m. 18 NOV 1711
Facts and Events
Early Land Acquisition in Orange County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Orange County, Virginia Records:
John Thomas, Early Germanna Settler
From "Germanna History", Notes: http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~george/johnsgermnotes/germhs58.html
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)
PERHAPS Mary Tanner married John Thomas.