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Research File:
Minnie Edna Thomas

Data Compiled by Randal M. Bundy, son of Minnie Edna Thomas-Bundy

Lannie Neal Bundy  & Minnie Edna Thomas
daughter of:
McKesson Thomas & Lillie Matlock (aka Elizabeth Matlock)
son of:  Job McKesson Thomas  & Rachel E. Helton
son of:  Jobe Thomas 1808 in Yancy Co., N.C  &  Nancy Deyton  -1819 in Yancey Co., N.C.
son of:  Aaron O. "the elder" Thomas 1776 NC & Elizabeth Hunsucker  (Huntzaker) - b (abt) 1777 in SC 
son of: Joseph W. Aaron Thomas b(abt)1755 Va or SC & Cindy Wilson or Keziah (Unknown)

Please note there is conflict among some researchers regarding the wife of Joseph Thomas (c.1760-aft.1860) or Joseph W. Aaron Thomas b(abt)1755 Va or SC
at least one record lists her name as Keziah Enlow - born 1785 at ?but that date ca't be correct as their some Aaron was born 1776?
Joseph Thomas (c.1760-aft.1860) - By Jason Edwards

Joseph Thomas was born about 1760 probably in Virginia. In 1850 he gives his age as 85 and his birthplace as South Carolina. In 1860, his age is 103 and his birthplace is Virginia. On June 1, 1854, as a resident of Union County, Georgia, he applied for a Revolutionary War Pension based on his service. He states at the time that he is 95 years old. This would give him a birth year of about 1759. He further states that “he volunteered in the Army of the United States in the Year of 1782 from the State of Virginia, and Served a Tour of three months in the Company Commanded by Captain James Gaines.” With his application, he sent in his original discharge from Captain Gaines dater April 27, 1783. He also states that he served a three month tour in the same year from Surry County, North Carolina. He goes on to say that he “volunteered a third time for three months from Union County in the State of South Carolina and served…in the Regiment of Infantry Commanded by Colonel Brandon.” He was ordered by Colonel Brandon to guard prisoners being taken to the Peedee River. He signed his name with a capital J. He was not able to present enough proof to receive a pension.

----- Joseph Thomas and family seem to have been Separatist Baptists. This group tended to stay close to the frontier where they were better able to practice their religion without fear of persecution.

----- Sometime in the early 1780s, Joseph Thomas married Keziah. Her maiden name is not known, but her first name is proven by a deed made by Joseph Thomas, planter, of Union County, South Carolina, to Jonas Little for one hundred and twenty one acres in Union County, South Carolina. The deed is signed by Joseph Thomas and Keziah Thomas who signed her name with a capital K. It was about this time that the Joseph Thomas family moved from Union County, South Carolina, to the western frontier of North Carolina. He was enumerated in Burke County, North Carolina, in 1800. He is in Haywood County in 1810 and back in Burke County in 1820. This is the last time that he appears as head of household on the census. His wife, who was born about 1762, was still living in 1820. It is unclear where Joseph and Keziah were after this time. They were very likely living with their children. By 1840, most of his children had moved to Union County, Georgia. Keziah Thomas seems to have died before 1850 as Joseph was living with his son John Thomas in 1850 and 1860. He died sometime after the 1860 census. (Note:  There is a Keziah Thomas listed married Elias Skipper in your information? He was in south Georgia (Lowndes County) by 1830, but I know nothing about his ancestry. I think he was born about 1805. He married a Keziah (Thomas) in Bulloch County, GA - presume this is the same Keziah Thomas who died in 1850) (but records indicate:  He married Keziah Thomas in Bulloch County, GA, in 1828. Keziah was a daughter of John Thomas and granddaughter of William Thomas, RS. Both Elias and Keziah died in Lowndes County, Georgia. Their daughter, Phebe (1833-1926), married Samuel Duggan.) - comment from R.M. Bundy - (I wish they would not have repeated the same names in this family as it makes research difficult to confirm who is who)

*****One of the Yancey County Thomases was married to a Cindy Wilson. Somehow, over time, she got attached to her husband’s presumed grandfather. That's why many people who have her on Ancestry.com, and in fact her Findagrave page, have her as being born in 1760 and dying in 1891 at 131. That's a little old, even for a Thomas!

******The real Cindy Wilson was married to John Thomas in the 1820s. Her Findagrave page has her dying in 1860, but she is clearly on the 1870 and 1880 censuses of Yancey County with her husband.

