thames. Joseph Thames, was about sixteen years older than his son-in-law. It is probable Elizabeth and Charles married around 1803/05. Charles McAllester was married into the Thames family for about thirty-five plus years. He married into a second generation when he married Elizabeth the daughter of Rev. David in 1835. Two of the most important people to the Thames family, who weren’t blood relatives, were the son’s-in-law of Joseph Thames, Stephen Gilmore and Charles McAllester. As it turned out they became bitter enemies.
Charles McAllester’s name appears on many Thames estate papers. He was an active member of the Cape Fear Baptist Church throughout his life. His influence is shown in many ways that can only be interpreted as he being a very trusted Thames family in-law and friend.
The “Scenario” started out about two and one-half years ago as a “storage document” a place to keep research notes for reference. It was changed many times as we have accumulated documents. About a year ago we had enough documents to begin to put together a narrative of individual Thames family members and others. We had been distributing copies of it along the way to certain individuals to share research. We found about 18 months ago that we had made several mistakes. We decided that the prudent thing to do was just to quit distributing it until we thought all the errors had been corrected. We always said that the “Scenario” was not static and was subject to change, a research tool. We have decided to continue with our policy of not distributing it. There are some things we want to further pursue. We want to do a complete narrative of the importance and influence of Martha (Newberry) Thames. She is one who cannot be overestimated. It is Martha and her family who were behind the success of the Thames. If Joseph Thames hadn’t married Martha Newberry he probably wouldn’t have had much in the way of success or property. Martha was “MARTHA”.
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