When Thomas Scales Jr. was born about 1791, in South Carolina, United States, his father, Thomas Scales Sr., was 32 and his mother, Ann Hardin, was 32. He married Mary Haines in 1810, in Elberton, Elbert, Georgia, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 7 daughters. He lived in Skelton Township, Warrick, Indiana, United States in 1860. He died in 1877, in Peterson, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States, at the age of 87, and was buried in Garners Cemetery, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States.
plural form of Scale , naming a herdsman living and working on a summer pasture, or a habitational name for someone from a place called Scales, mostly minor places in Lancashire and Yorkshire. Scholes is a dialect variant of the same name.
(of Norman origin): habitational name either from Écalles-Alix (Seine-Maritime), Écalles (in Estouteville-Écalles, Seine-Maritime), or from Escalles (Pas-de-Calais). The earliest spellings of these names suggest a derivation from Latin scala, scalae (plural) ‘ladder, staircase, stile’, perhaps applied to a steep slope or path, although Old Norse skáli (‘herdsman's hut, shieling’, see Scale ) has also been suggested for Écalles. Challis may be a variant of the same name. The surname has also been established in southern Ireland (Limerick) since the 14th century.