Jacob was born on 11 Jul 1823, the son of Annanias and Sarah Ross Thomas. He married on 3 Feb 1846 Hester Jane Holly. Bondsman was his brother David Thomas. Hester was born 27 Jun 1826, the daughter of William and Sallie Ross Holly.

According to the tax lists for Union County, Jacob first owned land in 1846. Taxed for 96 acres, he was listed as Jacob Thomas Jun in order to separate him from a nearby and older Jacob, who was the son of Benjamin Jr.

Dated 17 Oct 1853, Jacob Thomas purchased two tracts (48, Union) of land from his brother John R. Thomas. Witnesses were brothers Benjamin and Annanias. The total sum of 186 acres was situated on the Little Watery Branch and adjoining the lands of Jacob Gurley, John Beasley, Luke Sinclair, Thomas Brewer, and Dr. Bost. On 1 Oct 1884, Jacob and wife Hester, and A. H. Nance and wife Mary E. sold thirty-one acres (15-464, Union) to Elias Mills. Including a mill, the land was situated on the south side of Richardson's Creek and adjoined lands of John Simpson and Godwin lands.

In his Last Will and Testament written 4 Oct 1887, Jacob Thomas bequeathed all that he had to his wife Hester. He ordered that after her death the property should be sold, with proceeds being divided between the children. He named son William Hosea Thomas as Executor. Jacob died 27 Oct 1887 and is buried at the Edmond L. Davis Cemetery. In the 1900 census, Hester Thomas is living in the home of her son William Hosea Thomas. As recorded on her death certificate, Hester Holley Thomas died of old age on 18 Apr 1917. She was laid to rest beside her husband at "Davis Grove Cemetery". William Hosea Thomas, son and administrator of the estate, had one more task to complete. As per his father's will, William H. Thomas sold the two tracts of land (53-105, Union) that once belonged to his father.

The children of Jacob and Hester are:

A. Sarah Elizabeth Thomas b. 1846.

B. William Hosea Thomas b. 6 Jun 1848 d. 24 Aug 1926 bur Pleasant Hill Bapt, married on 11 Nov 1866 Louisa Baucom b.12 Oct 1840 d. 22 Aug 1934. Louisa is the daughter of Green and Emmaline Harbird Thomas. Their children are (A) Sarah E. Thomas b. 1868, married on 28 Sep 1884 Charles Simpson b. 1862, son of Pleasant and Adeline Simpson; (B) Nancy Ellen Thomas b. 3 Feb 1870 d. ???, married on 3 Mar 1895 Charles W. Harrington b. 27 May 1872 d. 30 Apr 1933, the son of Thomas and Viney Harrington; (C) James M. Thomas b. Dec 1872, married 29 Sep 1906 Lessie J. Griffin, daughter of Mary Griffin; (D) William Franklin Thomas b. 12 Aug 1877 d. 21 Jun 1946 bur Pleasant Hill, married on 6 Dec 1896 Flora E. Harrington b. 1880, daughter of Thomas and Viney Harrington; (E) Hester J. Thomas b. 1878, married 6 Feb 1898 William S. Baucom b. 1878, son of J. R. and Mary Baucom; (F) Lydia M. Thomas b. 1873, married 7 Jan 1900 James L. Goodman b. 1875, son of Martin and M. J. from Stanly County.

C. Nancy Ellen Thomas b. 1850, married 6 Nov 1877 to George Russ b. 1856. From a petition in her mother's 1917 loose estate record, Ellen Russ had earlier died and left four children. George Russ next married on 17 Apr 1889 Nancy Adeline Thomas, daughter of Headley and Winney Thomas. The children of George and Nancy Ellen are (A) Lessie Russ, married 18 Jul 1900 to M. H. Trull b. 1877; (B) Henry Russ; (C) W. Bascum Russ; and (D) T. J. Russ b. 1880, married 2 Dec 1900 Alice Jarman b. 1885.

D. Lucy Adeline Thomas b. 23 Mar 1852 d. 11 Dec 1920 bur Fountain Hill, married 13 Dec 1887 to Henry Edwards b. Feb 1851, the son of Allen and Louisa Edwards. Their children are (A) Susan B. Edwards b. Mar 1878; (B) Anna C. Edwards b. Nov 1882; (C) Dee M. Edwards b. Sep 1888, married 1910 Martha b. 1890; and (D) Lillia M. Edwards b. Apr 1890.

