Nella Irene Thomas

21 July 1906–17 March 1992 (Age 85)
Washington, District of Columbia, United States

The Life of Nella Irene

When Nella Irene Thomas was born on 21 July 1906, in Washington, District of Columbia, United States, her father, Charles Melvin Thomas, was 22 and her mother, Virginia Bell Payne, was 22. She married Francis Thomas Matchett on 17 June 1925, in District of Columbia, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. She died on 17 March 1992, in Bethesda, Montgomery, Maryland, United States, at the age of 85, and was buried in Washington, District of Columbia, United States.

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Family Time Line

Francis Thomas Matchett
Nella Irene Thomas
Marriage: 17 June 1925
Shirley Jean Matchett
Patricia M Drummond

Spouse and Children

17 June 1925
District of Columbia, United States


    Shirley Jean Matchett


    Patricia M Drummond


Parents and Siblings

    Charles Melvin Thomas


    Virginia Bell Payne




+1 More Child

World Events (8)

1907 · Not for profit elections

Age 1

The first act prohibiting monetary contributions to political campaigns by major corporations.
1913 · Women's Suffrage Demonstration

Age 7

A demonstration for women's suffrage takes place on March 3, 1913. This is the first suffrage parade in Washington D.C. One of the notable women in attendance is Ida B. Wells.

Age 23

13 million people become unemployed after the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 triggers what becomes known as the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover rejects direct federal relief.

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)

  • Nella Matchett in household of Francis Matchett, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Nella I Thomas in household of Charles M Thomas, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Nella Thomas Matchett in entry for Robert Warren Lowe and Shirley Jean Matchett, "North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979 "

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