Norton F Thomas

Male1 February 1872–10 March 1950

Brief Life History of Norton F

When Norton F Thomas was born on 1 February 1872, in Townsend, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Henry Mason Thomas, was 43 and his mother, Cornelia Homes Phillips, was 34. He married Mary Ann Harvey on 22 October 1895, in Townsend, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. He lived in Fitchburg, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States for about 10 years. He died on 10 March 1950, in Harwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Townsend, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

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Norton F Thomas
1872–1950
Mary Ann Harvey
1876–1938
Marriage: 22 October 1895
Elsie May Thomas
1895–1987
Esther Miriam Thomas
1903–

Sources (17)

  • Norton F Thomas, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Norton F. Thomas, "Massachusetts Births, 1841-1915"
  • Norton F Thomas, "Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    22 October 1895Townsend, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
  • Children (2)

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    Siblings (1)

    World Events (8)

    1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

    Age 3

    In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.

    1875 · A New Civil Rights Act

    Age 3

    During the response to civil rights violations to African Americans, the bill was passed giving African Americans equal treatment in public accommodations, public transportation, and to prohibit exclusion from jury duty. While many in the public opposed this law, the African Americans greatly favored it.

    1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

    Age 24

    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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