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Lewis Thomas
1800 - 1870
Lewis Thomas was born about 1800 somewhere in South Carolina and died about 1870 in Dale County, Alabama. Dates for birth and death are estimated. He lived to be about 70 years old.

Mary Jane (1826)
Joshua (1831) marred Sarah Ann Judah
Tabitha (1829)
William (1833)marred Elizabeth Jane Judah
James (1835)
Calvin (1837)-married Rebecca c. Hollis
Sally Jane (1839)
Green Berry (1842)
Elizabeth "Betsy" A. (1843)
Anna J.(1845)
Marriage1/5/1824 GA (Pulaski County) 24 yrs old 
Lewis Thomas married Betsey Lashley  
Census1/1/1830 GA (Decatur County) 30 yrs old 
page 6 - Lewis Thomas - one male - (5 thru 9), one male - (20 thru 29), three females - (Under 5), one female - (20 thru 29)  
Additional information about Decatur County, GA around 1830: Decatur County is officially created in 1823 from new lands and portions of Early County. Of interest, Hernando Desoto traveled through this area in 1540 following the Capachequi River (now called the Flint River). Later, this county is divided to form Grady, Seminole and Thomas counties. This map of Decatur County, GA was created around 1830. Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Census1/1/1840 District 553 GA (Decatur County) 40 yrs old 
Page 4 - Lewis Thomas - two males - (Under 5), two males - (15 thru 19), one male - (40 thru 49), two females - (Under 5), one female - (5 thru 9), one female - (15 thru 19), one female - (30 thru 39), Persons Employed in Agriculture: 3 
Additional information about Decatur County, GA around 1840: Map of Decatur County, GA created around 1839 -- one year before the 1840 Census. Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Census1/1/1850 AL (Dale County) 50 yrs old 
Lewis Thomas - Agricultural Census - Acres of Improved Land:35, Acres of Unimproved Land: 8, Cash Value of Farm: 100,Value of Farm Implements and Machinery: 25, Value of Livestock: 467 
Census1/1/1850  Southern Division AL (Dale County) 50 yrs old 
family #777 Lewis Thomas (age 51 )born in NC, Farmer, Elizabeth Thomas (46) born in SC, Talitha Thomas (21)GA, William Thomas (17) GA,Laborer, James Thomas (15)GA, Laborer , Calvin Thomas (13)GA, Betsy Ann Thomas (11) Sally Jane Thomas (11)GA, Green B. Thomas (7 )GA Anna J. Thomas (5)GA  
Census6/23/1860 AL (Dale County) 60 yrs old 
Family #64 -Lewis Thomas (55)SC farmer, Elizabeth Thomas (60)SC, Green Thomas (18)GA Elizabeth A. Thomas (17)GA

#65 Joshua Thomas (26), Susah A. (27), William G. (2), William Thomas (25).

Richard Thomas (55), Martha (50), Jane (28), Bethany (26), Anty (23), Martha (21), Pamilia (19).

#67 - Dickson Thomas (24) 
Census8/6/1870 Beat 5 AL (Dale County) 70 yrs old 
page 199 - #55- Lewis Thomas (age 74), Elizabeth (70). Both were born in NC. occupations listed as Lewis - F. L. and Elizabeth - K. H., personal value: $150

#57 - Elizabeth Thomas (30),Jackson(9),Amanda (7), Josiah (1 mon).
# 58 Joshua Thomas (33), E. J. (26), J.M. (2) 

