Oliver Jennings Thomas

14 April 1897–18 February 1963 (Age 65)
Lincoln, South Dakota, United States

The Life of Oliver Jennings

When Oliver Jennings Thomas was born on 14 April 1897, in Lincoln, South Dakota, United States, his father, Solomon Winename Thomas, was 25 and his mother, Ella Ethel Miner, was 30. He married Lydia Catherine Phillips in 1925, in South Dakota, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons. He lived in Glenham, Walworth, South Dakota, United States in 1920 and Faith, Meade, South Dakota, United States for about 10 years. He registered for military service in 1919. He died on 18 February 1963, in Fort Meade, Meade, South Dakota, United States, at the age of 65, and was buried in Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, Meade, South Dakota, United States.

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Oliver Jennings Thomas
Lydia Catherine Phillips
Marriage: 1925
Hollis Oliver Thomas
Lowell Phillips Thomas
James Dwight Thomas

Spouse and Children

South Dakota, United States


Parents and Siblings

    Solomon Winename Thomas





    Ollie Solomon Thomas


    Elsie Thomas



    Mae Thomas


    Halfred Thomas


World Events (8)

1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 1

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.
1904 · The World's Fair of 1904

Age 7

St. Louis hosted the 1904 World's Fair and welcomed a crowd of 200,000 visitors on opening day of April 30, 1904. The fair had exhibits from 50 countries and 43 states. Several notable inventions showcased at the fair include iced tea and the ice cream cone. By the time of its closing in December 1904, over 20 million people had visited the fair.
1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 19

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

Name Meaning

English, French, German, Dutch, Danish, and South Indian: from the medieval personal name, of Biblical origin, from Aramaic t’ōm’a, a byname meaning ‘twin’. It was borne by one of the disciples of Christ, best 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. The Ukrainian form is Choma. It is found as a personal name among Christians in India, and in the U.S. is used as a family name among families from southern India.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Oliver Thomas in household of Soloman Thomas, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Oliver J Thomas in household of Solomon W Thomas, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Oliver J Thomas, "United States Census, 1930"

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