Benjamin F. THOMAS
- Born: Abt 1840, GA
- Marriage: Marilda JACKSON on 30 Sep 1870 in Pike Co. AL
- Died: Abt 1897, AL about age 57
1880 Pike Co. Census
1880 Butler Co. AL Census
1870 Pike Co. AL Census
1860 Barbour Co. Census
1850 Barbour Co. Census
Military Records From The Alabama Archives
A marriage license was issued in Pike Co. AL for one Benjamin F. Thomas and Marilda Jackson on 9/29/1870 with the bond being posted by Benjamin F. Thomas and J.C. Berry and the wedding performed 9/30/1870.
1870 Pike Co. AL Census has Marilda Jackson in the home of Charles Berry and family including a John Berry. This John Berry is believed to be John Calvin Berry and and most likely the same as the J.C. Berry that posted the marriage bond. No relation has been established between the Jackson family and the Berry family, but one most likely exists. Date of Census is 26 Jul 1870.
1880 Pike Co. AL Census (Jun 1880) has Marilda Thomas and son Lee age 9 living in the home of her father John Jackson.
1880 Butler Co. AL Census (Jun 1880 ) has one Benjamin Thomas and wife Margaret and an Alfred Thomas listed as father of Benjamin. There has been no record found by this researcher that would suggest what happened to the marriage of Marilda Jackson and Benjamin Thomas nor has a record of marriage been found of Benjamin Thomas to Magaret Paul by this researcher. In conclusion, it is believed by this researcher that Benjamin F. Thomas known to be the son of Alfred Thomas and Malinda Scarborough is the same person as the one married to Marilda Jackson in 1870 and the one in the 1880 Butler Co. AL census with Margaret and Alfred.
The mariage of James Lee Thomas ( believed to be the son of Benjamin F. Thomas and Marilda Jackson ) to Fanny Bray on 5/19/1889 was at the residence of Jane Jackson.
Bethel Primitive Baptist Church Records of Barbour Co. AL:
Feb 23, 1892 Letters of dismissal granted to Bro. Benjamin Thomas and
sister Nanci A. Horne. ( P.L. Thomas, I.A. Thomas and
Benjamin Thomas were brothers)
The records of this church were supplied by a Mr. Winford Horne of Clayton, Alabama (a descendant of Alfred Thomas )
for a text file at Rootsweb. I don't know if the mention of Benjamin Thomas being brothers to P.L and I.A were in the original records or added by Mr. Horne.
According to Mr. Winford Horne, Benjamin F. Thomas and wife ( Margaret Paul ) are buried in graves at Antioch Church in Barbour County near Clayton once marked with wooden crosses, but no longer identifiable as to which is Benjamin. That Benjamin died in 1897.
Military records from the National Archives show that a Benjamin F. Thomas was in Co. B 1st Alabama Infantry Regiment known as the Eufaula Rifles, that this company was excepted into service at Eufaula Febuary 09 1861 and was mustered out at Barrancas, FL on Febueary 08 1862. Several men joined other regiments at the end of this term.
Military records from The Alabama Archives show that a Benjamin F. Thomas was in Co. E of the 1st Alabama Infantry Regiment. That he enlisted at Elba in 1863, that he was listed as a veteran in the 1907 Confederate Census as living in Coffee Springs. Along with this pension record from the Arvhives, came census records and a marriage record of Benjamin F. Thomas to a Marilda Jackson in Pike County, AL, that match all the infomation that I have on Benjamin F. Thomas and his dad Alfred Thomas. The fact that he is listed in the 1907 Confederate Census would dispell Mr. Horne's note that Benjamin died in 1897. However, I have not found Benjamin in any census later than 1880. Just another mystery!
Benjamin married Marilda JACKSON, daughter of John JACKSON and Martha, on 30 Sep 1870 in Pike Co. AL. (Marilda JACKSON was born about 1848 in AL and died after 1900 in Pike Co. AL.)