Information on Land Deed with Joseph and Keziah Thomas:Union County, South Carolina, Deed Abstracts, Vol. 1, Deed Books A-F, 1785-1800" [SCMAR, Columbia, SC, 1998]
p. 192, Deed Book D, pp. 509-510:
"22 Sept 1790, Joseph THOMAS of Union County, planter, to Jonas LITTLE of same, planter, for L25 sterling, 121 acres, part of tract of 392
acres granted to John PALMORE 4 April 1785, recorded in Book DDDD, page 110. Joseph THOMAS (X) (Seal). Wit: Ezekiel SPRINGER, Shadrack FARMER, Edmund HAYS. Proved in Union County by the oath of Ezekiel SPRINGER 10 Oct 1796 before Thos. BLASINGAME, J.P. Recorded 3 Jan 1797.
 
Likely children of Joseph Thomas and Keziah:
 
1. Aaron Thomas was born about 1785, probably in Union County, South Carolina. He married Elizabeth Hunsucker.

***** Aaron's son John Thomas married Lucinda "Cindy" Wilson.

2. Zilpha Thomas was born about 1786, probably in Union County, South Carolina. She married Hosea Land.

3. Job Thomas was born about 1787, probably in Union County, South Carolina. He married Esther Thomas.

4. Martha Thomas was born about 1789, probably in Union County, South Carolina. She married William Gouge.

5. Nancy Thomas was born about 1792, probably in Burke County, North Carolina. She married William Kerby.

6. John Thomas was born about 1797, probably in Burke County, North Carolina. He married Elizabeth.

Census information for Joseph Thomas. The analysis of the pre 1850 censuses are my own based on what I have found about the family and not part of the actual census.

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1790 – Union County, South Carolina
Joseph Thomas – 123

1 male 1774-1790 (Job Thomas b.c.1787)
1 male 1774-1790 (Aaron Thomas b.c.1784)
1 male before 1774 (Joseph Thomas b.c.1760)
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1 female (Martha Thomas b.1789)
1 female (Zilpha Thomas b.c.1786)
1 female (Keziah Thomas b.c.1762)

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1800 – Burke County, North Carolina
Joseph Thomas – 11110-12010

1 male 1790-1800 (John Thomas b.c.1797)
1 male 1784-1790 (Job Thomas b.c.1787)
1 male 1774-1784 (Aaron Thomas b.c.1784)
1 male 1755-1774 (Joseph Thomas b.c.1760)
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1 female 1790-1800 (Nancy Thomas b.c.1792)
1 female 1784-1790 (Martha Thomas b.1789)
1 female 1784-1790 (Zilpha Thomas b.c.1786)
1 male 1755-1774 (Keziah Thomas b.c.1762)

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1810 – Haywood County, North Carolina
Joseph Thomas – 01101-00301

1 male 1794-1800 (John Thomas b.c.1797)
1 male 1784-1794 (Job Thomas b.c.1787)
1 male before 1765 (Joseph Thomas b.c.1760)
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1 female 1784-1794 (Nancy Thomas b.c.1792)
1 female 1784-1794 (Martha Thomas b.1789)
1 female 1784-1794 (Zilpha Thomas b.c.1786)
1 female before 1765 (Keziah Thomas b.c.1762)

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1820 – Burke County, North Carolina
Joseph Thomas – 000001-00001

1 male before 1775 (Joseph Thomas b.c.1760)
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1 female before 1775 (Keziah Thomas b.c.1762)

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1850 – Union County, Georgia
Joseph Thomas 85 SC

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1860 – Union County, Georgia
Joseph Thomas 103 VA

Some Records indicate Elizabeth Hunsucker was born about 1775 in North Carolina while Aaron Thomas was believed to have been born about 1776 in South Carolina.
Aaron Thomas moved his family from the French Broad River area in South Carolina to Roses Branch in Buncombe (present day Yancey County) overlooking the Toe River.
Aaron Thomas Sr + Elizabeth Hunsucker (born in BURKE CO.NC ?) b 1776 b ca 1775 - m ca 1795 - d ca 1883 Yancey Co, NC d  1880 Yancey Co, NC br both buried Thomas Family Cem, Yancey Co, NC - unmarked - ca 1810
Aaron brought his family from the French Broad River area of NC to the Roses Branch Area of Yancey Co, NC.
He left behind two brothers: Hose & Joe - Joel was 3rd brother. 1810 census Buncombe Co, NC Aaron age 24-44 & wife same age with four males under age of 10. /1850 census Yancey Co, NC #358?, Aaron age 68 b ca 1782 / 1860 census Yancey Co, NC #453, Aaron age 84 b ca 1776 / 1870 he was in Brush Creek Twp #78 living with son John

Decendants who lived until the 1960's on the original land settled by Aaron have documented his family line. The Thomas family cemetery is on a hill overlooking the farm and river and several of the family are buried there but the graves of Aaron & Elizabeth are not marked.

