James Holmes Thomas

5 February 1827–3 February 1900 (Age 72)
Prescott, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of James Holmes

When James Holmes Thomas was born on 5 February 1827, in Prescott, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Ardon Thomas, was 31 and his mother, Serepta Holmes, was 30. He married Lucy Ann Wellington on 9 April 1851, in Barre, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in Barre, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States in 1855 and Grafton, Monroe, Michigan Territory, United States in 1900. He died on 3 February 1900, in Grafton, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 72, and was buried in Grafton, Monroe, Michigan Territory, United States.

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Family Time Line

James Holmes Thomas
Lucy Ann Wellington
Marriage: 9 April 1851
Carrie Maria Thomas

Spouse and Children

9 April 1851
Barre, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States


    Carrie Maria Thomas


Parents and Siblings


    Serepta Holmes




    Alpheus Orlando Thomas



    Rosannah Sarepta Thomas


    Rufina Finetta "Nettie" Thomas



World Events (8)

1828 · Michigan Capitol Building Constructed

Age 1

The first capitol building for Michigan was built in Detroit in 1828 and served the territory until it became a state in 1847. The old building was turned into a high school until it was demolished in 1893 after a fire engulfed the building. Today the land serves as a park for the community with a monument in remembrance of the first capitol building of Michigan.
1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 3

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

Age 36

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

Name Meaning

English, French, German, Dutch, Danish, and South Indian: from the medieval personal name, of Biblical origin, from Aramaic t’ōm’a, a byname meaning ‘twin’. It was borne by one of the disciples of Christ, best 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. The Ukrainian form is Choma. It is found as a personal name among Christians in India, and in the U.S. is used as a family name among families from southern India.

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

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • J H Thomas, "United States Census, 1870"
  • James H Thomas in household of Andon Thomas, "Massachusetts State Census, 1855"
  • James H Thomas, "Massachusetts State Census, 1865"

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