Lela Maude Thomas

Brief Life History of Lela Maude

When Lela Maude Thomas was born on 10 June 1903, in Alabama, United States, her father, Stephen W. Thomas, was 42 and her mother, Mary Catherine Maples, was 36. She lived in Woodville, Jackson, Alabama, United States for about 10 years. She died on 25 September 1996, in Scottsboro, Jackson, Alabama, United States, at the age of 93, and was buried in Woodville, Jackson, Alabama, United States.

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Family Time Line

Stephen W. Thomas
1861–1927
Mary Catherine Maples
1867–1949
Andrew Thomas
1881–
Christopher Thomas
1882–
William Bentley Thomas
1884–1947
Lulu Jane Thomas
1886–1955
Emma Thomas
1887–
Clara Ola Thomas
1888–1963
Annie Thomas
1890–
James Alva Thomas
1892–1919
Robert Lee Thomas
1894–1979
Eva Mae Thomas
1896–1896
Joseph Earl Thomas
1897–1979
Henry Lafayette Thomas
1900–1974
Lela Maude Thomas
1903–1996
Mary Elizabeth Thomas
1905–1998

Sources (4)

  • Maude Thomas in household of Stephen W Thomas, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Maude Thomas, "United States Social Security Death Index"
  • Lela M Thomas in household of Steven Thomas, "United States Census, 1910"

World Events (8)

1904

St. Louis, Missouri, United States hosts Summer Olympic Games.

1906 · Saving Food Labels

The first of many consumer protection laws which ban foreign and interstate traffic in mislabeled food and drugs. It requires that ingredients be placed on the label.

1929

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, 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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