My Genealogy Hound

Below is a family biography included in The History of Obion County, Tennessee published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1887.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

* * * *

James H. Thomas was born in Dyer County, April 8, 1833 [For parents’ history see sketch of M. F. Thomas.], and was reared on a farm. His education was obtained is the common schools and in Belle Forest Collegiate Institute, which was destroyed during the late war. James H. was married, on the 23d of March, 1858, to Martha A. Peery, daughter of Archibald Peery. To them were born six children: Dora A., Mary L. (Mrs. D. C. Coleman), Milus L., Alice M., Eleanor E. and Sarah I. The mother of this family was born in Weakley County, September 19, 1839, and died at the homestead, surrounded by her family, June 30, 1877. Mr. Thomas was an old line Whig, but since the war has affiliated with the Democratic party. He is a Mason, and an elder in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and has served four years as county surveyor, and at the present time is serving in the capacity of deputy. He purchased his farm of seventy-three acres in 1867, and devotes it principally to raising cereals.

* * * *

This family biography is one of 179 biographies included in The History of Obion County, Tennessee published in 1887 by Goodspeed.  The History of Obion County was included within The History of Gibson, Obion, Dyer, Weakley & Lake Counties of Tennessee. For the complete description, click here: History of Gibson, Obion, Dyer, Weakley, and Lake Counties of Tennessee

To view additional Obion County, Tennessee family biographies, click here

Use the links at the top right of this page to search or browse thousands of other family biographies.