Margaret Hope Thomas

20 July 1907–July 1985 (Age 77)
Grand Forks, Grand Forks, North Dakota, United States

The Life of Margaret Hope

When Margaret Hope Thomas was born on 20 July 1907, in Grand Forks, Grand Forks, North Dakota, United States, her father, George Saunders Thomas, was 51 and her mother, Mary Frances Murphy, was 39. She married Armand Roy Shiley on 7 June 1944, in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States. She lived in Tuckahoe, Henrico, Virginia, United States in 1920 and Woodstock, McHenry, Illinois, United States for about 10 years. She died in July 1985, in Sun City, Maricopa, Arizona, United States, at the age of 78.

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Armand Roy Shiley
Margaret Hope Thomas
Marriage: 7 June 1944

Spouse and Children

7 June 1944
Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States

Parents and Siblings

    George Saunders Thomas





    Mary Frances Thomas



    Elizabeth "Beth" Ann Thomas



World Events (8)

1908 · The Bureau of Investigation is formed

Age 1

Known as the National Bureau of Criminal Identification, The Bureau of Investigation helped agencies across the country identify different criminals. President Roosevelt instructed that there be an autonomous investigative service that would report only to the Attorney General.
1910 · Boy Scouts of America

Age 3

When W. D. Boyce was visiting London, he encountered a boy that helped him find his destination. The boy refused the tip that Boyce offered to him and told him that he was just doing his daily good turn. Being inspired, Boyce incorporated the Boy Scouts of America to help teach young men how to have an attitude of service always. Since its foundation, The Boy Scouts of America has become one of the largest Scouting organizations in the United States. Around 110 million people have been participants at some time in their life. The BSA was established to help young people make better choices in life and showing selflessness by serving the community.

Age 22

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)

  • Margaret H Thomas in household of Mary F Thomas, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Margaret H Thomas in household of George S Thomas, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Margaret H Thomas in household of George S Thomas, "United States Census, 1920"

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