John Oliver Thomas

Male25 October 1858–25 December 1939

Brief Life History of John Oliver

When John Oliver Thomas was born on 25 October 1858, in Cedar City, Iron, Utah, United States, his father, Thomas Thomas, was 38 and his mother, Martha Evans, was 25. He married Anna Avarilla Davis on 30 November 1896, in Butte, Silver Bow, Montana, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Boomer Township, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States for about 15 years and Brandon Township, Madison, Montana, United States in 1900. He died on 25 December 1939, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in Inglewood, Los Angeles, California, United States.

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Family Time Line

John Oliver Thomas
1858–1939
Anna Avarilla Davis
1877–1954
Marriage: 30 November 1896
John Oliver Thomas
1898–1898
Edith Wylma Thomas
1899–1983
Selma Margaret Thomas
1901–1974
William Henry Thomas
1903–1974
William Henry Thomas
1906–1974
James Samuel Thomas
1907–1973
Mary Kathleen Thomas
1913–1971

Sources (14)

  • John Thomas in household of T Thomas, "United States Census, 1870"
  • John Oliver Thomas, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
  • John O Thomas, "Montana, County Marriages, 1865-1950"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    30 November 1896Butte, Silver Bow, Montana, United States
  • Children (7)

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    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (12)

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    World Events (8)

    1863

    Age 5

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

    1865 · Cornerstone is Laid for the Tabernacle

    Age 7

    In May 1865, Brigham Young placed the cornerstone for the Tabernacle building. The work was delayed because of the construction the railroad. The walls of the Tabernacle begun in 1876. The building was first used in 1881.

    1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

    Age 23

    Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

    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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