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The Thomas Family of Mason County

James C. Thomas, April 2, 1834 – October 23, 1917.  Elizabeth J., wife of J. C. Thomas, June 24, 1842 – July 4, 1899.  Charles Thomas, son of J. C. & E. Thomas, March 12, 1862 – April 5, 1863.  Maysville Cemetery, Mason County, Kentucky.

James Cooper Thomas was the son of Jacob Thomas, born in Virginia, and Amanda Cooper, born in Kentucky.  This information was given on his death certificate.  He died October 23, 1917, a widower, a retired merchant, at the age of 83 years, 6 months and 21 days.

On November 30, 1859, in Mason County, James C. Thomas married Elizabeth J. Seward.  He was 24, born in Indiana, a resident of Mason County.  Elizabeth was 17, lived and was born in Fleming County.

In the 1850 census of Mason County James C., 16, is living with his parents, Jacob, 43, and Amanda, 37.  Siblings include John N, 14; Richard B., 12; Oliver H. P., 6; and Alice, 2.  Only James C., John N. and Oliver H. P. live to adulthood, and James C. is the only one to have children.

In the 1880 census James, 44, and wife Elizabeth, 38, are living with his father, Jacob Thomas, 72, born in Virginia.  Their children, Lilly, 11; Jacob, 9; and Laura, 3; are listed.

O. H. P. Thomas & Co.  O. H. P. Thomas and Co. Distributors of Fine Kentucky Whiskies, was established in 1860, and have the distinction of being the oldest house in their line in the state.  They have a reputation for selling only the purest and best Whiskies, Brandies, Wines and Gin, and their prices are always right.  Go to O. H. P. Thomas & Co. for this class of goods.  Office and salesroom 120-122 Market Street.

This is the business purchased by James Cooper Thomas after the death of his brother, O. H. P. Thomas in 1902.

The Public Ledger, Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky

Wednesday, October 24, 1917

James Cooper Thomas

Aged Maysvillian Died Very Suddenly at His Home on Forest Avenue Last Evening – Was in Whisky Business Here For Many Years

Mr. James Cooper Thomas, aged 83 years, passed away very suddenly at his home on Forest Avenue last evening about 6:30 o’clock of acute indigestion.  Mr. Thomas was apparently in excellent health and his death occurred while he was eating his supper.

Deceased was born near Mt. Gilead, this county, on April 2, 1834.  For a number of years he was engaged in the whisky business in this city with his son, Mr. Jacob Thomas, the firm being widely known as the O. H. P. Thomas Company.  He retired from business several years ago.  He was a most excellent old gentleman and was well liked by all who knew him.

He is survived by two daughters and four sons – Mrs. P. G. Smoot, Mrs. S. P. Browning and Mr. Jacob Thomas of this city; Mr. John Thomas of Willow Springs, Missouri; Mr. Frank Thomas of Joplin, Missouri; and Mr. Perry Thomas of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The funeral arrangements have not yet been completed, but will be announced in tomorrow’s Ledger.

Oliver H. P. Thomas was James’ brother – evidently he began the whisky company and perhaps after his death was run by James and his son, Jacob.

The Public Ledger, Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky

Wednesday, July 5, 1899

Death’s Harvest

Grim Reaper’s Visit Has Darkened More Happy Homes

Mrs. James C. Thomas

The death of Mrs. James C. Thomas occurred yesterday morning about 4 o’clock at her home near Mt. Gilead.

Deceased was 57 years of age and was one of Mason’s estimable residents.

She is survived by six children, – four sons, Messrs. John B. of Willow Springs, Missouri, Jacob and O. H. P. Jr., of this city and B. F. of near Mt. Gilead, – and two daughters, Mrs. P. G. Smoot and Mrs. Pearce Browning of this city.

The funeral will take place at 10 o’clock tomorrow morning from the family residence near Mt. Gilead and the remains will be interred in Maysville Cemetery.

Jacob Thomas, July 7, 1807 – July 27, 1885.  Amanda A. Thomas, February 20, 1813 – May 14, 1871.

Jacob and Amanda Thomas – parents of James Cooper Thomas.

Richard B. Thomas, July 19, 1838 – October 24, 1854.  Alice J. Thomas, March 12, 1848 – February 12, 1851.

Siblings of James C. Thomas who died young.

John N. Thomas, July 16, 1836 – February 3, 1896.  Jacob Thomas, 1872-1932.  Lulu Y. Thomas, 1871-1965.  James C. Thomas, 1899-1950.  Marybelle Thomas, 1905-1965.

John N. Thomas was a brother to James C. Thomas.  Jacob Thomas was a son of James C., Lulu his wife, and children James C. and Marybelle, grandchildren of James C.

The Evening Bulletin, Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky

Tuesday, February 4, 1896

John N. Thomas

Death Claims One of the City’s Prominent and Esteemed Business Men

Mr. John N. Thomas died last night at 8 o’clock at the family residence on Third Street, of heart failure.  He had been in failing health for three years, and while it was known that his condition of late was very serious, the sad news of his death was in the nature of a shock to many of his friends.

