David Walter Thomas

Brief Life History of David Walter

When David Walter Thomas was born on 29 January 1880, in Jackson, Alabama, United States, his father, David Asapp Thomas, was 34 and his mother, Edith Jane Maples, was 30. He married Cornelia Ola Austin on 12 November 1905, in Scottsboro, Jackson, Alabama, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. He lived in Woodville, Jackson, Alabama, United States in 1880 and Perdue Hill, Monroe, Alabama, United States in 1930. He died on 14 July 1909, in Scottsboro, Jackson, Alabama, United States, at the age of 29, and was buried in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Scottsboro, Jackson, Alabama, United States.

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David Walter Thomas
1880–1909
Cornelia Ola Austin
1881–1958
Marriage: 12 November 1905
David Walter Thomas
1907–
John Blackwell Thomas
1908–1996

Sources (6)

  • W D Thomas in household of D A Thomas, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Walter D. Thomas, "Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950"
  • Walter Thomas, "Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974"

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1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

1882 · The Chinese Exclusion Act

A federal law prohibiting all immigration of Chinese laborers. The Act was the first law to prevent all members of a national group from immigrating to the United States.

1890 · The Sherman Antitrust Act

This Act tried to prevent the raising of prices by restricting trade. The purpose of the Act was to preserve a competitive marketplace to protect consumers from abuse.

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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