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Click on any of the News, Events, or Discoveries buttons above to see historical things that happened during Lewis Thomas's life. These are only some of the major events that affected the life and times of Lewis, his family, and friends. For example, Lewis is 3 years old when Louisiana Purchase from France (who secured it from Spain) gives the US a huge new territory and the port of New Orleans.
2 1802 Georgia formally cedes western claims for its southern boundary at the 31st parallel -- which will become the north western border of FL and southern border of AL.
3 1803 Between 1803 and 1811 a horse trail is established connecting Milledgeville, Georgia to Fort Stoddert, American outpost north of Mobile. This is expanded into a road and called The Federal Road by 1811.
5 1805 Indian cessions opened up large portions of western (Choctaw) and northern (Chickasaw and Cherokee) Alabama to white settlers.
11 1811 Tecumseh visits the Creek Indians living in what will become Georgia and Alabama to try to persuade them to join his fight against the flood of white settlers. Some towns join forces with Tecumseh and become known as "Red Sticks".
12 1812 The Creek tribes in southern Alabama and Georgia find themselves under increasing pressure from white settlers. Led by Chief Weatherford, they accepted an alliance with Tecumseh and are nicknamed "Red Sticks".
13 1813 Two battles begin the Creek Indian War: (1) Fort Mims Massacre - Fort Mims is attacked on August 13 by the Red Sticks while the inhabitants are eating their noon meal. The massacre brings an immediate response from the whites and soldiers are recruited from Tennessee, Georgia and other territories, and (2) The Battle of Holy Ground on December 1813.
13 1813 During 1813-14, Muskogee-speaking Creeks leave AL and move into areas in Northern FL in response to the Creek Civil War (also known as the Red-sticks War).
14 1814 The Treaty of Fort Jackson is finalized on August 9, 1814. William Weatherford (Red Eagle) surrenders to Gen. Andrew Jackson and cede their lands to the federal government. This opens approximately half of present-day AL to white settlement.
14 1814 Battle at Horseshoe Bend on March 27, leaves the Creek Red Sticks scattered and unorganized. Those that survive the battle flee south into northern Florida and band together as the Seminoles. Red Eagle (Billy Weatherford) surrenders to General Andrew Jackson at Fort Jackson later in the year.
17 1817 Alabama Territory is created when Congress passes an act to divide the Mississippi Territory and admit it into the union as a state. Alabama will remain a territory for two more years.
19 1819 Alabama admitted to the United States
35 1835 Alabama gold rush begins in the east-centrl hill country.
37 1837 The Second Creek war begins in 1836. In 1837 The Battle of Hobdy's Bridge becomes the last indian battle in AL.
40 1840 Alabama reports a total population of 590,756 on the 1940 Federal Census. This includes 335,185 whites, 255,571 blacks, 253,532 slaves, zero Native Americans, and others.
50 1850 State population=771,623. The 1850 Federal Census reveals the White population=426,514; African-American population=345,109; Slave population=342,844; Free black population=2,265; Urban population=35,179; Rural population=736,444; Cotton production in bales=564,429; Corn production in bushels=28,754,048; Number of manufacturing establishments=1,026.
7 1807 The first steamboat was invented by Fulton
14 1814 The first locomotive engine was created by Stephenson
30 1830 The first railroad is constructed between Liverpool and Manchester, England
39 1839 Goodyear invents vulcanized rubber, opening the door for tires and other rubber products.
44 1844 The first telegraph message is sent by Morse, who later invents the Mores Code
53 1853 The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
56 1856 The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
59 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
65 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
69 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
11 1811 NEWS HEADLINES: Tecumseh's emerging Indian Confederacy is defeated at the Battle of Tippecanoe in Ohio. Afterwards, Tecumseh and his brother travel from their Shawnee homes in the north to recruit and unify the southern Indians.
12 1812 NEWS HEADLINES: War of 1812 begins and will continue for until 1814. Some call it the Second War of Independence because the US fights Great Britain to a stalemate, Americas independence was assured.
28 1828 Gold is discovered in Georgia.
34 1834 July 9 - The S.S. John Randolph, the first successful iron steamship, is launched in Savannah
61 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
62 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
30 1830 South Carolina becomes the first state to secede from the Union, setting the stage for the creation of the Confederacy.
60 1860 About 63,000 men from South Carolina served in the Confederate armed forces.
68 1868 South Carolina was readmitted to the Union.
3 1803 Louisiana Purchase from France (who secured it from Spain) gives the US a huge new territory and the port of New Orleans.
4 1804 The Seminole warrior later known as Osceola is born near Tuskegee, AL.
5 1805 Federal Road project begins after the Creek Indians give the U.S. permission to develop a “horse path” through their nation that will provide better mail delivery between Washington City (DC) and New Orleans. Soon settlers are traveling and settling along this path to settle the southern frontier.
6 1806 Lewis and Clark Expedition, which began in 1804, ends. News of the rich lands to the west begins to spread.
11 1811 By 1811 the new "Federal Road" (which started as a horse path) is filled with a steady flow of white settlers into Creek Indian Territories. The Spanish begin to fan hostile sentiments among the Indians.
20 1820 The Act of April 24, 1820 abolished the land purchase credit system, fixed the price of public lands at $1.25 per acre, and set the minimum purchase at 80 acres. After a person purchased land, a final certificate was issued by the land office and sent to Washington DC to be verified and signed by the President -- a time consuming process. Public lands were most typically available through US treaties with Indians who agreed to be removed from their homelands.
30 1830 Indian Removal Act signed and the moving of eastern Indians west of the Mississippi begins.
35 1835 Second Seminole Indian War begins.
37 1837 The trickery used to capture Seminole Indian Chief Osceola (Assi Yohola) creates a public uproar and U.S. General Jesup is publicly condemned.
40 1840 Oregon Trail is established
42 1842 Second Seminole Indian War ends and thousands of Seminole Indians are forced to move west of the Mississippi.
55 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
60 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
62 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
63 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
65 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
68 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
33 1833 Santa Anna is elected President of Mexico

Elizabeth Lashley
Born about 1800 and died about 1870.
They were married 1/5/1824.

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The Children of Lewis Thomas

74 years old
Mary Jane Thomas
Born in Decatur County, Georgia on an unknown day in September 1826 and died in Geneva Co., Alabama on August 25, 1919. She was 93 years old.

She was a Creek Indian. She was called Mamie.
She and husband Byrd had nine children:
John (3/6/1847)-married Mary E. Purswell
William Byrd (1/1848)
Joseph Patrick (4/9/1850 -1937)...
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