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Mary Jane Thomas 

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1800 - 1870

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Mary Jane Thomas
9/1826 - 8/25/1919
(Shown at age 74)
Mary Jane Thomas was born on an unknown day in September 1826 in Decatur County, Georgia and died on August 25, 1919 in Geneva Co., Alabama. She lived to be 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) -married Margianne "Margie" Lucretia McNeil
James Monroe (3/20/1852 -10/16/1919)-married Emily Frances Johnson
Thomas (12/24/1853)
Daniel (1955)
Lewis (1859)
Roxanne (1861)- married Robert M. Smith
Sophronia (1864) -married Rufus Turner
Census1/1/1830 GA (Decatur County) 3 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) 13 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.  
Census10/12/1850 Southern Division AL (Dale County) 24 yrs old 
Family # 32, FB Patterson (age 24), wife, Mary (age 18),John (age3) William (age 1) F. B. states he is a farmer, he was born in LA. Mary was born in GA and the children were born in AL. 
Census6/2/1860 Newton AL (Dale County) 33 yrs old 
family #63: Byrd Patterson (age 35, born in Mississippi), Mary (age 31, born in GA), John (age 13), William (age 11), Joseph (age 11), James (age 8), Thomas (age 6), Daniel (age 5), Lewis (age 1). All of the children were born in AL, they state they do not know where their father was born, mother in GA. Byrd states his occupation as Farmer and estimates his real estate at $600 and his personal estate at $300. The oldest children indicated they attended school during the past year. 
Census6/17/1880 Gilleys AL (Dale County) 53 yrs old 
Page: 597- #244- Mary Patterson (age 69), Daniel Patterson (23), Louis Patterson (20), Roxy Ann Patterson (19), Sophronia Patterson (16). Mary was born in GA, her father in SC, mother in NC. All children born in AL. Louis and Daniel are laborers, the women keep house. They can't read or write.

#245-Thomas Patterson (25), Catherine (22), Matilda (2), baby girl (2 mons -Apr.). All born in AL. 
Military4/21/1899 AL (Geneva County) 72 yrs old 
Application - Widow of deceased soldiers of the Armies of the Confederate States, Alabama
Mary J. Patterson, states she is the widow of F. B. Patterson, of Company C of the 11th Florida Regiment and that died on July 3, 1864.  
Census6/16/1900 Pates Crossroads AL (Geneva County) 73 yrs old 
#143 -Mary Patterson (age 49-Jan.1837), Charlie O. Patterson (17 -May 1865), James Patterson (14 -Sept.1885),son in law Luke White (33 -Apr.1867), Maggie M White (7 - July 1892), Mc Donal White (5 -Apr. 1894), Vassie White (4 -Feb.1896), Fannie White (2 -Feb.1898), mother in law -Mary Patterson (73 -Sept.1826). All were born in AL, excpt mother in law Mary, she was born in GA. Mary, Luke and Mary are all widows.  
Additional information about Geneva County, AL around 1900: A courthouse fire in 1898 destroys many county records. Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Military4/26/1915 AL (Geneva County) 88 yrs old 
Reclassification Certificate of Age of Widow of Confederate Soldier
The State of Alabama
County of Geneva
Before me W.H.Morris, Judge of Probate, in and for said state and county, personally appeared Mrs. M.J. Patterson, who being by me first duly sworn, deposes and says that is a resident of Geneva County, Alabama, her post office address being Harford Ala; that she is the widow of F.B.Patterson , who served in the Confederate Army as a private (see year file for regiment and branch), that she was born near, Tallahassee in the County of Decatur, state of Georgia on the ____day of________, 18____ being 100 years (or mere) of age at the time of making this affidavit: that she is now on the pension roll of Geneva County undre number 33327.
Affiant further state that she hereby makes application under an act approved March 8, 1915 to be placed on the reclassified pension roll. note: Applicant is totally blind & is very feeble

witness: L.L. Greshen, W.N. Mitcay on the 26th of April, 1915
mark of applicant -M.J.Patterson
W.H. Morris
Judge of Probate 
Other1/1/1989 AL  70 yrs after death 
To whom it may concern -- I, A. R. Patterson know my grandfather Bird Patterson to be a Cherokee Indian and his wife, Mary Jane known as "Mamie", to be Creek. signed A. R. Patterson.

Witness: Clyde Patterson- White Eagle, Margaritta Jordan- Water Woman. Notarized: Signed before me this 1st day of January 1989 by Violetta Nigels. 

