Mary Thomas

Brief Life History of Mary

When Mary Thomas was born on 12 November 1805, in Tennessee, United States, her father, Alexander Thomas, was 45 and her mother, Mrs Alexander Thomas, was 17. She married Dubart Lee Bourland on 30 October 1821, in Franklin, Arkansas, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 7 daughters. She lived in White Oak Township, Franklin, Arkansas, United States in 1860 and Arkansas, United States in 1870. She died on 28 November 1881, in Franklin, Arkansas, United States, at the age of 76, and was buried in Duncan Cemetery, Ozark, Franklin, Arkansas, United States.

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Dubart Lee Bourland
Mary Thomas
Marriage: 30 October 1821
Melissa Bourland
James Spears Bourland
Thomas Bourland
James Washington Bourland
Francis Marion Bourland
Ebenezer J Bourland
Elizabeth Jane Bourland
Sarah Catherine Bourland
Eliza Elvira Bourland
Tennessee Bourland
Melinda Bourland
Jesse M Bourland
Eliss Josephine Bourland
Dewbart Lee Bourland Jr

Sources (6)

  • Polly Bourland in household of D L Bourland, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Mary Thomas Bourland, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Patty Robinson in entry for Dewbart Lee Bourland, "Texas Deaths, 1890-1976"

World Events (8)


Atlantic slave trade abolished.


War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.

1825 · The Crimes Act

The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.

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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