Born ca. 1798, Richard Thomas was likely named for his Uncle Richard Presley. Richard married to a person named Nancy and had at least two children before moving to Alabama in the 1830's. Dated 10 Sep 1838, Richard Thomas received a land grant for 39.79 acres in Blount County Alabama. On 2 Apr 1857, he received a grant for 39.79 more acres. The 1850 Blount County Census provides the first glimpse of the Richard Thomas Family. From the children's birth locations, the census indicates that Richard may have moved to Alabama between 1833 and 1836. In the 1850's, many moved nearby into Jefferson County AL. Indicating the prior death of Richard Thomas, Nancy Thomas is listed in the 1870 Jefferson County AL Census as aged 73 and living at the house of her daughter Elizabeth McAnally. She is listed as 84 years old and living at the house of son Annanias N. Thomas in 1880. In 1888, Nancy Thomas died at age 90 years old. She is buried at New Prospect Cemetery in Jasper, Walker County, AL.

The children of Richard and Nancy Thomas are:

A. William D. Thomas b. ca. 1820, married 10 Nov 1836 Elizabeth Daniel.

B. Annanias N. Thomas (Jr.) b. ca. 1828 in SC d. 18 Jan 1896 in Blount Co AL, married ca. 1848 Nancy Reid. Nancy is the daughter of Nancy Powell and Redden Reid. In the 1850 Blount County AL Census, Ananias was listed as Ananias Jr., 22 years old, and being born in SC. The use of Jr. was to distinguish him from his uncle with the same name. In 1860, Ananias (A. N.) Thomas is listed as living nearby in Blackburns district of Jefferson County. Ananias and Nancy are again listed in Jefferson County in the 1870 census. In 1880, they are back in neighboring Blount County. Living with them is Annanias N. Thomas's mother. She is listed as 84 years old. This census indicates that both parents were born in Ireland.

Dated 3 Apr 1896, an obituary in the WARRIOR BREEZEfor Ananias N. Thomas read as follows: "Brother A. N. Thomas born May 1828, died January 16, 1896.

Their children are Mary L. Thomas b. 1849; (B) James Reuben Thomas b. 1851, married 8 Dec 1875 Blount Co. AL Amanda Thompson b. 1851; (C) Doctor C. Thomas b. 1854; (D) Lumina M. Thomas b.1857, married Clary Sapp.; (E) Belva A. Thomas b. 1859 (F) Jefferson Davis Thomas b. 25 Feb 1861 d. 10 May 1944, married 1 Jan 1882 Julia C Porter; and (G) Catherine Thomas b. 25 Feb 1861, married 28 Jun 1882 John L. Powell.

C. Moses Thomas b. 1833 in SC d. 20 Feb 1907 bur. Old Soldiers Cemetery, Little Rock, Pulaski Co. AR. He married Eveline Russell b. 1835, the daughter of John and Susannah Russell. Residing in Blount Springs AL, Moses enlisted on 24 Dec 1861 in Jefferson County AL. In CSA 9th Battalion, he served as nurse at Newsom Hospital in Cass GA through April 1863. Then attached to CSA Co. C, 58th Reg. AL, Moses was captured at Missionary Ridge on 25 Nov 1863. He was received at the Louisville KY military Prison on 6 Dec 1863. Moses Thomas was held at Rock Island IL until being released on 17 Jun 1865. He moved to Pulaski Co. Arkansas.

Their children are (A) Nicy Thomas b. 1851; (B) Richard Thomas b. 15 Aug 1853, d. 18 Aug 1939 in Hopper, Montgomery Co. AR.; (C) William Jeter Thomas b. 1857, married 9 Jan 1878 Mary Margaret Armstrong; and (D)Lucinda Thomas b. 1859.

D. Anna Thomas b. 1836

E. Andrew Jackson Thomas b. 15 Oct 1838 d. 20 Oct 1918 bur New Prospect Cem in Walker County AL. He married 7 Jan 1858 Julia P. Brown b. 6 Oct 1838 d. 10 Nov 1910, the daughter of John and Martha Elizabeth Brown. Andrew Jackson Thomas enlisted on 17 Mar 1862 at Jasper, Walker County AL. Serving in C.S.A. Co H, 28th Reg AL, he was captured 25 Nov 1863 at Orchard Knob, Missionary Ridge. Andrew was wounded in the leg "shivering" the bone below the knee. He was forwarded to the military Prison in Louisville KY before being imprisoned at Rock Island IL. Around 15 Jun 1864 he contracted what the doctors called "scurvey". From that time, the leg grew worse opening an ulcer on his leg. Dated 13 Jan 1893, A. J. Thomas applied for a 4 pension. He felt that as long as he could work on his own, he did not want any further assistance. Dated 1 Jul 1907, a group of citizens from Walker County AL petitioned to raise his claim to level 1 benefits. The three pages of signatures included a description of his condition.

"He is now confined to his bed all the time. The Tibia is necrissed from the knee to the ankle and the flesh all eaten off. His suffering is known only by one in his condition."

The children of Andrew Jackson Thomas and Julia P. are (A) Nancy Mary Ann Thomas b. 15 Dec 1858, married 25 Nov 1879 William Johnson Kennedy and removed to Vernon, Lamar Co. AL; (B) John Richard Thomas b. b. 26 Aug 1860 d. 16 Oct 1860; (C) William David Thomas b. 19 Jan 1862, married first Nancy, and second Florence Sanders; (D) James Little Thomas b. 30 Jan 1866, married 13 Sep 1888 Dona Adeline Sherer; (E) Sarah Frances Robeener Thomas b. 11 Jun 1868, married ca. 1888 Joe E. Sherer; (F) Madison Monroe Thomas b. 6 Oct 1871 d. 20 Jul 1878; (G) Doshia Clementine Thomas b. 15 Mar 1874 d. 11 Oct 1910.

F. Elizabeth Thomas b. 1840, married 8 Mar 1856 William J. McAnally in Blount County AL. Their children are (A) Mary E. McAnally b. 1857; (B) B. M. McAnally b. 1860; (C) N. O. McAnally b. 1867; and (D) B. T. McAnally b. 1870.


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