E. Mary Jane Thomas b. 1855, married 2 Apr 1887 to Joshua W. Crook b. 1867. Joshua is the son of Wesley Hinson and Pheobe Crook.

F. Martha Frances Thomas b. 26 Mar 1856 d. 28 Oct 1928, married on 29 Jan 1874 Demetious Dees b. 1849. He is the son of the Methodist minister Rev. Clement Allen Dees and his wife Elizabeth. Demetius and family lived in Union County through the 1900 census. They later moved to Grenville County, SC. Following the death of Demetrius, Martha may have moved back to N.C. with her son Claude. In the death certificate for Martha F. Deese, she died in Hickory Township in Catawba County. Claude Deese of Brookford, NC was the informant. The mother of Martha Dees is listed as Hester Jane Holly. Martha is buried beside her husband at Fairview Baptist Ch. near Greer, SC.

The children of Martha and Demetrious are (A) Permila Deese b. 1875; (B) Eurastus Bella Dees b. 1876 d. 1904; (C) Hester Jane Deese b. 1879 d. 1950, married John Taylor Thomas and lived in Monroe; (D) William Lester Dees b. 1880 d. 1906; (E) Jacob Pernae Dees b. 1889 d. 1965, married Mamie G.; (F) Claude Alonzo Dees b. 31 May 1889 d. 1957, married 21 Dec 1914 Annie Beatrice Hall b. 10 Sep 1898 Canton, Buncombe Co., NC; (G) Mossie Mable Deese b. 1892 d. 1930; and (H) Iola Pearl Dees b. 1894 d. 1952, married Jewel W. Mcelrath.

G. Rosy Maggie Thomas b. 1859, married at her father's house on 4 Dec 1879 to John C. Stegall b. 27 May 1859 d. 22 Oct 1943. John C. is the son of Arthur B. and Elizabeth Stegall. Dated 28 Jan 1886, John C. Stegall married second to Louisa Gurley b. 12 Jul 1864 d. 24 Jan 1940, the dau of Jacob and Elizabeth Gurley. John and Louisa Stegall are buried at Midway Bapt in Union County.

H. Clementine Thomas b. 1861, married on 4 Mar 1880 to William or Wade H. Maness b. 1859. He is the son of Melton and Nancy E. Maness.

I. James Edward Thomas b. 14 Apr 1862 d. 26 Mar 1925 bur. Monroe Cem, married on 29 Apr 1883 Martha N. Curlee b. Sep 1860. She is the daughter of Caleb and Mina Curlee. In his death certifcate, James E. Thomas was a farmer living in Charlotte at 621 E 18th Street. The children of James and Martha are (A) William Alexander Thomas b. 1886, (B)John Lexie Thomas b. Jan 1886, married 6 Jun 1907 Martha Sinclair b. 1886, dau of Luke and Mary; (C) Jacob Benton Thomas b. 10 Mar 1889 d. 12 Jan 1937 bur. Elmwood Cem in Charlotte, married Lela; (D) James Leonard Thomas b. Feb 1891, married Oma Trull, daughter of Thomas and Edna; and (F) David Sanford Thomas b. May 1896.

J. Jacob Hartwell Thomas b. Jan 1870, married 4 Jan 1889 Jemima Crook b. Aug 1875, daughter of Wesley Hinson and Pheobe Crook. Their children are (A) Flora J Thomas b. Nov 1890; (B) Raymond Thomas b. 1892, married Dymple Gordan b. 1896, the dau of Bob and Kate; (C) Arthur W. Thomas b. Mar 1894; (D) Zebulon Vance Thomas b. Jun 1896; and (E) Hattie B. Thomas b. Oct 1899. The death certificate for Jacob Thomas states he was born 3 Jan 1853 and died 20 Apr 1927.

K. Hester Caroline Thomas b. 1869, married 10 Dec 1886 to Samuel Alexander Crook b. 1862 d. 1 Mar 1927 bur. Grace Chapel. He is the son of Pheobe Crook. Their Children are (A) Minnie Crook b. 10 May 1888 d. 29 Jul 1938 bur. Grace Chapel, married 17 Nov 1903 Jessie C. McRorie, the son of C. A. and Sylvania.


The Last Will and Testament of Jacob Thomas


Go back to Jacob's Father
Go to the Table of Contents
Go Back to Home Page