William Thomas

15 April 1882–30 June 1953 (Age 71)
Brazos, Texas, United States

The Life of William

William Thomas was born on 15 April 1882, in Brazos, Texas, United States as the son of William Green Thomas and Sallie J. Kimbrough. He married Carrie Samford on 5 October 1906. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. He lived in Kaufman, Texas, United States in 1920 and Rusk, Cherokee, Texas, United States for about 5 years. He registered for military service in 1919. He died on 30 June 1953, in Terrell, Kaufman, Texas, United States, at the age of 71, and was buried in White Rose Cemetery, Wills Point, Van Zandt, Texas, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Thomas
Carrie Samford
Marriage: 5 October 1906
William Powell Thomas
Lowell Samford Thomas

Spouse and Children

5 October 1906


    William Powell Thomas


    Lowell Samford Thomas


Parents and Siblings

    William Green Thomas


    Sallie J. Kimbrough




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World Events (8)


Age 4

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.
1894 · Texas Files Lawsuit Against Standard Oil Company

Age 12

Under the direction of Governor Jim Hogg, Texas filed a lawsuit against John D. Rockefeller for violating state monopoly laws. Hogg argued that Standard Oil Company and Water-Piece Oil Company of Missouri were engaged in illegal practices like price fixing, rebates, and consolidation. Rockefeller was indicted, but never tried in a court of law; other employees of his company were convicted as guilty.
1901 · Assassination of Mckinley

Age 19

President William McKinley was shot at the Temple of Music, in the Pan-American Exposition, while shaking hands with the public. Leon Czolgosz shot him twice in the abdomen because he thought it was his duty to do so. McKinley died after eight days of watch and care. He was the third American president to be assassinated. After his death, Congress passed legislation to officially make the Secret Service and gave them responsibility for protecting the President at all times.

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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Thomas-Samford Family Papers

The family papers of Dr. William Thomas, his wife Carrie Samford, and their two children (William Powell and Lowell Samford) can be found at The University of Texas at Arlington Special Collections. C …

Sources (3)

  • William Thomas, "United States Census, 1940"
  • William Thomas, "United States Census, 1930"
  • William Thomas, "United States Census, 1920"

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