Rufus Lettie Thomas

1892–1967 (Age 75)
Marion, Tennessee, United States

The Life of Rufus Lettie

When Rufus Lettie Thomas was born on 8 October 1892, in Marion, Tennessee, United States, her father, William Franklin Thomas, was 38 and her mother, Margaret Ella Crabtree, was 30. She married Rienzza Gleason Pirtle on 2 April 1908, in Grundy, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in Civil District 8, Madison, Tennessee, United States for about 10 years and Grundy, Tennessee, United States in 1930. She died on 28 October 1967, in Pikeville, Bledsoe, Tennessee, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in Monteagle Cemetery, Monteagle, Marion, Tennessee, United States.

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Rufus Lettie Thomas
Rienzza Gleason Pirtle
Marriage: 2 April 1908
Leda Geneva Pirtle
Charles Scott Pirtle
Paul Tittle
Alva Lee Pirtle
Zelma Hampton Pirtle
Irma Pirtle
Alvin Thomas Pirtle

Spouse & Children

  • Female1892–1967Female

  • Rienzza Gleason Pirtle


2 April 1908
Grundy, Tennessee, United States


+2 More Children

Parents & Siblings



  • Emma Casine Thomas


  • Female1883–1961Female

  • Jessie Lee Thomas


  • Female1885–1984Female

  • Sallie E. B. Thomas


+5 More Children

World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 4

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 6

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.
1912 · The Girl Scouts

Age 20

Like the Boy Scouts of America, The Girl Scouts is a youth organization for girls in the United States. Its purpose is to prepare girls to empower themselves and by acquiring practical skills.

Name Meaning

Hebrew: According to some authorities, the name of the apostle is derived from a Syriac word of Hebrew origin, "tham," meaning to doubt, because of his doubting, and they say he was on that account called in Greek a word meaning of 2 hearts. But the Hebrew "tham" is a twin, and the Greek name Didymus has the same meaning. Tammy, Tammie, Thomasia, Thomasina, Thomassine, Thomazine, Tamasine, Tamsen, Tamzin, Tamzine, and Tamzzin are female names from Thomas. Tomas and Tamhus are Gaelic forms. Tubby is a Cornish form of Thomas. Tamlane and Tam are Scottish forms. Tom is abbreviated from Thomas and is sometimes found as a female name. Toume is an Anglo-Norman form of Thomas.

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Sources (3)

  • Lettie Pertle in household of Tom Pertle, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Lettie Pirtle in household of Glecon Pirtle, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Rufus L Thomas in household of Frank W Thomas, "United States Census, 1900"

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