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Click on any of the News, Events, or Discoveries buttons above to see historical things that happened during Mary Thomas's life. These are only some of the major events that affected the life and times of Mary, her family, and friends. For example, Mary is 4 years old when Indian Removal Act signed and the moving of eastern Indians west of the Mississippi begins.
9 1835 Alabama gold rush begins in the east-centrl hill country.
11 1837 The Second Creek war begins in 1836. In 1837 The Battle of Hobdy's Bridge becomes the last indian battle in AL.
14 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.
24 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.
1 1827 December 14, - Harris, Marion, Meriwether and Talbot.
4 1830 Cherokee, Heard, and Stewrt Counties are formed.
5 1831 Sumter County is formed.
6 1832 December 3 - Bartow, Cobb, Crawford, Floyd, Forsyth, Gilmer, Lumpkin, Murray, Paulding, and Union Counties formed.
7 1833 Walker County is formed.
10 1836 Seminoles massacre Major Francis L. Dade and his 103 man command. This starts the second Seminole War. February - Battle of Hitchity. March 27 - Colonel J.W. Fannin and his Georgian's executed by order of Santa Ana at Goliad on Palm Sunday. July - Battle of Brushy Creek. July 3 - Battle of Chickasawachee Swamp. July 27 - Battle of Echowanochaway Creek.
11 1837 Mcon and Dade Counties are formed.
12 1838 Chattooga County formed
21 1847 Atlanta, Georgia is incorporated. Formally Marthasville
24 1850 Gordon and Clinch Counties are formed.
25 1851 Clay, Howell, Polk, Spalding, and Whitfield Counties are formed.
26 1852 Taylor County formed.
27 1853 Catoosa, Pickens, Hart, Dougherty, Webster, Flton, and Worth Counties aare creaated.
28 1854 Fannin, Coffee, Chattahooche, Charlton, and Calhoun Counties formed.
30 1856 Haralson, Terrell, Berrien, Colquit, Miller, and Towns Counties formed.
31 1857 Dawson, Milton, Pierce, Glascock, Mitchell, Schley, White, and Wilcox Counties formed.
32 1858 Clayton, Quitman, Banks, Brooks, Johnson, and Echols Counties formed.
44 1870 Douglas, McDuffie, Rockdale, and Dodge Counties formed.
49 1875 Oconee County formed.
79 1905 Crisp, Grady, Jenkins, Tift, Davis, Stephens, Toombs, Turner, and Ben Hill Counties formed.
86 1912 Forsyth, Bleckley, and Wheeler Counties formed.
88 1914 Barrow, Candler, Bacon, and Evans Counties are formed.
91 1917 Atkinson and Treutlen Counties are formed.
4 1830 The first railroad is constructed between Liverpool and Manchester, England
13 1839 Goodyear invents vulcanized rubber, opening the door for tires and other rubber products.
18 1844 The first telegraph message is sent by Morse, who later invents the Mores Code
27 1853 The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
30 1856 The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
33 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
39 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
43 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
51 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
53 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
63 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
69 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
71 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
74 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
74 1900 The cause of yellow fever is discovered. It is proven that the fever is spread by mosquitoes. This rallies an effort to provide better mosquito control.
75 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
76 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
77 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
78 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
80 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
80 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
80 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
86 1912 The unsinkable Titanic sinks on its first trip to New York drowning 1,513 people.
87 1913 Ford builds the first assembly line into his automobile production plant
88 1914 The first traffic lights (which is only red or green) are put up in America; Construction of the Panama Canal is completed
2 1828 Gold is discovered in Georgia.
8 1834 July 9 - The S.S. John Randolph, the first successful iron steamship, is launched in Savannah
35 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
36 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
56 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
59 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
82 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
86 1912 White residents of Forsyth County, GA, drive the black population out.
87 1913 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison invents motion pictures
91 1917 NEWS HEADLINES: In June, the United States enters World War I on the side of the allies. The Russian Revolution ends the reign of the czars and thrusts Russia into communism.
93 1919 NEWS HEADLINES: World War I ends with the signing of The Versailles Treaty.
4 1830 Indian Removal Act signed and the moving of eastern Indians west of the Mississippi begins.
9 1835 Second Seminole Indian War begins.
11 1837 The trickery used to capture Seminole Indian Chief Osceola (Assi Yohola) creates a public uproar and U.S. General Jesup is publicly condemned.
14 1840 Oregon Trail is established
16 1842 Second Seminole Indian War ends and thousands of Seminole Indians are forced to move west of the Mississippi.
29 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
34 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
36 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
37 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
39 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
42 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
49 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
50 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
83 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
84 1910 Boy Scout and Girl Scout Organizations are introduced in America and the concept of a "week end" meaning time off from regular work begins to take root. The British Empire covers 1/5th of the world land area.
7 1833 Santa Anna is elected President of Mexico
83 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe
88 1914 World War I - Following the crisis touched off by the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria in Sarajevo, Germany declared war on Russia and additional countries joined the war within several days.
91 1917 Germany uses airplanes to drop bombs in the early stages of World War I -- the first major military use of airplanes.
93 1919 The Versailles Treaty marks the official end of World War I.
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Frank Patterson
Born about 1826 and died on July 3, 1864
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The Children of Mary Jane Thomas

John Wright Patterson
Born in Dale County, Alabama on March 6, 1847 and died in Geneva County, Alabama on January 18, 1890. He was 42 years old.

He married Mary Elizabeth Greenville Purswell (1852 -1928 Slcomb,AL). They had ten children:
Nancy (1870)
Columbus lonzo Patterson (1872 - 1949)
William Byrd Patterson (1872 ) married...
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52 years old
William Byrd Patterson
Born in Geneva County, Alabama on January 25, 1848 and died in an unknown location about 1903. He was about 54 years old.

He married Samantha Byrd (4/25/1857 -1/18/1939).

Their children: Laura Delia(1876)
Susan R. (1878),
Docia Ann (1879),
Shelley H. (1880),
George A. (1881),
Samantha E. (1883...
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40 years old
Joseph Patrick Patterson
Born in Dothan, Houston County, Alabama on April 9, 1850 and died in Atlanta, Cass County, Texas on March 7, 1937. He was 86 years old.

He married Margianne "Margie" Lucretia NcNeil (1856-1930)...
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84 years old
Thomas P. Patterson
Born in Geneva Co., Alabama on December 24, 1853 and died in Geneva Co., Alabama on January 9, 1944. He was 90 years old.

Matilda (July 1878),
Infant Girl (1880),
Irvin (Sept. 1884),
Alabama (Dec. 1885),
Earley (Feb. 1887),
Lena (June 1889),
Lanie (May 1893),
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60 years old
Daniel Patterson
Born in Dale County, Alabama on April 10, 1855 and died in Geneva County, Alabama on January 28, 1930. He was 74 years old.

Occupation: Farmer and Logger. Member of Burns Baptist Church. Cause of death recorded as Nephritis (kidney disease). Burial at Burns Baptist Church Cemetery in Geneva Co, AL....
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