This family history is taken from the Old Buncombe County Heritage Book.
Family No. 579
AARON THOMAS FAMILY
Among the early settlers in the Valley of the Toe River was Aaron Thomas (born 1770-1782; died about 1889), who married Elizabeth Huntsinger (Hunsucker, born 1775-1781; died about 186?) and lived on Roses Branch, present Yancey County). In the 1850 census he lists his place of birth as Georgia, but in 1860 as S.C. This difference apparently reflects the controversy that arose between these two states and N.C. concerning mutual borders, out of which rose Walton Co., Ga. (formerly S.C.) This lead to the so-called "Georgia War" (a legal struggle which reached the U. S. Congress) and the ultimate transfer of the area to Buncombe Co., N.C. an even earlier

Aaron Thomas, a resident of Macon Co., received a pension for service during the Revolution. When the Thomas family settled on Roses Branch, it was still unbroken wilderness. It is related that as Mrs. Thomas was doing family wash in the front yard one day, she notice a movement in the thicket nearby. Looking more closely, she spied a number of Indians keeping watch on her.

Bill Thomas (a grandson of this couple), when in his 90's of age, related that Aaron and Elizabeth had the following children (for which I have supplied dates and spouses, based upon census and tradition):

(1) Joseph G. ("Jose," ca 1804 - ). who married Nancy (ca. 1809) and lived (in Crabtree Twp.) Yancey Co.;
(2) John (ca. 1806 - ), who married Lucinda Wilson (ca.1808 - ) and lived near Ledger in Mitchell Co.;
(3) Job (ca. 1807 - ?), who married Nancy Deaton (1819-1886, daughter of Nathan and Sarah Knight Deaton: for which see the present volume) and moved to Know Co., Ky. (Some members later returned to Yancey Co.);
(4) Cynthia (ca. 1812-1894), who married James Howell (ca.1812=186? son of James and Martha ?, for whom see present volume, from descended the author of this sketch) and lived near Bandana in Mitchell Co.;
(5) (Robert?) Hosea (ca. 181? - ), who reportedly moved to KY.; (6) James (dates uncertain), who reportedly "went West";
(7) Thomas (1819-1912), who married Rachel Silvers (1832-1919) and lived in Yancey Co. (Brush Creek Twp.); and
(8) Aaron, Jr. (born 1817-1824, died), who married Almyra Silvers (? ca. 1817- ) and moved to Avery Co., (and was often referred to as "Roaring Aaron, because of his strong voice.)

Other sources claim the following additional children of Aaron and Elizabeth:

(9) the descendants of Nathan Deaton claim that his son Thomas (Born ca. 1799) married "a sister of Job Thomas" (i.e., a daughter of Aaron and Elizabeth): in the 1850 Yancey Census (#191) Thomas Deyton is already a widower (/); (10) Descendants of Aaron, Jr. have listed Henry...(this line at the bottom of the page did not copy..JSH) (......?) and "went West (the 1850 Census has him next-door to Aaron, Jr. and with appropriately named children).

There is considerable confusion in oral genealogies of this family, because of the repeated use of the name Aaron. For example, "Roaring Aaron" (no.8) is confused with "Water Aaron" (1820-1924, named because he liked to fish, who is the son of John and Lucinda, no. 2), and either of them may be confused with old Aaron, Sr. (who married Elizabeth). This is compounded by the designations "Big Aaron" and "Little Aaron," and by the fact that two of them lived to be more than 100 years of age; "Water Aaron" to 104, and another to 112 (Aaron, Sr.?).

There are several other Thomases in the are by 1850, some of them likely descended from James Thomas, Sr., aged 50-60 in the 1840 Yancey Census: he has seven children including four sons.

