Jessie Thomas

May 1864–
Port Huron, St. Clair, Michigan, United States

The Life Summary of Jessie

Jessie Thomas was born in May 1864, in Port Huron, St. Clair, Michigan, United States as the daughter of John Thomas and Janette Beam. She married Lesley Empey on 1 October 1887, in Lapeer, Lapeer, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 10 daughters. She lived in Highland Park, Wayne, Michigan, United States in 1920 and Livonia, Wayne, Michigan, United States in 1930.

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Lesley Empey
Jessie Thomas
Marriage: 1 October 1887
Flossy E Empey
Murel Verna Empey
Wilma Empey
Larena B Empey
Frona Empey
Jeanette A Empey
Vena B Empey
Ethmer Ruben Empey
Alice B Empy
Beatrice A Empey
Lottie Empey

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    1 October 1887Lapeer, Lapeer, Michigan, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    Age 1
    Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.
    1879 · New State Capitol Building Dedicated
    Age 15
    After the second state capitol had been destroyed, Michigan Governor Henry P. Baldwin initiated the passing of a bill that would cover the costs for a new building. The bill was adopted and raised over $1 million by a six year state income tax. Architect Elijah E. Myers' design named Tuebor, or I will defend, was selected and he was commissioned to design the new capitol building. The renaissance revival brick and sandstone building soared 267 feet from the ground and was dedicated on January 1, 1879.
    1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson
    Age 32
    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.

    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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    Sources (26)

    • Jessie Empey in entry for Jennie Empey, "Michigan, County Births, 1867-1917"
    • Jessie Empey in household of Edward Goodsell, "United States Census, 1930"
    • Jessie Thomas in entry for Marcus J. Green and Vena B. Empey, "Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013"

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