Time for a little mini-history lesson about the Thomas Family to set up this piece of information.
From myself, you have my father, Frederick Clifford Thomas III (b 1941). His father, of course, was Frederick Clifford Thomas Jr. (1918 – 2006), whose father was Frederick Clifford Thomas Sr. (1889 – 1976). Fred Sr.’s father was Horace Luther Thomas (1846 – 1929), a self-taught electrical engineer who spent most of his life in Chittenden County, Vermont.
Horace had three brothers and two sisters. Two of his brothers were Charles Frank Thomas and Warren P. Thomas, whose story I have told previously. Horace’s parents were Charles H.L. Thomas (I believe the H.L. was probably for Horace Luther, 1821 – 1873), and Louisa “Lois” A. Pond (1823 – 1896). Louisa was from the Pond family that can trace its roots back to the founding of the country with my 9x great-grandfather Robert Pond (1606 – 1637) who was born in Groton, Suffolk, England and who came here to the US with his son Daniel about 1630. There is an entire book written about the Ponds called “A Genealogical Record of Daniel Pond and His Descendants” by Edward Doubleday Harris. Fascinating stuff! I am related to every person in that book… which is a strange feeling.
Charles H. L. Thomas’s parents were James Thomas (1782 – 1863) and Sophia Ransom (1792 – 1868) who is from another well-documented family from America’s founding. The Thomases, however, are not so well-documented. We know James was born about 1782 in Massachusetts and lived in Chazy, NY from at least 1816 to 1835. He was in Burke, NY in 1850 working as a shoemaker, then was in Burlington, Vermont in 1860 living with two of his sons. He died sometime after that, probably about 1863.
Recently, I found this:
It’s a tombstone for Elizabeth Thomas in Chazy Landing Cemetery, Chazy, NY, the city where James Thomas lived and where most of his sons were born. It says:
“In memory of Mrs. Elizabeth, Consort of Beriah Thomas who departed this life December 19th 1811 (?) in the 71st year of her age. A husband and 6 children are left to lament their loss”.
I can’t see the year very well. Looks like it could either be 1811 or 1814, putting her birth between 1740 and 1743.
I’m struck by the name “Luther Thomas” for her husband. It seems possible given the name and the town that he could possibly be either James’s father or other relative.
The grave is mentioned here also:
There’s also a Polly Thomas buried there, born in 1798 who is the daughter of Mathew and Tobitha Thomas.
I’m excited that this could be a possible lead to the generation before James. If you can get back just a little further in New England, you usually find a lot of documentation for people who were alive around the Revolutionary Period. That would be very helpful to us.