Smith County, Texas

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Benjamin Rogers Thomas, Jr., born 1806, Edgecombe County, North Carolina. He married (1) Martha Engledow, 30 DEC 1838, in Nacogdoches county, Texas, born Wythe County, Virginia, daughter of John Engledow and Elizabeth Simpson, died 1840/48, San Antonio, Texas with Tuberculosis. He married (2) Penelope Wheeler. Benjamin died 1891, Bexar County. TX. Son of Benjamin Rogers Thomas, Sr. and Mary Ann Dickinson. According to The Texas Handbook Online: "Benjamin Thomas, early settler and soldier in the Texas Revolution was born in South Carolina?? in 1806. In 1823, he moved to Texas and settled in Ayish Bayou (later San Augustine). During the Texas Revolution, Thomas served in Capt. William Kimbro's company from March 16 to June 16, 1836. He was a member of the Texas Veterans Association. Thomas died in San Antonio in 1891." Discharge

  • I. William S. Thomas, born 14 NOV 1839, San Augustine Co, Texas. He married (1) Cordelia G. Weaver, 22 APR 1868. He married (2) Elizabeth Catherine McKnight, 02 SEP 1875, born 14 FEB 1848, Nacogdoches Coun, Texas, died 30 JUN 1929, Ardmore, Oklahoma. William died 10 JAN 1896, Cooke County, Texas, buried: Callisburg, Texas. Elizabeth: Daughter of James and Louisa McKnight.
    • A. Lulu Thomas, born 1869.
    • B. B. C. Thomas, born 1871.
    • C. Mary A. Thomas, born 1873. She married Derrick.
    • D. J. O Thomas, born 1876.
    • E. Carrie Louisa Thomas, born 20 NOV 1878, Texas. She married Frank Richardson, born 12 AUG 1876, Alabama, died 30 APR 1927, Smith County, Texas. Carrie died 20 AUG 1948, Smith County, Texas.
      • 1. Vivian Richardson, born 12 May 1905, VanZandt Co., TX; died 2 Oct 1991, Tyler, TX. She married Hubbard Thedford, the son of Lee Andrew Thedford and Emma Dora McMillan, 28 Aug 1923. He was born 31 Aug 1900, Smith Co., TX; died 31 Oct 1959, Rusk, TX. Both are buried in the Pleasant Retreat Cemetery, Smith Co., TX
    • F. Martha Blanche Thomas, born 24 OCT 1881, Callisburg, Texas. She married Charles Lewis Brooks, 03 DEC 1902, in Duncan, Oklahoma, born 16 MAR 1874, Writesboro, Texas, died 26 OCT 1957, Paul's Valley, Oklahoma. Martha died 17 JAN 1970, Wynnewood, Oklahoma.
      • 1. Bennett Howell Brooks, born 15 NOV 1903. He married Marcella Grace Wilson, 1921, born 06 JUL 1905.
    • G. Bonnie A. Thomas, born 1884.
    • H. William F. Thomas, born 1886.
    • I. Elizabeth Thomas
    • J. Katherine Thomas
  • II. Martha Angelina Thomas, born 13 MAR 1842. She married Lyne Taliaferro Barret, 26 AUG 1857, in Melrose, TX: Home of aunt, Amanda Johnson, born 07 NOV 1832, Appomattox, Virginia, son of Charles Lee Barret and Sarah Taliaferro, died 23 MAR 1913, Melrose, Nacogdoches County, Texas. Martha died 04 APR 1920, buried: Methodist Church, Melrose, Tex. Whe was called Angelina. Lyne was called Tol. He was a Celt. He brought in the first producing oil well west of the Mississippi River, in Texas. Served as a captain of the Quartermaster Corps, Confederate States of America, for the Nacogdoches district. Tol was the first secretary of Ochiltree Masonic Lodge # 143 of Melrose when it was founded in 1855, and was later a master. He served as a Justice of the Peace in 1862 and 1899.
    • A. William Blackstone Barret, born 04 AUG 1858. He married Emma Simpson. William died 10 FEB 1911, buried: Greenwood, Garrison, Texas.
      • 1. Ada Barret, born 1884. She married Edward B. Wright.
      • 2. Foncie Quida Barret, born 23 JUL 1887, died 14 MAR 1944, buried: Greenwood, Garrison, Texas.
      • 3. Wanda Barret, born SEP 1889. She married Robert J. Griffin.
    • B. Ralph Ambrose Barret, born 07 OCT 1860. He married Jennie Simpson.
      • 1. Conrad F. Barret. He married Ola.
      • 2. Emma Barret. She married Keith Clark.
    • C. James Stamlett Barret, born 05 OCT 1862.
    • D. Robert Leak Barret, born 18 SEP 1866.
    • E. Charles Hurt Barret, born 28 MAR 1869. He married Mary Leona Teutsch, 23 DEC 1908. Charles died 10 AUG 1951, buried: Melrose Baptist, Melrose, Texas. Mary: Was called Lonie.
      • 1. John Travis Barret, born 31 OCT 1909.
    • F. Tom Johnson Barret, born 26 AUG 1871, died 23 MAY 1954, buried: Melrose Baptist, Melrose, Texas.
    • G. Oscar Thomas Barret, born 30 JUN 1874. He married Susie Elizabeth Greene, 1902. Oscar died 26 APR 1928, buried: Melrose Baptist, Melrose, Texas.
      • 1. Oscar Thomas Barret, born 1920, died 1926, buried: Melrose Baptist, Melrose, Texas.
    • H. Era Taliaferro Barret, born 21 MAY 1876. She married Benton Wilson.
      • 1. Ulric Wilson. He married Benita Williams.
      • 2. Linus Wilson.
      • 3. Mamie Wilson. She married Jodie Johnson.
      • 4. Leah Wilson. She married Frank Shoffner. Was called Nance.
      • 5. Nance Wilson.
      • 6. Margaret Wilson.
      • 7. Emily Wilson.
      • 8. Suzanne Wilson, born 18 APR 1947, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
    • I. Claude Mortimer Barret, born 04 NOV 1878. He married Era Justice. Claude died 15 SEP 1947, buried: Sunset Memorial.
      • 1. Margaret Emily Barret. She married John C. Still, called Buddy.
    • J. Vesta Augusta Barret, born 11 JAN 1881.
    • K. Infant of Lynn T. Barret, born 1882.
  • III. Oscar E. Thomas, born 1845. C.S.A.


Gayle Basaldu

Wilma Thedford

Lyne Taliaferro Barret - The Handbook of Texas Online - There is also a collections of business and personal papers located at Stephen F. Austin University in the Skeen Library.

William S. Thomas, "Biographical Souvenir of the State of Texas", Page 818-819

Benjamin Thomas, Jr., Herzstein Library, Veteran Biographies, San Jacinto

Smith County Probate Records, Case No. T, Oscar E. Thomas, Minor


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