Clarence Ray Thomas

Brief Life History of Clarence Ray

When Clarence Ray Thomas was born on 15 July 1894, in Tyler, West Virginia, United States, his father, William Morris Thomas, was 29 and his mother, Martha Virginia Seckman, was 25. He married Fannie Beatrice Swan on 8 January 1918, in New Martinsville, Wetzel, West Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He lived in Centerville District, Tyler, West Virginia, United States in 1900 and Belle Vernon, Fayette, Pennsylvania, United States in 1930. He registered for military service in 1918. He died on 18 May 1938, in North Belle Vernon, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 43, and was buried in Middlebourne, Tyler, West Virginia, United States.

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Family Time Line

Clarence Ray Thomas
1894–1938
Fannie Beatrice Swan
1900–1949
Marriage: 8 January 1918
Vivian Grace Thomas
1918–2013
Robert Arthur Thomas
1921–1947

Sources (13)

  • Clarence Thomas, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Clarence R. Thomas, "West Virginia Births, 1853-1930"
  • Clarence R Thomas, "West Virginia Marriages, 1780-1970"

World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

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.

1900

Paris, France hosts Summer Olympic Games.

1906 · Saving Food Labels

The first of many consumer protection laws which ban foreign and interstate traffic in mislabeled food and drugs. It requires that ingredients be placed on the label.

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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