Robert B. Thomas was born Jul 1839, the son of David Thomas and his second wife named Mary. He was listed in his father's will in 1844. In the 1850 Chester County SC census, R. B. Thomas is listed as eleven years old and living at the house of his mother. Likely prior to enlisting for service in the war, Robert married first Elizabeth Nunn b. 1843. He enlisted in the CSA 6th Reg, SC Volunteers where he served under Captain Obediah Hardin. In 1870, the Chester County Census indicates that Robert Thomas and family were living beside the 57 year old James Kirkpatrick.
Deeded 24 Sep 1874 and registered 3 May 1875, John T. Hall, Margaret Hall, McGriff Brakefield, John BrakeField, Alexander Brakefield, Mary Brakefield, Adeline Revels, and Sarah Brakefield sold their interests in a certain tract of land containing 142 acres to James M. Kirkpatrick. Situated on Susy Boles Creek, the land adjoined that of Dr. Givens, Jasper Grant, John Grier, James Atkinson, Robert Coln and McGriff Brakefield. The deed states the lands "formerly belonged to David Thomas now deceased--- and the interest of the grantees therein being derived through Wm Brakefield now deceased to whom in his lifetime Robert Thomas and Margaret Tidwell children and devisees of said David Thomas conveyed their interest to wit: the two-sixths part of the said lands". In other words, Robert and Margaret conveyed their shares of the David Thomas estate to William Brakefield. Following his death in the civil war, the heirs of William Brakefield sold the land to James M. Kirkpatrick. This deed (WW-520, Chester SC) indicates that Robert B. Thomas conveyed his interest in his father's estate to William Brakefield. Other records of that particular transaction have yet to be found.
Elizabeth Nunn Thomas died between 1878 and 1880. She is buried at Armenia Methodist Church in Chester County.
The children of Robert B. and Elizabeth Nunn Thomas are:
A. James David Thomas b. 1862. He left for Arkansas after marrying in Chester SC.
B. Anna "Bobbie" Thomas b. 1864. Moved to Arkansas.
C. William Andrew "Amzi" Thomas b. 15 Apr 1868 d. 2 Feb 1933 Bur Kings Mtn. Chapel in York County. He married Lula Cornelia Jane Carter b. 30 Nov 1870 d. 2 Feb 1956. She is the daughter of Olive Carter, who is the wife of Neely Thomas. Their children are (A) Robert Horton Thomas b. 26 Apr 1893 d. 16 Sep 1966 bur Philadelphia Meth, married 18 Dec 1912 Bessie Ann Ashe; (B)James Eleaser Thomas b. 6 Dec 1894 d. 13 Sep 1899 bur Armenia; (C) Lillian Marie Thomas b. 12 Jul 1895 d. 22 Jan 1988 bur Armenia Meth, married 22 Dec 1915 John F. Ashe; (D) Glen F. Thomas b. 8 Apr 1898 d. 23 Sep 1899 (E) Umon Andrew "Amzi" Thomas b. 30 Apr 1900 d. 18 May 1980 bur Rose Hill-York County, married 18 Jan 1922 Jennie Alma Turner;(F) Floyd Columbus Thomas b. 25 1902 d. 28 Dec 1976 bur Union ARP-Richburg, married 31 Jul 1927 Violet Turner; (G) Lula Ophelia Thomas b. 30 Jun 1904 d. 19 Feb 1981 bur Laurelwood-Rockhill, married 26 Mar 1926 Roy Howe Langley; (H) Archie Arail Thomas b. 14 Feb 1906 d. 14 Jun 1981 bur Mt Paran Bapt., married Opal Clemmer; (I)Adam Thomas b. 4 Jan 1908 d. 24 Apr 1995 bur Woodlawn-Knoxville TN, married 1937 Hazel Ceci; (J) Barron Alva Thomas b. 8 Sep 1909 d. WWII 8 Apr 1945; and (K) Eva Myrtle Thomas b. 28 Aug 1911.
D. John Henry Thomas b. 31 Dec 1870 d. 28 Aug 1951 bur Old Zion Cem in Chester County. He married Margaret Lee b. Dec 2864. Their children are (A) Lindsay Thomas b. Feb 1891; (B) James Thomas b. Feb 1895; and Harvey Thomas b. Mar 1898. An Obit in the Evening Herald Aug 1951 lists:Jeremiah of Martinsville VA, Jones of Chester, Robert Henry of Chester, and daughters (missing in the clipping).
E. Leslie Ervin Thomas b. Aug 1874 d. 5 Oct 1957 bur Evergreen Cem in Chester SC, married Martha Ann Coleman. Their children are (A) Abel Shannon Thomas b. 7 Mar 1895 d. 13 Aug 1891 bur Cester Memorial Gardens, married Ada Lipford; (B) Joe Susan Thomas b. 17 Mar 1897 d. 21 Jul 1984 bur Evergreen-Chester, married Ervin Conne; (C) Robert Ervin Thomas b. 15 Feb 1899 bur Evergreen Cem-Chester, married Cora Lipford; (D) Lesslie Walter Thomas b. 16 Aug 1903 d. 21 Oct 1996 bur Evergreen-Chester, married Annie Mae Lipford; (E) Mattie R Thomas b. 20 Oct 1905 d. 30 Aug 1992 bur Caper's Chapel Meth, married John Turner Paul; (F) Huey "Mack" Thomas b. 14 May 1908 d. 14 Apr 1977, married Mannie F. Sweat; (G) Jessie CLyde Thomas b. 31 Aug 1910 d. 17 Dec 1998, married Christine Davis; (H) Ernest Elmer Thomas b. 27 May 1912 bur Evergreen-Chester, married first Pearl Gibson, Second Margaret_____ and third Jennie____.
F. Adelia Thomas b. 1875.
In 1880, the census shows "Robbin" Thomas age 41 with his children living near Henry Alexander Brakefield. Robert married Sarah W. Brakefield not long after the taking of this census. Born 8 Dec 1861, died 27 Jan 1904, and buried at Armenia Methodist Church, Sarah is the daughter of John M. and Mary Susan Lee Brakefield.
The children of Robert B. and Sarah Brakefield Thomas are:
A. Isaac Frazier Thomas b. 26 Jul 1882 d. 8 Feb 1976, married 20 Dec 1919 Cora Lee Moody.
B. Elzie B. Thomas b. Jul 1885 d. 26 Dec 1938, married Sarah Paul on 19 Aug 1926
C. Mary Estelle Thomas, married William Conners
D. Clara Thomas b. Feb 1890 married William Parrish
E. Adeline Thomas b. 9 Apr 1892 d. 23 Feb 1879 bur Armenia, married Ephraim Waters
F. Haskell Thomas married Sarah Paul Thomas, his deceased brother's wife.
G. Herbert Traywick Thomas
Robert Thomas died in 1917 and is buried at Armenia Methodist Church in Chester County SC.
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