Monday, December 26, 2016

Notes From My Grandmother | Thomas Lineage and Genealogy, Part 2

Somehow, much of my grandmother's hand written and (badly) typed notes and research wound up in my possession. Traveling from Chicago to Los Angeles and back to Chicago again. It sat, in the dark of my mother's closet, until my dad passed and my mom decided to begin her great purge. Knowing I had picked up the torch, the next generation to pursue the Greatest Hobby on Earth, the papers came to live with me. Unsure for many years on just what to do with them, I have decided to bring them out and share them with you - transcribed, of course - no one can read my grandmother's handwriting! But in her own words; mistakes, rambling sentences, and all. I think she will be pleased her work and her writing are once again out in the light.

We pick up the story with Jesse Thomas Jr., tenth child and fourth son of Jesse Thomas Sr and Rebecah Hampton. Grandma did not have this information. She also did not have Jesse Jr's birth or death. Grandma knew that Jesse married Joanne B Stanley and that the couple lived in Perry Twp and Columbus Co, OH. She knew of one child, Zadoc Willis Thomas, her husband's father.

Jesse Thomas Jr was born July 28, 1828 in Morgan OH. He married Joanna Bell Stanley May 1, 1851 at Upper Springfield MH, Columbiana, OH. 

Jesse and Joanna farmed the land in Ohio until about 1870 when they removed to Oskaloosa, Iowa and for a time ran a hotel. This was the same time and the same place that Penn College was founded. The couple had four children, two sons and two daughters, all born in Ohio. By 1890 Jesse and Joanna had moved to Fort Dodge, IA, where they remained until death. Both Jesse and Joanna are buried in the Oakland Cemetery in Webster Co, IA.


Jesse Thomas Jr b. 7/28/1828
                              d. 9/19/1907
                              m. 5/1/1851 to Joanna Bell Stanley
                                                   daughter of Benjamin Stanley and Elizabeth Cobbs
                                                   b. 7/27/1827
                                                   d. 6/3/1904


Benjamin Franklin  b. 5/26/1852 d. 1924
ZADOC WILLIS b. 5/18/1856 d. 6/16/1914 m. 10/1/1885 to Laura Alice Busby
                                                                                         b. 9/26/1861 d. 1952
Elma Luella b. 11/8/1860 d. 1/20/1913
Mary Eldora b. 12/12/1863

to be continued .......

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©1980 Elizabeth Twining Potwin Thomas - private collection

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