John Nelson Thomas was born near Mt. Gilead and was in the sixtieth year of his age.  He was a son of Jacob and Amanda (Cooper) Thomas, his parents being among the county’s old and esteemed citizens.  Most of the deceased’s life was spent in this city, where he was for years identified with the grain trade and wholesale liquor business.  No one stood higher as a businessman.  His wife, who was a Miss Drake, of Cincinnati, survives him, and he leaves two brothers, Mr. J. C. Thomas, of Orangeburg, and Mr. O. H. P. Thomas, of this city.

The Evening Bulletin, Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky

Tuesday, March 25, 1902

O. H. P. Thomas

Another Prominent Citizen Answers the Final Summons

His Death Occurred at 7 O’clock This Morning, After an Illness of Seven Weeks

Mr. O. H. P. Thomas, whose serious illness has been frequently mentioned during the past month or so, died this morning at 7 o’clock at the family residence, 414 West Third Street.  He had been suffering from a complication of diseases the last seven weeks, and his serious condition for some time had in a measure prepared his relatives and friends for the sad announcement that came this morning.

Mr. Thomas was born near Mt. Gilead, this county, and was a son of the late Jacob and Amanda Thomas.  He was fifty-seven years of age.  The greater part of his life had been spent in Maysville where he had amassed a handsome estate as a wholesale liquor and grain merchant.  He had been prominently identified with the business interests of the city for many years.

Mr. Thomas is survived by his wife, who was Miss Mary Stevenson, and he leaves one brother, Mr. James C. Thomas of the county, and several nephews and nieces, among them Mr. Jacob Thomas, Mrs. Dr. Smoot and Mrs .Pearce Browning of this city.

The funeral will take place Thursday, but the hour has not been fixed, Rev. Dr. Waller and Rev. Dr. Molloy officiating.  Interment in the Maysville Cemetery.

Thomas Family Buried At Maysville Cemetery

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This beautiful stone marks the final resting place of many members of the Jacob Thomas and Amanda Cooper family.  Jacob was born in Virginia and made his way to Kentucky at a young age.  He met and married Amanda, born in Kentucky, around 1833.  After their marriage the couple moved to Indiana for a time; their two eldest children were born there.

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Jacob Thomas, July 7, 1807 – July 27, 1885.  Amanda A. Thomas, February 20, 1813 – May 14, 1871

In the 1850 Census of Mason County Jacob is listed as 43, a farmer; Amanda, 37; James C., 16; John N., 14; Richard B., 12; Oliver H. P., 6; Alice J., 2.  A period of six years between Richard and Oliver make us suspect that a couple of children died during that time period.  In 1860 Jacob is 52; Amanda, 47; John, 24, is a clerk; and Oliver is 15.  Alice died in 1851 and Richard in 1854.  In 1870 there is Jacob, 63; Amanda, 57; and Perry, 25.  I believe this must be son Oliver, due to the ages from 1860 and 1870 – and since he was named for the famous naval commander.  In 1880 Amanda has already passed away.  Jacob is listed as 72, with son James, 44; his wife, Elizabeth, 38; and children John, 19; Lilly, 11; Jacob, 9; and Laura, 3.

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Richard B. Thomas, July 19, 1838 – October 24, 1854.  Alice J. Thomas, March 12, 1848 – February 12, 1851.

Richard and Alice are children of Jacob and Amanda Thomas.

James Cooper Thomas, eldest son of Jacob and Amanda, married Elizabeth Jane Soward, from Fleming County, November 24, 1859.   I could not find them in the 1860 or 1870 census, just in the 1880, living with James’ widowed father.

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John N. Thomas, July 16, 1836 – February 3, 1896.  Jacob Thomas, 1872-1932.  Lulu Y. THomas, 1871-1965.  James C. Thomas, 1898-1950.  Marybelle Thomas, 1965-1965.

John Thomas is the son of Jacob and Amanda, and brother to James Cooper Thomas.  Jacob and Lulu (Lilly) are children of James and Elizabeth.  I’m not sure how the last two fit in the family.

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James C. Thomas, April 2, 1834 – October 23, 1917.  Elizabeth J., wife of J. C. Thomas, June 24, 1842 – July 4, 1899.  Charles Thomas, son of J. C. & E. Thomas, March 12, 1862 – April 5, 1863.

A tiny son, born during the Civil War, is listed on the stone with his parents.  Elizabeth Soward Thomas died on Independence Day in 1899.  James lived another 18 years.  His death certificate says he was born in Indiana, his father Jacob was born in Virginia, and his mother, a Cooper, was born in Kentucky.  He was widowed, a retired farmer.  It said he died, sitting in a chair, after eating a hearty meal – at the wonderful age of 83!