Thomas Dark

1777–1843 (Age 66)
Chatham, North Carolina, United States

The Life of Thomas

When Thomas Dark was born in 1777, in Chatham, North Carolina, United States, his father, Samuel Dark ll, was 41 and his mother, Agnes Copeland, was 47. He married Mary Polly Beasley in 1797, in Greenville, Meriwether, Georgia, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Meriwether, Georgia, United States for about 10 years. He died in 1843, in Jones, Georgia, United States, at the age of 66.

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Family Time Line

Thomas Dark
Mary Polly Beasley
Marriage: 1797
William Lee Dark
Robert Beasley Dark
Mary Dark
Agnes Dark
Oliver Perry Dark
Sarah Harriet Dark
Ann Elizabeth Dark

Spouse and Children


    Mary Polly Beasley


Greenville, Meriwether, Georgia, United States


    William Lee Dark


    Robert Beasley Dark


    Mary Dark


    Agnes Dark


    Oliver Perry Dark


+2 More Children

Parents and Siblings



+3 More Children

World Events (8)

1778 · Gerogia Enters Union

Age 1

Georgia entered the Union and became fourth state on January 2, 1788.
1781 · The First Constitution

Age 4

Serving the newly created United States of America as the first constitution, the Articles of Confederation were an agreement among the 13 original states preserving the independence and sovereignty of the states. But with a limited central government, the Constitutional Convention came together to replace the Articles of Confederation with a more established Constitution and central government on where the states can be represented and voice their concerns and comments to build up the nation.
1795 · Yazoo Land Fraud

Age 18

As Georgia had been weakened during the Revolutionary War, it was unable to defend its Yazoo lands, or land west of the Yazoo River. Thirty-five million acres were sold to four companies for $500,000 as Governor George Mathews signed the Yazoo Act on January 7, 1795. Angry Georgians protested in the streets as they felt bribery and corruption were involved and the sale was far below market value. The legislation tried to rescind the Yazoo Act, but much of the land had been sold to third parties. The issue made its way to the United States Supreme Court and it was determined that rescinding the law was an unconstitutional infringement on a legal contract. The government took full possession of the territory by 1814 and awarded its claimants over $4,000,000.

Name Meaning

English: nickname for someone with dark hair or a dark complexion, from Middle English darke, Old English deorc ‘dark’. In England, the surname is most frequent in the West Country.

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

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Thomas Darke, "United States Census, 1820"
  • Thomas Dark, "United States Census, 1830"
  • Thomas Dark, "United States Census, 1840"

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