Family tradition that pioneer Aaron lived on Roses Branch is supported by a deed of 1834 (Bk. l, p. 118 Yancey Co.) in which Aaron Thomas buys two parcels of land from R. Love, one of them containing 100 acres on Roses Branch and Toe River, adjoining Deyton property (for which see "Nathan Deaton Family" in the present volume). There is also a Thomas Cemetery near the mouth of Roses Branch, containing the graves of son Thomas (no. 7) and wife Rachel; John (1796-1891); and 27 unmarked graves. Across the river, on what is also called Roses Branch, there are "19 graves (unmarked), most of them are said to be Riddles and Thomases" (according to the 1967 survey).

Details of Persons Minnie Edna Thomas had came from a large family. Starting off there is

They were all children of Mckenson Thomas b 1895 burried in Grays, Ky and Lillie Belle Matlock - b 1895 d 1951 burried in Gelico, TN.

1 - Claira Thomas who married (1) - Matt Fuston (2) - (william c (Bill) Brock and (3) - (    )Collins Claira Thomas and family live in Jellico, Tenn.
Cleiry Thomas Collins - 1-615-784-8572 in Gelico, TN.
Her children by Matt Fuston are:
Eva Fuston, - daughter ava
Evert Fuston, Silvia Fuston, Ernist Fuston, Jerry Fuston, Mathew Fuston, Jr., Paul Fuston
Her children by ( ? ) Brock are:
Lee Roy Brock & (Wife Tonya (Ball) Brock - 423-784-8083,  Betty Brock,  Laurence Brock  Jellico, Tenn.
Another sister of Edna is Virgiy Thomas b in Indian Creek in Knox Co. she had only one child named Steve who would have been about my age. He died a long time ago in a motorcycle accident.
(2) Gracy Thomas -
(3)
Everett Ester Thomas b 8-22-1922 in Little Poplar Creek in Whitley Co
(4) Steve Thomas - wlliamsburg -
(5) Woodrow Thomas - He is died now but his wife is Marie Thomas - who lives in Williamsburg, Ky 1-606-549-0394 - the have a son, my cousin also named Steve.
(6) Mary Thomas.

Mckesson Thomas had siblings
Steve Thomas,
Dave Thomas who married someone named Laffy,
Salley Thomas who married Nelf Hamblin and they had kids Tearl Hamblin, Dont Hamblin, and Larkin Hamblin.
Bill Thomas and
Tom Thomas   Name: Aaron Thomas , Sr. - Birth: 1776 in NC - Death: 1880 in Yancey Co., NC Aaron & Elizabeth
Burial: In an unmarked grave in the Thomas Family Cemetery, on a hill overlooking the farm and river.
Residence: 1810 Aaron brought his family from the French Broad River area of NC to the Roses Branch area of Yancey Co., NC
Census: 1810 Buncombe Co., NC; Aaron, age 24-44; wife, same age; four males under 10
Census: Yancey Co., NC, Brush Creek Twp #78, living with son, John
Census: 1850 Yancey Co., NC #358?. Aaron age 68, born abt 1782
Census: 1860 Yancey Co., NC, #453, Aaron, age 84, born abt. 1776
Event: Deed 1834 Bk 1, p 118, Yancey Co.: Aaron Thomas buys two parcels of land from R. Love, one of them containing 100 acres on Roses Branch and Toe River, adj. Dayton property.
Note:
Descendants who lived until the 1960's on the original land settled by Aaron have documented his family line. The Thomas Family Cemetery is on a hill overlooking the farm and river. Several of the family are buried there but the graves of Aaron & Elizabeth are not marked.

"Old Buncombe County Heritage Book" Family No. 578 - Aaron Thomas Family
Among the early settlery in the Valley of the Toe River was Aaron Thomas (born 1770-1782; died about 1889), who married Elizabaeth Huntsinger (Huntsucker, born 1775-1781; died about 186?) and lived on Roses Branch (present Yancey County). In the 1850 census he lists his place of birth as Georgia, but in 1860 as SC. This difference apparently reflects the controversy that arose between these two states and NC concerning mutual borders, out of which rose Walton Co., GA (formerly SC). This lead to the so-called "Georgia War" (a legal struggle which reached the U.S. Congress) and the ultimate transfer of the area to Buncombe Co., NC.
When the Thomas family settled on Roses Branch, it was still unbroken wilderness. It is related that as Mrs. Thomas was doing family wash in the front yard one day, she noticed a movement in the thicket nearby. Looking more closely, she spied a number of Indians keeping watch on her.

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