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John Thomas, Jr.
b.est. 1713-1717
 
m. 18 NOV 1711
  1. Hans Wendel Thomas1712 -
  2. John Thomas, Jr.est 1713-1717 -
  3. Ursula Thomas1714 - 1714
  4. Anna Magdalena Thomas1715 - 1800
  5. Margaret Thomasabt 1718 -
  6. Michael ThomasABT 1720 -
  • HJohn Thomas, Jr.est 1713-1717 -
  • WMary Tannerest 1715-1725 -
  1. Susanna Thomas1730-1748 -
  2. Mary Thomas1730-1748 -
  3. Mary Barbara Thomas1730-1748 -
  4. Elizabeth Thomasabt 1732 -
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Name John Thomas, Jr.
Alt Name John Thomas
Gender Male
Birth? est. 1713-1717

Early Land Acquisition in Orange County, VA

Acquisition of Land from Orange County, Virginia Records:


  • Pg. 259-262. Indenture 27 Feb. 1744/5 between John Paul Vought and Mary Catherine, his wife, and John Thomas.. deeds of lease and release.. for £46.. sells 470 acres on great fork of the Rappahannock River, being remains of a pattent granted to John Paul Vought 10 Jan. 1735.. bounded by Christopher Clemmon.. (signed) Jno. Paul Vought [seal], Mary Catherine (X) Vought [seal]. Recorded 28 February 1744/5. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 9, Dorman, pg. 27].


Disposition of Land from Orange County, Virginia Records:


  • Pages 98-102. 22-23 Feb. 1742 [1743]. John Thomas of Orange County to Michaell Thomas of same. Lease and release; for £10 current money. 156 acres in St. Mark's Parish in the fork of Rappahannock River on both sides the Robinson River... (signed) John (I T) Thomas, Mary (X) Thomas. Wit: John Newport. 24 Feb. 1742 [17430. Acknowledged by John Thomas. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 7, Dorman, pg. 44]. (Note: this deed is from John Thomas to his younger brother Michael).

John Thomas, Early Germanna Settler

From "Germanna History", Notes: http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~george/johnsgermnotes/germhs58.html


Let's go back to the four daughters of John Thomas, Jr. Three of them are known to have married husbands of the Reformed faith, namely, two Holtzclaws and John Railsback. The fourth son-in-law of John, Jr., was Jacob Blankenbaker, who was a Lutheran. The first child in the family of Jacob and his wife, Mary Barbara Thomas, was born after 1750, so would have been expected all of Jacob's and Mary's children to be in the baptismal register of the Lutheran Church, but they are not. In the second family of Jacob B., the children were baptized as Lutherans. Why aren't Jacob's first children baptized as Lutherans? They were raised in the Lutheran church (the only church game in town).

I consider it very likely that the first wife of John Thomas, Jr., was not a Lutheran. Noting that three of her children married Reformed men, perhaps she was Reformed. We know very little about her beyond her given name of Mary. This hypothesis would help explain why the daughters married Reformed men. It might even be extended of Mary Barbara Thomas, who married Jacob Blankenbaker. Perhaps her upbringing as a Reformed person would have made it difficult for her to accept a Lutheran baptism for her children.

The family of John Thomas, Jr., certainly has Reformed connections. The earliest potential connection would seem to be the marriage of John Holtzclaw to Catherine (Russell) Thomas, a widow. Was this Thomas connected to the Robinson River Thomases?

B. C. Holtzclaw, in writing about the Thomas family, spent three pages in Germanna Record 6 agonizing over the structure and identity of the Thomas family. As we see here, the Thomas family, which might be several distinct families, is tied to the Holtzclaw family in three ways. Because the Thomas family may be regarded as a branch of the Blankenbaker family, I have spent some time puzzling over this connection.

I have mentioned these Thomas-Holtzclaw connections before in these notes, hoping to find someone who has studied the situation and can perhaps add some new information. So far I have totally bombed out, but "Hope Springs Eternal". (07 Aug 02)


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PERHAPS Mary Tanner married John Thomas.