Frances Thomas

Femaleabout 1765–18 February 1847

Brief Life History of Frances

When Frances Thomas was born about 1765, in Kentisbury, Devon, England, United Kingdom, her father, Hugh Thomas, was 34 and her mother, Ann Gale, was 35. She married Hugh Sloley on 8 September 1786, in Devon, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 6 daughters. She died on 18 February 1847, in Fremington, Devon, England, United Kingdom, at the age of 83, and was buried in Fremington, Devon, England, United Kingdom.

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Hugh Sloley
Frances Thomas
Marriage: 8 September 1786
William Sloley
John Sloley
Prudence Sloley
Frances Sloley
Hugh Sloley
Elizabeth Sloley
Jane Sloley
Mary Ann Sloley
Sarah Sloley
Hugh Sloley
Edward Gale Sloley
Robert Sloley

Sources (30)

  • Frances Thomas, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • Frances Thomas, "England, Devon and Cornwall Marriages, 1660-1912"
  • Frances, "England, Devon, Parish Registers (Devon Record Office), 1529-1974"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    8 September 1786Devon, England, United Kingdom
  • Children (12)

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    Siblings (1)

    World Events (5)

    1801 · The Act of Union

    Age 36

    The Act of Union was a legislative agreement which united England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland under the name of the United Kingdom on January 1, 1801.

    1808 · The British West Africa Squadron

    Age 43

    The British West Africa Squadron was formed in 1808 to suppress illegal slave trading on the African coastline. The British West Africa Squadron had freed approximately 150,000 people by 1865.


    Age 50

    The defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo marks the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon defeated and exiled to St. Helena.

    Name Meaning

    English, French, Walloon, Breton, German, Dutch, Flemish, Danish, Greek, West Indian (mainly Haiti and Jamaica), and African (mainly Tanzania and Nigeria): from the personal name Thomas, of Biblical (New Testament) origin, from Aramaic t’ōm’a, a byname meaning ‘twin’. It was borne by one of the disciples of Christ, known for his scepticism about Christ's resurrection (John 20:24–29). The Th- spelling is organic, the initial letter of the name in the Greek New Testament being a theta. The English pronunciation as t rather than th- is the result of French influence from an early date. In Britain, the surname is widely distributed throughout the country, but especially common in Wales and Cornwall. In North America, the English form of the surname has absorbed many cognates from other languages (e.g. Assyrian/Chaldean or Arabic Toma and Tuma , Albanian Toma and Thoma , and Slavic surnames listed in 3 below), and their patronymics and other derivatives (e.g. Polish Tomaszewski and Slovenian Tomažič; see Tomazic ). In France, this surname is most common in the Vosges and Brittany. The name Thomas is also found among Christians in southern India (compare Machan , Mammen , and Oommen ), but since South Indians traditionally do not have hereditary surnames, the southern Indian name was in most cases registered as such only after immigration of its bearers to the US. This surname is also very common among African Americans.

    Native American (e.g. Navajo): adoption of the English personal name Thomas (see 1 above) as a surname.

    Germanized or Americanized form of Polish Tomas , Tomasz, and Tomaś, Sorbian Tomaš (see also 4 below), Croatian Tomaš and Tomas , Slovenian Tomaš and Tomaž, Czech and Slovak Tomáš, all meaning ‘Thomas’.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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