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Re: Thomas Family of Bedford Co., VA
Posted by: Bobby Thomas Date: November 03, 2001 at 19:52:22
In Reply to: Thomas Family of Bedford Co., VA by Bobby Thomas of 1955

I have had a small, but welcome, breakthrough! The following info is from the 1880 Census of Bedford Co., VA. This is my family. My dad just confirmed that his grandfather, Robert L. Thomas, b. April 1865, had a twin sister named Madora Thomas. Both would have been age 15 at Census time in 1880.

Census Place: Lisbon, Bedford, Virginia
Source: FHL Film 1255356 National Archives Film T9-1356 Page 251B
Relation Sex Marr Race Age Birthplace
Nicolas THOMAS Self M M W 78 VA
Occ: Farmer Fa: VA Mo: VA
Jane THOMAS Wife F M W 72 VA
Occ: Keeping House Fa: VA Mo: VA
Susan THOMAS Dau F S W 45 VA
Occ: At Home Fa: VA Mo: VA
Robert THOMAS GSon M S W 15 VA
Occ: Farm Laborer Fa: VA Mo: VA
Madora THOMAS GDau F S W 15 VA
Occ: At Home Fa: VA Mo: VA
Belle THOMAS GDau F S W 10 VA
Occ: At Home Fa: VA Mo: VA

Some questions remain. Why are the parents of Robert, Madora, and Belle not listed? Why are the grandchildren living with Nicolas the grandfather without their parents? I know that the mother of Robert, Madora, and Belle was Amanda Thomas. Her name is listed as the mother of the groom on Robert L. Thomas' marriage certificate dated October 21, 1891 (I have a copy). However, no name is listed for the groom's father?!? Additionally, Robert L. Thomas had a younger brother, Julius B. Thomas, b. January 1, 1883.


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